Above: Seating with views of the Saratoga Passage at The Inn at Langley, Washington

The lush archipelagoes betweenSeattleand Victoria, Canada, are relentlessly picturesque, replete with splendidly scenic state parks and colorful coastal towns. The calm seas between the islands shelter wildlife ranging from sea otters to orca whales. And in recent years, the food scene has become world-class. It never takes much to convince me to return.

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