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Best Off-Season Northwest Escapes for Couples and Families

6 destinations for a ‘we time’ getaway — with or without the kids

Kate Missine

Published on: January 19, 2023

Best Off-Season Northwest Escapes for Couples and Families

Water view hot tubs are among the amenities at Doe Bay Resort and Retreat on Washington's Orcas Island in the San Juans
Doe Bay Resort & Retreat

Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, Olga, Washington

If peaceful wilderness with creature comforts is your jam, head over to this slice of remote waterfront. Spread across 38 acres on the southeast edge of Orcas Island, Doe Bay Resort & Retreat is a serene respite with something for everyone.

Stay in: Choose from a wide variety of accommodations here, from rustic cabins for two to fully outfitted ones for families and groups, as well as seasonal yurts and campsites. Take a dip in the outdoor soaking tubs situated to take in the gorgeous view, or enjoy a massage or yoga session. A library, firepit and playground are available for the whole family to enjoy. Hungry? Grab a bite at the café, which serves the freshest “seed to table” fare made with ingredients grown in the on-site organic garden.

Head out: Orcas Island is a pristine paradise for nature lovers, with plenty of adventures to be had, including hiking, cycling, water sports and more, along with local museums and an arts scene. Beachcombing on the private beach, kayaking and whale-watching tours are available to arrange through the resort. A mile away, Moran State Park beckons with more than 5,000 acres of grounds to explore.

Next stop: The Society Hotel

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