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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Yeah, this is a must see. Moran State Park is the gem of Orcas Island. Hiking & bike trails, horseback riding, waterfalls, two lakes...and Mt. Constitution- the highest peak in the San Juan Islands. Drive up and admire the view then take a walk around Cascade lake. Swim in the summer. Play area for kids and plenty of picnic spots. Daily fee to park or use your Discover Pass.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Cozy. Hip. Fun. Nice drinks. Try the meat and cheese boards. Singing bartenders (on occasion) . ”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“New Leaf Cafe is a French inspired restaurant, but keeps the food honest. In the Outlook Inn but don’t think of it as a hotel restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Light-filled with bay views serving seasonal French breakfast & dinner fare.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The most entertaining corner in Eastsound. Bakery, sandwiches and expensive coffee. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Burgers are good. Prawn basket. This is a local tavern. So locals. Not too fancy but good beer, screens for sports and decent food.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Hotel
“Inn at Ship’s Bay, which is not in town, but located at 326 Olga Road on the way to Moran State Park.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Roses Bakery is also further north on Prune Alley and has amazing bread, cheeses, olives and cured meats as well as other gourmet foods. They also have an extensive wine selection. They also have a wonderful cafe, call for hours”
  • 22 locals recommend
Hotel
“I love the bar aka "The Mansion". The mansion was the home built by Ship builder Robert Moran, the former mayor of Seattle, responsible for re-building the city after the "great fire" of 1889. He donated the property which is now Moran State Park. The spa is downstairs from the bar and offers full spa treatments and the use of an indoor pool . Visit the mansion and drink in the history of the island..”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For a relaxed and healthy lunch/early dinner option, check out the Kitchen. Located in town. "Fast enough asian style food". Always fresh and Local Farm produce. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Health Food Store
“Orcas Food Coop is a health food store with great seafood and organic produce. It is across the street from Island Market”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food. In the summer, sit outside. Dungeness Crab Enchiladas are amazing. Eshites (roasted corn) also worth it. Make reservations before you set out for Orcas. They fill up weeks in advance”
  • 12 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The San Juan Islands are an archipelago in the U.S. state of Washington known for rural Pacific Northwest landscapes and wildlife. Horseshoe-shaped Orcas Island, one of the main isles, is home to Moran State Park's old-growth forest and Mt. Constitution. San Juan Island is distinguished by the lively seaside town of Friday Harbor and Lime Kiln Point State Park, an orca-whale lookout.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cafe
“Darvill's is the best bookstore and has a cute coffee shop in the back! Cozy with with a cup of coffee and enjoy the view!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Brewery locally brewed, serves light snacks or you can bring your own picnic ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great pub food menu with some more sophisticated twists. Right off the ferry.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bar
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“Madrona Bar and Grill has great hamburgers and is right on the water, it’s in the building on the left side of Darvils. ”
  • 11 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Cocktail Bar
“Cozy. Hip. Fun. Nice drinks. Try the meat and cheese boards. Singing bartenders (on occasion) . ”
  • 18 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“New Leaf Cafe is a French inspired restaurant, but keeps the food honest. In the Outlook Inn but don’t think of it as a hotel restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Light-filled with bay views serving seasonal French breakfast & dinner fare.”
  • 13 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Burgers are good. Prawn basket. This is a local tavern. So locals. Not too fancy but good beer, screens for sports and decent food.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Hotel
“Inn at Ship’s Bay, which is not in town, but located at 326 Olga Road on the way to Moran State Park.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
“Roses Bakery is also further north on Prune Alley and has amazing bread, cheeses, olives and cured meats as well as other gourmet foods. They also have an extensive wine selection. They also have a wonderful cafe, call for hours”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“For a relaxed and healthy lunch/early dinner option, check out the Kitchen. Located in town. "Fast enough asian style food". Always fresh and Local Farm produce. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great food. In the summer, sit outside. Dungeness Crab Enchiladas are amazing. Eshites (roasted corn) also worth it. Make reservations before you set out for Orcas. They fill up weeks in advance”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
“Great pub food menu with some more sophisticated twists. Right off the ferry.”
  • 13 locals recommend

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