Monday, April 2, 2012

Day Trip: Northern Olympic Peninsula

On Saturday Don and I did a long day trip around the north end of the Olympic Peninsula before he headed back on the road again for work. From downtown we took the Bainbridge Ferry and headed to Port Gamble to start the day with brunch at the Port Gamble General Store & Cafe.

Crab Benedict

The highly sought after scones with country gravy

Yeah, we get dessert even at breakfast. What's it to ya? Salted peanut butter and chocolate torte!

Next stop, northwest to Sequim.

We walked the Dungeness Spit and wildlife refuge, one of the world's longest spits. It is so long in fact that I couldn't fit the whole thing into a shot... it keeps going quite a ways to the right of this photo.

We took breaks from walking and watched the waves from ginormous logs and even spotted a few seals. No matter how many of those guys I see popping their heads out of the water I think I will always find it just as exciting (and adorable) as the first time.

Just north of town we found Sunny Farms Country Store. It was filled with all sorts of local products. Baked goods, bulk items, produce and snacks. It was like a massive indoor farmers market and their prices were really great. This is the perfect place to grab supplies for a picnic on the spit. Their cookies were amazing by the way... definitely go to the back and grab a few of those.

Our last stop of the day was Port Townsend. We walked along the water, wandered streets lined with beautiful old Victorian houses and ended our visit at the Fountain Cafe in historic downtown. This restaurant was such a great find. The inside was intimate, the service was warm and attentive and the food was out of this world! They source all possible ingredients locally from surrounding farms and it really stands out in the freshness of the food. Unfortunately it was pretty dark so these photos really don't do the food justice.

I ordered the wild mushroom risotto

Don got the chipotle shrimp pasta (I stole way more than my fair share of bites). It had a lime based cream sauce... pretty unique flavors.

We shared the gingerbread on vanilla custard with fresh whipped cream.

From Port Townsend we headed back to the Bainbridge Ferry and we were home by 10:30. Considering the fact that we dawdled at every chance possible explored three towns I was surprised all of this was so do-able in one day. The longest stretch was the last one with Port Townsend to Seattle being about 1 hour and 55 min with the ferry. Not bad. I want to get back up to Sequim on a day with really low tide levels and do some creature finding.

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