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New General Manager appointed at Outlook Inn on Orcas Island

ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. (May 25, 2023) – Outlook Inn, managed and operated by Columbia Hospitality, has announced the appointment of Katie Sellers to General Manager. Sellers will oversee all management and operations for the hotel and restaurant, situated in the heart of Orcas Island in Eastsound, overlooking Fishing Bay. Outlook Inn features 32 spacious rooms and suites, tide-to-table fare at New Leaf Cafe led by Chef Andrew Martin and serene indoor and outdoor event spaces. Sellers will continue to evolve the Outlook Inn’s offerings on the island and ensure the Outlook Inn continues to service visitors from all around the world, as well as locals throughout the Orcas and surrounding island communities. 

She has lived on Orcas Island for over 13 years, previously working as food and beverage manager at Outlook Inn and New Leaf Cafe, where she was responsible for planning and overseeing execution of the property’s impressive culinary program. She brings a deep understanding of Outlook Inn’s operations, standards, and hospitality to her new position as well as a respected reputation among staff and the local community. She will continue to partner with the local community and ensure the Outlook Inn is a responsible steward of the treasured land on and surrounding Orcas.  

Born and raised in Washington, Sellers graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2003, where she studied Art History and Fine Art. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at Washington State University. When not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her rescue dog, reading, traveling, and a range of creative activities including painting, weaving, and dying fiber.

 About Outlook Inn

Nestled in the heart of Orcas Island, Outlook Inn offers travelers a coastal-aesthetic experience in the charming town of Eastsound. The Inn features 32 rooms with waterfront accommodation or easy proximity to the water, allowing guests to take full advantage of the picturesque Fishing Bay and the Island’s rich assortment of outdoor activities. The hotel features the New Leaf Cafe, led by Chef Andrew Martin. The restaurant upholds the Island’s tide-to-table approach, drawing inspiration for seasonal menus from Pacific Northwest ingredients and vibrant local culture. The experienced Outlook Inn staff executes intimate indoor and outdoor gatherings, including curated wedding packages, meetings and retreats. Orcas Island is accessible by ferry, boat, airplane, or seaplane, located 80 miles northwest of Seattle, Washington and 95 miles southwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Outlook Inn is managed by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality, Inc. For more information, please visit https://www.outlookinn.com/.

About Columbia Hospitality, Inc.

Columbia Hospitality (Columbia) is a North American management and consulting company established in 1995 by founder and CEO John Oppenheimer. Their growing portfolio includes award-winning hotels and resorts, premier residential communities, restaurants and bars, private and public golf clubs, conference centers, and distinctive venues. Columbia creates exceptional experiences for guests and team members while achieving phenomenal results for property owners. Columbia has also consulted on hundreds of hospitality projects worldwide, delivering a high level of customized service to partners and investors. For more information about Columbia and to view the entire portfolio, visit columbiahospitality.com.

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