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Welcome to Orcas Island

Step onto horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, drop your suitcase or backpack, and drink in the green paradise the locals call “the gem of the San Juans.” ­It’s a magical mix of arts and culture, lush forests, pristine lakes and endless outdoor possibilities. Charming villages of Olga, Deer Harbor, West Sound and Orcas Village dot the island as centers of culture, art and cuisine. Relax and enjoy the island's quality sampling of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums.

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

Visit one of the nation’s most beautiful parks to hike, bike, swim, or go horseback riding through the forest—the 5,252-acre Moran State Park. With several lakes and more than 38 miles of hiking trails, it's a perfect place to stay and play year-round. Hike the rugged old growth trails to see the expansive marine vistas from the summit of Mount Constitution. On your way, watch for soaring bald eagles, deer, rabbits or more than 250 species of birds that can be seen here throughout the year. You can also drive or bike to the observation tower at the top of Mount Constitution, the islands’ highest point, for a spectacular view of the island-dotted Salish 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 these adventures and more from Deer Harbor, Eastsound, or Olga.  Take the scenic route and consider renting bikes or checking out guided horseback rides. There are endless activities on "the Emerald Isle" year-round and we hope you enjoy!

 

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Orcas Island offers you a whole world of choice when it comes to where you stay. Private cabins overlooking the water, hotels in the middle of town, cozy B&Bs tucked away in pastoral loveliness, its all here, offering you different atmospheres and opportunities to enjoy your island getaway.

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Cycling, kayaking, hiking and boating are all favorite activities on Orcas Island. You can also visit Eastsound for a great espresso or delicious locally grown food. Visit a farm, hear great music or just wander the many beautiful beaches on this tranquil island.

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      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 collection of pottery, painting, jewelry, and more from over 50 island artists. You’ll find it housed in a historic 1936 strawberry packing plant along with the Catkin Cafe, a charming eatery renowned for its use of locally grown ingredients.

      You’ll also find a rustic Northwest icon, Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, where you can dine with a water view at Doe Bay Café and enjoy cozy lodging, massage, yoga, sea kayaking, hot tubs and more.

      At the farthest western point or Orcas Island, you'll find Deer Harbor - a hub for all things marine. Rent kayaks, bikes, power or sail boats, or take whale/wildlife tours right from Deer Harbor Marina.