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Things to do in Orcas Island

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Hike more than 38 miles of trails at Moran State Park or Turtleback Mountain. Here is a map of the immediate area, and you’ll see you can hike into Moran State park right from my front door.”
  • 34 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“For an evening cocktail, try The Barnacle in Eastsound. It’s a bit of a treasure hunt to find, but a fun island hang-out!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
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“They have it all here for breakfast and lunch Tuesday thru Saturday. Everything is done to perfection - a treat! Try one of their pizzas! Check out their deli for best bread and baked goods. Looking for a good bottle of wine to impress a special someone? You'll find it here. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The New Leaf puts out great food, consistently. Warm friendly environment with water views. What's not to like? Happy Hour is a great deal and their cocktails are inventive!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great old fashioned bar! Great place to eat if there is no room in the main dining room..”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Next door to Eastsound Suites is the sinfully delicious Brown Bear Bakery. The owners studied pastry-making in France-- everything that comes from their oven is sublime!”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“It's where the locals go for a cold one, to watch a game, play pool, karaoke, has reasonably priced food. No children.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Health Food Store
“Orcas Food Coop is a health food store with great seafood and organic produce. It is across the street from Island Market”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my all time favorites..healthy, delicious food for reasonable price. Be patient, the food is worth waiting for..”
  • 14 locals recommend
Hotel
“Historic restaurant in the mansion with an elegant fireplace in the bar. Try the forager pizza. The Cascade Grille outdoors by the marina is a place to soak up some sun and have a cold brew.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Did we mention we have a James Beard award-winning chef on the island? This place offers one of the best dining experiences in the state. I compare the food to Canlis in Seattle… but it’s more laid back and cozy. I love to sit at the counter to watch their tiny kitchen work it! You HAVE to eat here at least once… and don’t just order pizza. Do order pizza, but you have to order something else too. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you like craft beer, check out Island Hoppin’ Brewery where you can play board games, eat peanuts and mingle with locals.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“If you still love actual books, then this is the place! This is village quaintness at it's best. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly! Coffee is Battendorf and Bronson and fantastic! Take a stroll back in time - pre kindles..”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food. In the summer, sit outside. Dungeness Crab Enchiladas are amazing. Eshites (roasted corn) also worth it. Make reservations before you set out for Orcas. They fill up weeks in advance”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
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“The food is fine, if a little expensive. The ambiance is rustic waterfront. Nice bar.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington known for rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife. Horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, one of the main isles, is home to Moran State Park's old-growth forest and Mt. Constitution. San Juan Island is distinguished by the lively seaside town of Friday Harbor and Lime Kiln Point State Park, an orca-whale lookout.”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“For an evening cocktail, try The Barnacle in Eastsound. It’s a bit of a treasure hunt to find, but a fun island hang-out!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
“They have it all here for breakfast and lunch Tuesday thru Saturday. Everything is done to perfection - a treat! Try one of their pizzas! Check out their deli for best bread and baked goods. Looking for a good bottle of wine to impress a special someone? You'll find it here. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“The New Leaf puts out great food, consistently. Warm friendly environment with water views. What's not to like? Happy Hour is a great deal and their cocktails are inventive!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great old fashioned bar! Great place to eat if there is no room in the main dining room..”
  • 22 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“It's where the locals go for a cold one, to watch a game, play pool, karaoke, has reasonably priced food. No children.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of my all time favorites..healthy, delicious food for reasonable price. Be patient, the food is worth waiting for..”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Did we mention we have a James Beard award-winning chef on the island? This place offers one of the best dining experiences in the state. I compare the food to Canlis in Seattle… but it’s more laid back and cozy. I love to sit at the counter to watch their tiny kitchen work it! You HAVE to eat here at least once… and don’t just order pizza. Do order pizza, but you have to order something else too. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“The food is fine, if a little expensive. The ambiance is rustic waterfront. Nice bar.”
  • 13 locals recommend

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