18 Reasons to Visit Orcas Island

18 Reasons to Visit Orcas Island

Hike Mt. Constitution
The highest point in all of the San Juan Islands, Mt. Constitution offers stunning views of the surrounding area. (Those not up for the hike, can also drive to the top.)

Sample Local Brews
At the Island Hoppin’ Brewery, Orcas Island is more than home, it’s the brewmasters’ inspiration.

Watch Bakers in Action
Witness the magic first hand as the bakers at Brown Bear Baking create treats that’ll make you want to indulge again and again.

Experience Old World Elegance
Built over 100 years ago, the Rosario Resort & Spa maintains the same sense of class and respect for nature.

Go for a Bike Ride
Wildlife Cycles carries a wide range of bikes allowing you to explore how you’d like.

Take a Dip au Naturel
Enjoy breathtaking views at Doe Bay’s clothing optional spa where you’ll find three soaking tubs, a sauna and two showers all built over a natural waterfall.

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Enjoy a Romantic Dinner
The Inn at Ship Bay’s intimate dining room, exceptional service and incredible cuisine transform even the most simple meals into a special occasion.

Watch Pots Be Thrown
One of the oldest pottery studios in the Pacific Northwest, Orcas Island Pottery is a vibrant workshop where you can see artists in action and purchase their work.

Visit the Orcas Island Historical Museum
Housed in six homestead cabins, the Orcas Island Historical Museum shares a rich look at the island’s history.

Go Glamping
Mother Nature has never been this luxurious. Both Doe Bay Resort & Retreat and the Golden Tree Hostel offer glamping that lets you get out of the house without leaving the bed.

Play 18
Located in the center of Orcas Island, the Orcas Island Golf Course is an 18 hole course suited for players of all abilities.

Belt It Out
Join locals and tourists alike at the Lower Tavern on Friday nights for karaoke.

Sample Northwest Ingredients with a French Twist
Serving breakfast and dinner, the folks at New Leaf utilize the island and the sea’s bounty.

Rent a Moped
Orcas Mopeds Rentals makes exploring Orcas Island effortless.

Go for a Paddle
Take a kayak tour. Who knows you might even meet a friend while you’re out on the water! (Shearwater Kayak Tours, Outer Island Expeditions, and Orcas Outdoors Kayaking at Boardwalk on the Water)

Hook the Big Catch
North Shore Charters and Outer Island Expeditions offer guided fishing expeditions.

Visit Moran State Park
At Moran State Park, you’ll find 5,252 acres of pristine wilderness ready to be explored. 

Pick up a New Book
Darvill’s Bookstore lets you peruse the latest titles while enjoying a view.


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  • Posted August 9, 2014 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    Wow! You have captured 18 pretty great Orcas Island things to do… congratulations. I’m inspired to come up with more – so much to do on Orcas Island. Thank you!

  • Posted August 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget number 19!!!! Practice many styles of YOGA in a beautiful studio Orcas Mandala Yoga Studio right in the heart of Eastsound. ;))))))

  • Posted August 11, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mikaela – the “clothing-optional” spa (not a natural hot spring, but a lovely wooden building with three soaking tubs, a sauna and two showers, built over a natural waterfall) is at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat. Cleaned every day between 3-4 pm, recently upgraded, and a respectful and safe place to relax! $15 gets you in for a day! After a soak, enjoy open mic on pizza night (Thursdays) or a fine farm-to-table meal from the one-acre onsite garden! Heaven!

    • Posted August 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Shannon –

      Thanks for the correction! I just updated the list. Heaven indeed!

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