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O RC A S The Gem of the San Juans

2019–2020 VISITOR GUIDE & BUSINESS DIRECTORY

Courtesy of Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

OrcasIslandChamber.com • 360-376-2273


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.

ORCAS ISLAND

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, and a community center.

Deer Harbor is the farthest point West on Orcas, and offers full marina services, various lodging choices, a restaurant, and water activities.

Eastsound is the town center on Orcas, and extends beyond the

village core. Eastsound proper is largely a walking village, offering shops of all kinds, many accommodation choices, a variety of restaurants, and many family & visitor activities. To the Southwest is Crow Valley, home to lodging, a museum, and the golf course. West Beach is due west from Eastsound and offers shops, lodging, and YMCA Camp Orkila. 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 Design by Wade Campbell • Cover photo by Peter C. Fisher


What’s Inside

Photo: Wade Campbell

Getting to Orcas Island…4 A Glimpse at our Ferrytale Life on Orcas...5 Where to Stay…6-8 Orcas by the Numbers…9 Orcas Rocks!…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 Orcas’ Orcas...22 Shopping “the Rock”…23-25 Services and Non-Profits…26-28 Celebrating Farms & Food in the San Juans…29 Weddings & Events…30-31 Local Food, Local Flavor…32 Our Natural Marine Environment…33 Helpful Telephone Numbers…34 2019/2020 Events Calendar…35 Moran State Park Overview…36 Handy Maps…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). Walk-on passengers are also welcome.

By Plane

Catch a small plane at various Northwest locations, including Seattle’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.

By Boat

There are several docking options for boaters, from day moorage to marinas. Some seasonal favorites are Rosario, West Sound, Deer Harbor, Obstruction Pass, West Beach Resort, Olga & Eastsound.

Photo: JRobert Demar

Transportation options are found on page 26.

Important Ferry Information: Reservations are now available on Washington State Ferries

to help make trip planning easier and more predictable. How do you save a spot? Go to www.takeaferry.com. There is no fee to make a reservation, however, you need a credit/debit card to reserve your spot. When you get to the tollbooth in Anacortes you will pay for your roundtrip fare. Reservations are highly recommended for travel to the islands and your return to Anacortes. If you need to travel at the last minute or can’t make a reservation for the day you’d like to travel, try traveling standby. While you may not always get on the sailing of your choice, there is often space available when people don’t show up for their reservations or when reservation holders end up traveling at a different 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: 4

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.


A Glimpse at Our Ferrytale Life on Orcas Island by Edee Kulper • www.lifeonanorthwestisland.com Unless you own a plane, you get really familiar with traveling to and from Orcas Island on the ferry. Everything changes the moment you arrive at the ferry landing and wait to board. For visitors who are used to the fast life, it can be a challenge to stop and be. For others who are here precisely for the peace and quiet, it’s a joy to eschew busy-ness. Once on the ferry, if you choose the warmth of the passenger deck above, the views are stunning. The 60- to 80-minute ride to Orcas is relaxing; people are friendly and one can chat the whole time or enjoy the solitude. Either way, it’s a perfect segue to life on the island.

Once here, the serenity and beauty take over your being. Summer beauty here is stunning –­ crystal clear skies, views of mountains and the sea through the forest, and breathtaking colors all around. Winter beauty incites reflective contemplation and inward creativity – windswept seas; sylvan scenes; and nature in the palettes of grays, browns, and dark greens. One thing you’ll experience in any season is the friendliness of our people. The time to chat. The eye contact and the waves from drivers along the road. A bit like Little House on the Prairie in modern times, Orcas Island is a place where locals greet each other throughout the day and tourists, once de-city-fied, no longer avert their eyes. Whether living here or visiting here, Orcas Island is a storybook place to be.

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Where to Stay: Lodging & Accommodations 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.

We offer the finest lodging accommodations on Orcas Island. B&B’s, resorts, cottages, condominiums & hotels. Orcas-Lodging.com. 360-376-2297

BED & BREAKFASTS Deer Harbor / West Sound

The Inn on Orcas Island. “One of the 20 best seaside getaways on the West Coast” – Sunset Magazine. 114 Channel Rd. TheInnOnOrcasIsland.com. 360-376-5227

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Double Mountain Bed & Breakfast.

Unforgettable panoramic view. 2 rooms & a 2-room suite with kitchen & deck. Private baths. Close to Eastsound Village. 660 Double Hill Rd. DoubleMountainBandB.com. 360-376-4570

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Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast.

4 Romantic, historic 1907 Craftsman B&B within walking distance of Eastsound Village. Rave reviews A10 for the delicious organic breakfasts. 1459 North Beach Rd. KangarooHouse.com. 360-376-2175

Otters Pond Bed & Breakfast.

Adjacent to Moran State Park, this property is a protected wetland and special retreat for birds, birders and Orcas Island wildlife. 100 Tomihi Dr. OttersPond.com. 360-376-8844

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Turtleback Farm Inn.

Again one of “The 1000 Places to See Before 8 You Die.” 80 tranquil acres, spotless accommodations, honored breakfasts C8 & gracious service. 1981 Crow Valley Rd. TurtlebackInn.com. 800-376-4914

CAMPING / GLAMPING Deer Harbor / West Sound

Island Westys.

Classic VW Westfalia multi-day rentals for exploring and camping around the San Juan Islands. IslandWestys.com. 360-376-2770

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

LEANTO.

Take the easy way out. Enjoy a fully-outfitted glamping site in the heart of Moran State Park. South End Loop – Moran State Park. StayLeanto.com. 360-298-1684

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Mount Baker Farm.

A family-friendly campground & guesthouse 52 accommodations with a train & children-friendly animals. 706 Mt Baker Rd. A10 MountBakerFarm.com. 360-298-2686

West Beach Resort.

Beachfront cabins, RV, camping, glamping, marina, activities, seasonal food & beverages. Family-friendly resort on the west side of the island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 360-376-2240

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Oceanfront camping! Includes outdoor soaking tubs, sauna, guest kitchen, library, yoga studio & more. Seed-totable Café, massage & General Store. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291 6

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INNS / HOTELS / RESORTS Deer Harbor / West Sound

Deer Harbor Inn.

Boutique lodge, private cottages with fireplaces, hot tubs, restaurant & massage. Walk to marina, whale watching & kayaking. Pet friendly. 33 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInn.com. 360-376-4110

Kingfish Inn.

Gracious, romantic country inn – not at all pretentious, yet undeniably elegant. Steps from the sparkling waters of West Sound. KingfishInn.com. 360-376-2500

Pebble Cove Farm.

Waterfront suites overlook Massacre Bay. Enjoy our private beach, rowboat, organic garden & farm animals. Organic continental breakfast. 3341 Deer Harbor Road. PebbleCoveFarm.com. 360-376-6161

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Beach Haven Resort.

Secluded log cabins with decks on a private beach. Furnished with full kitchens & wood stoves. Families welcome, no pets please. 684 Beach Haven Rd. Beach-Haven.com. 360-376-2288

Inn at Ship Bay.

11 water view rooms each w/balcony, private bath, king-sized bed, Franklin fireplace & other amenities. Farm-to-table seasonal dining overlooking Ship Bay. 326 Olga Rd. InnAtShipBay.com. 360-376-5886

Landmark Inn on Orcas Island.

Waterview condos for nightly/ weekly rentals in Eastsound. Private decks, kitchens, WiFi, easy walk to shops/restaurants. 65 Main St. Manager@OrcasIsland-Landmark.com. 360-376-2423

North Beach Inn. 13 housekeeping cottages on private pristine

beach. Family vacations, romantic getaway or personal retreat. Petfriendly, fireplaces, moorage. Historic Lodge for events. 650 Gibson Rd. NorthBeachInn.com. 360-376-2660

Outlook Inn & New Leaf Café.

