A popular and easy-to-access destination during your charter is Rosario Resort, located on Cascade Bay on Orca’s Island. This historical resort was originally a mansion built by Seattle ship engineer Robert Moran. Moran moved to Seattle from New York City with naught but a dime in his pocket, and pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become part owner of Seattle’s largest ship-repair company by 1902. By 1904, due to the stress of business, Moran was in poor health and was given only a few years to live. He purchased 7,000 acres on Orca’s Island, which was uninhabited at the time, and built himself a massive and elegant mansion. The design of the mansion is a nod to Moran’s nautical past and his appreciation of the natural world. Guests can take a self-guided tour of the magnificent mansion and the museum on the upper floors, eat at the Mansion Restaurant, or indulge in a massage at the unique, turn-of-the-century spa. On Saturdays at 4 p.m., pianist Christopher Peacock gives a presentation in which he shares stories of Rosario’s history and plays the Steinway and pipe organ. Admission is free, and this performance comes highly recommended from San Juan Sailing and Yachting staff.
Surrounded by the natural beauty of Cascade Bay and his beloved custom mansion, Robert Moran’s health turned around and he lived with his family until 1943. Rosario Resort is sure to have the same soothing effect on all of its visitors.
There is a 36 slip marina, fuel dock and eight mooring buoys available in Cascade Bay. Due to heavy summer traffic, all boats in the harbor area wishing to use moorage facilities at Rosario Resort need to contact “Rosario Harbormaster” by VHF radio on channel 78A prior to entering the marina.