Nestled on the edge of wilderness and reality sits an escape from work, computers, news, traffic, knots in my stomach… the list goes on. I just got back from my first proper vacation with my husband in four, count ’em, FOUR years! Life – that sneaky, selfish thief – has a way of robbing us of quality time with our loved ones. This time, we got the upper hand on that old miser Life with the help of a stunning and serene “home away from home” at the Log Cabin Resort perched along Lake Crescent on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I gazed at the view from our campsite at the resort. Look at that! Clear, blue-green water. Mountains. The city? Where is that again? Lake Crescent is essentially a deep valley between a ridge of mountains that filled up with water. The lake sits within Olympic National Park, so there are tons of places to explore in the area while you’re here.
Of course, if you feel more like being an away-from-homebody, there’s really no need to leave at all. Here’s what the Log Cabin Resort has to offer:
1. Accommodations to fit any lifestyle. If your style of camping is setting up a tent or an RV, there are designated lots with picnic tables and fire pits on-site. Prefer to travel a bit lighter? The resort offers a variety of cabin-style accommodations including Lakeside Chalets with beds/bathroom/mini-kitchen, Lodge Rooms, Camper Cabins, and Rustic Cabins. Pro Tip: Book early! We booked about a month out and got the very last tent spots. All of the cabins were gone!
2. General Store. Aside from the typical souvenirs, essentials and “oops, I forgot the s’mores stuff” odds and ends, you can also stock up on quality mix-and-match craft beer at the general store in the main lodge. I spotted Hales, Pyramid, Fremont and many others. After working up a sweat setting up your site, cool down with soft serve ice cream sundays (with honey lavender topping!) from the counter. And in true PNW fashion, you can get a latte or cappuccino made to order any time of day. OK, so we’re not exactly “roughing” it here, but I’m a city gal and I have needs, darn it!
3. Restaurant and Lounge. The lodge restaurant offers a full and generous buffet-style breakfast in the morning, as well as lunch and dinner off the menu. The breakfast turned out to be a godsend when we got drenched twice and didn’t want to eat at our site in the rain. Breakfast costs about $12 and we thought it was worth the price. Lunch and dinners were more expensive, so we stuck to hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill. Next to the restaurant is the lounge area with WI-FI! Sweet, sweet 4G. There are also a stack of board games for those rainy days. You’re looking at a 2-time Scrabble champ right here!
4. Water Activities. Take full advantage of the lake on those sunny days. The resort rents paddle boats, paddle boards, kayaks and canoes by the hour. It was $20 for an hour, $30 for two hours, and a little more for full day rentals.
5. Common Bathrooms. The bathroom facilities are nothing special. About what you’d find at a typical campground. There’s a coin operated shower. 25 cents for a few minutes. I had warm water for my shower. There was one sink in the ladies room and an electrical outlet – however I was “strongly urged” to leave my hair straightener home…
6. The Views. Unbeatable