Submitted by Rosario Resort & Spa.
Christmas trees return to light up the Moran Mansion at Rosario Resort and Spa during the month of December, decorated by nine local non-profit organizations.
Sponsored by the resort, the Festival of Trees is designed to be a fundraiser during this holiday season for participating non-profit organizations, including The Funhouse Commons, Orcas Island Rotary, Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Orcas Animal Protection Society, A OK (Arts for Kids), Orcas Island Historical Museum, Keepers of the Patos Light, Orcas Food Bank, and Orcas Center.
The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite tree by purchasing a vote at $1 per ticket throughout the entire month of December. Each organization will receive the voting dollars, with all organizations also receiving additional cash donations from Rosario Resort.
All voter tickets will also be entered into a raffle to win prizes, including a round-trip flight for two to Seattle on Kenmore Air, a two-night hotel stay, dinner for two at The Mansion Restaurant, and a two-month Rosario spa pass.
“We are excited to host the 12th annual Festival of Trees at Rosario have the Moran Mansion all lit up for the holidays,” said Christopher Peacock, the resort’s General Manager. “We are extremely grateful for these local organizations and also for the contributions from the island community and visitors to these organizations during the holiday season.”
The resort will be offering complimentary Christmas cookies and hot cider Saturdays from Noon – 6 p.m., with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 4 – 6 p.m.. The resort will also be offering daily happy hour specials from 3 – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays – Sundays.
The Moran Mansion is open daily from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the front desk of Rosario before touring the tree display.