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Welcome to Orcas Island

We are so honored that you’ve chosen Outlook Inn for your stay on our magical island. To help you enjoy your trip, we've put together a list of things we love on Orcas Island. Enjoy our favorite island activities, shops, and restaurants, with handy clickable links and maps. Prefer traveling old-school? No problem. Download our printable (coming June 10) list of things to do.

With Love & Gratitude,

Sara & Outlook Inn Staff

 

But first, coffee.

There is no shortage of impressive coffee on Orcas Island to suit everyone’s taste. All coffee shops listed below are located in Eastsound village, within walking distance of Outlook Inn.

KATHRYN TAYLOR CHOCOLATES
Serving Stumptown coffee + espressos, sipping chocolates with homemade caramel, and loose leaf teas. Along with a few baked goods, regional ice creams and award-winning handmade chocolates. 109 N. Beach Road

DARVILL'S
Our local indie bookstore serves Batdorf & Bronson coffee, espresso and creatively flavored brews, plus tea. Seating is limited. 296 Main Street

BROWN BEAR BAKERY
Along with pastries as good as any Parisian patisserie, this bakery serves Victrola coffee, European and independent soft drinks, and delicious sandwiches on their homemade breads. 29 N. Beach Road

ENZO'S CAFFE
Casual, roomy coffee shop, serving Caffé D'arte coffee + Tazo teas, some gluten-free items, as well as paninis, gelato and crepes. 365 N. Beach Road 

WITTY’S
The newest Tokyo-style coffee pop-up on island serves Counter Culture coffee and espresso, with homemade nut and coconut milks and milk from Guernsey cows, plus gluten-free vegan donuts. Enter thru Mia’s hallway or the entrance at 123 North Beach Rd. Closed Wednesdays.

coffee photo courtesy of CoventryAutomatik

 

Brunch & Lunch

Okay, we may be partial to the amazing brunch served at our family’s New Leaf Cafe, but there are a lot of other great options on island for brunch and lunch. We recommend reservations where possible or placing your name on a waitlist in advance. Business hours vary greatly, so please confirm online or by phone.


NEW LEAF
Enjoy French-inspired cuisine with a Pacific Northwest flare, cooked to perfection, including Eggs Benedict topped with local-caught Dungeness crab, Duck Confit Hash, House-made Honey Coconut Granola, the region’s most popular Bloody Marys, Mimosas made with seasonal fruit, delicious gluten-free waffles and other gluten-free dishes. Place your name on the wait list early. New Leaf definitely sells out most days. 171 Main Street | Menu | (360) 376-2200

CATKIN CAFE (8 miles from town)
A charming rustic cafe, located in the Orcas Island Artworks Gallery, Catkin serves breakfast and lunch, all day, Wednesday thru Sunday, 9-3p. The cafe's menu features island grown meat and produce, house made pastries and sweets. Walking distance to Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. 11 Pt. Lawrence Rd | Menu | Directions.

ROSES CAFE & BAKERY
Modern American cuisine based on fresh regional and seasonal ingredients with culinary influences that include Italian and French country cooking. Roses’ artisan bakery uses old European techniques to produce flavorful, crusty breads and offers an assortment of baked goods to satisfy your sweet tooth and a full deli case featuring the best cheeses, deli-style meats and olives. Limited hours, fills up quickly. 382 Prune Alley | Directions | Call for hours: Bakery (360) 376-5805 | Cafe (360) 376-4292

BUCK BAY SHELLFISH (9 miles from town)
Fresh Buck Bay oysters and steamed Dungeness crab, fresh local caught fish, fresh homemade salads, ceviche, and baked goods while you enjoy the incredible view from picnic tables. Or pick up fresh cooked seafood for a picnic feast at the lake. Hours are limited, typically updated on their facebook page. 117 EJ Young Road in Olga | Directions | 360-376-5280

BROWN BEAR BAKERY
Along with pastries as good as any Parisian patisserie, this bakery serves Victrola coffee, European and independent soft drinks, and delicious sandwiches on their homemade breads. 29 N. Beach Road

