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Natural Wonder in the Pacific Northwest

Ace Hotel & Swim Club, Palm Springs.

Photo: Jessica Schwartzberg

A string of interconnected waterways and islands, Washington’s Puget Sound provides instant access to the majestic side of the Pacific Northwest. Eagles and whales are frequent sights; on clear days, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker, and the Olympic Range add to the panoramic sweep of sea and sky. Thanks to numerous ferries and bridges, this looplike journey from Seattle through the forest-cloaked Olympic Peninsula is as easy as it is invigorating.

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Themes: Road Trip · Eco-Travel

Inspired by: 3 West Coast Weekend Getaways — by Irene Edwards, Published Sep. 2009

Hotels (4)

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    Chevy Chase Beach Cabins

    Decked out in cabbage-rose–patterned wallpaper and wicker chairs, the seven preppy-chic bungalows conjure a posh, grown-up summer camp—complete wit

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    Eagle Harbor Inn

    A short walk from the Bainbridge Island ferry, the inn surrounds a small garden, with cozy interiors that feature overstuffed armchairs and Orienta

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    Lake Crescent Lodge

    There are no TV’s or phones to distract from the idyllic views. Rooms in the converted 1916 tavern and Roosevelt cottages feel the most authentic,

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    Inn at Langley

    Intimate retreat on a Puget Sound island, with a weekends-only (plus Thursdays in summer) restaurant that's justly famous.

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    Sweet Laurette’s Café & Bistro

    The perfect antidote to that Pacific Northwest drizzle: a just-pulled Borgia (a mocha laced with orange zest) with your morning eggs.

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    Port Angeles CrabHouse

    The mouthwatering signature sandwich combines Dungeness and Pacific meat on toasted sourdough. Bonus: an unironically retro interior with wraparoun

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    Toby's Tavern

    Everyone from tattooed bikers to blue-haired old ladies slurps down the steamed Penn Cove mussels at this funky no-frills restaurant, which overloo

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Activities (8)

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    Wandering Wardrobe

    This vintage boutique and consignment shop in downtown is jam-packed with secondhand deals. The owners scour estate sales, attics, and garage sales

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    Artisans on Taylor

    Five years ago, Anna Nasset-Glenn took over ownership of this artisan boutique and longtime Port Townsend institution, where she helps customers fi

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    Summer House Design

    This whimsical shop stocks pétanque sets and handblown sake glasses.

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    Fort Flagler

    Dig for littleneck clams along the shore of this retired army base.

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    Fort Worden

    Located along Admiralty Inlet, this 433-acre stretch of land once served as an active army installation and then a juvenile detention facility befo

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    Olympic National Park

    Designated by Congress in 1938, mammoth and mountainous park stretches across rugged Pacific coast and lush interior old-growth forests. Daylong ex

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    Fort Casey State Park

    See the park's lighthouse and artillery units from the 1890s or fly kites on the parade field.

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    Bloedel Reserve

    This 150-acre preserve at the northern tip of Bainbridge Island (35 minutes by ferry from Seattle) is a mix of pristine second-growth forest and me

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