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant located on the water in Eastsound. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200.

Rosario Resort & Spa.

Listed on the National Historic Register. Featuring water-view accommodations, restaurant, lounge, spa, marina, museum and boutique. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2152

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Waterfront vacation houses, family friendly, 22 pool, beach, hot tubs, best sunsets, nightly beach fire. 54 Hunt Rd. A10 Smuggler.com. 800-488-2097

Smugglers Villa Resort. West Beach Resort.

Beachfront cottages, RV, camping, marina, activities, seasonal food & beverages. Family-friendly resort on the west side of the island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com 360-376-2240.

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Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Pristine waterfront accommodations, seed-to-table Cafe and onsite garden, yoga, massage, outdoor soaking tubs, General Store, kayaking and more! 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com 360-376-2291

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Orcas Village

The Orcas Hotel.

Full-service historic hotel overlooking the water. A great place to stay & see all the islands have to offer. Rent the whole hotel for events! 18 Orcas Hotel Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300

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VACATION RENTALS / COTTAGES Deer Harbor / West Sound

All Dream Cottages.

Waterfront cottages – romantic & private with fully-equipped kitchens, large decks, breathtaking views, resident wildlife & more. All a Dream. DreamStayOrcas.com. 360-376-2500

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Cabins on the Point.

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Cape Cod romantic waterfront cabins facing sunny, private beach. Full kitchen, fireplace, BBQ, kayaks, hot tub, campfire, water view. Perfect for a honeymoon. 2101 Deer Harbor Rd. CabinsOnThePoint.com. 360-376-4114

Gnome House/Maggie’s Manor/Grandma & Grandpa’s Getaway. Romantic getaways & family vacations on 140-acre estate. Waterfront, gardens, meadows & ponds. Orcas-Island-Rentals.com. 360-376-2480

Orcas Oasis.

Private estate with over 180-degree water, island & mountain views. Luxury home with 70’ lap pool, hot tub, exercise room, pool table, large sunny decks, gardens, meadows, ponds & much more. OrcasOasis.com. 360-376-4646

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

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Buckhorn Farm Bungalow.

Perfect country setting for island adventures. Lovingly restored cottage sleeps 4 with full kitchen, gardens, close to beach. Couples/families welcome. 17 Jensen Rd. BuckhornFarm.com. 360-376-2298

Cherie L Lindholm Real Estate.

Full service real estate and property management. Vacation rental specialists. OrcasHomes.com. 360-376-2204

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Indian Island Suites.

Upscale, beautifully furnished, luxurious setting 16 in Eastsound. Each unit complete with gourmet kitchens, washers/dryers, D1 jetted tubs, satellite TV. 18 Fishing Alley. 360-298-2219 Offering a luxury stay for families & friends. Includes 33 a gourmet kitchen, full service spa, game/media rooms, pool table, tipi & B11 amazing island views. Parker Reef Rd. VRBO.com/1186742

Islandview Haus.

NW Island Escapes.

We offer the largest vacation rental portfolio in the San Juans. Beautiful, private homes with professional management. NWIslandEscapes.com. 800-391-8190 or 360-378-3601

SeaStar Lodging.

Launch your island explorations from these exceptional & immaculate lodgings – 3 homes & 4 delightful condos offer accommodations for 2-12. 344 Main St. SeaStarOrcasIsland.com. 360-593-9538

The Salish-Seaside Escapes.

Artisanal waterfront cottages located just outside of Eastsound. 327 Sunset Ave. The-Salish.com. 360-376-2234

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Bayside Cottages.

Vacation homes with private beach access. Unique Mount Baker & Rosario Straight views. There’s no better place to watch a sunrise. 65 Willis Lane. hello@bayside-cottages.com. 360-375-7940

Blackberry Beach Cabin.

Waterfront cabin in the quiet village of Olga. Access to pebble beach & close to Moran State Park. 22 First St. BlackberryBeach.com. 360-376-2845

Buck Bay Getaway.

Enjoy the Getaway from the shorelines of Buck Bay with views of our oyster farm in the San Juan Islands. BuckBayShellfishFarm.com. 360-376-5280

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ORCAS BY THE NUMBERS

5387.Residents of Orcas Island 5252.Acreage of land in Moran State Park 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 Island’s place in your heart after visiting 0...... Number of stop lights on Orcas Island

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ORCAS ROCKS! ROCKS! ORCAS

A Brief Geological History By Sandi Friel T Williams Realty, SimplyOrcas.com Looking out from one of the stunning viewpoints atop Orcas Island’s Turtleback Mountain or Mount Constitution, it’s easy to imagine that the evergreen archipelago spread out below you has existed as-is since time immemorial. Indeed, the rock you’re standing on may be more than 500 million years old! Far from being permanent, however, Orcas is part of a dynamic system that has changed in remarkable ways within the blink of an eye – geologically speaking. For one thing, back when dinosaurs stomped around the landscape, Turtleback Mountain was at the bottom of the sea. And it was in Mexico. Yes, Orcas was once south of the border where Baja lies today. In fact, all of the San Juan Islands are still slowly sailing through the cool waters of the Salish Sea, moving northeast at about an inch-and-a-half a year. Not too long ago, the island you’re visiting wasn’t even an island. Orcas was part of a larger land mass upon which very large – but now extinct – animals such as giant ground sloths, short-faced bears, mammoths, and herds of nine-foot-tall buffalo roamed. During the last ice age you could skate across Orcas Island, which was buried beneath a mile of ice! It was the advance and retreat of glaciers that ultimately shaped the dramatic setting you see today, smoothing and scarring the rocky highlands while excavating the deep channels that eventually filled with seawater and turned hilltops into islands. While the living earth’s grand forces rewarded Orcas by carrying it to this relatively dry spot in the rainshadow of the Olympics and carving its beautiful marine environment, the one thing they didn’t bestow on the island was an endless supply of fresh water. So, as we all enjoy the abundant sunshine of our Orcas summers, keep in mind that our unique geology and amazing climate also means we need to take care to conserve our precious water. View from Turtlehead on Turtleback Mountain

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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

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 strawberry barreling planton land owned by local strawberry growers, it is now a cooperative art gallery and café. Washington Heritage Register of Historic Places.

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 OrcasMuseums.org, or call 360-376-4849. Photo: Wade Campbell

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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. Current restaurant hours at www.bit.ly/orcasdininglist.

RESTAURANTS / CAFÉS / CATERING Deer Harbor

Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant.

Fine Pacific NW cuisine in casual elegance. Water views. Fresh local seafood & produce. Catering & weddings. Dinner Only. 68 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInn.com/restaurant. 360-376-1040.

Island Pie.

Providing Italian style cuisine including house-made thin crust pizza, pastas, salads, desserts, beer and wine. 11 Jack & Jill Pl. MyIslandPie.com. 360-376-2505

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Brown Bear Baking.

1 Perfect for breakfast, lunch or a late day treat! Artisanal hearth-baked bread, pastries, soup, sandwiches & divine desserts. E2 29 N Beach Rd. Facebook.com/BrownBearBaking. 360-855-7456

Clever Cow Creamery.

Locally made premium ice cream, hand-made 10 waffle cones, affogatos, shakes, malts, shrub floats, sundaes and much more! D2 Seasonal items Sept-May. 109 N Beach Rd. CleverCowCreamery.com. 360-376-5222

Country Corner Deli.

Breakfast, lunch & dinner. Closest stop to Moran State park! Pizza, burgers, subs, pastries & fresh-roasted coffee. 837 Crescent Beach Dr. 360-376-6900

Darvill’s Coffee Bar.

Serving Batdorf & Bronson espresso drinks, Theo mochas, local pastries from Roses & Endswell Bakeries Daily 8:00 – 5:30. 296 Main Street. 360-376-9866

Inn at Ship Bay.

