the island

Known as the gem of the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island is a magical place that is home to writers, artists, farmers, soaring bald eagles, resident orca pods, deer, and more than 250 species of birds. It's also the perfect place to read, relax and revive. While attending the literary festival, you can also feast on Farm to Table and Seed To Table food inspired by James Beard-nominated chefs; kayak in the Puget Sound; climb Mount Constitution; and hike from Cascade Lake to one of our majestic waterfalls.

 
 

James beard recognized restaurants

farm to table fare

 
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feast on farm to table FARE

Feast on Farm to Table and Seed to Table cuisine inspired by James Beard-nominated and nationally lauded chefs, committed to food excellence, humanely-raised livestock and sustainable food sourcing. 

 
 
 

 

 

LIBATIONS

 
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COFFEE, TEA, SPIRITS + more

Orcas Island coffee shops serve up some of the best coffee and pastries you'll find anywhere. We are also home to some unique bars and taverns, serving up beer, wine and spirits. Some of these you'll find on our Lit Walk on Friday evening of the festival, offering wine tastings (Hello, Doe Bay Wine co.) and serving up literary-themed cocktails (Thank you, The Barnacle).

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 
 

 

RELAX + REVIVE

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PERFECT WEEKEND RETREATS

Orcas Island is home to inns and hotels located on some of the most stunning properties in our region, many with majestic views of Puget Sound, snow-capped Mount Baker, emerald coves and surrounding islands. When you purchase your ticket, you will be given a promo code to use at our favorite lodging spots on the island.

 
 

meet Artisans

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AN ISLAND OF ARTISANS

Orcas Island is home to world-renowned sculptors, ceramicists, painters, culinary artists, textile artists, jewelry designers and more. It's well worth the time to explore the work of these artisans.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Orcas Island Artworks
  • Felt + Ceramics
  • Orcas Island Pottery
  • Anthony Howe Sculptures
  • Crow Valley Pottery