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🚘 Why the Hood Canal should be your next weekend getaway

Plus: It’s Trivia Tuesday for our Evergrey Extra members.

By Grace Madigan

How ya doing this Tuesday?

Right now, I’m on vacation! That means this newsletter was written well before today’s biggest headlines. Since I, unfortunately, can’t predict the future, I figured instead I’d dive back into the past and pull some articles from the metaphorical archives. 

Today, you can read on for a look at what Hood Canal has to offer and why it might be perfect for your next weekend getaway.

6 Can't-miss adventures in Hood Canal

The view from Mt. Walker. (📸: Nicole Atkins)

Now that summer is in full swing and we’re all itching to get outside on the weekend, we thought we’d reshare this article on things to do in the Hood Canal with you. Just a couple of hours outside of the city, it’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a hike, to camp, or just want some fresh oysters. 

Here are six adventures to experience in the Hood Canal:

⛰Hike to the top of the world. Mt. Ellinor isn’t a cakewalk, but it’s worth the effort. The 6.2-mile hike rewards you with breathtaking views of the Brothers, Mt. Constance, Mt. Olympus, Olympia, Tacoma, and Seattle. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, start your hike at the higher trailhead. The local ranger station has information and maps. Mason County Visitor Information | 360-877-2021

  • Related: If you’re looking for camping options in the area we’ve got you covered with this article

📸. Get your Insta of the canal. The summit of Mt. Walker offers sweeping views of the Hood Canal and the Olympic Mountains. As if that’s not compelling enough, you have two options to the top: hike or drive. Mt. Walker Viewpoint | 360-877-2021

🐦. Watch bald eagles up close. The American Bald Eagle graces the skies around Hood Canal, but there are a few places you can see them congregate up close: Dosewallips State Park, Theler Wetlands, and Big Beef Creek. If you want something guided, Hood Canal Adventures offers Bald Eagle kayak tours. Hood Canal Adventures | 360-301-6310   

🚗. Drive the scenic roads. Driving Highway 101 along the Hood Canal is beautiful, but it’s not the only scenic road in the neighborhood. Lake Cushman Road, Hamma Hamma Road, and the Hood Canal Loop are stunning drives with access to hiking, camping, and photo opportunities. The local ranger station can provide information and maps. Mason County Visitor Information | 360-877-2021

🍴 Harvest oysters. If you like oysters, you’re in the right place. The Hood Canal’s oysters are unique and plentiful. You could go to a restaurant to feast, but where’s the fun in that? Grab a shellfish license and head to a beach. If you’re around in the fall, check out the annual Oysterfest. Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife | 360-249-4628

  • Related: We obviously can’t recommend a whole oyster experience enough because we wrote a whole article about why you should experience this bivalve for yourself.

🍔. Eat at Gear Head. Nestled in the community of Quilcene is a gem that offers the best damn sandwiches west of the Rockies. Everything is made from scratch. Trust their perfect Yelp reviews. Check out their signature sando, the Hemi. Gear Head Deli | 360-301-3244

Wanna learn some Seattle trivia?

We like to have fun with our Evergrey Extra members. Every Tuesday we play a game of I Spy or ask them a trivia question. 

Today we asked members if they knew what sport was invented in 1965 in Washington state? Members will find out the answer in tomorrow’s newsletter. 

Want to join the game? Become a member today!


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Thanks for reading and we’ll be back tomorrow with another guide to living your best Seattle life.

— Grace at The Evergrey

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