Orcas Island

Step onto horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, drop your suitcase or backpack, and drink in the green paradise the locals call “the emerald isle” and “the gem of the San Juans” -- a happy combination of stunning shoreline, the highest mountain in the islands, and a handful of charming hamlets.  Discover this beautiful island through a Scenic Byway driving tour.

Outdoor Pleasures

Most of Orcas Island’s 57 square miles are rural and hilly, a challenge for cyclists and a pleasure for drivers, with curving roads that wind through forests and past artists’ studios, fields with old apple barns, and the occasional turn-of-the-century prune dryer.

Visit one of the nation’s most beautiful parks to hike, bike, swim, or explore—the 5,252-acre Moran State Park, with several lakes and more than 38 miles of hiking trails. There, you can drive, bike, or hike up Mount Constitution, the islands’ highest point, for a spectacular view of island-dotted sea and snow-capped Mount Baker.

Head out on the water on a kayak trip (guided or alone), whale-watching tour, or fishing or sailboat charter. You can book any of these adventures on the island, as well as rent bikes and check out guided horseback rides.

Eastsound

At the center of Orcas Island, at the top of a beautiful fjord, Eastsound is a walker’s village, alive with art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and visitor attractions. Enjoy strolling among historic homes and buildings from the 1880s and picnicking on the village green, summer home of the Saturday Farmers’ Market and live music performances. In the heart of town lies the not-to-be-missed Orcas Island Historical Museum, bursting with island artifacts and photos, with six settlers’ cabins on the grounds. The Funhouse Commons and Orcas Center are a short walk or drive just north of the village. Start your day with an invigorating yoga class at Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio. After a long day of fun, relax and feel rejuvenated with a massage overlooking the water at Massage by the Sea.

Olga, Doe Bay and Deer Harbor

South of Moran State Park, the little hamlet of Olga is famous for its artists’ co-op, Orcas Island Artworks, with an extensive selection of pottery, painting, jewelry, art glass, fiber and wood by more than 50 island artists. You’ll find it housed in a historic 1936 strawberry packing plant along with the popular Cafe Olga, a charming eatery renowned for its homemade cinnamon rolls and delicious fresh-baked pies.

Past Olga on the water, you’ll come upon Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, where you can dine over the water at the Doe Bay Café on mostly organic food, often harvested just hours earlier. A rustic Northwest icon, Doe Bay Resort & Retreat offers lodging, massage, yoga, sea kayaking, hot tubs and relaxing Adirondack chairs overlooking the spectacular water view.

On the other side of the island, at the farthest western point, Deer Harbor is a hub for all things marine ­— kayak (and bike) rentals, whale/wildlife tours, sailing excursions, power and sailboat rentals, and Deer Harbor Marina which features the Marina Barge Gift Shop ­— along with a wood sculptor’s studio, eateries and lodgings.

Art on Orcas Island

Potters, jewelers, painters, photographers, sculptors ­— Orcas Island draws artists like salmon draw orcas. Just a few examples (in addition to Orcas Island Artworks co-op in Olga) include Crow Valley Pottery, near the golf course south of Eastsound, features the works of more than 70 artists (there’s a gallery in downtown Eastsound, too), as well as Orcas Island Pottery, the oldest pottery in the Northwest.

Orcas Island Lodging

From waterfront cabin resorts to elegant hillside B & Bs to a wide variety of vacation rentals, Orcas Island lodging can fit any need.  With its many parks, shorelines, hamlets, and galleries to explore and its multitude of activities, make sure and plan your visit long enough to enjoy all Orcas Island has to offer.

Other Names

Orcas Island is not named for the orca whale, but for Juan Vicente de Güemes Padilla Horcasitas y Aguayo, 2nd Count of Revillagigedo, the Viceroy of Mexico who sent an exploration expedition to the Pacific Northwest in 1791. "Orcus Island" or "Orca Island", visitors sometimes get confused.  However you choose to spell it, you will be welcome here.  

