It’s summertime in the Olympic Peninsula! Sweet-smelling lavender kisses the hillsides, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream drips down our wrists, and we toss what’s left of the unexpired sunscreen into our bags as we head out to tromp through the best of Hood Canal’s favorite places like Skokomish Park Lake Cushman to cool off when the temperature starts to rise! Then when we are getting hungry, we head to the closest restaurant to enjoy a Delicious Dinner at many places along the Hood Canal.

It’s undeniable that cascading waterfalls tucked into hidden nooks are simply and quintessentially Hood Canal. Though winter and early spring are optimal for peeping these rushing beauties, there’s still plenty to see in the summertime.

As the rain falls, it keeps our hillsides the vibrant green that makes the Olympic Peninsula feel like home. This also means the waters rise, and the cascades fill in. So check the forecast, grab your best adventure buddies, and get to some of the most beautiful gems that Hood Canal has to offer like visiting Staircase Trail in the Olympic National Park.

Situated just north of Brinnon, Rocky Brook Falls remains one of the best easy-to-reach waterfalls on the Olympic Peninsula. After a 1986 micro hydro project was installed at the top of the falls, locals feared that the falls would run dry. Thanks to operators of the facility, the beautiful 229’ tall falls run year-round.


Summertime is about taking it slow and enjoying the moment.

In the Pacific Northwest, this is especially true. During the nine months of the year that don’t make up the summer season, locals pine for the sunny days when they can slip on their flip flops and return to the beach sans raincoat. But blue skies and sunscreen aren’t the only things that characterize this special time of year. The food and drinks of the season are, for many, just as important as the long, warm days.

Hood Canal is an oasis for all things summer.

With miles upon miles of beaches, myriad options for outdoor adventures — both on the water and in the woods — and an over-the-top selection of fresh seafood, handmade wines and craft spirits to enjoy, locals and visitors alike can drink in the season in more ways than one.

Around the world, Hood Canal is synonymous with delicious-tasting seafood. From the rare, yet delicious, spot shrimp to the incredibly huge geoducks and the succulent oysters of Hama Hama, millions of pounds of seafood has been shipped out of the region, showcasing the incredible variety of locals foods we eat. As a staple of the diet for thousands of years, the foods around Hood Canal are timelessly tasty. Salmon fishing on Hood Canal is underrated and thanks to the work of local fisheries, the numbers are steadily increasing.

Whatever type of day trip or weekend getaway you seek this year, frame your adventure around Rest A While as a base of operations.  Experience Nature both on the water and in the woods that is so abundant along the Hood Canal.



What’s Offered in the GATEWAY to the OLYMPIC PENINSULA are the many Beautiful Surrounding areas in Washington State…

  • Hoodsport and Union
  • Lake Cushman
  • Belfair and Allyn
  • Shelton, Olympia and Tacoma
  • Hamma Hamma, Brinnon and Quilcene
  • Bellingham and Silverdale
  • Port Townsend and Fort Worden Beach
  • Port Hadlock
  • Sequim Lavender Festival
  • Whidbey Island
  • Port Orchard
  • Olympic National Forest
  • Sol Duc Hot Springs
  • Hurricane Ridge
  • Forks and La Push
  • Quinault Rainforest
  • Ocean Shores, Westport and Long Beach
  • Seattle and Space Needle
  • Pike’s Place Market
  • Point Defiance Park, Zoo & Aquarium
  • Bellevue, Kirkland and Lake Washington
  • Woodinville Wine Country
  • Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  • Gig Harbor and Edmonds
  • Mt Rainier National Forest
  • Leavenworth and Snoqualmie Pass
  • San Juan Islands
  • Victoria BC and Vancouver
  • Portland, Columbia River and Oregon Coast
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