Orcas Island Travel Guide

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Orcas Island Things to Do

  • Moran State Park

    Worthy of its own page, Moran State Park has over 30 miles of hiking trails, has several lakes, campgrounds, and is also the home of Mount Constitution, which is the highest point in the San Juan Islands. Arriving here by auto or other vehicle requires that you either camp or pay a day use fee or have an annual Discover Pass.Much of the hiking...

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  • Try an oyster shooter

    The Outlook Inn bar & restaurant offers a great menu and the opportunity to try something a bit different...The shot is an oyster, cocktail sauce and vodka with a wedge of lime. ENJOY!

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  • A true forest paradise

    It's an easy hike and well worth it when you reach the tower on top of Mount Constitution.The tower provides spectacular views of the surrounding Canadian and American terrain, including the Olympic Mountains. The park also features more than 30 miles of trails, five lakes and several waterfalls, an old growth forest and a lodge pole pine forest.

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Orcas Island Restaurants

  • "Show-Stopping Pasta"

    The best Italian food I've eaten this side of the Atlantic. The house-made ravioli stuffed with squash was amazing. The Redemption salad as a starter was very good. We also tried the seafood linguini. You couldn't go wrong ordering anything from the menu. Best dinner we had on Orcas! We'll be back to Orcas - even if it's just to eat dinner there...

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  • Small Out Of The way Treasure

    Café Olga located south of Moran State Park in a former a strawberry cannery, the place is small and very popular, so don’t be surprised if you have to wait. The café is housed within Orcas Islands Artworks and is downstairs from a bookstore, so there are plenty of ways to pass the time if you must wait. They have amazing homemade cinnamon rolls....

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  • Internationally Renowned Destination...

    For more than two decades, above a renovated gas station, Christina and Bruce Orchid have been serving some of the freshest, finest food in the San Juan Islands -- some would say in the entire Pacific Northwest. The restaurant has been featured in national magazines including Bon Appetit, Town and Country, and Harper's Bazaar. Last year...

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  • Great Food, Great Location

    The Inn at Ship Bay, which grew out of the 1869 Adams’ farmhouse, sits amid an heirloom plum and pear orchard, and looks south over the bay. In good weather, sit on the pretty terrace and watch the kingfishers in the madronas overhanging the bay. The craftsman style farmhouse with its tile fireplace welcomes diners in cooler weather The menu...

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  • New location for Olga's. . .

    When Olga’s landlord decided to sell the venerable general store in the old village of Olga last spring (2005), Shelley packed up her pots, pans, and crew and moved the restaurant into “downtown” Eastsound. The new space is no larger than the old, but in good weather tables spill out into the pretty courtyard of Eastsound Square, giving additional...

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  • New Restaurant in Old Firehouse

    Islanders were delighted when Rose’s bakery took over the old firehouse building in Eastsound. Long as source of first-rate take out gourmet groceries, wine, and home made soups, pot pies, desserts and baked goods, Rose’s has expanded into a topnotch full service restaurant. The completely renovated space puts the immaculate kitchen in full view of...

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Orcas Island Transportation

  • Seasonal Transit Bus Service (June to...

    There is no true public transit on Orcas Island in the traditional sense, but San Juan Transit does in fact operate a seasonal bus service with reasonable prices. The service operates every day from mid-June to late August / early September (depending on how the months fall). The basic route runs from Orcas (the small community at the ferry...

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  • Air Transportation to Orcas Island

    Kenmore Air has flights from Kenmore, Washington, and Lake Union in Seattle to Rosario, West Sound and Deer Harbor on Orcas Island. Flight frequency and cost varies by season. Most flights and highest prices in the summer, especially weekends. Check website for full details. If the weather is good, this is a spectacular way to get to the islands....

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Orcas Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Public Restrooms and Showers

    Public restrooms are not abundant. Water is scarce here and most restaurants and other businesses restrict their restrooms for customers’ use only. (In fact, restaurants in Olga have latrines rather than indoor plumbing!)There are four public restrooms on the island.Public restrooms are available at Eastsound in the building shown in the photo....

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  • Winter Hours -- Avoid Disappointment

    Off season -- especially winter -- hours may vary dramatically from summer hours. Some businesses close altogether in January and February. Unless you are absolutely sure of the off season hours, it's best to call ahead to confirm.

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