Thursday, January 26, 2012

Orcas Island - Revisited

It has been a year since we spent a few days on Orcas Island. We wanted to share again our experience of Orcas Island in the off season…

Cascade Bay Orcas IslandWashington

Orcas Island
Ferry Terminal Anacortes, Washington

Ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island with a stop at Shaw Island, then on to Rosario’s.

Moran Mansion at Rosario
Rosario Resort and Spa***+ 1400 Rosario Road
Eastsound, WA 98245
(360) 376-2222

Music Room at Moran Mansion
Moran Mansion
Moran Mansion at Rosario is like stepping back in time. Built between 1906-1909 by Seattle Shipbuilder and Mayor Robert Moran, the mansion features original photographs from the late 1800's and early 1900's, original furnishings and fixtures, and an extensive display of the ships built by the Moran Brothers Company in Seattle.
Moran Mansion
Rosario Resort's guest rooms are surrounded by beauty of the San Juan Islands with views of East Sound and Cascade Bay on Orcas Island. We stayed in the Bayside Rooms located in the Skagit Building, a short walk from the Moran Mansion and Rosario Marina. Our room featured one king bed with sliding-glass doors that open onto a balcony with island views. The room has a television, small refrigerator, wireless internet (free) coffeemakers and private bathrooms, but no microwave. We enjoyed the room very much. The room was serviced daily even though we did not leave at the crack of dawn. 
View from our room

After checking in and getting settled it was off to Eastsound, Washington for lunch.
Eastsound is the population center for Orcas Island, the second-most populated and physically largest of the San Juan Islands. Eastsound consists of a few hotels and several restaurants, numerous gift stores, a large downtown grocery store, natural food store, hardware store, pharmacy, airport, and several churches. There is a public park that hosts events including the farmers market.

Lower Tavern Eastsound Orcas Island
We choose to have lunch at Lower Tavern, were they say they has “The Best Hamburger on the Island” you know what? It may be! It was the best we have had in a long time. Those fries were dynamite…

Lower Tavern**+
46 Prune Alley
Eastsound, WA 98245

Cheeseburger and Fries at Lower Tavern Eastsound
The Madrona Bar & Grill***+ 310 Main Street, Ste. 105
PO Box 127
Eastsound, WA 98245

The Madrona Bar and Gril

Madrona Bar and Grill Eastsound, Washington
View from Madrona Bar and Grill

The Bar at Madrona Bar and Grill
The Restaurant at Madrona Bar and Grill
Dinner was at The Madrona Bar and Grill where we started of with Bruschetta**+, Flat Iron steak****, with Blue Cheese, Potatoes Confit and Sliced Tomatoes and Coho Grilled Salmon****, with Roasted Yams, Broccolini.

Bruschetta - The Madrona Bar and Grill
Iron steak, with Blue Cheese, Potatoes Confit and Sliced Tomatoes - The Madrona Bar and Grill
Salmon, with Roasted Yams, Broccolini - The Madrona Bar and Grill 
The Madrona Bar and Grill
Then off to fine some place for an after dinner drink. We found a place next door called Vern’s Bayside Restaurant, we choose the Lounge…

Vern's Bayside Lounge **+
246 Main Street
Eastsound, WA 98245

Bayside Restaurant Eastsound Orcas Island

Vern’s Bayside Restaurant Eastsound Orcas Island  
Day Two – Orcas Island

Mia’s Eastsound, Washington
Mia’s Eastsound, Washington
Eastsound Square
109 North Beach Road #A2
Eastsound, WA 98245

Hot Cabana Sandwich - Mia’s EastsoundWashington
Lunch time, we found a place called Mia’s. It’s a small breakfast and lunch only cafe. What a great place! The serves was right on and the sandwiches, very delicious. We both had the Hot Cabana Sandwich***+ on a baguette, with Ham, Salami, Jarlsberg, Kocher dill, mustard and coleslaw. Great use of coarse ground mustard, on the sandwich and in the coleslaw. 

