Under towering Olympic Mountains in quiet harbors, kayaking has become a staple for those with an urge to explore. Annually, the Grapeview area hosts the Water and Art Festival, a day-long event featuring local entertainment and artists, and a must-stop for anyone who feels best with a paddle in their hand.
Situated on the southernmost point of the isthmus connecting the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas, Belfair is the gateway to Hood Canal. Whether you're a birder entranced by kingfishers and bald eagles, an explorer with a love of lush flora, or a naturalist with an eye for spotting fox, deer, and other woodsy fauna, the renowned Theler Wetlands Preserve offers something for everyone.
Hoodsport was first settled by ship captain G. K. Robbins who logged and farmed this area's wealth of natural resources. Today, his legacy lives on in Hama Hama Oyster Company, owned and operated by his descendants, and an obligatory stop on any oyster lover's journey. Nearby, among plumose anemones, wolf eels, and giant pacific octopus, SCUBA enthusiasts from all over the world discover the diving mecca near Sound Rock. Further inland, the unparalleled natural beauty of Lake Cushman is a short hop, skip and a plunge from the Skokomish River.
Referring to itself as "The Christmas Tree Capital," Shelton's landscape is dominated by impressive and colossal cedar, spruce, and fir trees. With proximity to Spencer Lake, a stellar view of the sound, and lush wilderness to explore, Shelton is the perfect place to escape from it all.
Embracing the meandering curves of the southern shores of Hood Canal, Union is renowned not only as a vacation destination but also as a center of artistic expression. Inspired by the amazing views, painters, photographers, and artists of all kinds flock to what is truly one of America's prettiest towns.