The Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas
The Kitsap Peninsula is the gateway from the Seattle/Tacoma area to the Olympic Peninsula, Hood Canal and Olympic National Park. Four Washington State Ferry routes and a suspension bridge bring visitors to the western-most part of Washington State, giving easy access from the communities of Bremerton, Port Orchard, Keyport, and Gig Harbor to the metropolitan areas of Seattle and Tacoma.
On the Olympic Peninsula, a highway loop passes through or near the communities of Port Townsend, Sequim, Port Angeles, Forks, Aberdeen, Montesano, Olympia and Belfair. The inns of the Washington Bed and Breakfast Guild in these surrounding areas provide a wonderful array of Olympic National Park lodging options.
Regional Representative: Olaf Protze, Red Caboose Getaway B&B.
Regional Representative: Cathy Hall, Reflections - A Bed and Breakfast Inn.
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The major towns on the Kitsap Peninsula are Bremerton, Port Orchard, Poulsbo, Port Gamble and Silverdale. Bremerton is home of the Naval ship yards where many World War II ships were built. Board and tour the USS Turner Joy, a restored Navy Destroyer on the waterfront promenade in Bremerton. Port Orchard is known for it's antique malls, marinas and galleries. Poulsbo is a quaint village where the entire town from buildings, bakeries to street names has a Norwegian theme. Port Gamble, a district of historic homes, shipyard, general store, shops and La La Chocolate Shoppe, are based on the style of old Maine. Silverdale, once a quiet waterfront town, now is the shopping center of the Kitsap/Olympic Peninsula, with the area's only major mall.
The scenic Hood Canal is Washington's only fjord. It is a deep-water channel created when glaciers melted and withdrew. It slices the Olympic Peninsula into two separate peninsulas now called the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas. The Hood Canal is a beautiful waterway teaming with marine life such as seal, salmon, oyster, clam, Dungeness crab, geoduck and an occasional orca looking for dinner.
Cross over the Hood Canal Bridge and you are on the Olympic Peninsula. The majestic Olympic Mountains cut the peninsula in half, north and south. One side of the mountains is in the rain shadow and receives between 12 and 30 inches of rain per year. The other is rain forest and receives up to 144+ inches of rain per year.
The gem in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula is the million acre Olympic National Park, bordered by the Olympic National Forest. Glacier clad peaks, massive trees, deep, clear lakes and wild ocean beaches beckon outdoor enthusiasts. Awesome sights can be accessed by car and miles of hiking trails.
Port Angeles and Sequim serve as the gateways to the northern areas of Hurricane Ridge, Deer Park and Lake Crescent. On the western side of the park are the Sol Duc Valley, Rialto Beach and the Hoh Rain Forest, which are most accessible from the community of Forks. At the southwest corner is Lake Quinault and the Quinault Rain Forest, within easy drives of Aberdeen and Montesano. On the east side, Staircase and the Skokomish, Hamma Hamma, Duckabush and Dosewallips River valleys are all within driving distance of Olympia and Belfair. Port Townsend is also within easy range of the northeast corner of the park.
The cities and towns on the Olympic Peninsula are as varied as the climate.
Port Townsend is the county seat for Jefferson County and Washington's Victorian Seaport and Arts Center. It is located on the northeast side with ferry connections to Whidbey Island. There are shops, galleries and a variety of festivals throughout the year.
Sequim is the Lavender Capital of North America and sits in the "blue hole" boosting 300 days of sunshine a year and an average rainfall of just 14 inches per year.
Port Angeles is the headquarters for the national park and the county seat for Clallam County. It offers easy access to Hurricane Ridge, year round cultural activities and also provides ferry access to Victoria, BC, Canada. In recent years, it has become known as the location for Bella and Edward’s first date, movies and shopping trips from the “Twilight” series of books.
Forks is base camp for outdoor travelers wanting to visit the Hoh Rainforest or wild Pacific Ocean beaches. There is also world class salmon and steelhead fishing in 5 nearby rivers. “Twihards“ love visiting “Twilight” sites from the imagination of author Stephenie Meyer, including the school, hospital, city hall, Bella's house, the Cullen House and LaPush.
Sequim's Annual Lavender Festival July 16 - July 18, 2010
Tour the Lavender Farms with various events at each, craft show downtown.
Olympia Farmers Market April 1 - December 24, 2011 - 10am to 3pm
Opening weekend for the Olympia Farmers Market is the first weekend in April. Traditionally the weekend that kicks of the beginning of Spring. Fresh produce and meats, plants and crafts. Live music and delicious food. One of the best farmers markets in the whole state!
Web: www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/ Telephone: 360.352.9096
43rd Sequim Rotary Salmon Bake August 7, 2011 - 12:00-4:00
Wild Coho Salmon cooked Indian style on Cedar stakes over Alderwood Pit fire. Don't like fish, then barbecued Pork is also available. Live Music, Raffles at Carrie Blake Park in Sequim (easy walking distance from Red Caboose Getaway B&B-stay 2 days and we buy the Sunday Salmon lunch!)
