Lake Quinault Lodge Getaway

September 18, 2009

I took a much needed mini-vacation at Lake Quinault Lodge in the Olympic National Forest this past weekend. We did very little except eat, drink, play scrabble, read the newspaper and sit in the adirondack chairs overlooking the lake. It was all about relaxation and I loved every minute of it (except when I was losing at Scrabble). This place is weathered and has a very lodge-y feel. A huge fireplace is the centerpiece in the main room of the lodge and is surrounded by comfortable leather couches and chairs. It takes about 3 hours to get there from Seattle and you don’t have much choice when it comes to relaxing. There are no cell signals or phones in the rooms. There was a pay phone however (cute!). The food was good and they served the usual Pacific Northwest cuisine, but my favorite was the Olympia Grown Wild Mushroom Ragout we had for dinner one night. Yummmm….

A bit of history about the lodge: FDR visited in 1937 and sometime after the Olympic National Park was established. If you haven’t had the chance to venture into the park, you should go. We are so lucky to have rain forests, beaches and glaciers right in our backyard. I like to take a ferry ride every once and a while over to the peninsula just to get out of the city. The quiet space is nice and the views are spectacular.

The rooms at the lodge are pretty basic unless you are willing to spend an arm and a leg. You are paying for the setting, the history and the quiet. I think it was worth it.

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