Manitou Lodge Bed & Breakfast » Manitou Lodge Bed & Breakfast http://manitoulodge.com Just another inndx blogs and websites for innkeepers Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:56:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Outdoor Shower at the Manitou Lodge!http://manitoulodge.com/2014/09/14/outdoor-shower/ http://manitoulodge.com/2014/09/14/outdoor-shower/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:04:11 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=2003 Update 4/30/15: For several years now, the Manitou Lodge has opened up two “Outback” cabins and 3 fully-equipped tentsites during the late Spring, Summer, and early Fall seasons. Guests in the Outback cabin have had access to a small bathroom inside the lodge or a portable toilet, but never a shower… UNTIL NOW! Over the […]

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Update 4/30/15: For several years now, the Manitou Lodge has opened up two “Outback” cabins and 3 fully-equipped tentsites during the late Spring, Summer, and early Fall seasons. Guests in the Outback cabin have had access to a small bathroom inside the lodge or a portable toilet, but never a shower…

unnamedunnamed-1UNTIL NOW! Over the winter season we’ve rectified this deficiency by completing the construction of an outdoor shower facility powered by a high-capacity tankless water heater. The shower is lighted and guests will have the benefit of heater to keep the interior warm. This facility is now operational and available to guests. Incidentally, although open in the photographs shown, the facility has a lockable door. No peeping!

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The Beauty (and Perils) of Rialto Beach – A Cautionary Talehttp://manitoulodge.com/2014/05/09/temp/ http://manitoulodge.com/2014/05/09/temp/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 00:01:28 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=1854 Just 3 miles down Mora Rd from the Manitou Lodge, you’ll find Rialto Beach, probably the most spectacular of the Olympic Park “front-country” beaches. Perpetually great surf, some of the largest driftwood logs on the coast, clear views of James Island off La Push on the opposite bank of the Quileute River. Hiking north, there’s an […]

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Just 3 miles down Mora Rd from the Manitou Lodge, you’ll find Rialto Beach, probably the most spectacular of the Olympic Park “front-country” beaches. CLA0616_mrCLA0615_mrCLA0614_mrCLA0613_mrCLA0612_mrCLA0535_mrPerpetually great surf, some of the largest driftwood logs on the coast, clear views of James Island off La Push on the opposite bank of the Quileute River. Hiking north, there’s an obligatory fording of Ellen Creek, following which you’ll encounter paired rock monoliths – the “Sisters”. Just beyond is “Hole-in-the-Wall”, a surf-carved tunnel in the headland that can be easily walked through at lower tides. At these lower tides, one can explore an expanse of tide pools around the tunnel teeming with intertidal life – multicolored sea stars, anemones, sea urchins, etc. Further north on the beach, there are a multitude of attractive coves, inlets, and headlands. Moreover, all of this can be accessed in a civilized way from a parking lot at the south end of the beach. No need to hike through the woods, fall down a bluff, and scramble over a pile of driftwood logs to access Rialto Beach. In the summer season, there’s even a ramp installed allowing disabled tourists to reach a good beach viewpoint.

Rialto, nonetheless, is a wild beach with its own rules. The Park Service provides the usual and obligatory warnings about not playing in the surf in the presence of driftwood logs, and, while on the beach, possessing some awareness concerning tides so that one does not get trapped between headlands by an incoming tide. These warnings should be taken seriously.

Our guests regularly experience an unexpected drenching from rogue waves on Rialto. For most, this is just part of the fun. For some time, there’s not been an incident entailing real danger. However, within the past month a group of our guests, which included a couple of chihuahuas and a baby, hiking well north of Hole-in-the-Wall in the late afternoon/early evening, to their dismay found their return blocked by a fast rising tide and oncoming darkness, and spent the entire night pretty darn uncomfortably (chihuahuas do not give off much warmth) on the beach. Ultimately, all ended well, but it is hoped that the underlying message will not be lost on the reader – time, tide, and daylight really do not wait for you and are unconcerned about your safety. Consult a tide table, and plan ahead.

