Otters Pond B&B of Orcas Island

100 Tomihi Dr. , Eastsound, WA 98245 USA (Show map)


Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast of Orcas Island is an intimate B&B adult environment dedicated to satisfying Island guests in the midst of one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the worldThe five-room Bed and Breakfast residence is situated on six acres of woodland and adjoins a wonderful birders paradise---Otters Pond. From the upper floor bedrooms you can see ducks, geese, herons, kingfishers, swans and bald eagles. Black tail deer abound. The Pond hugs our rear sunny deck where you may become mesmerized by natures display while you enjoy a five course gourmet breakfast or just lay back with a bottle of spring water and a good book. Rooms are delightfully decorated in an elegant yet uncluttered northwest contemporary style with skylights and open airiness that yields views of the woodland and pond at almost every turn. Built four years ago the French country style, cedar home is private and cozy. The front porch is a great place to enjoy the woodland views and even have your first cup of coffee and breakfast too. Otters Pond Bed and Breakfast is a place where you will discover the spirit of Orcas Island an



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness5
  • Onsite Dining4.8

I can't wait for my next visit

5 on April 15, 2011

I travel a lot; preferring to stay in B&B's when I can. I recently was in Seattle and decided to visit Orcas Island and stay at Otters Pond B&B. Sue & Carl were the most charming hosts. They were so helpful answering all of my questions regarding their island, restaurants, shopping, walks, sunset views; etc. Sue is a fabulous cook. I rank her 5 course breakfasts at the top on my list of B & B breakfasts. I stayed in their Swan Room that had an outstanding view of the 20 acre pond that is in their back yard. Sleeping in the bed was like sleeping on a cloud. I would highly recommend this B&B for a delightful experience... I can't wait for my next visit. Thank you Sue & Carl

Lovely place, delicious breakfast, a little "sterile"

3.8 on November 24, 2010

The Otters Pond B&B is a lovely location and a beautifully kept B&B. The breakfast was delicious and Sue and Carl were very helpful. The only negative was that it seemed a little "sterile". Guests are asked to wear slippers in the house (which are provided) and the house rules read a little bit like the rules for kids in my parents' home. But all-in-all, I had a delightful stay that I wish could have been longer.

Innkeeper Response
We are pleased that you had a delightful stay. We regret that you felt that our "shoeless" policy and other caveats were intrusive. Gravel and grit from shoes spell disaster on our hardwood floors and overall cleanliness. Going shoeless in our Northwest homes is common practice so please keep that in mind when you travel in this region. We actually have very little in the way of house rules--we do ask in our Room books that you keep hot tub hours as asked in respect of other guests whose rooms are on that side of the house; that you not use our kitchen cooking facilities in light of our Health department regulations; that you mind what goes down the toilets as septic systems on the rock that is Orcas Island are sensitive and require great care. We believe our rules are unobtrusive as they are explained tactfully and minimally in our guest room books and our policies benefit all our guests. Think about it---nearly 700 couples visit our home each year. A small number are new to B&Bs and are not aware of usual courtesies which you might take for granted. Again, many thanks and best wishes!

- Carl (innkeeper/owner)


4.0 on October 31, 2010

Love the place and the owners. Walls in rooms way too thin, but I guess its a house not a hotel. Had uncomfortable experience with other guest, being a younger couple, 30ish, came there to get away but in some ways felt like i needed a curfew for bedtime.

Innkeeper Response
We always appreciate a review-- even those that are somewhat negative. The room they occupied for three nights is separated by a insulated wall and a large closet and we have checked again to be sure usual levels of ambient noise are not objectionable---the air and insulation space between the two rooms is about 2 feet. In over 15 years of guest occupancy in the reviewer’s room, we have never had a noise complaint. We deeply regret that the couple did not achieve the complete level of solitude that they were seeking. We do not know the nature of the “uncomfortable experience with other guest”. Our typical guests are respectful and appreciate our quiet environment especially at times when most guests have retired for the evening.

- Carl Silvernail (Caring Innkeeper)

Hope to Return Soon

4.6 on October 22, 2010

We loved our stay at Otters Pond. The rooms were extremely clean and comfortable and the surrounding grounds were beautiful. The innkeepers were friendly and helpful. They pointed us to some great restaurants and places not to be missed during our stay. Finally, they served us an amazing four course breakfast. It was delecious and we didn't need to eat again until mid-afternoon. We hope to return again soon!!

I recommend you stay here

5 on July 18, 2010

The accommodations were excellent, and I was nearly taken out by hummingbirds and dragonflies (a good thing) on their back deck. Breakfast was tasty and homemade with local ingredients. Near Moran State Park, and a couple miles from East Sound.


4.4 on November 24, 2009

We only stayed here for a night, but it was so relaxing and cozy. The breakfast was delicious. The best part ... the hosts.

