Lobby of Lake Quinault Lodge. Credit: Shilad Sen/Flickr CC
2. Lake Quinault Lodge
The gorgeous craftsman-style Lake Quinault Lodge, built in 1926, is steeped in history. Main lodge rooms, some with fantastic lake views, have period charms such as antique furnishings and claw-foot tubs. You’ll find some spacious suites suitable for families in the more modern detached buildings. There’s nothing particularly posh about the place, but kids won’t care; they’ll be too busy hiking in the surrounding rain forest or paddling a canoe on the lake. After dinner in the lodge restaurant, warm up with hot chocolate and play a game of Scrabble by the enormous crackling fireplace in the front lobby. There's also a swimming pool.
This spot makes a great home base for exploring a portion of the vast Olympic National Park.
Details: 345 S. Shore Rd., Quinault, Olympic Peninsula; 888-896-3818
Next stop: Kalaloch Lodge
Image credit: Shilad Sen/Flickr CC