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Back in the days of company towns and village centres, Roche Harbor, Washington, was the largest limestone-processing operation in the West, with all the finer-things-in-life activities centred around its stately Hotel de Haro.

More than a century later, this back-in-time town in the San Juan Islands is still a destination with enviable gathering grounds, only now they belong to the Roche Harbor Resort.

Escape for a one-night weekday stay for two in a luxury suite ($149) or a two-night stay for two in a cabin or condo, any days of the week.

The McMillin Suites boast balconies with the best harbour views around. They're also appointed with a king-size bed, a sitting area with love seat and fireplace, a clawfoot bathtub, and a flat-screen TV with DVD player.

Or, cosy up in a cabin, the former home of a lime company worker. Each comes with a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living room, plus a porch with a water view, a private barbecue grill and picnic table, and a fire pit (for which you'll get a night's worth of firewood).

If you're looking for less rustic and more renovation, opt for a condo, which boasts the same amenities (kitchen, dining area, living room) as well as the added advantage of a right-on-the-water locale.

A completely independent town in the 1880s, with its own schoolhouse, telephone system, company store, church, and more, Roche Harbor has retained its roots as a one-stop shop. And The New York Times named the Islands the number two (out of 41) must-go travel destination for 2011.

Paddle around one of the world's top sea kayaking destinations, also named one of the 10 Best Trips of Summer 2011 by National Geographic Traveler. Or, just soak up the sparkling waters from the shore.

On land, go sightseeing around the island on a moped, hit the trails through old lime quarries on a bike, or buzz around the compact village centre (where the company store still stands) on foot.

Whatever you choose, you'll find there's no time like the present to escape to the past.

Escape kit

  • A one-night weekday stay for two in a McMillin Suite ($149)
  • Or, a two-night stay for two in a cabin or condo, any days of the week ($249)
  • Book by 11 December

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.

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