Orcas Island, San Juans, Washington

              The largest of the San Juan Islands is gorgeous any time of year, especially spring and fall. Your adventure starts when you board the ferry at Anacortes. Go outside, enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Puget Sound. You will need a car to get about the island and explore. It’s a short, scenic drive from the ferry to the main town of Eastsound. Restaurants to check out include Mia’s Café (fabulous breakfast), Brown Bear Baking and Madrona Bar and Grill. Walk the labyrinth at Emmanuel Episcopal Church on the water, enjoy the beautiful gardens at the library, stroll about the town, and browse local shops including Darvill’s book store (terrific collection plus great coffee drinks) and find treasures at Orcas Island Pottery. Visit Moran State Park with its many hiking trails, opt to go on a whale watching tours or go kayaking. Take the ferry to Friday Harbor for a fun filled day, either as a walk on passenger (free) or with your car. There are numerous hotels, BandB’s and camp sites. My favorite is Rosario’s Resort and Spa: beautiful property, nice bar & restaurant; plus if you are in luck, you can see deer outside your room. Orcas is a special place and too soon your ferry awaits for your return to reality. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/ 

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