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“A slice of heaven!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Spring Bay on Orcas Island

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Spring Bay on Orcas Island
Ranked #1 of 3 Olga B&B and Inns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 298 helpful votes
“A slice of heaven!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2007

What a perfect spot to relax. If a waterfront view through tall Douglas fir trees sounds heavenly, then this is the place for you. We tied a visit to Orcas Island to the end of our Alaskan cruise, and it turned out to be the perfect ending. Owners, Sandy & Carl do all they can to bring the best experiences to you. They are both retired park rangers, and after a healthy breakfast of fresh baked muffins, fruit and coffee, it is off the tour the waterways in a kayak. Even beginners can participate and find it a wonderful way to explore the natural beauty of the island. After an invigorating couple of hours on the water, it's back to the inn for a scrumptious brunch. Next, it the hardest part of your day; and that is to decide just where on the island you want to explore. Artisans abound in funky little shops and we can hardly wait to come back with friends to share this heavenly spot. Thanks to Sandy & Carl and their two laid-back retrievers who are always there to welcome you back to the inn.

  • Liked — Cozy, friendly
  • Disliked — we don't care for the pillow top mattresses
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2006

The Spring Bay Inn is just one of those places that no matter how much time you spend there, you just don't wanna leave when it's time to go. Everything about the place -- from the incredible hospitality and down to earth nature of hosts Carl and Sandy to the great kayak trips to the super-friendly golden retrievers Rusty and Jennings -- makes it feel like the most welcoming place you could imagine. I could probably write good things about this place till my fingers hurt (great breakfasts/lunch, beautiful and secluded setting, knowledgeable advice on the island, wonderfully appointed house and rooms, etc), but I'll just say that it instantly became one of our favorite places on the globe the second we arrived. We stayed at another B&B on the island for the second half of our trip, and it too was great, but there simply is no comparison. Sandy and Carl have carved out a wonderful place for themselves on Orcas Island and lucky for us, they share it with strangers! Thanks, Carl and Sandy for having us...we'll be back soon!

  • Liked — Friendliness, incredible hosts, hospitality, serene location, the golden retrievers (Rusty and Jennings)
  • Disliked — (nothing)
  • Tips/Secrets — You have to open the gate on your way into the property -- no one mentioned this and it was a little strange coming in at night and having to open the gate
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Senordeutsch
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2004

Also just returned after visiting for 4 days. We were in the ground level suite with our own hot tub on the deck. I would highly recommend this inn to anyone. If you are a kayaker or would like to try then add another star. Sandy and Karl are great hosts and make you feel very welcome.
The inn, the food, the accomodations all 5 stars.
Joan K.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2004

We just returned from spending a wonderful weekend at the Spring Bay Inn. The inn is decorated in the Northwest style, perfect for its location. Our room had a fabulous view of Spring Bay and was very comfortable and spotless.
Hosts, Carl and Sandy were attentive without being intrusive, full of knowlege of the area and took us kayaking twice.
Coffee was brought to our door in the morning and then we met downstairs to go kayaking at 8:30am (totally optional and included in the price of the room.) When we returned at 10:30am, a declious breakfast was waiting for us.
We haven't even started to explore it's 57 acres, but hope to return soon.

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Additional Information about Spring Bay on Orcas Island

Property: Spring Bay on Orcas Island
Address: 464 Spring Bay Ter, P.O. Box 97, Olga, Orcas Island, WA 98279-9605
Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island > Olga
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Olga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Spring Bay on Orcas Island. Our 57 secluded acres and private bay are a naturalist's haven. Orcas Island is where tree meets sea. Hundreds of islands, large and small and covered by old-growth evergreen, make up the archipelago of the San Juan Islands in northwest Washington state. Orcas is known to visitors for its laid back nature, its unparalleled beauty, and our preference for quality things over a quantity of them. We offer three niche services at Spring Bay: The Cabin on Spring Bay vacation rental, sea kayak touring, and small weddings. We invite you to experience the wonder of the place we call home while you stay in the waterfront cabin or come with us on a tour of these islands the best way they can be experienced, on the sea itself. We have been celebrating abiding love for decades, and we are honored to be a part of your wedding ceremony. At this retreat on Orcas Island, vacation rental guests can explore shoreline, wetland, and forest by foot, kayak, or rowboat. Afterward, enjoy soaking in the waterfront hot tub, or simply relax in comfort in the cabin or outside on the 40-foot deck mesmerized by the wide-open view of evergreen islands that seem to float upon the sea. Our goal is to provide you with whatever you need during your stay, but to leave you in the seclusion and peace of your own cabin. Hiking trails link Spring Bay's dozens of wooded acres to adjacent Obstruction Pass State Park, creating a 5-mile system of trails right outside your front door. We have preserved these acres so they may be enjoyed by naturalists and those who need the solace of seclusion. Spring Bay is an ideal place to elope. Your hosts have officiated and provided musical accompaniment for hundreds of small weddings and are proud to provide that service to ALL couples right here on the Spring Bay property. Since the Inn closed several years ago, guests of the Cabin are the only guests on the 57-acre property. You have private use of the hot tub, outdoor grill, beach picnic table and campfire area. The Cabin can accommodate 3 people maximum, and is ideal for a romantic hideaway, couples with one child, sibling getaways, and solo retreats. Guests can arrange a kayak tour that launches a few grassy steps from your front door to the beach. Happy trails from Spring Bay. ... more   less 

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