My first love is the San Juans. I even had a condo there for several years. I would live there if it were not so very expensive. It is the playground of the rich and you can see why if you ever visit. It's difficult to get there from New Orleans where I am. A plane to Seattle, WA, drive north to Anacortes, WA, wait for a ferry. When you get on the ferry, troubles and stress suddenly vanish and about an hour later the ferry deposits you at the Spring Street landing in Friday Harbor. San Juan Island is one of a group of many islands between Vancouver Island, BC and Washington State. Ferries service most of them, but some are accessible only by airplane. I suspect the San Juans just might be some of the prettiest pieces of real estate in the world.