Located on Orcas Island, the Rosario Resort is a fun-filled destination for sailors. The attractions and activities are varied. They range from hiking (or driving in a rental car) up Constitution Mountain to take in the magnificent view to a massage at the resort spa. The centerpiece of Rosario Resort is the 5-story mansion of Robert Moran, a rich businessman who built the retreat in 1906.
Moorings are available for a fee at the Marina at Rosario in Cascade Bay. Holding is good in the anchorage. Sailors at anchor can have access to the marina facilities for a fee.
Dinghy dockage: Dinghy dockage is available.
Rosario Resort offers guided tours of the Moran Mansion, where you’ll learn much about the history of the San Juan Islands. There are also shops and restaurants. But that’s just the start of what you can do on Orcas Island. Mt. Constitution, in Moran State Park, is the highest peak in the mountainous and hilly San Juan Islands at 2,409 feet above sea level. You can either hike up to the summit or rent a car and drive the narrow switchback road to see a 360-degree view that, on a clear day, includes Vancouver Island, the Cascade and Olympic mountains, all of the San Juan Islands, and the Gulf Islands. For an even better view, sign up for a seaplane tour! Horseback riding on scenic trails or renting a bicycle to navigate the tree-lined roads is also popular. It’s little wonder that many sailors choose to spend two days of their Pacific Northwest sailing itinerary sampling the many delights of Orcas Island.
Dockage, fuel, showers, water, garbage disposal, a swimming pool, and car rentals are all available at the Marina at Rosario.