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Seabrook Washington – Part 1

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Happy 4th of July!  I can’t think of a better community to share with you on this day than the all-American dream town of Seabrook, Washington.  (Yes, Barbara you predicted it in your comment! 🙂 )

My blog friend, Emily from Jones Design Company  spent spring break in Seabrook.  (And just an fyi, Emily is currently traveling in an RV with her husband and 4 children for over 3 months to see the sights in our beautiful country!) They live in Washington state, and when I read about their trip to Seabrook, I contacted her about the town.  She told me that I would absolutely love it there, and goodness was she ever right about that!

signs Seabrook WA

So my husband, our son, and I left Olympic National Park and started on the leg of our trip that would take us to the Columbia Rover Gorge and Portland, Oregon.  But, we had to first make a stop in Seabrook just for me. 🙂  (It wasn’t too far out of the way.)

Seabrook WashingtonIf you have been reading here for awhile, you know I am a sucker for planned communities – from Seaside to Serenbe, from Palmetto Bluff to Habersham and everything in between.  The guys in my family are not nearly as smitten as I am, but they did like the “natural side” of Seabrook…so there was something for everyone there. 🙂

homes in SeabrookYes, I took a zillion photographs.  So while you are looking at them, I want to tell you a little about the history of Seabrook.
Big Wheel Beach House Seabrook WA

Casey Roloff is the young man who had the vision to start the town.   When he and his wife, Laura, were in college they operated a painting business.  After they graduated (she with an art degree and he with a business degree), they moved to the Oregon coast and wanted to find a home that had character – not just your run of the mill house that you see popping up everywhere.  Since none was to be found, they built one.

entrance home in Seabrook WA

Apparently, this home garnered attention from many others who wanted a home with the kind of details that they put into it and a home in a beach community.  With this interest, the Roloffs knew there was a market there for a different kind of beach place.  So they began to develop a new kind of community on the Oregon coast.

home in Seabrook WashingtonBella Beach was their first development.  This was in 2000, and they had only graduated from college in 1995, so getting financing for this project was quite difficult.  After finally securing the loan they needed, Bella Beach sold out in only 6 months!  Casey knew that people wanted homes in walkable communities where they could connect with neighbors.  This was the start of his idea for Seabrook.

The Getaway Seabrook WAThey wanted to build a town..not just a development.  So they studied many coastal villages across the United States to see what made them work – what made them attractive to people who lived there.  They especially studied the market of Cannon Beach there in Oregon to see why people were driving hours from the northern parts of Washington to go there, and they were very much inspired by Florida’s Seaside (which is very evident as you walk through both towns.)

Lily Pad cottage at Seabrook WA

Originally they were going to build Seabrook along the Oregon coast, but they could not find a suitable piece of property.

board and batten Seabrook WAThen they remembered the coastal views they had enjoyed when hiking in Olympic National Park, and they found some undeveloped property south of it – property that looked much like the Oregon coast.  They purchased 300 acres some time after 2001 (I think) with the profit they had made from their Bella Beach development, and Seabrook finally had a location on which to grow.

Independence Hall Seabrook WABut Casey didn’t just jump right into developing this town himself.  Before he began anything there, he pulled together a group of leading architects, developers, landscape architects, and others from around the country for a major group brainstorming and planning session.

whatever floats your boat cabin Seabrook WAAfter much talking and planning and drawing, and more talking and planning and drawing, they came up with a master plan that encompassed the best ideas from planned communities around the United States.  Seabrook would be a pedestrian friendly community with the ability to find everything you need within a 5 minute walk in town.

Seabrook home

The houses would be close together and close to the street and sidewalk to promote contact between neighbors.  There would be narrow streets to naturally slow down traffic and make it safer for pedestrians.  Alleyways would be built between houses so that vehicles could be parked there out of sight.

Seabrook housesStreets would have taller buildings on the corners to “bookend” the shorter buildings between them.

