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Spacious Upper Deck
Kitchen and Breakfast bar
Dining Area (Chairs for 8) and Breakfast Bar
Family room view from Master Loft
Master bath with jacuzzi bathtub
Main Floor Bedroom- two twins or a converted king
Downstairs Suite
Downstairs Suite- queen bed and queen sofa bed- microwave and small refrigerator
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Downstairs Suite- BlueRay and Netflix
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Back yard
Teepees in the back yard
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View from Mt. Constitution
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Eastsound, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

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Karen5836...
Bothell, Washington
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Gorgeous view, wonderful place near Rosario and Moran State Park”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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We just spent a week at Dancing Deer on Orcas Island. It is a lovely, well-maintained 2000 sq ft A-frame home with gorgeous views overlooking East Sound. The top floor contains the master suite loft. It is spacious and airy and the owners provide a nice privacy screen if you prefer to use it. It's wonderful to wake up and turn your head in the morning to look out at the water. The master bath is large and has a jacuzzi tub and separate shower. Picture windows look out from the tub to the backyard.

The main floor contains an open well0supplied kitchen, dining area, and living room with more lovely views of the water. The main floor also includes a bedroom with twin beds and a separate bathroom with a shower. The downstairs is a great separate suite with a queen bed, a sofa bed, a tv, a bathroom, and a small refrigerator and a microwave. We put our twin 17 year old boys and their 16 year old friend downstairs and they loved it. They had a place to go be by themselves with their stuff and they could join us upstairs in the uncluttered living room. The downstairs suite would be great for a second couple or a couple with small children.

The decks were awesome. Both were large and had several different kinds of comfortable chairs. The top deck is off the living room and the bottom (covered) deck is off the lower suite. The top deck also has an outdoor patio table and chairs and a sun umbrella. One of our favorite things to do was to go out there in the morning to drink our coffee and surf the web on the excellent wifi or just listen to all of the birds. We saw a couple of bald eagles, some deer, reddish brown squirrels, and several barn swallows. We could see the ferries go back and forth in the distance. Sunsets were beautiful.

For activities we went into the town of Eastsound and spent time in Moran State Park. In Eastsound, I found my new favorite coffee at Enzo's. We tend to like Starbucks and Enzo's Caffe D'Arte coffee had a really interesting strong flavor. For those who like milder tasting coffee, you might want to try the brew at Kathryn Taylor Chocolates. We didn't try Kathryn Taylor's designer expensive chocolates, but we did have the Snoqualmie ice cream they serve there. Almost all of the flavors I tasted (we had a large group) were amazing. I especially like the Mudd Pie Chocolate. We had brunch at New Leaf Cafe and it was excellent. Both New Leaf and Enzo's had some nice gluten-free options. We browsed in some of the stores in Eastsound but we weren't really into shopping. I found walking the Labyrinth next to the large church on Main Street to be a very meditative experience in a beautiful setting. We picked up several of our groceries at Island Market. There was a Co-op grocery store near it that had more limited gourmet and organic selections.

We went to Moran State Park everyday, sometimes twice in a day. It appears that you need a Discover Pass once you are in the park. We bought the year-long pass for $30 rather than pay $10 each entry. We liked the 2.7 mile easy hike/walk around Cascade Lake and enjoyed the swimming area and the nice cream stand near the parking area. We also went on the 4 mile hike around Mountain Lake. There were less people there and it felt more peaceful. Although there was no designated swimming area, we still got into the crystal clear water and swam to one of the little islands on the lake. The water was a little warmer at Mountain Lake than at Cascade Lake. Between Cascade Lake and Mountain Lake there are several small waterfalls. We spent a day just playing in the falls. They are easily accessible from the Cascade Falls parking area. Our favorite falls were Cascade Falls (labeled) and Cavern Falls (unlabeled). Finally, the view from the top of Mt. Constitution was amazing. You need to go take a look at least once.

