The Union community knows how to celebrate the pumpkin! Their “PumpkinFest” is a month-long fall harvest celebration that culminates on Halloween weekend with, what else—a pumpkin catapult competition organized by the Union Tourism Association. This year, it will be held on Saturday, October 24. The coming together of families, community and the bounty of the harvest all begins at Hunter Farms in Union.
Every day throughout the month of October, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit the Hunter Farms pumpkin patch, treat yourself to freshly baked apple donuts and piping hot apple cider, take an old-fashioned hayride, and enjoy plenty of games for the kids. The spirit of fall is celebrated throughout Union. Robin Hood Village and Alderbrook Resort’s restaurant menus feature the best the season has to offer and local merchants feature their seasonal fare and unique gifts. Hood Canal Events offers a round-trip personalized experience of this event!
And, on October 24, back to Hunter Farms for the annual catapult contest. Teams work for months on wood-crafted pumpkin catapults and trebuchets for the annual competition of builder skill, accuracy, and showmanship. The catapult contest starts at noon at Hunter Farms out in the pumpkin patch, rain or shine. Watch ‘em hurl!
Places to Stay
7101 WA State Route 106, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 898-2200
This expansive Northwest waterfront resort features a massive stone fireplace in the great room/lobby and spectacular views of Hood Canal and the Olympic Range from guest rooms and dining areas. Relax by the saltwater waterfront pool complete with jacuzzi and sauna, or spend an afternoon in the full service spa. Waterfront marina features kayak, canoe and boat charters. Resort features indoor and outdoor dining, game room, regular events for guests, and a neighboring PGA-class golf course. Alderbrook is also a popular wedding destination.
Rates: $$ - $$$ | Suites: 77 | Cottage: 16 | Homes: 3 | Dining: onsite
6780 WA State Route 106, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 898-2163
The perfect romantic getaway! This quaint historic resort offers all inclusive hot tub cottages on the south shores of Hood Canal. Onsite amenities include restaurant and pub, wifi, cable TV, fireplaces, private hot tubs, and plenty of trails on the property's unique seven landscaped acres. Kayak use included with cottage rental for you to enjoy the beautiful hood canals seals and sunsets on this protected saltwater fjord. The resort features live music at the onsite pub every Wednesday and Saturday. Dinner is served everyday from 4pm—9pm. Breakfast is served Friday, Saturday, Sunday morning. Afterwards, enjoy a creek side campfire at your cottage while grilling your fresh shellfish harvest.
Rates: $$ | Cottages: 13 | Dining: options on site and surrounding
7362 WA State Route 106, Union, WA 98592 | (360) 898-2363
This nonprofit retreat and conference center overlooks Hood Canal. Facility rentals are provided to businesses, nonprofits, and community groups. Income from these programs helps to support the Cancer Program. Stress Reduction and other wellness sessions are available to add on to any group retreat. Programs are offered to anyone seeking wellness and renewal, such as Weekday Yoga and Labyrinth one-day retreats. With comfortable accommodations, flexible, inspiring meeting spaces, and indoor dining with delicious healthy meals, this is perfect for your group's retreat.
Rates: $$ - $$$ | Dining: onsite
Union, WA | 206-949-9090
Take a weekend to visit a comfortable, tastefully renovated waterfront beach home. The beach cabin is at water's edge and a large, private deck overlooks awesome views of the famous Hood Canal 'Great Bend'. Guests can step down from the deck to the beach and water. In the summer, there is a propane and charcoal grill. Features two bedrooms, one bath and each bedroom has a comfortable queen bed with quality linens and if needed, there is a twin sized 18' high air bed.
Rates: $$-$$$ | Sleeps: 5 | Dining: nearby
10230 WA State Route 106, Union, WA 98592 | (206) 550-5962
This unique vacation rental features a private deck overlooking Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. Facilities include full kitchen, gas fireplace, washer/ dryer, cable TV, entertainment center including DVDs, CDs, books, and games. Outdoor features include a firepit, a shared deck, and hot tub. The shared dock has table and chairs. Please note that this is a carriage style house (2nd floor) with entrance stairs.
Rates: $$ - $$$ | Bedrooms: 2 | Dining: nearby