To build upon our gradual, mindful return to favorite locales around the PNW, we recently spent a night at Alderbrook Resort on the edge of Hood Canal. We were extremely impressed by the cautious protocols currently in place at this welcoming lodge.
(*You can read our thoughts on responsible COVID-era local travel in this September piece about San Juan Island.)
Alderbrook has long been a preferred Northwest destination, thanks to its proximity to Seattle (less than two hours away) and its serene, laid-back vibe. Whether you stay in a lodge room or private cottage, these cozy-chic accommodations feature highlights like Hood Canal views, luxurious linens, oversized bathrobes with slippers, Keurig machines and pet friendly-options, too.
On-site amenities range from a covered pool (currently running at modified capacity) and an abundance of water activity rentals, to enticing fire pits and beautiful hiking trails (designed for any skill level), located in the forest directly behind the lodge.
Among a long list of reassuring practices, the resort currently conducts daily health screenings for all its staff members (including temperature and symptom checks). Employees and guests are also required to wear masks in all public spaces, even while walking on outdoor pathways and the picturesque dock.
The check-in has an adjusted, safe feel to it, and increased cleaning protocols are being used in guest rooms and cottages. Lastly, the restaurant and lounge are running at limited capacity, a duct-mounted auto-cleaning needlepoint bipolar ionization system is being used indoors, and everyone seemed to be very mindful of wearing masks, except when eating and drinking during meals.
At the on-site restaurant, start the day off right with steel oats, eggs Benedict or a Northwest omelette featuring Dungeness crab. At dinnertime, dive into standout dishes including the Alaskan halibut or salmon entree with corn butter, fava beans, baby squash, kale chip and dill-roasted fingerling potatoes. (If planning a holiday getaway, why not check out their Thanksgiving feast options too!)
During your visit, be sure to also visit Union City Market, located two miles down the road. This historic marina has evolved into a charming community space, open year-round for local snacks, art and specialty grocery items to take away as well.
If your timing aligns with Hook & Fork’s seasonal hours, savor a beachside happy hour or weekend brunch under the twinkle lights. Think fresh oysters, clams and fish tacos, among other local delicacies, enjoyed in the most relaxed and friendly outdoor space.
Although we’ve been missing travels to far-flung lands, we have to say we’re feeling endlessly grateful for all the beauty and wonder found right here in our Northwest backyard.