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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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fire & Ice

Our newly restored Spa Fireplace was unveiled this past week. The display is called "Fire & Ice" and features beautiful Orcas Island North Beach rock.

"The Pacific Northwest owes much of its scenic beauty to almost unimaginable geologic activity, from moving tectonic plates and volcanic eruptions to retreating glaciers. The San Juan Islands were created when glaciers advanced out of Canada and filled Puget Sound with an estimated 2,383 cubic miles of ice. As the glaciers retreated, the melting ice formed a huge freshwater lake in Puget Sound where glacial till mixed with marine sediments. The retreating glaciers carved deep channels through these sediments. This activity resulted in ancient mountain tops becoming the islands. Today’s beaches are awash with a variety of rocks smoothed through the ages."

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