Orcas Island


Itinerary: A long weekend on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands, just northwest of Seattle.

Travel Time: Flight to Seattle followed by a 90 minute drive and then 50 minute ferry ride.

Accommodation: For this trip we stayed in the guest house of a friend of a friend just along Massacre Bay on the western part of the island. It had a lovely rustic vibe and reminded me a bit of summer camp which was perfect for the relaxing weekend we had planned. The lack of cell service/wi-fi/tv allowed us to unplug for the weekend and just enjoy where we were.

Highlight(s): Going in to this trip, neither me nor my husband did any planing or research. The only thing we knew was where we would be staying and how to get to the island and this somehow ended up being the perfect way to go about things given the relaxed vibe of Orcas. I think because I didn’t really read up on where we were going, everything was a novelty for me, even the ferry ride from Anacortes to Orcas Island. It was so relaxing and you had 360 degrees of beautiful views the entire ride. Once we arrived, the next few days were filled with sleeping in, exploring the island by car, taking leisurely hikes (my favorite of which was around Mountain Lake in Moran State Park) and eating some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had. The local farmer’s market in Eastsound provided a great place to cobble together a picnic to take along with you on a hike while both the New Leaf Café and the West Sound Café at the Kingfish Inn were so good, we went back to both of them more than once!

We were visiting Orcas Island in late July and were blessed with clear skies every single day. The lack of humidity and insects (I swear I did not get one mosquito bite the entire trip and I normally attract them like moths to a flame) made you want to enjoy the outdoors all day long and thats pretty much what we did. I often wish this place were more convenient to London so we could spend more time here!

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*shot on the Rolleiflex with Kodak Ektar*

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