While popular mountain biking trail networks like Seattle, Port Angeles, and the Capital Forest network dot the outskirts, a circumnavigation of the Hood Canal will uncover some local favorites and family-friendly riding.
Hoodstock Music & Art Festival had been a lifelong vision turned into a total labor of love! Gather your friends and head to the Skok Valley to catch some amazing bands and local artists at this three day festival on Hood Canal.
Need a destination swimming hole? While we may enjoy basking in the sun and exploring, sometimes we just need a break. After all, we are from the Pacific Northwest. On these days, when the heat is just too much, you don’t need to remain cooped up indoors. Instead, head to these great local destinations to stay cool.
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 visiting Hood Canal. But just in case you need a few ideas here's a “couple” to inspire you – Thanks to all your great ideas we’ve updated our list from 50 to 75!
Want the local scoop on what to do? Head to the local farmers market. They are a great source of local information and farmers and crafters are always ready to talk and share with folks about the best of their community. Farmers markets are Skokomish Farms’ Andrea Miller, favorite place to stop whenever she travel to a new place.
The Shelton Skyline Drive-In is one of only five remaining drive-in movie theaters in Washington. Along with a cosy theatre downtown offering a full concession (even lattes) and FREE movies on Mondays for kids all summer— movie lovers don’t have to go far for quality entertainment.
One of the steepest trails in the Olympic Range, perhaps it's called "wagonwheel" because, as author, Craig Romano, puts it, "you’ll bust your axle" hiking this unforgiving climb if you are unprepared. Are you up for the challenge?
The dog days of summer are here, and our four legged friends around the region can’t help but wag their tails enthusiastically. After months of rain, wind, and snow, we need little excuse to take our dogs out into the wilds of the Hood Canal.
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.
Whether you prefer the simplicity of tent camping or the comfort of RVs there are plenty of campgrounds on and around the Hood Canal to choose from. From your campsite you can take day trips to explore surrounding forests, rivers, and beaches or just relax under the trees and listen to the birds.
If you haven’t tried it yet, you are in luck! The Vance Creek Railriders Opening day for the 2019 Season is May 18. Pedal the rails on the Simpson Logging rail line for a 12-mile round trip Fall foliage trip!
Events range from guided walks and workshops on tree and edible plant identification to wildlife visitors, including an owl, a Virginia opossum, a Peregrine falcon and a turkey vulture. The public is invited to attend, whether staying overnight, visiting Potlach for the day or coming solely for the programs.
The fair celebrates Matlock’s heritage in the timber industry with early day machines and motors as well as blacksmithing and an entire gym filled with antique booths. In addition attendees enjoy kids’ activities, hand-crafted items, historical events, agricultural events, food, community raffle, prizes and live music.
Although the Pacific Northwest is known for its temperate rainforests accompanied by an abundant amount of green, with April warmth, we can start to look forward to the colorful relief offered by the return of the native flowers around the Canal and South Puget Sound area.
Just below the surface of the waters of the Hood Canal, a whole new world exists waiting to be explored. It is carpeted with sponges and seaweed, populated by wolf eels and octopus and visited by the occasional seal and even (rarely) a six-gilled shark.
Hosting a rich tradition spanning generations of first people and settlers, Union hosts fantastic views of the Olympics and Canal while embracing the arts and community. It is little wonder it was voted one of the 20 Prettiest Towns in USA by Forbes Traveller.
That funky wooden bear was a staple to your grandparent’s front yard, and there’s always the one quirky neighbor on the block that has one—but did you know there are entire competitions centered on chainsaw carvings? Did you know there exists a chainsaw carving school in Allyn that will teach you how to make one of your own? Truth and truth.
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.