Daily deal: Whale watching on Orcas Island
A view of the harbour from the Deer Harbor Inn.
From there to here and here to there, wonderful creatures are everywhere.
But if you're looking for an aquatic adventure of epic proportions, this whale of a getaway is just what the doctor (Seuss) ordered: Enjoy a one-night midweek stay for two at The Deer Harbor Inn in the San Juan Islands, including wine and cheese, a $20 whale-watching credit, a $20 spa credit, a $10 dinner credit, and a smoked-salmon picnic lunch ($164).
Oh me! Oh my! What a lot of whales go by this five-acre, 100-year-old orchard on sunny Orcas Island, one of the best places in the world to see the magnificent orca-as well as bald eagles, porpoises, and minke whales.
Think of all the places you'll see with your $20 credit, which can be used to book a narrated trip with a naturalist from Deer Harbor Charters. You're sure to spot one fish two fish, red fish blue fish (among other marine wildlife), as you nibble on an included lunch of a half pound of smoked salmon plus Gouda cheese and crackers, fruit, and fine chocolates as you observe the native orcas.
"The San Juan archipelago is like... another world," says Lonely Planet. "A greener, cleaner America where bark-stripped madrone trees outnumber buildings and cars play second fiddle to bicycles."
Upon arrival, cozy up to the gas fireplace upstairs to enjoy a bottle of Mount Baker Vineyards wine with cheese, plus a logo wine opener to keep. In the morning, you'll find much better than green eggs and ham in your complimentary breakfast basket-sample fresh coffee, mini cinnamon rolls, and seasonal produce to start the day.
If you don't like to complain but are feeling great pain, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage at the Ataraxia Spa Cabin to round out the day. Then dig into fresh wild king salmon, halibut, tiger prawns, and king crab legs at the The Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant.
We meant what we said and we said what we meant: This Escape will please you one hundred percent.
- A one-night weekday stay for two in a lodge room
- Bottle of Mount Baker Vineyards wine and cheese with a wine opener to keep
- $10 dinner credit for the deer harbor inn restaurant
- $20 whale-watching credit with deer harbor charters
- $20 spa credit
- Boxed lunch with a half pound of smoked salmon, bottled water, gouda, crackers, apple, and chocolate
- 10% off additional nights booked
- Upgrade to a private cottage for additional fee
- Book by 17 May
For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.