Accommodations: We stayed in "Padma," a rectangular, basic cabin that can sleep up to 8 persons in two bedrooms (each with a double bed and twin bunk bed), with kitchenette (including crockery, basic kitchen tools, dinnerware, tableware, cups, coffeemaker, small refrigerator, etc.), table & chairs (seats only 4-5, though) and bathroom (shower only). Padma is listed as "pet-friendly" -- thankfully there was no trace of previous pet visitors and overall the cabin was quite clean. The bedding seemed rather dated but everyone slept fine. It did get quite chilly overnight so we were glad that the heating in the bedrooms was effective. The cabin's hot water tank is small, so after the first evening we spaced out showers accordingly.
Surroundings: The cabin is on a grassy slope, near the parking for the set of cabins in that section of the resort and looking out toward the Doe Bay vegetable garden. Going from car to cabin requires walking on an unpaved trail or on the grass, i.e., any luggage needs to be carried, no rolling. It was very quiet, and deer walked right by the side of the cabin in the mornings and evenings. It was about a 5-minute walk down to the General Store and sometimes a 10-minute walk back up (after much food and drink and carrying a tired toddler).
In general, the resort had enough variety of spaces to keep our family (including kids aged 2 and 6) entertained when we weren't exploring other parts of Orcas Island. We took a little hike, explored the beach at low tide, played at the small playground, watched the chickens in the garden, and played croquet (a little difficult on the tufty grass in front of the cabin), among other things. The weather was great during our stay, which meant that we enjoyed a lot of leisurely outdoor activities; if it had rained, we probably would've spent more time in town.
Food: To make use of the kitchenette, we brought in some provisions, as the General Store has some food but not a lot for cooking. We also ate at the Cafe; we tried both breakfast and dinner. Both meals were great and our kids really enjoyed their grilled cheese sandwiches. It was a bit on the pricier side but we mostly thought it was worth it, given the freshness of the local ingredients and the excellent execution of the dishes. The only downside to the Cafe was that service was extremely slow--which is not great when eating with kids, but I think even if it had been just the adults we would've found it quite slow.
Overall, a nice spot for a quiet, slower-paced family holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Doe Bay offers a variety of accommodations in a rustic, down-to-earth environment, with soaking tubs and sauna set over a waterfall, a one-acre organic garden, and an excellent restaurant. Start the day with yoga practice in our studio and follow it with a massage. Take a guided kayak trip in the afternoon and have a delicious meal in the waterfront cafe, hike the day away in nearby Moran State Park. Then read about the things you've seen in Otter Lodge guest lounge and library. Whether you come for a personal retreat, a family gathering, or take part in an event, you will be touched by the magic and the beauty of Doe Bay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Doe Bay Resort And Retreat Hotel Olga
- Doe Bay Hotel And Retreat