Food show host Guy Turland visited Orcas Island to create an unforgettable dinner along the Puget Sound featuring locally sourced lamb, ling cod, apples and rhubarb. Watch the video to see some of the beautiful farms, coves and creatures of Orcas Island.
REI & Tastemade produced this amazing video featuring not only Orcas Island’s farm-to-table and tide-to-table food, but our very own Audra Lawlor, the creator and head jammaker at Girl Meets Dirt, around the corner from Outlook Inn.
Watch the video to glimpse the amazing topography of Orcas Island and the many outdoor activities available to our visitors.
Tide-to-Table + Farm-To-Table
In the video, watch Audra and friends crab off the coast of Orcas Island, and pick their own vegetables at local farms to pull together the spread below.
Oh, Orcas Island, how do I love thee. When I count the ways, it’s so much more about the gorgeous natural vistas, lakes, and beachfront. It’s about the people that are drawn to this one-of-a-kind place. People who dedicate their lives to sustaining its beauty, which means sustaining the lives of the animals, sea life and organisms that make up our island environment.
Long Live The Kings Salmon Hatchery
The seas and shoreline around us are home to bald eagles, great blue herons, harbor seals, and our iconic Orca whales. And, as the Youngren’s Salmon Hatchery on Orcas Island reminds us: “To so many of the Sound’s migratory and resident creatures, salmon are a great unifying force, the life-giving species that sustains them. Even the towering Douglas firs derive benefit.
The ecology of Puget Sound has remained vibrant through decades of increasing human activity, but the balance is growing more fragile than ever. It is time to act aggressively to protect the salmon and other species in and around Puget Sound, so that we can ensure a productive future for these waters that have already given us so much. By saving salmon and the lands and waters they need, we may actually be saving ourselves
To read about more of their efforts, volunteer, or donate, please visit: LONG LIVE THE KINGS
Watch This Video
This fun video by our Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce and Rock Island Media gives you a glimpse of what it’s like to take a sea plane to Orcas island, or catch a ferry or charter a boat through the San Juan Islands. There are so many wonderful ways to get to our island, and all of them are adventurous!
If you are arriving by ferry, please remember that reservations should be made far in advance. However, don’t panic if this fact escaped you—you wouldn’t be the first! The ferries release the first 30% of available reservation spots two months prior to the sailing date, then another 2 weeks before that date, then the last 30% of available reservations 2 days prior to any sail date, starting at 7am. They also reserve 10% for standby. Reservation holders must be through the ticket booth 30 minutes before sail time. Please keep in mind that there is often a long line to get through the ticket booth in the summer. Visitors may park their car and walk down to the ferry store for food and drink before the ferry loads. You do not need a reservation if you are walking onto the ferry.
Film is an incredible art form with the power to transform lives. The mission of the Orcas Island Film Fest is to harness the creative energy of film to build a more inspired and vibrant community in the San Juan Archipelago. Attendees of the film festival are treated to critically acclaimed feature films from around the world, locally created short films, and occasionally master classes taught by Hollywood’s top directors, and VR lab exhibits. Because Orcas Island is an intimate venue, filmgoers get the rare opportunity to watch films and rub elbows with the world-class filmmakers themselves. In 2018 and 2019, oscar nominated director Jean-Marc Valee was a featured guest who also treated audiences to a master class in which he shared how he edited key sequences of the critically-acclaimed series Sharp Objects, starring Amy Adams.
The Film Festival is always located in the village of Eastsound on Orcas Island. Last year over 30 films showed in 2 venues over 5 days. The venues are all walking distance from each other as are many of the restaurants and bars.
We hope you’ll be able to visit the film festival one day. And, if you do, make sure to ask for the Orcas Island Film Fest promo code for your room.