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Plot your escape to one of the West's best islands--places so lovely you won't want your time there to end

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Lummi Island, WA
Jim Henkens

Lummi Island, WA

Lummi is not one of the more celebrated of the San Juan Islands. The rich and famous don't have second homes here, and the island's visitors sleep in only a handful of places. The main pastimes are visiting farms and art studios and tooling around the perimeter road on foot or by bike, taking in views of Puget Sound on one side and Mt. Baker on the other. But the best part is the strong locavore scene, with restaurants capitalizing on this little land of blackberries, just-plucked salad greens, and sustainable salmon.

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