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Roche Harbor Resort

Seaside Pacific Northwest Resort


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Historical seaside resort with three restaurants, 377-slip marina, and full-service spa

Hotel at a Glance: Roche Harbor Resort

In 1886, lawyer John McMillin took over a small log trading post on the northern end of San Juan Island. 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.

  • Caviar facial: one of the skincare services offered at the onsite spa. Afterglow Spa open Thursday–Sunday only.
  • 377-slip marina provides direct entry to Canada 15 miles north
  • Pacific Northwest cuisine served at The Madrona—one of two onsite restaurants—that specializes in local fish, farm-fresh produce, and wagyu beef steaks. McMillin’s Dining Room will be closed until May 2020.
  • Activities: whale-watching, kayaking, hiking, and bocce

Friday Harbor, Washington: Coastal Village and Cultural Hub on San Juan Island

The San Juan Islands are an archipelago off the coast of northwest Washington in the Salish Sea, which divides Washington and Canada. San Juan Island itself is the main hub and home to Friday Harbor—the largest town among the islands. The bustling seaport is filled with quaint shops, galleries, and boathouses, but its real claim to fame is more majestic. Frommer’s notes that San Juan Island is the only place where “you can reliably see orca whales from shore.” Once you’ve spotted them, learn a little more about them at the Whale Museum. Exhibits include the skeleton of a 3-year-old orca and an interactive display on gray whales.

If it’s the people that interest you, journey into San Juan Island’s peculiar past with a trip to San Juan Island National Historical Park. It’s certainly a popular spot to hike trails and pick blackberries, but it’s also the site of a 12-year territorial dispute between Great Britain and the United States in the mid-1800s. Today, you can visit what remains of the former English and American camps—located on opposite sides of the island.

What You Get

  • Stay for four in a one-bedroom condo, or six in a two-bedroom condo, front row cottage or back row cottage


  • Two restaurants
  • Spa
  • Playgrounds, gardens, and bocce courts
  • 377-slip marina
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Whale watching
  • Kayaking
  • Onsite grocery store

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The Fine Print

  • 14- day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable; reservations made within cancellation window are non-refundable
  • No-shows will be charged total Groupon rate
  • Traveler name must match ID at time of check-in
  • No refunds will be processed by Groupon after check-in
  • Must be 18+ to check in
  • Credit card required at check-in
  • 2% daily resort fee during peak season paid at check-in (Labor day–September 30th)
  • Rates may vary by date and are subject to availability
  • Dates cannot be changed once booked; valid only for night(s) purchased.

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Room Details

One-Bedroom Condo

  • One queen bed or one king bed plus one sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 4
  • Maximum occupancy: 4

Two-Bedroom Condo

  • One king bed, one queen bed, and one sofa bed
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 6

Front Row Cottage and Back Row Cottage

  • One queen bed and two double beds
  • Standard occupancy: 6
  • Maximum occupancy: 6

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 3 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Parking: free
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property.
  • 14- day cancellation notice required prior to check-in or reservation is non-refundable.
  • Pet policy: up to two pets may be added in select condos and cottages for an additional $25 per pet per night.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or at check-in for an additional cost.

Getting There

  • Nearest airport: Friday Harbor Airport (FRD; 11 mi)
  • Distance from Seattle: about 113 miles

Traveler's Tips

  • McMillin’s Dining Room will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning 10/26/16.
  • Afterglow Spa open Thursday–Sunday only.

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