Welcome to Orcas Island … truly the “Gem of the San Juan Islands.” Located between the Washington mainland and Vancouver Island, Orcas is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the San Juan Islands. Rural in nature, the island features a variety of lodging possibilities, from charming Bed & Breakfasts to Inns & Resorts. Shopping and activities on Orcas are nearly endless.Whether you’re looking for art galleries featuring Northwest artists or a hike in the 5200-acre Moran State Park, Orcas provides you with a variety of yearround activities.
The island – noted by locals as looking like an upside-down horseshoe – is geographically divided into several charming ‘hamlets.’
Orcas Village is the arrival point for the Washington State ferry.
Here you’ll find gift shops, a grocery store, a post office, lodging, restaurants and outdoor activities.
West Sound features a marina, lodging possibilities, a restaurant, and a community center.
Deer Harbor is the farthest point West on Orcas, and offers full marina services, various lodging choices, restaurants, shops and water activities.
Eastsound is the town center on Orcas, and extends beyond the village core. To the Southwest is Crow Valley, home to art studios, lodging, and the golf course. West Beach is due west from Eastsound and offers
shops, lodging, and YMCA Camp Orkila. Eastsound proper is largely a walking village, offering shops of all kinds, many accommodation choices, a variety of restaurants, and many family & visitor activities. Located just to the South and East of Eastsound is Rosario,where you’ll find many lodging choices, as well as the famed resort of the same name, a restaurant, a general store, a marina, and lots of activities, including the nearby Moran State Park.
Olga & Doe Bay are small in size, but offer visitors many choices, including restaurants, lodging, arts & crafts galleries, and plenty of activities.
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce PO Box 252, Eastsound, WA 98245 • (360) 376-2273 65 North Beach Road, Eastsound • OrcasIslandChamber.com 2013 Visitor Guide design by Wade Campbell
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Getting to Orcas Island…4 Washington State’s Newest Scenic Byway…5 Where to Stay…6-9 Eastsound Achieves Art Accolades…10 Historic Places…11 Where to Eat…12-13 The Arts on Orcas Island…14-15 Orcas Island—The Mecca of Kayaking…16 Activities & Adventures…17-21 Surprising and Special – The San Juan Islands...22 Shopping “the Rock”…23-24 Orcas by the Numbers…25 Services and Organizations…26-29 Weddings & Events…30-31 Birding on Orcas Island…32 Local Food, Local Flavor…33 Handy Maps…34 Helpful Telephone Numbers…35 2013 Schedule of Events…36 Moran State Park Overview…37
We hope to see you soon on Orcas Island... where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest!
Getting to Orcas Island
By Car & Ferry
A leisurely ferry ride is the perfect transition to take you from the busy freeways of the mainland to the quiet country roads of the islands. (The ticket you purchase is for a round trip).
Catch a small plane at various Northwest locations, including Seattleâ€™s SeaTac airport, Boeing Field, Lake Union, or Lake Washington, and be on Orcas Island in approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Regular and charter flights are also available from other regional airports. Take a shuttle bus from SeaTac right to the Anacortes ferry landing.
There are several docking options for boaters, from day moorage to marinas. Some seasonal favorites are Rosario, West Sound, Deer Harbor, Brandtâ€™s Landing, Olga & Eastsound.
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Transportation options are found on pages 26-27.
Important: If you are traveling by Washington State Ferry, it is recommended you have your vehicle in the ferry line in Anacortes one-half to one hour before sailing during fall, winter and spring. One and a half to two hours ahead during summer and holiday weekends may be necessary to assure you get on board for your preferred sailing time.
See current sailing schedule at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries To Washington State Ferry from Interstate 5: Take exit #230, drive west on Hwy. 20 to Anacortes (30 minutes). Turn right on Commercial Ave. and drive north, turn left at the light on 12th St. The ferry terminal is two miles ahead.
BIKING ON ORCAS ISLAND
Orcas Island roads, with steep hills, blind curves, and sometimes little or no shoulder, are challenging for bike riders at every level of ability. Please use extreme caution when biking Orcas Island roadways. OBSERVE THE FOLLOWING SIMPLE GUIDELINES: u After leaving the ferry, pull off the roadway until all ferry traffic has passed.
u Travel single file in small groups of 3 or 4, widely spaced apart.
u Stop only on straightaways and move completely off the road.
u Use bicycle turnouts whenever possible.
Washington State’s Newest Scenic Byway In July 1988, the Federal Highway Administration cosponsored a conference called Scenic Byways ‘88: A National Conference to Map the Future of America’s Scenic Roads and Highways. Now, there are 28 scenic byways in Washington State alone with the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway being the newest byway and the first route in the lower 48 states to include a marine highway. Begin by voyaging across the Salish Sea to the San Juan Islands, a destination like no other, known for its majestic beauty, precious natural resources, and abundant recreational opportunities. Accessible only by ferry, boat, or plane, the marine highway passage across the Salish Sea is part of the extraordinary experience. But the true experience of the San Juan Islands goes beyond these qualities to the unique cultural characteristics that have shaped island life for generations and continue to shape it to this day. The San Juan Islands Scenic Byway is divided into three distinct segments: the marine highway route between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands often traveled by way of a Washington State Ferry but also by private boat or by air; the land routes around San Juan Island; and the land routes around Orcas Island. On Orcas Island, Orcas Village greets you upon your arrival at the ferry landing which dates back to 1889. Lodging, dining, shops, groceries and public restrooms can be found here. Follow Orcas Road to Deer Harbor Road where you will turn left and travel 10 minutes to the hamlet of Deer Harbor which offers lodging, dining, sea kayaking, whale watching & fishing charters. From Deer Harbor, head back to Orcas Road and enjoy the scenery on your 15-minute drive to the main village of Eastsound. Eastsound is comprised of many shops, galleries, restaurants, groceries, services, historical museum, seasonal Farmers’ Market, music events as well as the many holiday parades that take place on North Beach Road! Head east out of Eastsound for another 10 minutes to Moran State Park. Enjoy hiking, fishing, kayaking, swimming, camping and the spectacular view from the top of Mt. Constitution. Continue on to the hamlet of Olga and peruse the local artists’ gallery and enjoy the local cuisine. Then head southeast to Doe Bay to relax, rejuvenate and re-discover yourself. Retrace your route back to Orcas Village and the ferry terminal and head back to Anacortes or stay and play longer on Orcas Island!
Where to to Stay: Stay: Where Lodging & & Accommodations Accommodations Lodging Your choice in accommodations on Orcas Island is as varied as the island itself. Possibilities include charming Bed & Breakfasts, Inns, Hotels & Resorts of all types; and rental homes & cottages for your friends and family to enjoy. The colored dots and grid identifiers next to a listing refer to the location on the maps at the back of the Guide. Listings without this information have no map location.
Orcas Lodging Association. Distinctive places to stay on Orcas
Island. Free online availability & reservation services. Orcas-Lodging.com.
BED & BREAKFASTS Deer Harbor Luxury and Charm on the water! “One of the 20 best seaside getaways on the West Coast” – Sunset Magazine. 114 Channel Rd. TheInnOnOrcasIsland.com. 360-376-5227.
The Inn on Orcas Island.
The Place At Cayou Cove.
Waterfront cottages, private hot tubs, wood burn fireplaces, HDTV, WiFi, kitchens, luxury linens, full- or self-service rates, children & pets welcome. 161 Olympic Lodge Lane. CayouCove.com. 888-596-7222 & 360-376-3199. Eastsound & Surrounding Area Double Mountain Bed & Breakfast. Spectacular panoramic view. Two rooms and a two-room suite with kitchen and deck. Private baths. Close to Eastsound village and golf course. 660 Double Hill Rd. DoubleMountainBandB.com. 360-376-4570.
Golden Tree Hostel.
Restored 1890 historic farmhouse with affordable 65 shared & private rooms. Hot tub, sauna, fully-equipped kitchen. Short walk A10 to town or beach. 1159 North Beach Rd. GoldenTreeHostel.com. 360-317-8693.
Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast.
Romantic 1907 Bungalow. 4 Delicious Breakfasts, Private Bathrooms. King/Queen Beds. Stone Fireplace, A10 WiFi, Relaxing deck, Garden Hot Tub, Great Reviews! 1459 N. Beach Rd. KangarooHouse.com. 360-376-2175 & 888-371-2175.
Otters Pond Bed & Breakfast.
Close to Moran State Park on a 5 lovely birding pond. Inn features first-class comfortable rooms & sumptuous D11 breakfasts. 100 Tomihi Dr. OttersPond.com. Host@OttersPond.com. 360-376-8844. See us on Facebook. West Sound Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast. 1910 country home with beautiful 7 water views from private balconies. Full breakfast & fresh-baked cookies. E7 Close to ferry, village, hiking trails. Free WiFi. Pets welcome. 982 Deer Harbor Rd. OrcasBlueHeron.com. 360-376-4198.
Turtleback Farm Inn.
Again one of “The 1000 Places to See Before You Die.” 80 tranquil acres, spotless accommodations, honored breakfasts & gracious service. 1981 Crow Valley Rd. TurtlebackInn.com. 800-376-4914 & 360-376-4914. Info@TurtlebackInn.com
CAMPING / GLAMPING Vintage Island Vacations.
Vintage Island Vacations offers travelers a unique vacation experience on Orcas Island in our gorgeously restored vintage caravan trailers. The adventure awaits. VintageIslandVacations.com. 360-376-3938.
Get out with style! Our luxury camping experiences are the perfect way to experience Orcas Island. CampSanJuan.com. 877-589-3226. Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area) West Beach Resort. Camping, RV, and Tent Cabins on the sunny west 23 side. Hot tub, WiFi, kayaking, kids activities. Campfires OK. B8 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 877-937-8224 & 360-376-2240. 6
Olga Ocean front camping! Includes soaking tubs, sauna, kitchen, library, yoga studio & more. On-site Café, kayak tours, massage, beaches & WiFi. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291. Office@DoeBay.com.
Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.
INNS / HOTELS / RESORTS Deer Harbor
Deer Harbor Inn. Boutique lodge, private cottages w/fireplaces, hot
The Place At Cayou Cove.
Waterfront cottages, private hot tubs, wood burn fireplaces, HDTV, WiFi, kitchens, luxury linens, full- or self-service rates, children & pets welcome. 161 Olympic Lodge Lane. CayouCove.com. 888-596-7222 & 360-376-3199. Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area)
Beach Haven Resort.
Secluded log cabins on private beach. Furnished with full kitchens & wood stoves. Families welcome; no pets please. 684 Beach Haven Rd. Beach-Haven.com. Relax@Beach-Haven.com. 360-376-2288.
