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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.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Moran State Park Trail Clean-Up

Over a year ago, Orcas Island looked like it was hit by a major windstorm, trees down and branches everywhere. But the damage was not done by high winds, but heavy snow. Many of Moran State Park's trails were impassable and camp sites were in ruins. At the same time, many travel publications were writing articles about "voluntourism," vacations coupled with volunteering. This gave birth to Rosario Resort's "Take a Hike, Clear a Trail, Enjoy a Vacation" Package. Rosario Resort partnered with Moran State Park to offer guests a chance to volunteer in trail cleanup efforts while vacationing at our historic resort at a discounted rate. A year later, this program has garnered national awards, including the Gold Award in the Aaron D.Cushman/Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Travel Public Relations awards for “Best Overall Marketing Campaign" and a Bronze Adrian Award from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. Recent articles in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and Sunset Magazine have sold out our April and May Park Clean-up weekends!

"Voluntourist" Linda Meriwood, from Gig Harbor, helps widen a trail on the Cascade Lake Loop in Moran State Park on Orcas Island.

March 1st Park Clean-up participants meet in the lobby to gather gloves and refreshments before hitting the trails. Even though April and May Park Clean-up weekends are sold out, sign up early for their return the first Friday/Saturday of October, November and December. Everyone feels great after a morning of doing community work in beautiful Moran State Park!

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