Details for Rosario Resort and Spa
Name

Rosario Resort and Spa
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.4 stars from 26 reviews

Address 1400 Rosario Rd
Eastsound, WA 98245

Phone360-376-2222/800-562-8820

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

Notes



VHF channel

78A

Web sitewww.rosarioresort.com

Email contact

info@rosarioresort.com

Owner, manager

Christopher Peacock, General Manager

Harbormaster

Terry Jones

Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Debit and credit cards. $50 authorization on debit cards before charges are made.

Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:

Approach

Hazard: Inside marina, there's a shoal towards the end of the south channel. Sailboats should not go past slip 4S without staff supervision at low tide.

Tide

Unknown

Current

Strong

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 38
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2011-08-08)

Other price info: Rate by slip length:
$49 up to 26 feet.
$59 up to 32 feet.
$69 up to 40 feet.
$79 up to 58 feet.
$2.00 per foot from 59 to 190 feet.

Moorings

Transient: 8
Total: 8
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $25 landing fee, $45 landing fee includes full use of resort facilities.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)



Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)



Dinghy access



Liveaboard info

No

FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: Seasonally available. Non-ethanol unleaded gas.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Premium non-ethanol + 8.1% tax.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: 8.1% tax.

Propane



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There are doggie bags available at the head of the main dock.

Disability access



Launch service



Pump out

Yes

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes

Showers

Yes - There are showers at the marina. Resort spa facility usage is additional charge of $10 per person per 24 hours.

Heads

Yes

Laundry

Yes

Grocery

Yes

Hardware



Restaurants

Yes - Part of larger resort.

Bars

Yes

Hotels or motels

Yes - marina is part of larger resort

Repair capabilities

Yes - Starfish Marine (http://starfishmarine.com) provides electrical and electronic repairs to boats docked in this marina. They can be contacted at 360-376-3108.

Haul out capabilities



Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities



Internet access

Yes - The resort has multiple free WiFi access points and coverage is very good. Cell phone coverage is weak here. The towers are on Mt. Constitution. Although nearby, they are not line of sight and signals are very weak.

Boat ramp availability



Transportation

Yes - Float plane service.

Other services



Attractions

Rosario Mansion has special events.

Reviews for Rosario Resort and Spa
Small and Busy, 2016-08-29
Captain: , Summerlin, NV (350)

This is a small but very busy marina. Great staff that helps you both coming and going from your assigned dock. It was windy when we arrived, and much windier the next day when we left. The staff methodically worked with each captain to assure safe transit in and out - very reassuring both for your boat and those nearby. We enjoyed the small bistro at the marina, and also the expresso machine that they operate in the store beginning early each morning. We greatly enjoyed the organ and piano recital at 4 pm in the mansion. The restroom and showers double for use by pool users, so be ready for a wait at busy times. They are clean though. My wife found all the activity in the small area of the marina/resort/pool/bistro/store to be a bit much and she was glad when we departed for an anchorage, but I enjoyed it. Friday Harbor is obviously busy too, but it is much more spread out while Rosario is concentrated in a small area. Just plan for that and enjoy the history and location.



Great stopover, 2016-08-13
Captain: , Seattle, WA (577)

We come here with the family every year or two to enjoy the two good restaurants and swimming in the pool. The pool is usually uncrowded and is well maintained. The staff here are incredibly helpful and friendly. Both moorings and dock space are available, we always take the moorings.



outstanding visit, 2016-08-03
Captain: , Ferndale, WA (32)

Great marina with very. helpful staff. The Mansion is an excellent restaurant!



Nice if you like Resorts, 2016-06-30
Captain: , Tacoma (70)

Dirty dancing moved forward 50 years! While they don't have the organized dancing or entertainment, it is definately geared towards parting you and your money.

Buoys-We moored on a buoy so cannot answer questions regarding the marina except they were extremely expensive (more the Friday Harbor even). Buoys did include access to the pool and showers however. The cost in June of 2016 was $35. It was good holding for us, a 34' Ketch in a constant wind of 10-12mph. They have several internet wifi connections, all of which were pretty lousy. The grill did have great fish n' chips and milkshakes!



