Sometimes I find bliss in the most unexpected places. The Quileute Resort, in tiny La Push, is certainly one of those unexpected finds. My family stayed in one of the resort's beachfront cabins during our tour of Olympic National Park and fell in love with the simple but comfortable cabins which allowed the surrounding scenery to shine.
The afternoon we arrived, the summer fog was thick and though we couldn't see the ocean, we could hear the waves so we knew we were close to the water. Our cabin was a two bedroom building which featured a full kitchen, living room, and dining area. A wooden burning stove in the corner rounded out the cozy feel of the place. Though there was plenty of inside seating, I preferred sitting in the Adirondack chairs on the wooden porch and listening to the sound of the surf pounding the sand.
Upon waking the next morning, we discovered just how close the water actually was. Our previous view of fog, fog, and more fog was replaced by a perfect Pacific Northwest beach scene. The giant tree-topped rock known as James Island, dominated the view. It was as if it appeared out of thin air.
We decided to walk down to the short trail to the sand to do some beach combing before heading out to explore Olympic National Park for the day. There were several logs and pieces of driftwood dotting the sand but one massive driftwood spruce tree was hard to miss. It laid of the length of the sand and beckoned to be climbed on. My daughter and I walked on the trunk, climbing up higher as we reached the massive roots. The view from the root ball stretched on into the forest and I was quite surprised to see surfers out enjoying the water. I am sure they were in full wetsuits because that water is freezing!
There isn't much in the means of services in La Push. Located on the Quileute Reservation, this little village offers a diner (with amazing salmon hash), an espresso stand (as any Pacific Northwest outpost worth it's salt would), and little roadside spots to buy some of the freshest salmon imaginable. Luckily, in a place like La Push, these options are about all you could desire.
We plan on returning to La Push and spending more time at the Quileute Resort. There are motel rooms available as well as RV spots but the cabins are such a great value and ideal lodging situation for families, that I am certain we will rent one again. One fun option would be to return during storm season when then rates are heavily discounted and the weather coming in off the Pacific certainly puts on an incredible show.
Disclosure: A portion of my media rate was paid for by the Olympic Visitors Bureau so that I could complete this review. They did not request that I express any particular opinions and all of my reviews, as always, reflect my honest opinion of the location.