Olympic National Park is accessible year-round, and a visit during the holiday season in November and December has many perks. Enjoy shoulder season rates at the Five Seasuns, peak leaf viewing, quiet hiking trails, snow up on Hurricane Ridge, and local wine and cider tasting.
Wake up after a peaceful night of sleep to a freshly brewed cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee and a private gourmet breakfast served in our dining room or next to the fireplace in our elegant living room. I will prepare a healthy, multi course meal specific to your needs and preferences using fresh fruits and vegetables in season and homemade baked goods, like my almond croissants or cranberry torte, to prepare you for a day of adventure.
Here are my suggestions for a perfect day:
If the weather is clear, I recommend heading up to Hurricane Ridge at 5242 feet right after breakfast for its spectacular views of both mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Dress warmly because it will definitely be cold up there. Starting November 27, 2020, Hurricane Ridge shifts into Winter mode with the road open Friday-Sunday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM, weather permitting. You can ski, snowboard, go snowshoeing, or simple check out the scenery. (Important note: The National Park Service requires you to carry chains for the Hurricane Ridge drive).
When you come back down to sea level, I recommend heading west to the Lake Crescent area for one or more scenic hikes. I love the Spruce Railroad Trail, which is slated to reopen after construction efforts in mid-November, 2020. The flat trail hugs Lake Crescent, and in late fall the falling leaves are spectacular. Or, hike the short trail to Marymere Falls, a gorgeous 90-foot waterfall.
On your way back to the Five Seasuns, I also suggest stopping off at Madison Falls in the Elwha River Valley. The roaring Elwha river and Madison Falls are easily accessible adjacent to the parking lot. You might also enjoy a relaxing walk along the river on the paved road which ends where the river washed it out.
If you like wine, I highly suggest a stop at Harbinger Winery on your way back for some wine tasting. I really enjoy their friendly and cozy ambience and outstanding wines. It is less than a 3-mile drive from the Five Seasuns.
Back at the Five Seasuns, you’ll find some of my homemade cookies in your room. You can make a cup of tea or coffee to go with your cookies and get cozy, either by the fireplace in the living room or in your room (note: The Summer Room and Winter Suite both have electric fireplaces) as you relax a bit before dinner.
Finally, enjoy dinner out at one of Port Angeles’ excellent restaurants or pick up some food to go and dine in at the Five Seasuns. Ask me for recommendations and details of my favorite restaurants for suggestions. After dinner, get ready for another restful night of sleep in one of our comfortable beds where you’ll look forward to waking up to another delicious breakfast.
If you are staying longer, I have so many more tips of things to see and do. But whether you stay one or multiple nights, I know that you will depart the Five Seasuns feeling happy and rejuvenated from your time in nature and in our friendly town.