Once Upon a Time cottage Seabrook WAThe views down each street would be a little different from the next one, and outdoor spaces would also have variety as you walk through them across town.

architecture coast of WashingtonThere would be common garden areas…

community garden Seabrook WA

Seabrook garden

And recreational facilities like a basketball court, an indoor swimming pool, and areas for volleyball and shuffleboard.

Seabrook shuffleboard

Seabrook would have diversity in its architectural styles.  The information I’ve studied says they drew on architecture of the Pacific Northwest, but to me, it looks like what you typically find in New England – especially in coastal Maine (which is why I was so drawn to it. 🙂 )

Boxwood Cottage Seabrook WA

And so the town was launched in 2004. Architect and urban designer, Laurence Qamar was part of the team as was landscape designer, Stephen Poulakos (now the director of town development for Seabrook.)

Meriwether Square Pavilion Seabrook WAIt has quickly become the fastest growing coastal destination in the Pacific Northwest.  A Coastal Living Idea House was built there in 2010.  It was named the Community of the Year in 2011 – a national award.  Sunset magazine named it their first ever Idea Town in 2012, and the magazine built 2 idea houses there in 2013.  Not bad for such a young little town!

Seabrook WAAll of the homes I have shown you so far have been on one side of the road.  Now I want us to cross State Road 109 over to the oceanfront areas.

Seabrook Washington viewI believe this home, Anchor Down, is the one that Emily and her family stayed in when they were there.

Seabrook WA shingled houseMore lovely shingled architecture…

picket fenceThe oceanfront esplanade allows you to walk on a path along the bluff where the oceanside homes are built.

Seabrook Esplanade

Seabrook details

Seabrook oceanside houses

Seabrook oceanside homesJust follow it a little further….

Seabrook pathas it winds through the woods…

Seabrook path to beachoverlooking the water.

Seabrook Washington beach

Seabrook at the oceanThen climb down the stairs…

Seabrook stairs

and you are then at the wide beach along the ocean’s edge.

beach at Seabrook

Seabrook beachsource

And I am going to leave you there today, but this is not all I have for you from Seabrook.  No…far from it!  I want to take you inside a couple of homes in the next post, and then we’ll look at the charming retail area there after that.

Seabrook Washington flagSo I hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July, and I will see you back here soon. 🙂

Until next time…

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p.s.  I almost forgot!  Sometime this month we will be traveling to see our daughter who is working in Oklahoma for the summer.   If any of you have recommendations for things to see, places to eat, stores for good shopping, or hotels to stay in near Tulsa, I would greatly appreciate your recommendations.  Thanks a bunch!

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kathy - July 6, 2016 - 9:32 am

There is just so much out there that I need to see and do!!! Love it!!

Dawn - July 5, 2016 - 4:24 pm


You have shared yet another relaxing “e-trip” with us. I absolutely love it. How quaint and special. I appreciate all of the information you shared as you went along.

Barbara Livdahl - July 5, 2016 - 2:14 pm

I don’t want the summer to fly by but this gets me excited about our vacation at Seabrook this Fall! We are staying in The Boat House. You may have seen it, right across from the pool. It has a fabulous porch with rocking chairs, my favorite place for morning coffee.

Lori W - July 5, 2016 - 12:22 pm

Gorgeous pictures!! Thank you for sharing them with me.

I am unsure of where your daughter is working, but I live in OKC, and I was born and raised just south of here. Utica Square is okay, but since my brother lives in Dallas, I like shopping with him. OKC tourism is growing by leaps and bounds with Bricktown going through another growth spurt. Downtown has drastically changed over the past 10 years…lots of great restaurants, outdoor music and eating venues, and the OKCMOA is wonderful. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in OKC is equally wonderful, and you almost cannot beat the Will Rogers Museum and Birthplace Ranch (which is still a working ranch) in Oologah and Claremore (by Tulsa). There are many new activities along with Oklahoma River in downtown OKC…kayaking, zip-lines, and whitewater kayaking just to name a few. Lake Tenkiller and Grand Lake of the Cherokees in northeast Oklahoma offer canoeing and water sports as well as lake and boat rentals. OKC also offers historic tours of the Overholser and Hefner Mansions as well as the Oklahoma History Center located by the State Capitol. If you want more information, drop me an email, and I will see what I can do.

