In + Around Puget Sound
Admittedly a little bit out of the way is the ultimate destination of this trip. The Alderbrooke Resort and Spa is worth it though and the many different routes you can take to get there become part of the experience. Whether you take the ferry from Victoria, BC to Port Angeles, WA and continue on south, drive via Tacoma and Olympia or take our recommended route, there are plenty of things to do along the way. Our route incorporates an overnight stay in Seattle, a couple of scenic ferry rides, a quick, but worthwhile detour to Bainbridge Island and of course indulging in two nights at the fabulous Alderbrooke Resort. It is located right on the Hood Canal, a natural glacier carved fjord and one of the basins of Puget Sound and close to the Olympic National Forest.
The Alderbrooke Resort offers everything you would expect from a first class West Coast resort. Luxury guestrooms and cottages, excellent dining, a pool and spa, beautiful views and easy access to all kinds of outdoor activities, including kayaking, boating, swimming, hiking, golfing etc.
Leaving Vancouver on Day 1 take a leisurely drive to Seattle, stopping to shop at the Seattle Premium Outlets in Tulalip if you are so inclined. You have many options for your overnight stay in Seattle, but if you are looking for a funky boutique hotel, we recommend Hotel Five – a StayPineapple hotel. Explore downtown on foot from there.
The next morning (Day 2), spend a couple hours having breakfast and exploring Pike Place Market (an obligatory stop on every Seattle visit), before heading to the downtown terminal to catch a ferry to Bremerton. After about 60 minutes, you arrive in Bremerton and you will soon leave the hustle and bustle of the big city behind as you head further and further into the “wilderness”. Arrive at Alderbrooke about an hour later. Stay 2 nights and just relax! Or be outdoorsy, if you wish.
On Day 4, you are making your way back to Vancouver. Just before hitting Bremerton, take Highway 3 North for a little detour to Bainbridge Island. Centrally located in Puget Sounds in spitting distance from Seattle, this island is a gem of natural beauty and features wineries, parks, trails and some historic sites. We recommend strolling through the vibrant village of Winslow and discover its restaurants and shops, which are all in walking distance from a ferry terminal from which you will take a ferry to downtown Seattle and head back home from there.
Hotel Five: http://www.hotelfiveseattle.com/
Alderbrooke Resort: https://www.alderbrookresort.com/
Bainbridge Island: http://visitbainbridge.com/
See map and links above
Prices vary greatly at the Resort based on season and accommodation type. Lowest prices start at about $230 USD per night in the off season, but check the website for their different packages and specials which offer a better deal. Add about $45 USD for the ferries (1 car, 2 people) and $150 USD for the additional night in Seattle.
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