ORCAS ISLAND INFORMATION
Orcas Island is the largest and hilliest of all the islands, of the San Juan Islands. Eastsound Village is the main commercial center of the island. Eastsound has many wonderful artisans galleries and delicious restaurants as well as the Center for the Arts, offering theater productions and symphony experiences. The island itself offers many activities: hiking and in Moran State Park or Turtleback mountain, kayaking, biking, pickleball, tennis, wineries and museums. Orcas Island truly has it all!
Orcas Island is where I call home. I live in the quaint town of Eastsound. I chose this location due to it’s walkability to all the town’s amenities. Eastsound has wonderful restaurants including award winning Matia, The Madrona Bar and Grill, Mijitas Mexican Kitchen, The Lower Tavern and The Inn at Ship Bay are some of my favorites. Here is a link to the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce Dinning Guide for up to date info on restaurant’s hours and closures.
Orcas Island offers distinct mirco-climates depending on where on the island you live. The driest and sunniest areas of Orcas Island are the West side of the island which has Deer Harbor and Westsound as small communities both having marinas for boaters. The area receiving the least amount of sunshine and more rain is the North and East side of the island. Raccoon Point area receives the least sun but has beautiful Northern and Westerly views with amazing sunsets. This area has very steep and hilly terrain. The Rosario Resort is located on the East side of the island and offers resort amenities, a spa, outdoor swimming pools, restaurants and a marina for it’s residents. Olga also on the Eastside has the wonderful Lescaux Cafe attached to the Orcas Island Artworks. A little farther away from town is the amazing Doe Bay Resort. Doe Bay offers ocean side, outdoor hot tubs, a spa, a delicious restaurant and pre-covid a had a huge music festival during the summer.