Monday, May 2, 2011


SPRING BIRDWATCHING AND WATERFALL HIKES ON OLYMPIC PENINSULA

The redwing blackbirds have returned to our ponds--a sure sign that spring is warming her way across the Olympic Peninsula.

Our idyllic 9-acre estate is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat and spring is a treat for birdwatchers. Ducks, widgeons and the great blue heron all build their nests here at the Lost Mountain Lodge.

Spring is also one of the best times to visit the area to see more than a dozen waterfalls at their peak. Or hike the lower elevation trails laden with delicate fiddlehead ferns and rare trillium.

Guests can also make the most of a 3 or 4-day getaway by taking a day trip to Victoria, B.C. The Butchart Gardens in the Spring is not to be missed with thousands of daffodils, cherry blossoms and fragrant hyacinths. We'll take care of booking all the details for you -- round-trip ferry, double-decker bus tour and your tickets to the Gardens.

With warmer days and calmer waters, it's also a great time to kayak Dungeness Bay out to the historic New Dungeness Lighthouse. We'll put you in touch with the best guide in the area who provides all your gear and then will give you a collapsible cooler and tell you where to get the best cheeses, Artisan breads, smoked wild Pacific salmon and other gourmet treats for a picnic lunch on the beach.

Take advantage of our Spring Fling -- book any 2-night stay in a luxury suite and we'll include a $75 Gift Certificate for Dinner for Two at a nearby bistro featuring local farm-to-table cuisine. But hurry, this offer* is only good until May 15, 2011.

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* For new reservations only. Please mention Spring Fling when making your reservation. May not be combined with other discounts or special offers.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hurricane Ridge Snowshoe Nature Walks


The start of the New Year is always filled with anticipation and hope. The quiet spaces in these dark days of winter give us time to reflect on what is good in our lives, renew our commitments to family and friends, and recharge our batteries for the year ahead.

If you have never taken a snow-shoe walk at the top of Hurricane Ridge—it’s an experience not to be missed. If you are looking for inspiration, one picture is worth a thousand words.

What many people don’t realize is that the Olympic National Park is just 1.5 hours from Seattle. There are no mountain passes, no road closures due to avalanches—just a lovely ferry ride and a peaceful, easy drive (we recommend the Edmonds-Kingston ferry). We're located in Sequim -- one of the driest, sunniest places in Western Washington -- especially in the winter. The snow on the north side of the Olympics is actually light and powdery because the air here is much drier.
The Hurricane Ridge Road will be open all year thanks to a cooperative effort by the National Park Service, Clallam County and the City of Port Angeles.

Every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 PM, a Park Ranger leads a Guided Winter Nature snowshoe walk on the trails at the summit. It’s the best bargain in town – because the $5.00 fee includes your snowshoe rentals. The trail leads you to breathtaking views of the glaciers on Mt. Olympus to the south and circles around to views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands to the north. In fact, on a clear day you can see Whistler Mountain from the top of Hurricane Ridge.
At Lost Mountain Lodge, you'll start your day with a hearty Farmer's Market gourmet breakfast. Then we'll whip up a Creme Brulee latte or Irish Cream Mocha in a "to go" cup to accompany you on a frosty, blue sky morning in the mountains.
Be sure to dress warmly and prepare to be enchanted!
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Friday, December 3, 2010

Olympic Peninsula Holiday Getaway


There's a lot to be said for celebrating the values and spirit of the Holiday Season in a small town. Wreaths have been hung on the old-fashioned post lamps along our charming 100-year-old main street where you'll find privately owned shops, outstanding art galleries, even a relic from a former era -- a non-chain bookstore.


After our hearty gourmet breakfast at the Lodge, take your complimentary White Christmas Mocha or Gingerbread Latte in a "to-go" cup and meander through town. You'll find wonderful, unique gifts for everyone on your list. And you'll be supporting small business owners who make an effort to feature the work of local artists and artisans, as well as home-grown products from local wine makers and chocolatiers in their shops.


Take a drive down a country lane to the Lazy J Tree Farm where you can cut your own Christmas tree or choose one cut fresh by the farmer that morning. You'll also find hand-woven garlands of fragrant Doug Fir & Cedar and lovely fresh wreaths featuring nature's own accents such as real juniper berries or sprigs of holly. Steaming cups of hot, home-made cider are served in the barn where you can also buy sacks of organic apples.

The majestic snow-capped Olympic Mountains create the perfect winter wonderland postcard experience. The festive atmosphere continues inside where the warmth of our 2-story fireplace beckons and the smells of nutmeg and cinnamon fill the Lodge kitchen.

Best wishes of the season from our family to yours!

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at Lost Mountain Lodge