ORCAS ISLAND

3 Days

Hitting another one of the San Juan Islands, this time via ferry from the US mainland, Orcas Island is the largest of the bunch. It has the highest mountain of the islands which offers great views towards the US mainland and Mount Baker, across the San Juan and Southern Gulf Islands all the way to Vancouver Island. Moran State Park offers hiking trails and several lakes. The rest of the rural and hilly island makes for a great scenic drive. Eastsound, the main village on the island, has a number of stores, art galleries and restaurants to explore.

 

Centered by the historic Moran Mansion the resort spreads out over 40 acres along the water of Cascade Bay. It is located close to the entrance of Moran State Park and about a 10 minute drive to Eastside. At the resort you can find a restaurant and spa as well as an indoor and outdoor pool.

The mansion hosts a museum showcasing the history of the Moran family and the Rosario estate. There is daily guided tour that includes performances on the huge 1913 organ and a 1900 Steinway piano.

 

Itinerary:

Drive from Vancouver to the Ferry Terminal in Anacortes in Washington, approximately 2 - 2.5 hours not including border traffic. The ferry ride takes between one hour and one hour and 20 minutes depending on how many stops the ferry makes at the other islands. Make sure to check the schedule carefully as not all ferries stop at Orcas Island. You pay the round-trip fare on your way to the island, there is not ticket booth on the way back.

 

Spend 2 nights at Rosario Resort enjoying the spa services and on-site restaurant as well as exploring the island and Eastsound.

 

Return to Vancouver on day 3. If wanted, you can stop at Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham for some additional shopping.

 

Handy Links:

Washington Ferries: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/

Rosario Resort: http://rosarioresort.com/

Bellis Fair Mall: https://www.bellisfair.com/

Transit:

See map and links above

 

Cost:

Starting at around $700 USD for 2 people including food and gas.

 

Check out some pics from this trip

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