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“Gorgeous spot for a quiet get-away” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Doe Bay Hot Springs

Doe Bay Hot Springs
107 Doe Bay Rd., Olga,, Orcas Island, WA 98279
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Type: Hot Springs/ Geysers, Outdoors
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Owner description: Clothing is optional at this popular hot spring.
Bellingham, WA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Gorgeous spot for a quiet get-away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

Perfect retreat if you don't mind a rustic experience. The hot tubs are clothing optional, so they tend to attract aging hippies. If that doesn't bother you, the setting can't be beat. Only wish they had a shuttle from the ferry so we could leave our car behind. We came by boat, anchored, rowed in and paid the $30 day fee, which we thought was reasonable. The cafe is beautifully situated above the bay. If you want a quiet weekend in a beautiful setting, and a place to warm away your NW chill, this is the place.

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Seattle, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Pristine, peaceful resort with beautiful scenery- values sustainability”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

We stayed at Doe Bay over Memorial Day Weekend and we loved it!

We camped at a drive-in camp spot- the Moose site in case you ever go. There is a wonderful cafe with all organic, vegetarian food (plus seafood).

You honestly can't beat the views. I have done a lot of camping in my life and Doe Bay is one of the most beautiful campsite areas I have ever seen. The views are pristine, it is quiet. Big pros for me are:

Guest kitchen with stoves, fridges to store your food, and any and all plates, cups and utensils you could need. No need to bring dishes, we did all our cooking and food prep in the Guest Kitchen!

Nice bathrooms. Never a line for a shower or to use the facilities. Hot water in showers and showers are free!

No RVs allowed = no generators!

All campers in tents, cabins, or yurts are conscious of others and polite. No loud generators, parties, or rowdy groups here. No garbage or messes left behind. People are conscientious and considerate of others which is a huge plus.

Drive in sites are $50 / night which makes Doe Bay the most expensive site out of anywhere I have ever camped. However, I think it's worth it for the use of the soaking tubs, the guest kitchen, the nice bathrooms, and the hot showers with no line and the fact that they are free (not coin operated).

Doe Bay is very conscious of the environment and strives to leave as little footprint as possible. No campfires are allowed. There is a common fire pit in the common area that people can use if desired.

We saw plenty of deer here which was very fitting for Doe Bay. So fun seeing moms with their babies! Also saw rabbits hopping around the resort.

The soaking tubs are CLOTHING OPTIONAL. This took some getting used to for me but I wore a swim suit and once you're in the tub it doesn't really matter anyway. No big deal. The tubs are cleaned once every day so I got the impression they are very clean and they are obviously well-maintained. If you are a guest at Doe Bay use of the tubs is included in your overnight fee. If you're a non-guest there is a $15 fee per use.

There is a general store on site with lots of essentials and snacks.

Visited May 2011
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Seattle, WA
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“Way too expensive for what they give you”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

Now if I had known that by saying "resort" they meant "camping" this post would be very different. That being said, $90 a night is way to expensive for a 15 foot by 15 foot room with no dresser, mirror, tv, or BATHROOM.

That's right, kids, you have to traverse a mountain path that is poorly lit and poorly maintained if you want the luxury of using the "in-door" plumbing. Oh and you better be on really good terms with spiders and bugs if you want to feel comfortable with the bathrooms which may or may not have toilet paper.

This is not my idea of a good time.

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“lovely doe bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2007

i had an amazing time at doe bay. camped out with a great view, yerts also available. 3 big tubs 2 hot 1 cold right next to a sauna. met some amazing folks and made use of the communal kitchen. not for folks who dont like nudies cuz everyone was naked and free!!!!

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BC, Canada
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
“Doe Bay is sooo relaxing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2006

We stayed in a cabin called Children's Cabin. It was in a great spot in the shade. There's a loft in it which the staff should clean the walls, up there.
Very cool hottubs but they should keep it open pass 10:00 pm. The sauna rocks.
Nice cool breeze there.
They should put some kind of playground for the kids.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

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