WILD ISLAND
Fresh pressed juice and smoothies, a variety of teas and pour over coffee. Wild Island makes their our own almond and hazelnut milks, bakes organic bagels daily in house along with sourdough whole wheat bread. 18 Urner Street | Menu | (360) 298-3404

MADRONA BAR & GRILL
Great burgers, fish n’ chips, clam chowder and salads. Casual atmosphere with a great view of Indian Island. Opens at 11:30a. Very busy in the summer, recommend putting name on waitlist or call for reservation. 360-376-7171 | 310 Main St #105 | Menu

THE KITCHEN
Organic, local-sourced OrcAsian bowls, wraps and plates. Vegetarian and vegan available. Adjacent to the Barnacle. 249 Prune Alley | (360) 376-6958 | Menu

ENZO'S CAFFE
Casual, roomy coffee shop, serving Caffé D'arte coffee + Tazo teas, some gluten-free items, as well as paninis, gelato and crepes. 365 N. Beach Road | (360) 376-3732

THE CO-OP
Independent market and deli, specializing in organic, humanely-raised foods and sustainable products. Deli serves homemade soups and bone broths, prepared foods, and smoothies. Vegan, gluten-free options available. 138 N Beach Rd | (360) 376-2009

 

Tide- and farm-to-table dining

The island is known for creative tide-to-table, seed-to-table and farm-to-table fare, some of it created by James Beard recognized chefs. Whether you are an absolute foodie, vegetarian, vegan or prefer gluten-free, there will be something for you. Reservations are highly recommended during the summer.


NEW LEAF
Enjoy unpretentious French-inspired cuisine with a Pacific Northwest flare that will satisfy the most discerning gourmand. Lum Farm Lamb Sliders, Duck Mac n’ Cheese, and Shoestring Truffle Fries are small plate favorites. Main entrees vary by season, including delicately cooked Halibut Verjus, Clam Pastas, Filet Mignon and Lardon Salad that always please. New Leaf definitely sells out most summer evenings, so be sure to reserve a table. 171 Main Street | Menu | Reserve a table | (360) 376-2200

HOGSTONE
Hogstone is beautifully simple and ambitious all at once, focusing on wood-fired cuisine to create a narrative through food. James Beard nominee Chef Blackinton, serves up rustic pizzas with sophisticated but pared down toppings (think smoked goat cheese with chanterelles), minimalist salads and vegetables, sourced from the island and their Maple Rock Farm. Seating is outdoors on picnic tables. 460 Main Street. Menu | Call for reservations (360) 376-4647

ÆLDER
The sister restaurant to Hogstone, Chef Blackinton wields ÆLDER as an ongoing investigation into the terroir of the Pacific Northwest islands, offering one set tasting menu that explores our region and changes as the Island and their farm dictates. Ælder happens 4 nights a week in the dining room at 460 Main Street. Wine menu | Call for reservations (360) 376-4647

MIJITAS
Casual Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating, serving up Margaritas and street tacos occasionally, too. 310 A Street | (360) 376-6722 | Reserve a table

OUTSIDE TOWN:

ROSARIO MANSION (5 miles from town)
Overlooking Cascade Bay, The Mansion Restaurant is located on the original veranda of historic Moran Mansion and offers creative seasonal cuisine in a beautiful waterfront location. Dinner reservations are highly suggested. 1400 Rosario Road | Menu | Reserve a table | Directions | (360) 376-2222

MORAN LOUNGE AT ROSARIO (5 miles)
Located in historic Moran Mansion, offering up great pizzas, burgers, salads, and infused drink specialties. Live music on some nights. 1400 Rosario Road | Menu | Directions | (360) 376-2222

CASCADE BAY GRILL (5 miles from town)
Casual outdoor seating overlooking the Rosario Marina. Watch sea planes and yachts come into the harbor as you munch on pizzas, fish tacos, burgers and other laid back fare or treat yourself to a handmade ice cream shake and stroll around the harbor. Just a few feet from the outdoor pool where kids are permitted. 1400 Rosario Road | Directions | (360) 376-2222

DOE BAY CAFE (11 miles)
Waterfront Doe Bay Café is dedicated to celebrating the unique seasonality, flavor and freshness of Orcas Island farms, foragers and fishermen with every plate that comes out of our kitchen. There is also a bar and occasional live entertainment. 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga | Menu | Reserve a table | Directions | (360) 376-8059

Photo: Chef Guy Turland with Orcas Island’s Ayame Bullock. Watch the video on our blog.

