The Resort at Deer Harbor - Orcas Island, Washington

Two- or Three-Night Stay at The Resort at Deer Harbor on Orcas Island, Washington

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Cozy Lodgings on Woodlands at Washington’s San Juan Islands

The San Juan Islands are a 172-island archipelago near Washington’s northern coast, an area known for its shoreline parks and abundant wildlife. Its largest island, Orcas Island, feels like an enchanting storybook destination with verdant hillsides, old-growth forests, and glittering bays frequented by orca whales. It’s here, tucked amid 11 peaceful, wooded acres on a bluff overlooking Deer Harbor Marina, that you’ll find the Resort at Deer Harbor, which pairs the island’s intimate seclusion with homey comforts.

Each of the resort’s secluded cottages and suites features a private deck with a hot tub, and some look out onto the harbor or the surrounding evergreens. The roomy waterfront suite’s A-frame cottage resembles a log cabin with wooden walls and exposed wooden beams. On brisk nights, you can rent a DVD from the resort’s library and warm up next to an in-room fireplace (in most cabins).

In the morning, enjoy a complimentary breakfast with hard-boiled eggs, bagels, maple bars, and cinnamon rolls topped with homemade icing. The innkeeper can also add gluten-free items on request. After breakfast, you can take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool or walk down to the marina to arrange sea kayak treks or hop on whale-watching tours to catch a glimpse of native orca whales.

Orcas Island, Washington: Whale Watching and Scuba Diving near Artsy Hamlets

The largest of Washington's San Juan Islands is Orcas Island, nicknamed the "emerald isle" for its douglas firs, rolling hills, and waterfalls. While scuba diving in the island's bays, you might spot sea anemones, eel, and sunflower starfish—massive starfish that can have more than 20 arms. Between the months of March and October, you can take whale-watching tours to see native birds, seals, and pods of resident orca whales rehearsing the musical version of Moby-Dick.

It's worth it to take a scenic 20-minute drive east to the island's artsy Eastsound village. There’s no official mayor of this cozy hamlet, although cows, sheep, and dogs have all held honorable mayoral office here in the past. The village is home to a number of art galleries and studios, and in the summer, local artists often display their pottery, paintings, and eclectic crafts outside, and musicians play live music at the weekly farmers' market. You can also visit the Orcas Island Historical Museum, a cluster of 19th-century cabins that house photos and artifacts chronicling the island's rich past.

Even farther east, at Moran Park, you can hike, bike, or ride horseback along 30 miles of wooded trails. To reach the archipelago’s highest point, climb Mount Constitution, known for postcard-worthy views of the surrounding islands and landmarks as far away as Mount Rainier.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

Two-night stay

  • $139 for two in a junior waterfront or historical suite
  • $169 for two in a deluxe cottage
  • $169 for four in a hillside suite or two in a garden suite
  • $199 for five in a waterfront suite or for six in a grand suite

Three-night stay

  • $199 for two in a junior waterfront or historical suite
  • $249 for two in a deluxe cottage
  • $229 for four in a hillside suite or two in a garden suite
  • $299 for five in a waterfront suite or for six in a grand suite

Book by: 9/21/12
Travel by: 12/31/12

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Barbecue area
  • Seasonal outdoor swimming pool
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Free wireless Internet in lobby
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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 9/21/12 or promotional value expires
  • Must complete travel by 12/31/12
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Subject to availability
  • 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 9.8% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms:

  • Satellite TV
  • Private deck with hot tub

Deluxe Cottage, Junior Waterfront Suite, or Historical Suite

  • King or queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional guests may be added.

Garden Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional guests may be added.

Hillside Suite

  • Two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional guests may be added.

Waterfront Suite

  • Queen bed and rollaway
  • Standard occupancy: 5
  • Maximum occupancy: 5
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional guests may be added.

Grand Suite

  • Queen, twin, and rollaway bed
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 6
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional guests may be added.

See the hotel’s index for more information on individual rooms.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: available for an additional $35 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Two-night stay

  • $139 for two in a junior waterfront or historical suite (up to a $318 value)
  • $169 for two in a deluxe cottage (up to a $358 value)
  • $169 for four in a hillside suite or two in a garden suite (up to a $338 value)
  • $199 for five in a waterfront suite or for six in a grand suite (up to a $398 value)

Three-night stay

  • $199 for two in a junior waterfront or historical suite (up to a $477 value)
  • $249 for two in a deluxe cottage (up to a $537 value)
  • $229 for four in a hillside suite or two in a garden suite (up to a $507 value)
  • $299 for five in a waterfront suite or for six in a grand suite (up to a $597 value)

Book by: 9/21/12
Travel by: 12/31/12

Getting There

  • By seaplane: nearby Deer Harbor Seaplane Airport (DHB)
  • By boat: Washington State ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island

Traveler's Tips

  • The hotel does not permit pets, but there are kennels available on the island.

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