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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.
New American Restaurant
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“Amazing food and service. Intimate restaurant. Great seasonal dining on patio. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Lodging
“If you are adventurous enough to drive out there, go for it. Island sourced menu including produce grown on site, live music and Thursday open-mic night. In the old days Doe Bay was a hippie hang out known for its clothing optional hot tubs. Today its been revamped to appeal to the hipster set . Extra points for the Coachella wannabe "Doe Bay Fest" held every August. Doe Bay retains its funky charm and yes, still has the hot tubs. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gourmet pizza made with island grown ingredients. Creative menu from James Beard nominee, Jay Blackington.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“No frills cafe popular with locals. Decent coffee, bites, plenty of tables and Wifi. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“If you're a beast, do the Mount Constitution trail. It's 8 miles of incline, but again, the views are breath taking, especially on a clear day. If you're not up for the task, drive up and see the summit. It's worth it.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“A wonderful little museum made up of old log cabins that have been brought together from their orginal sites. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Easy day trip to the San Juan islands! Catch a ferry with your car or bike and go explore the islands. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The highest point in all of the San Juan Islands. On a clear day you can see 3 mountain ranges, hundreds of islands, and a big portion of Puget sound. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Orcas Center has on going art displays that change monthy to visit at no charge. Check their website for current productions. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wonderful organic cafe/fresh juices/homemade bagels/rice bowls/ delish! Great value! Favorite for lunch or Saturday breakfast..”
  • 8 locals recommend
Trail
“The hiking is great, and the views are fabulous. I love making a loop hike. Take a picture of the trail map at the parking lot, so you have an easy reference and guide.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Theatre
“Great plays, local artists, and streaming of high quality productions from larger cities. There is always something going on at the theater! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place to shop
“People always ask, "where is the best place for seafood?" Well, the answer is complicated...the once pristine Salish Sea is not as healthy as it used to be (pollution is at hazardous levels) and overfishing has taken its toll. That "wild" salmon featured in restaurants and stores is probably from Alaska. Farmed shellfish however is happening at Buck Bay. Oysters are a favorite. Eat in or take home. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Museum
“This sweet little museum gives visitors lots of information about our most iconic residents”
  • 5 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“An America's Cup contender, you will throughly enjoy the skillful talent of the Captain and Crew on this fun adventure. The sunset cruise is the most popular.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“Must see. Pottery studio and whimsical garden overlooking the water. They have been making pottery on Orcas for three generations. ”
  • 8 locals recommend