Bustling activities at day, sleeping town at night, Eastsound is a quaint, unincorporated community on Orcas Island, the largest island in San Juan County, Washington. Located in the northern coast of the Washington State, Eastsound is home to the largest population centre in Orcas Island. Notable for its noble bed and breakfast inns, hotels, and several restaurants, the Eastsound community never runs out of daily runabouts in the city, and is notably known in the island for its series of community events, recreational activities, and tourism promotions, usually held in the public park. Notable of which is the Stage on the Green, outdoor performances featuring local and non-local artists.
Eastsound’s friendly atmosphere, plus scenic location makes the city a popular tourist destination. Case in point: the Fishing Bay, which was instrumental to staging a farmer’s market along the locals. The scenic view extends beyond Eastsound and encapsulates the beauty of the Orcas Island. Once the day sets in, step out of Eastsound and work your way around the horse-shoe island.
What to see & do
Orcas Island is figuratively and literally, home to the oldest homes. Step inside in one of the six original homestead cabins, which has been in existence since 1870s and 1890s. In turn, the homestead cabins are architecturally linked to the Orcas Island Historical Museum located in the city proper. While in the museum, focus your shift to view the spectacular island artefacts and photographs. Best to visit Eastsound in July, wherein the city hosts an annual Historical Day Fair and Parade, followed by a tour of bed and breakfast historic lodgings in springtime.
The great outdoors is best enjoyed with enjoyable activities. Popular activities include sea kayaking, whale-watching, or a boat tour going to San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands. If you happen to drop by in San Juan Island, take the time to indulge in bird-watching, as San Juan is home to about hundred species of birds. The tour is best enjoyed on a half day the least and multiple days at most, depending on your desire. If you want to have an overview of the Orcas Island, climb atop the Mt Constitution and help yourself to a 360 degree view. Take things further and go on a Magic Air tour to have a bird’s eye view of the island.
Recharge your weary state and have your fill of Eastsound’s best tasting dishes, ranging from Northwest to Southwest cuisine. Variety of choices includes dining with style in a fine diner restaurant, or casually eating in a cosy ambiance. Whatever your choice may be, you will never go wrong with the superb servings of either American, Mexican, south-western Latin cuisines, and fresh seafood. Most importantly, most foods are organic and island-grown. Feast to your heart’s content minus the guilt!
How to get around within Eastsound
Get into Eastsound by landing first in the Orcas Island Airport, located approximately one nautical mile or 1.9 kilometres north of the central business district of the city. You can arrange for a car transfer that will take you to Eastsound.
One of the best ways to see the beauty of Orcas Island is through cycling, which most tourists are inclined to do so. Bikes for rent are available throughout the city. You can also opt to ride the Orcas Island Shuttle, which runs five round trips a day between the ferry landing and Moran State Park, with stops in between to some notable drop-off points. Car rental is also an option.
How to get there
You may get into the Eastsound via Orcas Island Airport. The airport serves flights to and from Seattle, Boeing Field, Anacortes, Bellingham, and Friday Harbor.
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