TIME ON ORCAS ISLAND
We love to travel and the way we would want to see Orcas Island and the San Juans is to establish a base and use the convenient and expedicious ferry system to see the other islands---whether you stay with us or not (of course we hope you will stay with us!!). A three to four- day stay is an optimum length of stay (two nights minimum to have one full day) allowing either two or three full days to relax and see and do most of Island's offerings. We offer this advice also based on the comments you will see in our guestbooks.
Be sure to look at Island activities in the "Useful Links" page.
TO ORCAS ISLAND BY WASHINGTON STATE FERRY FROM ANACORTES, WA
The ferry service from Anacortes to Orcas Island is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Ferry lines: Summertime is busy, plan 2 + hours in advance for afternoon and early evening departures June through September. Tickets may be purchased on-line not more than 7 days in advance; it is not a reservation, but may expedite your clearing the waiting lines.
TO VICTORIA (SIDNEY B.C.) FROM ORCAS ISLAND BY WASHINGTON STATE FERRY FROM ORCAS ISLAND
Reservations must be made for travel to Sidney (Victoria) B.C. We recommend that you stay first on Orcas Island and then travel on to Victoria (Sydney, B.C.). The Victoria to Orcas sequence isn't as user friendly because of an intermediate stop, need to change ferries and the timing of the ferry schedules.
TO ORCAS ISLAND BY AIR FROM SEATTLE
Kenmore Air flies in by seaplane to the Rosario marina, just a mile from our B&B. This is a fabulous and affordable way to get here. We partner with Kenmore Air to offer periodic discounted rates.
TO ORCAS ISLAND BY WALKING ONTO THE FERRY AND RENTING A CAR ON ORCAS ISLAND
Rental cars are available by reservation with Orcas Island Shuttle
For a small, rural island we are fortunate to have many good dining opportunities. Island restaurants are small but high quality by mainland standards. Reservations are suggested for special dates, most weekends and holidays and during times of special events. We will gladly assist you!
BREAKFAST AT OTTERS POND
Otters Pond B&B's sumptuous multi-course breakfast is served at 9:00AM. Please keep that in mind when scheduling early activities. If you must make an early departure, coffee/tea to go are available.
RELYING ON YOUR BICYCLE?
Otters Pond is approximately 20 minutes from the ferry landing and a few hundred yards from Moran State Park. The closest restaurants are 3 miles away, a challenging up-hill climb if arriving by bicycle. Other forms of island transportation are the Orcas Island Shuttle from late June-Labor Day, a Taxi and hitchhiking.
Orcas Center has FANTASTIC year round performing and visual arts events featuring local and visiting artists most weekends. Please see our useful links page for activities, restaurants and additional information.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING
Pack light! Orcas Island is a place where casual attire rules. Comfortable sportswear is all you will need. Think layers---with a light rain parka included. Summers are warm (temp. range 68-80 degrees F with very little rain---80 to 85F are considered hot days here). Spring and Fall are mild (45-65F with rain not so predictable and generally not lasting more than a few hours intermittently---again, we advise clothing layers). Winters are quiet and beautifully cold (30-50F) with some snow and pond freezing. For hiking and general browsing, good, all-purpose trail shoes (low-cut casual hiker or cross-trainer) are fine all-around.
Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast on Orcas Island
100 Tomihi Drive
Eastsound, WA 98245
Chuli,our special pal !