Orcas Island Travel Guide
Bill Patterson, Owner & Head Chef
San Juan Islands from Mt Constitution,...
view from the top!
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!
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...
San Juan County Fair
If you are on Orcas Island at the beginning of the second half of August, do not miss the San Juan County Fair in Friday Harbor (on San Juan Island). The fair has all the exhibits you would expect in a county fair: 4-H, agricultural exhibits, farm animals, food preservation,...
See the Wildlife
Go sea kayaking or hiking along the rocky beaches with forests looming overhead. See the seals, otters, bald eagles and seabirds. And take a hike around Mountain Lake in Moran State Park. Go on a whale watch trip. See the oyster farms at low tide.
Vacation Home Rental: Read your cancellation policy
Thank you so much for three excellent replies via virtualtourist.com. I lost almost $300 due to my naiveté. I reserved three nights four months in advance and had every intention of staying in the home I found on the homeaway website. When unforeseen circumstances arose...
Spring Bay Inn Bed and Breakfast: Orcas Island Getaway
What a fantastic place this is!! Hot tub right on the beach (scheduled time no sharing :) ). Wonderful food. The kayaking in the morning was too much fun. The owners and staff are amazing and made our stay one to remember. Each room (we peeked) is wonderful. Ours had a...
Kangaroo House: Feel at home on Orcas Island
It's worth the drive to Orcas Island if even just for the breakfast! Peter & Helen Allen, the Innkeepers make you feel at home in their home. Can't wait to come back for a visit!
Central location - just a mile north of Eastsound’s restaurants and shopsNo minimum stay...
Sazio di Notte | Chimayo: "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...
Cafe Olga: 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...
Christina's: Internationally Renowned Destination Restaurant
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...
The Inn at Ship Bay: 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...
Olga's: 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...
Rose's Cafe: 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....
Bilbo's Festivo: Don't Bother
The food was okay. The service was the worst. We made reservations for 7:30pm indoors. At 8pm we ended up with an outside table and it was cold. We were told we would be given blankets. We're still waiting for them. The waitress was busy shmoozing with some locals and...
ALL Restaurants: Off Season Hours - Operations
Off season -- especially winter -- hours may vary dramatically from summer hours. Some restaurants close altogether in January and February. Unless you are absolutely sure of the off season hours, it's best to call ahead to confirm.
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. These are float planes and will take off from and land on water.
Kenmore Air has free shuttle service between Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and their Lake Union terminal.
Kenmore Air also flies to the other San Juan Islands; Victoria, British Columbia; the Gulf Islands in British Columbia and various other locations in maritime British Columbia.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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...
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.