One of many highlights of our Spring North Western journey, was going to Orcas Island. It is one of the San Juan Islands outside of Seattle, Washington. We are fortunate to have our friend Pliny managing the Doe Bay Resort on Orcas and he and his wife Rene encouraged us to make the ferry trip out there. Just crossing the water was a mood changing activity – as the blueness of the sky and water took over my view. The rainy skies departed and we were blessed with a sun filled 2 days at the Resort.
Doe Bay Resort is a kind of homey place and can be family oriented. We happened to be there on Mother’s Day weekend, so that may have been the reason we saw so many kids, around the fire pit and climbing the jungle gym. We stayed in a small cabin called Upper Satva (we have a groovy friend with the same name) and it had views of the small inlet. It was a great size for 2 people and we walked down the hill to use the community bathroom and kitchen.
The resort also has bigger cabin with bath and kitchen amenities, a dorm house, yurts, and camping area, a library and a yoga studio. The clothing optional sauna and hot tubs were a big draw for us too. A first class restaurant has incredible organic food if you don’t want to cook. We were a bit early for the kayak rentals, but would guess that would be a fun way to spend an afternoon.
The island has plenty of places to explore. We went to the farmers market and munched away on fresh fried oysters and watched kids learning to tightrope. I bought some yummy wild rose oil, home made teas, and bath salts for gifts to bring home. Go up the stone tower on Mt. Constitution, for a 360 degree view of the San Juans, the Cascades and Olympic Mountains, Northern Puget Sound and Vancouver Island B.C. It is actually noted for being one of the seven most scenic views in the world.
I’d highly recommend a visit to Doe Bay Resort to really re-center and relax in a most beautiful location. Say hello to Pliny and Rene if you go!