Total Luxury in the Warmth of a Gracious Home

5 on November 10, 2009

Otter's Pond B&B exceeded our expectations in every way. Once a private home, innkeepers Sue and Carl Silvernail have maintained that "welcome home" feeling while creating a picturesque country inn with every luxury. The 5 available rooms with private baths are beautifully appointed, each with its own flavor. We had the pleasure of the Swan Room, overlooking Otter's Pond itself. What a glorious waking-up-in-the-morning! Breakfast is a different 5-course extravaganza every day, prepared by Sue and Carl personally. Gourmet egg dishes, Belgian waffles, bananas foster pancakes are only a few of their specialites, served with fresh fruit and a scoop of Sue's homemade sorbet, using the various fruits, veggies and/or herbs grown on the island. Cleanliness is a priority - not a speck of dust or anything out of place. Fresh flowers daily from their garden. Lots of see on this spectacular island of variable geography. The ocean and lakes are always around the next corner. Lovely shops in the little towns. And of course right there at home is Otter's Pond, several acres of ever-varying wildlife for a back yard. Enjoy the telescope in the living room to identify the various species the parade and swim by daily. Highly recommended if peace and quiet, great breakfasts, and relaxing luxury are your thing.

Our Stay

4.6 on August 17, 2009

Hosts Sue and Carl were great. Breakfast was outstanding. Facilities were excellent. Bedroom a little small.

peaceful pond

5 on July 01, 2009

Wonderful, quiet getaway with feeders and bird watch right from deck. Lovely gardens, hot tub with view of pond and yellow irises; outstanding breakfast, truly gourmet. Highly recommend this B&B. Owners are very gracious!!

Otters Pond

4.6 on July 01, 2009

Immaculate house with large rooms and great views. Fabulous four course breakfast; best food in 40 years of visiting B&B's!

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Rooms & Rates

The Swan Room

Choose the elegant Swan Room and relish the second story expansive view of the Pond rimmed with old growth cedars and firs. This room has a small, non-wood burning fireplace and an adjacent, common-area library with a pond view. The king bed and elegant furnishings with the warm tonal effects from the skylights creates a peaceful, romantic retreat. The room has a HD satellite TV. The large bath is private and features an extra length claw foot tub and double shower overlooking the woods and creek. $225 and includes our five-course sumptuous breakfast

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $225

The Goldfinch Room

A room for romantic nature lovers! A spacious and light-filled view of the gardens and woodland. A large fireplace warms the room in all seasons and skylights add the pristine night sky. Upscale furnishings are in green/gold tones.The room has an HD satellite TV. King-size bed, private bath $225

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $200 - $225

The Bluebird Room

Monet would feel at home in the Bluebird Room. Light dances off the lily pads as you enjoy the pond views from your windows. Relax in the comfort of your king-size bed and feather comforter. See the night sky and stars through the large skylight above the bed and enjoy the adorning works by Washington artists. A large, private bath is immediately outside the door to the room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $150 - $175

The Hummingbird Room

Feel pampered in a unique brass and iron queen size sleigh bed and enjoy the peaceful splendor of the forest setting and views. At the foot of the bed in the image to the right is a wall of windows through which the cross-breezed scent of fir, spruce and cedar flows. This lovely, light-filled room has a wonderful, large private bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $145 - $165

The Chickadee Room

A romantic four-poster queen bed and cheery wildflower decor grace this small room with bed pillows piled high over a fluffy down comforter. Sounds of the woodland and creek filter through the towering firs and red cedars. Don't be surprised to find a Black Tail deer or two napping on the moss- covered, rocky outcrop at morning's first light. The private bath features an antique water closet and claw-footed tub with shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $165

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Location Type

Countryside, Island, Lakefront, Mountains


Seattle, WA (SEA-Seattle Tacoma) 80 miles

Directions to property:

From Ferry Landing, take Orcas Rd.. to Eastsound Village, past Crescent Bay to Stop sign. Turn right (following the sign to Moran State Park), go 2.8 miles to Tomihi Dr.(a narrow,private gravel road and go to the second property marked by the colorful Otters Pond Sign crafted by one of the Island wood carvers.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hiking, Kayaking, Moran State Park, Mt. Constitution--highest point in Isls., Orca Whales, Rosario Marina and Resort, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Videos, Wired internet , wireless internet--DSL access in all rooms

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Radio, Turndown Service

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Whale watching, birding, hot tub, photography, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: On dates of National Holidays and special events
  • Accepted payments VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: First night see cancellation policy
  • Cancellations: A valid VISA, MasterCard or Discover Card will secure your reservation. At the time we accept your reservation we charge your credit card for the first night¿s stay. At the 14th day or less prior to your arrival, your credit card will be charged for the balance of your entire stay. If you cancel within 14 days prior to your stay with us, you will be responsible for all room nights you reserved. You are only reimbursed if we are able to re-book any or all of the room nights. A 10% cancellation fee applicable to the entire reserved stay will be deducted from your reimbursement regardless of whether the room is rebooked. You are responsible for all reserved room nights regardless of delayed check-in or early checkout.
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Carl and Susan Silvernail

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets


About the innkeepers

Carl and Susan are former health care professionals who escaped urban chaos and established Otters Pond B&B of Orcas Island in July, 1997.

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  • Time Served: 8:00am--9:00am and arrangement
  • Serving Location: pond deck, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Christmas, Thanksgiving

Signature Dish

Dungeness Crab Egg Puff
A baked, puffy, light souffle with either crab or smoked salmon. Very delicate taste of the Northwest.

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