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“Great Place, Great Food” 5 of 5 stars
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Star Rte. 86 Off Pt. Lawrence Rd. Near Olga, P.O. Box 437, Olga, WA 98279   |  
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Tacoma, Washington
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“Great Place, Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We have been going to Doe Bay most summers for the past seven years. This is a special place. The pace is very relaxing. The bay is beautiful. The food at the Doe Bay Cafe is excellent, amongst the best I have had, specializing in local, organic, with many ingredients coming from the Doe Bay Garden. The service at Doe Bay is friendly and can, at times, earn it the nick name "Slow Bay" but that is part of the charm. We have stayed in the more historical and the more modern cabins, as well as camped on the bluff, but haven't tried the yurts (yet). I always leave Doe Bay feeling refreshed, and wishing I could stay just one night more.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Albany, Oregon
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We went here for breakfast/brunch this last weekend. The deck overlooked a very clear bay and it was beautiful weather and the view was wonderful. We first ordered the crab tacos which sounded amazing but they were out. I ordered the breakfast burrito but they were also out of that also. So we ended up getting the cinnamon french toast and the gravlox breakfast. Both were excellent, probably one of the best breakfasts I've eaten. Sercice was friendly. The little store next to the restuarant sold organic products. One of the things I like best about Doe Bay was that everything is natural, organic, and local. Very good food.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This place definitely let me relax and enjoy nature while I got away from the city for a weekend with my boyfriend. We stayed in a lovely cozy cabin called Chakra. The cabin itself seemed well built and not old at all. It had a comfortable clean bed, a fully stocked kitchenette, and a tiny bathroom with a cold shower and toilet. The sink and mirror were in the kitchen. You could always find a hot shower at the soaking baths though. The baths were my favorite! So peaceful with the sounds of birds and streams...and it had a nice view of the water too.

We frequently saw deer eating in the grass by our cabin which always put a smile on my face.

The cafe there is very delicious (think local organic gourmet), however dinner service was slow...and expensive. It was over $100 for dinner for two with a few drinks. Made up for it in its deliciousness for sure!

All in all, if you want a peaceful quiet getaway then give Doe Bay a try. It's about 4 hours from Seattle via car and ferry. And since it's on the far eastern side of Orcas Island, it's a good half hour from the town of Eastsound.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

To me Doe Bay epitomizes many great things about the Pacific NW: Beautiful nature & scenery, a bit of rustic hippie charm, delicious & nourishing homegrown food, creative local music, and a down-to-earth & laid-back friendliness.

I've stayed at Doy Bay twice and both my experiences were fantastic. I just returned from my most recent visit, a 2-night weekend getaway. I stayed in Little House, which has some of the best views of any cabin on the property. The accommodations are simple but comfortable. Each day of my stay, I had lots to look forward to: Delicious fresh foods at the cafe, relaxing trips to the spa, and a massage to cap off my stay. I left feeling refreshed and restored!

Room Tip: I recommend Little House, which has some of the best views of any cabin on the property.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This Memorial Day was my third stay at Doe Bay. I've stayed in the Doe Dome, Blakley cabin and now the Doe Baby cabin.

Doe Bay is a place you go for the views, relaxed atmosphere and soaking tubs. It is not a five star resort (though the prices are getting there).

My past two stays were both during Labor Day weekend, so a very different point in the season than this one, and this was the first time I was dissapointed with the condition of my accomodations. There were abundant spider webs (I'm ok with spiders, but this looked like they hadn't bothered to try to clean them up) and mud on the windows, deminishing the beautiful view. The towels also were new, and bled a lot of dye when they got wet (they were replaced at our request, without hassle) I wonder if the early season stay means that the cabins haven't been used (and therefore cleaned) in a while.

The bed was SOFT and small (full size, not queen) but the kitchen had all the necessary items for us to cook a few meals, and was clean when we got there.

The soaking tubs are delightful. They are clothing optional, so know what you are getting into. You will feel comfortable if you opt to be clothed or unclothed, you will see a lot of both.

I ate in the cafe for the first time this trip, and had a wonderful poached goose egg and polenta. The price was steep at $14, but they are the only place around, so you pay it.

No matter where you stay at the resort, make sure you walk out past the campsites and yurts to the point overlooking the water. We saw two otters, and the views are generally amazing.

Room Tip: There aren't bad "rooms" pick a cabin or yurt based on your price and water/bathroom r...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

I just got back from 3 days at the Doe Bay Resort & Retreat on Orcas Island. It was magical.

After doing a little research, I discovered they offer short term service learning retreats. You work in the Garden at Doe Bay and in exchange get a campsite or a bed in the hostel. They also have domes, yurts and cabins for those seeking finer accommodations but I decided it would be a perfect time to enjoy my *first* solo camping trip.

The garden is impressive to say the least and I learned a ton volunteering. It definitely made eating lunch and dinner in the Doe Bay Cafe a more satisfying experience.

I spent 9 hours in garden over two days and experienced a number of new things including: learned how to build a compost, held/nurtured one of the resident chickens who was under the weather, searched and destroyed bind weed and helped weed the herb garden.

During my "off" hours, I set up my tent, sat and read on the benches enjoying in the sunshine, wandered around the property and down a country road a ways, took in views from Meditation Point and relaxed in the hot pools and sauna - a truly wonderful first solo camping experience. There is also a yoga studio, a volleyball court, horseshoes and other fun activities. You can also rent kayaks or organize sailing trips through the resort and you can arrange on site massages. The place emanates goodness. I've already scouted the best camp and yurt sites for when I come back with friends and family who will appreciate this gem of a spot.

Room Tip: Try to get a campsite or the yurt on the point
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene OR
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63 hotel reviews
Reviews in 61 cities Reviews in 61 cities
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is not where you go when you want room service or luxury bedding. This is where you go when you want to get away from civilization and want to do something between camping out and staying in a hotel. We stayed in a cute little cabin on the edge of a meadow, just a 5 minute walk from the very pleasant hot tubs. It had a toilet and shower, with a kitchenette (mini fridge, sink, and 2 burner stove) in one corner of the room, and a small dining table. Just fine for two people. The staff at the main office were cheerful and welcoming. We saw deer in the meadow, and seals in the harbor. The only let-down for me was that the bed was the harder "old motel" type mattress and by the second night my back and hips hurt. The heat in the cabin was also not working so a passive space heater was provided and it was hard to get the temperature right (the corner with the heater got hot but the rest of the cabin was cold. Another blanket on the bed would have been welcome. Be aware if you go in off season the weather is grey and can be chilly, and very few places are open to serve food (we did find lunch in the town of Eastsound, 20 min drive away, but that was the only hamlet with open cafes). Go with the right expectations and with all the food you'll need, and you'll have a good time.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Star Rte. 86 Off Pt. Lawrence Rd. Near Olga, P.O. Box 437, Olga, WA 98279
Location: United States > Washington > Olga
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Olga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 47
Also Known As:
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