Dining Room & Lounge features local, seasonal farm-to-table inspired cuisine. Wine & Cocktail lists include many local wines, beers & spirits. 326 Olga Rd. InnAtShipBay.com. 360-376-5886

Kathryn Taylor Chocolates.

Artisan chocolates made from fresh, local & organic ingredients. Elegant desserts, Snoqualmie Ice Cream & Stumptown Coffee. Corner of N Beach Rd & Main St. KTChocolates.com. 360-298-8093

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Mijitas.

A blending of culture through food, the menu is inspired by 24 cook Raul’s hometown in Mexico, incorporating local Northwest ingredients. C3 310 A St. MijitasOrcas.com. 360-376-6722

New Leaf Café at The Outlook Inn.

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant located on the water in Eastsound. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200

Orcas Food Cooperative.

Orcas Food Co-op. Eat with impact. Organic, local, sustainable, & non-GMO foods. Full service deli, hot soup & sandwiches, grass fed meats, fresh local produce, organic beer & wine. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasFood.coop. 360-376-2009

Pizzeria Portofino.

The island’s favorite pizza since 1991. 274 A Street, 2nd Floor. 360-376-2085.

Rosario Resort & Spa.

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Roses Bakery Café.

Supporting sustainable farming. Menu reflecting the seasons. Wholesome food prepared with care. Store featuring breads, wines, cheeses, cured meats, cookware & more. 382 Prune Alley. 360-376-4292 (café) 360-376-5805 (shop)

Sugar on Top.

Delicious local ice cream on top of the world – highest viewpoint in the San Juans – out of our vintage Airstream. 4960 Mt Constitution Rd. OrcasAdventures.com. 360-376-4665

The Barnacle.

A treasured cozy craft bar & restaurant. Cocktails and elixirs delight the pallet, paired with small plates featuring local purveyors. 249 Prune Alley. Facebook.com/BarnacleBar. 360-622-2675

The Loft at Madrona.

A modern & elegant dining experience with views overlooking downtown Eastsound & the bay. 310 Main St, Suite 201. MadronaLoft.com. 360-376-7173

The Madrona Bar & Grill.

Waterfront dining featuring burgers, steaks & seafood. Full bar, draft beer & NW wines. Open daily for lunch, dinner & happy hour. 310 Main St, Suite 105. MadronaBarandGrill.com. 360-376-7171

The White Horse Pub.

Orcas Island’s waterfront Irish Pub. Delicious Irish/seafood and Pub grub. Full-service bar & large TVs. Open to all ages. 246 Main St. IslandWhiteHorse.com. 360-376-7827

Wild Island.

Seasonally local, routinely organic breakfast, lunch and dinners. Real bagels, rice bowls, bone broth, juices & smoothies. 18 Urner St. 360-298-3404

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Catkin Cafe.

Serving hearty fare for breakfast & lunch. Fresh baked 16 goods, strong coffee, local beer & wine. Friendly, relaxed atmosphere in the F12 Artworks Gallery. 11 Point Lawrence Rd. CatkinCafe.com. 360-376-3242

Doe Bay Café.

World-class seed-to-table cuisine with waterfront views. 13 Serving locally raised meat and Pacific NW seafood on a vegetable forward E14 menu. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-8059

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Octavia’s Bistro in The Orcas Hotel.

Delicious seafood, steaks, spirits & lively atmosphere overlooking the harbor. Call for specials & reservations. 18 Orcas Hotel Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300

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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.

ARTS & CRAFTS: GALLERIES / STUDIOS / POTTERY / TEXTILES Orcas Island Arts Special Events

Orcas Artists Studio Tour.

Free 3-Day Event. Tour the working studios of over 30 premier Artists. August 9-11, 2019. 11am-5pm. OrcasArtistStudioTour.com. 626-437-2513

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Creative Minds Art Gallery.

We showcase island & regional artists; many exclusive to Creative Minds. Mediums include encaustics, tiles, pottery, oils, fiber art and more. 123 N Beach Rd, Suite A. CreativeMinds.Gallery. 360-622-5309

Jacqueline Kempfer Artist Studio.

An art gallery and working studio featuring Jackie’s original paintings of Orcas Island scenery in watercolor, oil & Sumi ink. 474 North Beach Rd, Suite #1. JacquelineKempferArtist.com. 360-376-2282

Jakuan Studio.

Encaustic sculptured artist made paper by Kandis Susol. Visit her Gallery/Studio. 298 Pinneo Rd. JakuanStudio.com. 360-317-5830

Jillery.

A wide variety of accessories for people, homes & gardens. Handmade jewelry in all price ranges plus unique & whimsical gifts. Jillery@RockIsland.com. 310 Main St. 360-376-5522

Kingfisher Eastsound Studio.

Orcas-inspired original Chinese Brush Paintings and Watercolors. 474 N Beach Rd #3. 360-376-4693

Orcas Arts & Gifts.

Orcas Arts & Gifts. Family owned for 33 years. Great local art & handmade jewelry. Have custom jewelry made for you from personal treasures. Sea glass specialties. T-shirts, hats, crystals, fossils & more. 245 Main St. OrcasIslandSeaGlass.com. 360-941-7297

Orcas Island Pottery.

Jeweltone pottery, 12 local potters, 150-yr-old log cabin, 73 years in business, treehouse, great view, a must-see location. 338 Old Pottery Rd. OrcasIslandPottery.com. 360-376-2813

Peter C. Fisher Gallery.

Enjoy stunning photographs of the San Juan Islands by artist Peter Fisher. Unique panoramas, historic photos & maps. 138 N Beach Rd. PeterCFisher.com. 360-376-5955

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Shinola Jewelry.

By appointment only. Custom design in gold and other precious metals. Pieces available on site. Watch batteries and minor repairs. 360-376-4508

Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

James Hardman Gallery.

Featuring paintings by Orcas Island artist James Hardman in the loft of the historic Strawberry Barn in Olga. Open daily 10-5. 11 Point Lawrence Rd. JamesHardman.com. 360-376-4588

Olga Pottery.

The studio/showroom of Jerry Weatherman. Creating finely crafted porcelain & stoneware on Orcas since 1980. Corner of 3rd Street in Olga. 6928 Olga Rd. OlgaPottery.com. 360-376-4648

Orcas Island Artworks.

A cooperative gallery featuring 45 Orcas Island artists and craftspeople since 1981. Open daily 10-5. 11 Point Lawrence Rd. OrcasArtworks.com. 360-376-4408 14

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Orcas Village

Warm Valley Orchard LLC.

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. 360-376-4386.

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ENTERTAINMENT: PERFORMING ARTS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Center.

Arts & cultural hub of the community hosting dance, music, theatre & visual arts. Venue available for both public & private events. 917 Mt Baker Rd. OrcasCenter.org. 360-376-2281

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival.

August 2-17, 2019. Music festival in its 22nd Season. World-renowned musicians in 10 evening concerts, a children’s concert & other activities. 917 Mount Baker Rd. OICMF.org. 360-376-6636

Orcas Island Film Festival, 2019.

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Features 30 buzzworthy films from around the world direct from their debuts at the world’s greatest film festivals. Filmmakers, artists, parties and special events. 221 A St, Suite 5B. OrcasFilmFest.com. 360-378-7527

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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.

Photo: ShearwaterKayaks.com

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 and Surrounding Area

Wildlife Cycles.

Electric bikes make riding Orcas fun! We also have road, mountain and kid’s bikes. Rentals, repairs, apparel, accessories and sales. 350 North Beach Rd. WildlifeCycles.com. 360-376-4708

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BOATING / SAILING / CHARTERS / RENTALS Deer Harbor

Classic Daysailing.

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. 360-376-5581

Orcas Boat Rentals & Charters.

