12 Unusual Places to Stay on the Olympic Peninsula - My Olympic Park

12 Unusual Places to Stay on the Olympic Peninsula

Don’t let your trip sound just like your neighbors’ vacation. Set it apart by staying at some of the fantastic and unusual lodging options along the way.
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You can stay in a tipi, rock to sleep in a sailboat, or bunk in a castle. Here are our top twelve places to stay on the Olympic Penisula, if you are seeking unforgettable, adventurous experiences.

1. Feel Like a King and Queen in a Castle

Manresa Castle Hotel in Port Townsend, Wash. Photo by Michael Martin via Flickr

Manresa Castle Hotel in Port Townsend, Wash. Photo by Michael Martin via Flickr

Formerly the 1890's home of Mayor Charles and Kate Eisenbeis, the Manresa Castle became a vacation hangout for Catholic nuns in 1925, and then a Jesuit priest college in 1927. Since 1968 it has been operating as a hotel and it makes guests feel like royalty in the Victorian, turreted building. The rooms retain their charm with brass or four-poster beds but have been updated with modern conveniences. The previous college only had three bathrooms; the hotel now has 43.

For more information:
Manresa Castle Hotel
360-385-5750
651 Cleveland St, Port Townsend, WA 98368
www.manresacastle.com

2. Snooze in Sherwood Forest

A painting on the pub's wall depicts what the Robin Hood Resort looked like in the 1940's

A painting on the pub's wall depicts what the Robin Hood Resort looked like in the 1940's

At the south end of Hood Canal are cottages created by Don Beckman, a Hollywood movie-set designer for the original black-and-white Robin Hood film starring Errol Flynn. The high gables and pitched roofs of the Robin Hood Village Resort cabins are reminiscent of English cottages. Each is unique and ten cottages include private hot tubs. For fun, glide on the canal to watch wildlife including bald eagles using resort kayaks and go oyster picking and clamming along the beach. You can dine at nearby restaurants, grill a meal at several waterfront gazebos, or eat at the historic Robin Hood Restaurant and Pub.

For more information:
Robin Hood Village Resort
360-898-2163
6780 E State Route 106, Union, WA 98592
www.robinhoodvillageresort.com

3. Pretend You're a Conductor in a Caboose Suite

Red Caboose Getaway B&B in Sequim, Wash. Photo by Richard Bauer via Flickr

Red Caboose Getaway B&B in Sequim, Wash. Photo by Richard Bauer via Flickr

On the way to Olympic National Park, stop in Sequim to stay in one of six cabooses at the Red Caboose Getaway B&B. Each railcar has a unique theme and is set on a railroad track. Watch a train-themed DVD movie while snuggling in a feather bed beside a fireplace. Then soak in a two-person whirlpool tub. In the morning head to the dining car, the Silver Eagle, for breakfast.

For more information:
Red Caboose Getaway B&B
360-683-7350
24 Old Coyote Way, Sequim, WA 98382
www.redcaboosegetaway.com

4. Stay Beside Hot Spring Pools

The swimming pool at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Olympic National Park.

The swimming pool at Sol Duc Hot Spring Resort in Olympic National Park. Courtesy photo

Gurgling in the Sol Duc Valley under a moss-covered canopy of evergreens, are naturally-hot mineral springs. The valley is a popular spot in Olympic National Park because of the unique, three-tiered waterfall at the end of Lover's Lane. After your waterfall hike, head for the spring-fed hot pools at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort for a soothing soak. A masseuse is available at the spa to knead your warm muscles. Then retreat to one of 32 cabins, or camp in the campground. There are no telephones, televisions, or radios in the cabins, so you will sleep undistracted.

For more information:
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
888-896-3818
www.olympicnationalparks.com/lodging/sol-duc-hot-springs-resort/

5. Sleep on a Sailboat in the San Juan Islands

Sailboats at the marina at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Wash.

Sailboats at the marina at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, Wash.

Spend the night on a sailboat docked at Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands. The 60-foot Slow Season has been the only floating bed and breakfast in the San Juans since 1986. Below the deck, hang out in the living area’s antique furnishings and couch. There also are two spacious, private staterooms, and a sky-lit main salon next to the main galley. Wake up to a wonderful European-style breakfast with coffee on deck.

More Information:
Wharfside Bed and Breakfast
360-378-5661
www.thewharfside.com

6. Watch Winter Storms While Hot Tubbing in your Room

The Quileute Oceanside Resort, completely surrounded by Olympic National Park, is in La Push right on First Beach. Get a deluxe cabin with a jetted tub next to a large window overlooking the beach. You can soak in a steamy bath while watching the drama during the winter storm-watching season, November through February. If you’re brave, don your wetsuit and venture just steps to the beach to experience the battering.

For more information:
Quileute Oceanside Resort
800-487-1267
quileuteoceanside.com

7. Dream Big at a Presidential-Style Estate

The George Washington Inn and its lavender fields. Courtesy photo

The George Washington Inn and its lavender fields. Courtesy photo

Port Angeles is best known as the main gateway to Olympic National Park. Less known is the nearby replica of Mount Vernon (George Washington's home) built on a lavender farm. The estate's quirky exterior hints at the luxurious bed and breakfast inside. We're not boasting - it was voted as the "Best B&B" in Best of the Peninsula in 2013-2016. 

