Roche Harbor Resort

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The ghost in residence here is Mrs. Beanning, a one-time governess for former owner John S. MacMillan. Mrs. Beanning’s ashes were in an urn on the mantle, but when the new owners moved her urn to the family crypt, Mrs. Beanning’s spirit was not amused. Since then, she plays pranks on the owners, re-igniting just-blown-out candles, turning on fans and blenders, turning the lights on and off.

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248 Reuben Memorial Dr
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
United States

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48.60829577273828, -123.15279793809168
San Juan County, Washington
Nearest Towns:
Friday Harbor, WA (8.0 mi.)
Orcas, WA (9.5 mi.)
Anacortes, WA (25.6 mi.)
Point Roberts, WA (26.3 mi.)
Birch Bay, WA (28.3 mi.)
Ault Field, WA (28.8 mi.)
Marietta, WA (28.9 mi.)
Marietta-Alderwood, WA (30.1 mi.)
Ferndale, WA (30.4 mi.)
Custer, WA (31.7 mi.)


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  1. Lindsey Baumann  |  

    I worked at the gift shop in the main hotel structure in the early 2000’s. I heard many stories about ‘Ava’, a mischievous presence who primarily played tricks on those who worked at the hotel. She can be seen at a certain window in the restaurant at times, moving things around, breaking things, etc. One late fall afternoon, I had been folding all the shirts, sweaters, shorts, sweatshirts in the back room of the gift shop for nearly an hour, arranging dozens of piles to look ‘just so’. No one had been in for over two hours. I went to the closed door to look out, trying to decide if I should close early. Not seeing anyone, I turned back to the back room. The first item of clothing on each stack looked like someone had picked it up, shaken it out, wadded it up, and stuffed it back in to place. This had happened to roughly 4 dozen items of clothing in less than 10 seconds. While I stood there in the doorway, mouth open, I felt an icy draft pass over me, causing all my hairs to stand up. They do that every time I tell this story.

    Ten years later I went back to look around. I spoke to the new sales person in the shop, asking cautiously if she had experienced anything ‘strange’ while working there. She narrowed her eyes and asked what I meant. Shrugging, I told her about my experiences and stories from old co-workers. She loudly exclaimed “Oh thank God, I thought I was going crazy!”, and proceeded to tell me about things that seemed to be happening overnight in locked storage rooms, papers shifting, stacks moving.

    For the past 15 years, whenever I learn that someone had worked there (and in such a small community, easily 40% of Islanders have at some point in their lives) I ask if they ever experienced something unexplainable. At this point, over 60% have had stories of their own to tell.

    Also, I have been told of a few would-be guests who have refused to go up the stairs to their rooms, saying that there was something evil up there. Some suspect a second, not-so-harmless presence.

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