The Duckabush River starts in the heart of the Olympic Mountains. Fed by glaciers, snowfields, and a myriad of springs and alpine lakes; this major Olympic Peninsula river provides excellent wildlife habitat and makes for some stunning scenery. Explore this valley in the winter for the added bonus of solitude, a chance to observe elk, and to witness a rain-swollen river careening through clefts and over boulders.
Looking for a refreshing easy local walk with plenty of birds and wildlife? Consider visiting the accessible Theler Wetlands near the south entrance to Belfair, WA. Interpretative signs, native plants, and even a reconstructed whale skeleton – makes this an inspiring walk.
There is a host of romantic notions about staying inside all winter, putting on fuzzy socks against the cold, and hibernating beneath a blanket. Instead of letting a little rain stop us from getting after it, we choose adventures that are even better with a little atmosphere!
There’s hardly anything better than friends gathered around a campfire. Throw some tasty, warm drinks in the mix and a meal prepared over an open flame, and you have the formula for a winning winter dinner.
In the first full weekend of October Shelton’s Sanderson Field Airport is where you’ll want to be. With the help of over a hundred community organizations, Skookum Rotary stages its annual small town BIG event, OysterFest.
The fall colors on Hood Canal are heralding the close of summer. Time to head to the hills to embrace the much needed rains in the Olympic National Park as the hills and valleys go back to the Technicolor spectrum of green.
It's ok to be "shellfish" when your on Hood Canal. How about waking up to spectacular canal views for days filled autumn walks and beach treasure hunts? With OysterFest just around the corner (October 6-7) and Governor Inslee proclaiming next week Oyster Week – it’s a great time to hit the Hood – and we’ve prepared a jam-packed customizable itinerary for you culminating at the WA State Seafood Festival!
The deep, extensive forests of the Olympic Peninsula hide secrets. For some its the discovery of a new plant that can cure an illness; others seek the solitude of moss laden ancient trees; and, for a select few, the search continues for a hidden creature that makes himself popular on bumper stickers and dangly air fresheners throughout the Northwest – here’s some details behind this northwest favorite character.
Just south of Shelton, traffic slows as motorists approach Taylor Town. Here you will find one of Mason County’s Hidden Gems – The Skyline Drive-In, one of only five remaining drive-in movie theaters in Washington State; one of less than 300 left nationwide in America.
You probably don't need any urging – just enjoying one of the many parks and beaches or watching the wildlife in the water is enough for most; but just in case you need a few ideas here's a couple to inspire you – let us know your favorites and will change it from 44 to 50! #wildsidewa
Outstanding in the Field was truly a unique and spectacular dining experience for the over 200 guests. Hosted at the Hama Hama farm with the iconic bridge and sunset through the mountains as a backdrop, the memorable evening featured great food and fellowship.
If your idea of a camping excursion is freeze dried food and dry shampoo – and luxury to you is a bed of moss under your sleep sack or a solar-powered lamp – "glamping" may not hold much interest for you. Glamping or "glamor-camping" as the name suggest, goes WAY beyond the coleman stove and solar shower upgrade. If you crave a star-studded forest canopy while enjoying gourmet camp cuisine and all the comforts of home – bed, pillows, duvet, light switches– glamping may be a great compromise to get outdoors!
Before automobiles and highways paved the way to land transport, the waterways of Puget Sound were essential for transporting goods and people. During the early 1900’s Hood Canal and the inlets of South Puget Sound were alive with a network of ships affectionately dubbed the “mosquito fleet.”
The Hardware Distillery is sending another barrel of aquavit across the fjord to commemorate a centuries old Nordic tradition of aging aquavit with the rocking of a sea journey. Join the Distillery and Hood Canal Events to celebrate the crossing with a regatta and paddle race; live music, food, kids' activities and an "Aquavit Garden" (also serving beer).
Ahh... road trips –there’s nothing that holds more appeal than the classic road trip – discovering new places, trying new things. Getting away from it all is as easy as heading to the South Sound via the Tacoma Narrows Bridge or by catching the Bremerton ferry for the 22 minute drive to Belfair, WA at the head of Hood Canal.
The Hood Canal fjord formed during the Late Pleistocene era approximately 13,000 years ago when the Cordilleran Ice Sheet retreated. The ice sheet excavated the channels of Puget Sound, Lake Washington, Hood Canal, and other long, straight valleys in the Puget Sound area.
Forty year veteran sailor and Pleiades skipper, Captain Jon Prins summed up his feelings on sailing in Hood Canal, “When I take the boat out in the evening, rounding the Great Bend, and open up to that vista that greets us – that is the most beautiful spot in Puget Sound as far as I’m concerned.”
In addition to being one of the most beautiful natural gems of the Pacific Northwest, the Olympic Peninsula can easily become the picturesque destination wedding in your backyard, and Hood Canal Events can make it happen for you.
Every year the public is welcomed to Hama Hama's beach to learn about oysters, oyster farming, and life in the Hood Canal, aquatic and other. They call this beach celebration the Hama Hama Oyster Rama. The Rama features beach tours, u-pick oysters and clams, an oyster-sports competition, kid's activities, live music, and various delicious food and drink options.
The traditions of clam digging and oyster harvesting run deeply through the historical veins of the Olympic Peninsula. Check out this easy itinerary from Shelton to Oakland Bay on South Puget Sound’s Hammersley Inlet.
Cascading waterfalls tucked into hidden nooks are simply and quintessentially Hood Canal. Sure, we love summer, but winter is truly a marvel in our corner of the world. We daresay we prefer it when it comes to admiring the majestic cascades tumbling from the woods.
Tromping through the park and the surrounding areas is admittedly our favorite thing to do, but sometimes asking for directions can be tricky. Especially when we slip up and ask for a “geo-duck” (geoduck). Reduce your noob status and read on to ensure that when you have to flag a local down, you don’t get a suppressed giggle along with directions.