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“Vacation Therapy”
Gloaming at Sea Dream, a beach cottage at the water's very edge.
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Gloaming at Sea Dream, a beach cottage at the water's very edge.
Sea Dream:  A wall of windows;  wood burning fireplace (wood provided). Sea Dream:  View as you wash dishes.
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Gloaming at Sea Dream, a beach cottage at the water's very edge.
Sea Dream:  A wall of windows;  wood burning fireplace (wood provided).
Sea Dream:  View as you wash dishes.
Sea Dream:  All Nova Foam with gel top King Bed
The most spectacular sunsets Orcas Island can offer are from this very spot.
Serene, sublime, peaceful, awesome, too good to be imagined. . .morning at Sea Dream Cottage.
Sea Dream: Hammock (summer only)
Sea Dream:  Bathroom.
Orcas Island: Sunsets from Intense to sublime.  The light show lasts for hours.
Orcas Island:  Ferry lights reflected in water
Mariner's Dream:  Hammock (summer only)
Mariner's Bedroom:  Nova Foam King Bed with gel top
Mariner's Bedroom: see stars from skylight
Mariner's Dream: small but efficient kitchen
Mariner's Dream:  A shower for two.
Isle Dream: Hidden Hideaway.
Isle Dream: Welcoming red door
Isle Dream:  Room with a View
Isle Dream: Small efficient Kitchen
Isle Dream:  Shower for Two built into Skylight
Isle Dream: Big wrap around deck & View
Isle Dream:  Hammock on Waterfront (summer only)
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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 3
Deer Harbor, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

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AKM425
Bellevue, Washington
2 reviews
“Vacation Therapy”
Reviewed 29 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

This cottage was perfect. It was very private and quiet. The noises consisted of lapping waves, wind in the trees and the occasional boat motor in the distance. It was enough to make this one of the most relaxing, calming vacations we have been on. The decor was charming and we enjoyed the roaring fire every evening since we visited in March. This would be an ideal vacation spot any time of the year.

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Management Response
29 Mar 2014
There is calm on Orcas Island in March. And, early spring is actually a lovely time of year to visit. Do come again.
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Carl T
Tampa, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Great place and easy access to Island”
Reviewed 31 January 2014 for a stay in June 2012

We stayed at Mariner's Dream Cottage right next to the ferry landing. Hadn’t been on Orcas Island in 15 years still very nice but much more expensive than last trip. There are more things to do such as whale watching and bi plane rides. The state park is excellent with great views and hiking trails. House was good with great view.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
31 Jan 2014
Thank you. Do come visit us again.
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Jan H
Naperville, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
163 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Idylic....Charming!!”
Reviewed 27 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We cannot say enough about this precious little cottage. Wonderful location, amazing views,beautifully maintained. Small...but perfect for two people looking to get away from it all. The bed wonderfully comfortable, the kitchen well stocked (including coffee & tea) and the owners so very helpful when we discovered we needed to have our passports overnighted from Illinois! Saw eagles and other shore birds, sea otters, and fell in love with our resident doe and her little one. We had only two small complaints: we had a hard time finding the place as it isn't well marked, and we could not get down to explore the shore.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The climb down to the shore.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
27 Oct 2013
Thank you, we were happy to help.

For future guests: our Isle Dream is nestled on its own small hillside and the beach is accessed via a narrow footpath down the hill. Find sea stars, fire ring and hammock (summers) there. Also, please understand that our cottages are NOT well marked by design to ensure your privacy. Please bring your detailed driving instructions with you, and DO CALL. We are happy to help.
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GreatLake...
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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My husband and I stayed in the Sea Dreams cottage in April and it exceeded our expectations. I was a little nervous about staying at a vacation rental rather than a hotel or B&B, but there was no reason to worry. It was clean, attractive, had a wood-burning fireplace, and a fully equipped kitchen. It was so comfortable that we left once a day for a couple of hours, but spent a week just lounging at the cottage and outside on the big balcony.

Speaking of outside, the water comes right up to the rocks under the balcony during high tide. I didn't expect it to be that wonderfully close. The balcony was just huge and was the perfect place to kick back with a glass of wine and enjoy looking out at all the islands, orcas (saw a pod for a few days), porpoises, sea otters, and even a bald eagle that flew past the big picture window daily. Sidney, B.C. Canada can also be seen from the cottage.

I'm a city girl, unfortunately, so I never get the chance to see stars in a completely dark area...I had no idea that they could be that bright, appear so close, and look like there are 100 times more than back home. Breathtaking. Oh, and the sunsets! It's west-facing and the sunsets were spectacular. We have countless pictures and video of the dramatic changing hues of the sky as it slowly set each day. Again, much more vivid and striking (because of the water??) than at home. The days and nights were completely silent; no loud cars or neighbors...just silence except for occasional birds.

