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Turtleback Farm Inn
Ranked #4 of 20 Orcas Island B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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CA
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14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This bed and breakfast is the best my family and I have ever stayed at: excellent hospitality, clean rooms, quaint decor, delicious breakfast, delicious afternoon cookies! The owners were extremely helpful with anything you needed such as driving directions, restaurants, shops, what to do on the island, and allowing guests to walk around their farm meadow. Not to mention how easy it was to book a room and have it look exactly the way it is pictured on their website. My family had never been to Orcas Island before and staying at the Turtleback Inn made our trip amazing! The only thing better was seeing the Orca Whales on our whale watching trip.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

The woman (Susan) who did all the work seemed overworked and a bit cranky. She checked us in and cooked and served breakfast which was not very good. Eggs overcooked, toasted muffin cold and dried up. We have traveled a lot and stayed in many B and B's. We thought this was the worst of any.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

My girlfriend and I went for a short trip to Orcas and found turtleback inn on Google. It's a lovely little farm with cute, clean rooms. We stayed in the valley room which had a beautiful view of the farm valley below the farm house. It was really foggy in the valley in the morning which was a nice effect. Breakfast was great, and the farm allowed us to take a nice little stroll before we headed in to town for dinner. Sitting by the fire with some of the guests at night felt quite rustic and relaxing. Overall a great stay, and we'll definitely be coming back. Thanks Bill and Susan!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

The Inn is beautiful as is the land on which it is situated. Susan, the owner, was aloof and seemed disinterested in us as her guests, which detracted from our overall experience. The Inn is spotless and the rooms nicely set up, but they could use some updating in regards to the bedding and towels, which should have been retired awhile back. The breakfasts were average and disappointing considering the hype that we had read about them. The food presentation was lacking and the portions were small. The young assistants were great but could not make up for the other negative factors. We would not return nor recommend this Inn to our friends.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012 via mobile

Upon our arrival Innkeeper Samantha greeted us at Turtleback Farms. She was very detailed in explaining about the Inn, helped us with dinner reservations and what to see and do in the area.
Our room Valley View was very spacious with comfortable chairs and a sofa to relax and great light for reading. We enjoyed sitting out on our deck with French doors leading out to a grassy are for our dog to play. She really enjoyed playing with Matt, Susan and Bill's dog.
The room had lovely wooden floors with nice rugs and a great old claw foot bath tub. The relaxation that we felt and the quiet peacefulness of the inn will be remembered for a long while.
We really thought the evening sherry and homemade dessert cookies were a nice touch to come back to in the evening after dinner as well as the roaring fire in the gathering room.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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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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1 Thank Casey R
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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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Thank CookieLu
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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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