Where we stayed on Orcas Island
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, near Olga, on Orcas Island.
The Seattle Times
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga, Orcas Island; www.doebay.com or 360-376-2291.
Rates: $45-55 (depending on season) for campsites or hostel beds, $80-$90 for one-bed cabin spaces with no plumbing, $85-$120 for yurts, $125-$165 for the one-bedroom/half-bath Little House (which we rented), up to $500-$650 for the Retreat House, which sleeps 18. Two-night minimum for advance bookings.
Pros: Remote location on lovely cove with a wide view of Rosario Strait. Old-school combines with New Age. Bonfires and stargazing. Skinny-dip soaking tubs (nicely renovated) if you like. Cozy cafe with some of the island's best food from the resort's organic garden. Hike up Mount Constitution or sip coffee from a chair by the shore. Even a yoga studio with a view. The place is well-run by people who seem happy to be there.
Cons: Sparse creature comforts for the cost. Many accommodations require a walk to a shared bathhouse. Far from town and shops, if town is what you like.
Would we stay there again? Yes, for the setting, the good food and the good feelings.
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— Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times
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