Eastsound Landmark Inn.
Waterview condos available for nightly/ weekly stays in Eastsound Village. Private decks, kitchens, satellite TV, wireless Internet, easy walk to shops/restaurants. 67 Main St. LandmarkInn.net. 360-376-2423 & 800-622-4758.
Luxurious one & two bedroom suites. Waterview condos with full kitchens, king beds, fireplace, steam shower, jetted tub, free WiFi & more! 269 Main St. EastsoundSuites.com. 360-376-2887.
Inn at Ship Bay.
11 Waterview rooms each w/balcony, private bath, king-size bed & Franklin fireplace. Dining Room & Lounge feature local, seasonal cuisine overlooking Ship Bay. 326 Olga Rd. InnAtShipBay.com. 877-276-7296 & 360-376-5886.
North Beach Inn.
tubs, 5 acres with restaurant & spa. Walk to marina, whale watching & kayaking.. Pet friendly. 33 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInn.com. 360-376-4110.
Relax & unwind on our private beach: 13 rustic beachfront cottages, 90 acres of woods & pasture. Kitchens, fireplaces, spectacular sunsets! Pets welcome. 650 Gibson Rd. NorthBeachInn.com. 360-376-2660
Waterview rooms with balconies & optional kitchens, 19 fireplaces, & jetted tubs. Seasonal pool & café. Adjacent to Moran Sate Park. D11 1600 Rosario Rd. OrcasSuites.com. 360-376-6262.
The place to stay…with rates for all (really) starting at $59 winter/$84 summer. Walk to everything. Delicious café. Nice people everywhere. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200 & 888-OUTLOOK.
Rosario Resort & Spa.
Listed on the National Historic Register featuring waterfront accommodations, restaurant, lounge, spa, marina, museum & store. Facilities available for weddings, receptions, business, family events. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2222; 800-562-8820.
Waterfront Guest Suites on beautiful North Shore. Private 28 beach w/fire pit. Enjoy tide pools, wildlife viewing: bald eagles, heron, seals, A10 ships at sea. SleepingSea.com. 360-376-7035. Info@SleepingSea.com.
Smuggler’s Villa Resort.
Waterfront sunset resort condos – perfect for young families & old friends. 2 bedroom homes. Pool, hot tubs & moorage. 54 Hunt Road. SmugglersVilla.com. 800-488-2097; 360-376-2297.
The Lodge on Orcas Island.
European style guest house conveniently located in Eastsound, the heart of Orcas Island. 32 Bracken Fern Lane. OrcasIslandHostel.com. 360-622-6126. DPage@RockIsland.com.
West Beach Resort.
Beachfront cottages, RV, camping, marina, activities, seasonal food & beverage. Family friendly Pacific NW resort on the sunny west side of Orcas Island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 877-937-8224 & 360-376-2240. Vacation@WestBeachResort.com. Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass Doe Bay Resort & Retreat. Waterfront cabins & café. On-site garden, massage, kayak tours & store. The Island’s hiking & biking hub with incredible food! 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291.
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Lieber Haven Resort & Marina. No minimum stay.
Comfortable, sandy beach front cottages with full kitchens. Studios & rooms. Boat & kayak rentals, marina, store. LieberHavenResort.com. 360-376-2472. Orcas Village The Orcas Hotel. Full service historic hotel overlooking the water. A great place to stay & see all that the islands have to offer. 18 Orcas Hill Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300. West Sound Kingfish Inn. Four charming, cozy suites, elegantly furnished, steps from County dock & beach. Spectacular views of West Sound, marina & islands beyond. 4362 Crow Valley Rd. KingfishInn.com. 360-376-2500. Pebble Cove Farm. Waterfront suites overlooking a private beach, with row boat, hot tub, organic garden, homemade granola, farm animals, & children welcome. 3341 Deer Harbor Rd. PebbleCoveFarm.com. 360-376-6161.
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VACATION RENTALS / COTTAGES Deer Harbor / West Sound Magic west-facing cottage at water’s edge. Comfy, cozy, private. Sound of lapping water, fireplace, spectacular sunsets. Fully-equipped kitchen. Open year-round. Deer Harbor. AllDreamCottages.com. 360-376-2500. Cabins on the Point. Private Cape Cod cabins on romantic, waterfront estate. Beach, hot tub, kayaks & camp fire. Also 2 other private homes on beautiful settings. 2101 Deer Harbor Rd. CabinsOnThePoint.com. 360-376-4114. The Crow’s Nest. Charming studio in West Sound. Fabulous water views from private deck. Public beach & dock right across the street. 942 Deer Harbor Rd. vrbo.com/311272. 360-376-4633. Deer Harbor Cottages. 3-bedroom Norton Harbor View Cottage. Game room, hot tub, fireplaces, sleeps 8-10. DeerHarborCottages.com. 360-298-7153. Headland House Orcas Island. 2 homes on 8 acres, true luxury, 5 bdrms, 3.5 baths, game room, home theater system, panoramic water views, beach access, dock. HeadlandHouse.com. 800-418-7990. The Place At Cayou Cove. Waterfront cottages, private hot tubs, wood burn fireplaces, HDTV, WiFi, kitchens, luxury linens, full- or self-service rates, children & pets welcome. 161 Olympic Lodge Lane. CayouCove.com. 888-596-7222 & 360-376-3199. Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area) Alder Bungalow. Charming and spacious NW Craftsman vacation home located in the heart of Eastsound. Homeaway.com/Vacation-Rental/ p282605. 360-317-8471. Boathouse on Orcas. Sunset-facing waterfront cabin on walk-out pebble beach. “Refined-rustic” luxury. Kitchenette, romantic baywindow dining, deck, firepit, kayak, rowboat, buoy, smoker/grill, hot tub. Centrally located. Beach Haven Rd. BoathouseOnOrcas.com. 360-376-2362. Buckhorn Farm Bungalow. Perfect country setting for island adventures. Lovingly restored cottage; sleeps 4. Full kitchen, beautiful gardens, close to beach. Couples/families welcome. 17 Jensen Rd. BuckhornFarm.com. 360-376-2298.
All Dream Cottages.
Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate Property Management.
Private waterfront & view homes available for your vacation. Reasonable rates from $750 to $2500 per week. Since 1968. 291 N. Beach Rd. OrcasHomes.com. 360-376-2204 & 888-891-5629. Isle Dream Cottage. Quiet, romantic waterfront hideaway. Stunning views, hammock, fire ring, fishing dock on private beach. Fully equipped with everything two people need. Open year-round. Eastsound. AllDreamCottages.com. 360-376-2500. Sea Forever Guest House. Breathtaking views of mountains & water in this guesthouse nestled in the woods. Dog friendly. Rock beach, kayak launch, full kitchen, internet. 22 Key Drive. Sea4Ever.net. 360-261-4434. 8
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SeaStar Lofts on the Waterfront.
Beautifully appointed guest apartments, spacious & airy with spectacular bay views & steps away from all village conveniences. 344 Main Street. SeaStarOrcasIsland.com. 360-507-5444.
Timber Lodge Orcas Island.
Timber Lodge is a genuine log home, w/magnificent water views, 5 bdrms, 3.5 baths, game room, home theater room. TimberLodgeOrcas.com. 800-418-7990.
Windermere Vacation Doorways.
We offer the largest vacation rental portfolio in the San Juans. Beautiful private homes with professional management. 18 Haven Rd. VacationDoorways.com. 800-391-8190 or 360-378-3601. VacationRentals@Windermere.com. Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass
A Meadowlark Guest House.
Cozy romantic fully-furnished guest house. Sleeps 4. Country setting, magnificent water view. Beach access. Pets welcome. No smokers. W/D, Cable, WiFi. 444 Pt. Lawrence Rd. MeadowLarkGuestHouse.com. Meadowlark@orcasonline.com. 360-376-3224.
Several lovely cottages w/ full kitchens. 12 private waterfront acres. Access to private beach, views of Mt. Baker, Rosario Strait & nearby islands. 65 Willis Lane, Olga. Orcas1.com. Bayside@Orcas1.com. 360-376-4330.
Blackberry Beach Cabin.
Waterfront cabin in the quiet village of Olga. Access to pebble beach. Close to Moran State Park. 22 First Street. BlackberryBeach.com. 360-376-2845.
Doe Bay Cottages.
Two well-appointed vacation homes on the quiet east side of Orcas Island. Nightly & weekly rentals. Near Doe Bay CafĂŠ. 31 Easy Street. DoeBayCottages.com. 360-317-6329.
Eastsound Chinook Cottages & Wisteria Cottage.
Garden House on Orcas Island.
The Garden House is a one bedroom guest cottage with waterfront access near Doe Bay. Private, peaceful, sustainable. DoeBay.net. 360-376-4549.
Two fully equipped cottages with spectacular views of Puget Sound and Lopez Island. Beach access, close to Moran State Park. 9/11 Ohlert Lane. OrcasCottages.com. 360-779-1296.
Spring Bay Cabin.
Moderately priced accommodations on eight sunny pastoral acres, short walk to village shops and restaurants. Orcas1.com. Bayside@Orcas1.com. 360-376-4330.
Waterfront cabin surrounded by 137 acres of parkland. Hot tub, fireplace, hiking trails. Sleeps 3. Kayaks & row boat available. 464 Spring Bay Trail. SpringBayOnOrcas.com. 360-376-5531. Orcas Village
Channel View House.
South-facing sunsets await you! Waterfront, 2BR/2BA, sleeps 6, 2 fireplaces, crab pots available, kayaks, walk to Orcas Village & ferry. OrcasChannelViewHouse.com. 360-376-4846
Marinerâ€™s Dream Cottage.
Mesmerizing waterfront haven. Convenient to ferry, amenities, yet private. Hot tub, hammock, fire ring, moonglow, ferry lights on water. Fully-equipped kitchen. Open yearround. Orcas Village. AllDreamCottages.com. 360-376-2500.
Morning Star Farm.
Beauty, Restoration, Inspiration! Historic 35-acre organic farm with pond, pastures, & woodland trails offer opportunities for family vacations & special events. 244 John Jones Rd. MorningStarFarm.net . 360-376-5265.
Secluded estate with marine & mountain views. Pool, jacuzzi, & exercise room. 6 bedrooms plus loft in main & guest houses. 421 Scott Hill Rd. OrcasOasis.com. 360-376-4646. OrcasOasis@gmail.com.
