I am dreaming of an Orcas Island Summer getaway. In early September, Kristian and I did a little end or Summer hoorah in the gorgeous San Juan Islands. We started our adventure by driving from Bend, through the Mount Hood National Forest, made a pit stop in Portland for lunch and then headed up to the beautiful state of Washington. We spent a couple of days in Seattle, eating our way through the city. I also attended a fabulous workshop by the lovely Aran of Cannelle Vanille. After filling our bellies with great food and finding enough inspiration to last us an entire year, we headed to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands for a bit of solitude and relaxation. OI holds a particular place in my heart as it is where I went to sleep-away camp as a youngin'. Its beauty truly shines through in its local vibes and preserved nature. We took the ferry over, which was one of my favorite parts of the trip. We drove our car off the boat and were immediately smitten with the cute local dock and gorgeous views of the the harbor. We drove over to the old camp gates (I still remember the little song that we were taught to remember the address of the camp...), which I sang cheerfully as we arrived. After a nice visit, we headed to the garden cottage that we would be staying in.
Kristiand and I are obsessed with Airbnb and often book stays through the company for our adventures. We were greeted by a lovely woman named Margaret; her house was nothing short of amazing. There was a huge garden, filled with fruit trees, herb bushes and gorgeous flowers. Also chickens! It was like a rustic Martha Stewart stay, equipt with an outdoor kitchen and a comfy lofted bed in a small little cottage, nicknamed "the garden nest." We spent the majority of our days on the Island adventuring, cooking and enjoying Margaret's garden. I couldn't help to share this joyous summer trip on one of the darkest and rainiest days of the Pacific Northwest winter. Oh how I am yearning for sunshine, warmth and summer flowers.