Wonderful, historic spot, 2016-05-18
Captain: , Bozeman, MT (740)

We stay at Rosario every year and always enjoy it. Small docks but they always manage to fit us in. The mansion is great, the food is better every year and there is something sublime about stopping in for a beer after hiking mount constitution.

Pro Tip: Grab a taxi to Little Summit and then hike to main summit for amazing views then down through Cascade Lake back to Rosario for a wonderful hike without having to conquer the entire mountain.



Great off season place, Rosario Resort Hotel and Spa, 2015-11-30
Captain: , Anacortes, WA (220)

We stopped in here in late November 2015 and anchored in hole in the mooring field in 45' water. It is deep right up to the shoreline.

A buddy anchored in the designated anchorage right in front of the Rosario Resort Hotel and Spa.

Very good holding and protection from all but southerlies in which case this would be a very poor choice of anchorages.

We had a lovely breakfast at the restaruant at the hotel and spa. 1st class accomodations, wonderful view, friendly wait staff, and good food at a fair price.

There is a tiny marina, wooden docks, looks like 50A and 30A service. We did not stay at the docks, but we did tie up at the dinghy dock and explore the resort in the slow (off season).

We will definitely be back.



Great place to relax with your crew, 2014-07-15
Captain: , Seattle (20)

I'd heard years ago that Rosario was snobby and run-down, so didn't expect to like it. But they've done a great job with it. The staff is professional, but friendlyl and low key. The access to the spa for the entire crew is great, because it includes both a 'family' pool as well as an 'adults only' pool, showers, spa, etc. Food and service in restaurant and bar was good, with lovely view. Also has a casual grill and little store near the docks. Theres a fire pit going every evening with chairs around it; nice place to relax and chat with other boaters. There is only cell phone reception on one small area of the grounds, so it kind of forces you to 'unplug'. The moorage isn't cheap; I paid $75 for a 35 foot sailboat in July. But it was worth it, especially because having the reservation meant we didn't have to rush there in time to grab a spot Access to some of the slips can be a bit tight on the South side due to shoaling and a well-marked rock, but there are dock hands that are around to take you lines as you come in. Leaving at a very low tide from the South side, I chose warping and backing my boat out, which was fine.



A very special experience, 2014-06-24
Captain: , Bellingham (21)

My wife and 2 daughters have been coming hrre by boat since 1981. This is an amazing place with a fascinating history. We haven't been back since Jerry Barto bought and renovated it, but if Christopher Peacock is still doing the organ recitals, they are a MUST. In between playing the pipe organ and the Steinway, and showing a montage of antique turn of the century glass (copied to slides) photos of early Seattle, Puget Sound, and surrounds, Chris narrates the history of Robert Moran, and the Estate. we have enjoyed this at least 15-20 times over past 33 years--it's that good. Also, Chris is not only a great artist, but also a composer, and you should not miss the chance to purchase some of his CD's.



Great Crusing Overnight, 2013-12-17
Captain: , Seattle (313)

We arrived in the afternoon, purchased a mooring ball for the evening and went ashore. Included in the mooring fee is access to the Rosario Resort and Spa. We went for a swim overlooking the bay and then followed up with a 1 hour massage before a great dinner. Aint life grand!?



Something Different, 2013-10-13
Captain: , Austin (421)

There aren't many places where your mooring fee includes a spa package, but that is what you get at Rosario Marina. The Harbor Master was there to meet us and made sure we had what we needed. The service here was great, when most places had shifted to off-season attitude.



Need more marinas like this one, 2013-06-09
Captain: , Seattle (57)

Spent a Saturday night there early June without reservations. Docking our 38' sailboat (north side) was easy enough, undocking might have been a little tricky without the very helpful (and friendly) harbor master and staff. Liked the resort much better than under previous ownership. The restaurant is rather good now, even though the service was a little slow as everything is being renovated. Hope to be back soon.