EastsoundAchieves Achieves Eastsound ArtAccolades Accolades Art Chosen as one of America’s Top Small-Town Artplaces
Eastsound Village on Orcas Island is in excellent company. Along with culturally vibrant towns such as Taos, NM and Stowe, VT, Eastsound was chosen as one of “America’s Top Twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces,” a new annual initiative recognizing smaller communities where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to live, work, and visit. The announcement was made by ArtPlace, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking—putting the arts at the heart of a portfolio of strategies to revitalize communities. Director Carol Coletta said, “Earlier this year, ArtPlace announced America’s Top Twelve ArtPlaces in major metropolitan areas— vibrant communities identified as being exceptionally successful in combining the arts, artists, and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle. It is equally important to celebrate dynamic Small-Town ArtPlaces and the unique qualities that make them well worth the journey to explore and enjoy.”
had this to say about Eastsound:
...a lively community on Orcas Island, the largest of the scenic San Juan Islands in the Salish Sea, midway between Seattle and Vancouver. Located at the top of a fjordlike inlet, the village is home to galleries, boutiques, and eateries. The galleries display a mix of locally produced art including ceramics from the three pottery studios on the island. Eastsound also has a vibrant performing arts scene including a Chamber Music Festival held every August.
Historic Places on Orcas Island Orcas Island has a unique history, and a glimpse at that history can be found in its historic landmarks. The following is a sampling of those buildings. Please respect the buildings, grounds, and businesses that may be in these historic treasures.
Orcas Hotel (Orcas Village) Victorian structure built by William Sutherland, a Canadian entrepreneur, in 1904. National Register of Historic Places.
Deer Harbor Community Club (Deer Harbor)
Built as the Deer Harbor School in 1905, it is now a community gathering spot.
Crow Valley School Museum (near Eastsound)
Built in 1888, and serving as the Crow Valley School until 1918, it now houses photos and artifacts. National Register of Historic Places.
Crow Valley Pottery (near Eastsound) The original Still House was built in 1866, and this two-room cabin now serves as a pottery shop. Outlook Inn (Eastsound) Previously housing a store, post office and barber shop, this 1888 structure took its present name in 1942. Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Eastsound)
Modeled after an English country church, this 1886 building was designed by Rev. Sidney Gray, the first rector. National Register of Historic Places.
Orcas Island Historical Museum (Eastsound)
Six early settlers’ cabins (late 1800s) are featured on the Museum’s grounds. Originally from various parts of the island, each structure was reassembled at the site in 1956. See island artifacts; massive Heron sculpture.
Rosario Resort (near Eastsound) Built in 1906 by Robert Moran, who also served as Mayor of Seattle, the mansion’s teak and brass recall Moran’s ship-building expertise. National Register of Historic Places.
Observation Tower on Mt. Constitution (Moran State Park)
Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (WPA) in 1936, of sandstone hauled from nearby Sucia Island, it is patterned after 12th Century watchtowers of southeastern Europe.
Artworks Building in Olga (Olga) Built in 1936 as a packing plant on land owned by strawberry growers, it is now a cooperative art gallery and café. Doe Bay Post Office (Doe Bay) Now part of an island resort, this 1908 building was part of a complete village port used for freight and passengers. National Register of Historic Places.
For more information about Orcas Island’s history and its Historic Places, please contact or visit the Orcas Island Historical Museum. The museum is open to the public, providing exhibits and presentations, as well as a research center for our island history. Visit OrcasMuseum.org, or call 360-376-4849. Photo: Wade Campbell
Where to to Eat: Eat: A A Dining Dining Guide Guide Where Breakfast, lunch or dinner…Orcas Island restaurants offer an amazing range of delicious eating experiences in every price range. From simple pub fare to fine dining, variety is the name of the game, and local, organic produce is often the mainstay of a satisfying meal created by some of the Northwest’s top chefs.
RESTAURANTS / CAFÉS / CATERING Deer Harbor
Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant.
Fine Pacific NW cuisine in casual 9 elegance. Water views. Fresh local seafood & produce. Catering & weddings. E6 Dinner Only. 68 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInnRestaurant.com. 360-376-1040.
Deer Harbor Marina. The Orcas Island Marine Activity Center!
Full service permanent & transient marina. Delicatessen, dockstore, gift shop, whale watching, sailing and kayaking. 5164 Deer Harbor Rd. DeerHarborMarina.com. 360-376-3037.
Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area)
Casual restaurant featuring stunning water views, deck, seasonal fare; check out Lily downstairs too! 310 Main Street. AlliumOnOrcas.com. 360-376-4904.
Fast, fresh flavors of the Southwest…and more, including local organic produce and daily specials. 123 North Beach Rd. @ Our House Mall. LunchAtChimayo.com. 360-376-MEXI (6394).
Country Corner Deli.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Pizza – Family & 5 Personal size. Burgers, subs, paninis, pastries & our own fresh-roasted coffees. B10 837 Crescent Beach Dr. (corner of Terrill Beach Rd. & Crescent Beach Dr). 360-376-6900.
Italian Coffee Shop, Gelateria, Creperie, Panini, Pastries & Pizza. Open daily. 365 North Beach Rd. 360-376-3732.
Inn at Ship Bay.
Our Dining Room & Lounge feature local, seasonal cuisine overlooking Ship Bay. Wine list includes many NW wines & spirits. Accommodations available too. 326 Olga Rd. InnAtShipBay.com. 360-376-5886.
Your spot for a perfect Orcas Island breakfast or lunch. Classic dishes at the best prices. Stop by, see for yourself! 325 Prune Alley. 360-376-3984.
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Kathryn Taylor Chocolates.
Artisan chocolates made from fresh local 7 & organic ingredients. Fine chocolates, elegant desserts, Stumptown coffee. D2 Corner of Main and North Beach Rd. KTChocolates.com. 360-376-1030.
Orcas’ best burgers & brews! Catch the top sports on 5 Satellite TVs…and enjoy Open Mic Tuesdays & Karaoke Night every Friday. 11 am – 2 am (Daily). TheLowerTavern@gmail.com. 46 Prune Alley. 360-376-4848.
The Madrona Bar & Grill.
Waterfront dining featuring burgers, steaks & seafood. Full bar w/4 micro beers on tap & NW wines. Open for lunch & dinner. 310 Main St Ste 105, Porter Bldg. on the water. MadronaBarandGrill.com. 360-376-7171.
Breakfast and lunch café. Serving fresh regional foods and desserts in a warm, friendly environment. Delicious alternatives for dietary restrictions. 109 N. Beach Rd. 376-MIAS(6427).
Mijitas. Mijitas menu is inspired by dishes from Chef Raul’s hometown in
Mexico, using local & seasonal products. Please join us. 310 ‘A’ Street. 360376-6722 12
New Leaf Café at the Outlook Inn.
Best Breakfast on the Island! Dinner highlights fresh seafood, juicy steaks, & local produce. Water view in Eastsound. Great deck. Swanky lounge. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200 & 888-OUTLOOK.
Rosario Resort & Spa.
The waterfront Mansion Restaurant & cozy Moran Lounge offer breakfast, lunch & dinner in the historic Moran Mansion at Rosario. Near Moran State Park. Open Daily. 1400 Rosario Rd. 360-376-2222.
Roses Bakery Cafe.
Our menu reflects the season & local farms, wholesome food prepared with care. Grocery/wine shop featuring breads, baked goods, cheeses, meats, cookware & more. Open M-Sat. 382 Prune Alley. 360-376-4292 (cafe). 360-376-5805 (shop).
Bold, rustic flavors from the Italian countryside…featuring house cured pancetta, house made pastas & sausage. 123 North Beach Rd. @ Our House Mall. DinnerAtSazio.com. 360-376-6394. Olga / Doe Bay
Boldly-flavored eclectic menu featuring local produce, meats, 17 seafood & delicious homemade desserts/pastries. Private events available F12 evenings. 11 Pt. Lawrence Rd. 360-376-5098.
Doe Bay Café.
World-class cuisine with waterfront views. Local organic goodness from on-site garden! The best seafood & vegetarian restaurant in the Islands. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-8059.
Octavia’s Bistro in The Orcas Hotel.
A casual neighborhood restaurant that offers five star food in a casual atmosphere. 18 Orcas Hill Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300.
Orcas Village Store.
Menus custom designed for you. From cocktail parties, to weddings, to picnics. Let us make your event unforgettable & unique. #10 Killebrew Lake Rd (at the ferry landing). OrcasVillageStore.com. 360-376-8860. West Sound
West Sound Café.
Casual NW waterfront restaurant specializing in seafood & the best fish tacos anywhere. Serving Northwest wines & beers (on tap). Reservations highly recommended. 4362 Crow Valley Rd. WestSoundCafe.com. 360-376-4440.
TheArts: Arts:Crafts Crafts& &Performances Performances The The artistic talent on Orcas Island is some of the most renowned in the Pacific Northwest. The island’s many creative forces will surely keep you entertained, be it original artwork & pottery, or musical & theatrical presentations unrivaled in the region.
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GALLERIES / STUDIOS / POTTERY / TEXTILES Orcas Island Artists Three Day Studio Tour.
Visit the working studios of premier Orcas Island Artists. See how their special techniques are mastered, meet the artists and purchase their work. August 16-18, 2013. 11am – 5pm. OrcasArtistsStudioTour.com. 360-376-6957. Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Art of the Salish Sea.
Collection of local & Coastal Salish artists, fine silver & unique gifts. Also serves as a summer whale cruise information location. 18 Haven Rd., Ste 120. OrcasIslandWhales.com. 360-376-6566.
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Crow Valley Pottery & Gallery “The Cabin.”
An island landmark! Pottery from our studio & varied works of over 80 artists! One of the region’s favorite galleries! “Summer Show Series”! Daily 10-5 (Mid-May to Oct.) Orcas Road (across from Golf Course). 360-376-4260.
Crow Valley Pottery & Gallery “In Town.”
Second location — in downtown Eastsound! Paintings, hand-blown glass, jewelry and…pottery! Local and distant artists in this ‘must-see’ Orcas venue! Open daily 10-5, summer til 6. CrowValley.com. 360-376-4260.
Jacqueline Kempfer Artist Studio.
Local scenery painted in oil, watercolor and sumi ink, displayed in an inviting antique studio. Walk in or by appointment. 474 N Beach Rd, #1. JacquelineKempferArtist.com. 360-376-2282 or 360-317-8230.
Unique handmade jewelry, locally crafted, photography, watercolors, bronze relief, scarves, gloves & hand blown glass. Daily 10-6. 310 Main St, Ste 101/102. 360-376-5522.
Orcas Arts & Gifts.
