Washington state's San Juan Islands are getting increasingly popular locally, nationally and internationally as hotspot travel destinations, and each offers a unique experience that lets the island's varied personalities shine through. Orcas Island is the largest, and second-most populous of the San Juans, and takes about a 90 minutes drive and one hour ferry to arrive at from Seattle.
Once there, here are our favorite spots for good coffee, wine and a plate of locally grown food.
Girl Meets Dirt
208 Enchanted Forest Rd, Eastsound, WA 98245
The name may be puzzling- but founder Audra Lawlor gets her hands dirty in an effort to preserve Pink Pearl apples and Orcas pears planted in the late 1800s (and then abandoned in the early 1900s when fruit from Wenatchee and Yakima began coming to market). The result is a variety of cutting and spoon preserves made from fruit of the 100-year-old Orcas orchards, bottled in in copper pots and in small batches. Some of their favorites are the Pink Bartlett Cutting Preserve, the Shiro Plum with Mint Spoon Preserve and if you are lucky the limited edition Fig Bay Preserve. You can stock up on tree bitters and apple shrubs handy for your cocktail nights.
Wild Island Restaurant and Juice Bar
18 Urner Street, Eastsound, WA 9824
For fresh vegetarian and vegan foods, Wild Island will nourish and satisfy your healthy palate. Go for the avocado or hummus toast, the Kale Sesame rice bowl, and the Choco Hazelnut Power Up smoothie. Golden Lattes made with superfoods are also available, and the lovely spot situated just a few blocks away from the main Eastsound commercial area is very popular during lunch hours- so expect a long line! Grab your plate, sit at the outdoor tables and enjoy the clean marine air, and the summer laughter of vacationers.