Orcas Hotel

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This delightful landmark hotel has been in operation for over a century, and has numerous ghost stories attached to its long and colourful past. The most significant is of former innkeeper Octavia Van Moorhem, who still keeps an eye on the establishment despite the fact that she passed away over one hundred years ago. Guests staying on the upper floor have heard disembodied footsteps, and have seen the apparition of a woman in an old-fashioned dress. Another report is that staff have heard the cries of a spectral infant coming from INSIDE the walls of the building, with no apparent source. Each room of the hotel has a journal for guests to record their ghostly experiences.

(Submitted by Callum Swift)

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Geographic Information

18 Orcas Hill Rd
Orcas Island, WA
United States

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48.59807905034168, -122.94469387829844
San Juan County, Washington
Nearest Towns:
Orcas, WA (0.0 mi.)
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Saanichton, BC (21.7 mi.)
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  1. I stayed at the Ocras Hotel in March of 2019. And around 10:30 at night my boyfriend amd were walking back to our room on the second floor and we loud footsteps above of us. The footsteps were coming from the third floor. I went to go and look up the stairs to see if anyone the was there and there was no one.

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