“In the lower reaches of Puget Sound, looking out through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, toward the Olympic Mountains and lands of romance on the chief trade routes of the world’s future commerce, lies a land unique and apart from anything else in the Western Hemisphere – the San Juan Islands. Unique in charm and beauty, in easy, agreeable living conditions, in healthfulness; unique in the fact that it is an entire county of sea and land, of islands and inlets, 172 in number; varying in size from 58 square miles to the area of a city lot. Of all the islands, Orcas Island is the most picturesque . . . it is a wonderful place in which to forget one’s troubles and worries and get back to Nature in her happiest moods; a delightful place in which to regain health – physical, mental and spiritual.”
Robert Moran, from the 1932 Rosario Prospectus “Rosario: An Estate in the Pacific Northwest”
Throughout the Rosario Estate you will see signs of Moran’s devotion to the honesty of craftsmanship, simplicity of design, and the joys of nature. It is truly a masterpiece.
Moran’s dedication to the Arts and Crafts ideals is evident throughout the home with its rich mahogany paneling, earthen tone tiles, stain glass lighting, and unique and interesting fireplace hearths. The centerpiece of the mansion is the Music Room, which features a two story 1913 Aeolian pipe organ, 1900 Steinway grand piano, a Belgian stain-glass window picturing the harbor at Antwerp, and two mezzanine libraries overlooking a Tiffany chandelier, which depicts various performing arts. Be sure to see it ALL.
On this Interlude, when you arrive at the Rosario Resort, Christopher Peacock, an accomplished musician, author and Rosario historian, will offer a program comprised off music and photography that walks you through the history of both the Moran family, and the Rosario estate. Highlights of the presentation include the historic Moran Photograph Collection, music from Phantom of the Opera played on the mansion’s 1,972 pipe Aeolian organ with silent film, stories of the Mansion’s most colorful residents, AND Christopher’s original piano compositions played on the 1900 Steinway Grand Piano. You will long remember this very special evening!
Please review the complete itinerary of this fantastic tour of the San Juan Islands and Hurricane Ridge, as this is but one of many fascinating once in a lifetime adventures in store for you on this Interlude.
Eadie, Interlude Blog Team
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