Get out on the water! Power & sailboat rentals for half-day or full-day. Fishing, wildlife sightseeing, exploring the islands. 5164 Deer Harbor Rd. OrcasBoatRentals.com. 360-376-7616

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Deer Harbor Charters.

Day sailing tours from Rosario Resort. No experience necessary. Departures 12 & 3 PM, 2-3 hour tours. Book online! DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989

Orcas Adventures.

We offer kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, paddle boards, and row boats to get you out on the lake. 3786 Olga Rd. OrcasAdventures.com. 360-376-4665

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Outer Island Excursions.

Guaranteed whale watching! Private & 7 shared charters, fishing, island hopping, boat rentals, sunset dinner cruises. A10 You name it, we do it. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

West Beach Resort.

Motor boats, paddle boards, canoes & kayak rentals. Fishing & crabbing rentals & tackle. Kayak tours & whale watching charters. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 360-376-2240

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Orcas Island Sailing.

We provide a relaxed & fun sailing opportunity for families & friends. Custom hands-on Sailing Lessons & Classic Sailboat Rentals. 1945 Obstruction Pass Rd. OrcasSailing.com. 360-310-0100

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BREWERIES & LIQUOR / WINE SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Eastsound Liquor & Wine.

Orcas Island’s only full-service Liquor and Wine shop. Mixers, bar tools, gift bags & related accessories. Open Daily! 410 Prune Aly. EastsoundLiquorAndWine.com. 360-376-2616

Island Hoppin’ Brewery.

Enjoy a pint of local beer in our tasting room or patio. Light snacks & games available for all ages. 33 Hope Ln. IslandHoppinBrewery.com. 360-376-6079

Orcas Island Distillery.

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Nationally award-winning spirits handcrafted from local sources. Brandies, Whiskey and Gin. Call or email to schedule a tasting. OrcasIslandDistillery.com. 360-376-7077 17


CAMPS Deer Harbor

Four Winds Westward Ho Camp.

A private, non profit, co-ed summer camp founded in 1927. Activities include sailing, horseback riding, arts & crafts, gardening and sports. FourWindsCamp.org. 360-376-2277

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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. CampOrkila.org. 360-376-2678

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FARMS / FARMER’S MARKET / SHELLFISH Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Girl Meets Dirt.

Handcrafting single varietal preserves, shrubs & 34 bitters from organic heritage orchard fruit in our Orcas Island kitchen. A1 Shop & tasting room. 208 Enchanted Forest Rd, Suite A. GirlMeetsDirt.com. 360-375-6269

Maple Rock Farm.

Self-service farm stand. Open daily 10:00 to dusk. 509 Nordstrom Lane. MapleRockFarm.com. 360-622-6433

Once In a Blue Moon Farm.

Historic farm & orchard. Alpacas, Sheep, Goats, Turkeys, Geese, Chickens, Ducks. Apples, quince, figs, pears, peaches. Reservation required. Group rates available. 412 Eastman Rd. OnceInABlueMoonFarm.com. 360-376-7035

Orcas Food Cooperative.

Orcas Food Co-op. Eat with impact. Organic, local, sustainable, & non-GMO foods. Full service deli, hot soup & sandwiches, grass fed meats, fresh local produce, organic beer & wine. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasFood.coop. 360-376-2009

Orcas Island Farmer’s Market.

Produce, flowers, food & unique crafts all produced on Orcas Island. Saturdays. May-Sept 10-3, Eastsound Village Green & Oct-Nov 11-2, Odd Fellows Hall. OrcasIslandFarmersMarket.org.

Orcas Moon Alpacas.

Visit our family farm to meet alpacas, sheep & more. Our year-round farm stand features lamb, yarn & our famous alpaca socks! 329 Dolphin Bay Rd. OrcasMoonAlpacas.com. 360-376-2707

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Buck Bay Shellfish.

Gourmet site-grown shellfish, fresh local seafood & quality frozen products available for on-site enjoyment or take out. 117 EJ Young Rd. BuckBayShellfishFarm.com. 360-376-5280

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Warm Valley Orchard LLC.

Handmade yarns/textiles from our sheep & other natural fibers. Seasonal fruits/meats/vegetables from our farm, orchard & garden. Daily 9:30am-5pm or by appt. 124 Warm Valley Lane. WarmValleyOrchard.com. 360-376-4386

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FISHING Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Outer Island Excursions.

Salmon, halibut, cod, crab & more! 7 Whale watching & fishing combos. Boats from 18-36 ft. Beginners & A10 families welcome. Smugglers Villa Resort. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

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HORSEBACK RIDING Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Trail Rides.

Orcas Trail Rides. Offering a wide range of authentic, guided horseback adventures through Moran State Park. Ages 7+. Beginners welcome! OrcasTrailRides.com. 360-376-2134

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GOLF Orcas Island Golf Course.

Orcas Island Golf Course. Established in 1962, beautiful natural layout. Make a tee-time or just show up. We have golf cart and club options. 2171 Orcas Rd. OrcasGolf.com. 360-376-4400

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KAYAKING: TOURS / RENTAL / INSTRUCTION Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Outer Island Excursions.

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

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Shearwater Kayak Tours.

Explore the island by kayak! Small group 19 tours, several choice locations, wildlife and beautiful scenery. Custom tours D3 & group discounts. 138 N Beach Rd. ShearwaterKayaks.com. 360-376-4699

West Beach Resort.

Kayak & stand-up paddle board rentals in our bay, or guided sunset tours along the west side of the island. 190 Waterfront Way. WestBeachResort.com. 360-376-2240

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MASSAGE / SPA / FITNESS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

A Massage By the Sea.

Since ’97. Couples Romance, Duet/family 22 & friends or Solo’s. Hot stone, Hawaiian, Balinese Foot Bath/Reflexology. E3 (Injury/Medical/Myofascial/Sports) Walk-in’s Welcome! OrcasMassage.com. 344 Main St. 360-376-8006

Deborah Darner, LMT/Wild Rose Ltd.

Therapeutic massage, Aromatherapy treatments/products. Energy treatments, Reiki, Aura/Chakra balancing, medical intuitive counsel, plant spirit readings. Outcall or Eastsound studio. 360-376-4188

Healing Arts Center.

Where locals go for the best massage on 21 Orcas. Swedish, Deep-tissue, Prenatal, Therapeutic, Orthopedic, Hot B3 Stone, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral, Trager & Reflexology. Celebrating 31 years! 453 N Beach Rd. OrcasHealingArts.org. 360-376-4002

Omari Beauty Bar.

Boutique day spa specializing in results-oriented facials, sugaring for hair removal & bridal makeup artistry. By appointment only. 434 Madrona St. OmariBeautyBar.com. 360-378-7638

Orcas Athletics & Crossfit.

Full-service athletic club; CrossFit, racquetball court, indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi, group training, yoga, freeweights and more! 188 A St. OrcasAthletics.com. 360-376-6361

Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.

Transformation bodywork with Suzi Zobrist. Visionary Craniosacral work, scar-tissue remediation, holistic lifestyle consultant, private yoga, sacred ceremony. 38 N Beach Rd. OrcasMandala.com. 360-298-0218

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Rosario Resort & Spa.

Massage, facials, manicures, pedicures, sauna, 21 hot tub, indoor/outdoor pools, fitness center & exercise classes. D11 Day passes & memberships available. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2152

Village Rolfer.

Certified Advanced Rolfer. 24 years experience retuning posture and relieving soft tissue strain. Feel better! Free initial consult & sample. 296 A St. LauraBarnesRolfer@gmail.com. 239-825-8555

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Relax in our clothing-optional outdoor soaking tubs and indoor sauna followed by a specially tailored massage treatment. Yoga classes also available. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com 360-376-2291

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MUSEUMS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Island Historical Museum & Crow Valley School Museum. Collection exhibits, artifacts, images & oral histories in six historic homestead log cabins & a one-room school house museum. 181 N Beach Rd. OrcasMuseums.org. 360-376-4849

Orcas W.I.L.D.