Garden, Home and Party - July 5, 2016 - 12:01 pm

Be still my heart! I love this community. I will have to visit someday. I was wondering if you might let us know, if you know, how much homes sell for when they are listed? What a worthwhile detour.
I can hardly wait for your next post.

Cynthia - July 5, 2016 - 10:52 am

I loved the tour of this beautiful coastal town and its’ history. It does remind me of Maine. I can’t wait to see the rest. Thank you for sharing all of your adventures with us. What a great way to enjoy retirement!
Thanks for reading all about it Cynthia! Yes, traveling has been a lot of fun for us now that both of us are retired. 🙂 (We thought we had better fit in all we can while we are young. LOL)

Kaye Ann - July 5, 2016 - 10:46 am

Hi Kelly,

All I can say is WOW! What a lovely neighborhood. I’d choose the ocean side!!

Thanks and I can’t wait for the inside picture!!
It was most definitely a WOW place to visit Kaye Ann. With tons of money, I would choose the ocean side as well…but I could be happy with a one bedroom little cottage if it were in Seabrook. 🙂
Inside photos coming very soon!

Becky - July 5, 2016 - 10:08 am

Kelly, Tulsa has the Philbrooke and Gilcrease Art Museums which are very nice to visit. There is a Matisse art exhibit at the museum of art in OKC which is getting worldwide notice. There are a number of wonderful restaurants in Tulsa including great mom and pop types. The area around the University of Tulsa is interesting as well as the Arkansas River walk. Utica Square and the surrounding neighborhood is fun to visit. I recall a good deli in the Utica Square that has been there for years. We bought our daughter’s first prom dress in Utica at Miss Jackson’s. Hope you enjoy yourselves. i live in south central OK, so I do not get to Tulsa often. OKC is more our place to visit. There are some wonderful Native American cultural centers to visit in many areas. Very beautiful, diverse in population and terrain is Oklahoma. Friendly people abound!
Wow thanks a bunch for all the recommendations Becky! Yours is the second one for Utica Square, so we will most certainly be going there. I’ve read that they tore down Petty’s Fine Foods and Miss Jackson’s back in April – much to many shoppers dismay. But it looks like it still has many nice stores. We were thinking of trying out Stonehorse Cafe while we were there, and we have read good reviews for Burn BBQ. Have you eaten in either of those restaurants? We are looking forward to our trip to your state!

Lynne - July 5, 2016 - 8:29 am

After reading all these posts about your travels to Washington state I told my husband I do not want to take an Alaskan cruise but want to travel up the Washington and Oregon coast instead! I have enjoyed your travel posts so much Kelly.
I think either trip would be wonderful Lynne! Perhaps you should do BOTH! 🙂 My in-laws did an Alaska cruise many years ago, and they still talk about how beautiful it was.
Thanks for following along with our travels. 🙂

At Rivercrest Cottage - July 4, 2016 - 11:44 pm

If you get to Oklahoma City, don’t miss the memorial to the bombing at the Federal building. We were there at 3 in the morning one time and the serenity was overwhelming. There were at least 30 people (and police security) even though it was so early in the a.m. Family members who were there in the daytime said the tour includes videos from the cameras and is very moving. Also, depending on the time of year, Red Rock Canyon is lovely and amazing. You’re on flat prairie and then, all of a sudden, you start going down into a canyon with beautiful water and lovely red walls all around.
Thank you so much for the recommendations. I don’t think we will make it over to Oklahoma City, but if we do, we will certainly visit the memorial. Our daughter was there yesterday for the 4th of July. I know my husband would love to see Red Rock Canyon.

