Five Days of Exploring
The first day for your Pacific Northwest adventure is the North Section of the incredibly scenic Olympic National Park.
- Hurricane Ridge (45 minutes from Sea Cliff Gardens)
- Lake Crescent (50 minutes from Hurricane Ridge)
- Hike to Marymere Falls (trailhead at Lake Crescent)
- Sol Duc Valley (20 minutes from Lake Crescent)
For your second day, take a nice drive through the Hoh Rain Forest and along the way experience the peace and grandeur of the ocean beaches and the gigantic driftwood resting along the shoreline. You will experience the backdrop for the Twilight series as you pass through the town of Forks and go beachcombing along the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific Ocean shore.
- Hoh Rainforest and Forks
- Drive to Hoh Rain Forest (two hours from Sea Cliff Gardens)
- Explore Forks (45 minutes from the Hoh Rain Forest)
- Go beachcombing (20 minutes from Forks)
Explore the most Northwest corner of the Continental United States around Neah Bay and Cape Flattery. Experience wonderful tide pools at Salt Creek Recreation area along the way.
- Neah Bay and Cape Flattery
- Neah Bay and Cape Flattery (two hours from Sea Cliff Gardens)
- Hike to famous Shi Shi Beach (trailhead is 30 minutes from Cape Flattery)
- Kayak on Freshwater Bay (1 hour from Cape Flattery trailhead)
Port Angeles offers daily ferry service via the Coho Ferry to Victoria B.C. and allow guests to experience Canadian treasures like Butchart Gardens, Victoria's Butterfly Gardens and the Royal B.C. Museum.
- Victoria, B.C., on Vancouver Island
- Victoria, B.C. (ferry dock is 20 minutes from Sea Cliff Gardens)
See the World's longest sand-spit, exotic animals, and The Lavender Capital of North America on your final day of exploring.
- Sequim and Port Townsend
- Dungeness Spit and National Wildlife Refuge (15 minutes from Sea Cliff Gardens)
- Olympic Game Farm (5 minutes from Dungeness Spit)
- Railroad Bridge Park and Dungeness River Audubon Center(15 from Olympic Game Farm)
- Lavender farms (5-20 minutes from Dungeness Spit)
- Port Townsend (40 minutes from Sequim)
Superb fresh-caught seafood – Dungeness crab, oysters, and grilled salmon or halibut – is a specialty of many eateries on the Olympic Peninsula. The dress code on the Peninsula is casual, and although dressing up is perfectly fine, you’ll feel comfortable at any of our fine restaurants in a nice pair of jeans. Some restaurants tend to close early in the evening, and some are closed on either Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday; so it’s a good idea to phone ahead for reservations. Here is a list of our favorite Sequim and Port Angeles restaurants.
|Alder Wood Bistro||139 W. Alder St., Sequim||683-4321||L/D||Wood-fired NW Organic|
|Bella Italia||118 E. First St., Port Angeles||457-5442||D||Italian, Seafood|
|Blondie’s Plate||134 S. Second Ave., Sequim||683-2233||D||American “small plates”|
|Dockside Grill at the Marina||2577 West Sequim Bay Rd., Sequim||683-7510||L/D||NW and Seafood Cuisine|
|Double Eagle Steak & Seafood||1965 Woodcock Rd., Sequim||683-3331||B/L/D||Steak, Seafood|
|Nourish Sequim||1345 S. Sequim Ave., Sequim||797-1480||L/D||Garden-to-Plate|
|Dynasty Chinese Restaurant||990 E. Washington St., Sequim||683-6511||L/D||Chinese|
|Cafe Garden||1506 E. First St., Port Angeles||457-4611||B/L/D||Seafood, Steak, Pasta|
|LD’s Woodfired Grill||929 W. Eighth St., Port Angeles||452-0400||D||Apple-smoked Cuisine|
|Lake Crescent Lodge||Off Hwy. 101, West of Port Angeles||928-3211||B/L/D||May – Oct only|
|Michael’s Seafood & Steakhouse||117-B E. First St., Port Angeles||417-6929||D||Steak, Seafood|
|Oak Table||292 W. Bell St., Sequim||683-2179||B/L||Homestyle|
|Old Mill Cafe||21 Carlsborg Road, Sequim||582-1583||B/L/D||Classic American|
|Sabai Thai||903 W. 8th St., Port Angeles||452-4505||D||Thai|
|Sergio’s Family Restaurant||271 S. 7th Ave., Sequim||582-1006||L/D||Mexican|
|Seven Cedars Casino||270756 Hwy. 101, Sequim||683-3332||B/L/D||Buffet, Daily Specials|
|Stymie’s Bar and Grill||1965 Woodcock Rd, Sequim||683-3332||D||Buffet, Daily Specials, Burgers|
Wineries and Wine Tastings
Washington State is wine country, home to ten recognized American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), including the Puget Sound Wine Region and its world-class Olympic Peninsula wineries. Enjoy wine-tasting on a self-guided tour of the artisan wineries dotting the countryside around Port Townsend, Sequim and Port Angeles.
