Orcas Island is an ideal Northwest
escape for those who love nature, outdoor activities
and cultural attractions. From kayaking and whale
watching on Puget Sound to touring artisans’
the wide array of activities will help create an
unforgettable experience in one of the world’s
most beautiful locations.
Organ Concert and Rosario History
Christopher Peacock, accomplished musician,
author and Rosario historian, offers a presentation of music and photography
that walks guests through the history of
the Moran family and the Rosario estate.
Highlights of the presentation include the
historic Moran Photograph Collection, Phantom
of the Opera music played on the Mansion’s
1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with silent film, stories of the
Mansion’s most colorful residents,
and Christopher’s original piano compositions
played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. Saturdays only at 4 p.m. (there will be no concerts on Jan. 17, 31 and Feb. 7). Complimentary and open
to the public.
The Moran Mansion Museum is a tribute to the man
that built and made the mansion his home,
shipbuilder and former Seattle mayor, Robert
Moran. The Museum features original photographs
taken from the early 1900’s, Arts
and Crafts period furnishings, and an extensive
display of the ships built by the Moran
Brothers Company in Seattle. Open daily from 8 am to 9 pm.
Whale Watching/Wildlife Cruises
Enjoy an unforgettable and informative narrated
cruise through the San Juan Islands in search
of Orca (Killer Whales) and Minke Whales.
The thrill of seeing one of these majestic
creatures will be an experience you will
never forget. You’ll pass by unspoiled,
pristine islands and historical landmarks.
This is simply the best way to see and learn
about Orca whales and other marine wildlife
of the San Juan Islands. Educational narrated
trips with experienced captain/naturalists
aboard depart daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day
directly from the Rosario Marina. Nature
Cruises depart from Deer Harbor Marina most
weekends throughout the year. For reservations and information, call 360-376-5989 or visit the Deer Harbor Charters website.
Sea kayak tours guided by knowledgeable
and experienced guides depart from the Rosario
Marina daily during the summer months. Whether
you are trying sea kayaking for the first
time or wanting to improve your paddling
skills, Shearwater Adventures has a tour
for you. This is a great opportunity to
get closer to the sea and learn about the
marine environment surrounding our beautiful
island. Tours available from other parts of the island after Labor Day. For reservations and information, call 360-376-4699 or visit the Shearwater Kayaks website.
Marina Pool - This outdoor heated pool is
open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day for Resort & Marina guests and is located near
the marina across from the Cascade Bay Grill.
Children 17 & under are welcome, but
must be accompanied by an adult.
Mansion Pool - This adult only pool is located on the waterfront side of the Moran Mansion and is open Memorial Day through September 15.
Indoor Pool - The historic Moran Mansion Indoor Pool is open daily from 8 am - 9 pm.
ACTIVITIES ON ORCAS ISLAND
Bicycle rentals, as an alternative method to enjoying
the scenic beauty of Orcas Island, are available
for 1-day, 3-day, or weekly rentals. Helmets are
included, and the friendly folks will outfit and
size you properly.
Phone : 360-376-4708
Fly over the San Juan Islands on a remarkable
flight aboard the world’s most gorgeous
TravelAir biplane (April - October).
Contact Magic Air Tours at 360-376-2733
The Park features baseball and softball diamonds,
basketball hoops, tennis courts and lots of running
room, so it is often the scene of Ultimate Frisbee
contests. It is located next to the high school
on Mt. Baker Road in Eastsound.
A visit to the Orcas Island Farmers Market is
a good way to visit a variety of vendors in one
location. The Farmers Market is a very popular
Orcas Island attraction located in the county
park in the heart of downtown Eastsound. Explore
offerings made by Orcas Island artists, craftpersons,
farmers and foods purveyors. Find tee shirts,
tie-dye's, hand-thrown ceramics and pottery, hand-woven
textiles, natural body products, candles, jewelry,
baked goods, fresh produce, roasted coffee beans,
bottled sauces, spices, vegetable starts, flowers,
eggs, locally caught salmon, grass-fed pork, Lamb
production, sheepskins, comforters and more!
