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Fall into the Olympic Peninsula Pin-It to Win-It Weekend Getaway Sweepstakes

"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.
Port Townsend

Port Townsend Waterfront by Anne Norup

  • 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.
Port Angeles Dungeness Crab Festival and a Northwest Coast Adventure (to be drawn on or around October 2, 2013 for the weekend of October 11 and 12, 2013). Total approximate retail value: 322.00 USD.  Soak up some color with orange leaves and orange crab.  Indulge yourself in the biggest crab celebration of the year where the mountains meet the sea in beautiful Port Angeles, WA.  Relax at the Red Lion on the waterfront and spend an afternoon taking in the autumn sights along one of the newest National Scenic Byway of Highway 112.crabdetail
  • 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.
The Great Hood Canal and PumpkinFest Quest (to be drawn on or around October 15, 2013, for the weekend of October 25 and 26, 2013). Total approximate retail value: 300 USD Well, maybe not the type of "quest" from medieval legends but you will find yourself in several enchanted places this weekend.  Discover the secrets of the historic Elk Meadows Bed & Breakfast and Farm tucked away in the valley of the Dosewallips River.  Then journey south along the ancient glacial fjord of Hood Canal for a stay at the Robin Hood Village Resort.  There you can celebrate the season while honing your catapult skills at the Union PumpkinFest.
Elk in the Dosewallips River by Joy Baisch

Elk in the Dosewallips River by Joy Baisch

  • 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.
Beach and Forest Fireside Weekend (to be drawn on or around October 24, 2013, for the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2013). Total approximate retail value: $300 USD.  Play catch with the surf, race the banana slugs, and relax your pace on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Listen to the soothing sounds of the Quinault River just outside your room at the Quinault River Inn.  Enjoy dinner at the Lake Quinault Lodge.   Sit long enough around a fire on the beach while staying at the Kalaloch Lodge Oceanside Cabin and you might even find yourself roasting a s'more or two.
beach

Kalaloch Beach by Dave Logan

  • 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.
Holiday on the Peninsula (to be drawn on or around November 18, 2013, for the weekend of December 6 and 7, 2013). Total approximate retail value: $709 Value Welcome the 2013 holiday season in luxury at the Port Ludlow Resort.  Take a break from your holiday plans to enjoy 18 holes of golf and a leisurely kayak tour around the water inlets.  Then travel west to the temperate rainforest for a stay at the Miller Tree Inn in mysterious Forks.  Delight in the Festival of Trees and Twinkle Light Parade.  You'll return home feeling rejuvenated and ready to ring in the new year.IMG_0537
  • 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).
Elwha River Hike Photo by John Gussman

Elwha River Hike Photo by John Gussman

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Top Five Fall Campsites

fall campsites Fall is a fantastic time to camp on the Olympic Peninsula. Depending on your campsite, you can see the leaves changing from green to gold, birds on their migration journey, and even salmon making their annual pilgrimage. Between Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest, state and county parks there are many campsite options. Below are five of our favorite fall campsites on the Olympic Peninsula. Since there are many types of camping- RVing, car camping, backpacking, etc- we've tried to include options for everyone. Sol Duc - On the western side of Olympic National Park is the Sol Duc Valley. Home to Salmon Cascades, Sol Duc Falls, hot spring pools, and dramatic old growth forests, the Sol Duc Valley has much for visitors to explore year round. Campers can pitch their tents beneath the canopy of towering, moss covered trees. In late October and early November visitors can watch coho salmon leap through the air on their journey to spawn up the Sol Duc River. Continue reading

4 Cool Campsites

campsitesThere are many choices of campsites on the Olympic Peninsula. Inspired by Sunset Magazine's "West's Best Camping" issue, we're highlighting 4 Olympic Peninsula campsites where you can keep cool this summer. Dosewallips State Park - Located on the Hood Canal and Dosewallips River, campers can keep cool while exploring the salt and freshwater coastlines. In addition to tent sites and cabins, Dosewallips has platform tents reminiscent of the style early pioneers or loggers would have used. Each tent can sleep up to five people and is furnished with bunkbeds, lights, futon, table and heater. In the evening everyone can gather around the picnic table or sit out on the tent's deck. Heart O'the Hills- Heart O'the Hills is the closest campground to Hurricane Ridge. It has 105 sites, with picnic tables, fire rings, and community bathrooms. The shade from old growth forest provides cover from the summer sun while sitting at camp or exploring. There are hiking trails for most abilities from the campground. The Heart O'the Hills amphitheater has seasonal interpretive programs led by park rangers. Check Olympic National Park's newspaper, The Bugler, for current programs and times. Continue reading