Sequim 117th Irrigation Festival May 4 - May 13, 2012
Weekend of May 11th and 12th- Olympic Peninsula Community Logging show, Tractor Pulls, Antique Tractor Show, Lawn Mower Races, Strong Man Contest, Friday night Fire Works, Saturday Grand Parade and much more!
Only minutes away from Red Caboose Getaway B&B. www.redcaboosegetaway.com
Sequim Lavender Festival July 20 - July 22, 2012
Visit area Lavender Farms for cooking demos, crafts, plants and more. Craft booths in town. Hugely popular so book early. Suggest coming early or staying until Monday to avoid the yearly traffic jams. Red Caboose Getaway B&B is centrally located for all the action. www.redcaboosegetaway.com
Olympic Birdfest April 5 - April 7, 2013
Grab your binoculars and join the Olympic BirdFest 2013 celebration at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, April 5 - 7, 2013.
The stage is set…quiet bays and estuaries, sandy beaches, a five-mile-long sand spit, and a protected island bird sanctuary on the Strait of Juan de Fuca; wetlands, tide pools, rainforests, and lush river valleys. The players are ready … Marbled Murrelets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Harlequin Ducks, Black Oystercatchers, Peregrine Falcons, and Pygmy owls will be sporting their finest spring plumage for this celebration. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, and a gala banquet.
Web: www.olympicbirdfest.org Telephone: 360-681-4076
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We are conveniently located in historic Keyport in the North Central area of the Kitsap Peninsula, making our bed and breakfast an ideal destination for business and leisure travelers alike. We offer our guests exceptional, personalized service.
Gateway to the west side of Olympic National Park, Miller Tree Inn is located just 20 minutes from wild Pacific Ocean beaches and 45 minutes from the Hoh Rain forest. Eight rooms, all with private baths, await our guests in a historic 1916 farmhouse. Listed in Frommers. "Twilight" spoken here.
Enjoy a stay in an authentic 1889 Victorian Mansion, overlooking Port Townsend bay. Only 1/2 mile to the quaint Town Center. Relax in the parlor, or play a game of pool before retiring to your King bed for the night. Awake refreshed to our three course breakfast.
"NOT JUST A ROOM IN A HOUSE OR HOTEL", but your own luxury railroad car ..... A CABOOSE ! Our gourmet breakfasts are elegantly served in a restored 1937 Zephyr private dining car, "The Silver Eagle" by your hosts, Charlotte, Olaf & son, Leif.
Quiet stone and cedar inn, magnificent Sol Duc river valley view, wake up beverage tray at your door, three course breakfast, choice from six main dishes, evening desserts, gardens, hot spa, a/ c, wireless internet and warm northwest hospitality.
At FoxBridge you won't see lace or wallpaper but you will find a wonderful, comfortable home and innkeepers who are ready to welcome you and make your stay amazing. Surprise your significant other by adding romance package or reserve both rooms for your party and take over the whole house.
The historic Dungeness Barn House Bed & Breakfast is located on the Dungeness Bay over-looking the Straits, Dungeness Spit & Lighthouse. Stroll through beautiful gardens filled with roses and lavender, and walk along our private beach.
Peaceful waterfront luxury near Olympic National Park. Tucked between Port Angeles and Sequim, on two acres brimming with flower gardens and lush evergreens. Ocean-view rooms offer a cozy fireplace, romantic hot tub or Jacuzzi, lavish private bathroom. An ideal spot for your next romantic getaway.
Bird's-Eye View B&B is comfortable, cozy and hospitable. It convenient and accessible to Bremerton and the Kitsap Peninsula. Ideal for business, shopping, sightseeing, golfing and visiting.
Storybook country estate-style B&B on five acres. Exquisite flower gardens, island gazebo. Three lovely rooms with private baths. Separate 1000 sq. ft. Carriage House. Full gourmet breakfasts. Ten minutes from downtown Gig Harbor. Voted "Innkeeper of the Year 2006"!
"Westmost" Bed & Breakfast in the lower 48 - on ten acres of coastal rainforest west of Forks. This is the place for a quiet getaway. We strive to be all a lodge should be -wood, stone, a "great room" with a massive stone fireplace, and more.
Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere in this antique filled colonial style home overlooking beautiful Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. Four bedrooms, two with private bath. Watch ferries and pleasure craft pass by the deck/patio.
Blue Gull Inn offers casual country charm in a Victorian setting. The Inn has six guest rooms all with private baths, two with whirlpool bath tubs. Country style breakfast each morning. Huge front porch with rockers, and beautiful gardens. Convenient Uptown location, close to shops and dining.
Fodor's - "Top Choice" for the Olympic Peninsula. Frommer's - "Deliciously Romantic..Exceedingly Luxurious". Best Places to Kiss - "Utopian Oceanfront Hideaway". Karen Brown's Guide - "Top Pick & Greatest Value Award". AAA Rated - Four Diamonds. Select Registry Property. 10-Acre Oceanfront Estate.
A small slice of paradise awaits you at Selah Inn on Hood Canal. Only 60 miles from Seattle, this elegant country inn and the adjacent guest houses offer the ultimate of luxurious comfort and relaxation in the breathtaking setting of pristine Hood Canal.