Highway 112 Scenic Byway along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a must drive for visitors to Washington's Olympic Peninsula. Recently a blog post by Road Trippers' "Roads and Rides - Your guide to the best drives, coolest cars, and all things motoring", covered a trip along this Scenic Byway to the special places of Neah Bay and Cape Flattery, the most NW point in the contiguous USA - and stops along the way. The blog has 14 gorgeous photos, a map and generally great descriptions and ideas for following HWY 112. Check out this cool video before heading out. It highlights some of the best of the best along Hwy 112. Two exciting activities coming up on the highway are: Joyce Blackberry Daze, Saturday, August 6 and the Great Strait Sale on Saturday, September 10.
Romantic/Foodie Travelers Winter Itinerary #214 for Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
Comfort food and wine tasting at its best. Take your Valentine wine tasting, stay in a cozy B&B or lodge, and taste exquisite food along the Olympic Culinary Loop.
Red Wine & Chocolate Winery Tour February 13, 14, 15 & 20, 21, 2016 11:00am – 5:00pm 21 and older for wine tastingTaste your way along a leisurely romantic drive through the scenic Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic Peninsula Red Wine and Chocolate Tour is one we wait for every year. The tour travels around the peninsula so it is good to have a designated driver. We split the driving by one person driving the Port Angeles/Sequim area one day and another person driving the Port Townsend area the next day. The next tour (NW Wine and Cheese Tour in May!) we switch drivers so each driver gets to taste in both areas. An online ticket is $40 and gets you a commemorative wine glass, complimentary wine tasting and chocolate samples at all TEN wineries on the tour. Tickets sold at the wineries are $45. Tickets are not required to attend. A $7 wine tasting fee will be charged at each winery for non-ticketed visitors. Visit www.olympicpeninsulawineries.org for further information. Each of the wineries will pair their special wines with yummy, decadent chocolate offerings and other tasty treats. Olympic Peninsula Wineries on the Tour Finnriver Farm and Cidery. Tarts baked in the wood fire oven. Variety of adult “cocktails” Address: 142 Barn Swallow Rd, Chimacum, WA 98325 Phone: (360) 732-4337 Marrowstone Vineyards. Dark chocolates, white chocolates and caramels with new wine releases Address: 423 Meade Rd, Nordland, WA 98358 Phone: (360) 385-9608 Lullaby Winery – New Tour Destination. Artisan chocolates from France and Walla Walla paired with four handpicked wines Address: 274 Otto St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Phone: (509) 386-1324 FairWinds Winery. They will have their chocolate fountain again this year! Address: 1984 Hastings Ave W, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Phone: (360) 385-6899 Eaglemount Wine & Cider. Quince mead, Dandelion wine, local chocolate, hors-d’oeuvres Address: 1893 S Jacob Miller Rd, Port Townsend, WA 98368 Phone: (360) 732-4084 Wind Rose Cellars. Yvonne’s Chocolates, new releases of 2013 Dolcetto and 2012 Bravo Rosso, live music Feb. 7, Feb 13 and 14 Address: 143 W Washington St, Sequim, WA 98382 Phone: (360) 681-0690 Olympic Cellars. Morphs into late 19th century Moulin Rouge. New releases. And 2009 Merlot and 2009 Syrah, both gold medal winners! Address: 255410 US-101, Port Angeles, WA 98362 Phone: (360) 452-0160 Camaraderie Cellars. Quadra, red wine blend is new to the tasting. Pulled pork with cocoa-spiced rub cooked in the winery’s wood fire oven Address: 334 Benson Rd, Port Angeles, WA 98363 Phone: (360) 417-3564 Harbinger Winery. We Do Fudge from Sequim will be there….need we say more? Dark Chocolate Sea Salt and Caramel paired with Dynamo Red? Says it all! Address: 2358 Highway 101 West, US-101, Port Angeles, WA 98363 Phone: (360) 452-4262 Any number of lovely B&Bs will add to the romance and keep you close to the winery tour trail. Check on the Inns of Excellence for ideas. InnsofExcellence.com Also, check the Olympic Culinary Loop for dining ideas. You’ll find the cuisine of the Olympic Peninsula in establishments from casual to white linen napkins. OlympicPeninsulaCulinaryLoop.com
What Kind of Traveler Are YOU? When you travel are you a foodie, an adventure traveler, a family traveler or are you looking for that perfect romantic getaway? Or is your travel a little bit of each? At the Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit this fall, we asked local tourism industry experts to help put together a list of hidden gems that these types of travelers to the Olympic Peninsula shouldn’t miss. We have some ideas for each of these types of unique travelers and have a Winter Weekend Itinerary for each. FIRST, who are you? Here’s a list of characteristics of four different types of travelers: Do you travel to eat and take in all the culinary delights a region has to offer? Seek out restaurants specializing in “farm to fork” cuisine? Tour the local wineries, cideries and distilleries? Visit local farms, shellfish growers, and farmers markets? You might be a Foodie Traveler. Do you…
- ... search Yelp or TripAdvisor for restaurants with high reviews and read all the restaurant ads in magazines before planning your next travel destination?