Whale & Marine Life Interpretive Center. Learn about whales and the local marine ecosystem and sign up for a whale-watching trip. 414 N Beach Rd. OrcasWild.com. 360-376-3411

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PARKS: STATE & COUNTY 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.

Day-use San Juan County Park in Eastsound. Picnic tables and beach access.

Moran State Park & Obstruction Pass State Park.

Moran offers 124 campsites, six primitive sites and one group camp. 10 primitive campsites at Obstruction Pass State Park (no potable water FCFS). Reservations at parks.state.wa.us or call 1-888-CAMPOUT. FriendsOfMoran.org

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VISITOR & FAMILY ACTIVITIES Special Events

Orcas Artists’ Studio Tour.

Free 3-Day Event. Tour the working studios of over 30 premier Artists. August 9-11, 2019. 11am-5pm. OrcasArtistStudioTour.com. 626-437-2513

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Deer Harbor Charters.

Experience the Island & history aboard a whale watching cruise, sailing charter or Sucia Island day trip today. Call 360-376-5989

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A Massage by the Sea.

Create enjoyable memories with soothing aromatherapy oils, therapeutic styles & warm stones for solo’s, family & friends or as a couple. 344 Main St. OrcasMassage.com. 360-376-8006

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Island Art Flow.

Imbibe and paint on Orcas Island! Join a pop-up art class or host your own private event. IslandArtFlow.com. 360-990-9624

Once in a Blue Moon Farm.

Historic farm & orchard. Alpacas, sheep, goats, turkeys, geese, chickens, ducks. Apples, quince, figs, pears, peaches. Reservation required. Group rates available. 412 Eastman Rd. OnceInABlueMoonFarm.com. 360-376-7035

Orcas Animal Shelter.

The Orcas Animal Shelter is modern, clean, visitor and animal friendly. Families are welcome to pet dogs & cats. 84A Hope Lane. OrcasPets.org. 360-376-6777 20

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Orcas Moon Alpacas.

Visit our family farm to meet alpacas, sheep & more. Our year-round farm stand features lamb, yarn & our famous alpaca socks! 329 Dolphin Bay Rd. OrcasMoonAlpacas.com. 360-376-2707

Orcas W.I.L.D.

Whale & Marine Life Interpretive Center. Learn about whales and the local marine ecosystem and sign up for a whale-watching trip. 414 N Beach Rd. OrcasWild.com. 360-376-3411

Stanley Steamer Tours.

1-hour historical tour of Orcas Island in a 1912 Stanley Steamer Touring car. Find us in front of the Orcas Island Historical Museum. StanleySteamerTours.com. 360-610-3562

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WHALE & WILDLIFE TOURS Deer Harbor

Deer Harbor Charters.

Naturalist-led whale-watching tours – Deer Harbor & Rosario – Comfortable, fast, clean boats w/bathrooms. Price Match Guarantee! DeerHarborCharters.com. 360-376-5989

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Orcas W.I.L.D.

Whale & Marine Life Interpretive Center. Learn about whales and the local marine ecosystem and sign up for a whale-watching trip. 414 N Beach Rd. OrcasWild.com. 360-376-3411

Outer Island Excursions.

Guaranteed whale sightings! Go farther, go faster, price match guarantee! OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711. 360-622-6562

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Orcas Village

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters & Whale Watch.

Naturalist32 guided whale & wildlife tours departing from Ferry Dock. Seats & tables in G2 warm cabin; outside viewing decks. Educational, fun adventures! 8368 Orcas Rd. 360-376-6566

YOGA & PILATES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Center Works Pilates and Wellness Studio.

Boutique studio 37 offering Pilates, Gyrotonic, teacher trainings. Private/semi-private sessions C1 by appointment. Scheduled drop-in Pilates mat & tower, Gyrokinesis classes. 188 A Street. CenterWorksStudio.com. 360-376-3659

Orcas Mandala Yoga & Bodywork Studio.

The island’s premiere 24 studio offering daily classes and private sessions. Deepen your personal D3 practice or inspire your vacation. Walk-ins welcome! 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasMandala.com. 360-298-0218

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Orcas’ Orcas

by Joe Gaydos, the SeaDoc Society Although Orcas Island wasn’t named after killer whales (who are often called orcas because of their Latin name, Orcinus orca), it would have been a fine idea as we are lucky to have 3 types of orcas that frequent our waters. People are most familiar with the fish-eating type or “resident” orcas. These whales are salmon eaters, preferring Chinook as shown in recent studies. In the San Juans we most commonly see resident whales from J, K, and L pods. These 85 or so animals make up what is called the Southern Resident Community. Once thought to number 200 animals, this population was recently listed as Endangered in the US and Canada. While people most often see them in large groups off of the west side of San Juan Island where they cooperatively hunt salmon returning to spawn, they also can be seen in President Channel on the west side of Orcas, off North Beach, or in Rosario Strait off Orcas’ east side. Less commonly seen are resident whales from another community, the Northern Residents. These whales are more common north of the border, but they do make trips down into the San Juans. While the fish eaters hunt in large groups, the mammal-eating type

of killer whales, often referred to as “transients,” are usually seen in small groups of 3-5 animals. Because they hunt seals and other marine mammals, transient killer whales can be seen all around Orcas Island, especially in the late summer or early fall when there is a plethora of just-born fat, young and not-so-smart harbor seals. Occasionally, we are lucky enough to see fish-eating killer whales that come into the San Juans from the open ocean. Like the resident killer whales, these “off-shore” orcas come in to eat salmon migrating back from the open ocean. Orcas can be identified by the shape of their dorsal fin and white saddle patch and are individually known by name to experienced whale watchers. Don’t worry if you can’t tell what type of killer whale you see, some legends say that just seeing one is a gift. Get out to the beach and keep your eyes open for blows in the distance and don’t be disappointed if you don’t see an orca; there are plenty of other rewarding things to see on the beach.

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Shop “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 / CONSIGNMENT / THRIFT SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Kay’s Antiques.

Ever-changing array of great finds, antiques, collectibles, gifts, jewelry, Orientalia, Persian rugs, accent accessories, glassware & treasures of the heart. 123 N Beach Rd. 360-376-4538

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Score! Nifty Thrifty.

Huge variety of functional, working & affordable 2 items for your thrifty shopping pleasure! Post Office building on A Street. C2 Facebook.com/ScoreNiftyThrifty. 360-376-8375

The Exchange.

Orcas Island’s own reuse/thrift store! Amazing deals on amazing stuff – don’t miss it! 3398 Orcas Rd. ExchangeOrcas.org. 360-376-4089

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BOOKS & MUSIC Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Darvill’s Bookstore & Coffee Shop.

Independent & locally owned for 35 years, featuring local, children’s & carefully edited titles, magazines, notecards and home accessories. Daily 8:00 – 5:30. 296 Main Street. 360-376-2135

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Token Herb.

I-502 recreational marijuana, flower, concentrates, edibles 4 & paraphernalia. Must be 21 with valid ID. Behind Country Corner/Chevron. B10 tokenherb@rockisland.com. 360-376-8420

FLORIST / GIFTS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Nest.

Specialty boutique offering fresh blooms sourced both locally and from afar, indoor plants and well-curated gifts. Delivery available. Open daily 10-5:30. 18 Haven Rd. NestFlowers.com. 360-376-4580

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GIFTS, CLOTHING & SPECIALTY SHOPS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Girl Meets Dirt.

Handcrafting single varietal preserves, shrubs & 34 bitters from organic heritage orchard fruit in our Orcas Island kitchen. A1 Shop & tasting room. 208 Enchanted Forest Rd, Suite A. GirlMeetsDirt.com. 360-375-6269

Jillery.

