|Orcas Island Newsletter!|
3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival is coming!
Once again, Orcas Island becomes ‘Shakespeare Island’ as our festival resumes this March. Live theater, street performers, and a parade are only part of it! Seattle Shakespeare Company performs Othello, and Professors Ayanna Thompson tackles ‘Othello in the 21st Century.’ Check out the Chamber Page for more details.
Orcas Island Bird & Wildlife Festival in April
Mark your calendars for April 10 -12, 2014 for the inaugural Bird & Wildlife Festival! We kick it all off with a dinner featuring author & naturalist Thor Hanson, and follow it up with two days of walks, hikes, talks, parades, and loads of Orcas Wildlife! Stay tuned!
What’s happening on Orcas Island this week?
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Pick your pleasure on Orcas Island. It’s a magical mix of arts and culture, lush forests, placid lakes and endless outdoor possibilities. Charming villages of Olga, Deer Harbor, Westsound and Orcas Village dot the island as centers of culture, art and cuisine. Relax and enjoy the island’s quality sampling of restaurants, boutiques, art galleries and museums.
For a dose of the great outdoors, hop aboard a whale watching and wildlife tour. Rent a kayak and see the island paddling along its shores, or jump on a bike and cruise the countryside. Hike the rugged old growth trails of the 5,000-acre Moran State Park to see the expansive marine vistas from the summit of Mount Constitution. On your way, watch for soaring bald eagles, wild deer, fox, rabbits or more than 250 species of birds that can be seen here throughout the year. Taking in the the sunset over Puget Sound, with fog clinging to the island’s forests, can truly be a spiritual experience.
Miles of shoreline ribbon the island with numerous beaches, both public and private. Surrounding land masses offer the San Juans protection from harsh weather, so the islands enjoy a year round climate that is more moderate than other locations in the Pacific Northwest.
The islanders gather in several quaint villages dotted around the island, with Eastsound being the major hub of island activity. Each community is unique and celebrates its individuality in different ways throughout the year.
This beautiful island has something for everyone … kayak in the Puget Sound; climb a mountain trail to enjoy the beautiful vistas; see Orca whales and marine wildlife; stroll through Eastsound village, exploring the small town shops; enjoy a wide array of superb dining choices; or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural beauty of Orcas Island. The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce hopes a visit to our island is in your plans. Please let us know how we can help.