- ...have friends who tell you about a chef in an area that prepares amazing local, sustainable food and you start researching how to get there ASAP?
- ...watch TV shows that are on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel?
- …Washington Trail Association’s website is set as a browser favorite.
- …the trunk of your car is a storage unit for at-the-ready adventures; a sleeping pad, dusty hiking boots, snow shoes, extra socks, bug spray, a carabineer.
- …you are blown away by Ed Viesters and like each and every one of his Facebook posts.
- … you love dirt and you tear up a little removing your bike rack at the end of the riding season
- …you plan based on what and where are we going to find something to do for everyone.
- …your activities include touching, tugging, digging and discovering (running up, down and all around while discovering awesome stuff)
- …you want to avoid driving endless hours and plan ahead for stop-offs every 60-90
- … you are driven to make meaningful memories where coming away with some sand or dirt between our fingers and toes
- …you seek out locations that will provide privacy
- …you travel to make memories and plan trips that provide stress-free ease of travel
- …you appreciate the journey as much as the destination
- …you will make dining choices on atmosphere as much as on the food
Beyond Voyage had a guest blogger, Elizabeth, who spent one week exploring Hood Canal and one week investigating Seattle with her eight-year-old son. One of the surprises she found was lower lodging prices compared with east coast costs of Cape Cod, for example. She recommended a minimum of a four-night stay, but stated that she could have easily filled two weeks things to do along the canal. They sampled local ciders (check out Cider Route map!) and Hama Hama oysters and generally had the canal experience with a side trip into Port Townsend vibe. She was impressed with the beauty of Lake Cushman after entering Olympic National Park at the Staircase entrance. All in all, made me want to replicate her visit! And, I live here. I thought it was charming that she found Oregon Tilamook yogurt and Pacific Northwest Marionberries were exotic finds. One of the many rewards of working with visitors to the Olympic Peninsula, learning that things we have and are normal to us, are special and memorable to our visitors. Thank you, Elizabeth!
The Olympic Peninsula has been all over media in September! Here's a sampling of what's being said: Congratulations to Port Townsend for the “5 Fabulous Things to Do In Port Townsend” by writer, Paola Thomas, for Seattle Refined, a partner with KOMONews.
- Breakfast at the Blue Moose Café,
- Visit the Northwest Maritime Center,
- Shop at Port Townsend Farmers’ Market
- Afternoon tea at Pippa’s Real Tea, and
- Shopping on Water Street.
