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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…
Top Choice Fusion in San Juan Island

Duck Soup Inn

It ain’t cheap, but it’s really good. Situated 4 miles northwest of Friday Harbor amid woods and water, Duck Soup offers the best island fine dining using its own herb garden to enhance menu items such as oysters, s…
Top Choice Park in Lopez Island

Spencer Spit State Park

Spencer Spit State Park is one of only four state parks on the San Juan archipelago. Two sand spits have formed a marshy lagoon that is a prime spot for various species of waterfowl. It's a good place to kayak, fish…
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. …
Park in San Juan Island

Lime Kiln Point State Park

Clinging to the island's rocky west coast, this beautiful park overlooks the deep Haro Strait and is reputedly one of the best places in the world to view whales from the shoreline. The word is out, however, so the …
Historic Site in San Juan Island

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Known more for their scenery than their history, the San Juans nonetheless hide one of the 19th century's oddest political confrontations, the so-called 'Pig War' between the USA and Britain. This curious standoff i…
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…