Monday, July 20, 2015

Cherry Hill at Orcas Island



Had been to the Orcas islands two weeks ago. What a wonderful place. 
Like they say, getting there is half the fun. There is this bus from Seattle airport that takes you to the Anacortes Ferry point. 


From there the Washington State Ferry takes you across to the island in about an hour.



You can be on the outer deck to take in the view 



If the wind is too chilly you can while away your time at the lower deck trying to fix the jig saw (it is large and you may succeed in assembling just a part of it in an hour)



 Once you disembark you can pick up a rental car. The drive from the ferry point to the place where we stayed was just marvelous.   




The cottage that we stayed in  - Cherry Hill Cottage 


and the view from the window   


If you care to step out you get to see this 


A wonderful place to relax. You can spend the afternoon under a tree reading a book 


or just laze in the evening looking at the setting sun filtering through the leaves 


  The cottage has a fully equipped kitchen with all the required amenities that one needs for a stay.



The rooms were tastefully decorated and a special mention should be made about the different types of flower arrangement in each room. I was taken in by the array of books that they have stocked. Three binoculars for bird watching. Talking of bird watching, I spotted some in and around the area. 







Racoons, rabbits and deer were the order of the day. 



The deer just waits for someone to forget to close the garden gate, and hence this sign 


We made friends with the horse at the neighbouring stable. So every day in the evening we used to amble over to say hi to him 


When we reached Cherry Hill Cottage we found this note by the owner: 














Thanks Marilyn and Jerry Eisner for giving us this wonderful opportunity to relax.








Made a small video of the ferry. 

By the way on the pathway to Cherry Hill Cottage I stumbled upon this Woodpecker’s nest. More on the chicks and their mother in my next blog.



35 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
what an outstanding holiday!!! Got relaxed just viewing these! YAM xx

Linda said...

Beautiful photos, and so lovely to see the animals and birds in nature!

Jeannette said...

Wonderful post...so glad you are having a lovely trip.



Anonymous said...

Great blog...You captured the serene beauty of the island in your pictures. Looking forward to your next blog - Joellan Fernandes

tina said...

Wow, that looks like a beautiful vacation. Love it that you got to see a bald eagle! What a great shot. You have all the same animals there as we do in Tennessee and yes, deer and raccoons are quite the marauders. What a lovely and big ferry. Ours here to go across a river takes 5 minutes and holds only four cars. You must stay in your car. What a lovely vacation. I am envious.

Rajesh said...

Great shots. Very exciting trip to the island.

Nostalgia said...

Looks very relaxing and a great personal touch by the owners!

Anonymous said...

Joe what a beautiful place. Glad you folks went and enjoyed it. Love, Nandini

Anonymous said...

Hi Joe looks like you had a wonderful time. Always good to see your travel escapades. You are living a wonderful retired life. Enjoy to the full - Kersy Mehta

Deepika said...

This is so beautiful & tempting..
I wish to go there right now!

Priyanka Baranwal said...

Feeling jealous...least to say!! :)

Ann Thompson said...

What a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Gorgeous views and how could you not enjoy all that wildlife

Sandee said...

What a lovely way to spend the 4th of July. Beautiful place and all the shots are fantastic.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A most beautiful place to stay with gorgeous scenery. You did a splendid job with your camera capturing the wildlife. Great photos!

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Thank you - I feel I had a vacation. Great post and wonderful photographs.

magiceye said...

Must have been rejuvenating!!

Kokila Gupta said...

What a wonderful trip ! lovely shots :)

Wendy Barrett said...

What a great blog! I have very much enjoyed reading about your holiday and admiring your beautiful photos. I particularly love the ones of the birds - stunning!

Paula Kaye said...

What a wonderful trip this must have been! Looks like a great place to stay!!

betty said...

Looks like a stunning place to visit! Very relaxful too!

betty

Loco mente said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures!

Debbie Nolan said...

Oh now this looks like my kind of vacation. Love the little hummingbird...looks so different from ours. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful photos. Have a blessed week.

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh wow. I just went on vacation and this makes me want to go again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Joe for the this. I am so glad you both had such a fun time. Since my son stays in Seattle all these islands are quite familiar to me cause they have friends living there.The photographs are beautiful and you've captured nature at its best. Thanks once again and welcome back!!!! - Vijayalakshmi Menon

Issa said...

Oh my.. thanks for the peek!

Surfing from my couch has never been this exciting. You looked like you really had an amazing time! :)

Cheers to more travels!

- Issa

Lata Menon said...

Beautiful,Joe....what a lovely place....to top it you get to see all those lovely birds!
May you have many more holidays like this and blog about it and make us followers happy:-)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link. Enjoyed the post very much. Great pics complimenting the narrative. It was relaxing just reading the stuff. Stay blessed - Joscelyn

Sangeeta Tiwary said...

It's a long time since I've written here, though I always go through all your posts :-) Love to see your travelogues and since I get to travel very less- they sort of open the world for me. Keep writing Joe.

Julia Thorley said...

I've never heard of Orcas Island, but it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the lovely pics.

Antonina said...

Loved the photos of the drive from the ferry point. And the birds are marvelous, of course!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow you are in the Pacific Northwest! And a beautiful part of it indeed. I'm glad you had such kind and thoughtful hosts! What a joy to stay in that cottage! Enjoy the rest of your trip. I look forward to more posts!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Such a lovely getaway. I love seeing the photos as I have never been to Washington. The animals are a joy to see. How gracious for the owner to leave the note. Happy Monday.

Ananya Kiran said...

Love d video :) Thanks

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Gemstone said...

WOW .. Looks Like an Awesome Place to Specd the Weekend.

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Anvilcloud said...

That cottage looks spiffy.