Hotel at a Glance: Robin Hood Village Resort
Built nearly eight decades ago, Robin Hood Village Resort was the brainchild of Don Beckman, who designed the sets for the 1938 Hollywood classic The Adventures of Robin Hood. It's no surprise, then, that the resort looks like something from the pages of a storybook, with quaint cottages surrounded by towering evergreens. Olympic National Park is just a scenic drive away.
- Farm-to-table fare: served at Robin Hood Restaurant & Pub; fill up on grass-fed beef, Rocky Mountain elk sirloin, and Hood Canal clam chowder
- Live Music Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday: in the union
- Private outdoor hot tubs: at the cottages, which also feature barbecue grills and kitchens or kitchenettes
- Tell ghost stories: around a campfire on the shores of Hood Canal or alongside the creek
Union, WA: Sea Kayaking and Oyster Fishing on Puget Sound
Forbes ranks the small town of Union among the prettiest towns in America, and it's not hard to see why. Union occupies a postcard-worthy spot on the Olympic Peninsula, with Hood Canal and Puget Sound to the northeast. To the northwest, a long stretch of evergreen-covered hills gives way to the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park.
It's a landscape most visitors will want to explore, whether by hiking wooded trails, taking a sea kayak trip on Hood Canal, or fishing for crab and oyster in Puget Sound. In the winter, snow blankets the hillsides and tourists come to watch herons perched on the docks in town.
The heart of town has a quiet, homey vibe that reflects its humble roots as a logging village and artist colony. The streets are lined with galleries and mom-and-pop restaurants; you can snag fresh produce from local farmers at one of the roadside markets.