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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.

Friday, December 7, 2007


The Schooner Zodiac made a recent visit to Rosario Resort. The Zodiac homeports in Bellingham, Washington and was built in Maine in 1924 for the heirs to Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid fortune as a racing yacht. She was sold to the San Francisco Bar Pilots during the Depression, and renamed California. She worked the rugged waters outside the Golden Gate for forty years, retiring in 1972, as the last working pilot schooner in the United States.

In the late 70s, the Vessel Zodiac Corporation was formed to operate and maintain the schooner, whose maiden name was promptly restored to Zodiac. Drawing on an experienced crew of sailorsand shipwrights who have worked on other Northwest tall ships such as the Adventuress and Lady Washington, the ship was restored to her former beauty and sailing strength. She currently takes charter tripsthrought the San Juan Islands, as well as the Canadian Gulf Islands.

“If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century AD)

We are always thrilled when the Zodiac chooses Rosario Resort as it’s port-of-call.

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