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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.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Buck Bay Oysters

Chef Dan took our culinary team on a recent outing to visit local Orcas Island Farms, including Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. Our daily oyster menu features a variety of Northwest oysters and preparations. The Mansion Restaurant features one dollar oysters nightly!

Heading out on the tide flats of Buck Bay.

Toni Hermansen of Buck Bay Farm explains the oyster raising and harvesting process... they start by seeding the oysters in bags and placing them in the bay. After about two and a half years, they are big enough to be sorted by size. The oysters are then harvested, washed and scrubbed to remove barnacles before being sold to Rosario.

The oyster bags are in full view at low tide.

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