Roche Harbor Resort - San Juan Island, WA

2-Night Stay at Roche Harbor Resort in San Juan Island, WA

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Spacious Rooms and Beautiful Gardens at Historic Seaside Resort

In 1882, lawyer John McMillin took over a small log trading post on the northern end of San Juan Island. Within just a few years, he transformed the post into the West Coast's main producer of builders lime. At his private home on the island, he welcomed a string of distinguished guests, including President Theodore Roosevelt. That guesthouse now stands as the central building of Roche Harbor Resort, a sprawling property with a full-service marina and panoramic views of the sea. Hints of the past are scattered throughout the grounds, where you’ll find defunct limekilns, old photos, and a grecian memorial to McMillin.

Near the resort’s network of rose gardens, lawns, and cobblestone walkways are the spacious McMillin suites, tucked into a historic home on a bluff that looks out to the harbor. Each features a king-size bed, claw-foot bathtub, and heated bathroom floors. Quarryman Hall rooms are situated in a boutique hotel near the center of the village.

One of three restaurants onsite, the waterfront McMillin's Dining Room faces the 337-slip marina, which provides direct entry to Canada 15 miles to the north. Chefs draw from regional farms and fresh local fish to craft a menu of Pacific Northwest cuisine, including steaks from 45-day-aged wagyu beef and flame-seared halibut. Bartenders at the Fireside Bar shake up signature cocktails and pour glasses of Washington wines, and at the Lime Kiln Cafe, locals and visitors alike stop by in the morning for casual breakfast fare and pastries.

Friday Harbor, Washington: Charming Island Town with Whale Watching

Friday Harbor is the largest and most bustling city in the San Juan Islands—an archipelago on the northwestern edge of mainland Washington. Restaurants, boutiques, and cafés line the town’s main street, which slopes up from the harbor and over a small hill. Many of the wood-framed shops and galleries were constructed in the early 20th century. At a number of local establishments, you can browse old photos to imagine island life before organized ferry services and cyborg fishermen. The San Juan Historical Museum, housed in an 1894 farmhouse, features exhibits that re-create the experiences of walking through a root cellar, a milk house, a carriage house, and other historical buildings.

From late spring to early fall, visitors flock to the island to ogle pods of orca whales passing through the area. For an up-close view, hop aboard a sea kayak or a cruise ship. You can even spot whales near the old lighthouse at Lime Kiln Point State Park, which sits about 10 miles south of Roche Harbor Resort. Keep an eye out for eagles and seals, too, as you navigate nature trails cutting through the park’s 36 acres.

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What You Get

2-night stay for up to four in a Quarryman Hall room or McMillin suite

  • Option 1: $249, valid for check-in Sunday–Thursday, 9/4/13–10/24/13 (up to a $300 value)
  • Option 2: $249, valid for check-in any day, 10/25/13–12/21/13 (up to a $300 value)


Policies and Fees

Book by: 10/18/13

  • Cancellation policy & fees: 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Taxes: 10.1% tax not included
  • Deposits: 50% refundable deposit collected at booking.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

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The Fine Print

  • Must book by 10/18/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 9/4/13-10/24/13 or 10/25/13-12/21/13 depending on option purchased
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 14-day cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 50% refundable deposit collected at booking
  • 10.1% tax not included.
  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Other Details

Room Details

Quarryman Hall Room

  • One king bed and one sofa bed or two queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: no additional charge

McMillin Suite

  • One king bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free* Rollaways: available for an additional $30 per night
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may be added for an additional $25 per pet per night in the McMillin suite.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking (subject to availability).
  • Room upgrades: not available

Getting There

  • By plane: about 12 miles from Friday Harbor Airport (FRD)
  • By cab: about $35 from FRD
  • By car: about 110 miles northwest of Seattle
  • By shuttle: $50 per person one way, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)

Traveler's Tips

  • Orca whales can be viewed year-round but are most often seen from June through September.

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