Design Chic - July 4, 2016 - 11:19 pm

Such a beautiful and charming place. Love all of the shingled homes! I can’t wait to see inside!
It was! Those shingled houses get to me every time. We are replacing one of the exterior walls here and will be putting in shingles in place of the board and batten. At least we will have a touch of it. 🙂

terry - July 4, 2016 - 10:42 pm

Oh my goodness, thanks Kelly for the amazing look into a lovely seaside community! Makes me want to move to the West Coast!
Warm Wags!
It made me want to move there too, Terry! (Plus it would be so much closer to our son who lives in Seattle. 🙂 )

Vicki - July 4, 2016 - 10:35 pm

I am soooo enjoying this tour!
Well I am so glad you are Vicki. 🙂

Donnamae - July 4, 2016 - 8:36 pm

The houses are gorgeous…nice views too! I’m anxious to see the interiors. Thanks for taking us along! 😉
Thank you for following along Donnamae! The whole town was just beautiful to me.

Carolyn - July 4, 2016 - 7:19 pm

Love the traditional charm of these houses, and I agree they look like they would easily fit on the east coast. I love the look of these kind of planned communities, but I like my privacy more. Of course in any prime coastal area the houses are going to be close together unless you have a gazillion dollars. While I understand the appeal of these walkable communities where you can speak to your neighbors on their front porches, I need more space around me, and don’t want to hear my neighbors’ porch conversations (not to mention their loud TV’s or overly rambunctious kids)! Still, I love the architecture. Looking forward to seeing the interiors.

Sherry - July 4, 2016 - 6:41 pm

Oh, Kelly, this has been such a delightful tour! I can hardly wait to see the inside of some of the houses. You are such a great tour guide. I think I have said that before. thank you for sharing this with us. Such beautiful scenery! I can tell you had a fantastic time during this area. We’ll just keep tagging along wherever you lead we will be glad to follow. Thanks Kelly.
Goodness! Thank you for the sweet compliments Sherry! Seabrook was my favorite part of the trip (for obvious reasons.) The shops were even pretty!

julia walker - July 4, 2016 - 5:31 pm

Hi Kelly! Thanks for cheering my rainy 4th with that beautiful trip to Washington. What a perfect place! You’re the best. Blessings, Julia
So glad I could brighten your dreary day Julia. 🙂 It was a perfect place!

Tricia - July 4, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Kelly, what a lovely, lovely town. Enjoying the tour.
Thank you for reading Tricia, and I am so happy you are enjoying the tour. 🙂

anita - July 4, 2016 - 4:46 pm

Happy 4th of July neighbour! Really really enjoyed the sightseeing tour. The homes are so charming and I love the small town feeling. Look forward to seeing inside some homes.
Thank you Anita! The homes and town were all so charming. Wish we could move there!

Kenda - July 4, 2016 - 4:20 pm

You should definitely visit Utica Square in Tulsa for shopping – all your favorite stores in a beautiful, walkable center, in a lovely part of town.
We will add it to our places to visit then. Thank you so very much for your recommendation Kenda!
Looking forward to our visit. 🙂

Lane Murrah - July 4, 2016 - 2:56 pm

Delighted to have ‘found’ your blog a few weeks ago & am a big fan. I’m older than you & live in Buckhead/Atlanta. Your current trip sounds wonderful and I would like to try to basically do the same itinerary in a year or so, as 70th birthday adventure with husband, currently recovering from knee replacement (2nd). Do you think I can ‘piece together’ same basic itinerary by careful re-reading of blog?… or I’d be happy to pay for basic travel advice. Technically (long story) retired Delta employee. Did you & family fly to West Coast & then rent car?…or did you drive all the way out West? I gather you mainly reside in South Georgia. In the distant past my Husband & I both have relatives from places such as Valdosta, Americus, Pine Mountain & similar. Best wishes for continued happy, interesting, safe travels. LM
Hi Lane! You live in a wonderful area for shopping and dining! I hope your husband is having a great recovery from his knee surgery (and a quick one!)
You can most certainly do the exact trip by following the blog posts. They are in the order of our travels. We flew Delta to Seattle. Our son who lives there picked us up from the airport, and we did the things in the very first post that day. (We used his car for all of our transportation.) We did another day in Seattle on the last day of our trip, and I will post about it after I finish the ones for Seabrook and the Columbia River Gorge. So you might want to do 2 days in Seattle to do all of it back to back instead of a day at the beginning and a day at the end as we did. Otherwise, the itinerary is as it is written on the blog.
Best wishes for your travels!

