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“Magical 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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lubbock
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“Magical Orcas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We had a large group staying at Seal Lodge and it was really pretty good. This "cabin" has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. So it sleeps at least 6, up to 8 if you use the sofa bed. Unfortunately, the dining room table doesn't fit this big of a group, so we always had some people inside and some outside. We all saw this as a negative, since we are a very social group! The "spa" shower in the king sized bedroom didn't work, the towels all smelled somewhat musty. And, I have to say it, as is common with many resort places, there were so many knick-knacks and decorations on all the flat surfaces, it was difficult to find room for our own things! I wish people would be more restrained in decorating vacation spots. No closets really, no shelves in the bathrooms, hardly any place in the kitchen to put our food and not much food prep area either. But, the views were fantastic, we saw lots of wildlife- orcas, otters, seals, not to mention all the birds. The sunsets were super!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 25, 2014
We are pleased you enjoyed your stay with us at Seal Point cottage. The dining room table has built-in extensions that pull out, making it into a very large table. But these extensions are so well built into the table that they're easy to miss. We apologize for the "spa" feature of the shower not working, but the "spa" is so high-tech we have had trouble finding someone to repair the bells-and-whistles features after a guest was so intrigued by the whole unit that he did some exploring and blew out the mother-board. We hope you still enjoyed the shower. We had never considered the need for more closets on the lower level. The upper bedroom has a room-length closet, but the lower level has a closet for suitcases but no bar to for hangers. Thank you for helping us improve our guests' experience. The eagles love to coo and call each other on the tree off your deck. It is truly "magical."
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

From the first greeting by Thane through the entire visit, we felt relaxed and at home. We stayed in the "Orca Watch" unit. Very nautically themed private cottage with a beautiful water view from the dining table and the private hot tub on the deck. We had to look past the two deer one morning to see the water. They welcomed our small beagle. There is a great off leash dog park near by. Fully stocked kitchen. Very clean. We'll come back here.

Room Tip: 8 cottages, all feel very secluded and private. The Orca Watch cottage was awesome.
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  • Stayed May 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 so much for your review. We are so glad you had a wonderful experience. It was great to get to know you, and we hope you'll come back and see us again. The Sweet Family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

First I am an East Coast guy so this was my first time to the West Coast yet it was decided by a group of my friends that Orcas Island would be a perfect retreat. We decided on the North Shore Retreat. I was truly touched by an amazing grace. We stated in a wonderful house away from the other homes. Each house have there own whirl pool. We had a full kitchen. Comfortable rooms. We had one slight issue that was quickly fixed. Even better down the road was an amazing outfitter that took us whale watching. I have already told Northshore that I am coming back next year with my wife.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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LenSweet, Owner at The Salish Seaside Escapes, responded to this review, July 1, 2014
We're so glad you had a wonderful time on your last visit. Orcas Island has a plethora of activities, such as whale watching, hiking, biking, and walking. Hope on your next visit you can check out Mt. Constitution and take a walk along our shores. When you're ready to bring your wife, hope you can take advantage of some of our romantic packages. We look forward to seeing you soon! The Sweet Family (The Salish)
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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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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.

Room Tip: The little house that sleeps 2 is magical, and worth the trip.
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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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Orting, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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!

Room Tip: King bedroom is best but you have to go through the twin beds room to get to it. Or there is an alte...
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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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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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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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