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Check out the panoramic view from the highest point in the San Juan Islands
With a total area of 58 square miles, Orcas is the largest island in the San Juans. Eastsound is the commercial center of the island. Grab a latte and wander around town, pick up a book from Darvill’s Bookstore and head to the beach or enjoy a gourmet meal at Rose’s Bakery & Café.
Art is a huge draw for visitors, and the hamlet of Olga is hub for all things artsy. Olga features an artists’ co-op, with more than 45 artists exhibiting an extensive selection of art glass, painting, jewelry, pottery and more. The co-op is housed in a historic strawberry cannery building alongside the popular Café Olga.
Orcas has plenty of adventures to choose from. Take a dinner cruise, go sailing or rent a kayak for a paddle in the waters off the island. On land, rent a bike or moped to get around. An absolute must is a trip to the top of Mt. Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juans. The drive takes a good 20 minutes, but if you’re more ambitious, you can bike or hike. Mt. Constitution is just one highlight of the 5,000-acre Moran State Park, the largest park in the San Juans.
For those with a fondness for the nautical, look no further than Deer Harbor on the western arm of the Island. Deer Harbor is home to kayak rentals, whale and wildlife viewing tours, sailing excursions, power and sailboat rentals, and the well-known Marina Barge Gift Shop. Deer Harbor also has its own collection of eateries, lodgings and its very own wood sculptor’s studio.
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Things to do on Orcas Island: Hike or drive to the top of Mt. Constitution in Moran State Park for panoramic views from the highest point in the San Juans. Take a self-guided tour of the Moran museum at Rosario Resort, an early-1900s mansion built by shipbuilder Robert Moran.