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“Your best option on Orcas” 4 of 5 stars
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271 Sunset Avenue, PO Box 1273, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245 (Formerly North Shore Cottages)   |  
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“Your best option on Orcas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The short story: You won't find a better place, location, and price on Orcas Island. (by the way they recently changed their name to salish seaside escapes and you should check groupon and living social, they frequently have deals). This is one of the few places where you have public access to sunsets, views of Mt. Baker and the coastal mountains of British Columbia, a pretty good beach, and you are close to town. They have several different housing options. I have stayed in the salmon shoal and the seal point. These are the larger homes and they have smaller options as well. I stayed at the Seal Point about 7 years ago (July 2007) and at the time it was a bit old and in need of some updates, but still very nice and comfortable. Certainly clean and nice. It appears they have updated the home a little bit. I remember there being a "bedroom" that isn't really separated by full walls from the living room that was a bit disappointing. More recently we stayed at the Salmon Shoal, which is also nice. It could be updated, but it's very functional. What is nice is that there is a very separate living space under the house essentially in the basement. It's perfect for a family like mine where I have a 2 year old child, so my wife and I could have our own space and could put our son to bed down stairs, but the rest of the house is shared with our travel companions and allowed us to hang out together after putting my son to bed. The house is PACKED with random stuff that is sort of fun (a lot of it bear themed art and nick-nacks). The kitchen was very functional, the grill on the balcony was difficult and of poor quality, and the hot tub was very nice. The kitchen was well stocked with dishes and all the pots/pans/utensils that you'd need. The dish washer and washer/dryer are nice and function well. You definitely get a fully functioning house here. The yard is beautiful with gorgeous flowers and a little bit difficult access to the water with crawling over slippery boulders to the water (at low tide), but once you are there, there are interesting tide pools with star fish, sea anemonies, and other interesting tidal pool life. We took the patio furniture down on the lawn to watch the spectacular sunset each evening. At high tide there is basically no beach and water access as the water comes right up to the house. While I don't know for sure, I think that during the winter (probably October to March) you probably don't get a direct view of the sunset, at the same time, it's not likely the weather will cooperate to show you a sunset anyway. Also because of tide flucuations, you might not get any water access during the transitional parts of the year because of tide related issues (probably around october and march). This is a family owned business and they are very friendly and easy to work with.

The house is on a very much not busy road which is nice for a stroll down to the public beach down the road, and you could walk to town if you wanted. It's about 1.5 miles to town, and fairly flat, so it could make a very nice walk before and after dinner. The new-ish brewery is a similar walk.

I highly suggest you visit the San Juan islands some time in your travels and Orcas Island is my favorite and this is clearly the best place to stay on the Island all things considered.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for your review of The Salish Seaside Escapes. We're so glad that you took the time to give such a detailed description of your stay. We love to provide our guests with every opportunity possible here at The Salish, and we are always looking for new ideas to make your stay memorable and eventful. I hope you'll have the opportunity to come back and visit more of our unique cottages on the Salish Sea. --The Sweet Family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We stayed in Salmon Shoal. It was incredible inside - a crowded museum of antiques. We were absolutely delighted by the house, the location, the cleanliness, and the friendly owners. The outside, however, was a disappointment. It was sad to see the lovely landscaping between the house and the water being taken over by blackberries and other weeds. And it was beyond irritating to see 2/3 of the spectacular view completely blocked from deck and house. A partial view was all you could see unless you walked down past the Rhodie hedge. Seriously? Rhodies? The most ordinary and mundane plant in Washington, pretty for 2-3 weeks a year? They said they were going to trim it to fence level, but that won't give the view for long. We may return, but never to that unit. Also, the large "extra room" advertised is a windowless basement. It would be great for kids, except it is also stuffed with antiques. It says it sleeps 8-10, but it is a 2 bedroom house, with a converted basement.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for your review. I'm so glad you were able to spend some time on the Salish Sea with us. I'm sorry the view from your cottage wasn't all that you hoped for. But I hope you'll come back again and try another one of our beautiful cottages. Each one is unique with its own story and landscaping. We try to keep our landscapes as close to natural as possible, and we try to keep our cottage foliage significant, so that your experience is one of privacy and seclusion. I hope you were able to take a walk through our grounds. They are always open to all our guests. On your next visit, I hope you will take some time to walk along our landscaped paths through the resort and down by the water, where we have benches to enjoy the view. Or spend some time in our stone gardens, or in Sea Otter Sauna. We love to make our guests comfortable and happy. Please let us know when you'd next like to visit, and we'll choose the right cottage for you! The Sweet Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We stayed in the seal point house using our living social deal. What a deal! The house was unique and comfertable and had everything including all the basics plus things like laundry soap. Books galore, you dont need anything but food. What we liked most was they were pet friendly. No deposit or restrictions on pets. Unheard of. I figured the house would maybe smell like dog, but no pet odors and really clean. I tell everyone about this place!