I was blown away by the close proximity to the water. I was told that this property was grandfathered in and that, since it was built, they changed the laws as to how close buildings are allowed to get to the water. There was nothing better than having a fire crackling at night while listening to the waves just outside the window.

I planned a trip back in September and needed to change things a couple of times. I have a disabled son at home and his needs often change. I've had B&Bs treat me very poorly after changing my reservation a couple of times. I changed twice with All Dreams, then even asked them if I could change a third time and move my date to October while staying at Sea Dreams and also trying out Mariner's Dream. Not only did they not have an issue with that (and it was after their cancellation deadline), but they even gave me a huge refund for the seasonal difference. Amazing customer service. I'd like to publicly apologize for any inconvenience to the owners.

I couldn't be more pleased with All Dreams and the kind and generous owners. Thank you to Nanae and Richard!

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Liked best: Close proximity to the water
Liked least: Couldn't work the dishwasher (broken or was it just me?)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
3 Sep 2013
Thank you!
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409Karen
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Everyone should visit at least once!”
Reviewed 16 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We stayed at Sea Dream Cottage and there are not adjectives in the world to describe the stunning views!

The accommodation is welcoming and well presented. The kitchen is well resourced with equipment,which is good, as we didn't want to go out for dinner so as not to miss the amazing sunsets!

We got lucky and had 3 gorgeous sunsets... Those and the beauty of the cottage made our first trip to Orcas truly memorable.

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Liked best: The setting
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
16 Aug 2013
Thank you. We hope that your best friend enjoys the cottage as much as you! Yes, the sun always sets and yes, even the monochromatic sunsets are beautiful!
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2Bunnies
USA
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Amazing spot!”
Reviewed 23 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We were all smiles upon arrival at Isle Dream cottage. The view from the back deck grabs you instantly. It is so stunning! And, it is so nice to be able to hear the waves of the water from the sound lapping on the shore in the morning. We loved seeing all the wildlife around the cabin, including hummingbirds, harbor seals, and deer.

Do watch out for yellow jackets off the back deck...but, those are a problem all over the island if you eat outdoors not just at the cabin. For those looking to fish, it would be helpful to know that the private dock is currently in disrepair and taped off as out of limits. You could probably still fish from the rocks along the shore at low tide, but it might be a helpful piece of information for the owners to update.

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Liked best: The stunning views!
Liked least: Gets a bit hot in the bathroom during midday when the sun streams through the skylight above the shower.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
23 Jul 2013
Thank you.

Our old dock incurred serious damage in the winter storms of 2013. As the dock is grandfathered-in, getting all the paperwork together for permitting (from the County as well as the more stringent State) has been an ordeal. Happily, we have the permits now and we will be starting work on the repairs soon.
We did remove all reference to the dock from our website when we understood the extent of the damage. However, our cottages are booked quite a bit in advance and we should have notified those that had booked early. Our most sincere apologies for that.
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DAKStrue
Kansas City, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Beautiful spot”
Reviewed 23 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We stayed five nights in the lovely "Sea Dream" cottage on Orcas Island in July 2013. Very nice little cottage with everything needed. Bed was quite comfortable, cottage was clean and well-decorated. It was so quiet! perfect place to unwind and get away from it all. If you want to feel all alone on the planet, this is the place for you. The whole island is small, so the drive to town (Eastsound) was not long when we wanted to eat at a restaurant or go shopping. Overall enjoyed the stay. Our only complaints were: 1. The BEACH was rather pitiful. It was awash with large logs and depending upon the tide, there was only a very small area to walk on. It is made quite clear that the beachfront is privately owned in both directions, and you ought not to stray past your own confines. 2. The cottage got quite hot and stuffy in the afternoons, even if we kept the blinds all closed and the awnings down. The cottage just baked in the setting sun for hours, so naturally was quite warm. It did cool off in the evenings, but thank goodness for the small fan they provided, as we would have been miserable without it. 3. For heaven's sake, get some satellite TV in there! I know most people on these reviews say they don't mind no TV or internet (we actually did have internet the entire time in the cottage, even though the ad says there is no internet) but we always like to wind down with the local evening news before bed. It's always very interesting as we travel to hear local newscasts, as it fills you in a little on the area you're visiting. It would not cost much and most people would gladly pay a bit extra to have tv. Any other complaints we had were about the overall area, not the cottage. Was a nice get away.

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Liked best: Atmosphere
Liked least: Beach
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
23 Jul 2013
Thank you!

While the jury is still out on the TV question, we appreciate your comment and will give it serious consideration.
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