Looking for a great spot to base your next trip to Olympic National Park out of? The beautiful new 7 Cedars Hotel & Casino near Sequim, Wash., is the perfect spot. Located on the quiet Blyn Bay, this modern and thoughtfully designed hotel featuring dining, gaming and tons of other amenities is located just off Hwy. 101, the road that circles Olympic National Park and is half an hour from the park’s main visitor center in Port Angeles.
In your room, you’ll find high-quality linens, oversized showers and beautiful views through floor-to-ceiling windows. You’re only a 10-minute drive from downtown Sequim, which is a cute town best known for its lavender and full of boutiques and restaurants, but you don’t even have to leave the property for dining.
Two restaurants, two bars and a coffee shop will keep you fueled for the whole day. The House of Seven Brothers is the flagship restaurant, offering incredible local seafood and a look at the history and culture, both past and present, of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe who operates the hotel and manages the surrounding forests.
Much of the seafood you’ll eat at The House of Seven Brothers like steamed clams, cedar salmon and shrimp and chips is fished or harvested by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in the local waters. Fishing, shellfish farming and crabbing are major industries for the tribe whose focus on stewardship has kept the waters of nearby Blyn Bay beautiful.
For a quick bite, head to Napoli’s Stone-Fired Cuisine for artisan pizza and fast-casual fare. The Bear’s Bourbon Bar and the RainForest Bar make grabbing a drink after a long day of hiking easy.
The House of Seven Brothers is named after a Jamestown S’Klallam legend about seven brothers and their little sister E’ow-itsa, who were the children of Chief Ste-Tee-Thlum and the Princess of Nanaimo. Their lineage is still present within the Jamestown S’Klallam people. You’ll see masks carved for each sibling hanging in the restaurant. This is just the beginning of the art and culture you’ll see on and off property. Seven totem poles welcome you as you drive in, and just down the road at the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal campus, you’ll find many more totem poles, as well as an art gallery featuring local tribal artists.
One of the biggest draws of 7 Cedars is the close proximity to recreation. Fuel up for the day at Jamestown Java, which serves its own blend of local-favorite Rainforest Coffee. The Longhouse Market & Deli has custom-made sandwiches ready made for hitting the trails. Explore beautiful day hikes in the nearby Buckhorn National Forest, mountain bike up and over Bon Jon Pass, paddle for hours on the serene Lake Crescent, or venture out to the coast to explore endless tide pools and sea stacks along Olympic National Park’s beaches. Or, leave your car at the hotel and ride the Olympic Discovery Trail on an e-bike rented on-site. The entire route is 135 miles long, so enjoy a section of it as you bike through Sequim State Park past agricultural fields, over old railroad bridges and, if you continue to Port Angeles, along the waterfront.
If you’re a golfer, you won’t want to miss the driest course in western Washington, a destination that’s usually quite rainy. But not Sequim. Situated within the rain-shadow provided by the Olympic Range, The Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course has plenty of sunny, dry days on its award-winning, championship course with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. The course sits near the original Jamestown S’Klallam settlement just 12 miles from the hotel. Shuttle service is available to ensure you make your tee-time.
Don’t forget to check out the hotel’s ever-changing activities and custom packages.
For more information:
270756 Highway 101
Sequim, WA 98382