The historic village of Eastsound is only a 15-minute drive from the Orcas Island ferry dock and is the hub of activity for the island. Since there are no incorporated towns on Orcas Island, Eastsound Village is the downtown of Orcas Island. It is a very walkable village with over 30 quaint boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and cafes.
Outdoor Activities on Orcas Island
Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities just minutes from Eastsound. Hike Moran State Park and climb Mt. Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans. The park includes trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Fishing, boating, swimming and other water activities are also available. Turtleback Mountain Preserve, held in trust by a group of local conservationists, includes over 1500 acres with a variety of trails for hikers only.
Orcas boasts over 125 miles of shoreline perfect for kayakers of all abilities. Several marine state park islands with beautiful rock formations and astounding views are located off the North Shore of the island and are easily accessible by kayak and small charter boats. . Paddle over and around then hop ashore for a secluded hike. Guides are always available for these tours.
Take one of the local whale watching tours and see orcas, porpoise, harbor seals and a variety of birds including bald eagles, cormoronts and great blue herons and much more.
If you like hiking, birding or just relaxing on the water, choose Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast for your island stay. Situated on the secluded Otters Pond, this inn has all the modern amenities, chef inspired breakfasts and a tranquil setting.
Art on Orcas
This secluded island has long been host to a variety of creative, artistic residents. Local galleries showcase woodworking, pottery, jewelry, photography, metal art, fiber art and more. Orcas Island is home to Anthony Howe, designer of the spectacular Olympic Cauldron for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Orcas Island Artworks, located a 20 minute drive from Eastsound features over 40 local artists and has a number of locally crafted gift items available.
Dining on Orcas
There are many dining options within Eastsound and across the island. Local chefs offer fresh, local food with choices of fine dining or more casual fare. Visitors can choose an elegant dining experience with a view, Mexico City inspired Mexican fare, casual water view dining or pizza created by a James Beard nominated chef.
Eastsound Weather and Getting There
Weather in Eastsound is mild year around. The warm season lasts from mid-June till early September with average daily highs in the high 60’s to low 70’2. Travelers who visit from November through April will find temperatures in the 30’s to 50’s so layered clothing is advisable. Visitors can expect to experience light to moderate rain winter through spring.
Most visitors choose to travel to Orcas Island on the Washington State Ferry System. The San Juan Island Ferry departs from Anacortes and makes several daily stops at Orcas Island. This scenic trip takes around 1 hour. Reservations are recommended year around, but they are a must in the high season and on holidays. The Orcas Island Ferry dock is a 20-minute drive from Eastsound and the island is best explored by car. Air transport by Kenmore Air is also available.