25th Anniversary! Great Local Art & NW Carvings, Beautiful Handmade Jewelry, Local Sea Glass, Fossils, Minerals, Beads, T-Shirts & more. Jewelry Repair. 245 Main St. OrcasArts.com or OrcasIslandSeaGlass.com. 360-941-7297.
Orcas Island Pottery.
Jeweltone pottery, 15 local potters, 150-yr-old log cabin, 65 yrs in business, treehouse, great view, a must-see location. 338 Old Pottery Rd. OrcasIslandPottery.com. 360-376-2813.
Peter C. Fisher Gallery.
Stunning island imagery by fine art photographer Peter Fisher. Signed Limited Edition prints available in small, medium & large size. 138 N. Beach Rd., Ste 103. PeterCFisher.com. PCF@PeterCFisher.com. 800-920-8918 & 360-376-5955.
Fine handcrafted jewelry in precious metals, diamonds, color gems, pearls, by goldsmith Vance Stephens. Storybeads designs by Antoinette Botsford. Vance@ShinolaJewelry.com 172 N. Beach Rd. 360-376-4508. Olga / Doe Bay
James Hardman Gallery.
Featuring paintings by Orcas Island artist James Hardman. In the loft of the historic strawberry building in Olga. Daily 10 – 6. 11 Pt. Lawrence Rd. JamesHardman.com. 360-376-4588.
The studio/showroom of Jerry Weatherman. Creating finely crafted porcelain & stoneware on Orcas since 1980. Corner of 3rd Street in Olga. 9828 Olga Rd. OlgaPottery.com. 360-376-4648. 14
Orcas Island Artworks.
One of the country’s oldest cooperative galleries, the Artworks features over 45 Orcas Island artists & craftspeople. Daily 10-6. 11 Pt. Lawrence Rd. OrcasArtworks.com. 360-376-4408. Info@OrcasArtworks.com.
Warm Valley Orchard.
Handmade yarns/textiles from our sheep & other natural fibers. Seasonal fruits/meats/vegetables from our farm, orchard & garden. Daily 9:30 am – 5 pm, or by appt. 124 Warm Valley Lane. WarmValleyOrchard.com. WVO@rockisland.com. 360-376-4386.
ENTERTAINMENT: PERFORMING ARTS Orcas Center.
Orcas Center invites you to join us year-round for our outstanding On Stage and On Screen performances. 917 Mt. Baker Rd. OrcasCenter.org. 360-376-2281.
Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.
Aloysia Friedmann and Jon 16 Kimura Parker bring world-famous musicians to Orcas for this popular twoA4 week Festival, August 9-24, 2013. 917 B Mt. Baker Rd. OICMF.org. 360-376-6636 & 866-492-0003.
Photo: Lance Evans
Orcas Island — The Mecca of Kayaking by Jeff Zbornik and Tom Carter Orcas Island is renowned as a destination – a ‘mecca’ – for kayakers. The natural beauty of the environment, abundant wildlife, and scattered state park island campsites provide a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the islands intimately from a kayak. The islands are also known for their sometimes challenging conditions, so it is important to consider your ability and options when planning your kayak journey in the San Juans.
There are several options for kayaking on Orcas Island, and it is important to consider these realistically. We have outfitters offering guided tours, and these are recommended for most visitors. Kayakers with training and practice in rescue techniques and paddling in currents may choose to bring their own kayaks. Instruction for all levels of kayakers is also available from several outfitters. If you plan on kayaking as a continuing sport, this is a great place to get the proper skills training. During part of the year, recreational kayaks are even available for rent on Moran State Park’s Cascade Lake. As beautiful as the surrounding sea is, paddlers need to be aware of strong currents, cold water, and capricious winds as challenges in the islands. Wind and current can build up extremely rough waters in certain areas, which aren’t necessarily obvious looking at a chart or the terrain. Experienced island instructors and guides know how to avoid these hazards. The wildlife available for viewing from a kayaker’s vantage point can be amazing. Whales, porpoises, otters, seals, sea lions, and many marine birds make the islands their home. Being aware of appropriate behavior around wildlife is important for all who paddle. Many animals are legally protected from harassment, and all should be approached with care and respect. Kayakers are in a unique position to enjoy – and impact – wildlife in the islands. Your kayaking adventure can happen on Orcas Island! Contact a local outfitter with questions about what may be appropriate for your plans and skill level. Many people have their first kayak experience on Orcas Island each summer. Both novice and skilled kayakers enjoy exploring the beautiful San Juan Islands. 16
Activities & & Adventures Adventures Activities The moment you arrive on the island, your Orcas adventure begins! A multitude of activities are available for adults, children & families. Be active…relax…explore…it’s your call as Orcas Island has it all!
BICYCLES & MOPEDS: RENTALS & REPAIRS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Bike rentals, expert repairs, parts & accessories. TREK & KONA road & mountain bikes, friendly island cycling advice & maps. Open 10-6. 350 N. Beach Rd. WildLifeCycles.com. 360-376-4708. WildLifeCycles@rockisland.com
Orcas Moped Rentals.
See the Island the fun way; mopeds, scootcar, bicycle & car rentals. Located by Orcas Ferry Terminal. Mid-April thru MidOct, call for hours. 65 Orcas Hill Rd. OrcasMopeds.com. OrcasMopeds@hotmail.com. 360-376-5266.
BOATING / SAILING / CHARTERS / RENTALS Orcas Island Rowboat Rentals.
Experience the unique & magical coastline of Orcas in one of our easy to row classic rowboats. Row-mantic specials available. OrcasIslandRowBoats@gmail.com. 360-298-5320. Deer Harbor
Let’s Go Sailing! 3-hr daysails aboard the classic 33’ sloop Aura in the heart of the islands. No experience required. Bring your own picnic. Deer Harbor Marina. WardFay@rockisland.com. 360-298-2057.
Deer Harbor Charters.
Custom whale watch/wildlife tours, guided out island hiking tours, specialty charters. 3 fully crewed vessels from 6-34 passengers. Group rates avail. Deer Harbor & Rosario Resort departures. DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989 & 800-544-5758.
Emerald Isle Sailing Charters.
Experience the serenity of wildlife under sail! Beautiful 54’ boat, naturalist captain. 6 hr daysails, 3-10 day tours with gourmet chef. EmeraldIsleSailing.com. 360-376-3472 & 866-714-6611.
Islands Sailing Charters.
Sailing adventures from Rosario Resort. Enjoy the best sailing area in the San Juan Islands aboard our 32’ sailboat. Maximum 6 guests. Call Deer Harbor Charters at 360-376-5989 & 800-544-5758.
Kruger Escapes – Ski, Sail, Surf.
We offer 3 hour day & sunset sails, multi-day trips, or adventure sails combining sailing with skiing or surfing. KrugerEscapes.com. 360-298-1023.
68’ Hatteras cockpit motor yacht for charter by hour or by day or overnight. Novurania tender, hot tub, kayaks included. CharterNorthernLight.com. 949-300-8888.
Orcas Boat Rentals & Charters.
Get out on the water! Power & sail boat rentals for half-day or full-day. Fishing, wildlife sightseeing, exploring the islands. 5164 Deer Harbor Rd. OrcasBoats.com. 360-376-7616.
Eastsound & Surrounding Area Lunch-Hike-Swim-Sunset Dinner Cruise or After Dinner 7 A10 Cruise. Year-round private occasion cruises aboard our 50’ yacht Capricorn. Small group meetings/family gatherings. Departs Brandt’s Landing. CruiseControlWeb.com. 360-927-8216.
Orcas Island Sailing.
Hands-on private sailing lessons and sailboat rentals. No experience needed for lessons, just a desire to have FUN! OrcasSailing.com. Info@OrcasSailing.com. 360-310-0100.
Outer Island Expeditions.
West Beach Resort.
Guaranteed Whale Watching! Private & shared charters, fishing, sunset, island hopping, boat rentals, dinner cruises. You name it, we do it. Smugglers Villa Resort. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711. Motor boat, paddle board, canoe, & kayak rentals. Fishing & crabbing rentals & tackle. Kayak tours & whale watching charters. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 877-937-8224 & 360-376-2240.
BREWERY & LIQUOR/WINE SHOPS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Eastsound Liquor & Wine.
Island Hoppin’ Brewery.
Wine, Beer and the largest selection of packaged Liquor. Mixers, gift bags, mixer tools & related accessories. Open daily. 410 Prune Alley. 360-376-2616. A rotating selection of handcrafted ales & lagers served daily in the tasting room at San Juan County’s only microbrewery. 33 Hope Lane. IslandHoppinBrewery.com. 360-376-6079
CAMPS Canoe Island French Camp.
French language/culture, outdoor & artistic activities for 45 campers in 2 & 3 week sessions, 4:1 campers/ counselor, ages 9-16, family camps. CanoeIsland.org. 360-468-2329. Info@CanoeIsland.org. Deer Harbor
Four Winds * Westward Ho Camp.
Est. in 1927, Four Winds * Westward Ho is a non-profit, traditional summer camp for boys and girls ages 7-15. FourWindsCamp.org. 360-376-2277.
Private guided horseback rides, lunch & dinner rides, special children’s horse programs, horse boarding. Offering both day & overnight programs. TurtleheadFarm.com. Info@TurtleHeadFarm.com. 360-376-3649. Eastsound & Surrounding Area
YMCA Camp Orkila.
Summer day & overnight camps. Leadership & expedition trips for teens. Weekend family camps, outdoor environmental education for schools, retreats & conference space. 484 Camp Orkila Rd. YMCACampOrkila.org. 360-376-2678.
FARMS / FARMERS MARKET / SHELLFISH Buck Bay Shellfish Farm.
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm offers gourmet oysters, clams, seasonal fish, crab, & our own organic vegetables. Our shellfish are kept in live tanks. 77 EJ Young Road in Olga. BuckBayShellfish@.com. 360-376-5280.
Once In A Blue Moon Farm.
Farm Vacation Suites with kitchens. A working farm with fresh eggs, orchards, flowers, horses, goats, alpaca & yarn. Interactive tours by advanced arrangements. 412 Eastman Rd. SleepingSea.com. 360-376-7035.
Orcas Island Farmers’ Market.
Produce, flowers, food & unique crafts all produced on Orcas Island. Saturdays from 10am-3pm, MaySept, Eastsound Village Green. Oct-Nov. (11am-2pm) Odd Fellows Hall. OrcasIslandFarmersMarket.org.
Warm Valley Orchard.
