About DHI

Since 1982, the Carpenter family has pursued the Deer Harbor Inn’s tradition of quality and service. Craig and Pam Carpenter moved to Orcas Island after many years in the restaurant industry stemming from Boise Idaho, Reno Nevada, and Friday Harbor. Their two sons Matthew and Ryan grew up in the restaurant business and have followed in their father’s footsteps. 

In 1998, Matt “Chef” and Ryan took over the restaurant and catering operations bringing a renewed energy and enthusiasm to the Inn’s history. They purchased the restaurant from Pam and Craig in 2006.

Our commitment remains to uphold the standard of using only the freshest seafood, choicest steaks and seasonal fruits and vegetables.



The Deer Harbor Inn remains as one of Orcas Island’s first resorts. Initially called the Norton Inn, the resort was developed by Patrick and Mary Norton who moved to the Deer Harbor area in 1891. It was originally a commercial apple orchard that consisted of timber-framed canvas-topped structures built to house the Seattle schoolteachers who made annual visits for their summer retreats. 

A good crowd of islanders could be counted on to mingle with the guests in the dining room. The Norton’s son Felix and his wife, Esther, took over the resort in 1931 and operated it for many years. The historic Deer Harbor Inn contributed in putting this lovely village community on the map as a unique vacation destination and special community. 

For over a century guests from all around the world have experienced the peaceful tranquility, lovely views and fabulous home-cooked meals at the Deer Harbor Inn Restaurant.