Awesome history, needs work- and is getting it!, 2013-04-05
Captain: , Novelty, WA (214)

I'd have done three stars, but my kids so loved the beach and the waterfall that I went to 4. The harbormaster didn't respond to repeated calls on 78A when we arrived- it was his day off and the Marina was closed. Now, it was mid-week in early April, so that might be understandable. We were the ONLY transient in when we arrived, and one other came in later and grabbed a bouy. Dock was VERY rickety and shifty- not totally dangerous but not too stable. Evidence of some minor repairs- new cleats, etc. Power was reasonable- not bad but not great. I always pay attention to power as we run the whole house equivalent on board- not always proud of that but it is what it is.

The water pressure was AMAZING. Fastest I've EVER filled our tanks.

Marina is small, and tight to get into. I don't know if I'd try this one on a windy day- just not that capable yet. For us it was easy- low wind, no one else around, so just swung in. Stayed on the North side so can't comment on the shoaling, but the North (shore) side was tight, too, IMO.

Facility was just getting cleaned and going for the season. We ate at the restaurant and it was nice, not overwhelming by any means. Somewhat slow- and we were 1 of 3 parties there. Used to be better, I recall. Grounds were being worked on, and it is VERY clear the new owners are pouring money into this- I think its going to be a keeper and really gain ground again. With a rumor of a new, larger marina someday, this could really start to click again.

I never review the internet- I try to avoid it when onboard. That said, I had an issue with my SidePower thrusters and needed the remote control manual. I had ALL the others, didn't have it onboard somehow. On a whim, connected my Surface to the wireless- and it ROCKED. I was shocked. Downloaded the manual, looked at my boat on the webcam, and logged off. Was free, too!

Now, if fixing the SidePower remote had been as easy...

We will be back- I'd like to come in when this place is running- most things were closed when we were there but the kids loved the beach and the waterfall- and one of my 5 year olds thought the museum at the mansion was AMAZING...

We'll be back, and I suspect Rosario will continue to improve!



Five stars for overall value., 2013-02-06
Captain: , Seattle (250)

The docks are serviceable, the location is sweet. Watch out on the south side fairway - a few slips require careful docking because of the shoaling inside the breakwater. The pole sticking up will remind you, and the dockmaster will be their to guide you.

The mansion is fascinating, a wonderful glimpse into the history of the area. Take in the organ concert if you can. The food is quite good. The marina-side grill is also pleasant and offers more casual eats.

The pool behind the mansion is wonderful. It overlooks the East Sound and is quite inviting, even on a chilly day. The indoor pool was being refurbished when we visited.



Rosario Resort, 2012-08-12
Captain: , Everett, Wa (60)

We arrived in the late afternoon and got a mooring ball here. I think the resort has 9 mooring balls in the area. It was 25$ and a optional 20$ fee which allowed everyone staying on my boat to use the hot tub, pool, and spa. There is WIFI which worked fine from the marina but but didn't work great from the ball.

The restaurant in the Rosario mansion was ok. My wife and I ate some locally caught halibut and salmon which was good but pretty pricey. Though we had reservations, we still waited quite awhile to be seated and get our food. Though the food was good, if we were to return here we probably would not eat here again.

Overall, the people here are nice and the scenery is great. We enjoyed our stay.



Very Nice Overnight Stop, 2012-08-02
Captain: , Bettendorf, Iowa (20)

One of our nicest stops on our San Juan Islands cruise. Cozy marina with friendly staff. We picked up a mooring ball which worked out well. FREE WIFI from the dock.

NOTE: Two spots for dingy landing. One among the slips and another at the base of the fuel dock.

HIKES: We never found the Rosario trail to Cascade Lake. Any hiking is going to have some pretty steep inclines. Trails in Moran park were not well marked.



Remarkably Well Preserved Building/Furnishings, 2012-06-23
Captain: , Saint Louis (50)

Spent one night during June of 2012 - reserved a slip on-line. Upon arriving, we called the Harbormaster on the VHF and were given a slip assignment. A dockhand was standing at our slip ready to catch our lines. This was helpful as the fairway on the south side doesn't have a lot of clearance. As they say, slow is pro.

The estate building is amazing in that so much has been well-preserved. Well worth the cost to visit. We had burgers at the Grill and listened to a local folk duo/trio - the burgers were especially good and Sierra Nevada IPA is on tap.

