We met friends for dinner in Port Townsend recently. We arrived early enough to enjoy the views in the late afternoon sun. I love the detailing on many of Port Townsend’s historic buildings.

This 1889 building currently houses the Waterstreet Hotel.

This building has recently been gutted and is being upgraded and strengthened. The beautiful exterior remains in place.

Lighthouse views

New Dungeness Light Station is a gem, located at the end of Dungeness Spit. It’s not easy to get to. For the hearty it’s a 5-mile (8 km.) beach walk, timed to avoid high tide. We took a watery route on Monday as we fished for crabs on the last day of the season. Not much luck on the crab front but the lighthouse views were great. It’s otherwise quite distant from land.

The Lighthouse is maintained by a volunteer association and for a fee members can be volunteer lighthouse keepers for a week. It’s a beautiful, remote, and different place to stay. Keepers greet visitors and do light maintenance around the site.

Can you tell it was a nice day to be on the water?

Mansion living

Shafer Baillie library

A one night stay in the Shafer Baillie Mansion in Seattle was an interesting taste of how the other half might have lived a hundred years ago. The ground floor of the mansion was equipped with a library, above, a large dining room, and a lovely sun room. The kitchen and any other working spaces for servants were, naturally, behind closed doors.

Shafer Baillie living room

The living room was decorated for Christmas. I took this shot with my phone. Not bad, eh?

Shafer Baillie guest room

This is one of the bed and breakfast guest rooms which would have been part of the family quarters when it was a residence.

Arched doorway

I was taken with the gorgeous woodwork. I’ll show you a few more details tomorrow.

Shafer Baillie Mansion, Seattle

Shafer Baillie entrance

What’s better than spending a night in the ballroom of an early 20th century mansion? Having the whole mansion to yourself!

This is the Shafer Baillie Mansion in Seattle. Since we were going to Seattle last week and traveling there at this time of year can be hit and miss (snow or ice…bridge closings…traffic congestion) we made it an event and spent the night in this gorgeous 14,000 square foot bed and breakfast. And as luck would have it we were the only guests that night. Talk about living a Downton Abbey fantasy. The only thing missing were servants, though staff greeted us and provided a delicious breakfast.

Shafer Baillie entrance window

The mansion has been lovingly restored by the current owners. The woodworking alone is worth a visit. I’ll show you more of this beautiful building in the next day or two.

Hobuck Beach

Hobuck Beach

Although a trip to Neah Bay can be made in one day we took our tiny trailer and camped at Hobuck Beach Resort. A walk across the road and we were on the beach. There were a pair of eagles nesting in nearby trees and in the evenings we saw a whale offshore. High tide or low, it’s mighty fine to have the Pacific Ocean in your front yard.

Out west

LQ Lodge

Around here when people head to coastal Washington they often say they’ve gone “out west,” which, of course, is the direction you go when you drive toward the Pacific Ocean.

This week we went out west, to Lake Quinault, which is located in the Quinault rainforest. It’s a three hour drive from Sequim. Theoretically that could be a day trip but we took advantage of a winter visitor’s package at the Lake Quinault Lodge to celebrate DH’s birthday. This is the lodge, which was built in 1926.

LQ Lodge fireplace

The Lodge was designed by Robert Reamer, the same architect who designed the Old Faithful Inn. Both hotels have a classic rustic feel. The Old Faithful Inn is built with massive logs and an alpine style. The Lake Quinault Lodge has a somewhat lighter, graceful look to it but it still has a strong sense of the great outdoors.

LQ Lodge lobby

Literature for the Lodge uses a slogan, “The Rest Comes Easy.” Judging by the pace we saw inside and out that seems to be the case.