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News Spotlight on the OP!

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.

The Olympic Peninsula is so proud of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). Terri Gleich of the Kitsap Sun covered “Olympic Discovery Trail an Expanding Wonder”.  Almost 80 miles of the trail are complete. The ODT is used for both commuting and recreation and will eventually link Port Townsend to La Push with a paved path.

Port Angeles during Crab Festival

Port Angeles during Crab Festival

Of course, the Olympic Peninsula is taking some of the cudos for Port Angeles being named one of the “America’s Best Towns” by Outside Magazine. Second only to Chattanooga, Tennessee, Port Angeles made a strong showing, coming from a wild-card placement in the competition. And, with a population of about nine times smaller than Chattanooga, it’s even more impressive to have lost in the polling by a small margin. The top five places went to:

  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Port Angeles, Washington
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
Olympic National Park Sign at Rialto Beach

ONP Sign at Rialto

Tripping, the world’s largest vacation rental site, named Rialto Beach, in Olympic National Park, one of “10 Perfect Honeymoon Beach Destinations”. Other places mentioned were Honeymoon Beach in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; Wailea Beach on Maui, Hawaii; Carmel in California; and, Hanalei Bay on Kauai, Hawaii.

Take a look as some stunning photographs from Shi Shi Beach from an article written by Kristin Jackson for the Seattle Times, Visiting Washington’s wild and magical Shi Shi Beach. We couldn’t agree more that’s it one of the most stunning, magical places on the Peninsula!

Moira Macdonald, a Seattle Times arts writer, captured the charm and essence of Port Townsend in her article, “There’s Something for All Kinds of Tourists in the Olympic Peninsula Town” – culture, history and the outdoors!

Washington State Ferry

Washington State Ferry

Conde Nast Traveler has named the Washington State Ferry System as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world. And, we’re in good company with Hong Kong, London, Sydney and Venice also being in this group! Why not hop on one of those WA State ferries and come out to the Olympic Peninsula, our very own UNESCO World Heritage site, the Olympic National Park.  The journey is part of the fun!


Olympic Peninsula Sol Duc pools

Sol Duc pools

Here is a link to the online version of an article on Northwest hot springs resorts by Tamara Muldoon. This article, Play, Soak, Repeat at Hot Springs Resorts, includes Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park. The resort, open seasonally, has basic yet comfortable cabins, RV and tent campsites. Three hot spring pools, a freshwater swimming pool, massage, hiking trails complete the experience at Sol Duc.

12 things to do before you’re 12 on Olympic Peninsula – Part 3

Watch Salmon Spawning, Hike to a Waterfall and Swim in a Hot Spring

The Sol Duc Valley offers outstanding beauty and recreation. Sol Duc Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in Olympic National Park. The Sol Duc Road passes through old-growth forest and parallels the river as it winds up the valley. The Sol Duc River is a lively, twisting salmon stream with many trails and abundant wildlife. After the first hard rains of early fall, you’ll find salmon hurling against the forces of the white water rapids to reach their spawning grounds up river.  Easily accessed after a six-mile drive along the winding Sol Duc Hot Springs Road, the Sol Duc River spills over massive boulders to live up to the river’s tumultuous reputation. Walkers above and below the falls can view salmon preparing for their jump or resting afterwards. Scan the skies for low-flying bald eagles, swooping down for an easy meal.  In spring there are early steelhead jumping the cascades.

During peak season, the Sol Duc Ranger Station provides maps and information about several hikes heading off into the Olympic Mountains. This is the site of the world-famous Sol Duc Springs, a resort built around naturally occurring hot springs, now housed in cement pools. At one time, Sol Duc Hot Springs was one of the most elaborate health resorts in the country. The Sol Duc Ranger Station and Hot Springs are 14 miles up the Sol Duc Road near the west end of Lake Crescent.

8. Salmon Cascades: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20100927/NEWS/100929974/watching-courageous-salmon-at-the-sol-duc-salmon-cascades


9. Sol Duc Hot Springs Three-in-One (Hot springs, river and falls):  http://www.olympicpeninsula.org/things-to-do/natures-three-one-package-sol-duc-hot-springs-falls-and-river