We’ve spent the last couple of nights on a mooring ball at Rosario on Orcas Island. This is an historic estate built by Robert Moran, an industrialist and former Seattle mayor. In 1906 he was told he had a year to live, so he retired to Orcas Island and built a fabulous estate, which later became a resort and state park. Retirement suited him well – he died in 1943.
This estate is not on a San Simeon scale, but it’s still pretty grand. I guess Moran was really only a middle-class tycoon. He certainly added some nice touches like two bowling lanes and a billiard room, but the real extravagances were the pipe organ room and the indoor pool.