East Olympic Getaway

Last weekend Josh and I took a much needed getaway to the eastern side of the Olympic Peninsula. We started Saturday and went to Sequim to Port Ludlow to Port Townsend and back - see our route

For starters, the weather was absolutely gorgeous. The skies were clear, the sun was out, and we were enjoying it all. Saturday we were joined by our friends Aaron and Liddy. We caravanned out to Sequim and enjoyed some time on the Edmonds ferry planning what exactly we were going to do in Sequim (yes, it was that last-minute). We were debating snow shoeing one last time in the Olympics, or going hiking. Hiking won, and we headed to the Dungeness Spit trail.

Let me tell you...this hike was a TEASE. A serious tease. By the end, I was literally mad (okay, "mad" is a bit of an exaggeration; I did have a good time). But the whole time I felt we must have gotten closer to the lighthouse. But no. The lighthouse remained this tiny spot in the distance. However, before you start the trek, you lookout to the lighthouse and think, "oh, we can totally get there, no problem." That's a tease.

You might be confused because I haven't explained this trail, yet. So, the Dungeness Spit is a five mile, narrow stretch of land that had a lighthouse at the very end. Here's the website, check it out. It's very pleasant on a nice day - the ocean, the mountains, a lighthouse. I wouldn't want to get stuck on it with a high tide, though - yikes! 

 Dungeness Spit Lighthouse...Easy?

Dungeness Spit Lighthouse...Easy?

 Hiking Dungeness Spit

Hiking Dungeness Spit

Although all my whining about not getting to the lighthouse, I still enjoyed myself. Next time, though, we WILL get there. We'll just have to leave earlier, and maybe bring a picnic (wouldn't that be nice). Even better...I'll start a business where I can taxi people to and from the lighthouse on a boat. I will let people walk one way, and then I can bring them back. Too bad it's a wildlife refuge - that spoils my new business venture. Dang it! 

I took a bunch of pictures, but I don't want to bore you with them all on this blog. Plus I have more to tell you about regarding our weekend. So check out a few of my photos - such as the interesting logs on the split, Aaron's balanced rock tower (talent, huh?), Liddy on a log (ha!), the never-ending spit, oh and so many more (see weekend album).

After our Spit trek, we all headed our own ways. Aaron and Liddy headed home to Seattle, and Josh and I headed to Port Ludlow were we were staying the night. Port Ludlow was such a charming place. It's pretty secluded, but so beautiful. It didn't hurt that when we arrived, the evening sun was shining down on the resort, the marina was glowing, and a warm breeze was blowing. After our Seattle winter, this could have been mistaken as heaven. I mean look at this place - gorgeous! 

 Port Ludlow Resort

Port Ludlow Resort

We got a bang up deal on the night at the Port Ludlow Resort. Our room was facing the marina, a jacuzzi tub, a comfy king bed, and on top of that we had $50 credit to the Fireside restaurant included in our package. That night, we sat out on the patio overlooking the marina eating a delicious meal. 

There isn't a whole lot near the resort, but if you're looking for a relaxing stay with beauty all around, this is it. When I was sleeping in Sunday morning, Josh took a walk and saw a bald eagle (I'm jealous). Speaking of Sunday, we started it off with breakfast on the patio, then we headed out to part 2 of our weekend getaway.

Sunday we headed out to the Finnriver Farm for some cider tasting. Now, I don't like beer, but cider can sometimes be acceptable. Josh is on a mission to get me to like at least cider (since beer seems out of the question. What can I say, I'm a cocktail girl). Finnriver Ciders are pretty dry for my taste (there is a reason I like to bake sweets - SWEET!), but the farm/cidery was fun to visit. We did a cider tasting, which was quite lovely on the farm.

They had us taste most of their cider products alongside a plate of cheese. My favorite was the Spirited Apple Wine (wait, that's not cider!). I also liked the berry cordials that they poured over fromage blanc. 

 Finnriver Cider Tasting

Finnriver Cider Tasting

We hit up another cidery after Finnriver called Eaglemont. They seemed to have more selection than just cider, but meads and wines. They had a few ciders that were slightly sweeter (yay!). And their ginger cider made it into Sunset magazine, too. Check out what we tasted: Homestead cider, Ginger cider, Quince mead, Apple dessert wine, and Malbec port (my favorite there).

To wrap up the weekend, we visited Port Townsend for lunch. I was impressed with the cuteness of this town. I always love brick buildings with old paintings (this is sorta hipster of me, I know). 

 Port Townsend Buildings

Port Townsend Buildings

We ate lunch at a tasty placed called Fountain Cafe. Then we walked around town a bit - looked out at the port, the mountains, and ended it all with a nice iced tea at Pippa's Tea. That was it - we had to head home to do laundry, groceries, and the usual Sunday-before-work chores. Sigh. But it was a great weekend getaway. Yay for fun weekends!

 Port Townsend

Port Townsend

 Looking out from Port Townsend

Looking out from Port Townsend