The Inn on Orcas Island is THE place to stay on Orcas Island. What makes this Inn so unique is that it was built (10-15 years ago) as an Inn......it is not a home converted to an Inn, so the layout is perfect. The piece of property that Jeremy and John purchased to build The Inn is beautiful....several acres with a large backyard facing a picturesque pond. The inside is even more beautiful. Jeremy and John owned an Art Gallery in San Francisco before building the Inn so you know that they have impeccable taste. Countless beautiful paintings throughout the "public" rooms of the living room, dining room, sun room and hallways upstairs and downstairs.....all of historical periods...nothing modern, thank goodness. All the public rooms are furnished with quality furniture and quality tabletop art objects......as are the bedrooms. I reserved the Harvest Room on the second floor because it was one of 2 bedrooms with a king bed, and I was not disappointed. The room has a fireplace and lovely wood frame king bed and the bathroom is huge. Jeremy greeted us when we arrived and was very helpful about suggestions on things to see on Orcas Island and John made us delicious breakfasts both mornings. Because Jeremy & John live in the other half of the house, you can see the pride they take it making this the best Inn possible.
I had only scheduled us for 2 nights at The Orcas Inn.....my husband and I loved the Inn and Orcas Island and wish we could have stayed a week! Orcas Island was the last stop of our month-long road trip up the Pacific Northwest coast......we started in Mendocino, California, and worked our way up the coast to Ferndale, CA ; Florence, OR; Astoria, OR; Seaview, WA; Port Angeles, WA; LaConner, WA; ending in Orcas Island, WA. We had wonderful times and stayed in wonderful B&Bs and Inns all along the way. But if we ever get back to the Pacific Northwest (unfortunately, being from Illinois makes that a big IF), Orcas Island is where we would return to stay for a week. We fell in love with the beauty and the quiet pace of Orcas Island (the locals refer to taking the ferry to mainland Washington, as "going to America". They think of Orcas island as their own quiet little world....and it is......no traffic, no Walmarts, no pollution, no crime.) There may be other nice places to stay on Orcas Island, but we have no interest in checking them out.....we would only want to stay at The Inn on Orcas Island. We didn't have time this trip, but my husband and I would want to build in major downtime at The Inn on Orcas Island, reading and relaxing outside by the pond and inside in the living room, sunroom and the Harvest Room bedroom.