karen - July 4, 2016 - 1:55 pm

I may or may not have drooled all over my laptop. Gotta go pack the house. I’m moving.
LOL! Karen your comment cracked me up! And yes, I wish we could pack up the house and move to Seabrook with you. 🙂

Louvina - July 4, 2016 - 1:51 pm

Just lovely, Kelly! It feels like we have stepped back in time!! I think many folks of all ages are looking for the charm of the past– front porches, neighbors and friendly places to live. To be able to bike, walk and shop locally lowned places. And this has a big plus — Oceanside. Thank you for a comforting post for our holiday. Been digging into my family geneology and truly enjoying my
discoveries. So many relatives that I never got the pleasure of meeting. Now contacting their children and cousins which has opened a whole new world for this “only child”! Nothing like family to make one feel complete! Happy 4th to you and yours!
Yes, Seabrook was a step back in time to an old style walkable community Louvina. And I agree with you that many people are looking for just that kind of place.
How smart of you to be digging into your family’s history! What an interesting thing to do. 🙂 I hope you had a fun 4th of July with a lot of good food!

Olympic National Park – Part 2

lodge Olympic National ParkAs 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.

sunset Olympic National ParkWe 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!)

Kalaloch Lodge gift shopTheir Creekside Restaurant offered a good variety of entrees.
Kalaloch Lodge dinner menuMy husband had their roasted chicken breast – which he said was delicious.

Kalaloch Lodge chicken dinnerI had the best fish and chips that I have EVER eaten.  No joke.
(And it wasn’t just because I was starving. 🙂 )

Kalaloch Lodge fish and chipsAnd 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.

Kalaloch Lodge cabinsBut I did take a couple of quick interior photos while I still had some light.

Kalaloch Lodge cabinWe were in one of the “Two queen bed Kalaloch cabins” which had a separate bedroom.

Kalaloch Lodge room

Kalaloch Lodge bedroomThere were picnic tables outside where you could dine with gorgeous ocean views.

Kalaloch Lodge picnic tablesDarkness 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.

Kalalock Lodge breakfastsIt 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.

Kalaloch Lodge adirondacks

Kalaloch Lodge steps to beachWe loved seeing all the sea stacks – sooo different from our Atlantic coasts here in the South!

near Kalaloch Lodge WAIsn’t it amazing what wind and water can do to rock?!

near Kalaloch Lodge

I believe some of these photos were taken at Ruby Beach, about 6 miles from the lodge.

Ruby Beach Olympic National Park WA

Ruby Beach Olympic National Park

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.)

Hoh Rainforest sign WAThe 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. 🙂 )

Hoh Rainforest trees

 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.

Hoh Rainforest

Hoh Rain Forest pond

Doesn’t it look like this would be the perfect place to film a scary movie?
Hoh Rain Forest moss

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.

Lake Quinault Lodge frontI loved its old shingled exterior. 🙂

Lake Quinault Lodge side viewIsn’t it beautiful?!

Lake Quinault Lodge lake side

 And this is the view from the deck (the next morning.)

Lake Quinault Lodge lakeBuilt 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.

Lake Quinault Lodge lobbyIt was very cozy by the fire with the drizzling rain outside.

Lake Quinault Lodge fireplaceAmazingly, 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.

Lake Quinault Lodge construction photosWe 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.)