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review! I'm so glad you had a great stay at Seal Point cottage at The Salish. I hope you and your canine friends will feel welcome to come back again to spend some time with us. We will be having some specials this fall. Hope you'll take a look. On selected dates, your furry friends will receive a biscuit gift for visiting with us! See you soon at The Salish.
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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We stayed at the Eagle's Nest and must say it was perfect for my husband, myself and our dog. Quiet, and very quaint, sipping wine from the hot tub overlooking the Sound. Totally secluded and private. Had a grill and wicker chairs and table if we wanted to cook outside and a kitchen inside. Cottage was very open and roomy. Nice bathroom with large walk in shower and heated towel racks. Plan on staying there again and would recommend it as a nice getaway on Orca Island.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for your review. It was wonderful to have you here with us at The Salish. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay, and I look forward to seeing you again soon. --The Sweet Family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We had a Groupon we used to stay here. It turned out to be a screaming deal. We stayed in Seal Point, which is one of the larger houses. There are three bedrooms; each with its own bathroom. There were a washer and dryer, full kitchen and a beautiful wrap around deck. We reserved a larger ace because there were six of us, a German Shepard and our six month old. It was a perfect amount of space for us.
The view was gorgeous bad location excellent; about 10-15 minutes from Eastsound. The owners obviously spent a great deal of time decorating the place we stayed. A lot of beautiful antique finishes were everywhere. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because there were a few things not working. However, I would still highly recommend staying here. It's incredibly well put together. The highlight of our stay was sitting in the hot tub, looking out onto the water. If we could get the same price, we would come back every year.

Stayed February 2014
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for your review of your stay here at The Salish. We're so glad the cottage worked well for your family. We are proud of all of our cottages and try to make them feel unique and special for all of our guests. We're so sorry some things were not working for you. Please let us know next time you stay if anything is not working properly, and we'll make sure we get it in order for you. Hope to see you again soon. It was lovely having you. --The Sweet Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This place is the best ever! Way better than a hotel or motel. There are several different cottages, each with it's own theme. We stayed in Orca Watch, which had a nautical theme. Everything you need is supplied from coffee beans to private hot tubs. The owner and her son were very nice and totally accommodating. It is right on the water so we had a spectacular view. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to stay somewhere off the beaten path.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
Thank you for your review! I'm so glad you had a wonderful stay at Orca Watch cottage at The Salish. I'm glad you liked the coffee. We try to provide our guests with local gifts, so that you can a feel for the islands. We look forward to seeing you again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

The Pros:
Extremely friendly and helpful owner and manager
Beautiful and quiet location with a view of the water
Lots of character in what we saw of their cottages
Amenities galore (hot tubs, sauna, tvs, dvd players, jacuzzi tubs, full kitchens, games, books, etc)

The Cons:
The cottages and the office aren't marked so it's hard to tell what's what.
Cleanliness could be better. There was quite a bit of buildup on the fan blades and bathroom vent and under furniture.

I purchased a Living Social or Groupon deal for a 2 night stay at North Shore Cottages and chose to stay in the Heron Cove cottage because the photos and reviews I read were so good. We took the 3:30 ferry over from Anacortes and landed after dark so although the directions were clear, finding the right cottage and driveway in the dark was not easy. None of the cottages are marked so you can't tell what's what, especially in the pitch black night. Luckily though, the manager came out to our car to greet us and show us the way. He was super friendly and helpful, walking us through all the dials, switches, and features of the house.

We unpacked, made dinner, played some games and when it was time to go to bed around 1:30am, we found a few little surprises. Our guests opened the pull out couch and found a nice selection of mouse droppings. Then my husband went upstairs and found the same thing under the bed. So we called the manager's house and told them what we found. The owner answered and said she'd be right there to help us resolve the issue. So she and her son (the manager) came to Heron Cove and took a look at what we saw. They were obviously embarrassed by it and extremely apologetic. They offered to move us to the larger house at no additional charge.

We walked over there to take a look and decide if it was just going to be the same thing in another house but it was a beautiful house and seemed free of animal droppings so we took their offer.

We were by all intents and purposes satisfied with their solution but the next day, Thane (the manager) came to visit us with 2 bottles of wine and a refund to apologize for our experience the night before. They've been building another cottage so lots of construction may have stirred up the little critters and they weren't aware of the problem until we found it.

Ultimately it was a very nice getaway and we were not wanting for anything. Elizabeth and Thane were wonderful and helpful and friendly and went way above and beyond what they needed to for us. It's getting harder and harder to find good quality service and friendly people so I would definitely return to Orcas and stay there again to support these wonderful people. Thanks for doing what you did to make our stay so enjoyable.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
We are so glad that your visit turned out well. Thank you so much for your graciousness and patience. We've instructed our staff to be more vigilant so that none of our guests encounter what you did again. We hope you will come and visit us again. We value all of our guests and want you to have the best experience possible. -The Sweet Family
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Address: 271 Sunset Avenue, PO Box 1273, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245 (Formerly North Shore Cottages)
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Eastsound
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Eastsound
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Private Jacuzzis, Sauna on the grounds, sea views, full kitchens. Cottages by the Sea. ... more   less 
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The Salish Seaside Escapes Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA

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