Guyer's Guide to Orcas Island

a list of the places we like best on Orcas
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Charming Waterview Craftsman :: walk to town and beach!

Don't take my word for it! Read 5 star reviews from happy guests and see more pics here: http://www.vrbo.com/126438

Obstruction Pass State Park

The park is one of the few spots on Orcas Island with access to more than one mile of publicly-owned saltwater shoreline. A half–mile trail leads visitors from the parking area to the campground and beach access. There are several fine gravel pockets of beach and moderate to high bank waterfront on...

Moran State Park

So much to do here! 5,252 acres of park with over 30 miles of hiking trails. Beautiful lakes with swimming, fishing, row boat and paddle boat rentals. Mt Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans has an historic CCC lookout tower. On a clear day, you can see from Canada to Mt Rainier! Not to be...

New Leaf Cafe

Great food with lovely dinner service. Happy hour is a fun way to try some of their menu items at half price. The bar area is charming but tiny, so we usually try to arrive right at the beginning. Be sure to check their website for current days and times....

Kitchen

Much loved by locals, the Kitchen offers organic, locally sourced ingredients prepared with Asian flavors. A casual outdoor eating area under the trees, a kids menu as well as beer and wine for their parents. And this just in...they have added a cocktail lounge next door, the Barnacle. Possibly...

Roses Bakery Cafe

Go to Rose's for a relaxing lunch with a glass of wine. Salads, sandwiches, soups and desserts. The breads are beautiful. Wine shop and gourmet deli are also available. They'd easily get 5 stars from me if the service were friendlier.

turtleback mountain preserve

Beautiful hike on Orcas Island. If you want a steepish climb to the good views, use the south entrance. If you prefer a longer more gradual walk through the woods, use the north entrance. Here are the details and a map: www.otterspond.com/Turtlebackmap.pdf‎ Additionally, if you're driving from...

Orcas Village Store

Right at the ferry landing on Orcas Island. Perfect for provisioning whether you're arriving or departing. Upscale grocery selection. Quality deli meats and cheeses. A good wine selection. House made sandwiches and salads with LOVE in them! Take and bake pizzas for when you're driving off the...