1 Bedroom, Full Bath, Full Kitchen, WiFi, Gorgeous Water View, On 140 Acres.
Meg and Bob Connor
- english, french
About Meg and Bob Connor
We have lived full time on Orcas Island since 1975, raising three sons, who are now married with children who love to visit their grand-parents. We have been happily married for 45 years! We moved up here with a down payment and no jobs and over the years have done many things. We have worked, farmed, been in construction, operated heavy equipment, coached Little League for all three sons, participated in countless community activities, volunteered at the school, run two successful gift and clothing shops, designed and built several buildings including the amazing Gnome House, and remodeled our other vacation rental waterfront home, Maggie's Manor, using the outstanding design drawings of our eldest son, now an Architect. We are involved in cutting edge restoration of marine habitat and just completed a 9 weir salmon ladder and planted over 1500 plants and trees over our estuarine and riparian areas. If you have a Facebook page, visit the Deer Harbor Stewardship Project page to see some of what we have been doing. We hope you will 'Like' it. We have extensive backgrounds in skiing, sailing, cycling and mountaineering. We enjoy adventures and vacations with our children and grand-children.
Meg and Bob Connor purchased this Apartment in 1979
Why Meg and Bob Connor chose Deer Harbor
Our family, extended family and many friends have enjoyed this darling apartment getaway over the years, and now we are excited to share it with "the world". It is located on our 140 acre estate, on the lower level of our home, and also near our other wonderful vacation rental 4 bedroom waterfront home, called Maggie's Manor and the famous and very popular, Gnome House. Many larger groups of guests rent this in addition to either or both of our other vacation rental homes when their group is too many for just one house. We want to share our Orcas Island lifestyles with visitors from all over the world. We have on-going environmental restoration activities on our 3 streams, several ponds, magnificent 20 acre estuary, and 20 acre wildfowl marsh, as well as beautiful, productive farm and forest land. It is considered the most significant environmentally diverse San Juan Islands' property by local, state and federal environmental agencies. The beauty and tranquility of Nature inspires everyone who visits. Orcas Island is the most popular place in Washington to get married, and is the dream vacation spot for people all over the world, and we get to live here! And when visitors leave and we say 'goodbye', we always smile...not because we are happy to see them go, but rather because we are so happy that we don't have to leave this paradise!
What makes this Apartment unique
In addition to the extraordinary beauty and serenity of Nature, so inspiring to us all, the incredible good weather in Deer Harbor is one of the main reasons for living here. Deer Harbor on beautiful Orcas Island is located in the 'Rain Shadow' area of the Great Pacific Northwest enjoying only about 25 inches of rain and over 260 sunny days annually. This means that we can enjoy the great outdoors all year long, hiking, biking, sailing, fishing, etc. There have been documented over 80 species of birds frequenting our extremely vibrant freshwater marsh. There are a variety of environmental programs in progress. We work with scientists, students, and Native Americans on our restoration efforts. Our property is the site of the first white European settler on Orcas Island, Louis Cayou, who married into the Samish Nation in the mid-1800s. We are working with the Samish descendants of Cayou in our restoration efforts, and hope to have their annual Canoe Journey with about 60 canoes stop here in the future.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Weekend trip at Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway
We liked this place and enjoyed visiting Orcas Island. Meg and Bob were very helpful.
Grandma and Grandpa’s Getaway
This was a comfy, cozy small apartment. The view of the harbor was excellent. Perhaps the only drawback is that it’s fairly isolated. We had long drives to see the sights. However, that gave us a chance to see much of the island.
Unique & special place
Two amazing things about this place: the host (only met Meg) is incredibly friendly, helpful and sweet. She not only picked us up as we were lost (didn’t read instructions as that said don’t take Potlatch rd as well as we should have), and have us to the place, they allowed us to borrow their truck into town. That’s for me unheard of. I don’t won’t to give the impression that the trick is part of the deal, because it wasn’t (obviously) but when we had a little hick up in our arrangements, they made this favor for us, which is beyond friendly. I will always remember that. The town, it’s people and especially our hosts were as if from a different ultra-kind universe, and so close to a major metropolitan area! Who knew?? This was also on the day of our wedding. It was our first mini-honeymoon. The setting on the beautifully rustic hillside is absolutely amazing. Did we arrive in rural Scotland sea shore village? It sure felt that way. The views are breathtaking, the smells, the flowers, everything. The cute digs are perfectly situated and sized for a romantic couple that wants to enjoy nature & quite comforts. It has a fully functioning kitchen. A coffee machine with a bean grinder and filters. Bring your own beans and you will enjoy the freshly brewed coffee. The marina convenience store has Lopez a island roasted coffee beans, which was one of the best I have tasted and smelled. Do realize that even though the digs are very comfortable and spacious, they are dated back a few decades. The style is casual comfort but not polished & spotless luxury. That actually was fine and enjoyable. It fit the surroundings well and gave us a natural feel. The cat host Sparky is a little friendly tiger, which was a bonus. The place also has a lived in feel with photos & albums from the tight knit family who made this place home for the past 4+ decades. Many babies were born who went on having their own kids. This family legacy made this place quite special and authentic (not staged) also. 5+ stars for everything, 4.5 stars for some dust on some lamps and few other little corners, if we had to be picky. Would be nice if the cracked glass on the view window were replaced also. Not a biggy, but at this price level, some mint repairs like that could/should be managed. Overall highly recommended!!!!
This wasn’t what we were expecting and were a bit disappointed. There was no access for ice, there were spiders throughout the home and the bed was very uncomfortable. The letter talked of a gardener on property but all there was was weeds! The host was very nice but it was all misleading. We only stayed two of the 4 nights. I couldn’t sleep another night there. We won’t be going back or recommending this property.
Cozy, quiet, relaxing, and spacious for the couple of days we stayed.
This was the coziness spit that I have ever stayed in on vacation. All needed amenities in a quiet and relaxing environment. It was nice to have a full kitchen to enjoy home cooked food along with the wonderful recommendations that Grandmas and Grandpas provided. An area to sit and look out onver the water and relax from a day of honking and boating. This are was secluded away from the hustle of of the island which also played into the peacefulness of the area. We are glad we stayed here and upon return will leave this property (Grandma and Grandpa) at the top of this of places to stay.
Perfect cozy hidden gem of a wonderful getaway on Orcas Island.
Gorgeous view, peaceful, quiet, just lovely.
Whale-watching/marine wildlife tours leave from Deer Harbor daily. The San Juan Islands are world famous Orca whale habitat. A beautiful waterfront park, 2 marinas, famous Turtleback Mountain San Juan County 1500 acre park. Boat rentals, charter sailing, charter fishing, kayak tours. You can visit other San Juan Islands by day trip ferry rides. Visit our website or Google "Orcas Island" for more information and photos about numerous parks and features to explore. Don't miss the incredible view from the top of Mount Constitution in Moran State Park, almost 5000 acres and 35 miles of hiking trails, 4 lakes, camping, swimming, and more.