Thursday, May 28, 2015

Roche Harbor, WA

 “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open"
― Jawaharlal Nehru

We spent the last weekend at San Juan Islands and one of the places that we enjoyed the most was Roche Harbor. Roche Harbor is located on the northern tip of San Juan Island approximately 10 miles from Friday Harbor. It is the perfect destination for a day trip in the island, a short drive will transport you to a relaxing and quaint place. 

Roche Harbor used to be a company town that surrounded the Tacoma and Roche Harbor Lime Company, once the largest construction lime producer west of the Mississippi.  The industry brought workers in and created a city consisted of the lime factory, docks, ships, piers, offices, company store, church, school and homes.   Most of this buildings are really well preserved and are open for visitors. 

The main attraction, Hotel del Haro, was built in 1886.  It has received guests like President Theodore Roosevelt John Wayne.  They have in display the guest book with their signatures and some scrips, usually they way employees where paid that was only good at the company store.  

The town is a popular destination on summer, but we were lucky and had the opportunity to enjoy it almost for ourselves.  We had lunch at the Lime Kiln Cafe, walked thought the marina, toured the Hotel del Haro and gardens nearby.

We also visited the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, an outdoor park with 125 sculptures by artist of the area.  We enjoyed the stroll in the fields, it was a great place where to enjoy the sunshine.

David at the Roche Harbor Marina

Hotel del Haro display: Roche Harbor Lime Company scrips and guest book.

Roche Harbor Company store and laundry

Roche Harbor dock detail

San Juan Islands Museum of Art. Mirror

Roche Harbor Yellow brick walkway and Orca sculpture

Roche Harbor. Adieu sign

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