Olga, Orcas Island
On the shores of Buck Bay about 20 minutes south of Eastsound, you’ll find the hamlet of Olga, named for the wife of the first postmaster and home to Cafe Olga, which shares a historic strawberry-packing plant with Orcas Island Artworks cooperative gallery and the James Hardman Gallery.
Arts and Crafts
A short walk from the boat-accessible Olga public dock in the heart of Olga, Orcas Island Artworks, a cooperative of more than 45 island artists and craftspeople housed in a historic strawberry packing plant, represents a rich potpourri of some of the San Juans’ finest paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, wood, fiber, and wearable art. A loft gallery displays giclée limited-edition prints by artist and composer James Hardman, including many Orcas Island scenes.
You’ll find Café Olga as creative in its edible offerings as the arts and crafts in the Artworks, featuring a changing menu of Pacific Northwest cuisine, from beef tenderloin salad to fresh Alaskan halibut to quesadillas.