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Posted By Robin & Jim

Our friends Bonnie and Walt recommended Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, and we thought it would be a great place to celebrate our anniversary and Thanksgiving - something a little special (though it's hard to imagine anything more special than the cruising season we've been having out here!)

resort from the water

The photo above isn't the greatest shot of the mansion - I took it early on an overcast morning.  It's a lovely spot and the late 1800's mansion has been beautifully restored.

resort front entrance

The place had just that kind of special feeling we needed - especially since we were really missing our friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  We took solace in some of the amenities at Rosario - the hot tub and some spa treatments.  We explored the property and admired the grand view looking down Eastsound Bay to the south.

grand view

We liked sitting by the marble chip fireplace, and we had scones and hot tea one morning, sitting in this nifty side-by-side chair (a single piece of furniture).

side by side chairs

The mansion boasts a pipe organ from the turn of the 20th century, along with a beautiful piano from the same time period.  The resort's manager is a well-known local pianist (Christopher Peacock), and he gives a little concert and historical talk on Saturday afternoons. 

organ and piano

We enjoyed the Thanksgiving buffet, though it was hard to see so many families together for the holiday - it reminded us how much we miss ours. 

Growing up in NJ, I always went to my godparent's place for the big family Thanksgiving dinner, which was wonderful.  We never thought anything about it, but my godparents lived in a large apartment above the funeral home that they owned and operated.  When my brother and I were at that age where we were easily bored, Dad would take us downstairs and play hide-and-seek.  We never bothered with any rooms where someone was laid out, but we liked the smell of fresh flowers there.  In later years we enjoyed talking with the "holiday strays" at dinner - friends or people who didn't have anywhere to go for the holiday.  Sometimes they were people who worked at the funeral home...  free-lance embalmers, hair dressers, etc.  Ask me sometime about the car my parents borrowed to take me to college.  You really can't make this stuff up.

We were planning to do some serious hiking Friday and Saturday, and then enjoy the music and history presentation, but the weather report predicted some very strong fronts.  The only prudent choice was to leave the day after Thanksgiving and head to Victoria, BC - where we'll spend the winter.  We were sad to leave Rosario, but we'll be back!


 
1 Comment(s):
Paulat95nv said...
I remember the story of the car to college, I always get a chuckle when I think of you arriving at school in such style.
December 5, 2013 8:32 PM
 
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