Good Libations

The island is home to some of the region’s most creative liquid muses, creating handmade shrubs, house-infused cocktails, craft beers and more in some memorable locations.


THE BARNACLE
One of the most charming bars you'll ever frequent, and part of the PNW literary scene. Craft cocktails featuring local distillers, fresh juices, regional beers, house soft drinks and elixirs paired with charcuterie and cheese boards. In town. 249 Prune Alley | (360) 622-2675 | Directions

NEW LEAF BAR
This cozy bar is set in the New Leaf cafe, serving up custom cocktails with seasonal ingredients, locally sourced.
171 Main Street | (360) 376-2200

MORAN LOUNGE AT ROSARIO (5 miles)
Located in historic Moran Mansion, offering up great pizzas, burgers, salads, and infused drink specialties. Live music on some nights. 1400 Rosario Road | Menu | Directions | (360) 376-2222

Textiles & Ceramics 

Stop by our family’s shop, Amelie, in the Outlook Inn where we share ceramics and jewelry from some of Orcas Island’s most notable artists, including pieces by family members, and friends. We also recommend a trip to these artist studios:

FELT + CERAMICS
One-of-a-kind ceramics, felted art, jewelry and original photo cards by our family friends and local artists. Limited unscheduled hours, but a treat to see artists at work int their studio. 109 North Beach Road

ORCAS ISLAND POTTERY
Located in the pristine beauty of Orcas Island in the San Juan Archipelago of Washington State, Orcas Island Pottery is the oldest studio pottery in the Pacific Northwest, and creates some of the most original and beautiful pottery in the Northwestern United States. 338 Old Pottery Road | Directions | (360) 376-2813

ISLAND ARTWORKS
Local art & crafts gallery representing over 40 Orcas Island artisans in pottery, jewelry, glass, wood, metal, paintings, & wearable art. The Catkin Cafe is also located in the same charming building. 11 Point Lawrence Road, Olga | (360) 376-4408 | Directions

Shop + Stroll

Painting by Martha Farish

Eastsound Village has no shortage of well curated shops, many of them carrying handmade items from local artisans. Here are a few of our favorites, all within walking distance of the Outlook Inn in the heart of the village.


DOE BAY WINE COMPANY
Bottle shop + tasting room with local and international wines.
109 N. Beach Rd D1

DARVILL'S BOOKSTORE
Curated books + gifts + coffee
296 Main St.

MATERIAL WIT
Handmade jewelry + home goods + gifts
123 N. Beach Rd suite B

PRINTSHOP NORTHWEST
Original PNW-inspired art on quality textiles + clothing for all ages.
109 N. Beach Rd

TRES FABU
Contemporary women's boutique for all ages and sizes, curating fair-trade brands. 238 N Beach Rd

SPRINGBOARD
Eclectic array of handmade gifts, jewelry and clothing, locally-made and from around the world. 65 North Beach Road

KATHRYN TAYLOR CHOCOLATES
Serving Stumptown coffee + espressos, sipping chocolates with homemade caramel, and loose leaf teas. Along with a few baked goods, regional ice creams and award-winning handmade chocolate bon bons, and loose leaf teas. 109 N. Beach Road

ISLAND THYME & CROW VALLEY POTTERY
Since 1996, Island Thyme has been creating botanically-based skin and body care products in small batches from their farm and apothecary studio on Orcas Island. 296 Main Street.

SATURDAY FARMER’S MARKET

The Orcas Island Farmers Market is open from 10am to 3pm every Saturday from May to September on the Village Green in the heart of Eastsound Village, walking distance from Outlook Inn.

All Items sold in the market are grown or crafted by Orcas Island farmers and artisans. The market includes produce, much of it organic, crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, fresh food and drink vendors.

Everyone is welcome. Parking is where you find it. Public restrooms are available on the park grounds. Leashed dogs are permitted.

