News Shhhhh, the world’s most quiet destination Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is one of the quietest places on Earth. You may have to go a little farther than you thought to find quite in today’s world. A tiny plot of land there on the Olympic Peninsula – a five hour drive from Seattle and two-hour hike is what one expert says is the single […]
News Happy Birthday Sol Duc Hot Springs – 100 Years This May On the Olympic Peninsula, the Sol Duc Hot Springs in the Olympic National Park celebrates its 100th year of operation.   The resort about 40 miles west of Port Angeles, will commemorate the milestone with promotions and a special event planned at the hot springs May 5-6. The event will be hosted by Sol Duc […]
Belfair “The Taste of Hood Canal” Joins Seafair Congratulations to the Belfair “Taste of the Hood Canal” who is now a Seattle Seafair Community Event. The North Mason Rotary who sponsors this Hood Canal summer celebration to support the community was notified today this free annual event held on August 11 is now part of Seafair. For those outside the Puget Sound, Seafair is Seattle’s […]
News The Garner Report Q4 on Washington real estate Matthew Gardner has released The Gardner Report Q4 on his performance evaluations of Washington real  estate.  This quarterly report is exclusive to Windermere Real Estate but is made available here at no cost.   His conclusion to our Q4 market is: As has been the case for all of 2011, an increase in sales of […]
News Black Ball Ferry Survives “It will be business as usual” says the new executives at Black Ball Ferry Line who acquired the link between Victoria BC, Canada and the Olympic Peninsula.  The 52-year-old company, which operates the MV Coho between Victoria and Port Angeles, has been purchased from the Oregon State University Foundation by the company’s executive management team. […]
News Q3 Gardner Report is out For those of us who watch the Northwest economy and how it affects Washington real estate, Mr. Matthew Gardner and Windermere Real Estate has released “The Gardner Report” for Q3. Mr. Gardner is a land use economist and principal with Gardner Economics and is considered by many to be one of the foremost real estate […]
Camping Olympic National Forest to grow? SHELTON — U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., are floating a proposal to add roughly 130,000 acres to wilderness areas to the Olympic National Forest.  Their staffs were in Shelton Friday for public feedback before drafting a bill to accomplish that goal. The plan would take existing federal forest land surrounding the Olympic […]
Belfair Two Belfair campgrounds reopened The Department of Natural Resources announced on December 1, it will reopen two campgrounds west of Belfair in Tahuya State Forest — Camp Spilman and Kammenga. Budget cuts closed the campgrounds two years ago but received grant funding from the Non-highway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program.  The new funding will help pay for enforcement, maintenance […]
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News Olympic Rainshadow – November 16-17 Storm – 2011 The Olympic Peninsula Rain Shadow did it again! A fall storm, not unlike any other on the Olympic Peninsula, hit us November 16 and 17.  It poured in Seattle, caused power outages in Tacoma but less than 50 miles as the crow flies on Discovery Bay in Sequim, the day was clear. Again, we experienced […]
Fishing Hood Canal Chum salmon are right on time At the Big Bend on Hood Canal near Shelton, snaggle-nosed chum salmon take over the fishing spotlight about this time each year.  Between the Coho and winter steelhead runs, I can report the Chum have arrived right on time. State Fish and Wildlife Department checked at the Hoodsport Hatchery on Hood Canal one day last […]
Hood Canal Seven honored by Hood Canal The Hood Canal Coordinating Council announced that on Friday, November 4th, seven award-winners will be honored for their help to protect and restore Hood Canal. These seven people “embody the spirit of fostering cooperation, collaboration and lasting relationships to achieve a healthy Hood Canal,” said Robin Lawlis of the coordinating council. The seven will be […]
Hood Canal Remembering Albert Rosellini Ex-Governor Rosellini The former governor of the State of Washington and friend of the Olympic Peninsula has died at his home at 101. Rosellini was chairman of the Toll Bridge Authority in the 1950s and as governor was a proponent of a floating bridge across the saltwater Hood Canal.  This bridge was perhaps the single […]