Doe Bay Survives
"War of the Worlds" - Sale Falls Through!
Bay is in the News
Tara Nelson's article about Doe Bay in the Mount Baker Experience
by clicking on this!!
Reporter Tara Nelson joined us for New Years
and her report is perfect. The online version doesn't have
her great photos that were part of the print version but it
is great reading anyway and we appreciate it. She also got
to meet Sandman, the Rappin' Cowboy!
what Shannon Lassen, Wedding Planner Extraordinaire, said
after a recent visit to Doe Bay > > >
Shannon is one of the nicest people we have
met and is an expert in events and specifically weddings.
Having her visit was a little daunting because she knows what
it takes to make a venue work for her clients. Doe Bay seems
to have really passed the test.
Press to come:
Check out the May edition of Seattle Magazine. They didn't
say enough but just seeing Doe Bay acknowledged in such a
traditional publication is satisfying.
Also.... we expect to be featured in the Travel 180 section
of the new magazine Bellingham
Alive which will be launching
next month. It is an ingenious online and print venture being
created by some real smart folks!
Finally, one of our owners was in the news recently having
been selected as an Innovator and a Superhero for her work
in the community. The article from Parent Map Magazine follows:
Superheroes for Washington Families
When Maureen Brotherton’s daughter Tia was 16, she
faced a dilemma: She needed a paying summer job, but didn’t
want to give up her volunteer work as a tutor to homeless
children. Brotherton and her husband’s solution? They
paid Tia themselves to stay on as a volunteer with the Atlanta
Street Center. At that point, the idea for TIPS was born.
in Public Service
TIPS provides teenagers rewarding summer employment in the
form of paid community service internships. “TIPS participants
receive more than just a paycheck,” Brotherton says.
“TIPS allows teens to be leaders. Our interns discover
struggles and needs in their communities. They often find
their life’s work or passion. It is a win-win-win program
for teens, nonprofits and the community at large.”
Psychologist Laura Kastner, Ph.D., has two children who are
TIPS alumni. “TIPS gives teenagers opportunities to
work in substantial job roles in the nonprofit world, gives
agencies outstanding teen employees, and pays the teens with
foundation funds that yield huge community profit mileage
out of every dollar,” says Kastner. “Maureen’s
brainchild is nothing short of brilliant.”
Right now, it is Michelle Obama!
When people are rude or condescending to others.
Favorite recent read
There Is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay
For more information about TIPS, contact Maureen@TeensInPublicService.org.
|Hot Deal for Mother's
that we follow the story about Maureen (mother of five) with
Your Mom deserves a massage! If you and your Mom camp anywhere
at Doe Bay on Mother's day weekend, we will treat her to a
Accommodations and then Reserve
Make your reservation and print out this newsletter. Bring
it in and present it to the front desk and we will schedule
the massage, on us! Happy Mother's day!
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Welcome at Doe Bay!!! New Spa Rules
Kids are welcome at the Doe
Bay Café… Dine with us and bring them along!
out the kid's menu > >
Kids in the Spa!
In addition to the cafe and all of our grounds and our new
swing & slide, we have now revised our Spa rules to allow
children as guests. This required balancing of different interests
and some compromise, but you should be pleased.
Children must be potty trained, accompanied by an adult and
those under 12 will be limited in their hours of use. This
should allow all to enjoy and still retain the peace and quiet
in the evenings that our adults so appreciate.
This may be the easiest contest
in the world. We will even accept a picture of you in Doe
Bay wear Photoshopped into an exotic location!
The kid pictured below probably doesn't even have a passport!
Be the first to name the country by filling in the missing
letters and win a prize! If you identify the three people
in the background, you will win something cool, like free
lattes at the Doe Bay Cafe, for a month! Write to me!
Send your travel photos in showing you at an exotic location
or virtually any Doe Bay related photo and we will consider
publishing it here and making you famous. Joe@DoeBay.com.
!!! LAST CHANCE!!!! ALL HIKING TRAILS IN MORAN STATE PARK
ARE OPEN TO MOUNTAIN BIKING UNTIL MAY 15!
Our low carbon footprint discount applies!