Handmade yarns/textiles from our sheep & other natural fibers. Seasonal fruits/meats/vegetables from our farm, orchard & garden. Daily 9:30 am – 5 pm, or by appt. 124 Warm Valley Lane. WarmValleyOrchard.com. firstname.lastname@example.org. 360-376-4386.
FISHING Deer Harbor
A Trophy Fishing Charters.
Salmon and bottom fishing, wildlife and tours. Serving all the islands since 1993. Fast, safe, comfortable boat, with latest electronic gear. FishingTheSanJuans.com. 360-378-2110. 18
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Cascade Boat Rentals.
Great fishing! Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, & 40 rowboat rentals at Cascade & Mountain Lakes. Great for families & groups. D12 Moran State Park. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3411. 12 Outer Island Expeditions. Salmon, Halibut, Cod, Crab & More! Whale watching & fishing combos. Boats from 18-36 ft. Beginners & A10 families welcome. Smugglers Villa Resort. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711.
Deer Harbor Private guided horseback rides, lunch & dinner rides, special childrenâ€™s horse programs, horse boarding. Located on the western Turtleback Mt. Range. TurtleheadFarm.com. Info@TurtleHeadFarm.com. 360-376-3649.
KAYAKING: TOURS / RENTAL / INSTRUCTION Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Cascade Boat Rentals.
Kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, & rowboat rentals at Cascade & Mountain Lakes. Great for families & groups. Great fishing! Moran State Park. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3411.
Outer Island Expeditions.
Tours & Rentals. 3 hour & full day tours. Half & full day rentals. Paddle Orcas or Sucia Island State Park. Lots of wildlife. OuterIslandx.com. 360-376-3711 & 360-622-6562.
Shearwater Kayak Tours.
Explore the island by kayak! Small group guided tours. Morning, Afternoon & Sunset. Multiple locations. Visit our shop in Eastsound. 138 N. Beach Rd. ShearwaterKayaks.com. 360-376-4699.
West Beach Resort.
Paddle the pristine sunny west side of Orcas Island! Kayak rentals in our bay or guided sunset tours for an amazing experience! 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 877-937-8224 & 360-376-2240. Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass
Orcas Island Kayaks.
Kayaks of various designs, motorboats for your own tours, & rowboats for rent. Located at Lieber Haven Resort. Call for reservations. OrcasIslandKayaks.com. 360-376-2472.
Spring Bay Kayak Tours.
Personalized tours led by knowledgeable naturalists in a great location! Quality gear. 2 hour tour $40 per person. Beginners welcome. 464 Spring Bay Trail. SpringBayOnOrcas.com. 360-376-5531.
MARINAS & MARINE SERVICES
Deer Harbor Orcas Island Marine Activity Center! Full service permanent & transient marina. Dockstore, gift shop, whale watching, sailing, kayaking, boat rentals, charters. 5164 Deer Harbor Rd. DeerHarborMarina.com. 360-376-3037. Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area) Rosario Marina. Offering nightly moorage, fuel, pool, showers. Cascade Bay Grill & Store open June-September, offering food service & supplies, overlooking Rosario Marina. RosarioResort.com. 800-562-8820; 360-376-2222 x700.
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MASSAGE / SPA / FITNESS Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area)
Ataraxia Spa at the Deer Harbor Inn.
Single or couples massages. By appointment. DeerHarborInn.com/Spa. 360-298-7153.
Deborah Darner & Wild Rose Wellness.
Therapeutic massage. Wild Rose Ltd. Aromatherapy treatments/products. Energy treatments: Reiki, Aura/Chakra balancing, medical intuitive counsel, plant spirit readings. Parties also. Outcall or Eastsound studio. 360-376-4188.
Healing Arts Center.
The largest & most established alternative healthcare resource in the islands offers massage, bodywork, acupuncture, naturopathy, energy healing, intuitive readings & counseling. 453 N. Beach Rd. OrcasHealingArts.org. 360-376-4002.
Massage By the Sea.
Facilitating wellness since 1995. Romantic couples massage! Hot stones, medical, men’s deep sport, detox energy clearing. MassageByTheSea.com. 344 Main Street, Ste 103. 206-486-HEAL or 360-376-8006.
Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.
Transformational Bodywork with Suzi Zobrist. Visionary Craniosacral Work, Scar-tissue remediation, Holistic lifestyle consultant, Forrest Yoga, Sacred Ceremony. OrcasMandala.com. Info@OrcasMandala.com. 138 N. Beach Rd. 360-298-0218.
Orcas Spa & Athletics.
Massages, body treatments, skin care, manicures, pedicures, sauna, hot tub, indoor lap pool, athletic facility, racquetball court & group fitness classes. 188 A St. OrcasSpaandAthletics.com. 360-376-6361 & 888-894-8881.
Relaxing, reviving, therapeutic, deep tissue massage. Row-mantic couples massage available! 25 years WA state licensed. My studio in Eastsound or your home. 286 Enchanted Forest Rd, Ste 201A. 360-376-4624
Rosario Resort & Spa.
Massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, sauna, hot tub, indoor pool/outdoor pools (seasonal), fitness center & exercise classes. Day passes/monthly memberships available. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2222 x600.
MUSEUMS Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area)
Moran Mansion Museum at Rosario Resort.
National Historic Register. Arts & Crafts furnishings, nautical exhibits, early Orcas Island life displays. Robert Moran narrative & photo collection. Music Room concerts by Christopher Peacock. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2222; 800-562-8820.
Orcas Island Historical Museum & Crow Valley School Museum. Cultural & archeological exhibits, historic homestead cabins,
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The Lambiel Museum.
world-class artifacts dating from the Ice Age. One-room schoolhouse tours. 181 N. Beach Rd. OrcasMuseum.org. OrcasMuseum@rockisland.com. 360-376-4849. Exhibiting the artwork of hundreds of San Juan Islands artists. 2 hour guided tour by appt. $20 per person. LambielMuseum.org. OrcasMuseum.org. 360-376-4544.
PARKS: STATE & COUNTY Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Moran State Park)
Eastsound Village Green.
San Juan County Park in Eastsound on North Beach Road. Features: Seasonal outdoor events; Farmers’ Market May-October; Public Restrooms.
Eastsound Waterfront Park.
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Day-use San Juan County Park in Eastsound. Picnic tables and beach access.
Moran State Park.
5252 acres, 5 lakes, 30+ miles of trails, 150+ campsites. 2409’ Mt. Constitution offers panoramic views of San Juans, Vancouver Island, Cascade & Olympic Mountain ranges. Discover Pass Required. Parks.wa.gov & FriendsofMoran.com. April 1–Sept. 30 (6:30 am– dusk); Oct. 1– March 31 (8 am–dusk). 360-376-2326; 888-CAMPOUT (for reservations). Olga & Obstruction Pass
Obstruction Pass State Park.
80 wooded acres with 400 feet of pebbly beachfront & tidepools. 10 hike-in campsites (first-come, firstserved). 3 mooring buoys. Discover Pass Required. Parks.wa.gov. April 1– Sept 30 (6:30 am–dusk); Oct 1–March 31 (8 am–dusk). 360-376-2326. 20
VISITOR & FAMILY ACTIVITIES Deer Harbor Whale watching/wildlife tours. Guided out island hiking tours. Group rates for large families. Crewed by experienced captains & naturalists since 1988. Deer Harbor & Rosario Resort departures. DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989 & 800-544-5758. Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Moran State Park) The Funhouse. Local youth and community center in youth science museum setting. 30 Pea Patch Ln. TheFunhouse.org. 360-376-7177. Magic Air Tours. Two can share the most magical biplane flight in America. 21st Year, over 20,000 passengers. Stop by our hangar museum. 109 Schoen Lane at Eastsound Airport. MagicAir.com. 360-376-2733 & 800-376-1929. Orcas Moon Alpacas. Take your picture with the herd & visit our farm store! From the ferry, follow Orcas Rd. 5 miles. Take right onto Dolphin Bay Rd at Information/Map corner. 329 Dolphin Bay Rd. OrcasMoonAlpacas.com. 360-376-2707.
Deer Harbor Charters.
Outer Island Expeditions.
Guaranteed Whale Watching tours, kayak tours, fishing charters, kayak & boat rentals, water taxi service. Private charters for groups big & small. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711. San Juan Island Zip San Juan. Experience our family friendly zip line tour on San Juan Island. Zip through the forest & enjoy the beautiful landscape. ZipSanJuan.com. 360-378-5947.
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WHALE & WILDLIFE TOURS
Deer Harbor The original ecotour, whale watching company, now in our 25th year. A truly memorable experience. 2 locations, professional crews. Deer Harbor Marina & Rosario Resort. DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989; 800-544-5758.
Deer Harbor Charters.
Emerald Isle Sailing Charters.
Share an intimate experience of San Juans’ wildlife! Watch for whales, porpoises, eagles, seals & more. Beautiful 54’ boat. 6 hr daysails/3-10 day tours. Naturalist captain. EmeraldIsleSailing.com. 360-376-3472 & 866-714-6611. Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Outer Island Expeditions.
Guaranteed Whale Sightings!!! Go Farther, 12 Go Faster, see more in our New High-Speed Boat! Naturalists, Hydrophones. A10 Private trips available. Smugglers Villa Resort. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711 & 360-622-6562. Orcas Village & Eastsound
Orcas Island Eclipse Charters.
2013 celebrates our 23rd year! 56’ Orcas Express, a great vessel for birthday parties, weddings, board meetings, family reunions. Experience & comfort. 8368 Orcas Rd. (Ferry Dock) & 18 Haven Rd., Ste 120 (Eastsound). OrcasIslandWhales.com. 360-376-6566.
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YOGA & PILATES Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Center Works Studio.
Changing bodies & lives through Pilates, GYROTONIC™, Ballet Barre, Neurofascial reprogramming. Offering drop-in mat classes. Private & semi-private sessions by appt. 188 A Street (Athletic Center Bldg). OrcasPilates.com. 360-376-3659.
Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.
Walk in Beauty! 33 Daily classes, all levels. Drop-ins welcome! Private Yoga & Bodywork sessions D3 available for Individual, Groups or Special Events. OrcasMandala.com. Info@OrcasMandala.com. 138 N. Beach Rd. 360-298-0218.