When casting off, a dockhand was available to guide the boat out of the slip - probably not necessary, but certainly a helpful gesture.

Definitely worth a visit!



Great stay at Rosario, 2011-08-08
Captain: , Newport (44)

Very nice small marina with friendly, helpful staff. Scenic, historic and relaxed. Your slip fee entitles you to the resort and its multiple pools and all the hot shower water you can take! Guy at the fuel dock was a bit of an ass and the general store gets overwhelmed very easily. The marina lost power one of the two nights we were there and we were awakened by the alarm for our batteries going low -- running two frigs... Also,there is NO cell coverage. Any carrier from my informal survey. Place is sandwitched betweeen two mountains. Walk up to Cascade Lake is 15 minutes and well worth it. The 4 PM house organ and 100 year old Steinway piano performance is not to be missed.



New Management, 2011-08-03
Captain: , Point Roberts (230)

As I understand it, the historian Christopher Peacock is now the new general manager. Anyway we stayed three nights, (July 24-26, 2011) had dinner there and attended the Historian's presentation, a stay at Rosario would not be complete without it. I have been to Rosario before and was impressed the first time so we made the trip again. Beautiful grounds and scenery, it is a must stop and see when in the San Juans. Rates are reasonable and you get good bang for your buck all things considered. Two thumbs up from this captain.



Historic resort, nice marina, 2011-04-01
Captain: , Seattle (690)

Nice marina, friendly staff. Outdoor pool and shower facilities right up the ramp from the dock. Not much happening at the resort when we were there (June 2010).



Kids favorite, 2011-02-14
Captain: , Gig Harbor, WA (469)

We were immediately impressed with the dock help. They helped us tie off and asked for any trash from the boat. The kids loved the pools and the deer were so tame. They would walk up with no fear.



Awesome in and out of boating season, 2011-02-05
Captain: , Olalla, WA (342)

The moorage rates are not that bad when you consider they include access to the Estate, three pools and a spa, weight room and free coffee and tea at the front desk every day. The continental breakfast is well worth the price. The view is almost magical. The outdoor pool at the Estate is protected from winds with tall glass walls overlooking the bay. The grounds have lots of deer and are well manicured. A great place to visit and spend a relaxing weekend. The showers are still free and the ones at the Estate are excellent with towels and shower soaps provided.



An interesting hotel built by an interesting shipbuilding man., 2010-05-31
Captain: , United Kingdom (227)

They say his lovely wife used to drive round the island on a Harley and unfortunatly came to a untimely end having fallen out of an upper window,whilst wearing a red neglajay,they used to offer a red neglajay drink in the bar to wish her happinnes on her way.Nice drink,not sure if they still do them.Or maybe they saw me comming ?Thats my excuse.



Full services for 2009, 2009-06-03
Captain: , Puget Sound (115)

The resort marina is open and they have full services for 2009. Yes you can still use the hotel facilities (spa, pool, etc) this season.

Well worth the trip from Seattle...



Rosario, 2009-05-19
Captain: , Blakely Island, WA (372)

Rosario resort was sold last fall. It's reportedly open but not sure about what services are available for 2009.



Well worth it, 2007-11-17
Captain: , Victoria BC (41)

Glad we made this one of our stops this summer. Barely able to find room for us, but dockmaster and staff were very helpful. You can self-tour the hotel museum, swim in the pools (towel service was even free at the marina pool), walk very lovely paths right in the immediate area, eat a buffet breakfast in the hotel in the morning, and if you are lucky you may see the half-albino deer that we saw in the meadow/lawns of the neighborhood. I don't know if albino has anything to do with it, but the deer was actually half white. One of the locals told us it had an all-white mother.



A Grand Old Lady, 2007-07-31
Captain: , Woodland Hills, Ca (27)

Small expensive marina attached to an aging dowager of a hotel. But worth every penny, if just for a night. Marina guests Moorings get full Hotel and Spa access. The Pools are great, showers and resturants are excellent. The antique Bar in the main building had entertainment and libations in the evening after dinner. The marina is small and cramped, fills up quickly in high season, but there are plans for a massive expansion. If so it will forever change one of the gems of the San Juans, so see it now before it's gone for good.

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