Officers’ Row rental accommodations at Fort Worden State Park
Fort Worden State Historic Park, Port Townsend
The lowdown: Designed originally as a military base, Fort Worden has evolved into a state park and learning center, featuring 73 historic buildings, museums, creative spaces, education programs and more. The on-site accommodations are not really cabins, but a wide range of individual accommodations, from former officer quarters to a historic castle. They’re particularly suited to families and groups. Fun fact: Fort Worden was used as the filming location for the 1982 movie “An Officer and a Gentleman” starring a young Richard Gere.
The stay: There are several accommodation options to choose from. The Cottage and Loft Collection and Courtside Collection offer a variety of cottages, lofts and even a tiny standalone castle, perfect for a kid-free getaway. Officers’ Row housing is made up of elegant four- and six-bedroom Victorian homes that are ideal for larger groups and family reunions.
The fun: Fort Worden State Park encompasses miles of forest trails and walkable saltwater beaches. It also features a marine science center and aquarium where kids can interact with many species of Salish Sea marine life. For fun, families can cycle or kayak, or play tennis, bocce, croquet or horseshoes; the kids will love playing hide-and-seek in the former military base’s turn-of-the-century bunkers. For more Port Townsend fun, read our insider’s guide to the best of Port Townsend with kids.
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Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for 2023.