About the Hood Canal
states. The Canal was carved by glaciers and like all fjords has very steep sides and dramatic tidal variations of up to 14 feet. Despite the steep sides many people have built vacation homes on both sides of the lower Hood Canal by supporting the houses on concrete bulkheads that are lapped by water at high tide.
Our Home Rental
Seven Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Scenic Drive & Alderbrook Resort
Quite by accident, we happened upon the Alderbrook resort. The resort has been remodeled in the past few years and is incredible. Rates are reasonable and vary with the seasons. They have a large piece of property with many rooms with canal views. They also have nearly 20 cabins available to rent if you need additional space. They are very family friendly, dog friendly, and gay friendly. We weren’t even staying there and were treated exceptionally well each of the times we went over. They have a lot to offer and try to get locals to use their facilities too. The resort amenities include boats and paddleboards, a beach and swimming pool, a large golf course, and a fantastic restaurant.
Upon discovering the Alderbrook, we had lunch on their beautiful deck overlooking the canal. We also reserved a spot on their boat for a trip on Wednesday. That night, we cooked dinner at our house (king salmon and Manila clams from the canal!).
Day 3: Port Townsend & Another Scenic Drive
Once in Port Townsend we drove around a bit and found Doc’s Marina Grill. They had a beautiful sunny deck where we could watch the ferries going to Whidbey and the San Juan Islands. The water and mountains looked remarkably like Alaska…no surprise considering you are very close to the beginning of the Inside Passage here.
We consulted a map and determined that we could take a different route home and cut an hour off our trip. This drive includes a trip across the only bridge that goes over the Hood Canal. This is a drawbridge so it is possible to get stopped here but the views are worth the wait if you get stuck.
Day 4: Hood Canal Boat Cruise & Hama Hama Oyster Company
We spent some time hanging out on the decks at the Alderbrook and then joined about 50 people on the resort’s large boat at 2pm. The boat takes a 90 minute tour of the Hood Canal. Not only do you get amazing views that aren’t possible from land, the trip is narrated by a local woman who has spent her whole life on the canal. She is full of information and can answer all kinds of questions. The resort keeps the price low enough that locals regularly take the trip too. We had a bunch of locals on our trip who shared additional information about the area.
Day 5: Swimming, Kayaking and Amy’s On the Bay
Day 6: Olympic National Park
Day 7: Finnriver Cidery & Central Market
In the afternoon we made a stop at Central Market in Poulsbo. Central Market is an incredible grocery store based in Poulsbo. We were told it was like Whole Foods. And Mt. Everest is just a little hill…. Central Market would probably have my entire paycheck if I lived nearby.
We finished the evening with a stop in Bainbridge Island for dinner.
The next day we were off on our next adventure. Stay tuned for my next blog post about things to do in Seattle!