Surprising and Special â€“ the San Juan Islands by Barbara Courtney, Director of Philanthropy, San Juan Preservation Trust
Did you know that, within these islands, you might find some of the only remaining habitat in the world for the threatened Castilleja levisecta (Golden Indian paintbrush)? Or that our island shorelines, particularly on Orcas, provide some of the most important habit for juvenile salmon in the entire Puget Sound region? Or that the profile of Turtleback Mountain has been used by mariners for centuries as an important navigational waypoint? Or that Western bluebirds and Island Marble butterflies had disappeared from the islands decades ago, but - thanks to the work of many - are now re-establishing themselves in the San Juans? The San Juan archipelago is surprisingly, naturally diverse. From their dense forests, oak savannah, fertile farmland and wildflower meadows to their rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, freshwater wetlands and salt marshes, these islands provide an unmatched diversity of habitat for native plants and animals. With over 15,000 residents and hundreds of thousands of annual visitors, humans have also adapted readily to the island way of life. Eighty-five percent of island land is held in private ownership, so the health and future of these special places rest in the hands of the people that love them. Best known for its efforts to protect Turtleback Mountain (Orcas Island), Watmough Bight (Lopez Island), Vendovi Island and Red Mill Farm (the largest working farm in the entire archipelago), the San Juan Preservation Trust engages people and communities to permanently protect and care for our most special island places. Relying exclusively on the philanthropic support of over 2,400 individuals, the Preservation Trust has permanently protected more than 270 properties, 37 miles of shoreline and 15,000 acres on 20 islands, including land now managed as public parks, nature preserves, wildlife habitat, and working farms and forests.
Shopping “the Rock” While on Orcas (“the Rock” in local lingo), be sure to include a stroll through Eastsound and the surrounding hamlets that make up Orcas Island. As you do, treat yourself to the rich variety of local goods offered by shops of all types. You’re sure to find that special gift for friend, family, or yourself. No visit is complete without a little something from the island.
ANTIQUES Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Ever-changing array of great finds, antiques, collectibles, gifts, jewelry, Orientalia, Persian Rugs, accent accessories, glassware & treasures of the heart. 123 N. Beach Rd. Our House Mall. 360-376-4538.
BOOKS & MUSIC Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Independent bookstore on the waterfront with books for all ages and interests, unique gifts, CDs. Serving delicious Batdorf & Bronson coffee drinks. Daily 7:30 – 6:00. 296 Main St. 360-376-2135.
FLORIST / FLORAL Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Floral boutique offering the freshest blossoms sourced from local & afar. Weddings, floral arrangements, indoor plants, unique gifts to fit each occasion. Delivery available. Open daily 10-5:30. 18 Haven Rd. NestFlowers.com. 360-376-4580. CMorgan@rockisland.com.
GIFTS, CLOTHING & SPECIALTY SHOPS Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Moran State Park)
Driftwood Flowers & Nursery.
A must see for the unexpected! Thoughtful & unusual gifts, garden art, water features, metal sculptures, indoor fountains & plants. Fresh cut flowers a la carte. Next to Island Market. 360-376-6801.
Friends Summit Gift Shop.
Your purchase benefits Moran State Park 100%! Distinctive souvenirs will amaze you as much as the view from the historic stone tower. Visit May-September 11-4 pm or FriendsOfMoran.com. Mt Constitution Rd. 360-376-3111.
Gifts & accessories both whimsical & practical. This abundant selection promises an enjoyable shopping experience. Daily 10-5. 310 Main St., Ste 101/102. 360-376-5522.
Moon Glow Arts & Crafts.
Arts & crafts supplies retail store, scrapbooking, stickers, beads & findings, sewing, & gifts. 269 Main St. MoonGlow@rockisland.com. 360-376-4994.
Featuring a wide variety of jewelry including island-made pieces. Beautiful boutique style clothing & unique items for your home. 109-C N. Beach Rd. 360-376-5863.
Orcas Arts & Gifts.
25th Anniversary! Island Gifts, Local Art, T-Shirts, Handmade Jewelry, Sea Glass, NW Art, Fossil, Minerals, Beads, Jewelry Repair. Child Friendly! 245 Main St. OrcasArts.com or OrcasIslandSeaGlass.com. 360-941-7297.
Located in Eastsound, Ray’s is your one-stop location for prescriptions & gift items. We also carry Washington craft beer, wine & cider. Templin’s Center (68 N. Beach Rd) 360-376-2230.
Fine handcrafted jewelry in precious metals, diamonds, color gems, pearls, by goldsmith Vance Stephens. Storybeads designs by Antoinette Botsford. 172 N. Beach Rd. Vance@ShinolaJewelry.com. 360-376-4508.
Our passion is textiles & accessories! 80% made in the USA, small business designers, natural fibers, eco-manufacturing. Quality is the finest luxury. Summer: Open Daily. 269 Main Street. FashionSiren.com. 360-376-3287.
Great Selection of quality consigned home décor. Fun, whimsical and eclectic stuff! 488 Prune Alley. TradingCo@rockisland.com. 360-376-7322.
A charming cottage boutique featuring classic & contemporary clothes that go wherever life takes you – with effortless style! Summer open daily. Spring/Fall Mon-Sat. 238 N Beach Rd. 360-376-7673.
This unique, quaint shop reflects the owner’s passion for our oceans & these islands. 20 years celebrating eco-friendly, giving back & island made. LifeIsGood@WoodsCove.com. 360-376-2900.
GROCERY STORE / MARKET / DELI Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Country Corner Grocery & Deli.
Western Union, ATM, Lotto, DVDs, full deli, propane, beer & wine, firewood, fishing supplies, organic meats, Judd Cove Oysters. EBT accepted. 837 Crescent Beach Dr (corner of Crescent Beach Dr & Terrill Beach Rd). 360-376-6900.
Fresh produce & meat, in-store deli/bakery, organic products, beer, wine & spirits, grocery items & supplies. Open 7 days a week. 469 Market St. 360-376-6000.
The Village Stop.
Beer, Wine, Soda, Slush Puppies, Ice, Groceries, Snacks, Soft Serve Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Books, Magazines, Lotto & ATM. Open daily 6:30 am – 11 pm. 274 A Street. 360-376-2093. Orcas Village
Orcas Village Store.
Quality meat, seafood, produce, full line grocery, exceptional catering. Espresso, scones, muffins, cookies, croissants from scratch. Excellent housemade sandwiches, pizzas. #10 Killebrew Lake Rd (at the ferry landing). Info@OrcasVillageStore.com. 360-376-8860.
HARDWARE & HOUSEHOLD Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Island Hardware & Supply.
One stop source for home hardware, plumbing, electrical, automotive, garden, tools, fertilizers, feed, camping/RV, paints & construction supplies. 7:30 am – 5:30 pm (M-F); 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Sat). 21 West Beach Rd. 360-376-4200.
Orcas Island Hardware.
Ace is the helpful place for all your home needs. Housewares, Pet & Garden Supplies, Camping, BBQs, Paint, Tools, Gifts, Electrical & Plumbing. Mon-Sat 8 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 10 am – 4 pm. 421 N. Beach Rd. 360-376-3833.
PET SUPPLIES Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Pawki’s – For Pets.
With an amazing selection & knowledgeable advice, Pawki’s is your island pet resource. Food, accessories, toys, gifts & more! Pets welcome! 199 Main St. Pawkis.com. 360-376-3648.
ORCAS BY THE NUMBERS 5252....Acreage of land in Moran State Park 4894....Residents of Orcas Island 2409....Elevation of Mt. Constitution in feet 247.......Average annual days with sunshine 172.......Number of named islands in the San Juans 77.........Shoreline of Orcas Island in miles 57.........Orcas Island total square miles (largest of the San Juans) 40.........Maximum speed limit on the island (less in many areas) 27.........Driving miles from farthest points on island 4............Number of Ferry-served islands in the San Juans 3............Gas stations on Orcas Island 1............Orcas Islandâ€™s place in your heart after visiting 0............Number of stop lights on Orcas Island
Photo: Wade Campbell
Visitor Services: Services: Visitor Personal & & Professional Professional Personal For everything else you’ll ever want or need when visiting Orcas Island … check out this guide to Essential Visitor Services. These businesses and organizations provide services that will make your trip complete!
ARCHITECTS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Stoltz Kau Architects.
Full architectural services, specializing in innovative, ecological design solutions uniquely suited to client & site. 1846 Orcas Rd. StoltzKau.com. 360-376-7521.
AUTO: SERVICE & PARTS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Island Automotive / NAPA Auto Parts.
Complete auto, truck, marine, farm, industrial parts & accessories. Hours: 8-6 (M-F), 9-4 (Sat), 11-4 (Sun). Visa, MC, Discover, Amex. 1402 Mt. Baker Rd. 360-376-4901.
Mt. Baker Car Wash.
Full-service, touch-free automatic car wash. 2 self-service bays. Vacuums. Environmentally friendly. Open 24 hours a day. 1402 Mt. Baker Rd. 360-376-7770.
Orcas Auto Tech / Orcas Towing.
A NAPA AutoCare center offering a nationwide parts & labor warranty for all repairs. “AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility”. 8 am–6 pm. Towing, lockouts & roadside assistance – call our 24-hr number 360-376-TOWS (8697). Bus. 360-376-5400.
CABLE / INTERNET / COMPUTER SERVICES Mt. Baker Cable, LLC.
Mt Baker Cable provides true high speed broadband internet and cable television service, month-to-month, no contracts! 360-966-7502 or 877-396-3016. MtBakerCable.com. Eastsound & Surrounding Area
High speed internet, surfroom with workstations, computer repair, website & network developers, printing, faxing, scanning, copying, in-home or in-office. 254 N Beach Rd. 360-376-4124. OrcasOnline.net.
CHURCHES Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Emmanuel Episcopal Parish.
Historic church on the water. Sunday services: 1st Sunday of the month at 10 am; other Sundays at 8 am & 10 am. 218 Main St. OrcasEpiscopal.org. ParishOffice@OrcasEpiscopal.com. 360-376-2352.
Orcas Island Community Church.
A vibrant non-denominational community church and island tradition for 129 years. Sunday morning worship and weekday programs serving all ages. 176 Madrona St. OrcasChurch.org. 360-376-6422.
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS & NON-PROFITS Friends of Moran State Park. A 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Coordinating volunteers & fund raising to help preserve & maintain our state park. FriendsOfMoran.com. 360-376-3111.
Eastsound & Surrounding Area
YMCA Camp Orkila.
Summer day & overnight camps. Leadership & expedition trips for teens. Weekend family camps, outdoor education for schools, retreats & conference space. 484 Camp Orkila Rd. CampOrkila.org. 360-376-2678.
The SeaDoc Society: People & Science Healing the Sea.
A non-profit that funds & conducts research on marine fish & wildlife & Salish E8 Sea ecosystem. Check us out at SeaDocSociety.org. 942 Deer Harbor Rd. SeaDocSociety.org. 360-376-3910.
CONSTRUCTION / LANDSCAPE / INTERIORS Perch Design.
