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107 Doe Bay Road Olga
WA 98279
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“The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters.”
December 2008 Issue

Welcome to the Doe Bay Newsletter

New Year's Eve and Day
Come to the Doe Bay Café
Wildlife Watch
Fall Winter Spring Mountain Biking Season
The Community Fire Pit
Tell Your Friends!
Send Us Your Photos
Calling All Artists, Writers, Filmmakers, Musicians, and Performers of all kinds!
Woodstock's 40th
Let Us Host!

In this Issue…

Dear Friends of Doe Bay,

Doe Bay is open 365 days a year. That is remarkable. Because we choose to underwrite the operation of Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, we are “recession-resistant” which is to recession-proof, as water-resistant is to waterproof. We all hope the water isn’t too deep!

The tougher the economy, the more we get to pay for the pleasure of owning the place. At the same time, the tougher the economy, the more important it is to have a place where you can have a bona fide respite from the rest of the world. Doe Bay is a place to relax and reflect.

If you like Doe Bay and believe there should be places like Doe Bay, please take advantage of us. We need and will appreciate the business!

Come for Christmas!
A chance to have your family together away from the commercialism of the big city. Christmas at Doe Bay is understated and peaceful.

Holidays at Doe Bay Sitting around the communal fire pit

Come for New Years!
Our whole family will be there for Sandman, “the rappin cowboy” and the New Years feast. His show is only half the fun. We always have a post-midnight bonfire with Cowboy / Rap / Poetry.

Buy a gift certificate for a friend or loved one!
Give your family and friends gift certificates for Doe Bay; in $50 and $100 denominations. Call 360-376-2291 to order.

Order a Doe Bay Robe!
These are soft, luxurious and warm. We usually give these as gifts to wedding couples who have their ceremonies at Doe Bay, but we are now selling them to our guests.) For this and other DB clothing call 360 376-2291. We ship within 24 hours of receiving your order.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the newsletter.
- Joe
The Proprietor

You're Invited!

Your (more or less) Personalized New Years Invitation!

We still have space for our New Year’s celebration at Doe Bay! This will be one of our best celebrations to date. With Sandman already excited about his performance, a few other events in-planning, and Abigael and Ande creating a menu that is a decadent way to prepare for any resolutions you might intend for after January 1. Get your space today!

There has never been a better winter to stay at Doe Bay. In the next few weeks, you’ll be seeing more music, movies, and café specials popping up on the calendar than you could possibly imagine. You’ll still be able to come to Doe Bay and have a personal retreat and some introspection, but you can also come and make like-minded friends, enjoy on-island hikes, and take part in on-site activities as never before. Watch our Events page for details.

If you’re thinking about organizing an Event between now and 2010, we’d love to talk to you. Yoga Retreats, Family Reunions, Weddings, Writer’s Workshops, Spiritual Retreats, Film Workshops, Dance Intensives, and more have been hosted at Doe Bay with great success. Let us know when you’re interested in making an event happen and we’ll help make it the success you want it to be.

We can’t wait to see you here again, or for the first time.

Be well. Be on the island,
~Harreld, Jami, and the entire Doe Bay Staff

Discounts & Specials

Love is in the air, prepare for random hugging!

NOTICE – Hooverville Specials at Doe Bay and Online Booking Discount Codes!

Since the economy has hit a nationwide rough patch, we’re offering a Hooverville Special between December 14, 2008 and February 13. Book Online for any two-night stay, print out this newsletter and bring it with you when you check in and if you’re on our mailing list, you’ll receive a 40% discount on your stay for weekends and 50% for weekdays!

This special is available for a limited time. To lock in your booking discount, please make your bookings before the end of December.

Interested in a later stay? Use booking code DBFB09 before the end of 2008 and take advantage of a 30% discount on your lodging for any booking through the end of April. This code is valid until the end of December 2008.

Come spend a few days for quiet introspection. Work on a paper or project on our free wifi. Enjoy the antics of river otters, buffleheads, and mergansers from the comfort of the café or library. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to see a winter storm. Even though we get a fraction of the precipitation of Seattle and Portland, one of the coziest ways to spend time is watching the bluster of whitecaps in Rosario Strait from your cabin or the tubs and sauna.

Give the Gift of Doe Bay

Rainbow over the water

Pot O’ Gold Gift Certificates Available Now & Perfect for The Holidays!

Now is the time to buy Gift Certificates at Doe Bay! Our Gift Certificates have no expiration dates, are good for any and all Doe Bay spaces and services from the excellent meals in the café, to massage or acupuncture treatments, to the cabins and campsites all over our beautiful land.

Please email a request to with your name, billing address, contact number, and desired size and number of certificates and we’ll call you for your credit card details. Or, just call us at 360-376-2291 and we’ll take it from you directly. Please do not send credit card details in a regular email or leave them on our voicemail. Get your certificates today and we’ll mail an attractive card directly to the recipient of your choice or to you for in-person gifting.