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Our Port Angeles Vacation Rental – new for 2014http://manitoulodge.com/2014/03/30/da-bluff/ http://manitoulodge.com/2014/03/30/da-bluff/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:19:27 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=1489 The North Olympic Peninsula offers a diversity of tourism experiences. The coastal region surrounding Forks, typified by the Park Beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, is exhilarating in its wildness. However, just one hour’s drive east in Port Angeles and Sequim, the atmosphere is a bit more citified. Depending on the time of your visit, you […]

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The North Olympic Peninsula offers a diversity of tourism experiences. The coastal region surrounding Forks, typified by the Park Beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, is exhilarating in its wildness. However, just one hour’s drive east in Port Angeles and Sequim, the atmosphere is a bit more citified. House_from_Deck_IMG_0232Depending on the time of your visit, you can attend one of several festivals (the Juan de Fuca Music Festival and Crab Fest in Port Angeles, as well as the Irrigation or Lavender Festivals in Sequim). Want to travel to a foreign country where they speak your language, eh? Take one of the four daily summer ferries from Port Angeles across the Strait to Victoria, BCBaker_IMG_0204 and its world-class Butchart Gardens, or maybe just stroll among the art galleries in Victoria’s compact downtown and down a pint at a pub. Nature is still predominant in the east, nonetheless, as one can drive up Hurricane Ridge looming over Port Angeles, visit Deer Park and 600 ft deep Lake Crescent, hike
the Olympic Discovery Trail or walk
Dungeness Spit.

We at the Manitou Lodge don’t want you to miss any of these experiences, and, naturally, we’d like you never to stay with anyone but us. The 65 miles between Forks and Port Angeles used to pose a bit of a problem, but that problem is now solved. You can now book with us at the Lodge in Forks for the coastal/rainforest experience and either before or later at our Port Angeles vacation rental. This past year, we’ve acquired a lovely residential property right on the bluff fronting the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Port Angeles and Sequim for individual and family rentals.living photo 2This location allows immediate access to Port Angeles and the Victoria Ferry, a variety of Olympic National Park venues and all that lavender in Sequim. We anticipate being completely ready for guests no later than mid-May, 2014.

Briefly,  we’ll be offering a 3 bedroom, 2 full bathroom house (king bed in the master bedroom, queen in the second bedroom, single bed with trundle in the third bedroom – easily sleeping 6 persons) for rent. As one would expect, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and laundry facility. Television and wireless internet service will be provided.
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Just as it is at our secluded Lodge out by the beaches west of Forks, the chill factor at the Bluff property is huge. Gorgeous views are just everywhere, accompanied by the gentle sound of waves lapping on the shore well below. Eagles are frequent visitors in the firs on the west side of the house. The signature feature of this property is an expansive ocean-facing deck and a weatherproof bluff-front gazebo allowing unobstructed views of Vancouver Island, Mt. Baker, Port Angeles Harbor, shipping, smuggling, and anything else that might be floating or going on out there on the Strait.Gazebo_IMG_0236Gaz_view_IMG_0206

Online booking of this vacation rental is best done by going to www.vrbo.com. Search for property #593708 for available dates, rates, minimum nights, deposits, cancellation policy, etc. Inquiries can be made through the messaging system on this site.

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New Year’s Eve 2013http://manitoulodge.com/2013/12/18/new-years-eve-2013/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/12/18/new-years-eve-2013/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 07:51:20 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=1426 With the winter solstice just two days away, we’re turning our thoughts to some celebrating of our climb back into the light. Christmas is for family, but New Year’s is a very different story. Nothing too crazy, but you’re invited to come out and join us and our other guests for a midnight celebration centered […]

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With the winter solstice just two days away, we’re turning our thoughts to some celebrating of our climb back into the light. Christmas is for family, but New Year’s is a very different story. New-Years-EveNothing too crazy, but you’re invited to come out and join us and our other guests for a midnight celebration centered around the fire in the Great Room. As a reward for getting out this far only to be pretty much the last people in the continental US to welcome in 2014,  there’ll be complimentary champagne (as well as a non-alcoholic alternative), noisemakers, party hats, a streamer or two, maybe some confetti, music, etc.

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Sweet Septemberhttp://manitoulodge.com/2013/09/30/storm-central/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/09/30/storm-central/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 15:20:15 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=1327 9/30/13: Yesterday and last night the northern Washington Coast (read us, 3 miles from the coast) was hit by what has been described as the strongest September windstorm on record – sustained winds of 65 mph, gusting to 75 mph. Makes you reconsider the wisdom of living under the really big trees. Trees down everywhere, […]

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9/30/13: Yesterday and last night the northern Washington Coast (read us, 3 miles from the coast) was hit by what has been described as the strongest September windstorm on record – sustained winds of 65 mph, gusting to 75 mph. 537213_10201667807009634_526546144_nMakes you reconsider the wisdom of living under the really big trees. Trees down everywhere, surf on the beaches at 30 ft or so, with rolling driftwood logs stalking the surf for the unwary spectator. Local rivers were at mid-flood, but no water over 1157710_10201667868371168_159607822_nthe roads.

