Wildlife & Animals

river otter

Time to Get Out On the Water – Go Kayaking!


The weather is finally warming up and we are ready to go kayaking with out friends at Shearwater Kayak Tours. Tours are offered daily from Deer Harbor Marina. Reservations a day or more in advance are recommended. Our popular 3-hour Kayak Tour explores the channels, wildlife, and scenery of the Wasp Islands, just outside of Deer Harbor.

kayaking orcas island

The Spring Wildflower Tour includes a stop on Yellow Island, known for it’s carpet of colorful wildflowers this time of year. Both tours include small groups, stable 2-person kayaks, all necessary kayaking gear and basic instruction.

So get on the water this spring with Shearwater Kayak Tours

sheep in the field

Yes, It’s Fall


Sheep with their winter coats almost grown in are out grazing in the fields of the valley.

Prolific blackberries are ripe for the picking and impossible not to get caught up in.

It’s the quiet season, and I have to say, I like this time of the year as much as spring.

Silent, green, peaceful.

The beaches are nearly empty except for the oysters & driftwood and the local wildlife seems to reemerge when the tide of summer visitors ebbs.

And good news for you, the room rates are lower to boot.


canadian geese

The Geese Have Returned


As with every late summer, the Canadian Geese and their spring babies have once again made the pond at Turtleback Farm their seasonal home. As with most years, they just dropped by with no notice.

We have to say they were pretty lucky the pond wasn’t already fully booked by a rookery of Great Blue Herons, a sord of Mallards or a gulp of Cormorants.

So be an early bird and make your late summer/early fall (or even 2018) reservations sooner rather than later!