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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.

Park
“Yeah, this is a must see. Moran State Park is the gem of Orcas Island. Hiking & bike trails, horseback riding, waterfalls, two lakes...and Mt. Constitution- the highest peak in the San Juan Islands. Drive up and admire the view then take a walk around Cascade lake. Swim in the summer. Play area for kids and plenty of picnic spots. Daily fee to park or use your Discover Pass.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Cozy. Hip. Fun. Nice drinks. Try the meat and cheese boards. Singing bartenders (on occasion) . ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The most entertaining corner in Eastsound. Bakery, sandwiches and expensive coffee. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Roses Bakery is also further north on Prune Alley and has amazing bread, cheeses, olives and cured meats as well as other gourmet foods. They also have an extensive wine selection. They also have a wonderful cafe, call for hours”
  • 22 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a must-see on South Pender Island. Access is through Canal Road to South Pender via the one-way bridge. The hike is steep but short, about 1.0 Km, but the views at the 800' lookout point are amazing.”
  • 9 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“This is a beautiful place for a short walk by the water, a picnic area or to sit and wait for the whales. Bring a guitar, a game or just a friend and enjoy the view from tables or just sit on the rocks. Bring an extra blanket just Incase it’s windy and it’s a beautiful place to watch the sun set too.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Food
“This award-winning vineyard is located right on North Pender Island. There is a wine-tasting bar, and seasonal market (summer time) as well as live music and art show - check the website for updates. Wine selection is fantastic and served at many high-end restaurants both on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland, Vancouver.”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“New Leaf Cafe is a French inspired restaurant, but keeps the food honest. In the Outlook Inn but don’t think of it as a hotel restaurant. Reservations encouraged. Light-filled with bay views serving seasonal French breakfast & dinner fare.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Route
“Enjoy the views towards the San Juans (the Gulf Islands of the United States), or just sit on the beach where no one will bother you.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
  • 4 locals recommend
Hotel
“Inn at Ship’s Bay, which is not in town, but located at 326 Olga Road on the way to Moran State Park.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“nice little hike uphill, rewarded with an amazing view over the San Juan islands”
  • 3 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Burgers are good. Prawn basket. This is a local tavern. So locals. Not too fancy but good beer, screens for sports and decent food.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Enchanted Forest is located on South Pender, on Spalding Road. The forest is labeled with many factual signs, which blend into the surroundings.”
  • 1 local recommends
Health Food Store
“Orcas Food Coop is a health food store with great seafood and organic produce. It is across the street from Island Market”
  • 16 locals recommend
Hotel
“I love the bar aka "The Mansion". The mansion was the home built by Ship builder Robert Moran, the former mayor of Seattle, responsible for re-building the city after the "great fire" of 1889. He donated the property which is now Moran State Park. The spa is downstairs from the bar and offers full spa treatments and the use of an indoor pool . Visit the mansion and drink in the history of the island..”
  • 16 locals recommend