Roche Harbor

History, elegance, and timeless fun

Roche Harbor is a world all its own. Sit on the expansive lawns and gaze out across the harbor, or take a walk on the extensive docks and marvel at the yachts. You can play bocce ball or tennis, take a bike aroud the grounds or nearby island roads, or stroll along the 10 miles of trails surrounding the resort property.  Take a kayak tour of the harbor or book a whale-watching trip, shop in the boutiques or seasonal artist tents, or spend a rejuvinating afternoon at the spa. Roche Harbor is the kind of resort that invites you to slow down and apprecaite the simple life. Whether you stay at the historic Hotel de Haro, visit from your boat in one of the marina’s 377 slips, or spend an afternoon exploring the tiny village and its environs, Roche Harbor will capture your heart.

Taking in the View

The views from the yellow-brick road of old kiln-fired bricks, from the fragrant flowering arbor, or from a path above the town are the kind that make painters reach for their easel and watercolors. Enjoy a meal in one of three waterfront restaurants (one on the dock itself), watch the evening flag ceremony during the summer (complete with cannon salute and U.S., British and Canadian national songs), or gasp at the size of some of the vessels in the Roche Harbor Resort marina.

Fireworks over Roche Harbor by Kevin Holmes
Ladies in the Roche Harbor garden
Pig War Cocktail

Exploring

Step into history on a self-guided tour, which might start at the hotel, named for Spanish explorer Gonzalo López de Haro, perhaps the first European to discover the San Juan Islands. The building dates from 1886, when the village became a company town for John McMillin’s lime works (remnants of the lime kilns are still there, along with the now-scenic quarries). Past the tiny 1892 Our Lady of Good Voyage chapel, the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, and the pioneer cemetery, you can hike up to the imposing Romanesque McMillin family mausoleum.

After this warm-up, you might explore some of the hiking trails around the Roche Harbor quarries and through the forestland around the resort. Or enjoy a swim in the only heated outdoor pool on the island. You can also sign up for kayak and whale-watching tours.

Roche Harbor  view from Pavillion  Mtg space
Afterglow Vista Mausoleum by Roche Harbor
Roche Harbor row of kilns

And then . . .

Treat yourself to the steam rooms, hydrotherapy, massage, or other personal pampering at the Afterglow Spa in Quarryman Hall, fine dining at McMillin’s Dining Room on the water, or a more casual meal at the waterside Madrona Bar and Grill or the Lime Kiln Cafe.

From June to Labor Day, stroll through the artist kiosks in the village center to discover hand-made pieces by local artists. It’s a showcase of island talent, from watercolor, oil painting, and photography to jewelry, hand knits, and candies.

Roche Harbor's Madrona deck  by RJ
Bertrand art kiosk booth
Afterglow Spa lounge by Charles Peterson
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