Café News

Abigael Birrell

I am supposed to keep this secret but our chef just gave me the proposed New Year's menu:

Truffled Popcorn with parmesan and rosemary
Jones Farm Smoked Salmon Cakes with meyer lemon-chive aioli
Sesame-Seared Alaskan Sea Scallop Skewers with an orange-miso dipping sauce
Finger Caesar Salads with roasted garlic croutons and preserved lemon vinaigrette
A Trio of Crostini
Orange-fennel green olive tapenade, Laura Chenel chevre and lemon oil
Artichoke pesto, marinated cannellini beans and baby arugula
Rosemary-fig compote, manchego, and sherry syrup
Polenta, Porcini and Goat Cheese Tart with Piquillo Pepper Coulis

Mezze Platter
An assortment of house made flat breads, muhummarah, tyro salata, roasted garlic hummus, falafel and pickled vegetables

Dessert Buffet
Flourless Chocolate Torte
Rustic Heirloom Apple Tartlets with Calvados Whipped Cream
Espresso Pots du Creme
Bourbon Pumpkin Cheesecake Fingers
Chocolate Dulce de Leche Bars
Assortment of House Made Truffles
Pistachio-Cherry Mexican Wedding Cakes
Blackberry-Meyer Lemon Trifle

Executive Chef Abigael Birrell is making her mark on our kitchen and is wowing diners from near and far. Building on the legacy of the Chefs before her, Abigael is not only creating meals that contain some of the highest percentages of locally-sourced organic foods in the area, but she also happens to be making some of the most lusciously delicious food available in a region filled with foodies.

Incredible tasting food that you can feel good about eating? You might think you’ve had it before. Not like this. A palatial understanding of why the experience of food can be transcendent, can be a tangible expression of art-as-sustenance; that’s what you’ll get for dinner here.

Meanwhile, her partner-in-culinary-creation, Chef Ande Janousek, can frequently be found making breakfasts that are both exquisite and comforting, making baked goods that manage to present a gold standard of texture and taste with a gamut from the decadence of tortes or the reassurance of breads. You can taste the deliciousness and the kindness in every bite of Ande’s cooking.

Thanksgiving at Doe Bay

It is always a treat and this year’s Island Thanksgiving was no exception. A feast was had that left people talking about the food for hours. And that was just the welcoming appetizers on Wednesday night.

Brunches on both Thanksgiving Day and on Friday and, of course, The Main Event. To top it all off, we were honored to host Lummi storyteller and spoken-word performers / singer-songwriters Robert Eaglebear and Mary Snowden for two nights of stories and songs and then finished the weekend with music. Olympia’s June Madrona and Belgium’s Sleeping Dog set the perfect mood the the café dinner to cap the weekend.

Booking for Thanksgiving of 2009 is open NOW.

Email for details or just watch your Newsletter.

eating dinner at the bar Abigael in the kitchen great food!


Up and Coming Things You Want to Know About

Doe Bay in the wintertime? YES! The winter is the quiet time on the islands. You’ll find much more space on the island’s trails, more time to get the local scoop on things to do, you’ll glory in the rugged beauty of storm-watching or can take advantage of a placid sunny day in the rainshadow. Winter in the San Juans are a perfect time to curl up with a project to complete on our wifi network or to be able to recharge with a soak in our much quieter tubs.

We’re currently in the process of booking music, workshops, and events for our wintertime season. Please check our Events calendar to see what’s in store for your stay.
Note: you MUST CALL Doe Bay directly TO BOOK THE FOLLOWING SPECIAL (360) 376-2291.

Solstice Music at Doe Bay!

Join Doe Bay for an evening of music from 6:30p – 10p on Friday, December 19 with San Juan Island’s Be Careful, Flowmotion’s Josh Clauson, and other special guests. $15/person or free to overnight guests. Other Orcas Island special guests TBA on our Events page.

Solstice performances at Doe Bay Watching Sandman, NYE 2007-08

New Year’s Eve – Sandman Returns

New Year’s at Doe Bay $100 party package and a 4-night stay will get you a 25% discount on lodging. The festivities include sumptuous and substantial New Year’s Eve appetizers, continues with the musical performance of the unique Chris Sand (Sandman, the Rappin Cowboy), peaks with a midnight toast, and sends you to sleep with a Midnight Dessert Buffet. In the morning, start your 2009 with a lazy brunch. Stay for three more days to get a jump on resolutions, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Go home and make the world better.

The Foot Ferry

Take the Foot Ferry to Doe Bay!

Getting to Doe Bay can be half the fun… Consider the foot ferry to our beach. Call us for details.