DescriptionOne of the islands that make up the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island also is among the largest and most rugged. Washington State Ferries docks at the village of Orcas on the southern shore; phone (206) 464-6400 or (888) 808-7977. Eastsound, at the head of Orcas Island's largest bay, is the major town. Historic buildings now house local commercial enterprises, including the Outlook Inn, which incorporates parts of a fur trappers cottage built in 1838. The Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 242 Main St., dates from 1886; phone (360) 376-2352.
Wildlife Cycles, 350 N. Beach Rd. in Eastsound, offers rental bicycles year-round for self-guiding tours; phone (360) 376-4708. For more adventurous island transportation look to Orcas Mopeds Rentals, 65 Orcas Hill Rd. in Orcas Village at the ferry dock; phone (360) 376-5266 for reservations.
Turtleback Mountain Preserve lies on the west side of Orcas Island and comprises grasslands, oak woodlands, conifer forests and wetlands. The 1,578-acre preserve's high elevation allows for spectacular views of the Canadian Gulf and San Juan Islands. Visitors can hike on two trails, and bird-watching is a popular activity. Phone (360) 378-4402 for more information.
The Orcas Island Farmers Market sets up Saturdays 10-3 off North Beach Road in Eastsound, May through September, and Saturdays 11-2 at the Odd Fellows Hall at 112 Haven St., October through November. Local farmers offer organic fruits and veggies while artisans showcase handcrafted jewelry, soaps, candles, pottery and art.
Visitor InfoOrcas Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 65 N. Beach Rd. EASTSOUND, WA 98245. Phone:(360)376-2273
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