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“Lovely bed and breakfast” 5 of 5 stars
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Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast
982 Deer Harbor Road, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245   |  
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Ranked #3 of 13 Eastsound B&B and Inns
Durham, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
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“Lovely bed and breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed in the Egret room for 2 nights. It has its own balcony that looks out over the harbor. The hosts were great - wonderful breakfast at the house the first morning and they prepared a bag breakfast for us the 2nd day because we had to leave early for the ferry. They've got a sweet dog, Pulaski, who welcomed us like family.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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La Mirada, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

I booked this B&B because I thought it was located in Eastsound, the hub of Orcas Island. Though it's address says Eastsound, it actually is in Westsound, 15 minutes by car from Eastsound, a significant difference when what you want is to walk to shops and restaurants from the B&B. There is nothing around the inn, walking-wise. Carol was very hospitable and packed us a delicious breakfast because we had to leave early for the ferry. i am not a dog person, so I always notice dog/pet smell in the house when I visit friends and family. This place has a faint dog smell.
Though the hosts were charming and helpful, I would not stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonds, WA
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

If you are traveling with a dog and want to enjoy Orcas Island - this is the ticket. Owners, Carol and Bogden were wonderful hosts - they even endulged me in wonderful gluten free breakfast creations. My dog was warmly welcomed by their wonderful dog, Pulaski. My room had dog a dog bed, sheets to cover my bed so the dog could sleep on it, dog water and food bowls and a nice fenced in yard. The inn is right on the road so there is some traffic noise but for the most part I heard the waves, geese, local peacocks and the wonderful sounds of nature. 3 of the 4 rooms have private balconies - you can leavethe balcony door open at night allowing a cool breeze off the water. My dog and I had a great time and look forward to returning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Although a nearly century-old building, the Blue Heron rooms are updated and well appointed, clean and well maintained. The location, directly across the street from deep inlet of West Sound, was perfect for our kayaking adventures. A restaurant just steps away made dinners easy when we were too tired to go further afield and the “bustling” town of East Sound, with its ample offering of small clothing and craft shops as well as a full grocery store, is only about 15 minutes away. The hamlet of West Sound is tiny and quiet, yet only about 7 minutes driving from the ferry landing on Orcas.

Carol & Bogdan were wonderful hosts, warm, friendly and helpful. They were especially accommodating when my wife and I caught colds. They are charming and engaging, sharing the history of the building and about themselves. The B&B is warmly decorated in a nautical theme with historic photos of the area and their families. Breakfasts were delicious, unique and varied each morning. We had a wonderful visit and look forward to returning in the future.

Room Tip: We had a chance to see all of the rooms. The Egret, Walrus and Pelican are all on the second floor...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay at the Blue Heron. We had a lovely room with a small outdoor deck for enjoying the views of the bay. Carol and Bogden were great hosts, and were most helpful with ideas about what to do on the island. Carol made reservations for us at a local restaurant/inn for dinner, and it was a great recommendation, and somewhere we could just walk to.

Breakfast at the big table in the dining room was delicious, and made more enjoyable by the other guests we had a chance to talk with, along with Carol and Bogden.

We'd definitely stay again!

  • 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We chose Blue Heron because of its reasonable rates and great reviews on trip advisor and found out we made an excellent choice! Carol and Bogdan were wonderful hosts - very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed chatting with them! We did a lot of the free activities they recommended and had a great time and learned a lot about the island. Their breakfasts were very tasty and filling and the afternoon cookies were delicious! We will definitely return the next time we visit Orcas Island!

  • 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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Dallas, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

Blue Heron is a lovely bed and breakfast made more so by the owners Carol, Bogdan and pet host Pulaski. They are what make this place so wonderful. A bit about our stay - this is our second by the way. We came back because of the terrific hosts.

Service
Carol and Bogdan go above and beyond - from adjusting breakfast time so we could make our kayak class, to leaving a heating pad in our room for aching muscles after class, they are so incredibly thoughtful. One morning of our previous stay we couldn't make breakfast so Carol made a to go bag for us!

Breakfast and Snacks
Fantastic. It is served to you with all you could want, coffee, juice, fruit, etc. A few comments were made about the size of breakfast but this appears to be a preference for a huge breakfast or perhaps people like buffets. Here it is served to you in good sized portions - we never left hungry.

Tea and coffee are available and cookies and such are left out in the evening.

House and Rooms
The house is charming with a lovely front porch and view of West Sound. There is a beautiful yard with a picnic table and expanse of grass if you just want to sit outside and have a picnic.
The rooms are spacious - exception Walrus but it's clearly noted as the small room on their website. We stayed in the Otter Room which does not have a view but a completely separate entrance, with sitting area, bedroom, bathroom and small fridge. It was perfect for us as we were out early and back late each day.

There are the standard amenities - hair dryer, soap, shampoo, etc. As it's an older home there are no closets. We didn't find that to be an issue as they have placed hooks strategically around the room and included hangers.


Location
It's on the West Sound so quieter than staying in Eastsound - which is only a 10 minute or so drive away. The drive is lovely and I recommend taking Crow Valley to get to Eastsound - it's just a beautiful drive.

When you stay at Blue Heron be sure to walk over to the West Sound Cafe for dinner. It's wonderful place to eat. During busy season make reservations or plan to sit at the bar.

Room Tip: Otter is the most private - your own entry and private bathroom and small fridge. The upstairs roo...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast

Address: 982 Deer Harbor Road, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Eastsound
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Eastsound
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blue Heron B&B, an historic 1910 home, is located on West Sound Bay and has beautiful water views and beach access. It is close to the ferry and the village. Continental Breakfast and afternoon snacks are included. Upgrade to a full, hot breakfast for only $5.50 Per person. Internet and information about activities and restaurants available. Friendly hosts. Pets and children welcome. Owners present B&B workshops on site during fall and winter months. ... more   less 
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Blue Heron Bed And Breakfast Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA

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