Every Saturday, May - October 10:00 a.m. - 3:00
Interactive, hands-on discovery center for kids,
teens & adults. Over 50 exhibits include climbing
wall, interactive science displays, internet stations,
activity room with pool table & foosball,
pitching cage, arts & crafts, and outdoor
playground & garden. Open for teenagers only
Friday and Saturday nights.
Phone : 360-376-7177
The Orcas Island Country Golf Club is open to
the public and is just 20 minutes from the resort.
This is a PGA-rated nine-hole course (with alternate
tees for those wishing to play 18) with rentals
and powercarts available. Pro shop, gift shop
and food are also available.
Phone : 360-376-4400
Moran State Park
The chance to experience the rugged beauty of
neighboring Moran State Park brings our guests
back to Rosario Resort & Spa time and time
again. Covering more than 5,000 acres, the park
offers 38 miles of trails for hiking and mountain
biking, plus lakes and waterfalls to explore and
get back to nature. Experience the beautiful drive
up Mt. Constitution (2,409 ft.) to the observation
tower and enjoy a 360 degree view of the San Juan
Archipelago, Vancouver Island, and the Cascade
& Olympic Mountain Ranges. Swimming and paddle
boat rentals are available at the Cascade Lake
Enjoy the opportunity to go horseback riding on
Orcas Island. Ride the scenic trails of one of
Washington’s state parks located on Orcas
Island. No matter what your riding experience
is, Orcas Island Trail Rides has a horse for you.
Phone : 360-376-2134
Enjoy a guided horseback ride to explore the wonders of this beautiful island setting. Trailhead Trails follow secluded roads and trails through forests, around lakes and marshes, to the water’s edge where seal and porpoise can be seen, to mossy knolls with spectacular views of the surrounding Gulf Islands and coastal mountains.
Phone : 360-376-3649
The Orcas Skate Park
Spearheaded by ski film producer Warren Miller
and designed by renowned skate construction firm
Grindline, the Orcas Skate Park is considered
among the top skateboard parks in the country.
It is located at Buck Park in Eastsound.
CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ON ORCAS ISLAND
One of the oldest northwest cooperative galleries
with over 65 local artists on display, including
pottery, drawings, paintings, sculpture, jewelry,
glass, wood art, and more.
Phone : 360-376-4408
Orcas Island Library
Offers a large collection of books, magazines,
periodicals, and more on a variety of subjects
including culture, history, and literature. Also
features many programs and activities, including
Phone : 360-376-4985
Crow Valley Pottery
Classic “old Orcas” 1866 log cabin,
pottery & gallery features over 70 artists.
Enjoy the gardens brimming with playful yard-art.
Phone : 376-4260
Howe Art Gallery
Featuring International Sculptor Antony Howe.
Kinetic pieces displayed in an outdoor setting
off Orcas Road. Indoor gallery with metal wall
pieces and prints.
Phone : 376-2945
Permanent collection featuring over 200 artists
of the San Juan’s, a museum of works dating
from 1915 until the present. Allow two hours, $10
donation per person.
Phone : 376-4544 By appointment only
The Orcas Theatre and Community Center features
local productions, international touring artists,
and is home to the Orcas Island Chamber Music
Festival (http://www.oicmf.org). The Lobby Gallery
features local paintings, sculpture, and pottery
with changing exhibits.
Phone : 360-376-2281
Orcas Island Historical Museum
In the 1950s and 1960s, various island families
donated six original homestead cabins built during
the 1870s and the 1890s to the Historical Society.
These cabins are now over a hundred years old,
and not only house the collections, but are considered
important historical artifacts in themselves.
Each cabin serves as a space for interpreting
specific aspects of island history as told through
the life stories and material culture of the First
Peoples and early European-American settlers of
this area. Open June - September, Tuesday - Sunday.
Phone : 376-4849
Orcas Island Pottery
Beautiful jewel toned functional art, set in an
enchanted forest that opens to a water-view location
in an 1860’s log cabin. Displays the work
of more than 20 artists.
Phone : 376-2813
Right Place Pottery
Features handmade pottery of a unique style that
can be personalized. Featuring pieces by Trudy
Erwin, who has more than 50 years of experience.
Phone : 376-4023