Went here with my sweetheart in mid-July 2014. We had a very pleasant time. The grounds around the inn are attractive, some parts forested, some planted with flowers. The deck in back provides a good view of the pond. Many birds — kingfishers, red-wing blackbirds, nuthatches, chickadees, flickers, hummingbirds etc. — are attracted to the pond and to the feeders in the back yard. Deer come right up to the property and graze, which explains why the place is well fenced — there would soon be no gardens otherwise! We did not see any otters, but there was evidence of there presence in the pond.
The room was lovely, clean and tidy, the bed comfortable, the bathroom with every amenity one expects in such lodgings. The only off-putting thing — and this was just at first — was finding out room keys are not provided. Guests are "on the honor system." The one key we were shown, stashed in a bowl on a bookshelf in the hall, was for the linen closet, not the room. We found this out the hard way, locking the room door behind us, only to find we could not get back in! This was one of several unusual "house rules" that were a bit confusing at first (others involved the bed pillows and the removal of shoes).
However, these were easy to follow once they were clarified, and we did not let the minor misunderstanding cloud our stay. And the breakfasts more than made up for it! Sumptuous five-course meals, both lovely to look at and delicious to consume.
Though it's set off in its own little pocket of forest, the inn makes a good base for exploring Orcas Island. Any number of attractions — Moran State Park, the Rosario Resort, the Lambiel Museum, the town of Eastsound, a winery, a craft brewery, various artist colonies, Orcas Village, whale-watching cruises and other water activities, to name just a few possibilities — can be reached in minutes. I should mention that the inn's staff are very helpful when it comes to making reservations. Because there's no cell phone service on the island, these usually have to be done through the inn's land line. They did so for us cheerfully and efficiently.
In sum, a very nice B&B. The only caveat: since this place operates a little differently from most lodgings, I would advise making sure you understand the house rules as soon as you arrive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 1st class lodging set in a naturalist's Monet painting on a large wetland/pond at the base of Mt. Constitution. A birder's paradise. An adult getaway, rooms are decorated with an upscale, comfortable flair and gourmet breakfasts are served in the dining room and deck overlooking the pond. Free WiFi. Notebook computer available for e-mail. Hot tub. Island restaurants and Eastsound Village amenities are within four miles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Otters Pond Bed And Breakfast Orcas Island/Eastsound, WA