It took us nine years to return to the area of the Juan de Fuca strait, that island-dotted sea channel between mainland British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Our first glimpse of the San Juan Islands had been from a zodiac boat out of Victoria harbor -- we found no whales that day, but we did see the San Juans and Mt. Baker in the distance.
On this week-long re-visit (in June 2012) we flew into Seattle-Tacoma, transferred to Anacortes, WA, for the Washington State Ferry to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Several days later we ferried over to Orcas Island, picked up our rental car in Deer Harbor and drove a short distance to the magnificent The Inn on Orcas Island. This Inn had been recommended by a friend and it far exceeded our expectations.
Innkeepers Jeremy and John built the Inn over a 10-year period and then spent 10 more years finishing and furnishing the property -- and what a lovely, thoughtful result! The Inn's pubic spaces and grounds are inviting; it was built for quiet and comfort. Our room overlooked the sculpted back lawn and tidal pool. A bonus: the entire Inn is filled to overflowing with visual art and crafts, the walls are covered with interesting works -- did I mention the breakfasts; the welcoming bottle of champagne; the robes and jetted bath; the luscious cookies on our nightstand each morning?
Jeremy is a cordial and extremely helpful host. And John's fine breakfasts speak for themselves. We urge you to visit them on Orcas Island even if you have to go out of your way to add this stop to your itinerary -- it's worth your visit!
New York, USA
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- No guests under 18 ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Inn On Orcas Island Hotel Deer Harbor
- The Inn On Orcas Island Deer Harbor, Washington