Sequim area wineries
Port Angeles and Olympic Peninsula wineries
Olympic Peninsula Wineries
The beautiful town of Victoria, British Columbia is just across the Straits of Juan de Fuca from our Bed & Breakfast. Take a Day Trip to Victoria from Sea Cliff Gardens to experience another amazing slice of the Pacific Northwest. Attractions like Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and the Royal B.C. Museum are great reasons to spend some time on the southern coast of Vancouver Island.
Take A Ferry Ride
Heading across the water by Ferry offers a unique way to travel and authentic way to experience these beautiful port towns. A Ferry ride is also the easiest and most affordable way to get across the straits of Juan de Fuca. The MV Coho is the main choice for our guests at Sea Cliff Gardens. It departs daily from Port Angeles, about a 20 minute drive. It leaves after 8am most of the year and arrives back in Port Angeles later that afternoon or evening.
Seattle Ferry - Tacoma Narrows Bridge
Ferries to and from Seattle aren't necessarily day trip distance from our B&B like Victoria is, but they are another option to driving around the Tacoma Narrows bridge. If timed correctly, the ferry and the drive around Tacoma are approximately 2 hours from Seatac airport. During peak tourist season and long weekends there can be long ferry lines and the travel time from Seatac can actually end up being more like 2.5-3+ hrs. The ferry to/from Seattle is an alternative to allow someone else (the ferry captain) to do the driving for about 1 hour of the trip.
The ferry system also serves places like the San Juan Islands and the Coupeville / Port Townsend route is how you would get to the Olympic Peninsula from the San Juan Islands and requires an advance reservation. Other routes from Seattle are on a first come first serve basis.
View the Washington State Ferry Schedules for departure times and other information.
Olympic Discovery Trail
Experience Natural Beauty in the Pacific Northwest
The Olympic Discovery Trail is an incredible trail that runs around 130 miles, from Port Townsend all the way to the Pacific coastline in La Push. This trail parallels the very scenic Highway 101 once it starts to curve out to the East in Northwest Washington. Much of the trail is paved, however there are some sections of dirt in more remote areas.
Hiking or Cycling the Olympic Discovery Trail yields countless rewards. The diversity of the trail shows off many of the characteristics that give the Pacific Northwest it's beauty, like vast ocean views, snow-capped mountains, rushing rivers, and more.
Sea Cliff Gardens is less than a mile away from the section of the trail named Wild Currant Wy to Sequim Avenue. Cycle 13 to 14 miles East from our Bed & Breakfast to experience the outstanding views at Sequim Bay. Head out West for about 15 miles for an amazing ride overlooking the Straits of Juan de Fuca on the way to Port Angeles.
Save On Bike Rentals at Sea Cliff Gardens
Sea Cliff Gardens has partnered with Ben's Bikes to offer guest's a deal on quality bike rentals!
Our guests will receive $15 off rental bicycles with any 2 night stay booked direct on our website.
Ben's Bikes comfort bikes rent for $40 per day ($65 for 2 days) and e-bikes are $100 per day. Please call us directly at (360) 452-2322 for additional package details and availability.
Check out these websites and resources for more help planning your cycling adventure on the Olympic Discovery Trail: