Hotel at a Glance: Lost Mountain Lodge
Situated on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, this four-star lodge is surrounded by incredible scenery—to the south sits Olympic National Park, to the north is Dungeness Bay, and farther north of that lie the San Juan Islands.
- Farm-to-table breakfast: Each morning, chefs use fresh, organic produce from local farms to make seasonal entrees such as Grand Marnier French toast and orange-blossom waffles with peaches.
- Other breakfast items include house-made scones, muffins, Tillamook yogurt, whole-grain cereals, and gourmet coffees, lattes, and cappuccinos.
- Spot local wildlife in the hotel’s gardens and ponds—the property is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat.
- In-room amenities: Guest suites feature fireplaces, microfiber robes and slippers, and flat-screen TVs.
Sequim, Washington: Gateway to Olympic National Park
An outdoorsy town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, Sequim is a popular base for visitors exploring the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. For a glimpse of local fauna, head to Dungeness Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary, breeding ground, and important pit stop along the migration route for waterfowl and shorebirds. Here, a scenic 10-mile round-trip hike takes you through the delicate tide-pool ecosystem to the New Dungeness Lighthouse and back.
About 15 miles west of Sequim is the entrance to Olympic National Park, which is often considered “three parks in one” because it features a temperate rainforest, inland mountains, and coastal beaches. Venture through the old-growth trees, mosses, and ferns of the Hoh Rainforest, or head to Kalaloch’s Beach 4 to spot anemones and starfish in the coastal tide pools. In the winter, the Hurricane Ridge mountain area is the spot to go for tubing, downhill and cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.