All About the Extras
On weeknights from October 13 to May 15, Olympic Lodge provides complimentary evening snacks of fresh-baked cookies and house-made soup. Wi-Fi is complimentary throughout the property and parking is free. The hotel also offers unlimited free parking at the Port Angeles ferry dock for foot passengers departing to Victoria, Canada.
The Art of Smart Timing
Except for the mountainous Hurricane Ridge area, Olympic National Park's temperatures are relatively mild year-round, and any season can be a good time to visit for lowland exploration, but keep in mind that clouds and rain can roll in at any point, even in August.
August and September are the driest months, but summer temperatures rarely exceed 75 degrees. We have visited in all seasons, and the upside of the off-season is fewer visitors, but we do love the summer sunshine. However, it's important to carry a rainshell and fleece even at that time of year.
Port Angeles gets less rain than the west part of the peninsula. It lies at the edge of the Olympic Peninsula's rain shadow, which results from a protective Olympic Mountain wall, while 25 minutes east, Sequim (pronounced Sqwim) resides solidly in the rain shadow. For comparison, Sequim receives 18 inches of rain per year, while Forks receives 120 inches.
To visit Hurricane Ridge, the best time to visit is summer and early fall for a better chance of clear days, spectacular views, and plenty of family-friendly hiking from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. In winter, Hurricane Ridge is open Friday through Sunday (weather permitting), and carrying chains are required from November to April, though you may not need to use them. The small, family-friendly Hurricane Ridge ski and snowboard area offers a rope tow, Poma lift (overhead T-bar), and terrain park for tubing, as well as snowshoeing and access to general snow play. The snackbar is only open Saturdays and Sundays. Ask Olympic Lodge staff about businesses that sell chains and offer refunds if returned unused.
Port Angeles is nearly 2.5 hours northwest of Seattle, and there are several ways to get there. The closest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, serviced by Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, United and others.
By road (least time-consuming): From Sea-Tac, travel north via the Tacoma Narrows and Hood Canal bridges. Alternatively, from Olympia, travel north on Highway 101.
By Washington State ferry: From downtown Seattle, take the Bainbridge Island ferry, or from Edmonds, just north of Seattle, the Edmonds-Kingston ferry. Keep in mind that Washington ferries are popular during summer months.
From the north: Try Whidbey Island's Coupeville-Port Townsend ferry. This boat is smaller than the Seattle-area ferries and takes reservations with a deposit. Reservations are recommended, especially during summer months. We have taken this ferry many times, and we reserve year-round.
For Mom and Dad
Try the Nextdoor Gastro Pub for lunch or dinner and a full range of craft ales and specialty cocktails. Bella Italia, made famous in Stephenie Myer's Twilight series, offers a more intimate experience with delicious Italian fare and fine wine. And don't forget the Olympic Lodge hot tub is all yours from 9 to 10 p.m. There's also an adult-only fitness center onsite with cardio training equipment, open 24 hours.