A fifteen-minute drive from the ferry lies the historic village of Eastsound, Orcas Island’s downtown. Nestled above Fishing Bay, this walkable village bustles with life—a visitor’s dream of galleries, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and a history museum. After spending a day whale watching, or hiking up Mt. Constitution or Turtleback Mountain, you can relax with a massage or couples massage in a beautiful studio overlooking the water. Then enjoy
Visit the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce office in Eastsound for maps, brochures & more information about the island.
Art and Music
In Eastsound’s galleries, you’ll find a heady sampling from talented local artists—paintings, ceramics, wood sculpture, photography, jewelry, and fiber art. You’ll find more local art on display
Casual is the norm on Orcas, which includes most of Eastsound’s restaurants, where you can enjoy a range of favorites from Northwest to Southwest cuisine. Whether you’re in search of simple pub fare, family-friendly cafes, or fine dining with a water view, you’ll find an eatery to fit your taste (and your taste buds)—many featuring organic, Island-grown food.
In your stroll through Eastsound, you can’t miss the village’s historic homes and buildings from the 1880s. For a stronger dose of history, the Orcas Island Historical Museum, in the heart of town, is rich in island artifacts and photos, hosts an annual Historical Day Fair and Parade in early July, a tour of the Island’s B&B historic lodgings in the spring, and various traveling exhibits throughout the year. The museum is housed in a unique arrangement that links six original homestead cabins (
Adventures & Fun for Kids
In Eastsound, you can rent a bike or a sea kayak, sign up for a whale-watching or kayak tour, or reserve a spot on a boat tour of the San Juans and Canadian Gulf
Island Kids Explain
Island kids share how you can care for the San Juans! Learn about the principles of Leave No Trace from these bright (and often funny!) budding island stewards.