The Orcas Hotel
About the Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- The charming Victorian-style hotel offers stunning views overlooking the Orcas Island ferry terminal
- Enjoy Pacific Northwest cuisine like wild-caught sockeye salmon or shrimp scampi at the on-site bistro
- Hike the tallest peak in all the San Juan Islands, Mount Constitution, for 360-degree views from Seattle to Canada
- Fodor's touts Orcas Island as a favorite getaway for "any time of year"
Ferry across the Puget Sound past a chain of smaller islands and you’ll wind up on Orcas Island -- the largest and “the most beautiful” (Frommer's) of the San Juan Islands.
Built in 1904, the charming Victorian-style Orcas Hotel sits atop one of the island’s most enviable locations, right at the island’s doorstep above the ferry landing. Graced with beautiful marina views and only 12 guest rooms, the hotel is the ideal spot to slow things down and take in the beauty of the landscape and stunning shoreline. Each room is decorated with antique furnishings and comes with a unique layout -- some have balconies, Jacuzzi tubs or water views. At the on-site restaurant, Octavia’s Bistro, guests can enjoy Pacific Northwest fare with fresh seafood picks.
The highlight of any trip to Orcas is a visit to Moran State Park and a hike up the tallest peak in the islands, Mount Constitution, for 360-degree views from Seattle to Canada. The park is a 30-minute drive from the hotel, and there’s a full day’s worth of activities once you get there -- 30 miles of hiking trails full of lakes and waterfalls. Other must-do activities on the island include whale watching, biplane rides, kayaking, horseback riding and a visit to the quaint village of Eastsound and its little shops and art galleries.