Founded by settlers in 1888, revived by hippies in the 1960's, and refined by lovers in the 2000's.


The Outlook Inn has a rich and colorful history on Orcas Island.  It's presently owned by the Farish Family and operated by Sara Farish.  She's one of those lovers - of people, of beautiful things, of comforting arms and restful pauses in the long walk up a steep hill.  It's her vision to welcome you to the Inn and have you experience some of the peace and calm that she experiences every day living on Orcas Island.

At the Inn you will be cared for by her team of the most passionate, creative, hard working people in the hospitality industry.


Welcome, I'm Sara Farish.

My goal is to share comfort, beauty and deep rest in this busy world.  I want to help you get the most out of your trip to Orcas - the most value, the best food, the best new you returning to the life you live when you're not on vacation.

So what does that mean?

Let me explain.  Comfort is more than a cozy bed, just as deep rest is so much more than a good nights sleep and a few days off work.  And's mind blowing. 

We're not talking about magazine beauty, we're talking about beauty that inspires, uplifts, and renews - just being in its presence.  You'll find it in the view, the miles of trails for hiking and contemplation, and in your own reflection off the deep blue sea.

Deep rest provides the fuel for your deepest dreams - the ability to be completely present with loved ones, the energy to charge ahead on the project that keeps you awake at night giddy with excitement, the space to connect to your "still small voice".

I know what it's like to juggle family life, a business, and my own creative yearnings.  We've created a place to share comfort, beauty and rest in a busy world, so that you can keep living the rich life you love.

The Outlook Inn is a combination of mom and pop old time Inn, sophisticated foodie haven, and an art project with layers and layers that keep revealing something more beautiful than what was there before.  Comfort, beauty, rest.

We're a hotel, but we don't sell rooms, we offer an experience of Orcas Island culture.

We share access to a time gone by.  A simpler, gentler, quieter time.  We want to provide value and resources even if you don't stay or eat with us.  You can subscribe to our mailing list to get free updates and information, including special offers, discounts, and tips on activities to do on the island.

In fact, we are known for delivering incredibly friendly and caring service, both in our restaurant and the hotel and to people who just wander in off the street.  Why?  Because we LOVE people and we are able to do this because our team is committed to you and your experience. Whether you choose one of our rooms in the Main Building or a Luxury Suite, we are committed to providing you with a taste of the best Orcas has to offer.

We don't claim to be the perfect hotel or restaurant and we've made our share of mistakes.  We don't offer the same list of amenities you might find at a big mega-chain hotel, but  you can expect a genuine desire to please you and nurture you for the life of our relationship, and if you are like most of our guests, you'll be back year after year, meal after meal.

How on earth did two 23 year olds end up with a 40 room hotel, restaurant and bar?

We were young and fancy free in Santa Cruz, California.  It was just 9 months after our wedding beneath a rainbow and mist filled Orcas sky and we were making house and having fun.  My husband Adam worked for a dotcom start-up during the week and flew around the country as a live performance artist on the weekends.  I went to Cabrillo College as an English major and worked in a women's lingerie shop part-time.

So many lives changed on September 11, 2001.  9/11 brought the downfall of my husbands' dotcom start-up, and as employees left the building with office furniture and computers to compensate for the hours they would never be paid for, we looked at our life and decided to step back in time to the island of both of our childhoods.  Within the month we had decided to move back to Orcas Island and assume our roles as the next generation of a struggling family business.  We were just 23 years old.  We knew almost nothing about business.

I was just a kid with a HUGE opportunity.  Together Adam and I created a soft place for 1000's of people to experience deep rest on Orcas Island.  Each year it is our goal to improve how we deliver this experience.

The memory of the view from the front door of the Inn called us home when the world was turned upside down.  Peace, tranquility, safety.  Quality of life. 

Whatever life might bring, whatever change in the world, the Outlook Inn offers refuge from all kinds of catastrophes, big or small, celebrates every possible milestone, and evokes my innate memory of safety and peace in the world.  A return to a slower, safer, simpler time.  It's island time and it exists right here on Orcas.

I look forward to welcoming you at the Inn.



Team Members

Portraits by Sara Farish

Jolene Hoffman
Front of the House Manager and Special Event Coordinator

Kristin Dalla Santa
Executive Assistant to Sara Farish

Kevin King - Banquet Chef

Kevin King
Event Chef

Patrick Sanders - Maintenance King

Patrick Sanders
Maintenance King


Steve Debaste
Executive Chef

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Rachel Barron
Lead Breakfast Cook and Creative Director of Breakfast Program

Phillip Bose
Housekeeping Manager


Steve Baker
Bar Manager

Rich Horton
Master of Finance, Spreadsheet and Human Resources