Port Angeles & Olympic Peninsula: Day 3 recap

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100.3 The Q is proud to partner with Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Olympic Peninsula Tourism Commission and the Black Ball Ferry Line to give one lucky Q listener and their guest a weekend to explore the Olympic Peninsula.

I sampled the same roadtrip to the Olympic Peninsula The Q Afternoon Show will giveaway on Tuesday July 2nd.

Consider my roadtrip to Port Angeles “contest research”.

Read my Day 1 and Day 2 recaps

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Day 3

Our previous day on the Olympic Peninsula had been a busy one. We had seen Sequim and Port Townsend. We stayed the night at The Resort At Port Ludlow.

My girlfriend and I were greeted warmly at the hotel’s front desk by Sidney. We also met Susan, sales manager from The Resort At Port Ludlow. Susan gave us some great tips on sightseeing and making the most of Port Ludlow and Puget Sound. There’s an 18-hole championship golf course, a full-service marina, lots of hiking destinations, and great dining. It’s a perfect getaway to do as much or as little as you want. Our room on the top floor had unbeatable waterviews of the cove and marina.

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I love the vibe at The Resort At Port Ludlow and especially in The Fireside, the resort’s restaurant. My girlfriend and I shared fresh local steamer clams, and fresh bread with empanada. I had tender short ribs with couscous. She had scallops. What a great meal. The dishes were simply prepared and really showcased the ingredients and natural flavours.

The Resort overlooks Port Ludlow Marina. The view is unbeatable and Port Ludlow is one of the Northwest’s best waterfront destinations. There was a nice buzz of action around the resort and marina. In the evening, it was a very peaceful and extremely laid-back. I could look at the cove for hours. And what a sunset.

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The weather took a turn for the worse in the morning of the final day of our getaway. We were planning to do some kayaking in the Port Ludlow area. Late morning drizzle turned to rain.

We had planned to take a drive up to Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. But looking at the 45 minute drive each way up to the Ridge (with rain and poor visibility), my girlfriend and I decided to drive back towards Port Angeles.

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We decided to take a drive to Olympic National Park, northwest of Port Angeles. Susan, our host at The Resort At Port Ludlow had mentioned there was a rustic lodge at Lake Crescent. We found Lake Crescent Lodge about 25 minutes from Port Angeles.

This historic lodge was built in 1916 and would be an ideal basecamp for enjoying the park. There’s rustic cabins lakeside, and more contemporary rooms in the guest building. We had a fantastic lunch in the dining room at Lake Crescent Lodge overlooking Lake Crescent.

Our visit to Olympic National Park was a last minute addition to our itinerary, and it opened up a whole bunch of possibilities for our next trip to the Peninsula.

Lake Crescent Lodge

Lake Crescent Lodge

 

5:15pm Depart for Victoria onboard MV Coho. Goodbye U.S.A. I’ll be back.

 

 

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