To the left are a couple of weather shots (courtesy Jon Preston, NPS Ranger at the Hoh Valley and local “weatherboy” – visit his Facebook page for much more) and a photo or two from my own visit to Rialto Beach late yesterday afternoon. Click to expand them. The large image at the top of the page shows Rialto_storm_IMG_1986“fireflies” of flying foam driven onto the camera lens.

While Forks lost power at about 7 PM last night, power at the lodge has stayed on (trees fall at random – sometimes you get lucky). Mostly, however, our power-on status was thanks to a project undertaken over the past 5 yr or so by the local Public Utility District to bury the power lines in immediate our area.

This morning, all is well, with better weather on the way. All roads that I know about are clear, and by midweek we’ll be back to normal.

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A Facelift at the Lodgehttp://manitoulodge.com/2013/07/06/a-new-face-at-the-lodge/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/07/06/a-new-face-at-the-lodge/#comments Sat, 06 Jul 2013 15:24:12 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=1142  08/15/13: We’ve replaced the deck on the cottage containing the Eagle and Owl units. The old deck (top photo) was more of a walkway in any case, and, over the past several years due to age and constant exposure to winter rains, had become a bit of an embarrassment. The new deck (lower photo) is […]

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IMG_5966 08/15/13: We’ve replaced the deck on the cottage containing the Eagle and Owl units. The old deck (top photo) was more of a walkway in any case, and, over the past several years due to age and constant0
exposure to winter rains, had become a bit of an embarrassment. The new deck (lower photo) is a nice upgrade, 10 x 25 ft or so in size, allowing room for patio furniture for outdoor relaxation, more refined consumption of adult beverages with far less chance of falling off or through the deck after this consumption, breakfast on sunny mornings, etc.

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Summer/Winter Solstices – Forks, WA, 2013http://manitoulodge.com/2013/06/19/summer-solstice-forks-2013/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/06/19/summer-solstice-forks-2013/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:34:27 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=1031 Here at the Manitou Lodge, Forks, WA, the 2013 Summer Solstice will occur at 10:04PM on June 20 (see countdown widget below) – BE HERE!. Incidentally, isn’t it remarkable how the Rialto Beach seastacks pictured at left look just like Stonehenge? Must be the light. The solstice (from the Latin sol [sun] & sistere [to […]

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SummerSolsticeStonehenge Here at the Manitou Lodge, Forks, WA, the 2013 Summer Solstice will occur at 10:04PM on June 20 (see countdown widget below) – BE HERE!. Incidentally, isn’t it remarkable how the Rialto Beach seastacks pictured at left look just like Stonehenge? Must be the light. The solstice (from the Latin sol [sun] & sistere [to stand still]) occurs when the tilt of Earth’s axis in either the northern or southern hemisphere is most inclined toward the sun. This happens twice each year, at which times the sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the north or south pole. Depending on calendar shifts, the summer solstice occurs sometime between December 20 and December 23 in the southern hemisphere and June 20 and June 22 in the northern hemisphere.
Although the summer solstice is an instant in time, the term is also used to refer to the day on which it occurs, the day with the longest period of daylight – except, of course, in the polar regions, where daylight is continuous around the summer solstice.
(My thanks to the Wikipedia author for a lucid description from which I have liberally plagiarized)

6/21/2013 Update: Now that the Summer Solstice has come and gone, there’s nothing for it except to start the countdown to the Forks Winter Solstice at 9:11AM PST on 12/21/13, the day on which the sun appears at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon.

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Outback Cabins & “Instant-Camping”http://manitoulodge.com/2013/05/30/outback-cabins-instant-camping/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/05/30/outback-cabins-instant-camping/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 05:17:37 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=850 Outback Cabins: About a decade ago we found ourselves standing outside an unused cabin/shed on the property that nonetheless had electricity and indoor plumbing, and speculated that there might be guests whose sensibilities would resonate to the idea of booking an affordable little room combining the features of both B & B lodging and camping […]

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IMG_5907Outback Cabins: About a decade ago we found ourselves standing outside an unused cabin/shed on the property that nonetheless had electricity and indoor plumbing, and speculated that there might be guests whose sensibilities would resonate to the idea of booking an affordable little room combining the features of both B & B lodging and camping – a real roof, nice bed & linens, hot/cold running water, breakfast included in the rate, but about the size of a tent and you get to walk to a bathroom.

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With that in mind, we kitted IMG_6145out the cabin and tested whether this idea had any actual merit. Initially nameless, it became the “Outback” in recognition of one of its first occupants, the Australian father of a lady getting married at the lodge.IMG_6549 Guest response to the Outback cabin was so gratifyingly positive that within a year or so we “found” another, larger cabin, refitted it completely, and named it (really imaginatively) Outback II.

“Instant-Camping”: Our two “instant-tentsites” take the original Outback concept all the way to true camping, and nearly fulfill our fantasy for IMG_5911“blow-up” rooms inflated in only the height of summer. These are fully equipped campsites – tents, sleeping bags with liners, mattresses, pillows, flashlights, picnic table, firepit with grill, water source.IMG_6201 Our instant campers need only bring their own food, wood/kindling/method of lighting a fire, a camping cookstove if they choose not to use the firepit for cooking, as well as cooking/eating utensils. Campers have access to a bathroom (no shower) inside the lodge as well as a portable toilet. Breakfast is not included in the tentsite rate, but morning coffee in the lodge is on us. These campsites offer excellent woodsy privacy, but are just a minute or so walk from the main lodge building.

 

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The Old-Growth Lives On Right Here!http://manitoulodge.com/2013/05/22/the-old-growth-lives/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/05/22/the-old-growth-lives/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 15:20:47 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=801 We’re fortunate to have on the lodge property one of the last old-growth Western Hemlocks in the immediate area outside the Olympic National Park. Our tree sits, waiting for you to visit, in its own little grove on the western edge of our property. This tree, measuring 7.5 feet through the base at shoulder height, […]

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IMG_5993 We’re fortunate to have on the lodge property one of the last old-growth Western Hemlocks in the immediate area outside the Olympic National Park. Our tree sits, waiting for you to visit, in its own little grove on the western edge of our property. This tree, measuring 7.5 feet through the base at shoulder height, has a circumference of about 23 feet. By comparison, the oldest Western Hemlock thus far measured was 9 ft through the base, about 28 feet in circumference, and estimated to be just under 1500 years old. It’s hard to make an accurate comparison, but using the known areas of both trees at the base combined with some hand-waving math we estimate our tree to be 1000 -1100 years old. Probably alive at the Battle of Hastings, so old enough.

IMG_5992Like many truly old creatures, our tree remains alive today due in part to good luck and the “dodging of bullets”. It sits just feet away from commercial forestland, and except for that, would long ago have become an anonymous part of some building. However, this good fortune had a considerable downside as the logging of trees to its west exposed it to high winter winds, making it very likely that, due to its size, it would eventually have become a “blow-down”. But good luck intervened again: long-time residents in the area tell us that in the 1960s, a storm blew out just the top of the tree, greatly reducing its wind-profile and thus its chances of blowing down.

Large HemlockWe’ve cleared out a quiet little grove for folks to come and visit this venerable giant.
You don’t have to stay with us to be very welcome to stop by. It’s not a Sequoia, and, hence, will not utterly dwarf you with its size. However, the closer you get, the more you feel the looming presence of this impressive creature.

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Marcy Schley – Resident Manager July 1, 2013http://manitoulodge.com/2013/05/21/marcy-schley-resident-manager-july-1-2013/ http://manitoulodge.com/2013/05/21/marcy-schley-resident-manager-july-1-2013/#comments Tue, 21 May 2013 23:05:19 +0000 http://manitoulodge.com/?p=786 Please join us in welcoming Marcy Schley, our new resident manager, who will be starting July 1, 2013. Marcy will be a familiar face to any of you who stayed with us in 1999-2000, as she was our principal housekeeper during those years. In 2000, Marcy moved to Wenatchee, where she eventually joined the staff […]

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Please join us in welcoming Marcy Schley, our new resident manager, who will be starting July 1, 2013. Marcy will be a familiar face to any of you who stayed with us in 1999-2000, as she was our principal housekeeper during those years. In 2000, Marcy moved to Wenatchee, where she eventually joined the staff of Wenatchee Valley College, rising to the position of one of their assistant Deans.

You may well ask “what the heck is she doing returning to the Manitou?”. Well, it seems that Marcy just loves innkeeping, and will be returning to the life for a couple of years while she pursues a Master’s Degree in the “The Flowering of Renaissance Literature in Firenze under the Medicis 1444-1553″. Truly fascinating stuff, way better than becoming an expert in the “Twilight” literary genre now so popular out this way, but you do need a backup plan

Naturally, just kidding about in the above paragraph. Marcy will in fact be pursuing an advanced degree while managing the lodge, but in a far more utilitarian discipline. We are delighted to have her back!

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