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Check Out This Darling, Comfortable & Treasured Family Getaway Since 1979 + View

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, Full Bath, Full Kitchen, WiFi, Gorgeous Water View, On 140 Acres.

This darling, comfortable & treasured getaway epitomizes family memories and nostalgic charm. Perfect for 2 adults (+ 1 small child): 1 bedroom, full bath, full kitchen, sofabed, WiFi, Dish HDTV, large deck, propane BBQ, gorgeous water view, on 140 acres. Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway is a cozy, comfortable one bedroom apartment on the lower level of our home. Soak in the sun from your private sunny deck with gorgeous water view. Enjoy watching the birds flock to the feeders. Hike through our private 110 acre wildlife preserve and wild natural organic farm at the heart of Deer Harbor.

Two adults plus a child have the apartment privately, one bedroom, one sleeper sofa, nicely equipped kitchen, full bathroom, propane BBQ, great new deck with amazing water view. A short walk to the playset and campfire pit, PLUS our entire 140 acre estate, wildlife preserve, 20 acre estuary, environmental restoration projects, renown bird-watching marsh, meadows, grassy knolls, gardens, trails, and more....

The Deer Harbor area of Orcas Island enjoys some of the nicest weather these "banana belt" San Juan Islands offer---lots of sun and little rainfall! This "rain shadow" effect makes for exceptional "off-season" visits here usually with delightful weather. Sunny Deer Harbor is a hub of San Juan Islands marine activity, with fishing, whale-watching for Orca and Minke whales, sea kayaking, boat rentals and sailing charters available, as well as moorage facilities for your own boat. Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway is perfect for a romantic getaway, a peaceful escape, or an any time of the year getaway you may be planning. Your perfect Orcas Island "secret" getaway awaits! Reserve your dates now! Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway is pet free.

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Meg and Bob Connor
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment on Deer Harbor on San Juan County

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3 ...
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • one bedroom, with full bed convertible bed in living room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Our guests are able to walk around and explore our entire 140 acres, picking berries and fruit (in season) from the myriad of trees all over our land. The playset and outdoor campfire are just 25+ feet away from your deck.


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Wonderful Delightful Relaxing Vacation Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

This cozy sweet apartment was the perfect spot for our vacation on Orcas Island. Fresh flowers from the Connor's garden, a welcome letter, and "What's Happening This Week" information provided by our terrific hosts was certainly a special touch. Conveniently located in Deer Harbor, just a 15 minute drive to Eastsound, and one mile from the Deer Harbor Marina, with fantastic ice cream cones!.

The view is amazing and coffee on the deck each morning really started our day off beautifully. When not exploring the large property and the rest of the island, we loved just relaxing at this wonderful apartment. Also, there is DishTV and excellent WiFi. We ate out mostly, but there is a well stocked kitchen for those who choose to cook.

Comfortable, romantic, endearing accommodation. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Darling, comfortable, cozy getaway

  • 5 of 5

Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway was delightful, and made our Orcas Island visit just perfect. Breakfast on the deck, watching the birds and boat activity was always a highlight. Satellite TV and great WiFi here. This warm and friendly apartment was filled with family photos and decorations, flowers, a lovely welcome letter and useful instructions, plus a "What's Happening on the Island this Week" newsletter.

We loved Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was dated and needed some care

  • 2 of 5

While we love Orcas Island and will definitely be back, we will not, however, return to this place. They do have a view as advertised but the windows were cracked all the way across and were filthy dirty. We had to get through a maze of spider webs to get to the outdoor furniture which was badly in need of cleaning. They advertised being able to watch the birds flock to their feeders. The feeders were empty and probably had been for awhile as their was an inch of mold in the bottom of one.

There were cobwebs above the dining room table and the calking in the bathtub was pulling away. This could be a cute place but is badly in need of some maintenance and tender loving care.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, Judy, Thanks for your review. Your relatively last minute visit did catch us a little pressed for time as we were going off island and thus needed to rely on someone else to help with the preparations. In the Autumn, in a very rustic setting, it is challenging to keep up with the cobwebs, leaves, and such blowing around in the breeze. I personally was not able to be there to do the final check, and I would have definitely taken care of most of what you mentioned. Your suggestions will be taken to heart, and taken care of right away. Thanks for choosing our little family getaway for your visit, and should you decide to try again, we will offer you a discounted rental fee. Have wonderful holidays!
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Very comfortable for our weeks stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a wonderful experience on your island

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We thoroughly enjoyed having you stay with us, and hope you will return again soon. Grandma and Grandpa's Getaway has been loved by so many people, and we are happy that it was wonderful for you, too.
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Homely apartment with lovely view

  • 3 of 5

My mother and I decided to do a last minute trip to Orcas Island for a few days and were fortunate to find Meg & Bob's 'Grandmas' apartment. Unfortunately we didn't get to meet Meg as we were quite busy exploring as it was our first visit to Orcas, but we did receive a hearty welcome from Bob. The space was cozy and the decorations homey. The fresh sweet pea bouquet was wonderful! The apartment is attached/below the main house but we didn't really see anyone whilst we were there. We appreciated the fully equipped kitchen. We loved watching the hummingbirds and enjoyed the view from the small deck with our morning cup of tea. The dogs and cats were friendly. When doing a walking exploration of the local area, be prepared that you'll be walking on the road as there are very few footpaths. We tried walking to the fish ladder that Bob helped build but the trail wasn't obvious so couldn't find it. Also tried the bird sanctuary area - but couldn't find anywhere to sit and watch the birds - only stand alongside the road. Would be lovely if there was a bird hide here. Maybe we missed it?? Be warned that there is very limited public access on the "beach" area - which is standard for the whole island as just about everything is privately owned. But the picnic tables on the harbor jetty are also good place to sit and soak up the sun with an ice cream.

TIPS: Just below the children's play area has the best view to the bay. Lovely and restful to sit here on a sunny afternoon.

Deer Harbor's store is pretty basic so don't plan on buying anything but milk here. But the take out menu and ice cream were great. If you do leave shopping to when you arrive in Orcas, best to get it at the store when you first get off the ferry.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice and quiet

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at this lovely apartment for long weekend. Beautiful views and very comfortable stay. Great place for base to explore. There are stairs but easy to navigate.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Eastsound at 10 mi. away & Seaplane dock
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Deer Harbor Inn or Deer Harbor dock
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Orcas Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Orcas Island Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Deer Harbor Inn
Nearest Beach
on our property
Car: recommended

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.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

We have three seasonal rates: Secret Season, usually $150 per night plus tax; Shoulder Season, usually $160 per night plus tax; and Peak Season, usually $175 per night plus tax. Other than the San Juan County Sales and Lodging Tax, there are no other additional charges for you to consider.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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