Moran State Park has some
of the finest hiking and biking trails in the Northwest. Many
of them are closed to bikes during the Summer but, FOR THE
NEXT 45 DAYS THEY ARE OPEN!!!!!
We want you to experience this so badly that we will practically
pay you to come up. We always offer a $10.00 per night
discount to anyone who arrives by bicycle.
Come mountain biking now and bring a copy of this newsletter
or arrive by foot or kayak and you will get this deal. $10
off per night for each person that arrives by bike or kayak
to Doe Bay, so couples get $20 off a night and big groups
could get a real deal! It’s called the Human-Powered
Fire Pit - While we were at it, we improved your pit... again!
One of our favorite events
at Doe Bay is an evening campfire. They are great in the Summer
but truly memorable in the colder times of year.
We have a safe burn pit designed for fires for groups of
5 to 25. See below the latest photos of the latest improvements;
Hand-hewn cedar benches!!
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so we can know what to do better and what you love the most!
that says it all!
COME BACK! We love having you here.
We don't advertise in any traditional sense. We hold to the
belief (naive as it may be) that, if you create a great product,
people will find it. Right or wrong, we have hopefully saved
lots of trees.
Word of mouth is our standard promotional device so we ask
you to use technology to tell the Doe Bay story to one and
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Dear Friends of Doe
I was amazed at the effect of last month's April Fools newsletter
(for those of you who missed it, click here APRIL
FOOLSLETTER). I felt a little guilty, as one always does for
playing a trick that works. But on balance, the experience was heartening;
realizing what a tragedy it would be, not just for our family, but
for so many people, to lose Doe Bay as we know it. I received literally
hundreds of E-mails from guests and friends who said they were in
tears before they saw the end of the story. So, relax, with a little
help from our friends, Doe Bay will be here for you and your children
and their children.
You can help by continuing to do what you do. Plan a visit. Come
for dinner. Bring your kids camping at Doe Bay. Learn to Kayak here.
Invite your book club to Doe Bay. Plan a family reunion with us.
Finally, tell your friends and their friends. Like all businesses,
we need customers and we promise to take care of you and anyone
you send our way!
The Merry Pranksters Arrive at Doe Bay....
Why do I love Doe Bay? (Reason # 476) On the morning
of Good Friday, a classic 1962 hippie filled school bus pulled into
Doe Bay, unannounced. As quoted in the masthead, you are either
on the bus or off the bus and on this bus was Elephant Revival.
In exchange for a place to park the bus and an afternoon of soaking
in our spa, they would play their music at the cafe. This is the
kind of thing we dreamed of in the 70's. First of all, owning Doe
Bay.... unimaginable. Second, having a bus full of musicians just
pull up and say, "we want to play at your place tonight."....
Priceless! I wish you had been here to enjoy it with us. The amazing
thing is that amazing things happen at Doe Bay all the time.
Free Back Up Band for Open Mic Nights
Every Thursday night, all year round, Doe Bay hosts an open mic in
the cafe. We also put away our normal gourmet menu and replace it
with some of the best pizza you will ever taste. I can promise you
something unique at open mic. It may be a jazz experience worthy of
Newport or something closer to the Gong Show. Let me put it this way...
If Susan Boyle were American rather than Scottish, she would have
performed at Doe Bay open mic night.
In case you are concerned about going it alone, there are a few
old musicians who are available to back you up. Guitar, bass, some
percussionists and maybe a horn or harmonica. We don't usually practice
but an afternoon warm-up session could probably be arranged. Bruce
(who sat in on mandolin with Elephant Revival) is in charge. Write
to him at Bruce's
Doe Bay Backup Band.
Doe Bay Book Drive - Please Feed the Otter Lodge Book Shelves!
Books for Doe Bay - We can tell our experiment
in Socialism is working because a number of the hundreds of books
which we put in the Otter Lodge, Self-Service, Honor System,
Lending Library have disappeared. That gives me great joy
in part because I have learned to forgive. I would like to share
my joy with you. Please go through your library before you come
up to Doe Bay next time and pick a dozen titles which you enjoyed
and which you think others would enjoy. Bring them up and we will
add them to the library. Share your good fortune and take a book
to read while you are visiting!
