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Oceanfront Lodging on Washington's Olympic Peninsula



First Snow of 2013

December 20th, 2013

Snow is a rare treat here in our waterfront micro-climate. Perfect day for hanging out at the B&B, sipping hot chocolate in front of the fireplace. The 8-foot Christmas tree is lit and sparkling, and I feel incredibly grateful today. ~Bonnie

First Snow of 2013 at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

First Snow of 2013 at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast


Foodie’s Halloween Delight

November 01st, 2013

I love what Lydia served for Halloween. Especially the Jack-o-lantern fruit and the sausage mummies. Even the ingredients in her egg dish, which normally she would describe as “mushrooms and spinach” became a perfectly haunting “fungus and leaves” on her menu.  Since Chef Lydia has joined our team, guest reviews about breakfast have been over the [full] moon.

We’ve also launched a new Facebook page where Lydia can feature recipes and photos of her delectable creations.  Check it out:  https://www.facebook.com/SeaCliffGardensRecipes


During the government shutdown, while the Olympic National Park is closed, here’s a list of beautiful places to explore on the Olympic Peninsula, all within easy driving distance of Sea Cliff Gardens:

  1. Walk the scenic one-mile rim trail of Dungeness Spit, along the edge of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  2. See wildlife up close and personal at the drive-through Olympic Game Farm. What a hoot! Pet an elk, feed a bear, get stalked by a buffalo running alongside your car, and so much more.
  3. Bike or walk all or part of the 30-mile Olympic Discovery Trail. My favorite part is in Sequim, where the trail passes over the Dungeness River on the old railroad bridge, through the Railroad Bridge Park.
  4. Drive around the part of Lake Crescent that is near the Lodge. A spectacular mini-rainforest experience with beautiful moss-covered old trees. The lake is breathtaking.
  5. Hike out to Tongue Point at Salt Creek Recreation Area, which is a county park. At low tide you’ll see exceptional tidal pools. The natural beauty of the park includes rocky bluffs, sand beach, and panoramic water views. Great spot to birdwatch too.
  6. Freshwater Bay, which fronts the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a perfect spot to launch your kayak. You might see eagles, river otter, orca, dolphins, harbor seals, or gray whales.
  7. At Neah Bay, the ¾-mile boardwalk trail leads you to Cape Flattery, the farthest NW point of the contiguous US, and arguably the most scenic overlook on the Olympic Peninsula. Watch for puffins!
  8. The Makah Museum is a must-see when you’re at Neah Bay.
  9. Not far away, in Sekiu, hike the One-Mile Trail. It’s an easy saltwater beach trail that meanders past caves, tidal pools, and vistas perfect for whale watching and birdwatching.
  10. La Push Beach, made famous by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is part of the Olympic National Park, but still accessible because it is on tribal lands. See picturesque sea stacks and enormous drift logs that have been tossed like toothpicks onto the shore by winter storms.
  11. Twilight fans (or their relatives) can also enjoy a stop in the town of Forks, and take picture in front of Bella’s red truck.
  12. In Port Angeles, catch the ferry to Victoria, BC, for a memorable day trip. Butchart Gardens, the Inner Harbor, the Royal BC museum, and tea at the Empress Hotel await.
  13. Tour the fun and historic town of Port Townsend. The town is listed on the national historic register for its fabulous Victorian architecture. You can also visit Fort Worden State Park and the military museum there, which sit on two miles of high-bluff shoreline above Puget Sound. Or, like me, you can go for the dozens of artsy and unique gift shops.
  14. On the Hood Canal, Dosewallips State Park offers a long stretch of beautiful shoreline, and easy hiking on the 3.5-mile Steam Donkey Loop Trail, where you’ll catch views of the silent forest, the Dosewallips Rivers, and possibly the resident elk herd.
  15. A visit to the local wineries is a great way to top off your day. At the B&B we offer coupons for free wine tasting at three of the best local wineries.

