Wait, are Sleeping Sea and Once in a Blue Moon Farm the same thing?
Yes; Sleeping Sea is our vacation rentals and suites here in the San Juan Islands. Once in a Blue Moon Farm is our family farm and part of Sleeping Sea as there are lodging options on the farm. Still, the farm is a working farm growing varieties of fruits and raising an assortment of animals.
Where is the farm located?
Once in a Blue Moon Farm is on the western side of Orcas Island near West Sound. Sleeping Sea offers rentals on two different islands, Orcas Island and San Juan Island. 1) Once In A Blue Moon Farm is an inland 35 acre estate property on Orcas Island. 2) Abigailâ€™s Beach House is a 1 acre waterfront property, also on Orcas Island. 3) The Harbor Hideaway is located in the town of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island. An interisland ferry service operates between the three main islands, Lopez, Orcas and San Juan.
What do you grow?
We grow many varieties of orchard fruit. We are also currently producing pasture ranged eggs. Things are always changing on the farm, but there will ALWAYS be fresh fruit and eggs.
Do you sell handspun yarn and rovings?
Yes. Our alpacas and sheep produce beautiful fibers that we card and hand spin.
Can I stop by for a tour?
No. Please call ahead and set up a time. This way we can be ready to greet you. Being a working farm that also offers lodging, the summer months are very busy. Once you've set up a tour we can make the time to show you around the entire barnyard and more!! Guests staying at our lodging can set up a time for tour when they arrive.
Is there a farmstand or a place to buy farm products?
Yes. We sell fruit and eggs daily through the summer months up until October. Orders can be made by phone and can be picked up or dropped off in Eastsound. You can also find our fruit and eggs in a variety of restaurants on the island as well as at the Orcas Homegrown Market in Eastsound. Just look for our name!!
How do I get to the San Juan Islands?
The Islands are located about 100 miles north of Seattle, WA. They are accessed by ferry or air. The closest major airport is Sea-Tac. Most people choose to rent a car in Seattle and drive north to the ferry terminal at Anacortes, WA. The entire trip, including ferry ride takes 3-4 hours. There is also charter plane service, leaving from Boeing Field or Lake Union in Seattle. The flight takes about one hour.
Can I make a reservation for the ferry?
NO: The San Juan Islands- Anacortes ferry runs on a "first come first served basis." During the peak summer months, weekends, and holidays the ferry lineups can get quite long. It is recommended you arrive one or two hours before the sailing of your choice is scheduled to depart.
Do I need a car?
RECOMMENDED. A car is a must for touring the islands. Bicycling is possible for experienced riders, but due to hilly terrain and narrow roads, we do not recommend this for families with young children. Public transportation options are quite limited.
Can I bring my pet?
YES: We do allow pets, but not in all of our rentals. Be sure to let us know during the booking process that you will be bringing your pet along for the vacation. There is an additional pet fee.
Do you have WiFi available?
YES: All of our rentals have access to complimentary WiFi. Your mobile 3G may not work in all areas of the San Juan Islands. Also, cell phone service is spotty in general.
Why do I have to dispose of my own garbage?
The San Juan Islands are facing a waste disposal crisis. Soon we will only have one transfer station for four islands and all garbage must then be transported to the mainland. Due to the high cost and extensive amount of time involved in disposing garbage from multiple rentals, we charge an extra fee for waste removal, but still prefer that you dispose of it yourself. Since we compost all food waste, this helps alleviate garbage costs and is better for the environment (as well as making our chickens very happy!) We place a compost bin in each of our homes, which we will collect for you free of charge.
Are there other charges in addition to the rent?
YES: Local taxes, a cleaning fee, and a pet fee if your canine companion is joining you. Please see our policies for more details.
What happens if my kid uses their artistic talent to draw a mural on the wall?
You are responsible for any and all damages to the home or unit from the time you check-in until you check-out.
What services are on the islands?
Orcas Island and San Juan Island have town centers with all necessary services. Friday Harbor is the largest town in the San Juan Islands and has numerous stores and two major supermarkets. The Harbor Hideaway is located a short walk from the Friday Harbor town center and the ferry landing.
Eastsound Village is the small commercial center of Orcas Island, containing most of the shops, restaurants and the main market for the island. It is located about 7 miles from the ferry landing. Abigailâ€™s Waterfront Suites are only 1.5 miles from Eastsound Village. Once in a Blue Moon Farm is about 6 miles from Eastsound Village.
Am I going to see any whales?
There are resident and transient orca whales as well as lots of other marine life around the islands. They are frequently spotted on the Western shores of San Juan Island. Lime Kiln State Park is an excellent land based watching point where you can actually get closer to the whales than tour boats are legally allowed. These majestic whales are endangered and protected. We recommend land based whale watching out of respect for the whales.