Orcas Island, WA (2010 pop. 5,200) is the largest of the San Juan Islands. Its horseshoe shape provides an expansive and varied shoreline. With a charming and relaxed lifestyle, the island offers a wide range of activities both indoors and out.
Getting there: Washington State Ferry (dock at Orcas Village), airplane or seaplane, water taxi, or boat. Deer Harbor has a full-service marina.
Things to do: Hike up Mt. Constitution or on a beach for breathtaking views; watch whales; golf; island tours; sailing tours; rent a boat, a bike, a moped, a kayak, or a horse. There are also day spas, museums, galleries and wonderful dining and shopping venues.
Lodging: Romantic bed & breakfasts, guest cottages, vacation home rentals, hotels, inns, lodges, resorts and suites.