Environmental Restoration and Education 

This is one of our main focuses for our entire property.  Over the years, we have led dozens of groups, pre-school to post-graduate, neighbors to renowned international scientists, for education, scientific studies and restoration projects, for which we have been recognized by County, State and Federal agencies. One letter from the Science Director of People for Puget Sound states:

“The Cayou Lagoon and surrounding meadows, forests and historically significant lands owned by Bob and Meg Connor provide a critical showpiece of facilitated private land stewardship that will be required to be copied and multiplied throughout Puget Sound if we are to see significant recovery in our lifetime. 

The combined studies, restoration actions, public tours, experimental techniques and engagement with the larger Deer Harbor and San Juan County communities provides a template for how we’ll once and for all restore Puget Sound. 

We are encouraged by the interest the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project has shown in this project as one of only a few throughout Puget Sound being considered for special federal funding.  The lessons of Cayou Lagoon will be learned for decades and it could teach us all how to save Puget Sound.”

 As a guest at any of our wonderful vacation rentals,  Maggie's Manor , the Gnome House, Grandma and Grandpa’s Getaway, and Maggie’s Getaway,  you will be able to enjoy our private 110 acre wildlife preserve and “beyond organic” farm. Immediately adjacent to our cottages, this natural preserve is like having your own country estate just outside your door. Take your binoculars along when you hike through 3000 feet of tidal lagoon waterfront, where you'll see eagles, heron, otters, deer and other Pacific Northwest wildlife. With miles of trails for hiking, or strolling, our personal wildlife preserve property is a naturalist's and birdwatcher's paradise. The Frank Richardson Wildlife Preserve, which we helped dedicate in 1986, provides a resting place to over 85 species of migratory and resident birds  and a home to many species of other  wetland wildlife.


Maggie's Manor , the Gnome House, Grandma and Grandpa’s Getaway, and Maggie’s Getaway are located on the western side of Orcas Island, in beautiful Deer Harbor, Washington. Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands archipelago, is called The Gem of the San Juans, with good reason. From the moment your car pulls off the ferry and onto the winding country road, Orcas Island evokes wonderful feelings of contentment and amazement. Your travels take you through rolling hills, forest, farms and lakes and over some of the most picturesque coastal roads in the country. Balmy summer weather, protected waterways, the beautiful trails of Moran State Park, excellent restaurants, and a talented community of artisans combine to make your vacation on Orcas Island an unforgettable event.

Recently upgraded CELL SERVICE on Orcas Island!!

  1. T-Mobil now has better coverage on Orcas Island! 
  2. Verizon still has good coverage.

Our rentals have recently been upgraded to Fiber Optic HighSpeed Internet