A wide variety of accessories for people, homes & gardens. Handmade jewelry in all price ranges, plus unique & whimsical gifts. 310 Main St. Jillery@RockIsland.com. 360-376-5522

Monkey Puzzle.

Eclectic gifts, beads, custom vests, necklaces & homeware, including lamps, candles, diffusers, melamine. An exciting treasure hunt for all! 109 N Beach Rd. MonkeyPuzzle.com. 360-376-2275

Olga’s.

An inspired boutique featuring a well-edited collection of women’s apparel. Fine jewelry, children’s clothing, gifts & unique items for your home. 109-C N Beach Rd. 360-376-5863

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Orcas Arts & Gifts.

Family owned for 33 years. Great local art & handmade jewelry. Have custom jewelry made for you from personal treasures. Sea glass specialties. T-shirts, hats, crystals, fossils & more. 245 Main St. OrcasIslandSeaGlass.com. 360-941-7297

Pelindaba Lavender.

Handcrafted lavender products for body, home, kitchen, pets, dĂŠcor & more. Made locally in the San Juan Islands. 269 Main St. PelindabaLavender.com/OrcasIsland. 360-378-4248

Printshop Northwest.

Interactive screen-printing featuring local artists. T-shirts, posters, tea towels, hoodings, onesies. Pre-printed or design your own. 109 N Beach Rd. PrintshopNorthwest.com. 360-622-6277

Siren Boutique.

A clothing & accessories gallery for Boomers who want timeless-style & unique details. Also, resort quality souvenirs for the whole family. 269 Main St.

Très Fabu!

A cottage boutique focused on simple luxury and effortless style. A curated collection of apparel and gifts for the contemporary woman. 238 N Beach Rd. TresFabu.com. 360-376-7673

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Doe Bay General Store.

Featuring local goods, unique gifts, Doe Bay logo-wear, groceries and supplies. 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291

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GROCERY STORE / MARKET / DELI Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Country Corner Grocery.

Groceries, wine & beer, ice cream, 4 espresso, full deli, camping and fishing supplies, firewood, propane & ATM. B10 837 Crescent Beach Dr. 360-376-6900

Island Market.

Full-service market with great selection of NW meats, seafood, produce, beer, wine & spirits and local products. 7am-9pm every day (10pm summer). 469 Market Street. Orcasislandmarket.com. 360-376-6000

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Eat with impact. Organic, local, sustainable, & non-GMO foods. Full service deli, hot soup & sandwiches, grass fed meats, fresh local produce, organic beer & wine. 138 N Beach Rd. OrcasFood.coop. 360-376-2009

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Roses Bakery & Deli.

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Supporting sustainable farming. Menu reflecting the seasons. Wholesome food prepared with care. Store featuring breads, wines, cheeses, cured meats, cookware & more. 382 Prune Alley. 360-376-4292 (cafe) 360-376-5805

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HARDWARE & HOUSEHOLD Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Island Hardware.

One-stop source for home hardware, paint, plumbing, electrical, automotive, garden, tools, fertilizer, feed, camping/ RV, gasoline & construction supplies. 21 West Beach Rd. IslandHardware.com. 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. 421 N Beach Rd. 360-376-3833

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Country Corner.

Featured in NACS magazine for the largest & most diverse wine selection in a convenience store, having over 2000 bottles stocked. 837 Crescent Beach Dr. 360-376-6900 24

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Eastsound Liquor & Wine.

Orcas Island’s only full-service liquor & wine shop. Mixers, bar tools, & related accessories. Open daily. 410 Prune Aly. EastsoundLiquorAndWine.com. 360-376-2616

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PET SUPPLIES Eastsound and 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

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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 and Surrounding Area

Stoltz Kau Architects.

Specializing in innovative, ecological design solutions uniquely suited to client and site. StolzKau.com. 360-376-7521

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AUTO: SERVICE & PARTS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Island Automotive / NAPA Auto Parts.

Complete auto, truck, marine, farm, industrial parts, accessories, batteries, hydraulics, hoses & custom paint. Open 7 days a week. 1402 Mt Baker Rd. OrcasIslandNapa.com. 360-376-4901

Mt. Baker Car Wash.

Full-service, touch-free automatic car wash, 2 self-serve wash bays & vacuums. Environmentally friendly. Open 24 hours a day. 1402 Mt Baker Rd. 360-376-7770

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BUSINESS & FINANCIAL Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Islanders Bank.

Community bank with experience, strength, local knowledge & commitment in “Doing the Right Thing’ since 1981. Member FDIC. 475 Fern St. IslandersBank.com. 360-376-2265

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CABLE / INTERNET / COMPUTER SERVICES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Online, Inc.

High-Speed Internet Service, surf room with workstations, computer repair, website hosting, website & network developers, scanning, faxing, copying, in-home or in-office. 254 North Beach Rd. OrcasOnline.net. 360-376-4124

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CHURCHES

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Emmanuel Episcopal Parish of Orcas Island.

Welcoming faith community with open hearts & minds. Eucharist services: Sun 8am/10am & Thurs 12:15pm. Misa: primer sabado 6pm. Misa bilingue: tercer sabado 6pm. Bilingual service: 3rd Sat 6pm. 242 Main St. OrcasEpiscopal.org. 360-376-2352

Orcas Island Community Church.

A vibrant, non-denominational community church & island tradition for 134 years. Sunday morning worship & weekday programs serving all ages. 176 Madrona St. OrcasChurch.org. 360-376-6422

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COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS & NON-PROFITS

Island Grown in the San Juans.

Discover heritage tastes and support local farms by eating “Island Grown.” Visit our website and order your guide and map. IslandGrownSJ.com. 360-378-0095

SeaDoc Society.

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The Exchange.

Orcas Island’s own reuse/thrift store! Amazing deals on amazing stuff-don’t miss it! 3398 Orcas Rd. ExchangeOrcas.org. 360-376-4089

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EQUIPMENT RENTALS

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Mt. Baker Rentals.

Trucks, trailers, local & one-way. Aerial equipment rental up to 65 ft. Material lifting to 45 ft. Daily, weekly & monthly rates. 1402 Mt Baker Rd. 360-376-7770

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HAIR SALONS

Celtic Beauty.

Catering to men, women and children, Celtic Beauty is your Orcas Island hair and makeup stop for visitors, special events & weddings. 374 N Beach Rd. 360-376-2610

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HEALTH CARE: CLINICS & SERVICES Eastsound and Surrounding Area

A Massage by the Sea.

Providing therapeutic treatments blending deep 22 tissue techniques, myofascial release, trigger point therapy & other modalities E3 to assist with pain relief & injury issues. 344 Main St. OrcasMassage.com. 360-376-8006

Healing Arts Center.

The largest holistic health-care resource in the 21 islands. Massage, Bodywork, Acupuncture, Counseling, Psychotherapy, B3 Licensed Midwife & Doula Services, Integrative Medicine, Nutritional/Herbalist Services. 453 North Beach Rd. OrcasHealingArts.org. 360-376-4002

LIBRARY Orcas Island Public Library.

Visitor cards, free internet & Wi-Fi, programs, great collection. We host the Friends’ Library Fair on the 2nd Saturday in August. 500 Rose St. OrcasLibrary.org. 360-376-4985

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OFFICE SUPPLIES & SERVICES: COPYING & FAXING Eastsound and Surrounding Area

The Office Cupboard.

We sell office, school, arts & drafting supplies. We 14 serve your printing, scanning, faxing, passport photos & photo restoration C2 needs. 221 A Street l- Post Office Building. 360-376-2378

REAL ESTATE COMPANIES / REALTORS Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Cherie L. Lindholm Real Estate.

Full service real estate and property management. Vacation rental specialists. OrcasHomes.com 360-376-2202

Orcas Island Realty.