- Glenwood Springs, Colorado
- Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Iowa City, Iowa
- Port Angeles, Washington
- Chattanooga, Tennessee
Olympic Peninsula is home to an incredible bounty of fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, fish, meat, flowers, herbs, and locally produced products. Farmers markets are great ways to support local producers and create your own Olympic Coast Cuisine dishes. There are numerous famers markets to choose from, a couple are even award-winning. Many are open primarily during the summer and early fall while a few markets stay open year round. The Olympic Peninsula is also home to bakers, cheese makers, honey producers, and chefs many of whom are represented at the farmers markets. In addition to edible products, many of the farmers markets offer local artisan wares such as jewelry, lotions, pottery, fiber arts, garden decor, and even toys. Below is a list of some of the farmers markets around the Olympic Peninsula. Chimacum Farmers Market - Sundays 10-3, June-October, 9122 Rhody Dr. Forks Open Aire Market- Saturdays 10-3, Mid-May-September, 1421 S. Forks Ave. Jefferson County Farmers Markets- Saturdays 9-2 April-December, Wednesday Summer Market 2-6, 650 Tyler St. Port Townsend Quilcene Farmers Market-April through Sept at Hwy. 101 & Center Port Angeles Farmers Markets - Saturdays 10-2 Year Round, Wednesday Summer Market 10-2, Downtown at Gateway Transit Center Sequim Farmers Market - Saturdays 9-3, May-October, 2nd & Cedar St. Shelton Farmers Market - Saturdays 9-3, May-September, Franklin St. Farm fresh produce and products can also be found year round at farm stands and stores. Chimacum Corner Farmstand- Open daily 9 am - 7 pm. 9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum, WA. 360-732-0107 Nash's Farm Store - Open daily 9 am - 7 pm. 4681 Sequim-Dungeness Way, Sequim, WA. 360-683-4642 Sunsets West Co-op - Open daily 10 am - 7 pm, longer in the summer. 16795 Hwy 112, Clallam Bay, WA. 360-963-2189It's that time again to revel in the bounty of the Olympic Peninsula. This is a blog that we posted a couple years ago and have updated. Things have changed, but not our love of these markets. The
One common question asked by visitors coming to the Olympic Peninsula is: Can we drive all the way around the Peninsula in one day? The answer is YES! But would you WANT to? It's about 308 miles around and takes about seven, non-stop driving hours. Since there are three wildly different worlds in one - misty rain forests, snow-capped summits, and rocky shores—wouldn't you want to experience them all while you are here. For an American locale, the names sound vaguely exotic, distinctly different: Dosewallips, Elwha, Queets, Hoquiam. And how fitting, for the territory they share makes up the moody, remote, and richly varied corner of the continental United States. OlympicPeninsulaWaterfallTrail.com. Lodging is available along the Loop and at certain places branching off the Loop. Take a look at all the lodging by clicking here. And, of course, while you are traveling around the Loop, you'll need/want to eat. Dine on scrumptious Olympic Coast Cuisine. From Dungeness crab and clams to wild salmon or halibut, to local cheeses, ciders, chocolates and farm fresh produce, you will find fresh and fabulous along the Olympic Peninsula Culinary Loop. Check here for members of the Culinary Loop. Words to the wise: Bring adequate rain gear when hiking and camping. You never know about the weather here. And, dress in layers. It could go from drizzle to warm and sunny back to rain in no time! Don't forget to take the 10 Essentials in your backpack when you are on the trails. And, when you go beach walking, consult a tide table. For further information: Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362; tel. 360-565-3130; www.nps.gov/olym/. Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau, 360-452-8552, 800-942-4042, www.OlympicPeninsula.orgThe drive is a popular year-round excursion, best road conditions being from April through October. By staying overnight along the Loop, YOU, the visitor can experience the richness the area. If you simply drive the Loop, you would miss Hurricane Ridge, Rialto Beach, the Sol Duc Hot Springs and the Hoh Rainforest. Not to mention the abundance of waterfalls. Check out
Port Ludlow is a residential and recreational community nestled near the west end of the Hood Canal Floating Bridge on the Olympic Peninsula. Early explorers of the Pacific Northwest often named sheltered inlets with names beginning with "Port". Communities which subsequently developed often adopted inlet's name. Today Port Ludlow is both the name of the beautiful inlet and the community nestled on its shore. The first shipments of timber from the Puget Sound to San Francisco, California in 1851 stimulated interest in the business potential of building sawmills on Puget Sound. In 1852 two explorers with vision of timber exports found the environs of Port Ludlow Bay promising. A timber claim was filed and soon a mill was built there capable of producing 3,000 feet of lumber daily. The trees along the banks of the bay were logged first and then oxen and horses were used to bring more distant logs to the mill. The mill soon began to attract other settlers and Port Ludlow began to thrive. Now the mill is long gone and this quintessentially Northwest destination on the pristine shores of tranquil Ludlow Bay, with views of the majestic Olympic Mountains at every turn, is still beckoning the traveler to the present day. Continue reading
"Fall into the Olympic Peninsula" this season by entering our Pin-It to Win-It sweepstakes for a chance to win a different prize package all season-long! Up to five (5) Winners will receive weekend getaway packages, to be drawn on or around September 27, October 2, October 16, October 30 and November 27. The packages are listed as follows: Art Lover’s Dream Weekend (to be drawn on or around September 27, 2013, for the weekend of October 4, 5 and 6, 2013). Total approximate retail value: 450.00 USD. In Sequim, the town that's the Queen of Lavender, you'll soak up the local art of the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival and First Friday Art Walk and Nourish yourself in the rainshadow of the Dungeness Valley. Take in the views of the snow-capped Olympic Mountains as you relax at the Holiday Inn Express. Then head on over to the Victorian seaport town of Port Townsend for the mechanical fun of the Kinetic Sculpture Race and events and a stay in the charming Ravenscroft Inn.