HIKING AND OTHER FUN


CASCADE LAKE
Cascade Lake is the beautiful centerpiece of Moran State Park. Paddle boat and paddle board rentals are available, with a cordoned-off swimming area for little ones, picnic shelters and a snack and ice cream stand. The Cascade Lake loop is a 3-mile trail around the lake, past a wooden bridge and a quiet lagoon perfect for swimming beneath bald eagles. Purchase day passes at the park entrance. 3786 Olga Road, Directions

MORAN STATE PARK
Gorgeous hiking trails, the Cascade waterfall, Mountain Lake, Mt. Constitution, hiking, and horseback riding. From the tower on the top of Mt Constitution one can see the three mountain ranges of Orcas Island, Mt. Baker and the surrounding archipelago of small islands. Four miles from Outlook Inn. More info at Moran State Park Website.

HIKING TURTLEBACK
Turtleback Mountain Loop is a 6.8 mile loop trail that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. Gorgeous views of the island archipelago surrounding us. 7 miles for Outlook Inn. Click here for its history and maps.

INDOOR POOL + SPA
Integrated into the garden level of the historic Moran Mansion, The Spa features stunning views of Cascade Bay. Facilities include a sauna, treatment rooms, mirrored exercise and weight rooms, a whirlpool, and historic indoor therapeutic pool. Info | Directions

ELUSION ESCAPE ROOM
An innovative, immersive and exciting new game experience. You enter a live interactive game where you, your friends, and family are “locked” in a Harry Potter-inspired theme room and are suddenly an integral part of the story.  You will have 60 thrilling minutes to find clues, solve puzzles and use props to uncover the secret of the alchemist stone and escape the room. Perfect for the whole family. 423 Prune Alley (360) 726-2030 | OrcasEscapeRoom.com

DOE BAY SOAKING TUBS* AND SPA
Doe Bay clothing-optional soaking tubs and sauna are an idyllic way to begin or finish a day. The Doe Bay spa features three outdoor saltwater soaking tubs, a sauna, and outdoor shower. Massages may be arranged. More info at DoeBay.com

KAYAK TOURS
Kayak tours explore the best wildlife area Orcas Island has to offer. Our island is home to many harbor seals, eagles and shore birds. Excursions often spot harbor porpoises feeding in the currents around the point, and even the occasional Orca. Click on the Kayak tour operators below to learn more.

Outer Island Excursions
Shear Water Tours

KRUGER ESCAPES
Sailing and SUP excursions with Orcas Islander Karl Kruger. In the 2017 Race to Alaska, Karl became the first person to paddle the 750 mile race course on a Stand Up Paddleboard. More info.

HORSEBACK RIDING BY ORCAS TRAIL RIDES
Experience the majestic backcountry of Orcas Island on horseback. Explore enchanting old growth forest, meander through grassy meadows, and climb a mountain trail to the top of Mt. Pickett for a breathtaking view of the San Juan Islands. Riders must be 7 yrs old and up. Trails range from 1 hr to 3.5 hours, at all levels. Groups fill quickly, so be sure to call well in advance to reserve a spot: 360-376-2134. More info.

FESTIVALS & PERFORMING ARTS
We are the island of world-class festivals. Planning a visit during our Film Festival, Doe Bay Fest, and Lit Fest will make for a memorable event. If you’re in town during our Garden Tours, movies on the green, or the live musical performances at Orcas Center, you’re also in for a treat!

Travel tips…

As much as we would love everyone to stay on island forever, if you’d like to make it back to the mainland, a ferry or plane reservation is a must in the summer. Use the buttons below to make a ferry reservation or a plane reservation. 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 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.

 


A few more helpful things…

Our pharmacy on island is family-owned and operated. In addition to carrying medications, they have toys, clothing, gifts and sundries to serve your needs. Monday-Friday 9:30a-6p. Saturday 9:30a-4p. Sunday 10a-4p

Orcas Island does not have emergency room services. We do have an amazing team of EMT’s who work with retired doctors and our own medical team. Monday-Friday 8a to 5p.

Front desk: (360) 376-2200 After Hours Emergencies: (360) 472-0608 ext. 603