A road trip around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State can be the highlight of any spring, summer, or fall. There’s just so much for you to see and do out there that it’s really hard to see everything and just one trip. A great place to stop and stay during a visit to the peninsula is the town of Port Angeles. And if you’re going to stay in Port Angeles a wonderful place to stay is the Candlelight Cabin.
The Candlelight Cabin sits high on a bluff and offers great views of a surrounding forests, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic mountains. While the Olympic Peninsula is a great destination, the small cabin is a perfect place to come home to after day of exploring this part of Washington.
The Candlelight Cabin has a very cool rustic, yet comfortable, interior decor. It also has a great deal of comfortable furniture, the kind that is perfect to welcome you home at the end of every day you’ve spent exploring the region.
The kitchen has everything you need to feed just you and your significant other, your whole family, or whoever you’re traveling with.
There are three bedrooms at the Candlelight Cabin. The bedrooms are just as comfortable and welcoming as the rest of the house. One of the bedrooms is occupied by two twin beds which could come in handy if you’re traveling with children.
Whether you’re looking for a place to use just overnight after you’ve been out on the roads, up in the hills down by the water or just exploring Port Angeles if you’re looking for a place to enjoy all day long, Candlelight Cabin could be exactly what you need. The views alone make it totally worth it.
The Olympic Peninsula is a great road trip destination. Port Angeles works perfect as a base of operations to take a road trip further west towards the open ocean, east towards Port Townsend or the Hood Canal area, or even South on the few roads leading Inland to explore Olympic National Park. And if you’re going to visit the Port Angeles area you’re going to need a place to stay. The Candlelight Cabin can be that spot.
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Candlelight Cabin on the Bluff
Blackbird Island is one of the most overlooked parts of the popular destination of Leavenworth, Washington. While there’s plenty of shopping, restaurants, and pubs just a short walk from there, this quiet public park and trail system is the perfect chance to get away from the crowds.
This quiet spot overlooking the Wenatchee River, with its bench and fenceline, not only begged to be lingered at, but also to be photographed.
Finding great examples of old painted business names or advertising still left on the region’s old buildings always makes me stop and take a photo.
This colorful advertisement for the Liberty Theatre, still operating in Downtown Wenatchee by the way, is a real thing of beauty. Commonly referred to as “ghost signs”, they offer a unique look at local history.
Pacific Beach State Park sits north if Ocean Shores and is located, obviously, right on the Pacific Ocean. It’s a small state park but the whole area has a lot to offer.
This photo was taken on our first day there, shortly after we arrived. The beach is beautiful and I couldn’t pass up the perspective of these old piers lined up and heading off in the distance.
Soap Lake is one of the more interesting destinations in Eastern Washington. It’s legendary waters are loaded with minerals and, to this day, many still tout their health claims.
On the shores of the lake is an impressive sculpture feature a Native American scene. Scattered around it and embedded into the surrounding cocrete are these stones honoring the contributors who made it possible. It makes for an interesting looking scene itself.
This photo was taken near Waterville, Washington in August, during the height of wheat harvest. The contrast of the golden wheat with the abandoned house under shade trees was hard to pass up.
Diablo Lake is one of the many highlights of a trip across the North Cascades Highway. Diablo Dam holds back the water of the Skagit River in its effort to create much needed electricity for the Pacific Northwest.
This photo is taken from the Diablo Lake Overlook. The turquoise water is stunning and there are scenic views in multiple directions.
The Willamette River flows north through the Willamette Valley and right past a number of notable Oregon communities, including Salem, Corvalis, Albany, and Portland. It also provides a lot of scenery and recreation along the way too.
Here is a look at five fun facts about the Willamette River.
There are twelve rivers that flow into the Willamette River: Coast Fork Willamette River, Middle Fork Willamette River, Long Tom River, McKenzie River, Calapooia River, Marys River, Luckiamute River, Santiam River, Molalla River, Yamhill River, Tualatin River, and Clackamas River.
The Willamette River is 187 miles long. Where it flows into the Columbia River is 101 miles upstream from where that larger river meets the Pacific Ocean.
A Lot Of Water
Though it pours into the Columbia River closer to its end than its beginnings, the Willamette River contributes about 12 to 15 percent of the total water flow of the Columbia.
By water volume, Willamette Falls on the Willamette River just south of Portland, is the largest waterfall in the American Pacific Northwest.
The First Western City
Oregon City was founded on the shores of the Willamette River, right at Willamette Falls. It was incorporated in 1844. This made it the first incorporated city in the United States, west of the Rocky Mountains.