Turtleback Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

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Whale Watching and Sea Kayaking are available from Orcas Island

Travel Information for Orcas Island, Washington


July 4th parade on Orcas Island

Hiking in Moran State Park. The park encompasses four beautiful lakes; Cascade Lake, Mountain Lake and Twin Lakes. You might try a peaceful walk on the well maintained nature trails around one of these lakes. These lakes are also stocked and fishing is a popular pastime. Mount Constitution, the summit of which is the highest point in the San Juan Islands, can be reached by car or a challenging hike to the top. However you reach the summit, you will be rewarded with stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding waterways and islands. Click here for a brochure and trail map of Moran State Park.

Just across the road from Turtleback Farm Inn, the new Turtleback Mountain Preserve includes 1,576 acres of forest, grasslands and Garry Oak woodlands. Its high meadows and rocky ledges provide unparalleled views of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. The main trailhead is a short walk north of the Inn. More information and a trail map are available on the San Juan County Land Bank web site. Turtleback Farm Inn is a proud supporter of the San Juan County Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust.

Click to see a larger photo - Moran State Park nature trailClick to see a larger photo - View from the summit of Mt Constitution

A biplane ride in the clear island air. There's room for the two of you in the open front cockpit of a shiny red biplane. Take in spectacular views of distant snow-capped mountain ranges, islands laid out like a map, marine traffic and whales swimming below, all from the vantage point of the eagles.

biplane ride over Orcas Island

kayak the waters of the San Juan Islands

Sea kayaking with Shearwater Adventures. They offer kayak tours for every level. This is a great way to get an up close look at the shorelines and sealife of our island environment. You'll sleep soundly in your luxurious bed at the inn after your invigorating day on the water.

Orcas Island Whale Watching ToursWhale watching with Deer Harbor Charters, Eclipse Charters, or Outer Island Expeditions. Go in search of Orca whales, other marine mammals (like porpoises, seals, and sea lions), and sea birds.

Bring your bicycles, or rent one at Wildlife Cycles and explore some of Orcas Island's back roads, valleys and views, with a stop in one of the villages for lunch. Or how about a strenuous ride to the summit of Mount Constitution, rewarded by 360 degree views from Vancouver Island to the Washington mainland?

Other ideas: Rent a sail, row or powerboat from Orcas Boat Rentals or Classic Day Sail. Ride a horse, play golf, go fishing, tour the wonderful galleries and shops, or attend a musical or theatrical performance at the Orcas Center or the Living Room.

The availability of some of these activities is weather-sensitive, especially during the winter months, but you can always take a hike in the mist or curl up with a book in front of the fireplace.

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