The West Coast Constitution

No, there’s no new constitution out here on the west coast, but George Washington would be glad to know that there’s a Mount Constitution. Found over on Orcas Island and in plain view of our guests, it sits at an elevation of 2,399 feet and is the highest point on the San Juan Islands. Distinctive Turtleback Mountain is also on Orcas Island.

Turtleback Mountain from the piazza of George Washington Inn

Mount Constitution received its name from the 18th century frigate, USS Constitution, which was named by George Washington.  Nicknamed “Old Ironsides”, the ship was made famous in the War of 1812 in a battle against the British ship, Guerriere. It still resides in the Charlestown Navy Yard at Boston Harbor and is revered as the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy still afloat. However, I don’t think it will be sailing out here to its namesake, Mount Constitution on Orcas Island. It just set sail this month, under its own power, for the 2nd time in some 130 years to commemorate the 200th anniversary of its victory over the British frigate. (Photo link: USS Constitution in Seattle, 1933)

Guests enjoy this view across the Strait of Juan de Fuca while they eat their breakfast in the piazza of our bed and breakfast inn. We’d love to host you here at this lovely spot between Sequim and Port Angeles. Why not set some plans in motion to make it a reality? There’s so much to enjoy and explore out here on the Olympic Peninsula.

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