Written by Quan on 04 Jan, 2001
Port Townsend is usually a starting point for visitors, who had gotten there by cars from Seattle or Whidbey Island. Port Townsend is considered the most Victorian of all Seattle towns, and is worth a visit on its own. A visit to…Read More
Port Townsend is usually a starting point for visitors, who had gotten there by cars from Seattle or Whidbey Island. Port Townsend is considered the most Victorian of all Seattle towns, and is worth a visit on its own. A visit to historical Port Townsend is best done on foot, and a tour of the town will uncover museums, as well as the state's oldest standing methodist church, and other points of interest. For example, you will see James House (Washington Street), built in 1889, with a commanding view of the harbor, and also reportedly the Northwest's first bed and breakfast. If you are lucky, you can stay at the Ann Starrett Mansion (Clay Street), which offers public tours, but which has often been called Port Townsend's premier B&B. We tried to get in in 1994, with no success. Now that it has gotten even more well-known, I don't know what our chances would be. Don't forget to see Fort Worden State Park, which was used in the filming of An Officer and a Gentleman. And finally, you can end your tour by strolling along the pier and looking at artist's galleries. Close
Written by goldfield on 05 Apr, 2005
The staff at Worldmark at Discovery Bay were friendly and gave us tourist information and suggestions for restaurants and activities. The unit was a two-bedroom, two-bath, three stories with a great view from both balconies of the beautiful Discovery Bay. The unit was…Read More
The staff at Worldmark at Discovery Bay were friendly and gave us tourist information and suggestions for restaurants and activities. The unit was a two-bedroom, two-bath, three stories with a great view from both balconies of the beautiful Discovery Bay. The unit was clean and well-maintained. We were there in October, so the leaves were changing, and the colors were just awesome. We had a great time looking at all the sea life next to the dock at the resort: starfish, jellyfish, and a seal entertained us. The restaurant at the resort had been closed since December. The resort is a little remote, so you have to drive to get to restaurants and shopping. We didn’t use any of the facilities at the resort (pool, tennis courts, etc.).
We had several very good meals (mostly fish), including Zanadu, recommended by staff at the resort, and it was excellent. It’s next to a budget hotel on the road to Sequim, and we probably would not have even noticed it without their recommendation. The Three Crabs is a popular and casual place in Sequim that gets mixed reviews, but the $15 whole crab dinner was great. Finns in Port Townsend has very good food but is a little more expensive. Gig Harbor Café is a few miles from the resort and is casual, with good food.
Day trips included drives to the Hoh rain forest and to Neah Bay. The scenery on the way was beautiful, especially Lake Crescent. There are not many options for food (especially to Neah Bay), so pack a picnic lunch! We also enjoyed exploring Port Townsend and the shops, Wooden Boat Foundation, local museum, antiques shops, and Fort Worden State Park.
We took the ferry from Port Townsend to Keystone and then another ferry from Anacortes to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. The scenery was spectacular going to San Juan. We stayed at the Friday Harbor Suites which were advertised as ‘recently remodeled’ but they appear to have only done selective renovation. The condition of the room and other problems with the room were reported to the front desk, and they were apologetic and offered a discount on a future stay. Not highly recommended!
We spent two nights in Seattle at the Inn at the Market, which is right next to the Pike Place Market. It was a very nice hotel in a great location but a little pricey. We had a great dinner at Cutters Bayhouse, walking distance from the hotel.