Residential interior design studio servicing clients in the San Juan Islands. Specializing in clean, simple design solutions for island living. IslandPerch.com. 360-376-2076 or 206-240-5682.
EQUIPMENT RENTAL Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Mt. Baker Rentals.
U-Haul dealer. Trucks, trailers, local & one-way. 3 Aerial equipment rental, personnel lifts up to 45 feet. Daily, weekly & monthly A9 rates. 1402 Mt. Baker Rd. 360-376-7770 (Rentals) & 360-376-6600 (UHaul).
FINANCIAL Eastsound & Surrounding Area
For over 30 years, we’ve been servicing our communities 6 & neighbors with our full service banking & loan options. Hours: Lobby M-F, D4 9-5. Drive-thru M-Th 8:30-5, Fri 8:30-6. 475 Fern St. IslandersBank.com. 360-376-2265.
HAIR SALONS Celtic Beauty.
Catering to men, women & children, Celtic Beauty is your Orcas Island hair & make-up stop for visitors, or special events & weddings! 374 North Beach Rd. 360-376-2610.
HEALTH CARE: CLINICS & SERVICES Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Visiting? Now is the perfect time for habit cessation hypnosis or couples communication lessons. Islanders? Counseling for individuals or couples. 22 Key Drive. LindaJ@teleport.com. LindaBannerman.com. 360-261-4434.
Orcas Family Health Center.
Providing quality medical care & services to residents & visitors on Orcas. All insurances accepted, sliding fee scale available. 1286 Mt. Baker Rd #B102. OrcasFamilyHealthCenter.org. 360-376-7778.
Orcas Island Family Medicine, PC.
Individualized healthcare for all members of your family – same day appointments available. 33 Urner St, Ste. 5. 360-376-4949.
Orcas Medical Center.
Comprehensive adult/pediatric care. Available 24/7 for emergencies. Wound/fracture care. Digital Xray uploaded to Radiology specialists. Skin disorders. FAA & CDL exams. 7 Deye Lane. OrcasMedicalCenter.com. 360-376-2561.
San Juans Vision Source.
San Juans Vision source provides 15 comprehensive ocular health care including the monitoring of visual acuities A1 & more. Sunglasses, frames & lenses available. M-W 9:30 am – 5 pm. Thurs 9:30 am – 1 pm. Fri closed. 1286 Mt Baker Rd, Ste 106B. Cweyes.com. Cweyes@me.com. 360-376-5310. 27
LIBRARY Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Orcas Island Public Library.
Visitor cards, Internet, wireless, programs, audio books, ebooks, CDs, DVDs & more. Storytime Thurs & Sat 11 am. Open every day. 500 Rose St. OrcasLibrary.org. 360-376-4985.
OFFICE SUPPLIES & SERVICES: COPYING & FAXING Eastsound & Surrounding Area
The Office Cupboard.
We sell office, school, arts & drafting supplies. We serve your printing, scanning, faxing, passport photos & photo restoration needs. 8:30 am–6 pm (Mon–Fri); 9 am–5 pm (Sat). 221 ‘A’ Street #2 (Post Office Bldg). 360-376-2378.
REAL ESTATE COMPANIES / REALTORS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate.
Serving Orcas Island for 42 years — land, homes, business sales. We’re not a franchise; we’re family! 291 N. Beach Rd. OrcasHomes.com. 360-376-2202.
“Come for the Adventure….stay for the Lifestyle!” I did….20 years ago, 12 years as a professional Broker successfully matching people & properties. 18 Haven Rd. Gwyneth@Windermere.com. 360-317-5690 & 360-376-8000 ext. 259.
Orcas Island Realty.
Real estate marketing, sales and consulting. Serving Orcas Island for 60 years! Open Mon-Sat, 9-5. Located on North Beach Rd, next to Historical Museum & Village Green. OrcasIslandRealty.com. 360-376-2145.
Windermere Real Estate Orcas Island.
Whether buying, selling or renting, our highly-qualified brokers provide the excellent, personal service you deserve. We’re your community real estate specialists. 18 Haven Rd. Orcas-Island.com. Orcas@Windermere.com. 800-842-5770 & 360-376-8000.
SCHOOLS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Orcas Island School District.
Award-winning Middle & High Schools. Excellent elementary with low student-teacher ratio; grades 1-3 Montessori program; superb music & arts program. 557 School Rd. OrcasIslandSchools.org. 360-376-2284.
TRANSPORTATION: AIR / LAND / SEA A Orcas Island Taxi.
24 hours. Family owned & operated. Friendly & professional transportation. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. Reservations highly recommended. Pets Welcome. OrcasIslandTaxi.com. 360-376-TAXI (8294) or 800-942-1926.
Offering 11 convenient trips a day from Seatac to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, 7 days a week! Check us out! Airporter.com. 866-235-5247.
Daily seaplane flights between Seattle’s Lake Union & Deer Harbor, Rosario & West Sound; Land planes between Boeing Field and Orcas Island Airport. KenmoreAir.com. 866-435-9524.
New Orcas Taxi Tours LLC. 360-376-6668.
Reservations a plus. 360-298-1639 or
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Northwest Sky Ferry.
“FLIGHTPOOLING” Pioneers providing the San Juans, Bellingham, Seattle, Point Roberts and Canada with daily, scheduled, charter and scenic air service. Orcas Island Airport. NWSkyFerry.com. 360-376-7139.
Orcas Island Shuttle, Inc.
Year-round rentals. Sedans, mini-vans, convertibles, 15-passenger vans. Free delivery with 24-hr advance booking. Starting at $59.95/day + tax. OrcasIslandShuttle.com. 360-376-RIDE (7433).
Water Taxi Service by Outer Island Expeditions.
Daily trips to 12 Sucia Island! We can get you to any Island & the Mainland locations such as A10 Blaine, Bellingham & Anacortes. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711.
VISITOR INFORMATION & PUBLICATIONS Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.
Providing visitor information about Orcas Island, including this guide. Visitor Information Center offers E3 trip planning help. Free weekly Orcas Events email. 65 N. Beach Rd. OrcasIslandChamber.com. Info@OrcasIslandChamber.com. 360-376-2273.
The Islands’ Sounder.
Print & electronic newspaper covering Orcas Island & San Juan County. Publisher of the visitors’ guide ‘Springtide’ & relocation almanac ‘Book of San Juan Islands.’ 217 Main Street. IslandsSounder.com. 360-376-4500.
Photo: Wade Campbell
Weddings & & Events Events Weddings Your Wedding dreams come true on beautiful Orcas Island! From planners to party rentals…restaurants to resorts…flowers to facials… it’s all here. Make your wedding day a magical one on Orcas Island.
ACTIVITIES Eastsound & Surrounding Area
Unique meetings, romantic dinners, adventures, after dinner cruises. All aboard our 50’ yacht Capricorn. Sunset Dinner-LunchHike-Swim-Sightsee Sucia & Matia Islands. Departs Brandt’s Landing. CruiseControlWeb.com. 360-927-8216 year-round.
Deer Harbor Charters.
The original ecotour, whale watching company, now in our 25th year. A truly memorable experience. 2 locations, professional crews. Deer Harbor Marina & Rosario Resort. DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989; 800-544-5758.
Outer Island Expeditions.
Guaranteed Whale Watching tours, kayak 12 tours, fishing charters, kayak & boat rentals, water taxi service. Private A10 charters for groups big & small. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711.
CATERING Deer Harbor
Deer Harbor Inn Catering.
Full, friendly catering service. Fantastic 9 food/reasonable rates. Mobile ovens/grills to cook onsite, any location. E6 Featuring local & fresh NW cuisine. DeerHarborInn.com/Weddings-Catering. 360-376-1040.
FLORISTS Eastsound & Surrounding Area Nest. Reflect the feelings you wish to evoke for your special occasion. Let us bring the beauty & spirit of flowers to your wedding day. Open daily 10–5:30. 18 Haven Rd. NestFlowers.com. 360-376-4580. CMorgan@rockisland.com.
Patina Weddings: Floral Design & Planning.
The casually elegant wedding, thoughtfully planned, lovingly designed, stunning flowers, woven together with our quintessential touch of magic. Free consultation. PatinaFloral.com. Leslie@PatinaFloral.com. 360-376-3737.
OFFICIANTS Olga / Obstruction Pass
Weddings on Orcas Island.
Personal, meaningful and legal ceremonies for ALL couples. Any Orcas Island location. Sweet and Simple ceremony $150. Guitarist, lodging, kayak ceremony available. 464 Spring Bay Trail. WeddingsOnOrcas.com. 360-376-5531.
PLANNING Patina Weddings: Floral Design & Planning.
The casually elegant wedding, thoughtfully planned, lovingly designed, stunning flowers, woven together with our quintessential touch of magic. Free consultation. PatinaFloral.com. 360-376-3737. Leslie@PatinaFloral.com.
RENTALS Orcas Lions Club.
Tents, tables & chair rentals. No setup or delivery fees. All money goes back to the community. OrcasLions.org. 888-269-6766.
WEDDING & RECEPTION SITES Turtleback Farm Inn.
One of The 1000 Places to See Before You Die offers Elopements, small weddings and family events at our rural valley setting.Â We can provide all you might need for this special event. 1981 Crow Valley Rd. TurtlebackInn.com. 360-376-4914..
Deer Harbor Charters.
Have your wedding or reception on the water on one of our 3 vessels, 6-34 guests. Licensed captain/minister to perform the ceremony. Deer Harbor & Rosario Resort departures. DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989 & 800-544-5758.
Eastsound & Surrounding Area (including Rosario Area)
Inn at Ship Bay.
Let us help you create your unique and unforgettable event. Seasonal cuisine, waterview rooms, indoor/outdoor weddings/ events, all overlooking East Sound. 326 Olga Rd. InnatShipBay.com. 877-276-7296 or 360-376-5886.
Outlook Inn and New Leaf Cafe.
Comfort, beauty and deep rest in a 20 busy world. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200 & 888-OUTLOOK.
Rosario Resort & Spa.
Outdoor waterfront ceremony sites on the stunning Point Lawn, indoor ceremonies in the beautiful historic Music Room. The Discovery House offers a spectacular waterfront reception site for up to 250. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2222.
West Beach Resort.
Prime beachfront event & ceremony site on the 23 sunny west side of Orcas Island. Resort amenities, spectacular sunsets. B8 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 877-937-8224 & 360-376-2240. Olga / Doe Bay
Doe Bay Resort & Retreat. Waterfront & gorgeous!
Incredible on-site catering, wide range of accommodations, dedicated staff. Massage, yoga, sauna, soaking tubs, kayaking & more! 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291.
