Since moving to the Pacific Northwest, the one place I can truly call my second home is the Lodge on Lake Quinault.
Technically, it is located in Olympic National Forest, rather than Olympic National Park, but the park is right up the road.
Inside the lodge you can't find any televisions or telephones. During any season, your best bet is to bring along a book and fluffy blanket to snuggle up near the blazing fire, in the living room, with all the other weary travelers. Relax after a long day on the trails, the lake, or after exploring the Pacific Ocean, only about a half hour away.
Weather is VERY unpredictable on the Olympic Peninsula. It is common to be sporting a winter fleece, in August-- so check the weather ALWAYS, and pack for anything and everything.
My favorite thing to do is grab a starbucks or glass of wine, sit next to the fire with the kids, and play a game of SORRY.
The Lodges of Olympic National Park is a new tradition that our family will celebrate for years to come. The staff is very friendly, and after just one trip, will treat you like family.