All in all we had a fantastic trip. The Dancing Deer was a lovely base that was conveniently located to everything we wanted to do. The owners were wonderful and were very responsive to any questions that we had. We hope to go back soon!

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Liked best: The view, the location, and the great layout
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 24, 2014
Thank-you for this wonderfully comprehensive review. We appreciate the detail and your pointing out some of the unique and wonderful aspects of staying at Dancing Deer and visiting Orcas Island. You were terrific guests and we hope you will be back. Thank-you.
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Redmond
Reviewed August 31, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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Management Response
Aug 31, 2013
Thank-you Diana to you and your family! You were great guests. We strive to maintain a high end vacation rental home and very much appreciate you choosing "Dancing Deer". We hope you will be back!
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JN_Wheatl...
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A Home Away From Home”
Reviewed May 3, 2013 for a stay in October 2012

I have had the opportunity to stay at 'Dancing Deer' twice over the past two years and am making plans to stay there again this October. I attend workshops that are held there on Orcas Island and can't wait to notify Susan and Charles that I'm putting together plans to attend another one. Susan is so accommodating and adds so much to the process of securing a place to stay when on Orcas Island. Dancing Deer is a spacious home that allows individuals to work together in the kitchen or spend 'quiet time' away from each other if they choose. Both times I was there, the Deer were all around the property and the wildlife was in full view to be photographed. I bought groceries there at the 'Island Market' in East Sound and prepared most meals on site. The kitchen has everything I require to create home cooked meals. The location is minutes from Moran State Park in one direction and if you go in the other direction, minutes from Rosario. The photos of the property are accurate in every detail. It's a pleasure to stay at 'Dancing Deer'. Thank You, Susan and Charles.

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Liked best: Staying in a home that has the feeling of home.
Liked least: That I couldn't stay longer
Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
May 2, 2013
Thank-you Neil. We are thrilled that you are planning a third stay. It is our privilege to have guests like yourself. Thank-you, Susan and Charles
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I-love-Ru...
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Outstanding Views & So Relaxing”
Reviewed March 8, 2013 for a stay in March 2013

My husband and I have only been here a few days and already it feels like home. The home is beautiful and has everything you need provided. I am very picky about rentals being cleaned well and I was so happy to see the place was immaculate. The beds are very comfortable and each room has individual climate control. Susan and Charles are great hosts who want to make sure your stay is memorable. The view from the kitchen, living room, upstairs bedroom, and both decks are outstanding. Very close to Moran State Park and Eastsound shops. We are so lucky that we don't have to leave for 8 more days. We will be back.

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Liked best: Views
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Mar 8, 2013
Thank-you Diane and Dave. We appreciate your enthusiasm for our home and the island and would welcome you back. Susan and Charles
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ScottO380...
Santa Barbara, California
1 review
“Just what we needed”
Reviewed August 10, 2012 for a stay in June 2012

Spent nearly a week here with wife and family (two girls 17 and 12). It was a very relaxing and comfortable "home base" for us to explore Orcas. We loved the spaciousness and the views of the sound. Everything was in clean, working order and we were able to set a relaxing "summer pace" during our stay. Lots to do and explore in the area. From Moran Park, to Deer Harbor we experienced a little bit most every day and got a real feel for island life. It was just perfect for our needs.

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Liked best: The location and the family feel of the place
Liked least: Tricky driveway exits.
Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Management Response
Aug 9, 2012
Thank-you Scott. So glad that you had such a good time and found everything to be so satisfactory.
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England
Reviewed July 23, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Management Response
Jul 23, 2012
Thank-you! So glad you had such a wonderful time. We are amazed and delighted by the amount of visitors we get from overseas! You join a group that includes visitors from Ireland, Germany, France, Israel, Canada, Australia, Bolivia and Singapore. We will welcome you back next year! Susan and Charles
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New York
Reviewed July 14, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Management Response
Jul 14, 2012
Thank-you Arthur. We are delighted that you and your family had such a wonderful stay and were so appreciative of "Dancing Deer" and our attention to detail and intent to provide a wonderful vacation home.
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