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Orcas Island Pottery GallerySee all information about this member
338 Old Pottery Road
Eastsound
(360) 376-2813
Pottery, Art, Shopping, Orcas Island

The oldest pottery in the Northwest, it is located on West Beach only 3½ miles from Eastsound, in an area of old growth cedars and Douglas fir, on a 100-foot high bluff overlooking President's Channell. When you turn off the main road onto the long driveway into the woods, you feel like you are going into a fairyland. As you enter the parking lot you will notice a sign for the 'Foot Path' that leads you down into the yard. There you will find different pathways to go on to discover this magical place with its beautiful gardens and fountains. It's a whimsical adventure. [more...]

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Massage by the SeaSee all information about this member
344 Main St., Suite 103
Eastsound
360-376-8006
206-486-HEAL (4325)
Massage by the Sea - Feet

Enjoy a "Touch of Rejuvenation" in a Seaside Oasis!

We offer Romantic Couples Massage, Hot Stones, Reflexology, Balinese Foot Bath, Injury Treatments, Medical Massage, Men's Sport, Hawaiian Lomi, Myofacial Bodywork, Cranial Sacral and Harmonic Sound Therapies with tuning forks, singing bowls and gongs. Whether you just need a day of rejuvenation from everyday stresses or have a specific problem or pain that can be alleviated with massage, our expert therapists will have you feeling better. [more...]

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Orcas Art StudiosSee all information about this member
1286 Mt. Baker Rd., Suite A4
Eastsound
(360) 447-8387
Orcas Art Studios - Barn - Art Classes

Create an artful vacation with a painting or drawing workshop on beautiful Orcas Island with it’s idyllic setting of Crow Valley pastures and glorious mountain and ocean views. Our workshops are run by locally and nationally known art instructors. Among them are Gage Academy’s teachers Terry Furchgott and Mitchell Albala.

Location: 1286 Mt. Baker Rd., Suite A4; (360) 447-8387
Hours: visit www.orcasartsturios.com for class times or to make an appointment to view the gallery [more...]

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Orcas Island PotterySee all information about this member
338 Old Pottery Rd.
Eastsound
(360) 376-2813
Pottery, Art, Shopping, Orcas Island

In 1945, Joe and Marclay Sherman opened Orcas Island Pottery. They traded a local farmer a set of 4 plates and 4 bowls for the now 150 year old trappers log cabin of old growth fir, dismantled and moved to the property, to become the showroom that it still is today. Three generations of potters have created a favorite destination for nature and art lovers visiting Orcas Island. When you turn off the main road onto the long driveway into the woods, you feel like you are going into a fairyland. As you enter the Orcas Island Pottery parking lot you will notice a sign for the footpath that leads you down into the yard.

Location: 338 Old Pottery Rd.; (360) 376-2813
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., daily, except Christmas and Easter [more...]

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Cascade LakeSee all information about this member
4960 Mt. Constitution Rd.
Olga
(360) 376-3111
Cascade Lake

Cascade Lake is the center of outdoor fun in Moran State Park. Paddle boat rentals, a swimming area, picnic shelters and three campgrounds to choose from give you plenty of relaxation time after hiking or horseback riding. A great place for kids, Cascade Lake has a 3-mile trail around the lake, a wooden bridge and a quiet lagoon for paddling and swimming. Purchase day passes at the park entrance and enter a world of natural beauty. [more...]

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The Funhouse CommonsSee all information about this member
30 Pea Patch Lane
Eastsound
(360) 376-7177
Kids Activities Fun Orcas Island

The Funhouse Commons, just a few blocks north of the Eastsound Village is a youth focused community center where you will find all sorts of fun activities all summer long including drop in day camps, art and crafts classes, supervised free play - daily, Friday night hangout for teens and much more! [more...]

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Monkey PuzzleSee all information about this member
109 North Beach Road
Eastsound
360-376-2275
Monkey Puzzle -  Interior #1 Shopping Orcas Island

Monkey Puzzle is a unique store in Eastsound on Orcas Island. Not only does the store offer custom made clothes and jewelry, and it features items that are designed by the owner, Sallie Bell. All the clothing is made in Portland and you can watch as Sallie designs her jewelry and the clothes in workshop. Visitors are welcome to select fabric for a vest or jacket and then create a piece of jewelry to go along with it. There are stations set up for people to create their own statement. [more...]

