Darvill’s Bookstore

Written by on January 25, 2014 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(darvillsbookstore.com) – Eastsound, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

Darvill's Bookstore

How I heard of this place: We stepped off of our ferry and onto the beauty that is Orcas Island. A scenic drive north and to the east, and we were in the town of Eastsound, where we happened upon a Visitor’s Center. To our surprise, it was open on this Saturday afternoon – catering to the dozens who had just completed the Orcas Island Marathon  that morning – and we made our way in to chat with Michelle.

Darvill's Bookstore No Whining Card

She enthusiastically offered us suggestions, shared her favorite places and sent us on our way with maps, restaurant options and a full day of driving and hiking throughout the east side of the island.

Darvill's Bookstore Cafe Menu

Type of cuisine: A bookstore as a main focus, the mini cafe sits towards the back, where limited seating is available (one couch and a coffee table) amidst the rows of books and souvenirs. Hand-crafted espresso beverages, locally made cookies and brownies and cocoa nibs to enjoy on site or take away.

Darvill's Bookstore Inside

Ambiance: A cozy bookstore, open to all, with the aroma of freshly ground coffee faintly sifting its way through the air. The quiet chatter of local townspeople coming together, purchases being made, and smiles being shared.

Darvill's Bookstore Cafe

Books, Calendars, Journals, Music and Intriguing Gifts for All Ages & Interests“.

Darvill's Bookstore Cafe Decor

What I ordered: I selected the Harmony Chai ($3.25 for 8-ounces) and my husband chose a large (16-ounce) Breve Mocha ($5). For our snacks, we dipped the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie ($3.25) in my chai and consumed the Gluten Free Cocoa Nib Brownie ($4) with ease.

Darvill's Bookstore Cafe Pick-Up

What I loved: The mocha! The chai was slightly more milky than I usually like, but the flavor of the chai was smooth and full of the flavors of cinnamon, cloves and black tea. The espresso was fine, smooth and creamy to the last drop…or so I heard.

Darvill's Bookstore Espresso

Why I loved it: With the limited seating already full, we took our order to go and sat down along the miniature rock wall by the church’s labyrinth to consume our snacks while overlooking the water and islands in the mist.

Darvill's Bookstore To Go

Cost: Average ($3 – $4.75 per espresso beverage)

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