Lake Quinault Lodge lakeside builtingIt was not luxurious by any means, but it was clean and comfortable, and I liked the old black and white photos on the wall.

Lake Quinault Lodge lakeside roomAnd 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.

Lake Quinault Lodge lakeside room viewI 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.)

Lake Quinault Lodge boathouseA 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.)

Lake Quinault Lodge hallwayThis part of the dining room overlooks the lake.

Lake Quinault Lodge dining room

Lake Quinault Lodge shingled dining roomAnd this side does not have quite the view that the other side has.

Lake Quinault Lodge non lakeside diningWe were lucky enough to be seated on the lake side at both dinner and breakfast. 🙂
You just can’t beat that water view.

Lake Quinault lodge table with viewOur 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. 🙂

Lake Quinault Lodge dinnerBreakfast the next morning was well worth the money (and not nearly as expensive.)

Lake Quinault Lodge breakfasts

 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. 🙂

architecture coast of Washington

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.


Lake Quinault LodgeLake Quinault dockLake Quinault

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…

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kathy - July 6, 2016 - 9:11 am

Kelly, I didn’t know I would love this area and these posts so much. I feel like these places would be perfect movie sets! For some reason I couldn’t leave a comment on the last post but it was my favorite! Beautiful!!!

Bonnie A - July 1, 2016 - 9:25 am

Your attention to detail in planning your wonderful trips is not surprising–it is part of who you are, and how you do everything you do. I’m thoroughly enjoying being able to enjoy the places that you visit!!
What a super sweet compliment Bonnie. Thank you so much! I am glad you are enjoying following along with our travels. 🙂
Much more to come!

Gina - June 30, 2016 - 1:31 pm

What beautiful photos of your trip! Such a beautiful place, even on a rainy day. How spectacular to see the sea stacks (never knew that was the name 😉 ) in person! The mossy forest was so interesting. Eerie almost. The lodges were charming in a rustic way. The food looked delicious too!! I feel like I experienced the whole trip. 😉 And yes, what a difference the sun makes!! I just revisited your Western NC posts since we’re making a little day trip down there tomorrow. 🙂
Hi Gina! Glad you liked all the photos from the day in the national park. The Ho Rainforest WAS eerie! I would not want to get lost in there alone! I hope you enjoyed your trip to Western NC. My husband just returned from a mission trip in that area a week ago. Hope it did not rain on you for your trip.
It is such a beautiful place!

Barbara Livdahl - June 29, 2016 - 11:07 pm

I’m hoping your sneak peak is of Seabrook, one of our favorite beach places. In fact, we are headed there in September with our sons/families to celebrate our grandson’s 13th birthday!
You lucky girl! Seabrook is a perfect little town!! I would move there if we could. 🙂

Linda Ishmael - June 29, 2016 - 10:30 pm

How fitting to visit a national park on their 100th birthday!!! Thank you for sharing this trip another part of the US I’d like to visit. This forest was quite beautiful as well as unusual with all the moss. Loved the lodges and cabins!! But I can’t wait to see what comes next!!!
The very first day of the national park part of the trip was the day they offered free admission to all national parks in honor of the 100th birthday. It was kind of funny because our son has an annual pass, and he didn’t even get to use it. 🙂 I’m happy you have found the places in the posts appealing Linda. Stay tuned for the next post. It’s about a super cute place with great architecture!

Louvina - June 29, 2016 - 8:16 pm

I have been following all your adventures but for some reason my replies have not been flying?! I’m not sure why– I may be doing something wrong? But I have soo been enjoying every picture and comment and have looked back many times and each time find some more interesting things. The scenery out there is so different than anything I have ever seen– the beaches with all the wood and the rocks plus the mosses are beautiful. I hope this reply makes it to GA! 😊
Well this one made it all the way to GA, but I have no idea why your others haven’t come through…very strange! I’m so sorry for that Louvina. Hopefully, it won’t happen again. But I’m glad you have been enjoying the travel posts, and you are so right about the scenery being quite different from what we see here in the South. It was gorgeous!

