We came up to Orcas Island after a wedding in Redmond/Seattle. We are from Florida and wanted to explore someplace new. It was off-season, and we had no idea what to expect. I must say that as soon as we drove into the driveway I knew we had come to the right place. My first impression was absolute delight, that we had found such a beautiful spot, and every impression after that just got better and better.
We were greeted warmly by Jeremy who was expecting us. He showed us to the Waterside Cottage, and when we walked in my jaw dropped and was completely overwhelmed by such a cozy, beautiful, and comfortable room. The decor, the views, and the amenities in the room were outstanding and everything was perfect. The bed was so comfortable, I didn't really want to ever get up. The fireplace was romantic, and since it's the only heat source for the room, we had the warm glow of firelight throughout the night. It's the only gas fireplace I've ever seen that's tied to a thermostat. :-)
Jeremy showed us the manor house, and let us peek into a few of the other rooms, since we were the only guests at that time, because it was February and very off season. Every room was nice, and I could have been happy in any one of them. The main room is a feast for the eyes. My eyes were immediately drawn to three antique embroidered pillows that I admired a lot, since I'm a stitcher. And there is no missing the enormous painting of two young girls on the beach that fills the far wall of the room, but in no way overpowers the entire room. It's an exquisite room.
The manor house breakfast room is charming, with a beautiful view of Deer Harbor. Now on the subject of breakfast...can you say outstanding? On our first morning there was a berry bread pudding that was simply to die for. On our second morning, they served a spinach/egg casserole with cheese... I don't know what it's name is, but it was absolutely delicious, and I couldn't finish all of it. On our last day, Jeremy brought us a brown-bag breakfast to take with us on the ferry, which we thoroughly enjoyed. I thought that was so nice, because we had to leave on the early ferry in order to get to our flight home.
Jeremy couldn't be friendlier, and was so helpful and was able to guide us to the places to go and see, and since it was off-season there wasn't too much open, but he knew everyplace and all of his recommendations were right on the mark. We enjoyed seeing the whole island from top to bottom, and we were able to keep pretty busy. One highlight of our trip was taking a hike in Moran State Park. We were not dressed for the weather, but we made it!
One last thing... every day there were beautiful home-made cookies on our bed. Delicious! We never got to meet him, but Jeremy's partner John is the cook/baker and does an excellent job. If there was anything else that could be done, is that for the off-season, maybe John would consider doing a dinner? It's just that the restaurants which are open are all fairly far away (relatively speaking), and I'll bet he could put together an awesome dinner. Sigh...
Definitely stay at the Inn on Orcas Island. If we ever get the opportunity to return, we will definitely stay there. Thanks to both of our lovely hosts!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- The Inn On Orcas Island Hotel Deer Harbor
- The Inn On Orcas Island Deer Harbor