HOW WE DID IT
Where: Kalaloch Lodge, Kalaloch, WA
When: All the time! This is one of our ultimate favorite places to go…
Cost Breakdown: $125 Email deal for 2 nights + $100 for gas (lots of gas needed for our exploring, but you don’t have to!) + $75 for food & souvenirs = $300 (plus tax) for 3 days & 2 nights for a family of 4-6.
Tricks: You absolutely must sign up for emails with the National Park Lodges or specific lodges you want to stay at. This assures that you will receive specials and deals before anyone else. The usual cost at Kalaloch Lodge can get spendy, especially if you want to stay in a bluff cabin off the cliff (which I *do* recommend). We spent $62.50 per night using an email deal. You can also find great deals if you keep an eye on Livingsocial and Groupon. You know my usual philosophy on gas. Use Safeway or Fred Meyer gas rewards to get the most out of your money. Now, here’s my super secret way to save on food. At Kalaloch, you’re staying in a cabin with a mini fridge. Make sure you call ahead and find out if they have microwaves. If they do not, bring yours. Not joking here. I do this all the time. When you’re planning your meals for the trip, remember that fresh is always best. We bring fresh salad makings, fruit and veggies. Along with that, we bring sandwich stuff, peanut butter and jelly, pre-made soup (or canned) to warm up in the microwave and frozen dinners. Sometimes I bring pre-made pancakes that can be warmed up in the morning. These are all easy to pack in a cooler and can be transferred into the cabin’s mini fridge on arrival.
Also, the further away from the cliff you get the cheaper the rooms. The Seacrest rooms are located in a building set up like a regular rustic hotel. No internet, barely any cell service, no TV’s… There are pros to this, so don’t write this option off. We’ve take our family and stayed in the Seacrest rooms before and it was great. We prepared by bringing a laptop with DVD’s for the kids (think snuggly “movie night”) and board games. During the day, we hiked and spent time on the beach and explored. So the room wasn’t expected to be anything but a check-in location and for sleep. The room there was also very large, so there was plenty of space for the kids to make a fort with the blankets and couch cushions.
You can stay in the lodge itself, but the rooms are not very big. Although that may be cool if you’re going as a couple, with no kidlets.
Lastly are the cabins. Which we love. There are duplex style cabins and singles. Both are great. All are rustic.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE
*Explore the Kalaloch Beach
*Visit the Hoh Rain Forest (we always see Roosevelt Elk here!)
*Go see Ruby Beach (so gorgeous!)
*And Rialto Beach
*Check out Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge
*Eat at the lodge’s restaurant (super views)