Peggy - June 29, 2016 - 7:43 pm

Saw this in my email and thought I would open for a fast peek. Oh what a deceiving idea that was! The beach scenery really speaks to my heart but I love those algae covered forests. Those trees are so impressive. The Lake Quinault Lodge was awe inspiring especially being built in 53 days.
This post was waaaaay too long for just a quick peek. Sorry Peggy. The beach is hard for many of us to resist. That 53 day construction time was amazing; wasn’t it? I doubt there are many that can pull that off even today with better tools!

Donnamae - June 29, 2016 - 6:09 pm

This is another great trip! And the food…looks delicious! If I keep reading your blog…I hope I don’t gain any weight! Hehe! And the pics from your son…..beautiful! 😉
Oh dear! I don’t think you can put on weight from reading the posts, but if they make you go grab a snack, then you can blame me. 🙂
Thank you for all your kind compliments Donnamae.

Garden, Home and Party - June 29, 2016 - 3:41 pm

Both lodges look inviting from the outside. The menu you shared from the first lodge seemed expensive, with the 2nd lodge being as pricey, if not more. Oh well, I guess you only do this tour once!
It does look lovely on the sunny days your 2 sons recently enjoyed.
I love the looks of the quaint village you’re planning to share with us next time!
Yes, both lodges did look good from the outside. The interiors though, were not quite “interior designer” quality, were they?! But remember this is a national park, so I knew going in what we would be getting. Bainbridge Island was for me. Olympic National Park was for the guys. The upcoming village was for me, and there is a place after it that was for the guys. We have to do some give and take when we all travel together. 🙂
The food was a big budget item, but you are right. It was a once in a life time adventure.
I’m glad our sons got to enjoy the place with good weather. I would bet that a sunny day in the fall there would also be beautiful.
You are going to love this next place. I would love to live there! (If we had to move to Washington, this is where I would go. 🙂 )

lani - June 29, 2016 - 3:09 pm

We camped at the Park in our 1950’s vintage travel trailer last fall and I am appreciating the opportunity to relive it through your wonderful photos.. I agree, Lake Crescent was my favorite as well. We purchased beverages from their bar and sat along the shore of the lake in a couple of their adirondack chairs and soaked in the beauty. . I hope you got to see the Elwha river restoration project. The removal of the two damns and now the restoration is fascinating. Thank you for sharing. Lani
How fun! We have been discussing the possibility of a travel trailer, but I am such a backseat driver I don’t want anything we have to pull behind a vehicle…thinking about the kind that sits on the truck bed with the sleeping area over the cab instead. We’ll see. I would hate to miss out on beautiful inns too, but I do like the idea of having our “own place” to sleep in.
Another vote for Lake Crescent Lodge! I am so glad you got to enjoy its peacefulness. We definitely want to return there. I am afraid we did not see the river restoration project. I know that would have been interesting.
Thank you for taking the time to read the posts and comment Lani. 🙂

Gail Berkebile - June 29, 2016 - 2:44 pm

Kelly: I am absolutely loving this trip you are on! How beautiful..all of it! From the scenery to the lodges to the food! Thank you so much!!!! Makes me want to take a trip to the awesome northwest, where I never thought I would. You should work for the tourism council!
Gosh thank you so much for your sweet comments Gail! It was a very beautiful place to visit, and I can understand why our son likes living there. I hope you get to see and enjoy it all one day.

Dawn - June 29, 2016 - 2:25 pm


That lodge looks so amazing when it is sunny! What a difference the weather can make. You guys really know how to pack it all in when you go on a trip. The sights, hikes and food all look amazing. Thanks for sharing it all with us. I can’t wait to see what is next.

Yes, it does make all the difference Dawn! I wish we could have seen it in good weather too. Thanks for following along on the trip, and I can’t wait for you to see the next place we go. 🙂

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