Quinault Lake Lodge, Quinault, WASHINGTON (3 days/2 nights/Family of 4)- $368

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Quinault Lake Lodge

One of the most beautiful, peaceful and wet locations in Washington state is right here in Quinault.  Quinault is located on the south side of the Olympic Mountains, close to the mountains, the rain forests and even the ocean.  My husband and I came to the Lake Quinault Lodge for our honey moon and a few years later brought our little ones to enjoy the beauty.  Recently, I went with two of my girlfriends and we explored the forests looking for the Worlds Largest Spruce Tree and Bigfoot.  Trips like this don’t have to be expensive.  This is how we did it on a budget!

Where: Lake Quinualt Lodge, Quinault, WA

When: Fall and Winter months

Cost Breakdown: $79/night deal (Check here for current deals!) x2 + $60 for gas + $150 for food = $368 (plus tax) for 3 days, 2 nights for a family of four (or a group of 3 girls!)

Tricks and Tips: To get these awesome deals for the lodge, you should enter in your email here to get those email deals (look at the very top).  Aramark (company that owns some lodges and resorts on the Olympic Mountains) sends out exclusive deals to email subscribers.  This is how we got this super cheap deal to stay for under $100 at the lodge.  In the summer, the average cost of one night is over $200!  For gas, my usual go to is the Safeway gas rewards and the Fred Meyers gas rewards.  You can earn up to $1 off per gallon.  Thats a great savings! Food is dependent on what your family (or gal pals) like to eat and where you shop.  As a rule, I always plan on eating two meals a day that we brought, rather than eating out at the restaurant.  This ensures that we keep our costs low.  My girlfriends and I brought bagels, sandwich meat and snacks.  Bagels were good for breakfast AND for sandwiches later.  If you do decide to eat at the lodge’s restaurant, know that the prices can be a little high.  The french toast for breakfast is amazing, though!

Also, know before you go that there is hardly any cell service.  There was wi-fi but it was very weak and not worth the trouble.

Tips for each type of room:

Main Lodge– No TV’s or telephones.  A bit outdated, but great if you want to stay in the lodge where Roosevelt had lunch in 1937.  Historic and quaint!  My husband and I stayed in a room and found it to be a bit noisy.  You could hear people walking the halls and the walls seemed a bit thin.

Fireplace Rooms– Per their website, they have TV’s and mini fridges in these rooms.  No telephone.  We have never stayed in one of these rooms, but they look awesome!

Lakeside Rooms– This is where our family usually stays.  This is great for families, as they’re bigger, have a TV and mini fridge.  They are also more updated than the Main Lodge.  This is where the girls and I stayed as well.  Some of the rooms have great views of the lake.

Boathouse–  This is pet friendly! This is another family friendly room also and has a great view of the lake.  There is a wrap around porch which is perfect for relaxing and reading a book.  I have never stayed in the Boathouse, but my mother and her three dogs did.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET THERE

  • Swim in their indoor pool and hang out in the sauna!
  • Look for Roosevelts signature in the lodge’s guest book.
  • Take a Lake Tour.
  • Sign up for a Rain Forest Tour.
  • Look for Mossquatch. (We found him!)
  • Take the mini hike to the Worlds Largest Spruce Tree.
  • Find the Worlds Largest Cedar Tree.
  • Kayak or row on Lake Quinault.
  • Sit by the huge fireplace in the main lodge and enjoy a glass of wine while playing chess.
  • Play frisbee on the large grassy lawn.
  • Read a book in the gazebo by the lake.
  • Choose a trail on the Lake Quinault grounds and explore!

Hiking Trail  Largest Spruce

Kalaloch, WASHINGTON (3 Days/2 Nights/ Family of 4) $300

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Olympic Mountain Weekend 2010

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.

And don’t forget you can camp at Kalaloch!  That’s the cheapest, by far. Click here to see a map of their property.  This will help you decide where to stay.

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)

*Watch the sunset (and the sunrise)
Olympic Mountain Weekend 2010