Charming (and undiscovered) Port Angeles, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula combines an affordable – and sunny – family- and arts-friendly experience with a gateway to Olympic National Park (an Outside magazine 2009 "Best National Park"). And accommodations at the Olympic Lodge offer travelers easy access to summer festivals and events ranging from North America's only sand sculpture invitational to free concerts on the water to lavender fields in bloom. A press release follows. Let me know if I can provide additional info or images.
Undiscovered Port Angeles
Washington's wild peninsula offers summer arts, a national park and ... sunshine?
Left, entrance to the Olympic Lodge; right, concertgoers enjoy summer sun on the Port Angeles pier.
Port Angeles, Washington – date – Not one but two outdoor sculpture galleries. Picnics spread to enjoy a free City Pier concert. Kayaks gliding on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Bicyclists on the Waterfront Trail. In Port Angeles – situated in the sunny "rain shadow" of Washington's magnificent Olympic Range – outdoor activities beckon, and the friendly staff at the Olympic Lodge is ready to offer its guests insider suggestions on creating the perfect getaway to the charming Olympic Peninsula town.
A gateway to Olympic National Park and its wild ecosystems ranging from glaciered mountains to lush rain forests to rugged wilderness coastlines, Port Angeles also has an artsy side including a variety of family-friendly summer events to take advantage of the area's beauty. "Guests often come for the park, but stay for the charm of the town, "says Greg Woodland, general manager of the Olympic Lodge, conveniently located for both park and town activities. "Several years ago Coastal Living magazine described Port Angeles as 'accessible, appealing and affordable' – and that's more true than ever now," adds Woodland, who shares a few summer events recommended by the Olympic Lodge staff:
- Bring a picnic and a blanket for free music under the stars with the Concert on the Pier series, Wednesday evenings through Sept. 2.
- Taking advantage of a Provence-like microclimate, the Lavender Festival in nearby Sequim includes street fair and chance to tour local lavender farms, July 16 – 18.
- The only North American master sand sculptor invitational competition, Nor'Wester Rotary Arts in Action also features food, wine, car shows, and live music, July 24-26.
- Take a peek underground at old Port Angeles; Heritage Weekend, August 8-9, offers historic walking, driving and home tours, including Lower Elwha Dam and the Clellam County Clock Tower – plus a Salmon Bake on the beach.
- Imagine a Pacific Northwest ecotopia at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center's exhibition Envision Cascadia!, July 5 – October 4.
The Olympic Lodge is rated #1 for hotels in Port Angeles on Tripadvisor.com. With a mission to provide outstanding customer service, the lodge staff is ready to arrange a variety of activities suited to individual guest interests. The subject of a recent complete remodel from exterior native plant landscaping to finely appointed interiors, the comfortable lodge is located adjacent to a golf course open to the public and is known for its many complimentary offerings including year-round outdoor heated pool and spa with a view of the Olympic Range, exercise room and wireless Internet access. Summer rates range from $179-$199/night. For information, visit www.olympiclodge.com or call 800.600.2993.
Media Contacts: Holly Dempsey, General Manager Olympic Lodge, firstname.lastname@example.org 360.452.2993; Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, email@example.com, 307.734.5335
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