Hubby and I stayed here for two nights during a 2-week road trip exploring the Pacific Northwest. I am disabled, so when I called the Resort to make reservations I requested an accessible room. The person I talked to was very friendly and helpful, explaining they didn’t have fully accessible rooms but if she put us on the first floor of The Lodge (instead of in a cabin) there would be only 3 shallow steps I’d have to negotiate. That I could do. The ferry from Anacortes only sells round-trip tickets to Orcas Island, and the fee was a bit high – over $50 for Hubby, self, and car, even with a disabled passenger discount – but the ferry ride was extremely pleasant and the island itself is absolutely gorgeous.
One of the first things I said to my husband after checking in to Deer Harbor Resort was “I guess a lot of people who visit here probably don’t ‘get’ it.” That was confirmed later in our stay by the one staff person we saw, who told us about 1/3 of the people who check in aren’t able to figure out what to do. There’s no one at the front desk; just a small bag on the counter with your name on it, filled with info, maps, and your room key. There’s no one to tell you where to go, or what to do. The Lodge is a large home that’s been converted into about 6 bedrooms on two floors with a large common area: The common area has a phone (free use, including long distance), a stocked fridge, a microwave, a computer work station with a printer, and cabinets filled with supplies like extra towels, plates, cups, etc. There are covered porches both in the front and back of the lodge with chairs and benches for sitting outside. There’s a hot tub, always ready, for Resort guests in a gazebo just behind the Lodge. And no one around to say you can use any or all these things, which you certainly can. Think of it as if a kind, generous friend went out of town leaving their key hidden just for you, and you’re welcome to make yourself at home in their house – that’s what Deer Harbor Resort is like.
Our room was cozy yet not too small. The queen-size bed was very comfy! There was an electric fireplace in the room, which added to the rustic ambience. On the mantle was a picnic basket containing English muffins and jam, granola, and fruit. (Milk and a toaster were available in the common area.) There was also a coffee maker, as well as a small fridge in the room containing orange juice and butter. One newer amenity, apparently recently added for guests who don’t know how to entertain themselves on their own, was a small-ish flat screen TV in the corner of the room. My only real complaint about our room is that the bathroom wasn’t up to ADA code – no grab bars, either by the toilet or in the tub/shower – but then again, I knew and accepted that when I made our reservations. There’s also a restaurant on site: We didn’t eat there because we kept finding wonderful places to eat while out exploring the island, but the menu looked good and other guests told us they really enjoyed their meals. Would I stay there again? ABSOLUTELY.
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