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Top Choice Seafood in Orcas Island

Inn at Ship Bay

Locals unanimously rate this place as the best fine-dining experience on the island. The chefs work overtime preparing everything from scratch using the freshest island ingredients. Seafood is the specialty and it's…
Top Choice Bakery in Orcas Island

Brown Bear Baking

No one wants to pay $7 for a pastry, but the trouble is that once you start eating the baked goods here, nothing else will do. Options include croissants aux amandes, quiche using fresh Orcas Island eggs and roast v…
Park in Orcas Island

Moran State Park

In 1911 Robert Moran donated 7 sq miles of his property to create this park on the eastern saddlebag of Orcas Island. The park is dominated by 2409ft Mt Constitution, the archipelago's highest point. On a clear day …
Park in Orcas Island

Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Saved from possible development when it was bought for $18.5 million as public land in 2007, Orcas' second mountain (rising to 1519ft) was in private hands for so long that most people had forgotten what was there. …
Mexican in Orcas Island

Mijita's

It's difficult to go wrong in this creative, indoor-outdoor restaurant with its rustic Mexican furnishings and fairy-lit garden. The Mexican chef's family recipes include delicacies such as slow-braised short ribs w…
Pizza in Orcas Island

Hogstone's Wood Oven

Ridiculously good wood-fired pizzas using farm-to-table, locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes weekly so you never know what you're going to get. Chef Jay Blackinton regularly receives kudos from the James B…
Brewery in Orcas Island

Island Hoppin' Brewery

The location just off Mt Baker Rd near the airport makes this tiny brewery hard to find, but the locals sure know it's there – this is the place to go to enjoy local brews on tap. Don't come hungry – only snacks are…
International in Orcas Island

Doe Bay Café

Religiously sustainable, Doe Bay has its own organic garden, a tight network of trusted farm suppliers and a damned good chef. Few things on the planet are better than the pizza topped with locally 'foraged' mushroo…
Museum in Orcas Island

Orcas Island Historical Museum

Housed in a series of six original homesteader cabins dating from the 1880s, this island museum relates the pioneer and local history of Orcas and the San Juan Islands. Besides the usual collection of household good…
Cafe in Orcas Island

Rose's Bakery & Cafe

Go where the locals go for fresh baked goods and French-influenced dishes like baked eggs with Gruyère, pain perdu (French toast) or a thick slab of homemade whole-wheat bread with Gouda and sliced apples. There's p…