The North Olympic Peninsula offers a truly diverse tourist experience. The coastal region surrounding Forks and the Manitou Lodge, typified by the Park Wilderness Beaches, the Hoh Rainforest and Olympic Mountain Range, is exhilarating in its wildness and a magnet for individuals seeking unadorned nature and a bit of solitude. However, just one hour’s drive east in the cities of Port Angeles and Sequim, the atmosphere is a bit more cosmopolitan. While what Capt. Cook described as “surpassing natural beauty” still makes itself distinctly felt in the form of the steep, snow-covered mountain ridges overhanging both cities, depending on the time of your visit, you can attend one of several festivals (e.g., the Juan de Fuca Music Festival and Crab Fest in Port Angeles, as well as the Irrigation or Lavender Festivals in Sequim). Victoria, BC, is just across the Strait from Port Angeles, and if you want to travel to a foreign country where they speak your language, eh?, take one of the four daily summer ferries from Port Angeles (US Passport required) across the Strait to Victoria and its world-class Butchart Gardens, book a whale-watching tour from Victoria Harbor, or maybe just stroll among the art galleries in Victoria’s compact downtown and down a pint at a pub. Alternately, one can tour the San Juan Islands (US) by boat after a stop-off in Victoria. While Port Angeles & Sequim qualify as real cities, scenic beauty is nonetheless still predominant, as one can drive up Hurricane Ridge looming over Port Angeles, visit Deer Park, 600 ft deep Lake Crescent, travel up the recently, and famously, no-dams-no-more Elwha River and observe its transition back to a wild state, 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 the lodge in Forks and Port Angeles used to present a bit of a challenge to achieving such a self-serving monopoly, but that problem is now solved. You can now book with us in both locations: Book a night or two at the Lodge in Forks for the wilderness beach/rainforest experience and then later (or before) at our new 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. This 100% water-view 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’re 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 – for a maximum of 6 persons). There’s a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and laundry facility. Television, a DVD player, and wireless internet service are provided.
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 water views are just everywhere, accompanied by the sound of waves lapping on the shore well below. Eagles are frequent visitors to 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, search-and-rescue operations, attempted defection of sailors to the western nation of their choice, and anything else that might be floating or going on out there on the Strait. Watching shipping can be addictive, a bit like watching a fire and discovering after a short while that there’s absolutely nothing on your mind.
This property cannot be booked online through the Lodge website. For online booking, please visit www.vrbo.com and search for property #593708.
Briefly, the summer rate is $295 per night for up to 6 individuals. We require a 2 night minimum stay, with a single night’s deposit due upon booking which is fully refundable with at least 30 days notice of cancellation. Full payment is due 14 days before arrival along with a $100 non-refundable cleaning fee as well as a $200 damage fee which, assuming no damage, will be promptly refunded after your departure.