|The Popular Roche Harbor Marina|
Boaters return again and again to Roche Harbor and it doesn’t take long to understand why. The services are great and there is so much to see and do: walk around the historic limestone kilns; hike the trails to the quarries above the marina; visit the historic Company Store and historic Hotel de Haro; walk the forest trail to the McMillin Family Mausoleum; visit the Sculpture Park with pieces of art along the trail; swim in the outdoor swimming pool; enjoy the cafes and fine dining restaurant; buy ice cream, donuts, and coffee from the summer vendors; purchase shellfish dockside; and Leonard’s favorite, watch the airplanes come and go from the small airstrip. Visitors to Roche Harbor can rent mopeds or take the dinghy to nearby English Camp in Garrison Bay, where the British established themselves during the Pig War from 1858-1872 - see the blockhouse and other military buildings from the period. Or take the dinghy to the Westcott Bay Shellfish farm for some fresh barbequed oysters.The Distillery is located just under a mile west of the marina, an easy trip by bicycle or walk the country road with no steep hills to climb. European history at Roche Harbor first began when Joe Ruff took a preemption claim on the land around Roche Harbor. In 1881, brothers Robert and Richard Scurr bought the property and started the island’s lime industry.
A site we visited on this trip to Roche
Harbor was a stop at the San Juan Island Distillery which sells gin, brandy,
and award-winning ciders.
sales are open to the public, and we couldn’t resist purchasing our favorite
Westcott Apple Cider, Traditional Dry.
|The Copper Still at San Juan Distillery|
|Cider Tasting, a selection of three different apple ciders|
|Lime Kilns at Roche Harbor|
|Hotel de Haro|
|Previous Paul McMillin Home, now used for lodging and a dining venue|
|The McMillin Company Store is still a General Store|
|The McMillin Family Mausoleum|
|Stone, Concrete Chairs are Crypts for the McMillin Family Ashes|
|Lovely Chapel serves as a Wedding Venue|
|A Ceremony to Retire the Colors takes place at Sunset, Roche Harbor Marina|