As I mentioned in Part 1 of our Olympic National Park adventure, we pulled into Kalaloch Lodge right as the sun was sinking into the horizon. The main lodge sits on a bluff overlooking a driftwood lined beach, so it was a great place to take in that sunset.
We hurried into the lobby/gift shop/office to check in and then, before we even went to our room, we headed to dinner. (We were hungry!)
Their Creekside Restaurant offered a good variety of entrees.
My husband had their roasted chicken breast – which he said was delicious.
I had the best fish and chips that I have EVER eaten. No joke.
(And it wasn’t just because I was starving. 🙂 )
And I don’t know what happened to the photo of our son’s dinner. hmmmm.
Anyway, we were staying in one of their cabins for the night. So after dinner we put our luggage in our room and then went to explore the beach before it got too dark.
But I did take a couple of quick interior photos while I still had some light.
We were in one of the “Two queen bed Kalaloch cabins” which had a separate bedroom.
There were picnic tables outside where you could dine with gorgeous ocean views.
Darkness set in quite quickly, so we retired to our little cabin for the evening. The next morning we were up early for breakfast at the restaurant. (It was included in a special package I had reserved.) Again, all of our meals were wonderful.
It was overcast and drizzling rain off and on, but we wanted to explore the beach area more. What’s a little rain when you are in the Pacific Northwest? 🙂 So with our raincoats on, we took off down the beach.
We loved seeing all the sea stacks – sooo different from our Atlantic coasts here in the South!
Isn’t it amazing what wind and water can do to rock?!
I believe some of these photos were taken at Ruby Beach, about 6 miles from the lodge.
We said goodbye to the beaches and then took a 1 hour drive to Hoh Rain Forest. This was really kind of backtracking, but I could not find a place to stay that I liked that would have worked out better for our transportation (and we really wanted to check out the beaches there at Kalaloch.)
The park had been doing a lot of recent clean up – including removing trees that had fallen across the trails during the winter – BIG trees! (I think my husband was in awe of their work. 🙂 )
The moss in the forest at Hoh was absolutely amazing! The area gets between 140 and 170 inches of rain annually, so you can understand how moss just covers everything that doesn’t move.
Doesn’t it look like this would be the perfect place to film a scary movie?
It was raining pretty hard at that point, so again we hopped back in the car. We had a drive of an hour and a half to make, and this is where we were really backtracking. In fact, we had to pass Kalaloch Lodge in order to get to our next destination – Lake Quinault Lodge.
I loved its old shingled exterior. 🙂
Isn’t it beautiful?!
And this is the view from the deck (the next morning.)
Built in 1926, Lake Quinault’s lobby certainly had the feel of one of the great old lodges from the turn of the century. It was designed by Robert Reamer who also designed Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn.
It was very cozy by the fire with the drizzling rain outside.
Amazingly, Lake Quinault Lodge was built in only 53 days – yes 53 days! This gallery of photos from the far wall shows the progress of the construction.
We did not stay in the main lodge. Our room was in the Lakeside Building – apparently an old structure that was updated back in 2007 (and the rooms look dated to me.)
It was not luxurious by any means, but it was clean and comfortable, and I liked the old black and white photos on the wall.
And even better, it had a fabulous view of the lake (with a teeny-tiny patio right outside our sliding glass doors.) I just wish it had not been raining, because I know that lake view would have really been something.
I relaxed with a good book for the afternoon, while my husband and son did a hike in the rain. That evening we walked back to the main lodge for dinner past this building – The Boathouse. If we return to Lake Quinault in the future, I would love to stay there. Its accommodations are not a lot different from those in the Lakeside building, but they do have a dining area in each room. (You can see the Boathouse rooms here.)
A loooooong canoe hangs in the hallway right outside the Lodge’s Roosevelt Restaurant. (Yes, President Roosevelt dined there – a few months before he signed the bill that created Olympic National Park.)
This part of the dining room overlooks the lake.
And this side does not have quite the view that the other side has.
We were lucky enough to be seated on the lake side at both dinner and breakfast. 🙂
You just can’t beat that water view.
Our dinner meals were tasty, but I will say that all the dining in the Olympic National Park was expensive – especially at Lake Quinault Lodge. (They kind of have a monopoly with very few choices in the area.) Our son loved his pot roast, (the top right photo) but I’m not sure it was worth the $34 price tag. I had fish and chips again, and while good, the fish was not as wonderful as that at Kalaloch. And yes we had a warm chocolate dessert that was lick-your-plate-delicious. 🙂
Breakfast the next morning was well worth the money (and not nearly as expensive.)
After breakfast we hit the road again – venturing out of the national park to a location that I had been dying to see – a place very different from all the old lodges. But that is for the next post. (I promise you’re going to love it! ) And I will give you a sneak peek so you won’t think I am a total meanie. 🙂
I can’t wait for you to see the photos I took there. (I only took like…300. 😉 )
A couple of weeks ago, our younger son made a trip to visit his older brother there in Seattle. They took off for a hike or two, again in the Olympic National Park. And where did they end up for dinner?
Why, at Lake Quinault Lodge. 🙂
But this time, it was sunny. Our older son sent me a couple of photos so that we can see how lovely it looks when the weather is beautiful.
Much better, don’t you agree?
Thank you once again for following along with us on this adventure. I can’t wait for you to see the cute cute village in the upcoming posts!
Until next time…