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About RuthAnne Comrie

I have the best job in the world as Office Manager at North Beach Inn! Fantastic bosses (my cousins), awesome guests who always seem to be happy, wonderful workmates (including my husband!) and a magnificent view from my desk of tall Douglas firs, blue ocean and distant islands, with the occasional deer browsing the garden flowers. Am i waxing eloquent? Absolutely and unapologetically!

COVID-19 June 10 update

North Beach Inn is now OPEN, and able to host guests starting June 13! We are excited to have people relaxing and restoring on our beach again after these challenging past months. We are upgrading our cleaning protocols to safeguard the health of our guests and our workers. If you have an upcoming reservation with us, we will reach out with specific information about covid safety measures relating to your stay; there will be some things we will ask of you, in addition to what we are doing.

Currently San Juan County is in Phase Two, with lodging, resaurants and shops doing business at 50% capacity. Timing of transition to Phase 3 is not certain. For more information, please see our San Juan County website at https://www.sanjuanco.com/

We hope to see you soon!

By |June 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Covid-19 Update

North Beach Inn is resting quietly until we can welcome our guest family back to safely relax and restore on our shore.

Currently, our San Juan County has moved to Phase 2 of Washington State’s Safe Start program. Our business will be able to re-open in Phase 3. The earliest date we’d expect that to happen is on or around June 20.

When we do re-open, we will follow the protocols required of lodging establishments to clean and sanitize the cottages and our housekeeping areas.

Our office hours are limited at the moment to Thursdays and Fridays. Feel free to reach out by email or by phone, and thanks in advance for your patience as we make our way through to responding to each person.

With everything being uncertain and quickly changing, we hope you are able to find spaces of happiness in the midst of it all!

By |May 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A princess ought to be beautiful

It’s the cottage with the most misspelled and mispronounced name, but the most often reserved!

Lalla Rook (La-la like singing, ‘rook’ rhymes with book) is the name of an Arabian princess in the eponymous romantic poem-story by Thomas Moore. (You’ll find a beautiful copy of the book on the bookcase!) This popular cottage now has more to endear it to our guests. A thorough facelift this spring has given it wood floors, new kitchen cabinets, fresh paint, and updated bathroom fixtures (the scarred antique tub remains!).

I especially love the new French doors that open out onto the deck facing the sea, letting in light and fresh air. It’s fit for a princess! Or for any soul looking for a peaceful space to relax and rejuvenate!

Check the Lalla Rook cabin page on our website for updated photos, or to make a reservation.

By |July 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Splendor of Poppies

Oriental poppies proliferate every May in the circle garden
By |May 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Orcas Island BirdFest April 30 – May 3

Time to make your plans for the Second Annual Orcas Island BirdFest!  It all happens April 30 – May 3.

The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce hosts BirdFest, a celebration of birds!  Nature tours, workshops, fine art exhibition and scientific symposium; all focusing on the health and wonder of birds and grassroots solutions.  Orcas Island offers an unforgettable experience showcasing the natural splendor of the San Juan Islands.

Check out www.OrcasIslandBirdFest.com to learn about the great events!  Sign up now for a seminar with author Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull) and join us for a dinner celebration at Inn at Ship Bay, featuring professor & author, UW Professor Dr. John Marzluff (Subirdia & Gifts of the Crow).

 And don’t miss the art opening – “All Things Birds & Beautiful” – on Thursday, April 30 (5 pm – 7 pm) at the Orcas Island Historical Museum.

 If you have any questions, please email  or call the Chamber of Commerce (360-376-2273) or The Office Cupboard (360-376-2378).


By |April 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Hundred Years of Apples


Before NBI was a beach cottage resort, the family business was fruit:  Gibson Brothers Apples, circa 1915.



Around the turn of the century (before the Okanagan Valley was developed) the prolific orchards on Orcas were among the best fruit-producing areas in the US. All along our upper road you can see the old apple trees in what is now the cow pasture.



There are many vintage varieties represented: Gravensteins, Kings, Greenings, 20-ounce, Banana Apple…

By |November 26th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Long-standing Tradition

Each fall, a few more calves are added to the herd. Here is our latest arrival!  Cows have been grazing the fields since the 19-teens, when this was North Beach Farm.

Later the resort opened, and Mrs. Edna Gibson ran a thriving farm to feed the guests of North Beach Inn.  Some of our guests remember their childhood summers here, going up to the chicken house with Mrs. Gibson to feed the chickens in the afternoons, and visit the cows.

By |November 21st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Magnificent Mushrooms

Each cool wet fall, a plethora of fantastic fungi push their way up through the grass and moss.
By |November 18th, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment

White-robed Woods


” I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.'” (from “Alice in Wonderland”)


The snow drifted and blew and sank onto every surface, softening lines and blurring contours. It was beautiful.  A new look for NBI’s woods and beach: the trees a feature, not just a backdrop.






Some of us lucky enough to be here loaded up on firewood and cozied up inside with a good view out the window.  Others loaded up with gear, and got outside to walk and wonder and play.



Whatever the season, this lovely old land has so many gifts to give!

By |March 2nd, 2014|Uncategorized|1 Comment