Tom Sawyer Work Weekend - A huge Success! THANK YOU WORKERS!
I want to thank all of our friends who came up for work weekend.
This is a tradition we started when we first bought Doe Bay where
about 30 or 40 of our friends come up for a "Tom Sawyer"
weekend of work and fun.
We may permanently move it to the week before or after Easter as
we have many guests who have asked to start a family tradition of
Easter at Doe Bay. The list of tasks accomplished
is too long to insert here but from painting to carpentry to tree
trimming to drainage and gardening, Doe Bay was transformed by your
The campfire was great fun and the food prepared by Abigael and
served by Freddy was outstanding.
Until next month,
I am Wishing you Health, Peace and Prosperity…
Doe Bay Fest 09
– Plan Your Trip Now - August 14, 15 & 16
The Draft logo is too cool to not share with you... Our committee
is looking at several designs by Northwest Artist Irene Wood:
Please don't panic. Tickets and accommodations will be open for
purchase on June 1st.
- Tickets are $30.00 in advance and $40.00 day of (if any are
still available then)
- Several intimate shows in the café and the studio.
- Friday night shows on the mainstage in addition to the Noon
until ten activities on Saturday.
- Great Food all weekend at the Doe Bay cafe and at the
- The lineup of bands and entertainers is exceeding our expectations.
- Announcements will be coming soon! Keep your eye on
the Doe Bay web site for updates!
- Watch for Myspace and Facebook updates!
- Join the Facebook group - Doe Bay Fest
- Plan to carpool or leave your car at home and come by the foot
ferry. Details will follow.
quick clip from Doe Bay Fest 08
Section - Today's Featured Product
Pure Wild Alaska Salmon Oil
Unprocessed - Extra Virgin - Cold Pressed
Doe Bay is still too cool to actually sell advertising in its newsletter,
but we have decided to allocate a small section, carefully identified
as a place for Commercial Free Speech. Today we are talking about
a product we believe in. Pure Wild Alaska Salmon Oil produced by
Alaska Protein Recovery have been sold in our store for a year.
It was the only retail place outside of Alaska where the Pure Alaska
Omega Brand was available. We were hesitant to tell you what an
incredible product it was until we could get it to you. As of today,
the wild Alaska salmon gelcaps are available in every Costco store
in the US.
Doe Bay's owner and one of his partners started a company called
Round Gold about 6 years ago with some simple goals; Stop the fishing
industry from grinding and dumping most of a fish, just so we could
eat the fancy filets. We believed there was value in 100% utilization
of the resource and that the dumping of fish carcasses, entrails
and offal was an environmental hazard to many Alaskan communities
and to our oceans. This company grew and took on two more key partners
and eventually morphed into Alaska
Protein Recovery. If you take fish oil, there are two things
that are probably true. The first is that you don't know exactly
what fish is in each gel cap. We call that SalSarmonchovie oil.
The other is that it was probably boiled, bleached, deodorized and
scrubbed. This product is pure Alaska Salmon Oil straight from the
fish to you. Costco has it at a great price. Let us know what you
We are coming clean! No more
secrets! .... Our Camping is Hot! And we will give you a free night
to prove it!
You may now let your
friends know that camping at Doe Bay is one of Orcas Island's best
kept secrets! It is a better deal than Moran or any other legal
camping spot on the island and includes use of the spa, (tubs and
sauna) as well as a shower house and a guest kitchen!
The award winning Doe Bay cafe is walking distance from every camp
site! Still not convinced? Reference this newsletter when
you reserve and your camping fee is half price. This deal
applies to any reservations made in the month of May for camping
in May or June!
News from the
Doe Bay Cafe!
Spring is in full swing here at the Doe Bay Café. For us that
means the very first local vegetables of the season are finally starting
to appear from Orcas Island farms.
Ande and Abigael
Some things to look for
on our menu include spicy salad greens and rosy French Breakfast
radishes from Maple Rock Farm, delicate pea shoots from Morningstar
Farm and foraged nettles and fiddlehead ferns from Taproot Farm.
