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Orcas 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 Orcas Island Lit Fest, you can feast on farm-to-table food inspired by James Beard nominees, kayak in the Puget Sound, climb Mount Constitution, and hike from Cascade Lake to majestic waterfalls. And as if all that weren’t tempting enough—your OILF ticket unlocks discounts to some of the island’s best places to dine, drink, and rest.


On Orcas Island, world-renowned sculptors, ceramicists, painters, culinary artists, textile artists, jewelry designers, and more have set up shop to share their beautiful work with locals and visitors alike. It’s well worth your time to explore the creations of these artisans.



During your visit to our small slice of heaven, enjoy exceptional cuisine inspired by James Beard–nominated and nationally lauded chefs committed to food excellence, humanely raised livestock and sustainable food sourcing.



Orcas Island cafés serve up some of the best coffee and pastries you’ll find anywhere. And be sure to stop by our unique bars and taverns for beer, wine, and spirits—especially during the OILF Lit Walk on Friday evening, when some of these fine establishments will offer wine tastings (Hello, Doe Bay Wine Co.) and literary-themed cocktails (Thank you to the Barnacle).


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