Orcas Island Eclipse Charters.
Share in the romantic ambiance at sea aboard the 56â€™ Orcas Express. Experience you expect, comfort you deserve. Full service planning. Hours 9-5. At Ferry Dock & 18 Haven Rd., Ste 120. OrcasIslandWhales.com. 360-376-6566.
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The Orcas Hotel.
Full- service wedding and reception site with catering, 25 linens, planning for up to 140 guests. OrcasHotel.com/Weddings. F2 18 Orcas Hill Rd. 360-376-4300.
Birding on on Orcas Orcas Island Island Birding Text and Photos by Don and Sandi McVay Spring Point, Orcas Island
Orcas Island can be a good place to see birds at almost any time of the year. Spring and fall bring small colorful migrants such as warblers. In summer, birds are nesting, and winter features many different types of ducks. Orcas has a great variety of habitats that attract different types of birds. There are rocky cliffs in Moran State Park, wetlands at Killebrew Lake and the Richardson Preserve, coniferous forests, and agricultural areas. And of course gulls, ducks, loons and various other waterfowl can be seen from almost any shoreline area. A good area to look for birds starts with a right hand turn from the ferry landing. A short drive brings you to Killebrew Lake where many species of ducks and other aquatic birds can be found. For marine birds, turn left from the ferry and left again on Deer Harbor Road. West Sound usually has several varieties of marine ducks. Also on Deer Harbor Road at Wildrose Lane is a trail up Turtleback Mountain Preserve (San Juan Preservation Trust). This is a good place to find eagles, woodpeckers, chickadees, sparrows and other woodland birds. To reach the Frank Richardson Wildfowl Preserve (San Juan Preservation Trust), continue on the Deer Harbor Road and turn right on Channel Road. The little bridge over the estuary is worth a stop and the Preserve is a little farther along on the right side of the road. This wetland usually has swallows, ducks, blackbirds, herons, sparrows and wrens. A hike around one of the lakes in Moran State Park or up Mount Constitution is often a good place to see eagles, vultures, and ravens, as well as small woodland birds. Rufous Hummingbirds abound all over Orcas Island in spring and summer. In spring you may even be dive-bombed by these territorial little mites. Even if you’re not a “birder,” keep your eyes open and you might see some of Orcas’ wonderful feathered residents.
Local Food, Food, Local Local Flavor Flavor Local by John Steward, Madie Murray & Bruce Orchid
If you like to eat, you could not ask for a better place to live than Orcas Island. Aside from a wide variety of sea food products — from the finest Spot Prawns and Oysters, to the freshest Salmon — we are also blessed with a number of small farms that produce farm fresh, organic meats, vegetables and dairy products. Many of our local restaurants are directly supplied by some of these farmers.
Photo: Peter C. Fisher
There are not too many places left in the world where farmers and chefs have a direct one-on-one relationship like this. Farmers communicate with chefs on a weekly basis regarding current availability and upcoming harvests. Deliveries are normally made directly by the farmers themselves. It’s a very intimate and mutually beneficial system. Farmers benefit by having a consistent market for their product. Chefs benefit by having access to the very best farm fresh products available to them. Farmers take pride in delivering their products to local establishments and often the chefs will include the farms names on their menus. It is truly a win-win situation. Patrons to the establishment also benefit by having great dining experiences that are unique to Orcas. Chefs at home are also in luck. Orcas Island has a vibrant farmers’ market that runs from May through November. You will find a vast array of local farm products throughout the entire season. Some farms offer Community Supported Agriculture memberships (CSAs) where you can pre-purchase a share of the harvest. These types of relationships help farmers survive by being able to cover a portion of their seasonal operating costs. We all benefit by creating a direct relationship with farmers and also by strengthening our community by making a financial investment in a small local business. Another way farmers contribute to the health and well being of their community is through the Farm to Cafeteria Program and the public school cafeteria. Fresh local organic items are delivered daily during the school year to feed our Island kids, and many farmers welcome classes to their farms to learn firsthand the art of good farming and healthy eating. Orcas Island is a wonderful place to be an eater. We cordially invite you and your family to experience and explore the diverse selection of our local bounty. Bon appétit!
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OBSTRUCTION 27 PASS STATE PARK
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Sunrise Rock 991’
Float Plane Dock
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Burl Hall Rd
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Dock Moorage Mountain Bike Trails Gasoline
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Orcas Hill Road
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Orcas Island Historical Museum
Eastsound Village Green
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Helpful Numbers (Area code 360 unless noted)
Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce ���������������������������� 376-2273 Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce ���������������������������� 468-4664 San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce ����������������������� 378-5240 SJ Islands Visitors’ Bureau......................................888-468-3701 Orcas Public Library..................................................... 376-4985 Orcas Island Ferry Landing ������������������������������������������ 376-6253 Orcas Island School District ����������������������������������������� 376-2284 WA Ferries (in WA or British Columbia) �����������������888-808-7977 Out of state.....................................................206-464-6400
Emergency Numbers (Area code 360 unless noted)
All emergencies.................................................................9-1-1 Emergencies — cell phone ����������������������������������������� 378-4141 Sheriff non-emergency............................................... 378-4151 Fire Department Office................................................ 376-2331 Domestic Violence/Assault Services ���������������������������� 376-1234 Coast Guard Rescue..................................................... 734-1692 OPALCO power outages................................................ 376-3599
Orcas does not have a hospital emergency room; physicians are on call after hours. EMTs & paramedics are available 24/7 for urgent medical situations. (Area code 360 unless noted)
Orcas Island Medical Center ���������������������������������������� 376-2561 Orcas Family Health Center ����������������������������������������� 376-7778 Orcas Island Family Medicine �������������������������������������� 376-4949 Dr. Chris White Eye Clinic.............................................. 376-5310 Domestic Violence/Assault Services ���������������������������� 376-1234 Ray’s Pharmacy........................................................... 376-2230 After hours emergency only ���������������������������������� 376-3693
Animals and Pets (Area code 360 unless noted)
Orcas Veterinary Services............................................. 376-6373 Wolf Hollow (wildlife)................................................. 378-5000 Orcas Island Animal Shelter ���������������������������������������� 376-6777
Photo: Wade Campbell
2013 Annual Events on Orcas Island Visit www.OrcasIslandChamber.com
Polar Bear Plunge.......... January 1 at Cascade Lake. Sponsor: Orcas Island Rowing Association The Kindling’s WinterFest............... March 8–10. Sponsor: Orcas Island Community Church 2nd Annual Shakespeare Festival.....March 23. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Funhouse Science Fair....................... March 30 at The Funhouse. Sponsor: The Funhouse Farmers Market in Eastsound......... May–September Saturdays 10am-3pm: Village Green . .....................................October–November Saturdays 11am-2pm: Odd Fellows Hall Bite of Orcas.................. May 25 at Village Green. Sponsor: Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Orcas Pet Parade....................... May 25 in Eastsound. Sponsor: Kaleidoscope Daycare Center Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival............ June 21 & 22 Location: Orcas Center Solstice Parade Celebration............................. June 22 beginning at Noon in Eastsound Orcas Island Garden Tour...................... June 29 & 30. Sponsor: Orcas Island Garden Club Deer Harbor Fireworks........................................ July 3. Sponsor: Deer Harbor Marina Eastsound Fireworks........................... July 4. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Historical Days........................................ July 4. Sponsor: Orcas Island Historical Museum Orcas Community Parade........... July 6, 11 am. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Olga Daze Celebration....................... July 20, 10am-3pm. Sponsor: Olga Community Club Kindling’s Fest.............................. July 31–Aug 3. Sponsor: Orcas Island Community Church Orcas Fly-In .....................................................August 2–4. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 937 Doe Bay Fest.................................................... August 7–13. Location: Doe Bay Resort Library Fair............................................. August 10. Sponsor: Orcas Island Public Library Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival ����������������������������������������������������August 9–24 Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival
Orcas Island Artists’ Studio Tour............................... August 16–18, 11 am–5 pm
Location: Various studios on Orcas
Steve Braun Memorial Triathlon..................... September 1 Sponsor: Friends of Moran Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Festival ������������������������������������������ September 3–4
Sponsor: Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Foundation
Holiday Festival of Arts........................November 30. Sponsor: Orcas Island Senior Center Library Holiday Tea.................................... December 7. Sponsor: Friends of the Library Artisan’s Faire............................................. December 7 & 8. Location: Odd Fellows Hall *Santa Ship at Deer Harbor.............................. Early December. Location: Deer Harbor *Eastsound Holiday Celebration ���������������������������������������������� Early December
Shopping, Caroling, and Christmas tree lighting in Eastsound Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce
*No date set or not yet confirmed
For more information please visit our website at: www.OrcasIsland Chamber.com Orcas Community Parade (Photo: Wade Campbell)
Or call or e-mail the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce: 360-376-2273 Info@OrcasIslandChamber.com Farmers Market (Photo: Nancy Alboucq)
Moran State Park by Linda Sheridan, Friends of Moran State Park
When visiting Orcas Island make sure to check out Moran State Park! Moran has over 5,000 acres to explore by foot, bike, horse, boat or car. We have over 35 miles of trails, 5 freshwater lakes, several picnic areas, overnight camping, a vacation house rental and an overnight retreat center that holds up to 144 people. We also host one of the best views in the San Juan Islands at the top of Mount Constitution (2, 409 feet). Whether you are here just for the day, or you plan to stay much longer, Moran is a site you will not want to miss because there is a little something for everyone. We have beautiful flora and fauna all over the park as well as scenic views from the trails and/or from the comfort of your vehicle. If you need to cool off we have a swimming beach at our Day Use area on Cascade Lake and there is even a playground for the kids! Sportfishing is a big draw to our park because we stock two of our lakes with Kokanee (a landlocked Salmon) from our Moran hatchery. For the history buffs and architect fanatics, we have over 20 historical buildings that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the ‘30s and ‘40s that can still be seen in the park today. (Make sure you check out the stone tower at the top of Mt. Constitution!) For families visiting for a few days check out a Moran Journey Pack. They are available at the registration booth. For a small donation packs provide sharing nature games with children, color pencils, binoculars, magnifying glasses. It’s an environmental educational outreach for kids of all ages. Moran is open year-round but campsites fill up early in the summer, so call ahead to make a reservation — (888)-CAMPOUT. For more info about Moran visit www.parks.wa.gov or www.friendsof moran.com. The view from Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park
Photo: Wade Campbell
Welcome to Orcas Island! A visitors guide about the 'Gem of the San Juans.'