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 – has some of the most unique lodges travelers will ever encounter. Don’t be satisfied with the mundane – live a little and try something new.
Travel to NW Washington can be so much more with a little exploring to find places like the Red Caboose Inn and B&B in Sequim which invites guests to explore the unique themed private caboose set on its own track fitted out with queen feather beds, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and all the comforts of home away from home. Dine aboard their private Zephyr dining car – the Silver Eagle, for a breakfast to remember.
The Bond Ranch Retreat in Sequim offers accommodations in a private, country setting. Five European style bedrooms and a one-bedroom cabin furnished with antiques, Pendleton blankets and cozy down comforters available from May through September. Join them for an evening bonfire under the stars for a down-home experience. In Forks, Twilight fans may book a room at the Miller Tree Inn, locally nicknamed the “Cullen House” for the close resemblance to the description in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. As the innkeepers explain, the Cullens are often traveling away from their hometown of Forks, so the chances of seeing them are slim. However, guests are sure to receive a memorable experience, whether they’re fans of the series or not.
Other fun lodging options include the Toad Lilly House Hostel, in Port Angeles. A comfy hostel conveniently located in downtown Port Angeles. Prices start at $25 a night in the cost-effective dorm- or opt for more private accommodation (which you may have to book in advance). There’s even the option to book the whole house for families or overnight parties. At the other end of the spectrum is The Resort at Port Ludlow. Nestled on the shores of the Puget Sound, Port Ludlow provides a 37-room boutique waterfront inn, a 300-slip marina, and a championship 18-hole golf course. The award winning Fireside restaurant has a daily menu that features the bounty of local farms vegetables, produce, artisan meats and cheeses. For those who seek adventure and the outdoors guests can take a kayak or a stand-up paddle board out in the bay and explore the twin islands. Hike or bike some of the 26 miles of maintained trails. If fishing or crabbing is your thing you can head out into the Puget Sound to try your luck. Guests can opt to find a chair and relax, head to the beach and soak in the views.
A little further south, but no less opulent is the beautiful Alderbrook Resort which sits on the shores of the Hood Canal near the town of Union. Guests can book a private cottage or stay in one of the main lodge rooms overlooking the water. An on-site spa, indoor pool, restaurant, and stunning grounds make this resort perfect for guests seeking an intimate family retreat to a large gathering.
The lodges and cabins located throughout Olympic National Park provide a range of accommodations. Visitors may choose from rooms in historic hotels dating back to the early 1900s, modern motel type accommodations, or rustic cabins. Reservations are available here.
Options include Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, settled in the woods with developed mineral water hot pools and fresh water swimming pool; Lake Crescent Lodge on Lake Crescent, with canoeing, kayaking and hiking to nearby waterfall; The Log Cabin Resort on Lake Crescent near Olympic Discovery Trail with its multi sports trails, RV Park, very kid-friendly; The Kalaloch Lodge, with cabins overlooking the Pacific Ocean; and Lake Quinault Lodge set on the shores of the lake in the midst of the Quinault Rainforest, with hiking and waterfalls all nearby.
Whatever your style of travel, the Olympic Peninsula has options to fit your desires. For a full schedule of events and festivals visit our events page.