Themed suites portray times in George Washington's life and that of his wife, Martha. The Presidential Suite has a parlor with two private entrances, one off the veranda. The adjoining Washington Lavender Farm is the home of "Martha's Own" and "By George" essential oils and lavender products.

For more information:
George Washington Inn & Estate
360.452.5207
939 Finn Hall Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
georgewashingtoninn.com

8. Find Yourself at the Lost Resort

Aerial view of Lake Ozette (top) and Sand Point (right) on the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park. Photo by Sam Beebe via Flickr

Aerial view of Lake Ozette (top) and Sand Point (right) on the Pacific Ocean in Olympic National Park. Photo by Sam Beebe via Flickr

Not all those who wander are lost, and if you're planning to wander to Sand Point or Cape Alava in Olympic National Park, a stay at this remote resort is the closest lodging with beds. The Lost Resort is the westernmost outpost in the lower 48 states. Along with primitive tent camping, the resort features "camping cabins" with beds, electric stoves, outside fire pits and picnic tables. Head over to the camp store's "wall of 99 beers," make a selection, then hunker down in nature for the evening.

For more information:
The Lost Resort at Lake Ozette
800-950-2899
208660 Hoko-Ozette Road, Clallam Bay, WA 98326
www.lostresort.net

9. A Camp Just for Travelers on Two Wheels

In the Forks, Washington's werewolf wilderness is a campground that caters to only travelers on motorcycles or bicycles. Owner Bob Wishon is an active biker who was frustrated by the lack of hospitality many campground offered motorcyclists. That's why he started Cycle Camp. It's a place designed specifically for cyclists offering tipis, tent sites, and a group fire pit. What you won't find is an upcharge for your type of ride, common at traditional campgrounds. And for the gamers, the crazy motorcycle sculpture at the entrance to Cycle Camp is a Pokeman Go stop.

For more information:
Cycle Camp
360-374-8665
1071 Mora Rd, Forks, WA 98331
www.rainforestrun.com/about.html
www.facebook.com/groups/134035836640432

10. Bunk in a Tiny House on the Bay

Tiny-house cabins at the Cape Resort in Neah Bay, Wash. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Tiny-house cabins at the Cape Resort in Neah Bay, Wash. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski

Neah Bay is a fisherman's paradise on the Makah Indian Reservation. As such, much of the area's lodging involves group sleeping rooms, boat trailer parking, and fish-cleaning facilities. But right across the street from the water are slightly more upscale accommodations. The Cape Resort has a row of 10 modern tiny-house cabins. They may be small, but they are jam-packed with the conveniences of a larger cottage; they sleep four, have a full bathroom, and a mini kitchen and dining area. Kids will love the pocket-doored bunkie alcove. Need more room to stretch your legs? Relax on your cabin's deck, or lounge at the office's deck to watch the sun setting over the water and check your email with free WiFi.

For more information:
The Cape Resort
1500 Bayview Ave, Neah Bay, Washington 98357
cape-resort.com

11. Be a Lighthouse Keeper for a Week

The New Dungeness Light Station at the end of the sea spit near Sequim, Wash. Photo by Brian Holsclaw via Flickr

The New Dungeness Light Station at the end of the sea spit near Sequim, Wash. Photo by Brian Holsclaw via Flickr

This volunteer vacation comes with responsibility. First you'll need become a member of the Lighthouse Association and then secure a week of duty. Even though this is a job, it's popular so you may have to reserve your spot a year in advance. Daily duties include raising and lowering the flag, giving tours, cleaning, and lawn maintenance. The closest lighthouse to Olympic National Park is the New Dungeness Light Station on the sea spit outside of Sequim. On the Hood Canal is another.

For more information:
New Dungeness Light Station
360-683-6638
newdungenesslighthouse.com

More info around the web:
nwtripfinder.com/2012/09/25/to-the-lighthouse-be-a-lighthouse-keeper-for-a-week
stayatalighthouse.blogspot.com/2010/06/new-dungeness-light-keeper-program.html

12. Stay at a Vampire's House

The Miller Tree Inn in Forks, Wash. Photo by Ewen Roberts via Flickr

The Miller Tree Inn in Forks, Wash. Photo by Ewen Roberts via Flickr

Fans of vampire and werewolf fiction flock to Forks, Wash. to visit real-life inspirations for the Twilight books and movies. Although the Miller Inn doesn't look like the movie set home for Dr. Carlisle Cullen, readers have noticed that the historic hotel matches the books' description with the wrap-around porch and the faded white color of the three-story, square home. The inn has become a must-stop for fans as a home base for visits to the high school, hospital, Bella's house, and Olympic National Park's rainforests.

For more information:
The Miller Tree Inn aka Cullen's House
800-943-6563
654 East Division Street, Forks, WA 98331
millertreeinn.com/twilight

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