Bayside Cottages

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Jim + Betsy Nelson


We met in Seattle in the early 70's, married, and moved to Orcas in 1975. The island has been our home ever since.

It's hard to believe that Bayside Cottages has been welcoming new guests to Orcas for over 30 years.

It all started with the renovation of the original Bayside Cottage, and we slowly grew the business over the years, designing and building many of the cottages ourselves. 

We're lucky to wake up every day in such a beautiful place, and it's always a joy to see how much our guests love it here, too.

Betsy is also a painter. Check out the work of this Orcas Island artist here at her studio page, and contact Betsy if you'd like to schedule a studio tour. 

Please contact us if you have any questions!