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

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Turtleback Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast

Turtleback 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.

Click to see a larger photoClick to see a larger photo - Shaggy cows on the farm

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.


Click to see a larger photo - Farmhouse

The 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. Click here for current ferry schedules and information.

From 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 (800)543-9595.


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Reservations: (800) 376-4914 (in the United States only)
or (360) 376-4914

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