The following article was written for Explore Washington State and posted here in case any one wants a glimpse inside Port Angeles, Washington, my current home.
Port Angeles is tucked off in between the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, and the strait of Juan De Fuca. Just a two-hour drive and a ferry boat ride from Seattle, with Olympic National Park towering overhead as its backyard, Port Angeles offers a true maritime small town feel. When driving into town, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you pass the sign that reads, "Welcome to Port Angeles, Where the Mountains Greet the Sea." Riddled with unique history, art, food, and people, this place presses beyond your standard small town expectations. It is the type of place where a fortune teller sits next to a piano in the heart of town…where during the summer folks from all over the world sink into the keys. You’ll hear music bouncing off the walls of a mountain mural and echoing throughout main street.
Want to peruse some local shops? Main street hosts restaurants, small boutiques, businesses, and coffee shops. Whatever sort of creature comfort you might be looking for out on the rugged Olympic Peninsula, its all right here.
Getting hungry? The, "must eat at," restaurant is the Next Door Gastropub. The menu consists of 100% Natural Painted Hills Beef Hamburgers, arguably the best garlic parmesan fries on the planet, sandwiches, and creative salads. Not to mention the full bar, a unique local rotating tap, and a lively and ‘vibing’ aesthetic, the Gastropub is like no other pub around. With outdoor seating for the summer, and unique specials like the, "Redneck Happy Meal," what's there not to love?
Wondering about how this historic town was founded? Port Angeles has actually had many different names, and numerous boom and bust era’s with the power, fishing, and timber industry. It was actually once home to the worlds largest sawmill. If you want to learn more, look no further than the Museum at the Carnegie.
While Port Angeles feels small, it's still the largest city on the Peninsula with around 20,000 residents, and plenty to do! The summers are lined with events, and fall appears to be no different. Here are four upcoming events that you should be sure to check out if you're heading to the Peninsula:
Art, food, culture, and events are important, but the true pleasure of Port Angeles is it in it’s back and front yard—that is the towering Olympic Mountains and the silky waters of the Straight of Juan De Fuca. Wonder what there is to be enjoyed in the Olympic Peninsula? Look no further then some of my favorite photos of the beautiful place I call home.