After lunch we visited Kathryn Taylor Chocolates to fine some Artisan chocolate to with our wine. Kathryn Taylor Chocolates is an intimate space with quiet corners enjoy an elegant desserts os baked goods, coffee, espresso, chocolates or teas.

Kathryn Taylor Chocolates - Eastsound Washington
Kathryn Taylor Chocolates***
109 N Beach Rd, Suite D101
Eastsound Village Square
Eastsound, WA 98245

Chimayo Restaurant, Eastsound Washington
Chimayo Restaurant****
Our House Mall
North Beach Road
Eastsound, WA 98245

Chimayo Restaurant, Eastsound Washington
Diner time found us at Chimayo. Chimayo’s is an interesting place, Mexican restaurant by day and Italian restaurant by night. We started our meal with a wonderful appetizer of mussels. Cozze Siciliano***+ the mussels were prepared in a tomato base broth with onions, celery with a touch of red pepper flacks. Carrot Ginger Soup*** was next. For the main course we had Lamb Ragu**** Risotto with roasted fresh vegetables and Flank Steak**** Marsala demi glace with risotto and roasted fresh vegetables

Cozze Siciliano - Chimayo Restaurant
Carrot Ginger Soup - Chimayo Restaurant
Lamb Ragu - Chimayo Restaurant
Flank Steak - Chimayo Restaurant
Day Three – Orcas Island

Vern's Bayside Restaurant and Lounge
Restaurant and Lounge**+
246 Main Street
Eastsound, WA 98245

View From Vern's Bayside Restaurant and Lounge
Vern's Bayside Restaurant
Bacon and Eggs - Bayside Restaurant

Fried Clam Strips - Bayside Restaurant
Lunch time on Orcas Island. Today we went to Vern’s Bayside Restaurant, nice decor and what a view. I love breakfast for lunch and since they were still serving breakfast I had their Bacon and Eggs*** with hash browns, they eggs were fresh and cooked perfectly. We also tried their Fried Clam Strips**, they had great portions.

Bilbo's Festivo - Eastsound Washington
Bilbo's Festivo****
310 A Street

Eastsound, WA 98245

Phone: 360-376-4728

Bilbo's Festivo - Eastsound Washington
Bilbo's Festivo - Eastsound Washington
For dinner we tried Bildo’s Festivo. What great decor both outside and in. Bildo’s reminded me of great TexMex restaurant’s in Austin, Texas. They food was the best I have had in the state in some time. We had Chili Relleno****+ stuff with jack cheese, zucchini, chopped Spanish onion, and toasted pine nuts, with Spanish rice and refried beans, the chili was coated in a wonderful tasting coating and Crab Enchiladas*** with seafood sauce, rice and beans. Great place, great food, service was a bit to efficient for a evening meal.

Bilbo's Festivo - Chili Relleno

Bilbo's Festivo - Crab Enchiladas
Day Four – Orcas Island

Orcas Island to Anacortes Ferry

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Luca’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Lake Stevens listening to singer, songwriter and pianist Nikki Schilling

Luca’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Lake Stevens listening to singer, songwriter and pianist Nikki Schilling

We spent a relaxing evening (after our week long snow) at Luca’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Lake Stevens listening to singer, songwriter and pianist Nikki Schilling.

Nikki has a vast repertoire of songs that features soulful jazz classics, new age, classical and pop music. Her arrangements across all genre’s are unique and her voice is reminiscent of jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day and contemporary singer Norah Jones.

Luca’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Lake Stevens - Regina Margherita Pizza
Luca’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Lake Stevens 

Leavenworth Washington - A Slice of Bavaria

Leavenworth Washington - a slice of Bavaria

Leavenworth Washington - a slice of Bavaria

Leavenworth Washington - a slice of Bavaria

München Germany - Bavaria

München Germany - Bavaria