Or just spend the day relaxing in comfort at Sea Cliff Gardens! Soak in your ensuite Jacuzzi or hot tub. Turn up your fireplace, sip some complimentary hot chocolate, and pick a movie from among the hundreds in our eclectic dvd collection. Between movies, stretch your legs with a stroll through the gardens out to the cliff to watch for eagles, and listen to the waves lapping the shore below. When dinnertime rolls around, browse through the menus of the best local restaurants, many of which offer memorable ambiance and cuisine.

Lake Crescent with sun sparkling on the water

Lake Crescent


Guests who woke early enough were treated to a spectacular sunrise over the water last week.  The most colorful I’ve seen in a long while.

Thanks, James & Mary Ann for rising with the sun, and for taking the time to share this photo with us!

~Bonnie

Sunrise over the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Sunrise over the San Juan Islands


“Watch for guests to arrive, and greet them with a smile, Little Fawn,” said Mom as she taught her toddler the ABC’s of running a bed and breakfast.

This fawn was born five days ago on our property.  What a sweet sight today, when I peeked through the rhododendrons, to see Mom her nursing her hungry baby.  I followed them at a distance, snapping pictures of the pair, and they didn’t seem to mind a bit.   ~Bonnie

Waiting for Guests to Arrive

Waiting for Guests to Arrive


Dungeness Spit Starfish

May 22nd, 2012

A big thank-you to our guests, Mary & Carole, for sharing with us this beautiful image they captured while hiking to the lighthouse on Dungeness Spit yesterday!  At 5.5 miles long, the Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in America . . . and it’s just 12 minutes from Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast.  ~ Bonnie

Starfish on Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Washington

Starfish on Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Washington


For you football fans, at breakfast we couldn’t help but notice two shiny Superbowl rings on our guest’s hands.  Back in the day, Dan Bunz played for the 49′ers and basked in two Superbowl victories.  In Super Bowl XVI on Jan. 24, 1982, he made the most famous goal-line tackle in Super Bowl history–”The Stop.” He and his awesome wife Liz (gardener extraordinaire) kept us mesmerized with their inspiring stories!

We told them we just might change the name of their room to “The Bunz Room.”    ~Bonnie

Liz & Dan Bunz: "The Stop" at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

Liz & Dan Bunz: "The Stop" at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

 


April 19th, 2012

Yesterday was a beautiful spring day to be working in the flower gardens at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast.  The bees were buzzing happily about the heather, the tulips are just beginning to open, and the fragrance from the hyacinth smells like sweet summer.

Our Washington State B&B sits on a bluff high above the waterway that meanders from the Pacific Ocean to Port Angeles, Sequim, Port Townsend, and finally the Puget Sound.    ~Bonnie

Heather in Bloom at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

Heather in Bloom at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast


Hello Spring!

April 06th, 2012

Last summer we planted this Flowering Weeping Cherry at the bed and breakfast.  Found her at a great nursery between Sequim and Port Angeles called Vision Landscape and Nursery.

So happy she made it through the winter.  Seeing her pink blossoms for the first time made me want to break out in song.  Didn’t want to scare the guests away though so I just hummed.   ~Bonnie

Flowering Weeping Cherry at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast

Flowering Weeping Cherry at Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast


Ride the Hurricane!

March 31st, 2012

Ride the Hurricane!

On August 5, 2012, Olympic National Park will close the Hurricane Ridge Road for its annual bicycling event.  This is the only day of the year when cyclists own this spectactular stretch of winding mountain road.  All 17 miles of it!  For the first time, there will be no pilot cars for the downhill descent, so cyclists can ride (or fly) at their own pace. At the 5,200 foot summit, you’ll be treated to snacks and beverages at the Visitors Center.  Cost is $35, and you can register at http://www.portangeles.org/ride-the-hurricane.html

After the ride, you’ll need to soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub, of course, and I know the perfect Port Angeles Bed and Breakfast:  Sea Cliff Gardens Bed & Breakfast!

Road to Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles, Washington

Road to Hurricane Ridge, Port Angeles, Washington