Travel Information for the San Juan Islands, Washington
Mountain swells up on the western lobe of Orcas Island, considered
the loveliest of the nearly 172 named islands in Washington state's
San Juan archipelago. This mountain has over 1500 acres with spectacular views in all direction. There is a new trailhead 200 yards north of The Inn. Orcas' interior is comprised of wide valleys
bordered by deep forests and punctuated with shimmering ponds and
lakes. Turtleback Farm Inn overlooks eighty acres of forest and
farmland in the shadow of Turtleback Mountain. It commands a
spectacular view of lush meadows, duck ponds, and outbuildings
with Mt. Constitution providing the backdrop to the east. The
setting is serene, complete with a fringe of fir trees framing the
open fields which in the late spring produce bales of hay for the
resident sheep. A pair of 300 year old maples and six fresh water
ponds complete this bucolic scene.
Guests may walk
from the Inn into the pastures below. Domestic geese and chickens
share the land with an ever changing display of migratory birds and
a flock of sheep including a new prized Cotswold ram and
two registered ewes. Bald and Golden Eagles are often
seen soaring above the ponds, and noisy crows, from which
the valley gets its name, perch on the barn surveying the
scampering chickens below.
Inn is centrally located in beautiful Crow Valley, six
miles from the ferry landing, 2.4 miles from the West
Sound Marina, four miles from Eastsound, the island's
principal village, and close to Moran State Park. For
those who are disposed to linger, there are many
recreational activities: golf, tennis, sea kayaking,
bicycle rentals, bird watching, fresh water fishing
and swimming in the park, charter boats for saltwater
fishing, whale watching, cruising, and sailing,
fascinating artisans and shops, and many excellent
restaurants. The proprietors will be happy to help in
planning your activities
The Anacortes ferry terminal is 85 miles from Seattle and
90 miles from Vancouver, BC. On I-5, leave the freeway at
exit 230 and continue on Highway 20 west to Anacortes.
Follow the signs to the ferry landing.
here for current ferry schedules and information.
the ferry, take an immediate left onto Horseshoe Highway.
Drive 2.8 miles to Deer Harbor Road (the first paved left
turn). Continue .9 mile to Crow Valley Road (the first
right). Turtleback Farm Inn is at 1981 Crow Valley Road.
Fare and schedule information is
available from Washington State Ferries (206) 464-6400 or
(800) 84-FERRY. Commercial air services: West Isle Air (800) 874-4434,
Aeronautical Services, Inc. (360) 378-2640, Kenmore Air
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Reservations: (800) 376-4914
(in the United States only)
or (360) 376-4914
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