About Orcas Island

Picture yourself on an island surrounded by pristine nature, stunning scenery, and friendly locals. This is what you can expect when you visit Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. If you’re planning your next vacation and looking for a peaceful getaway, Orcas Island is worth considering. But first, let’s talk about why we think sustainability and being good stewards of the island are important.

On Orcas Island, we believe that it’s not enough to simply visit the island and enjoy its natural beauty. We want our visitors to appreciate and respect the environment that makes this place so unique. That’s why we encourage sustainable tourism and responsible travel practices. Whether you’re hiking in the wilderness, kayaking in the sparkling waters, or savoring local cuisine, we want you to leave Orcas Island knowing that you have made a positive impact on the community and its surroundings and leave no trace.

Orcas Island is a Nature Lover’s Paradise 

Orcas Island boasts over 57 miles of shoreline, 5 freshwater lakes, and serene forests filled with towering evergreens. It’s no surprise that visitors come here to explore nature and enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

On the island, there are several parks, including Moran State Park, which covers over 5,000 acres of forested land, lakes, and breathtaking vistas. The park is home to Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juan Islands, which offers a panoramic view of the surrounding islands and mainland.

Orcas Island is a Foodie’s Paradise

Orcas Island is home to an abundance of locally grown produce, seafood, and homemade products, many of which can be found at our local Farmers Market. There are several organic farms, artisan bakeries, and gourmet restaurants that offer farm-to-table dining- start with Madrona Bar & Grill or Matia Kitchen. Don’t forget to try the local specialties, such as freshly caught salmon, Dungeness crab, and oysters. For dessert, try some blackberry lavender ice cream, which is a favorite among locals and visitors.

Orcas Island Offers Unique Cultural Experiences

Orcas Island has a rich history and culture that can be explored through museums, art galleries, and cultural events. Visit the Orcas Island Historical Museum to learn about the island’s Native American heritage, logging industry, and early pioneers. If you’re into the arts, check out the Orcas Island Artworks, which showcases the works of local artisans. For a taste of island culture, attend the Orcas Island Film Festival, which showcases independent movies and documentaries. We even have local gems like Warm Valley Orchard, where the owners raise sheep alongside their orchards and use their wool to create beautifully handcrafted items that are available for purchase in their studio.

Orcas Island is Ideal for a Romantic Getaway

Orcas Island is a perfect destination for couples who are looking for a secluded retreat. With its calm and relaxing atmosphere, breathtaking vistas, and top-notch accommodations, Orcas Island offers the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. Take a stroll on the beach, watch the sunset from a scenic lookout, or cuddle by a cozy fireplace in a private cabin. And with no crowds or hustle and bustle, you can truly unwind and rekindle your love.

Orcas Island Offers Spectacular Accommodations

Whether you prefer to stay in a cozy bed and breakfast or a historical resort, Orcas Island has plenty of options. If you’re looking for a romantic or pet-friendly getaway with walkable access to Eastsound, you can choose The Village Inn at Eastsound for a unique experience where sustainability, luxury, and attention to detail will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors and all that Orcas Island has to offer without sacrificing comfort. If you need a little more space and you are looking for a house, Northwest Island Escapes will help you find the perfect fit.

Traveling to Orcas Island is Part of the Adventure

Ferry or flight? Either choice will offer a dramatic perspective of the surrounding islands, sea, and mountain ranges. Scheduled and charter flights offer transportation to and from Seattle, Bellingham, or Victoria, BC – check Kenmore AirSan Juan Airlines, or Point-to-Point Charter flights. Rental cars are available on Orcas Island through O I Cars, Orcas Cars, and OrcaShuttle.

If you plan to travel via the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, be sure to book a reservation at the Washington State Ferries site. Upon arrival, you can shop for provisions at the market on the Orcas landing, or head directly into Eastsound, a charming village filled with local businesses, shops, galleries, and acclaimed restaurants (Sunset Magazine named Eastsound in their top 10 dream small town list!).

Whether you’re a nature lover, foodie, history buff, or just in need of a peaceful getaway, Orcas Island has something for everyone. By practicing sustainable tourism, we can all do our part to preserve and protect this beautiful place for generations to come. So why not plan your next vacation to Orcas Island and discover the natural beauty, cultural richness, and romantic charm of this island paradise? We guarantee you won’t regret it. Reserve your spot at The Village Inn now.