Port Angeles, Washington (part 4 of …6?)

by admin on September 2, 2013

Before heading out our last day, we had a great breakfast at New Day Restaurant in downtown Port Angeles near the ferry to Victoria.  Fast, friendly service and many locally sourced and fresh ingredients.  They have an almost overwhelming selection of breakfast and lunch items to choose from.  They also served some of the best coffee I had the entire trip!

I was a little nervous to walk into a local diner but the moment we stepped in the door, we were treated like locals.  It was a very comfortable atmosphere and when our server was busy handling a large group, another server swooped in to top off our water glasses.  They clearly work well as a team to provide excellent service to their guests.  And hats off to the chef!

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Port Angeles, Washington (part 3 of …6?)

August 30, 2013

One morning we had fantastic doughnuts from Cock-a-doodle Doughnuts.  Conveniently located right next to our hotel, they receive rave reviews from the locals, Yelp, and Trip Advisor.  Get there before 9AM for the best selection and try their maple bacon bar; it’s the best seller with good reason!  I recommend grabbing a few for the […]

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Port Angeles, Washington (part 2 of …6?)

August 17, 2013

During our stay on the Olympic Peninsula, we enjoyed dinner at Michael’s Seafood and Steakhouse.  Our server, Susanne was a saint for putting up with the “interesting” elderly couple at the next table.  Their comments ranged from “if I want a 2X4, I want it to be 2 inches by 4 inches!” to “well sweetie, […]

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Port Angeles, Washington (part 1 of …6?)

August 14, 2013

We stayed in Port Angeles for our visit to the Olympic Peninsula.  I highly recommend staying in town here if you are going to want to dine out and do any shopping.  You can also hop the ferry to Victoria, Canada for a plethora of other activities to explore.  Don’t forget your passport or National […]

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Mt. Rainier

August 10, 2013

Impressive.  Awe inspiring.  Simply massive.  What I find most perplexing about Mt. Rainier is how close you can be without seeing it and yet how far away you can see it from.  It’s a simple matter of topography but it still blows my mind. There are numerous trails to choose from for all levels of […]

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Mt. St. Helens

August 9, 2013

Mt. St. Helens is designated as a National Volcanic Monument rather than a National Park.  Notorious for her catastrophic eruption in 1980, Mt. St. Helens is still an active volcano.  From most distances and angles it is hard to see any evidence of the destruction but when you round the bend on the main road […]

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Ramona Falls

August 5, 2013

I almost turned back.  What a shame that would have been!  I generally don’t sweat enough to properly regulate my body temperature (TMI?) and consequently tend to get heat exhaustion easily.  It was a hot, dry day but ultimately I pushed through to complete the 7.1 mile trail.  Aside from that issue, the trail really […]

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Hood River Lavender

August 4, 2013

The Hood River lavender farm should be on your list of places to stop if you’re in Hood River during the summer months.  Admittedly the fields aren’t as expansive as we expected based on some of the pictures we had seen, but it is still worth a stop.  No need to plan on spending much […]

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Hood River, Oregon

August 2, 2013

Hood River, Oregon is a nice city to spend some time in.  Located along the Columbia River and also it’s namesake Hood River there is a surprisingly diverse list of things to do and see.  It is well known for being an active city with some of the best spots for windsurfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, skiing […]

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Columbia Gorge Hotel

August 1, 2013

A beautiful historic hotel built on a cliff overlooking the Columbia River; Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Oregon.  This is a great hotel for a romantic getaway but I wouldn’t recommend it for a family trip unless your children are older.  The hotel has manicured lawns, sculpted gardens, and it’s own waterfall (named the […]

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