Orcas is home to a quite a few resorts, inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments, but they fill up quickly during the summer months. If you’re planning a visit, we strongly recommend that you make arrangements well in advance.
Resorts, Hotels, and B&Bs
The following list is by no means complete, but it will give you an idea of where you can stay on Orcas.
Deer Harbor Inn (3) is where the big pleasure boats tie up and raise the cocktail flag. The resort’s owners have invested heavily in a better dock and more amenities, and Deer Harbor now features a stylish restaurant open during the warmer months, a year-around convenience store on the dock, and restrooms with pay showers. Cottages with private hot tubs are available, as well as cottages without the tub feature and standard guest rooms. Call 360-376-4110.
Beach Haven Resort (4) is a quiet place, well suited for families or for couples seeking seclusion. Guests can choose between rustic log cabins, situated on the waterfront and featuring kitchens, or modern apartments at the lodge. Call 360-376-2288.
West Beach Resort (5) is a popular family destination with beautiful sunset views from the shoreline. Beachfront cabins are available on a weekly basis only (Saturday to Saturday) during July and August. Kayak tours are also available. Call 1-877-937-8224.
Orcas Hotel (6) is a stately old white clapboard establishment overlooking the ferry landing. It features a year-around cafe as well as a restaurant that is open during the summer months. Call 1-888-672-2792.
Outlook Inn (7) is located right in the village of Eastsound. They have a number of luxury suites, acclaimed as the best suites in the San Juans by Travel magazine. Call 360-376-2200.
Kangaroo House (8) is just one of many nice B&Bs on Orcas. It’s a meticulously kept-up estate home about a mile north of Eastsound, and we’ve heard good things about it from our customers. Guests enjoy an excellent breakfast and use of a hot tub. Call 1-888-371-2175
Anaco Bay Inn. On the Anacortes end of the ferry trip is the Anaco Bay Inn, a welcoming place to stay on your way to or from the San Juans. Call 1-877-299-3320.
For more info about lodging on Orcas island, check out Orcas Chamber of Commerce.
Moran State Park (A) has three main camping areas: North End, Midway and South End. From October 1 to March 31, sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are strongly recommended during the peak season. Fifteen primitive sites are also available for hikers and bikers only. Moran State Park offers pay showers in its restroom facilities. For park information, call 360-376-2326. Make reservations online at Washington State Parks Reservation Service or by calling 1-888-226-7688.
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat (B) offers campsites as well as resort accommodations. The Upper Field sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and the more desirable sites at Otter Point can be reserved by calling 360-376-2291.
Obstruction Pass State Park (C) has nine camping sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. You must walk yourself and your bike in from the parking lot about half a mile away. Also, you must bring your own water, and the campground’s restroom facilities are limited to outhouses. Because the campground has marine access, it tends to fill up with boaters, especially in the summer. For park information, call 360-376-2326.
West Beach Resort (D) (also see above) offers campsites that can be reserved for a fee. Hot showers and laundry facilities are available. Call (360) 376-2240 for details or to make reservations.
There is no shortage of restaurants in Eastsound. Visitors who want a good hamburger and perhaps a cold beer will find both at the Lower Tavern, right next to the grocery store. Chimayo offers Southwestern food located in Oddfellows Hall; Mijitas serves Mexican-inspired northwest cuisine, and The Kitchen has take-out Asian food. Brown Bear Baking offers pastries and fresh bread daily. Get great coffee and more at Enzo’s Italian Caffe or Orcas Food Co-op, an organic food store, has a nice deli in back where you can buy a wholesome lunch. Island Wild serves breakfast/lunch; the New Leaf Cafe does French-inspired Northwest food; and try Hogstone for wood-fired pizza.
Island Hoppin’ Brewery is a craft brewery served up in their own tap room.
Visitors who want to dine out in style will find several places in Eastsound worth checking out. The Inn at Ship Bay serves seafood and is located about half a mile east of town. Other options are New Leaf and Roses Bakery & Cafe.
The Orcas Hotel, located at the ferry landing, is an elegantly kept-up older establishment with a nice dining room.
You’ll also find restaurants at Deer Harbor Resort, Rosario Resort and Doe Bay Resort.
Eastsound features a large grocery store (Island Market), two banks, a drugstore, a good bookstore, and an assortment of interesting shops. On Saturdays in the summertime, local farmers set up a market on Eastsound’s main commercial street. There you can find excellent produce at reasonable prices.
A number of shops and restaurants are scattered around the island, mostly near the marine access points. Orcas Landing, also called Orcas Village, is the first enclave you’ll see if you arrive by ferry, and after Eastsound, it’s the most significant commercial area. A number of shops and eateries, mostly catering to the seasonal trade, are spread along the road near the ferry dock.