rosario resort orcas island

You've made the journey all the way to Seattle for PAPS 50th meeting, now you are going a little further to see the place where it all began at the Rosario Resort on Orcas Island, enjoy an amazing dinner and champagne toast, AND see bald eagles, sea otter, and go on an incredible whale watching excursion! Did you want to stay at Rosario Resort for a night or two? Here's how!

The PAPS 50th Return to Rosario Excursion is a half day trip which extends into the evening and will begin immediately after the PAPS meeting concludes on Thursday, June 1st, aboard the Victoria Clipper III departing at 12:00 noon from Seattle Pier 69 (across the street from the Marriott). Along the way, you will see the amazing natural beauty of Puget Sound with sea otters, bald eagles, and the incredible Orcas (killer whales)! After the whale watching, we will journey to Rosario Resort, the site of the very first PAPS meeting, for a special 50th Anniversary dinner and Champagne Toast. There you can tour the famous Moran Mansion constructed by famed shipbuilder Robert Moran. A special organ concert is planned for us with the famous pipe organ that still haunts the conservatory of the Moran Estate! Reservations for the Return to Rosario Excursion aboard the Victoria Clipper III is $200 per person and includes round trip boat transportation to Rosario Resort on June 1st aboard the Victoria Clipper III, whale watching and sightseeing, lunch, and a full dinner with Champagne Toast. Please book your  PAPS 50th RETURN to ROSARIO Excursion with Whale Watching using the buttons at the bottom of this page.

Did you want to stay at the Rosario Resort? One option is to return to Seattle aboard the Victoria Clipper III after our June 1st celebration dinner for a beautiful sunset cruise (this option is already included in your Rosario excursion ticket). But you also have the option to stay at the Rosario Resort (this option is not included in your Rosario excursion ticket)! This option is highly recommended and one of my favorite places in the San Juan Islands. Keep reading if you want this option!


If you elect to skip the returning Clipper ride back to Seattle and instead stay at the Rosario Resort, all you have to do is arrange two simple things:

  • 1) Hotel reservations at the Rosario Resort
    • The hotel is relaxing, beautiful, has a full restaurant and bar, spa, multiple pools, marina, a museum, kayaking, and tons of picturesque hiking trails all near the resort grounds. A short shuttle ride into the quaint harbor town of East Sound is only 5 minutes away with great shopping and tons of cool things to see. The Rosario Resort hotel rates are LESS expensive than the Marriott in Seattle and the view is spectacular! We have a block of Rosario rooms set aside for PAPS members. You MUST make your Rosario Resort reservations via email by contacting Jolene Versailles, the event manager at Rosario at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Room rates are $169, $199, and $249 per night depending on the room. BE SURE TO ASK FOR THE BAYSIDE ROOMS RESERVED FOR PAPS and ONLY GO THROUGH JOLENE! Go to the rosarioresort.com to see the details of this amazing place!
  • 2) An alternative return to Seattle.
    • We have chartered the Victoria Clipper III for the entire day of June 1st but not for any days past that. Therefore, if you don't take the Victoria Clipper III back to Seattle after our celebration dinner on June 1st, then you will also need an alternative plan to get back to Seattle. Don't worry, that's easy too! Options include taking the Victoria Clipper on another day or taking a Sea Plane. Either way, Kirsten Ruddy at Victoria Clipper will help you. She can offer you a return voyage aboard the Victoria Clipper III on a different day (about $58) or she can also offer you an exciting Sea Plane ride on Kenmore Air back to Seattle ($155-$165 PER PERSON)! The choice is yours but reservations are required. See the article on Kenmore Air in CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS for the sea plane details and be sure to contact Kirsten Ruddy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for this portion of your adventure. Information about Kenmore Air can be found at Kenmoreair.com.


RESERVATIONS for the PAPS 50th Return to Rosario Whale Watching and Dinner Excursion aboard the Victoria Clipper III, use the BLUE Buy Now button below!

Limit of 200 people! (As of 3-1-2017, we have 111 of 200 reservations taken)

FOR FINAL PAYMENT ON PREVIOUSLY MADE RETURN TO ROSARIO RESERVATIONS: If you already made a $75 down payment (per person), then your final payment can be made here using the GOLD Buy Now button below. Final payment of $125 (per person) is due by April 30th or your reservation will be offered to another guest!



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