Hi! We're Todd & Lori, owners of Orcas Island Getaway, two great vacation rentals on Orcas Island in Washington's beautiful San Juan Islands.
Our Orcas Island story
We fell in love with Orcas Island many years ago after a weekend getaway and have been drawn to its magical charm ever since. If you've ever visited the San Juan Islands, you probably know exactly what we felt.
When we decided to find a home on Orcas Island, we made few to trips over the course of about a year trying to find the right place for our "weekend escape from city life".
The home we found was on the perfect size for what we were looking for. A great layout with 2 bedrooms on opposite sides of the home, privacy with a .75 acre lot and tons of beautiful evergreen trees, and a location with convenience to town and Moran State Park. It met all of our needs, and our vision of what the home 'could be' with some sweat equity was readily apparent to us.
We closed on the home on Valentine's Day 2014, and we spent the better part of 6 months remodeling and updating everything in the home over long weekends and vacation days. From all new flooring and paint, granite counters in the kitchen, updated lighting and completely remodeled bathrooms, our goals was to create a comfortable environment with more contemporary tastes.
How we started a vacation rental:
Although it was a lot of work, we truly enjoyed transforming the house into a home. It was a special place we looked forward to visiting anytime we could, and welcomed friends and family as often as possible. We chose to offer the home as a vacation rental as a way to help offset the costs of the home, but also a way to enable others looking to explore the island a quality home they could relax in at the end of a day full of exploring.
Our move to full-time islanders:
Having a vacation rental property on Orcas Island was a dream come true. Being able to 'escape' the city as well as sharing with others was and is fulfilling. We were honored to have so many positive comments from guests choosing our home to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons and family vacations. We beam with pride hearing how much guests enjoy the home and appreciate the thought and attention we've put into making their experience memorable. But, the popularity of the home as a vacation rental also restricted our visits to a place we well in love with.
We quickly realized how much we missed visiting the island, but also enjoyed the benefits of hosting a vacation rental. We knew we wanted to live on the island full-time to enjoy its beauty! So, in the summer of 2015, we took a leap of faith and sold our home in the Seattle area, purchased another property on Orcas Island, and we now live on the island year-round while offering Orcas Island Getaway as a vacation rental for others to continue to enjoy.
Our newest addition: Orcas Island Getaway @ Rosario
In November 2017, we had the fortunate opportunity to add another property to the Orcas Island Getaway family with the purchase of a newly constructed Northwest contemporary home in the Rosario resort community near Moran State Park. We are now referring to both properties as Orcas Island Getaway, but each with its location at the end for guests to identify.
- Orcas Island Getaway @ Bracken Fern (2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,300 sq. ft.)
- Orcas Island Getaway @ Rosario (3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 2,200 sq. ft.)
We pride ourselves in offering extremely clean, well maintained and user-friendly vacation rentals helping visitors experience the beauty of the islands while offering a relaxing home away from home during their stay.
We hope to have a chance to welcome you to one of the Orcas Island Getaway properties soon.
Todd & Lori