A Perfect Day in Port Angeles, Washington
Start by staying at Domaine Madeleine. Sure, there are gorgeous views of the water and mountains, and fireplaces in each of the well-appointed rooms – but the real draw here is Jeri’s five-course breakfasts served every morning of the week on fine china in the elegant dining room. Jeri is also vigilant about stocking a separate coffee room 24/7 with coffee, tea, chai, hot chocolate, cider, cookies and candies for her guests.
It’s good to have a hearty meal in your belly, because your perfect day is going to be full of activity. In fact, on your drive to the picturesque Hurricane Ridge, Jeri suggests you drop by the Chestnut Cottage or Olympic Bagel to pick up a lunch to go, so that you can get out into Olympic National Park and not worry about food until dinnertime.
It may be hard to tear yourself away, but Jeri will assure you that it’s worth it to get back in the car and drive over to Lake Crescent Lodge. Park in the lot for free and stroll the easy 3/4 trail to Marymere Falls, which soar above at 98 feet. You’ll want to take lots of pictures. This may also be a good spot for a picnic lunch.
And for dinner you get to make a choice. Unbelievably, this tucked away town has quite a selection of delectable cuisine. If the teenage vampire series piqued your interest, you may choose to dine at Bella Italia, where the owner was compelled to add Mushroom Raviolis to the menu, after Bella, the character in Twilight, ordered it in the book. Continental cuisine? Toga’s serves international food with a German emphasis on the soups and sauces; and Joy’s Wine Bistro has a changing weekly menu based on the locally-grown organic produce. The list goes on, but luckily you’re staying at the Madeleine, and Jeri will be able recommend all the rest. Bon appetit!