• Doe Bay Resort a great destination year-round for relaxing getaways
• Soaking tubs are filled with water from a well - it is not a natural hot spring
Waterfront land on the southeast side of Orcas Island near the Olga unincorporated community, Doe Bay Resort is a great year-round destination for relaxing getaways, family events, and romantic vacations.
The 57 square miles Orcas Island is one of 743 islands of the San Juan Islands or the San Juan Archipelago in the Salish Sea. The four biggest islands including Orcas, San Juan, Lopez, and Shaw are served by ferry systems. These remote islands with a diverse landscape and extended shoreline offer a variety of outdoor activities and adventures.
Hiking, biking, paddling, kayaking, swimming, beachcombing, and whale watching are popular pastimes here. The San Juan Islands are home of a wide range of festivals and events.
One of the best places to enjoy the marine environment of the Salish Sea is Doe Bay Resort featuring soaking tubs and a sauna. Cold water is pumped out of an artesian well, heated and then piped into the pools. So, be advised, this is not a mineral hot spring rather hot tubs with mineral-free water in the beautiful serene setting of Orcas Island. The water is filtered and exchanged every day. Bathing suits are optional in the pools and sauna.
You can also get a relaxing massage at the wellness center or visit Yoga Studio. Doe Bay Café is well-known for organic food locally growing in Doe Bay Organic Garden and for weekly musical performances.
Doe Bay Resort is open all year long with pricing depending on the season. Guests of the resort can choose from several accommodation types to fit their needs and budget. The resort offers rustic cabins, deluxe cabins, and group cabins as well as yurts and domes.
Orcas Island is a home of the beautiful Moran State Park with five freshwater lakes and its own Mount Constitution. The 5,252-acre park offers a wide range of activities including camping, hiking, swimming, and mountain biking.
Native people of Coast Salish tribes knew of the islands long before the first settlers arrived. The very first settlers who built his homestead in the early 1870s were John Gottleib Viereck and his wife Jennie Kahlan. Later German immigrant Heinrich Legbandt, French Canadian homesteader Peter Morress, Vermont journalist Otis Culver and many more others built houses in the area.
Living in the community, people cleared lands for farms and orchards, constructed a community hall, post office, store, and built a dock at Doe Bay.
In the early 1900s, agriculture played a major role in the economy of the island. It changed in 1922 when the car ferry was built. The islands became a hot touristic spot attracting tourists from the mainland. Hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, bird watching, and nature viewing are just a few activities that drew guests to the islands.
Doe Bay Resort | Facts
Location: 90 miles north of Seattle • Orcas Island • Washington • USA
Amenities: Massage, yoga
Hiking distance: Short
Road Access: Any vehicle and ferry
Directions to Doe Bay Resort & Retreat
- Head north on I-5 to exit 230
- Take exit 230 in Burlington for WA-20
- Continue 20 miles west on WA-20 to Anacortes Ferry Terminal
- Take the ferry to Orcas Island (about one hour); book your reservation online in advance
- From Ferry Dock, take Orcas Road and go 8 miles north to Main Street
- Turn right onto Main Street and drive 1.3 miles to Olga Road
- Turn right onto Olga Road and follow 6.5 miles to Point Lawrence Road
- Turn left onto Point Lawrence Road, drive 3.3 miles to Doe Bay Road and turn left.