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Turtleback Farm Inn
1981 Crow Valley Road, Orcas Island, WA 98245   |  
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Ranked #8 of 19 Orcas Island B&B and Inns
GreenLeadersGold level
Arlington, WA
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“Just Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2009

This B&B is first rate in every way. The scene is spectacular, with decks overlooking an expanse of forests and pastures with grazing sheep; the rooms are beautiful and comfortable, and every detail has been thought of and accommodated.

At check-in, the innkeeper provided a map of the island and sat down with us to go over her recommendations for dining, recreation and local events. In the afternoons, fresh baked snacks and fruit were set out, and there was sherry in each room for the evenings. Everything was spotless, and the bathrooms were stocked not only with the usual soap, shampoo and conditioner, but great smelling hand lotion, q-tips and earplugs. If you might need something, they've already thought of it.

The breakfasts are justifiably famous, and the grounds a pleasure to explore. Not only do they allow dogs in some rooms, but there's a beautiful loop around a pond, through the woods and pastures below where visitors are welcome to walk them.

The Turtleback Inn was the highlight of an already great visit to Orcas Island. Just outstanding.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Decatur, GA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

Great location. Quiet and pastoral with sheep in fields below. Convenient to all points on island.
Hosts were gone on vacation. Staff treated us well but we were disappointed not to meet hosts. Without them the inn seemed to lack spirit. Perhaps also because of their absence, there was little conversation among guests. Everyone sat at separate tables.
Breakfasts were good.
Arrived on one of the hottest days on record. No a/c but they provided a fan and the room cooled enough at night for sleep.
Room was small but adequately furnished.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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SW Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

Just spent two nights on Orcas Island at the Turtleback Farm inn. Enjoyable property with special details from historic properties, great views and friendly owners and staff.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2009

Spent one night at Turtleback last weekend. We stayed in the cheapest room (the Nook), and the room was tiny but nicely furnished and had a relatively large bathroom. The only problem could be that it could be noisy, but everyone did go to bed and get up at the same time so it was no drama (there must be water pipes running down the cavity next to the bed in this room).

The Inn has a beautiful setting overlooking a little valley and the entire island was scenic (probably because it was sunny the entire weekend). Susan and Bill were really helpful pointing out everything to do and making restaurant reservations for us.

Breakfast was typically American - sweet (read pure sugar) and savory on one plate - an entire culinary concept that is lost on people from overseas. But, the sausage did taste rather nice and the tea selection was fantastic! Dinner at the Ship Inn was fantastic - lots of local ingredients (pork, oysters, veggies) and really friendly genuine service (that's hard to find in the US).

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sarasota FL
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2008

This inn is featured in several top references, including one about places to see before you take your last breath... It is located in the country on a real working farm. It was fun to look out to the misty mountains beyond and see sheep and deer below.

While this inn is not inexpensive, it does boast several conveniences that add to its charm. We stayed in the orchard house which had king sized beds and pull-out couches. The bed was comfy and warm. There are gas stoves in each of the orchard rooms, along with claw footed tubs in the bathrooms. Nice toiletries, homemade brownies, and a delicious breakfast featuring their homemade applesauce added to the feeling of being pampered.

The owner met us as we pulled in and recommended eating at the best restaurant in town - The Inn at Ship's Bay. It was wonderful.

Alicia, their new innkeeper, was helpful and kind to us. Susan, the owner, told me on the phone that she would help with any questions we had while driving up. There are very nice folks at this B and B!!!

Make sure you drive to the mountain viewpoint. It was one of the highlights of my trip!

  • Liked — The setting - apples, berries, misty views, deer, sheep, etc.
  • Disliked — It would have been nice to have two beds.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2008

While I've never had a bucket list of things to do before I die, knowing that visiting Turtleback Inn has made a list in a book, and that I've been able to knock that off the list I never knew I had, is a good thing.

My boyfriend and I decided the week before Labor Day that we wanted to get away for one night over the holiday weekend, and decided on the San Juan Islands. I figured we'd just drive around and find a place to stay until people started pointing out that we'd be lucky finding even a camp sight if we waited that long.

I called around the day before we left and EVERY place was full. Even those with the worst of reviews.

Upon calling Turtleback Inn (and first reading the really great reviews online!) they had just had a cancellation by a woman who had fallen ill, right before I'd called them. I was able to book the Orchard room in the Farm House - and for one night as we were looking for.

I have to say of all the B&B's that I've stayed at, this has to be my favorite. It's location - on a farm - away from the bustle of even the smallest of downtown area's is is nice. The scenery, the lush green, the animals, the nostalgic feeling it provides; is all just wonderful.

Our room was gorgeous - and everything we needed. The hardwood floors - walls, staircase, is probably my fondest memory - it's just so gorgeous. We sat downstairs in the living room and enjoyed a beer and played some cards in the evening.

The Orchard Room, with a modern shower - was nice. They provide conditioner and lotion in large bottles to use while you're there which is a small but appreciated added touch.

The owners were friendly and knowledgeable - though it's obvious they don't get out to the town often.

The only complaint we had was the "farm style breakfast", which was far from what we had.

I'm a big fan of the less traditional dining - but my boyfriend loves the standards. We expected traditional - breakfast meats, eggs, biscuits, etc.

We were surprised when we were served more of a soufflé - along with a slice of ham. - Neither was filling - and really only mediocre in taste. Coffee was delivered to the table in a small pot for one person - and it was about impossible to get another cup.

I'd have been much happier if there was a pot in the dining room that I could help myself to - as I am accustomed to in other B&B's.

Overall though, it was a very nice, very different place to stay and I would absolutely recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Scarsdale, NY
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

We booked last minute, and lucky for us Turtleback had a vacancy (although I'm sure this is rare). We were "stuck" with their most expensive room. It was a beautiful room in their "Orchard House." The balcony overlooked a gorgeous meadow with grazing sheep. One afternoon a deer was grazing just under our balcony. This is a really exceptional place. Bill and Susan Fletcher, the owners are very sweet, friendly and helpful and Susan made us the best pancakes I've ever had. This is the place to go if you want to relax and be spoiled.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1981 Crow Valley Road, Orcas Island, WA 98245
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Orcas Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Orcas, the loveliest of the San Juan Islands, this landmark inn offers 80 acres of tranquil countryside with grazing sheep, crowing roosters, shimmering ponds and well-tended gardens. The restored "folk national" Farmhouse and newer Orchard House provide a haven for those anxious to experience the wide range of farm and island activities: gather fresh eggs, watch sheep shearing in the spring, go whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea and fresh water fishing, birding, hiking. ... more   less 
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