Welcome to beautiful Orcas Island!
Though only an hour and twenty minutes by ferry from the mainland, Orcas Island is in many ways a world apart. Known as the “gem of the San Juan Islands,” Orcas Island is as diverse as it is spectacular: mountains, fjords, forests, lakes, pastoral countryside and miles of shoreline rim the island with many beaches, both public and private. Arts, culture and cuisine are celebrated throughout the year. Take in a local play, dance to an island band or enjoy seasonal cuisine made from locally grown meat and produce– and experience the magic of Orcas Island.
Exploring the Island
- Rent a bicycle, kayak, boat or sailboat
- Visit art studios and galleries
- Go whale watching or horseback riding
- Spend the day at a beach or on a lake
- Wander the Farmer’s Market; take a yoga class
The island is rich with opportunities for discovery and adventure! Learn more about these activities and more at the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce http://orcasislandchamber.com/.
Moran State Park
Less than 5 miles from Eastsound Village, Moran State Park is the fourth largest state park in Washington. Abundant in natural beauty, the park has 38 miles of scenic hiking trails and five pristine lakes. Hike or drive to the highest point in the San Juan Islands, Mount Constitution, where you can enjoy expansive marine vistas. Visit the Moran State Park site for more information.
There are many unique and artful shops in Eastsound. Some favorites include Moon Glow Arts & Crafts and Siren Boutique, both located on the main floor of the Eastsound Suites building. If you enjoy a good book, check out Darvill¹s Bookstore across the street. The Eastsound Village Library is a favorite community gathering spot and is definitely worth a visit!
So many wonderful local restaurants, you can’t go wrong! Here are a few favorites for your consideration.
- Brown Bear Bakery is next door to Eastsound Suites‹ everything that comes out of their oven is sinfully delicious!
- Mijitas Mexican Kitchen serves great Mexican fare incorporating local, Northwest ingredients. Great for families.
- New Leaf Café is just down the street in the Outlook Inn. Try one of their breakfasts, served with warm island hospitality.
- Hogstone’s Wood Oven was recently voted the #1 pizza in WA State by the Seattle Times
- Roses Bakery Café. Dine in or pick up cheese, charcuterie, and a freshly baked baguette for picnic fare.
- Kathryn Taylor Chocolates crafts exceptional chocolates, an island experience not to be missed!
- Island Hoppin’ Brewery is definitely worth a visit, especially if you like craft beer. Play board games, eat peanuts and mingle with locals.
- The Barnacle serves creative cocktails made with locally produced, house-infused spirits. It’s a bit of a treasure hunt to find, but well worth the search!
- The Restaurant at the Inn at Ship Bay is a few miles east of Eastsound. It is probably the nicest restaurant on the island, so if you plan to go, you may want to make a reservation. They are known for their locally-sourced, seasonal cuisine.
East side of the island
- Catkin Café in Olga. Located in an historic strawberry barreling building that also houses an artists’ co-op, the Catkin Café offers made-from-scratch fare that changes with the seasons.
- Doe Bay Café in Doe Bay has wonderful, locally-grown food and is primarily vegetarian, though they do have seafood. In addition to dinner, it’s a great place for breakfast. You can also rent kayaks there to explore the east part of the island.