- One (1) double-queen guest room for one (1) night, including Express Start Breakfast for two, at the Holiday Inn Express in Sequim, Washington
- Explore the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, the First Friday Art Walk, and the Saturday Sequim Farmers Market.
- One (1) $50 gift certificate for meal service at Nourish Restaurant in Sequim, Washington (valid October 30, 2014).
- One (1) room for one (1) night at Ravenscroft Inn in Port Townsend, including dinner for two at Doc's Marina Grill ($50). Valid through March 31, 2014, excluding November 28, 29, 30, 2013; December 24, 25, 31, 2013 and January 1, 2014.
- Two (2) tickets to the Great Port Townsend Kinetic Sculpture events in Port Townsend, Washington, valid for October 5 and 6, 2013.
- One (1) room for one (1) night at the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles, Washington. Valid October 11, 2013
- Two (2) tickets to the 12th Annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival – Peninsula Daily News Community Crab Feed in Port Angeles, Washington, which takes place the first night of the festival, Friday October 11.
- One (1) two-person room for one (1) night at Winters Summer Inn Bed & Breakfast, including gourmet breakfast, in Clallam Bay, Washington. Valid through March 31, 2014.
- One (1) two-person room for one (1) night at Elk Meadows Bed and Breakfast, including breakfast, in Hood Canal, Washington. No pets, children over 14 are welcome. Valid through March 31, 2014.
- One (1) room for one (1) night at the Robin Hood Village Resort in Union, Washington.
- Two (2) tickets to Union PumpkinFest (weekend of October 25 and 26, 2013) plus participation in pumpkin catapult contest.
- One (1) two-person room for one (1) night at Quinault River Inn in Amanda Park, Washington. Valid through May 31, 2014.
- Dinner for two at Lake Quinault Lodge in Quinault, Washington. Valid through March 31, 2014. (Up to $100 value, excluding alcohol, must be used in one sitting.)
- One (1) room for one (1) night at Kalaloch Lodge in an Oceanside cabin, plus breakfast for two, in Quinault, Washington. Valid through June 30, 2014.
- One (1) view room for two people for one (1) night, including breakfast, at the Inn at Port Ludlow in Port Ludlow, Washington. Valid through Valid through March 31, based on availability.
- 18 holes of golf with a cart at The Resort at Port Ludlow in Port Ludlow, Washington.
- One (1) kayak rental for two at the Port Ludlow Resort Marina in Port Ludlow, Washington.
- One (1) room for one (1) night at Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast in Forks, Washington Valid through March 31 excluding Feb 14 & 15 and March 15, 22 and 29.
- One (1) $30 Gift certificate for two at Golden Gate Chinese Restaurant in Forks, Washington (no expiration).
As the air cools and the leaves begin to change everyone is invited to sample the best of the Pacific Northwest. Below are a few ways to taste the autumn bounty of the Olympic Peninsula. September: The growth in popularity of hard cider led to the creation of the Cider Route by three Jefferson County cideries: Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Alpenfire Cider, and Eaglemount Wine and Cider. A combination of organic and homestead apples are used to create a variety of flavors. A few nontraditional options include Eaglemount's Ginger Cider made from Hawaiian Ginger Root and Finnriver's Botanically Infused-Cider. Visitors can learn about the cider making process and sample the finished products at each cidery's tasting room. To confirm current hours and offerings, visitors are encouraged to check the Finnriver, Alpenfire, and Eaglemount websites. Continue reading