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Enjoy the Olympic Peninsula from the comfort of Lake Quinault Lodge

Nestled between the shores of Lake Quinault and the sprawling Olympic Peninsula rainforest, Lake Quinault Lodge offers visitors a peaceful, historic, and convenient place to enjoy the lush beauty of the region.

"You don’t realize how loud places are until you go somewhere quiet. Out here, it’s quiet," says Kimberly Booth, Front Desk Supervisor.

If you’re not the camping type or want to visit the Peninsula in our plentiful colder months, Lake Quinault Lodge is a perfect place for your visit. At the Lodge, you’re just steps away from Lake Quinault and rainforest paths, and a drive away from a variety of hikes, the coast, the largest Sitka spruce in the world, and endless exploration.

While you're there, be sure to check out the abundance of settler history displayed throughout the property. Check out the wall of photos that chronicle the astoundingly short time it took construction workers to build the current building in 1926 - just 53 short days! And make sure you sneak a peek at the alcove where President Roosevelt ate lunch in 1937, when he stopped on a tour to decide if the Olympic Peninsula should be home to a national park; and examine the plethora of historic photographs that line the hallways.

The Lodge features a variety of accommodation options. The lakeside rooms are a bit larger and are great for family stays, the fireside rooms provide a more intimate setting, the boathouse is pet-friendly, and the main Lodge takes you back in time with historic rooms (though not too historic - every room has a private bathroom). Not sure which room is best for you? The helpful staff will guide you to the best room for your trip, as well as provide you with suggestions and advice for making the most of your stay.

Customer service is key at Lake Quinault Lodge. Booth notes that, for visitors, "We want their stay to be spectacular, and we want them to come back."

After you settle in, simply choose your own adventure. Sit by the enormous fire in the main room, skip rocks down at the lake, meander through the rain forest, take a dip in the pool, or sign up for a driving tour of the peninsula — there’s something here for everyone, and everything is right at your fingertips.

As one of only four lodges in the Olympic National Park and Forest, Lake Quinault Lodge is a prime spot for all kinds of adventurers. Whether you hope to put some miles on your hiking boots or observe the park from a car ride, Lake Quinault Lodge offers the perfect location for comfortable and convenient accommodations on the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula.

What to know:

● The Lodge is in a remote location, which means food options are limited. Located in the Lodge, the Roosevelt Dining Room offers views of the lake and an upscale menu. Check-in with staff for other nearby food options, or use the refrigerator in your hotel room and bring your own food and snacks.

● The remote location also means remote wi-fi access. The Lodge offers limited free wi-fi access, and guests can purchase additional wi-fi access through the lodge.

● In the summer, guests can rent boats to take out on the lake or sign up for a boat tour of the lake.

● Sign up for the mailing list to learn about seasonal deals and specials.

● Surrounded by National Park, National Forest, and the Quinault Reservation, Lake Quinault is located within the Quinault Indian Nation.

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