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Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast

982 Deer Harbor Rd, Eastsound, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9284
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 03/15/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Eastsound
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Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast is located on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. The BNB is a 1910 house that was once the home stead for the West Sound neighborhood. Previous owners include the islands doctor in the 1960's. The house was converted to a 3-room BNB in the 1990's. The house still has its original hardwood floors, molding and decorative front room windows. The BNB sits directly across from West Sound and overlooks West Sound Marina with views extending to Shaw Island and Deer Harbor. Conveniently located to both trailheads for Turtleback Mountain and a short drive to Deer Harbor and Eastsound. Having been upgraded through the years, including a new state of the art heating and cooling system and electronic door locks. Projects are always in the works, including turning the original front garden area into an outdoor seating area with a fire pit and barbecue. The Blue Heron has a minimum guest age of 12 years old.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Adults only
Outdoor furniture
Express check-in / check-out
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
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Room features
Private balcony
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
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Andrea wrote a review Jan 2021
3 contributions
We had a wonderful visit to Orcas Island, while staying at the Blue Heron B&B. The Blue Heron B&B room has a beautiful view of Puget Sound, the breakfast was delicious and varied for all tastes, the room and building are quaint and clean and tidy. Across from the B&B is a public dock to walk out onto for views. I want to thank our host, Shawn, again, for taking the time to pack up and ship back to me my spotting scope and tripod which I had forgotten. Thank you Shawn! I recommend this B&B to everyone who is looking for the best place to stay on Orcas Island.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Response from Shawn Mahoney, Owner at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast
Responded Feb 23, 2021
Thanks for the review and come back again! Blue Heron
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Sandybeach1001 wrote a review Aug 2020
San Francisco, California29 contributions3 helpful votes
This Bed and Bkft has 3 rooms. We booked it on Booking.com - pictures misleading on room size (not an option to choose room) We were in the Walrus room - VERY small room (barely bigger than double bed - watch head low ceiling one side of bed) with the bathroom located outside the room on the other side of the hall. Tiny balcony. Pricey for size of room $206.26. I would suggest asking for either the Egret or Pelican room if you can (Much larger). Better to book on B & B's website. The host/owner Shawn prepared a nice waffle breakfast with a bowl of blueberries. Yogurt, oatmeal and snack bars also available.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Response from Shawn Mahoney, Owner at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast
Responded Feb 23, 2021
Thanks for staying with us and I apologize that the room wasn't what you were expecting. I am confused as to your statement about not being able to choose a room, as it is completely up to you which room you book. I am thinking that the other 2 rooms might have already been reserved when you made your reservation, which would make sense that there were no other options. All of the details are in the descriptions online, and yes, the Walrus is the smallest of the rooms here at the BNB. It is perfect for 1-2 people that are looking for a place to sleep after a day outside on the island. You can still take advantage of the big screen TV in the living room and the front porch in the summer! Hopefully you will come back and try out the other rooms :) Blue Heron
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buffalo8750 wrote a review Jul 2020
136 contributions84 helpful votes
In westsound away from rush in Eastsound. Quiet, comfy beds. Rooms on 2nd floor so pack light. Had Walrus room with our private bathroom across hall; rooms with electronic push button locks so no key to worry about. New (1 year) owner Shawn does great job with covid precautions yet maintaining sense of hospitality expected from bnb not hotels. I was up at six drinking coffee reading on porch swing watching morning evolve until rest of house awoke and breakfast started. Sjawn recommended some enjoyable actities. Great but brief stay. All of island within 10 or 15 min drives; if you need action go for Eastsound; for r &r stay here.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Shawn Mahoney, Owner at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast
Responded Feb 23, 2021
Thanks for staying with us and I am glad you enjoyed your stay. Blue Heron
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Tula T wrote a review Dec 2019
Seattle, Washington12 contributions10 helpful votes
We had a great time staying at the Blue Heron. The place was decorated so nicely for the holidays, and our host (Shawn) was very helpful and accommodating. The rooms were spotlessly clean, the view from our room was breathtaking, and the bed was spacious and comfortable. The breakfast included fresh fruits and hot waffles. I would really recommend this place if you have a chance to visit Orcas Island.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: The pelican room had really lovely views.
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Obsessive Hobbyist wrote a review Sep 2019
Kansas City, Missouri15 contributions2 helpful votes
I spent 2 nights here while exploring Orcas Island. It was the perfect location. I had an upstairs room with a balcony and view of West Sound, right across the street. It used to be pet-friendly, but I'm not sure if it still is. They were very dog-welcoming and provided bedding for my pup. A really good breakfast.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I loved the upstairs room with private balcony
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$126 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
United StatesWashingtonSan Juan IslandsOrcas IslandEastsound
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Orcas Island Pottery (3.6 miles), Turtleback Mountain (0.7 miles), and Deer Harbor Marina (2.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include New Leaf Cafe, The Mansion Restaurant at Rosario Resort & Spa, and Deer Harbor Inn.
Are pets allowed at Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Crow Valley School Museum (2.5 miles) and Shaw Island Library and Historical Society (4.0 miles).
Does Blue Heron Bed and Breakfast have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.