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Orcas Island, Washington, United States
Rosario Resort and Spa is located on beautiful Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands and welcomes visitors seeking relaxation and the unparalleled beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Centerpiece of Rosario is the historic Moran Mansion, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mansion houses the Moran Museum, The Spa, the Mansion Restaurant and Moran Lounge. To help us keep in touch with our guests, staff, and community, we are offering this blog featuring news and events about Rosario and Orcas Island. Please visit our website at www.rosarioresort.com for more information. If you would like to submit a photo or story idea for posting, please contact General Manager Christopher Peacock at cpeacock@rosarioresort.com.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Moon Over Rosario

A beautiful full moon over Rosario photo taken by our own Scott Kantrud!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Eddie Bauer Catalog

Who's seen the new Eddie Bauer magazine with photos shot at Rosario?!!!


Hit the Eddie Bauer store (or catalog) for the 2013 Spring fashion, book a flight on Kenmore Air from Lake Union in downtown Seattle, and be at Rosario Resort & Spa on Orcas Island 40 minutes later... this year, live the adventure!

Eddie Bauer was born on Orcas Island in 1899 and started his Seattle outdoor sporting goods store in 1920 (wonder if he ever did odd jobs at Rosario for Robert Moran while growing up?). He is credited for developing the "Bomber Jacket" during World War II and down climbing jackets.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Year's Eve Party

Rosario Resort's New Year's Eve Party saw the return of the Seafood Buffet and a great time had by all!

A fantastic spread put out by Chef Dan Koommoo and staff!
Rosario's General Manager Christopher Peacock and daughter Cara ready to greet guests!
DJ Bruce Pavitt and his wife Jyoti got everyone dancing!
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Seafood Buffet

The Rosario Seafood Buffet is Back! New Year's Eve! Call us for reservations 376-2222.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Vote and Give

Only four days left for our Festival of Trees display! Please stop by and contribute to your favorite non-profit by New Year's Day. Go to Rosario Resort Web Site

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Dinner

Christmas Eve Dinner... to be repeated Christmas Day! Props to our Culinary Team!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gingerbread Mansion

Our Pastry Chef Jami Plummer has outdone herself with this whimsical gingerbread display of the Moran Mansion... outstanding! It is on display in our lobby through January 1 as part of the Festival of Trees. Go to Rosario Resort Web Site

Friday, December 7, 2012

Miro Quartet

The Music Room at Rosario was the setting for last night's (and tonight's) Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival's "Leaves of Gold" concert, featuring the Miro Quartet. Hailed by the New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the Miró Quartet is one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups. What a treat! Go to Rosario Resort Web Site

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Festival of Trees 2012

Rosario's 2nd Annual Festival of Trees is full swing in the Moran Mansion. Come check out the beautiful trees decorated by a variety of Orcas Island non-profits and give during this holiday season!

The first tree is by Orcas Center, our community center for the arts. http://orcascenter.org/
Continuing with our wonderful Festival of Trees non-profit participants, here is the Orcas Choral Society tree with music themed handmade ornaments! www.orcaschoralsociety.org
Kaleidoscope Day Care provides a safe, affordable, high-quality, consistent childcare and preschool while supporting Orcas Island families! The kids made the clay ornament frames for their pictures... great work! www.ourkaleidoscopekids.org/
The Orcas Fire and Rescue tree reminds us all to wear reflective clothing during these dark days (but there was a minute more of light today)! Thanks to all these great volunteers who give to our community! www.orcasfire.org/
Friends of Moran State Park is a community group organized to help support keeping the park a Washington Treasure. Washington State Parks celebrate their Centennial in 2013, partially thanks to Robert Moran! http://friendsofmoran.com/
And now for more trees featuring our Orcas Island children! Here is the tree from Orcas Montessori, offering a dynamic learning environment for preschoolers and kindergartners. www.orcasmontessori.org/
Next comes the tree decorated by The Funhouse Commons,a community center that fosters fun and learning with dozens of hands-on kid-friendly science exhibits, a computer lab, complete audio and video production studios, a library of educational films and documentaries, facilities for classes and meetings, clubs, and much more. Most importantly, The Funhouse Commons is a critical safety net for the youth of Orcas Island–and by extension their families. http://funhousecommons.org/
More hand-made decorations from Orcas Island Kids! Orcas Island Children's House is an early learning center serving Orcas Island families for more than 40 years. Children's House helps to preserve the sustainability of our unique island by providing families an education-oriented environment for their toddler- and preschool-aged children. www.oich.org
Mandy Rudolph’s Farm to Classroom Program is part of Orcas Island School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program. Their Rosario Festival of Trees entry is called “A few of our Favorite Things.” Improving the school lunch is only a part the program...every student from Kindergarten through 6th grade also spends a minimum of one hour a week in the Farm to Classroom project where they learn what good food is and how much better for their bodies it will be for the rest of their lives. They also work in our school garden where they turn the soil, harvest fennel and all kinds of herbs, raise popcorn, pumpkins, beans, strawberries and all kinds of lettuces, to name a few. www.orcasislandf2c.org/
The kid trees have been displayed, now for the animals! The Orcas Animal Protection Society promotes the humane care of animals and operates a modern, clean, visitor and animal friendly shelter. Just viewing their Festival of Trees display convinces us they are doing a great job! www.orcaspets.org/
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Spread

Pastry Chef Jamie Plummer laid out quite a spread for our Thanksgiving dinner... I am sure a few of our guests have a sugar overdose going on today!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas in November

If your on Orcas Island this Thanksgiving weekend, come enjoy Robbie Christmas performing in the Moran Lounge on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7 pm - 10 pm. Photo credit goes to Amaryllis Lockhart (awesome)!

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Sunday, September 30, 2012


We were delighted and honored to host a national clothing company's catalog photo shoot over the last two weeks. Thanks to all the producers, models, photographers, designers and crew... we hope they enjoyed Rosario and Orcas Island!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Evening Magazine

King 5's Evening Magazine hosted their September 19th show from Rosario Resort & Orcas Island! Host Meeghan Black interviewed our own Christopher Peacock and featured him playing "Phantom of the Opera" on our pipe organ.

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

End of Summer

End of summer is always entertaining with our marina staff. Tradition says you go in the drink on your last day of work. We're not sure why three dockhands are in the water with only one leaving. Also not sure why our Harbormaster Terry Jones was the only one to remain dry!

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Indoor Pool Rebuild

We are happy to announce that our newly rebuilt indoor pool is now open! These photos show a bit of the process of replicating the pool's original historic tile design. We were very happy when our guest Marissa Price from Olympia was the first to swim in it (if you don't count our contractor Shawn who accidently fell in earlier in the day)!

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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Entrance Circle Garden

Rosario Resort's new entrance circle garden is looking beautiful. After our 80 year old chestnut tree died, we knew we needed to do something new, and the result is beautiful thanks to Orcas Island's own All Seasons Gardening!
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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Classic Boats

The Thea Foss and Odyssey return to Rosario... spectacular classic boats!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Moran Family Wedding

We were honored to host the wedding rehearsal dinner of Robert Moran's Great, Great Granddaughter Malia Burns in the Music Room at Rosario Resort. Joining Malia is her fiancé Bill Kiolbasa and her parents Beck Burns (Moran's Great Granddaughter) and Stewart Hiester. The beautiful flowers were provided by Orcas Island's own "Nest."

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