|Orcas Island Newsletter!|
Taking a ferry to Orcas Island?
Read our revised Ferry Tips Sheet! The current schedule is found here. Call us at 360-376-2273 if you have any questions. To learn all about the ferry reservation system, just click here: www.takeaferry.com and to make a reservation, you can click on this link: Ferry Reservations. Reservations are being accepted for the Spring 2015 sailing schedule in effect March 22, 2015 – June 13, 2015. Initial summer reservations will be open after April 20.
Save the Date: Orcas Island BirdFest!
The Second Annual BirdFest is coming to Orcas Island. Clear your schedule for April 30 – May 3, and enjoy a community celebration of all things Birds! Read all about it at OrcasIslandBirdFest.com
What’s happening on Orcas Island this week?
Head to the island to enjoy all our events! Check out the Chamber’s weekly Newsletter. It gives you a snapshot of all the great things happening on the island. Sign up here.
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. Planning your trip? Read our Ferry Tips Sheet.
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.