Real estate marketing, sales & consulting. Top producing agents with in-depth knowledge of the islands. We provide personalized service as you find your perfect property. 123 North Beach Rd. Info@OrcasIslandRealty.com. 360-376-2145

Wally Gudgell Group at Windermere.

Top agent with extensive experience in sales, valuations, finance & the unique land use issues in the islands. Wally@Windermere.com. 360-507-5443 or 360-376-2172

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. 217 Main St. Orcas-Island.com. 360-376-8000

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SCHOOLS 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

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TRANSPORTATION: AIR / LAND / SEA Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Deer Harbor Charters.

Year-round water taxi service – Reliable passenger transportation – Contractor & group discounts available. DeerHarborCharters.com. Call Nate Averna at 360-376-5989

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Kenmore Air.

Daily flights between Seattle’s Lake Union & Orcas Island; wheel plane flights between Boeing Field & Eastsound Airport. Just 40 minutes! KenmoreAir.com. 866-435-9524

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Orcas Island Rental Car.

Rental cars, mini vans, maxi vans, convertibles. Delivered & retrieved anywhere on Orcas Island. Call today for a reservation! OrcasIslandRentalCar.com. 360-376-7433

Orcas Island Taxi.

Taxi service, deliveries, private tours, scooter rentals, side-by-side two seaters. Cash & credit cards accepted. Reservations recommended. 360-376-8294 & 360-298-6416. OrcasIslandTaxi.com

Water Taxi Service by Outer Island Excursions.

Daily trips to Sucia Island! We can get you to any island & mainland locations such as Blaine, Bellingham & Anacortes. OuterIslandX.com. 360-376-3711

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VISITOR INFORMATION & PUBLICATIONS Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce.

Providing visitor information about Orcas Island, including this guide. Visitor Information Center offers trip planning help.  Free weekly Orcas Events email. 65 N Beach Rd.  OrcasIslandChamber.com. Info@OrcasIslandChamber.com.  360-376-2273

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San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.

Marketing organization for San Juan County representing Lopez, Orcas, Shaw & San Juan Islands; produces website, travel and wedding brochures. VisitSanJuans.com.  888-468-3701 or 360-378-9551

The Islands’ Sounder.

Print & electronic newspaper covering Orcas Island & San Juan County. Also produces Springtide & the Book of San Juan Islands relocation almanac. 217 Main St, Ste B. IslandsSounder.com. 360-376-4500

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Celebrating Farms Farms and and Food Food Celebrating in the the San San Juan Juan Islands Islands in by Steph Coffey – Director, San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild Farming and gathering has a long tradition on Orcas Island. Driving though Crow Valley to the regions of Doe Bay, you will find farms that have been here for over a century. Stop in at fisheries, businesses and restaurants featuring mouth-watering delicacies made with foods grown and gathered throughout the islands The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild works to continue the traditions of island agriculture by providing support and opportunities to farmers and producers. Programs like the San Juan County Food Hub, Farmers to Farmland, Island Grown in the San Juans, and Brickworks commercial kitchen all work towards fostering a vibrant, resilient and sustainable local food system in San Juan County. Experience the island way of life by: • Stopping at a farm stand or visit the Farmers Market on Saturday. • Visiting or staying on a farm is fun for the whole family and gives an opportunity for a deeper connection to where our food comes from. • Picking up the San Juan County Farm and Food Product Guide, or the Farm and Food map to find the locations and hours of where to get locally made products. • Looking for the Island Grown label advertising farms, products, restaurants and businesses committed to growing and supporting a thriving local food system and a sustainable, healthy future. From soil to sea, celebrate the bounty of abundant farms and locally-produced food in our beautiful archipelago in the Salish Sea. For more information, visit www.sjiagguild.com.

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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 Deer Harbor Charters.

Private whale watching tours and sunset cruises. DeerHarborCharters. com. 360-376-5989

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Orcas Island Golf Course.

Established in 1962, beautiful natural 18 layout. Make a tee-time or just show up. We have golf cart and club options. C9 2171 Orcas Rd. OrcasGolf.com. 360-376-4400

Outer Island Excursions.

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

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CATERING Asher & Olive.

Showcasing gourmet island cuisine with a focus on freshness, we provide playful twists on PNW classics. AsherAndOlive.com. 360-656-6658

Deer Harbor Inn Catering.

Full, friendly catering service. Fantastic food, reasonable rates. Mobile ovens/grills to cook on location. Featuring local, fresh NW cuisine. 33 Inn Lane. DeerHarborInn.com. 360-376-1040

Eastsound Liquor & Wine.

Orcas Island’s only full-service Liquor and Wine shop. Mixers, bar tools, gift bags & related accessories. Open Daily! 410 Prune Aly. EastsoundLiquorAndWine.com. 360-376-2616

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FLORIST Nest.

We love gorgeous, wild, lush blooms & textural foliage, and use them to create something beautiful. Florals, Design, Day of Coordinating, Prop rentals, and our years on the island mean close connections help you put together your wedding team. 18 Haven Rd. 360-376-4580

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OFFICIANTS Antoinette Botsford.

A lifetime studying spiritual cultures helps Antoinette create a unique & personal ceremony, incorporating personal stories and materials. RedStoryBird@gmail.com. 360-421-7755

PLANNING Cloud 9 Events.

Logistical wedding planning & coordination: precious moments crafted with love, dedication, know-how, efficiency, style & fun. Claim your free hour consultation. CloudNineEvents.net. 855-888-6462 or 360-298-1230

RENTALS

Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Orcas Island Lions Club.

Tents, tables & chairs. No setup or delivery fees. All profits go back to the community. Discounted non-profit pricing. OrcasIslandLions.org. 888-269-6766

WEDDING, EVENT & RECEPTION SITES Deer Harbor / West Sound

Deer Harbor Charters.

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Pebble Cove Farm.

Waterfront suites overlook Massacre Bay. Enjoy our private beach, rowboat, organic garden and farm animals. Organic continental breakfast. 3341 Deer Harbor Road. PebbleCoveFarm.com. 360-376-6161

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Eastsound and Surrounding Area

Inn at Ship Bay.

Creating unique & unforgettable events. Seasonal 17 farm-to-table inspired menus, water-view accommodations, indoor/outdoor B10 weddings/events, all overlooking the waters of Eastsound. 326 Olga Rd. InnatShipBay.com. 360-376-5886

North Beach Inn.

1930’s Lodge. Kitchen, fireplace, porch overlooking private pristine beach. Small weddings, conferences, retreats, seminars. WiFi, projector/screen. Beach cottages also. 650 Gibson Rd. NorthBeachInn.com. 360-376-2660

Maple Rock Farm.

Choose from 2 locations for hosting a charming, farm-style wedding on Orcas Island. Please call to inquire. 845 Pinneo Rd. MapleRockFarm.com. 360-622-6433

Outlook Inn & New Leaf Café.

Boutique Hotel and Restaurant located on the water in Eastsound. 171 Main St. OutlookInn.com. 360-376-2200

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Rosario Resort & Spa.

Outdoor waterfront ceremony site on the 21 stunning Beachhouse Lawn, indoor ceremonies in the beautiful historic D11 Music Room. Reception site for up to 250. RosarioResort.com. 360-376-2222

Turtleback Farm Inn.

Offering elopements, small weddings & family events at our rural valley setting. We provide all you might need for this special event. 1981 Crow Valley Rd. TurtlebackInn.com. 800-376-4914

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Olga / Doe Bay / Obstruction Pass

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat.

Waterfront & gorgeous! Incredible on-site catering, wide range of accommodations, dedicated staff. Massage, yoga, soaking tubs, sauna, kayaking & more! 107 Doe Bay Rd. DoeBay.com. 360-376-2291

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Orcas Village

The Orcas Hotel.

