The Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast, West Sound on Orcas Island

Former teachers, Carol and Bogdan have lovingly run the beautifully historic 1910 Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast in West Sound for the last ten years. Their motto is, “At the Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast, hospitality is our number one goal for your stay in our home. We want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, and relaxed. If you are traveling with your pet, we will make every effort possible to see that your stay is enjoyable for everyone.” They certainly fulfilled their goal. 

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 Upstairs, bedrooms by the names of Pelican, Walrus, and Egret, each with their own balcony, have a wonderful view of the sparkling bay and marina. If you have small children or difficulty with stairs, you will love the spacious Otter Room with it’s own entrance, queen sized bed and sofa that can convert into bed for extra guests. We stayed in the Egret Room and were ecstatic with our accommodations.

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The French-country decor was delightful. It was so nice to have a sink separated from the bathroom so one of us could shower and the other person could still get ready. There was even a heated towel rack!

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The Blue Heron is pet friendly and impeccably cleaned after each guest. When I reserved our room, I let them know I would be bringing my little Shih Tzu, Heidi. I was so surprised when I walked into the room and saw a cute dog bed made up complete with treats! Needless to say, Heidi was quite pleased with the arrangement! At the last minute, we decided to bring my daughter’s dog, Baylie after getting the OK from Carol. She even gave us an extra sheet to lie on top of the quilt incase either of the dogs wanted to sleep on top of the bed.

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Outside, there was a fenced in dog-run for Heidi and Baylie. They were happy to be able to run off-leash. 

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The side yard was also fenced which made it nice when we brought luggage inside. Heidi was giving us encouragement as we carried in the luggage. 

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The downstairs was decorated with gorgeous antiques, period furniture, cozy quilts and linens. Literature was available about the island attractions on the desk. Bogdan was on the mainland for the part of the weekend, but Carol was there to answer any questions we had, She was a wealth of information and even gave recommendations of places to be sure to visit. 

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We were so delighted when we got up the next morning and came downstairs to eat our French Continental breakfast. Carol had the fire going in the fireplace and breakfast waiting. Like the living room, the sun-drenched dining room had beautiful period furniture.

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Our breakfast consisted of layered yogurt with fresh strawberries and blueberries topped with a delicious, healthy granola. Carol had also made very scrumptious Morning Glory Muffins. I had just a pinch to taste it as I was sure it wasn’t gluten-free. It was very yummy. Carol graciously gave us a copy of the recipe that I will post soon! We had orange juice and tea served in fine china. It was a fantastic way to start the day!!!

Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast's Morning Glory Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  4. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2 cups grated carrots
  7. 1/2 cup raisins
  8. 1 apple, grated
  9. 1/2 cup coconut
  10. 3 eggs
  11. 1 cup oil
  12. 2 teaspoons vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Mix dry ingredients, stir in carrots, raisins, apple and coconut. In a small bowl beat eggs, oil and vanilla and stir into the flour mixture until just combined.
  2. Spoon batter into well-greased muffin cups, fill to top. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
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