Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast of Orcas Island

100 Tomihi Drive P.O. Box 1540, Orcas Island, Washington 98245
Innkeeper(s): Carl & Susan Silvernail
 
  • Introduction

    Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast of Orcas Island- Eastsound-Orcas Island, WashingtonOtters Pond Bed and Breakfast on Orcas Island is a 1st class B&B lodging in the pristine San Juan Islands of Washington State. A perfect B&B inn for a romantic getaway! We are located on the eastern side of Orcas Island close to Moran State Park at the base of Mt. Constitution. The property is a protected wetland and special retreat for birds, birders and Orcas Island wildlife. There are lots of activities on Orcas Island: Orca whale watching, kayaking, hiking, sailing, nature walks, fabulous art studios and culinary arts and yes photographing the sheer beauty of Orcas Island!

    We are Carl and Susan Silvernail, owners and innkeepers and we personally manage Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast as an adult retreat; a place of respite and serenity. We are committed to providing a relaxed, tranquil setting. Our Island offers spectacular natural beauty and a community enjoying the varied activities of northwest living. We network with restaurants, kayak and bicycle outfitters, naturalists, artists and others to provide you with information and services that will make your stay memorable.

    Sumptuous-breakfast seating can be on the pond-side deck or in the dining room as you choose. We specialize in gourmet breakfasts featuring delectable food products of our island region. Special consideration for dietary needs. is part of our attention to detail so please let us know your special needs when you make reservations

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Carl and Susan Silvernail for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    We are renowned for our location as a birding sanctuary, our close proximity to Moran State Park, our distinctive breakfasts and our helpful concierge services.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    We are best known for several reasons: Five course, sumptuous breakfasts, helpful services and spectacular location. We are uniquely located—not another B&B on the east side of Orcas Island and convenient to everything.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    The natural beauty of Orcas Island.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "Feels like a friend’s home and smells like Christmas”

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Fabulous Orca whale watching

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Day 1 is usually a travel day by ferry to Orcas Island. Have lunch in Eastsound and walk the town and village shops or take a beautiful drive thru Moran State Park to the Café Olga which shares the building with “Artworks”, an art cooperative. Drive to the top of Mt. Constitution for the spectacular view. If time permits take a short walk down to the waterfall. Then check in with us between 3 and 6PM. Take time to relax with a good book or enjoy our library, sit on the deck for bird watching entertainment and enjoy our beautiful hot tub overlooking the pond.

    Day 2 is perfect for whale watching or sea kayaking (allow 5 hours in the afternoon). Be sure to make reservations well in advance, especially in June, July, August, and September and holiday weekends. Explore Orcas Island, which is a nationally designated scenic by-way. Drive thru Crow Valley, around Turtleback Mt. and beside beautiful coastline to Deer Harbor. Stop along at the Howe Art Gallery, a fantastic acre of kinetic sculpture, Orcas Island Pottery and Crow Valley Pottery.

    Day 3 There are over 50 miles of trails in Moran State Park, you can hike up the mountain or around pristine lakes. A shorter walk in Obstruction Pass State Park leads you to a beautiful little beach of washed rocks. For the hardiest of hikers there are trails less traveled up Turtleback Mt., a beautiful preserve saved from development by the Orcas Island community and other generous donors who love this island. Picnic in the park or dine at our wonderful array of restaurants.

    Day 4-5 The Orcas Island Historical Museum is a big surprise to have on a small island. The Lambiel Museum is a not-to-be-missed experience for art lovers, a personal tour for small groups by appointment only. Or, there are other islands to explore by day- tripping to San Juan Island and/or Lopez Island. For guests who enjoy bicycling, you can rent bicycles on Orcas, or take your car and/or bicycle aboard the interisland ferry.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Moran State Park and Rosario Mansion and resort/historical property.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    For a small island we have the best dining you can imagine –sea food and northwest style along with foods of Spain, Mexico and Italy.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Visitsanjuans.com, orcasislandchamber.com and our website.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    Six.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets but we can refer to a wonderful kennel.

  • Inn Offerings

    • Friendly, knowledgeable hosts
    • Natural wooded setting on noted birding pond
    • French-country contemporary cedar home - a Monet painting as a setting
    • Sumptuous, five-course, gourmet breakfast
    • Quiet location
    • Selected by prestigious Karen Brown's Guides 2008 edition as the best value in the Pacific Northwest
    • A healthy, smoking-free environment - no tobacco smoking permitted on the property
    • Moran State Park lakes, hiking trails and Mt. Constitution within easy walking distance
    • Shops and dining conveniently distant-easy access
    • Decks and garden paths
    • Private, enclosed therapeutic hot tub
    • Comfortably elegant rooms all with private bath, really comfortable beds, beautiful robes, house slippers, good reading lights, ceiling fans
    • Free wireless internet access plus complimentary computer for guest access to email
    • Charter member of the Orcas Island Lodging Association assuring helpful concierge services
    • A B&B that truly cares for the environment, recycling, preserving "green"!
    • Independently inspected and approved by the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild
    • The leading American automobile club and highest ratings by reliable travel publications
  • Travel Tips

    Time on Orcas Island

    We love to travel and the way we would want to see Orcas Island and the San Juans is to establish a base and use the convenient and expedicious ferry system to see the other islands---whether you stay with us or not (of course we hope you will stay with us!!). A three to four- day stay is an optimum length of stay (two nights minimum to have one full day) allowing either two or three full days to relax and see and do most of Island's offerings. We offer this advice also based on the comments you will see in our guestbooks.

    To Orcas Island by Washington State Ferry From Anacortes, WA

    The ferry service from Anacortes to Orcas Island is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Ferry lines: Summertime is busy, plan 2 + hours in advance for afternoon and early evening departures June through September. Tickets may be purchased on-line not more than 7 days in advance; it is not a reservation, but may expedite your clearing the waiting lines.

    To Orcas Island by Air from Seattle

    Kenmore Air flies in by seaplane to the Rosario marina, just a mile from our B&B. This is a fabulous and affordable way to get here. We partner with Kenmore Air to offer periodic discounted rates.

    Rental cars are available by reservation with Orcas Island Shuttle.

    Breakfast at Otters Pond

    Otters Pond B&B's sumptuous multi-course breakfast is served at 9:00AM.  Please keep that in mind when scheduling early activities. If you must make an early departure, coffee/tea to go are available.

    Relying on Your Bicycle?

    Otters Pond is approximately 20 minutes from the ferry landing and a few hundred yards from Moran State Park. The closest restaurants are 3 miles away, a challenging up-hill climb if arriving by bicycle.  Other forms of island transportation are the Orcas Island Shuttle from late June-Labor Day, a Taxi and hitchhiking.

    Performing Arts

    Orcas Center has fantastic year round performing and visual arts events featuring local and visiting artists most weekends. Please see our useful links page for activities, restaurants and additional information.

    Weather and Clothing

    Pack light! Orcas Island is a place where casual attire rules. Comfortable sportswear is all you will need. Think layers---with a light rain parka included. Summers are warm (temp. range 68-80 degrees F with very little rain---80 to 85F are considered hot days here). Spring and Fall are mild (45-65F with rain not so predictable and generally not lasting more than a few hours intermittently---again, we advise clothing layers). Winters are quiet and beautifully cold (30-50F) with some snow and pond freezing. For hiking and general browsing, good, all-purpose trail shoes (low-cut casual hiker or cross-trainer) are fine all-around.