The beauty and tranquility of the San Juan Islands is undoubtedly some of the best Washington State has to offer, and is the perfect place to enjoy some quality relaxation.
As the largest island with an abundance of places to visit - especially in the form of incredible national parks - picturesque Orcas Island is especially well-suited for a getaway. Tucked away on the eastern end of the island, our vacation rentals in the town of Olga provide a perfect home base for your next trip to the area!
Originally founded in 1860, the town of Olga was named for the mother of the first storekeeper in the area. The town has stuck to its low-key, homespun roots, with a relaxing, charming sense of Americana in its atmosphere. One of the main attractions in town is the historic Olga Cafe, which offers delicious snacks and drinks, as well as easy access to Orcas Island Artworks right next door. There, you can enjoy the island's finest paintings, jewelry, and pottery. Don't forget to take in some ocean air on the public dock before heading back to your cozy vacation rental!
One of the best parts of Olga is its location - your vacation rental is just a few miles south of the incredible Moran State Park! Immerse yourself in the island's natural beauty with a night of camping under the starry skies. You can also work up a sweat - and take in more natural wonders - with one of several fantastic hiking trails, or try swimming in Cascade Lake or Mountain Lake.
The centerpiece of the park is Mount Constitution, which boasts a stone-crafted observation tower at its summit with the most stunning panoramic views of the San Juan Islands. On clear days, you can even see Canada! Don't leave your camera at home for this one.
After a day of fun exploring the natural wonders of Orcas Island, nothing is as satisfying as a delicious bite to eat. Fortunately, the nearby town of Eastsound has you covered! The largest population center on the island, Eastsound boasts a wide selection of restaurants, as well as plenty of gift shops for picking up that perfect souvenir. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities to try, from whale-watching and kayaking tours to the hands-on science exhibits of the Funhouse Commons, as well as the Orcas Island Historical Museum in the center of town.
To venture elsewhere, you'll need to take a boat. Head to the Orcas Village ferry landing to visit the sleepy town of Lopez Island, the hustle and bustle of San Juan Island, and even the sights and sounds of Anacortes. They're all just a ferry ride away!
A vacation to the San Juans is the perfect way to de-stress, with a relaxing atmosphere and some of the most stunning locations in the Pacific Northwest to explore. Our vacation rentals in Olga have easy access to both!
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