olympic peninsula weekend, part one: lake crescent lodge

If you’re ever in the Seattle area, it’s worth the trip to visit the Olympic Peninsula. One of the highlights of a trip we took this past weekend was a stop at Lake Crescent Lodge. Simply put, I’m in love. Located in Olympic National Park, not only is Lake Crescent incredibly gorgeous, the inn itself gets it just exactly right in terms of what a Pacific Northwest inn should be: rustic, woodsy, and charming — never tacky.

There is a huge porch with ample chairs for enjoying the view. Fresh local catches are served at dinner. And there are incredible trails adjacent to the property — several short enough that you can fit in a hike after dinner. (A side note: I thought lodging prices were downright affordable, and for a very small fee, you can bring pets.) –Mary T. For more on this fantastic 1916 lodge and its surroundings, click below.

The lodge is decorated with the art of local Native American tribes.

There are a variety of accommodations that range from staying in the main lodge to more modern outbuildings to these quaint cottages under old-growth trees — most with lake views.

An Adirondack chair made from water skis on the main lodge’s porch.

There are gorgeous views from almost any vantage point.

Trees on the adjacent Moments In Time Trail are almost surreal, covered in lichens and moss. This half-mile loop is a wonderful after-dinner walk. Another beautiful, slightly more challenging trail nearby is the Marymere Falls loop. And just a short trip away are attractions such as kayak rentals, numerous hikes throughout Olympic National Park, and relaxation at the Sol Duc Hot Springs. (That will be on my next trip, to be sure.)

From our partners
Angela M.

Oh my goodness, this looks so gorgeous. Really, I think this may be my next fantasy camp. The purple trail blows me away! It reminds me a little of the fabulous place we visited in the Adirondacks: Lake Placid Lodge. Click here to see that old, old post


Mary T.

What you can’t see in that photo of the trail is that all the open areas were COVERED in forget-me-nots. It was so crazily gorgeous.

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