Our Island Crush of the Month: Orcas Island
Camp luxuriously on Washington's rugged offshore gem.
There are plenty of civilized ways to take advantage of the towering firs, steep ridges, and pristine beaches that belong to this fat horseshoe of an island in the San Juan archipelago. But none captures Orcas Island's particular call of the wild like a commodious canvas tent—with a duvet-mounded queen-size bed, among other creature comforts—care of LEANTO, masters of the Pacific Northwest glamping fantasy. From camp in Moran State Park, you can hike 38 miles of trails, paddle freshwater lakes, rent sea kayaks, or hop aboard a charter to scout local salt waters for orcas. Then again, you can also unpack that unread novel—no dependable cell service to ruin the vibe—settle into your Adirondack chair, and ponder a campfire s'mores session.
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LEANTO's five glampsites are open mid-April through September 30. Food is not served, but guests can book a camp stove and dishware kits. Rates start at $250 for two nights.
What to Pack
Orcas Island's location in a rain shadow means more sunny days than you might assume, but it's still important to be prepared. For hanging out in camp or forays into town, play it smart—and stylish—with soft-adventure pieces that will keep you warm and dry during cooler fall days.