Olympic National Park Celebrates 75 Years

Hurricane Ridge Olympic National park

The road to Hurricane Ridge

Olympic National Park is the Olympic Peninsula's largest natural attraction. Originally established as Olympic Forest Reserve in 1897 it was officially signed into the National Park Service in 1938. Today Olympic National Park is three parks in one. With temperate rainforests, towering mountains, and jagged coasts, there are adventures for every age within its boundaries. In honor of the park's 75th anniversary, here are a few top attractions to see in the park. Hurricane Ridge-  A short 17 mile drive from Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is one of Olympic National Park's most awe-inspiring and popular destinations. Located in the Olympic Mountains, its snow-covered trails attract snowshoers and cross country skiers in the winter. During the brief summer season mountain meadows are covered in bright colored wildflowers. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is a great place to start a tour of the park. Rangers can share information about current program schedules, road conditions, weather, and more. There are lots of ways to get kids and teens involved with the park, including internships, volunteer opportunities, the Junior Rangers and the Jr. Ocean Steward program. Junior Ranger Booklets can be picked up at visitor centers throughout Olympic National Park. Continue reading

Backcountry Camping and Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking on the Olympic Peninsula

Hiking and backcountry camping are great ways to explore tthe Olympic Peninsula. The Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park have trails, campgrounds, and dispersed campsites to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts. Year round Big Quilcene Trail #833 follows the Big Quilcene River along old growth forests and lush meadows into the Buckhorn Wilderness. This is a beautiful area for a day hike. Backpackers hoping for an extended trip can follow the trail to Upper Dungeness and Tubal Cain Mine Trails. Continue reading

Pet-Friendly Travel Destinations

Pet-friendly trail

One of many pet-friendly trails

Traveling is always better with a friend. That's why we're sharing ways to travel with woman/man's best friend. Here are a few pet-friendly travel ideas on the Olympic Peninsula Olympic National Forest is a combination of five wilderness areas. Pets are welcome on Olympic National Forest trails and in campgrounds. Leashes are requested, though not always required. All wilderness areas of Olympic National Forest can be reached from Highway 101, which loops around the Olympic Peninsula. Continue reading

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Lupine flowers near Hurricane-Ridge Winter rains lead to a flower-filled spring transformation on the Olympic Peninsula. As the lush green landscape is dotted with delicate buds, our towns and parks are cause for celebration. In early spring the streets of Port Angeles are lined with yellow daffodils, pink cherry blossoms, and a rainbow of tulips. Washington's State Flower is center stage at Port Townsend's Rhododendron Festival in mid-May. This week long fete includes lots of fun events and the crowning of Rhody Royalty.  Peony Farm in Sequim, invites the public to see more than 200 varieties of its namesake flower during Peonies on Parade. Visitors to Brinnon, can enjoy a stroll and picnic among the flowering trees, shrubs, and blooms at Whitney Gardens and Nursery. Continue reading

Town Spotlight: Port Angeles

Pier in PADesignated the nation's second capital city by Abraham Lincoln, Port Angeles is a beautiful sea port with nearly limitless outdoor recreation possibilities, a vibrant art scene, an award-winning farmers market, and easy access to Canada. As the gateway to Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge, Lake Crescent, and Sol Duc hot springs, Port Angeles is a popular destination for lovers of the outdoors. From here visitors can travel on the Discovery Trail to the nearby towns of Sequim and Port Townsend or head into the park on the Adventure Route.  Continue reading

12 things to do before you’re 12 on Olympic Peninsula- Part 4

See the Pacific Ocean from a Ruby Beach or Find Some Perfect Skipping Stones Olympic Peninsula's Ruby Beach with a meandering creek, dramatic sea stacks, and drift logs is named for its sometimes garnet-colored sand. Witness this phenomenon especially near sunset. A gold mining operation was located here in the early 1900s. Olympic National Park protects over 73 miles of the some of the most primitive natural coastline in the 48 contiguous United States. The views of ocean, cliffs, headlands, islands and sea stacks, coupled with the dramatic changing sea, provide a unique wilderness experience. Most of the coast can only be accessed by foot. Rialto Beach and Kalaloch beaches, including Ruby Beach, are accessible by road. You’ll find prefect skipping stones at Rialto Beach near La Push. 10. Pacific Coast Beaches, Olympic National Park, Ruby Beach:  http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-kalaloch-and-ruby-beach.htm  

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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6vEYwJzGQI 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