Roche Harbor is a storybook resort on the shoreline of San Juan Island, Washington, offering a quintessential Pacific Northwest experience for guests from all over the world. The historic property originally supported the largest limeworks on the west coast, and is recognized today as the most sought-after U.S. boating destination north of the Bay Area. The seaside resort offers unique experiences where you can interact with the beauty around you, setting the stage for memories filled with fiery sunsets, leaping orca whales, and discovery hikes along the waterfront. Roche Harbor is the kind of place where family traditions are born.
Roche Harbor is the oldest operating business in Washington state (1886), and memorializes the past with access to historic structures and grounds. The Hotel de Haro acts as the centerpiece of the resort, majestically overlooking the heritage gardens and waterfront buildings. While the buildings look great in vacation photos, guests can enjoy the spaces for their accommodations, restaurants to dine in, and shops to bring home a gift to love ones. Interpretive signs point out attractions like the towering 150 year-old lime kilns, a train-sized generator that used to power the area, and the wharf building where lime was shipped as far south as San Francisco.
When you travel you want a sense of place that distinguishes this trip from the last. Roche Harbor’s position in the San Juan Islands gives guests the chance to get out on the water and explore the wildlife in ways few other places in the continental U.S. afford. Orca whales are the top attraction, and it’s easy to see why when you catch a glimpse of one spy-hopping in the Salish Sea. Looking to get a closer to the marine experience? Top-rated sea kayaking is easy for even novices to enjoy the abundant marine life in the harbor and surrounding sheltered islands.
Designated in 2013 as a natural treasure, the San Juan Islands are a playground for nature seekers and adventurers. Roche Harbor boasts dozens of miles of hiking and running trails at the foot of the property, meandering their way through evergreen forests and wildlife hotspots. Bald eagles nest in the area in high density, and river otters playfully frolic in the marina waters putting on shows for waterfront diners and onlookers.
Roche Harbor provides the complete destination wedding experience with ceremony and reception venues scattered throughout the 150-acre property. Our Sunken Garden is centrally located in a flower garden that’s filled with vibrant colors and perfumed scents, and can host up to 300 guests in an amphitheater surrounded by floral colors from April through October.
If you’ve dreamed of a traditional church ceremony, we’ll open the doors to our historic chapel on the hillside overlooking the harbor. The majestic Our Lady of Good Voyage has stood proudly on the bluff since 1892, and is still used for services of up to 110 guests.
After the ceremony guests walk just a few feet to the Pavilion and Courtyard, a magnificent reception venue where families have celebrated weddings for over 125 years. An enormous 8-foot wide fireplace anchors the spacious courtyard filled with comfortable patio furniture, while attendees can soak in the water views and sunsets from an elevated deck overlooking the grounds. Inside the pavilion, dinner and dancing fills the simple and easy-to-decorate space, while another large fireplace burns all through the evening as a gathering space for people to mingle around.
For those looking to make the wedding experience truly immersive, our Shipwreck Beach venue creates a welcoming rehearsal dinner venue for as many guests as you’d like at the party before the Big Day. Right on the water with a large fire pit built for roasting s’mores, it’s a terrific way to spend more time with loved ones.
For the big dreamers out there, the expansive Seaside Lawn occupies a flat grassy space directly on the water, ideal for a quintessential Pacific Northwest wedding event. Large enough for several hundred attendees and all the reception needs, the Seaside Lawn glows with magic as the summer light fades to afterglow over the harbor and outer islands in the distance.
DINING: San Juan Island’s only restaurants with views of the sunset over water. Featuring traditional NW cuisine, eateries offer menus in all ranges for every dining experience. Whether you want the best of the sea or just a drink on the deck after a kayak tour.
ONSITE CATERING: Showcase the best of the NW through the same culinary experts who bring guests fine-dining as entertainment. Menus feature a high-level of interactivity with guests, including tray-passed appetizers, chefs-in-action displays, and culinary artists on the banquet line preparing food directly in front of guests with flaming pans and sizzling sounds.
ACTIVITIES: Whale watching, sea kayaking, hiking, outdoor sculpture park, outdoor heated pool, zip-lining (off-site), scooters, bocce ball, tennis, playground, interpretive walks.
BEAUTY NEEDS COVERED: Roche Harbor’s Afterglow Spa offers complete bridal beauty services, including hair and make-up artists who work in your on-site accommodations so you can lounge around and sip champagne while getting pretty.
VENUE AND CATERING MANAGEMENT: While a destination wedding planner is helpful, Roche Harbor’s commitment to guest services extends to more than just carrying your luggage to your room. Wedding clients have an entire team of wedding professionals to help make your wedding fun and easy from inquiry to billing.
|Discounts for Guest Rooms: Yes||On-site Catering: Yes|
|Outside Catering: No||Wedding Indoor Capacity: 150|
|Wedding Outdoor Capacity: 300||Number of Events at a Time: 1|
|Reception Outdoor Capacity: 150||Reception Indoor Capacity: 300|
|On-site Wedding Cake: No||On-site Coordination: Yes|
|Wedding Planner: No||Indoor Ceremony Available: Yes|
|Outdoor Ceremony Available: Yes||Bridal Suite Available: Yes|