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“Romantic and Peaceful” 5 of 5 stars
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Turtleback Farm Inn
Ranked #4 of 20 Orcas Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Seattle, Washington
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1 review
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“Romantic and Peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

I lucked out. This was one of the only rooms available on Orcas Island on the weekend I planned to propose to my fiance. We stayed in the Orchard House. We flew in on a float plane into West Sound from Seattle, and it is a short drive to the inn from the marina. I let the owners know I was going to propose to my spouse there, and they were very helpful in making this weekend special. We dropped off our luggage, and went for picnic on the property which is well kept, yet not overly groomed (which would make if feel less authentic). We returned to our room, which I conspired to have decorated with flowers before hand (with help from some family and friends). The double doors to the porch were open, providing a wide view of the valley. The sun was setting and it was gorgeous. We had dinner at the porch table, where I proposed. The whole stay was magical, and the tub is definitely big enough for two ;)

Room Tip: I would recommend the Orchard house, 2nd floor. That has an incredible view of the whole farm, and...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Valencia, CA
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

The Turtleback Farm Inn has a great reputation which must be keeping it occupied. The location is beautiful however the inn needs to be updated starting with the mattresses, pillows, and towels which were way past an acceptable standard.

  • Stayed September 2012
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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

A very well-run property. We stayed in the main farmhouse in a room at the front of the house. Breakfast was lovely. One morning we ate on the terrace and watched sheep grazing in the fields below. The inn is comfortably furnished, making us feel as if we were in a home. I especially appreciated the tasteful decor and the conspicuous lack of anything overly cutesy or faux country. My single complaint is that we heard the noise of breakfast preparations from the dining room in the early morning. I don't know when I will be back in the San Juan Islands, but when I am I will stay at the Turtleback Farm Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mount Vernon, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

This is our third stay at the Turtleback Farm and over the past twenty it's remained as good as ever. The charming inkeepers, Bill and Susan, are gracious hosts. We've only stayed in the Meadow View and Valley View rooms in the original farmhouse, but I suspect all of the others are as comfortable as these. The breakfasts prepared by Susan are scrumptous! Orcas Island is a great getaway with plenty of good restaurants and activities or just an opportunity to relax.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

1st visit we stayed in Orchard House - quite spacious and from its balcony, you can see the stags frolic in the orchard, nipping at the pears and apples on the tree. This trip, stayed in main B&B building. Rooms are smaller but still quite nice. Susan and Bill are gracious hosts who know what hospitality is. We've fallen in love with Chompers, the loving sheep who thinks she is a puppy. Forget about TV. Bring a book & relax. Bike, hike or drive around island to take in all its splendor. Check for low tide so you can walk tiny causeway to see the plethora of colored starfish. Wear flip flops so you don't cut your feet.

Room Tip: Stairwell in main B&B echos noise, but whole place oozes w/charm and serenity. Orchard house is...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

We enjoyed our one night stay and spent more time relaxing on the porch than we had planned because it was so serene. The room is spacious and so is the bathroom. I really enjoyed the sherry that was in a decanter in our room.
Susan made dinner reservations for us and she and her husband were very informative regarding restaurants, hiking, and the ferry schedule.
Warning: It was unusually warm during our visit and there is no air conditioning here. Our room did not cool down until about midnight with all of the windows open. There was a fan provided and it helped. There is also no TV which is usually GREAT except for one Olympic event that we were interested in watching.
I would return!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Walnut Creek, CA
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Turtleback Farm Inn - hospitality was quite nice and the breakfast was great. The recipe book, featuring many of the stellar breakfast recipes, was a great addition for reading (also available for purchase) on a gorgeous, sunny afternoon on the back porch. The inn has a lovely ambience that perfectly matches the friendly, welcoming atmosphere of the island.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Turtleback Farm Inn
Address: 1981 Crow Valley Rd, Orcas Island, WA 98245-9360
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Location: United States > Washington > San Juan Islands > Orcas Island
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Orcas Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Orcas, the loveliest of the San Juan Islands, this landmark inn offers 80 acres of tranquil countryside with grazing sheep, crowing roosters, shimmering ponds and well-tended gardens. The restored "folk national" Farmhouse and newer Orchard House provide a haven for those anxious to experience the wide range of farm and island activities: gather fresh eggs, watch sheep shearing in the spring, go whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea and fresh water fishing, birding, hiking. ... more   less 
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