PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north, and the Hood Canal on the east, the Olympic Peninsula – Washington’s premier destination for eco-conscious travelers and outdoor enthusiasts provides this reminder that winter is a great time for outdoor sports!
Sea kayakers will find multiple locations to enjoy their water sports – including Dungeness Spit, Hood Canal and Clallam Bay. Great views of the ocean, surrounding mountains, bird-watching along with a great work-out are all benefits of paddling. Beachcombers find many treasures on the beaches after a storm. Scenic drives, visits to Olympic National Park, and campers can always find a place to park or pitch their tents during the “off-season”.
One more way to enjoy the Olympic Peninsula with the Highway 101 Scenic Byway Loop GeoTour! Twenty-six geocaches are placed around the Olympic Peninsula from Brinnon to Neah Bay, La Push and Quinault, with caches stashed all along the way in between. Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Around the holidays find local festivals, concerts and celebrations including the Twinkle Light Holiday Parade and the Annual Festival of Trees in Forks; The Port Townsend Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival; the Christmas Fair in Port Angeles. A unique event is the Christmas Bird Count at the Sequim-Dungeness River Audubon Center. This gives interacting with nature a new twist.
For two weeks around mid-February, love is in the air during the Olympic Peninsula Winery Association’s Red Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour. Decadent local chocolates and other fare pair beautifully with our region’s blends of grapes, apples and pears.