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“Like everyone else, we wanted to stay forever.” 5 of 5 stars
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2101 Deer Harbor Road, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245   |  
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Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Like everyone else, we wanted to stay forever.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

We are a man-woman couple in our mid/late 30s from Portland, Oregon, and we were in search of somewhere beautiful for the two of us to relax for a few days.

We had never been to Orcas (or any of the San Juans). We really wanted to be NOT in a typical "charming tourist town," and actually enjoy the natural beauty of the islands. This was the perfect place for us. We stayed in Heather cabin for three nights (Sun-Tues) in May 2013 and it was idyllic. Had a full kitchen, actually stocked with basics like some spices, and coffee/tea/etc.and some guest leftovers (flour, etc.). We stopped at the grocery right off the ferry, which is really well-stocked and perfectly fine on price. (It had really excellent fish, as an aside, and some really nice gourmet cheese offerings, as well as a large selection of booze and wine.) We cooked most of our meals in-house, but we also had a very nice dinner one night at one of the Inn at Ship Bay.

The property is right on the water, and the whole cabin fills with the morning (and afternoon) light. We made dinner easily and enjoyed it out in chairs facing Mutiny Bay, watching the sun go down and a seal frolic nearby. When the sun went down, we hopped into the hot tub and enjoyed the stars, and then came back to the cabin and made a fire (wood was provided). Climbing into the princess bed (which really looks exactly like the picture in the profile) was amazing; bed was comfy (I like them a little soft) and comforter warm. When we woke, the first thing we saw out the two solid walls of windows around the bed was the morning sun on the bay. It was so peaceful, and amazing,

OK, details:

Easy to find - well marked sign turn-off from main road.
Pretty quick to get around the island (it's not that big).
Didn't use the kayaks and such but they are provided on the private beach and we saw others use them.
Very private.
Essentially no wifi -- theirs is very weak, and although i brought my own hotspot, the cell reception was so erratic that it was maddening to try to check email.

Bottom line, we had a tremendous time (doing largely nothing but relaxing) at the cabin. It felt like we were worlds and worlds away. I am looking forward to staying here again, hopefully many times.

All the contact I had with the owners was friendly, and they called me once we'd left to make sure everything was OK. I thought the price was reasonable and the accommodations really magnificent. Two thumbs up.

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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English first
Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

The Heather Cabin provides a beautiful, quiet, and clean place for your vacation. We spent five nights of our honeymoon at the Heather Cabin and it was perfect! The accomodations are simple but all you need. We loved waking up to the beautiful harbor view. The small kitchen enabled us to prepare meals on site, thus allowing us to enjoy 'home' and save money on dining. Each evening, we savored the sunset, visits from a harbor seal, and bald eagles hunting for fish. The hot tub was private and had a view of the water. Kayaks were provided with the rental. Jennifer, the owner, is friendly and eager to share events taking place on the island. We enjoyed our stay so much that we added an extra night and never ventured to San Juan. Internet is 'spotty' and there isn't cable. Bring DVD's if you want to watch movies. I recommend leaving them at home so you can enjoy mother nature and a good book!

  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Needham, Massachusetts
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7 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed at Cabins on the Point in late August as the second half of a trip that took us to Mt. Rainier before coming here. Our cottage was a 2 bedroom standalone unit with a very nice kitchen/living room/sitting area. We have 2 small kids who like to run and the unit included access to beach.

Overall the unit was superb. There was plenty of heat and the rooms were very well kept. The service was provided by the proprietor, Jennifer, and she was very helpful. She was very proactive in trying to set up reservations for us at restaurants, perhaps too much so. We were more interested in bringing food to the cabin for most of our meals. Our unit had a problem with the phone that rendered it useless and we had to use a common facility phone eventually for all of our calls. She also had good recommendations about tour services, etc.

The jewel of the whole establishment, outside of the fine quarters, was the beach it had access to and the outdoor fire pit. Our kids spent countless hours throwing rocks, turning over stones to find crab colonies, touching and holding starfish, climbing rocks, and going out on kayaks. I can't say how much we enjoyed having access to this space. I'm not as interested in the quality of lodging as much as what it gives you access to, and this beach was sensational.

The location of the cabin is nice. Orcas was a great place to visit and combined with the other attractions on the island makes for a nice family stay. Our cabin was not cheap, which is why as a value, I'd say this was not the greatest, but you also get a lot in terms of the quality and upkeep of the cabin and the grounds.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were looking for a relaxing and quiet place away from our hustle and bustle days - found it all and then more at the Willow Cottage at Cabins on the Point. The owner, Jennifer was absolutely wonderful offering a wealth of information and recommendations on the best places to eat, hiking trails, local events, and more. We stayed 2 nights that just flew by! It was an ideal get-away.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Salem, Oregon
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

My husband and I spent five nights in Heather cabin to celebrate our tenth wedding anniversary. The cabin was perfect for a relaxing, romantic getaway. The views from every room were stunning. The cabin is nicely furnished and very comfortable. We enjoyed a full moon during our stay which we gazed at out the window from the comfort of our cozy bed. Jennifer is an excellent hostess. She's a wealth of knowledge and spent time with us offering day trip and restaurant recommendations. When we weren't exploring the coastline in available kayaks or sitting and gazing at the amazing views, we were exploring the Turtleback Mountain hike with the trailhead about a quarter mile from the cabin. We also enjoyed the local organic produce from Homestead Farms farmstand just up the street from the cabin. The setting on the point was peaceful and relaxing. Heather cabin was a delight and we will be back!!! Sarah B.

  • Stayed August 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

We honeymooned at the primrose cabin 18 years ago and have returned for two anniversaries. The location is unlike any other with spectacular sunsets and views of the bay. We kayaked from the beach among seals and starfish. The quaint cabin is full of Jennifer's lovely touches and is as cozy and private as can be. Jennifer made sure we were enjoying ourselves and checked in to tell us about events on the island. Shes a doll and and couldn't have been more hospitable. Special place!

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

I spent four nights at Sunset House for a personal Solitude Retreat. The 170 degree view of the San Juan Islands and the Canadian Coastal Range were only outdone by the amazing visits I had from the wildlife. There were numerous visits from the locals eagles, otters, seals, deer, rabbits, hummingbirds and a very special visit from a mink. He obviously uses the little pond on the property for his fresh water baths. He came up as I was sitting in the front yard. He washed and rolled around on the grass to dry off and couldn't have cared less about me! The house is beautiful and every amenity was there. Jennifer the proprietor has thought of everything. I am already planning on a return visit this October.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 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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Address: 2101 Deer Harbor Road, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Eastsound
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Eastsound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Cabins On The Point Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA

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