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Classic Day SailingSee all information about this member
5164 Deer Harbor Road
Deer Harbor
(360) 376-5581
Classic Day Sailing

Sail aboard the classic 1948 Northwest-designed and built sloop "Aura" in the scenic heart of the San Juans. Steer and work lines to your heart's content as we glide around the Wasp Islands, Jones Island and elsewhere in search of whatever nature has to show us that day. Offering three- to four-hour, afternoon and evening excursions from Deer Harbor Marina. Picnics welcome. [more...]

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Orcas Boat Rentals & ChartersSee all information about this member
5164 Deer Harbor Road
Deer Harbor
(360) 376-3037
(360) 472-0020
Boating Cruising Orcas Island

Orcas Boat Rentals and Charters is located in sunny Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, and in downtown Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. We also service Lopez Island.  We offer power and sailboat rentals and custom-skippered charters.Great for fishing, sailing, exploring outer islands and wildlife sightseeing. Let us get you on the water. [more...]

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Spring Bay on Orcas Island Kayak ToursSee all information about this member
464 Spring Bay Trail
Olga
(360) 376-5531
Spring Bay on Orcas Island Kayak Tours

"To preserve, enjoy, and interpret the natural history of Orcas Island.”

Enrich your stay on our amazing island with a guided kayak tour. Beginners are welcome, gear and instruction are provided. Our rates are reasonable; our equipment is top-notch. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, enjoyable experience that will leave you more knowledgeable about our local environment and about kayaking. [more...]

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Outer Island Expeditions KayakingSee all information about this member
54 Hunt Rd.
Eastsound
(360) 376-3711
(360) 622-6562
Kayaking Orcas Island

Outer Island Expeditions offers kayak tours and rentals from Orcas Island. We offer three-hour and full-day kayak trips. We also offer kayak rentals by the hour, day and week. Both our three-hour and full-day tours head to some of the best wildlife locations in the San Juans. We may encounter seals, porpoise, eagles, otters, sea birds and even the occasional orca whale. Our three-hour tours leave from Smuggler's Villa Resort and head to Pt. Doughty State Park. Our full-day tours head to Sucia Island State Park where you will enjoy some of the region’s best kayaking. [more...]

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San Juan Island
Anacortes Kayak ToursSee all information about this member
2201 Skyline Way, Suite 203
Anacortes
360-588-1117
800-992-1801
Anacortes Kayak Tours - Family of Four

Voted #1 Eco-Adventure in Western Washington 2010-2012-2013 by Evening Magazine and King5 News!  Join us on a sea kayaking adventure to the most rewarding destinations in the San Juan Islands.  We offer tours departing from San Juan Island, Orcas Island, and Anacortes.  We offer Half Day, Full Day, and Overnight sea kayaking expeditions.  Anacortes Kayak Tours prides itself on being a family friendly kayak company, with dedicated family tours departing Deception Pass State Park. [more...]

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Lopez Island
Outer Island Expeditions Whale WatchingSee all information about this member
54 Hunt Rd.
Eastsound
(360) 376-3711
(360) 622-6562
Outer Island Expeditions - Whale Watching, San Juan Islands,

Outer Island Expeditions offers whale watching tours -- see whales or ride again free! -- from Orcas Island, Lopez Island, San Juan Island and the Bellingham area. Last year we saw orcas on over 95% of our summer tours, and whales on 97%. [more...]

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Orcas Island Chamber Music FestivalSee all information about this member
917 B Mt. Baker Road
Eastsound
(866) 492-0003
(360) 376-6636
Events Orcas island

The Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival is dedicated to the highest standards of musical excellence, through creative programming and Festival-related events throughout the year.  It is our mission to share stimulating musical experiences with all midst the beauty of Orcas Island, creating Classical Music with a View! 

Aloysia Friedmann, Artistic Director and Jon Kimura Parker, Artistic Advisor [more...]

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Canoe Island French Camp - Kayaking at Sunset

Canoe Island French Camp is Summer Fun with a French accent. Summer camp, family camp, art, yoga, and cooking events for adults. [more...]

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