Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, near Olga, on Orcas Island.
Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga, Orcas Island; www.doebay.com or 360-376-2291.
Rates: $45-55 (depending on season) for campsites or hostel beds, $80-$90 for one-bed cabin spaces with no plumbing, $85-$120 for yurts, $125-$165 for the one-bedroom/half-bath Little House (which we rented), up to $500-$650 for the Retreat House, which sleeps 18. Two-night minimum for advance bookings.
Pros: Remote location on lovely cove with a wide view of Rosario Strait. Old-school combines with New Age. Bonfires and stargazing. Skinny-dip soaking tubs (nicely renovated) if you like. Cozy cafe with some of the island’s best food from the resort’s organic garden. Hike up Mount Constitution or sip coffee from a chair by the shore. Even a yoga studio with a view. The place is well-run by people who seem happy to be there.
Cons: Sparse creature comforts for the cost. Many accommodations require a walk to a shared bathhouse. Far from town and shops, if town is what you like.
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Would we stay there again? Yes, for the setting, the good food and the good feelings.
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— Brian J. Cantwell, The Seattle Times
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