What to do and where to stay

Lawrence Cheek  – September 2, 2004

Almost bisected by Eastsound, Orcas is the largest and hilliest of the San Juans: At 2,409 feet, Mt. Constitution is the highest point in the islands. Inns, restaurants, and stores cluster in Eastsound and in Orcas Village, where the ferry docks.

On the Water

Shearwater Adventures. Offers three-hour and all-day sea-kayaking tours. From $45. (360) 376-4699 or www.shearwaterkayaks.com.


Deer Harbor Charters (360/376-5989) and Orcas Island Eclipse Charters (360/376-6566).

On the Land

Howe Art Sculpture Park and Gallery. A sculpture garden 1/4 mile west of Eastsound features the work of Anthony Howe. Closed Mon; free. Off Horseshoe Hwy.; (360) 376-2945 or www.howeart.net.

Lambiel Museum. Art museum in a private home celebrates works of 172 San Juan Islands’ artists. The collection’s owner gives two-hour tours by appointment. $10. (360) 376-4544 or www.lambielmuseum.com.

Moran State Park. The jewel of Washington’s state park system, with 5,252 acres of forests, lakes, and waterfalls. The view from Mt. Constitution (you can drive or hike) is world-class. (360) 902-8844 (information) or (888) 226-7688 (camping).


Bilbo’s Festivo. Mexican food that could embarrass Tucson. 310 A St., Eastsound; (360) 376-4728.

Rosario Resort. Fine dining in the Compass Room; breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in the Orcas Room. 1400 Rosario Rd., Eastsound; (360) 376-2222 or www.rosario-resort.com.


Orcas Hotel. This restored 1904 hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. From $79. 18 Orcas Hill Rd., Orcas; (888) 672-2792, (360) 376-4300, or www.orcashotel.com.

Resort at Deer Harbor. Luxurious suites, each with private hot tub and VCR. From $189. 31 Jack and Jill Lane; (360) 376-4420 or www.deerharbor.com.

Rosario Resort and Spa. The famous San Juan resort, built around the historic Moran Mansion. From $200. See “Dining” above.

Turtleback Farm Inn. A lovely B&B in a renovated farmhouse. From $90. 1981 Crow Valley Rd., Eastsound; (360) 376-4914 or www.turtlebackinn.com.


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