Scenic Drive: North Olympic Peninsula

Scenery and history converge on the north coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. For this road trip you’ll want to pack your camera and binoculars–the route is bursting with maritime heritage, military history and an abundance of wildlife.   The Details Start: Kingston (take ferry from Edmonds) End: Port Angeles Length: 73 miles one-way, plus optional stops and sidetrips Good to […]

STAY: Hi-Tide Ocean Beach Resort

This lodging listing is sponsored by Hi-Tide Ocean Beach Resort 4890 Railroad Ave Moclips WA 98562 map and directions phone: 1-800-MOCLIPS website: email: lodging type: condo vacation rentals resort rates: $75-$230 features: Kids OK, Pets OK, free wifi, Fireplace, Kitchenette, TV, Wheelchair accessible, Parking Provided Description: We invite you to leave behind your hectic daily routine and escape to the […]

Olympics Cheap Eat: Burger Time at the Blackberry Cafe

In the blink and you’ll miss it town of Joyce, Washington, there’s a little diner worth your attention. Next time you find yourself on the North Olympic Peninsula, whether its for a camping trip to Salt Creek Recreation Area or a stay at the Lake Crescent Lodge, make a stop at the Blackberry Cafe.  You’ll […]

To the Lighthouse: Be a Lighthouse Keeper for a Week

Q: What is tall, stately, and often found atop a rocky shore that gets pounded by waves?  A: A lighthouse! Lighthouses dot the Pacific Northwest coastline and shores of Puget Sound. Most were constructed as navigational aides for ships at sea in the late 1800s. For nearly a century, these lighthouses were manned by lighthouse keepers to tend […]

CAMP: Kalaloch Campground, Olympic National Park

Driftwood Beach in Olympic National Park

The National Park Lodge of the same name, sweet as it is, will set you back a wad of cash. Just up the coast Highway 101, though, is Kalaloch Campground, set on a spectacular bluff overlooking the ocean. It’s nestled atop one of the most accessible stretches of Olympic National Park’s 73 miles of wild coastline. Some […]

Northwest Getaway: The South Shore of Hood Canal

It’s barely noon when we pull into the tiny town of Union, one of a handful of communities that dot the south shore of Washington’s Hood Canal. Above us, periwinkle sky is peeking through clouds, and across the glacier-carved fjord sit snow-capped Olympic mountains. If Union has one thing going for it, it has location. […]

Marrowstone Island’s Cottages by the Sea

A long time ago, way back in 1792, Captain George Vancouver came to the Salish Sea. He “discovered,” he mapped, and he named a lot of things. Like Puget Sound. And Hood Canal (which he actually named “Hood Channel” because, well, it is a channel, but evidently his handwriting was a bit messy and it […]

CAMP & HIKE: Fort Flagler State Park

How about a hike with a history lesson? Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war. Fortunately for us, all five were converted to state parks in the 1950s, giving the public access to thousands of near-shore acres and miles […]

HIKE: Three Beaches near La Push

There are three beaches in close proximity near La Push – First, Second and Third beaches. First Beach is a short jaunt from the Quileute Nation’s Oceanside Resort in La Push, and a popular gathering spot. Third Beach is 2.5 miles round trip through the woods (though the reward of solitude on the broad, sandy […]

CAMP: Salt Creek Recreation Area

Salt Creek is a dramatically beautiful and well-maintained campground with staggering views and terrific amenities.  Like so many former WWII-era military lands set on the Salish Sea (this was once Camp Hayden), the 196-acre park has terrific sightlines, once used to watch for enemy boats. Now, you can enjoy these same views over a picnic lunch or beside a campfire. The […]