Well the next morning we took off early and drove to Port Townsend where we stayed for two nights. When we first moved to Washington we went over there and fell in love with all the Victorian homes. The buildings down town are beautiful old historical buildings and they are filled with good restaurants and some great art galleries and shops of all kinds of things as well as lots of hand crafted arts. “Port Townsend was also known as the City of Dreams.” It might have become “the Seattle of Washington” at one time. It sits on the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula within the site of the beautiful Olympic Mountain Range and it is just a two hour drive and a 30 minute ferry ride from Seattle.
There is nothing more stimulating to me than the smell and the feel of the ocean. It seems to wake up all my senses and cleanse them and open them up to all around me and Port Townsend is surrounded by water – the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Admiralty Inlet, and Discovery Bay. In a Seaport everything seems to interact and react with the sea. And with all the things to see walking around it makes for a wonderful day.
We stayed at a Hotel called the Palace Hotel. It was wonderful. Good rates, very clean, and very helpful and friendly and knowledgeable staff. It is all done in antiques and is spacious and unique and each floor has a great “living room” to sit and read, play games or whatever if you don’t want to sit in your room.
The hotel used to be the Captain Tibbals Building built in 1889. It is considered a beautiful example of Port Townsends architectural past. The building had been used as several different types of business. In 1925 to 1933, the two upper floors where known as the Palace Hotel, but nicked named “the Palace of Sweets”. It was a brothel and hotel.
It was like going back in time. Yet you have your modern needs. I loved the rooms and whole feel of the place. But what impressed me the most was the service and how the people that worked there not only were willing but able to give you information on the town, the history, and the best places to eat and there are plenty of those. And you were always greeted with a friendly warm smile and hello. I would give this place a great rating. And I thank you all at the Palace Hotel for such a good stay!
For two days we spent walking around in the crisp but not cold sea air, eating good food, seeing beautiful old buildings and houses and some great shops. It is a great place to see. People are friendly and always willing to help. Fort Warden Sate Park is out there close also. It is definitely a trip I would recommend. And if you do go take some time to go through the very small but interesting museum which houses the old jail house. I had no idea the history of this unique town. They have a really good short film that actually won an award that sums the history up which proves to be pretty interesting.
Well this is the end of our May trip! Happy travels to you all!