Nettles, a much maligned “weed” of the Northwest, are
taking a starring role on our spring menu. You can find them in
our delicious Nettle-Chive Soup, Nettle-Goat Cheese ravioli and
Nettle Pesto Pizza with Jones Farm Smoked Salmon.
Our on site garden is bursting starts, seedlings and flowers. We’re
looking forward to harvesting our first salad greens of the year
If you haven’t been out on a Thursday to Pizza Night in a
while, now is the time to come back. As the weather gets warmer,
the music just gets better and better. We’ve also brought
in some light springtime beers to wash all that pizza down with.
Sunday night is Date Night at the Café! Take advantage of
our 30% discount on bottles of wine, free tub pass with purchase
of an entrée and “Recession Special” which includes
our signature Doe Bay salad and a big bowl of our daily soup for
We look forward to seeing you down here for delicious food, exceptional
service and our outstanding view!
The Famous Doe Bay Cafe
Wall of Mirrors
Doe Bay Welcomes
The WWOOF program is going great guns at Doe Bay. The garden has been
expanded and has never looked better! The reaction of our guest WWoofer's
has been great. It is different from many WWOOF farms because we have
the SEED to TABLE program and so many activities on site. All guest
workers are able to enjoy the Soaking Tubs and Sauna and other elements
of the Doe Bay lifestyle.
As you now probably know, WWOOF
is a worldwide organization of people dedicated to Organic gardening
who trade labor for accommodations at farms throughout the world.
WWOOF USA Website
Doe Bay recently joined WWOOF and has already received a flurry
of requests for stays. To learn more, please
see our website >>>
Retreats - Bring your group to work in the Garden!
will come from their work!
Another volunteer option is to come up for a weekend with a group
of able bodied folks. We tailor each visit, but the general idea
is that we exchange a two-night / three-day stay for you and your
group for a half day of work in the garden or on the grounds.
The particular jobs are season dependant as well as a function
of what the property needs. They may include pure organic gardening,
trail or brush clearing, cleaning or painting or even brainstorming.
If you are interested, please contact us by writing to DoeBayVolunteers@Gmail.com.
Our volunteer coordinator (who is also a volunteer) will get right
back to you.
Doe Bay Supports
Orcas Island Organizations
Doe Bay supports local
organizations in a variety of ways, including our weekly fundraising
at Thursday night pizza and open mic night.
In addition, this month we are hosting a BBQ fundraiser for the
Funhouse on Friday, May 29, 3-5pm. Fish tacos extraordinaire! $18
for adults and kids eat grilled quesadillas for free! All
proceeds go to the Funhouse, which provides a great resource
to Orcas kids. The
Funhouse on Orcas Island!
Enjoy these Videos
from Doe Bay
Please post your Doe Bay videos to YouTube or the Server of your choice
and let us know about them. We will link them in our newsletter. Here
are two of my favorites:
Years Fireworks - The impromptu show was great but
the enthusiasm of the videographer was palpable, contagious and
Dance on St Paddy's Day - This was one really cool
event. I could tell you a lot about it but the video speaks for
itself. The photo shows a didgeridoo which is one of the instruments
that showed up.
Send photos and movies and links to Joe@DoeBay.com.
Calling all Artists,
Writers, Filmmakers, Musicians, and Performers of all kinds!
Doe Bay is a proud to support the arts by hosting artists for performances,
staged readings, installations, retreats, or as a space to host classes
We are now booking people for the 2009 Season.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
to see if your work might be a good fit for Doe Bay’s guests,
you, and your creative output.
Contest Results - Only Bart McLaughlin, an outstanding
jazz drummer from New York City, was able to correctly identify
the musicians from a West Seattle Band known as the Midnight Sun.
They are the famous and recently deceased guitarist Ricky Novito,
drummer Brian Hughes and bass player Joe B.
Several of you identified the mystery artist as Eddie Vedder. When
you come to collect your prize, watch for Eddie in the cafe.
Brother, Can You Spare a
Job? .... Not really any more!
We are nearly fully staffed for
the season. Hopefully we have responded to every application. If
not, your offer or thanks for applying message should be coming
We also want to again thank everyone for applying. We have not
seen a response like this one before. We are very excited about
the great group of people we have coming up to make Doe Bay run!