Friday, September 24, 2010

Dungeness Spit and National Wildlife Refuge, Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival

Most people don't necessarily think of the Olympic Peninsula when it comes to fall foliage. But there's more to our region than Douglas Fir and verdant rain forests. Beginning in late September, you'll find a kaleidoscope of fall color.

Not only is the weather here in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains perfect for a fall hike, but there are Fall festivals and events for everyone. There's the Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival on October 9 and 10th. Admission is Free and you'll find steaming pots of fresh Dungeness crab and wild King salmon roasting on alderwood planks in an open fire.

Bring your camera and head out to the Dungeness Spit and National Wildlife Refuge to capture the annual migration. Recognized as an important bird area by the National Audubon Society, more than 250 species of birds can be spotted at the Refuge -- some breed as far north as Alaska and migrate as far as South America.

You don't have to travel to Vermont to find scenic country roads, fall foliage and country farm stands. Our favorite is the nearby Sunny Farms Pumpkin Patch with acres of U-pick pumpkins by the wheelbarrow-full, a corn maze with spotting tower, pumpkin sling shot competition, a petting zoo for the kids and simmering pots of fresh corn-on-the-cob. Just 1 hour from the Kingston ferry dock, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time to a Norman Rockwell painting.

At Lost Mountain Lodge, we focus on seasonal breakfast menus drawn from the bounty of our local harvest. Fall entrees include our signature Dungeness Crab & Leek Quiche, Grand Marnier French Toast with Autumn Compote and Pumpkin Spice Waffles. Plan your fall getaway while the colors and flavors of the season are at their peak.

Your Travel Guide at Lost Mountain Lodge