Full-service wedding and reception site overlooking the water with catering, linens, staff and planning for up to 180 guests. 18 Orcas Hotel Rd. OrcasHotel.com. 360-376-4300

Orcas Island Eclipse Charters.

Intimate, unique wedding venue for 48 aboard the M.V. Orcas Express. Whale watching, activity for family gatherings & catered parties. 8368 Orcas Rd & 54 Hunt Rd. OrcasIslandWhales.com. 360-376-6566

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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. There are not too many places left in the world where farmers and chefs have a direct one-on-one relationship like this. Farmers

Photo: Peter C. Fisher

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 first-hand 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! 32


Our Natural Marine Environment by Jonathan White Author, Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean With 176 islands and reefs at high tide, and 743 at low tide, San Juan is the smallest of our state’s 39 counties. Despite its small size, the county has more than 408 miles of rocky and sandy waterfront, boasting more shoreline than any other county in the nation and home to about 20 percent of the shoreline in Puget Sound. The Island’s natural beauty and rich marine environment draw thousands of people from all over the world who come to relax, kayak, SCUBA dive, whale watch, beachcomb, fish, birdwatch, and sail. Hundreds more come each year to engage in marine studies at one of the many research organizations, including the SeaDoc Society, The Friends of the San Juans, the Marine Resource Committee, Beachwatchers, the Whale Museum, or the famous University of Washington Labs. These waters and shorelines are home to salmon (six species!), orca ‘killer’ whales, Dall’s porpoise, Stellar sea lions, river and sea otters, lingcod, 26 species of rockfish, and approximately 150 species of marine birds. Twentytwo varieties of endangered Puget Sound Chinook salmon use the San Juans in various life cycle stages. Visitors enjoy ready access to this unique marine environment, either on one’s own or with locally owned and operated guided tours.

Photo: Jeff Hanson

Orcas Island’s economic and environmental prosperity is supported by, and compatible with, the protection and restoration of the marine ecosystem. In 2004 the waters surrounding these islands were formally designated a Marine Stewardship Area, which supports the preservation of our natural marine environment while allowing sustainable use by the tribes and other historic users, current and future residents, and visitors. We hope as you explore the land and waters on foot and by boat that you join Orcas Islanders in appreciating and caring for this incredible place.

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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................................9-1-1 or 378-4141 Sheriff non-emergency............................................... 378-4151 Fire Department Office................................................ 376-2331 Domestic Violence/Assault Services ���������������������������� 376-1234 Coast Guard Rescue...............................................206-217-6200 OPALCO power outages................................................ 376-3500

Medical

Orcas does not have a hospital emergency room. EMTs & paramedics are available 24/7 for urgent medical situations. (Area code 360 unless noted)

UW Clinic Medical Center............................................. 376-2561 Orcas Family Health Center ����������������������������������������� 376-7778 Ray’s Pharmacy........................................................... 376-2230

Animals and Pets (Area code 360 unless noted)

Orcas Veterinary Services............................................. 376-6373 Wolf Hollow (wildlife)................................................. 378-5000 Orcas Island Animal Shelter ���������������������������������������� 376-6777

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2019/2020 Annual Events on Orcas Island Visit www.OrcasIslandChamber.com

April 2019

Funhouse Science Fair........................... April 5: the Funhouse. Sponsor: The Funhouse Commons Orcas Island Literary Festival................................................. April 5-7: venues in Eastsound Bill Yarlott Fishing Derby.................................April 27: Cascade Lake Sponsor: Friends of Moran May 2019

Farmers Market in Eastsound...........May 4–September 28 Saturdays 10am-3pm: Village Green Orcas Pet Parade.................................May 25 in Eastsound Sponsor: Kaleidoscope Daycare Center June 2019

Martin Lund’s One World Music Festival......................................... June 21-22: Orcas Center Solstice Parade Celebration.......................................................June 22: Noon in Eastsound Orcas Island Garden Tour.....................................June 29-30. Sponsor: Orcas Island Garden Club July 2019

Deer Harbor Fireworks........................................... July 3. Sponsor: Bellport Deer Harbor Marina Eastsound Fireworks..................................... July 4. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Orcas Community Parade............................... July 6. Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Olga Daze.................................................... July 20, 10am-3pm. Sponsor: Olga Community Club Orcas Island Cider & Mead Festival....July 27, 11am-4pm: Village Green Sponsor: Childrens’ House August 2019

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival (22nd Season!) ����������������������������������������August 2-17 Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival

Orcas Fly-In & Antique Car Show ....................................August 2-4. Sponsor: EAA Chapter 937 Doe Bay Fest.............................................................. August 7-12. Location: Doe Bay Resort Orcas Island Library Fair..................................... August 10. Sponsor: Orcas Island Public Library Orcas Island Jazz Festival.................................... August 29-September 1 Sponsor: Orcas Center September 2019

Deer Harbor Wooden Boat Festival............... September 3-5 Sponsor: Wooden Boat Society of SJI Orcas Island Farm Tour...............................September 29. 9am-6pm. Location: farms on Orcas October 2019

Indoor Farmers Market...................October-November. 11am-2pm. Location: Odd Fellows Hall Orcas Island Film Festival............................. October 10-14: Location: Various venues on Orcas November 2019

‘Hops on the Rock’ Beer Fest.... Nov. 9, 11am-4pm. Sponsors: Island Market, Island Hoppin’ Brewery December 2019

Eastsound Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting ����������������������������������������������� December 6 Sponsor: Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

Library Holiday Tea................................................. December 7. Sponsor: Friends of the Library Artisans’ Faire....................................................... December 7-8. Location: Odd Fellows Hall January 2020

Polar Bear Plunge................. January 1 at Cascade Lake. Sponsor: Orcas Island Rowing Association Orcas Island 25k race.................. January 25 at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running February 2020

Orcas Island 50k race................... February 1 at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running Orcas Island 100-mile race........... February 7 at Moran State Park. Sponsor: Rainshadow Running March 2020

Friends of the Library Winter Book Sale........................Date TBD. Sponsor: Friends of the Library For more information please visit our website at: www.OrcasIslandChamber.com Or call or e-mail the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce: 360-376-2273 • Info@OrcasIslandChamber.com 35


Explore

Moran State Park

Moran State Park is a must see! The park has over 5,500 acres to explore by foot, bike, horse, boat or car. There are 38 miles of trails, 5 freshwater lakes, picnic areas, overnight camping, a vacation house rental and an overnight retreat center that holds up to 144 people. We have beautiful flora, fauna and water falls as well as scenic views from the trails and/or from the comfort of your vehicle. Cascade Lake has a swimming beach, a playground for the kids, and fishing for bass, trout or Kokanee (a land locked Salmon) stocked from our hatchery. Concessions provide quick snacks and rentals for kayaks, row boats and paddle boats. For the history buffs and architect enthusiasts, we have over 20 historical buildings that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and ‘40s. The stone tower at the top of Mt Constitution contains information about Robert Moran and the CCC. The views from the top are spectacular. Interpretive panels provide information about panoramic views from the summit.  The Gift Shop (May-Sept) has something for everyone. It is staffed by volunteers for Friends of Moran. All proceeds to Friends of Moran benefit Moran State Park projects and educational outreach. FOM is a 501(c)3 organization. Moran is open year-round, but campsites fill up early in the summer, so call ahead to 888-CAMPOUT. For more info, visit www.friendsofmoran.com or state parks at www.parks.wa.gov. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ friendsofmoranstatepark.   Discover Pass required.

The view from Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park

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2019-2020 Orcas Island Visitors Guide  

Planning your trip to Orcas Island? Read this valuable booklet to learn about the island, places to stay, where to eat, and all the activiti...

2019-2020 Orcas Island Visitors Guide  

Planning your trip to Orcas Island? Read this valuable booklet to learn about the island, places to stay, where to eat, and all the activiti...

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