My first stay at Doe Bay was about 12 years ago. Upon many recommendations, I took an Airporter Shuttle from downtown (they leave from Seatac as well) up to the ferry landing in Anacortes. A beautiful ferry ride later, I land on Orcas Island with my backpack. As a lone female traveler, I was hesitant to hitch a ride but many reassured me that it was an assumed responsibility of the islanders to pick up hitchers. I met some wonderful people this way and 12 years later, followed the same routine.
Doe Bay has since been renovated which is most notable in its cabins but also the clothing optional soaking tubs and sauna. My only criticism is that the amount of chlorine used in the tubs would sometimes burn my eyes. Both times I camped and was thankful for the small guest kitchen available for communal use. My campsite was Lone Pine which has an expansive view over the water. Although there were perfect trees to pitch a hammock tent, it was quite exposed. The nights in July were chilly but not uncomfortable. Perfect for camping! The only sounds came from families occupying the nearby yurts and sea lions slapping the water for play in the evening.
Down the road is a place to get fresh caught oysters, clams, salmon, etc. for a snack before a feast at Doe Bay's own restaurant. Featuring artfully presented locally grown produce (often from their onsite garden) and locally sourced fish, meat, and dairy, it is some of the best food I have ever had chance to enjoy. And I live and dine in NYC. If you want to explore the island, there are some incredible farms nearby, many of which practice permaculture.
With plenty of hiking within distance, kayaking rentals available on site, biking opportunities galore, you could easily spend a few weeks here. Don't miss the seasonally fresh pie available at a number of yummy restaurants in Eastsound, often topped with buttermilk ice cream. Yum! If you happen to need a change of scenery for a day, you can hop a ferry over to Shaw or Lopez for a more rural experience or San Juan for a more populated island.
- Also Known As:
- Doe Bay Resort And Retreat Hotel Olga
- Doe Bay Hotel And Retreat