Olympic Peninsula Weekend Adventure with Visit Port Angeles – September 29 – October 2nd, 2022

Join Women Who Explore and Visit Port Angeles for a long weekend exploring this special place in Washington! This quaint and enchanting seaside city is located on the breathtaking Olympic Peninsula. During this 4 day/3 night adventure, you’ll spend time exploring the idyllic downtown wandering through charming local shops, glide along the Olympic Discovery Trail on e-bike ride, relax with a tranquil outdoor yoga class, set sail for a whale watching experience, and enjoy  evening sunsets with breathtaking views!  

Day 1: Welcome to Port Angeles!

Arrive in Port Angeles, Washington and make your way to our accommodations located within walking distance of coffee, restaurants and shops. Check in is at 5:30 p.m. You can travel to Port Angeles by ferry, car, bus or flight. 

If you are flying in, the nearest airports in Canada are:
- Victoria Inner Harbour Apt (YWH) Airport - (21.4 miles to Port Angeles via ferry).
- Victoria (YYJ) (36.3 miles to Port Angeles via ferry) 

And the nearest airports in Washington are:
- Friday Harbor (FRD) (33.9 miles to Port Angeles via ferry) 
- Everett (PAE) (55.1 miles to Port Angeles)
- Bellingham (BLI) (62.7 miles to Port Angeles)
- Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) (126 miles to Port Angeles) 

If you are traveling by ferry to Port Angeles, they are available from Seattle, WA area and Victoria, BC Canada. 

Once you arrive, settle into your room and unwind. Tonight we will enjoy hors d'oeuvres while getting to know each other, we suggest having dinner beforehand if you’d like. Our trips hosts will chat about the adventures ahead this weekend. We are excited to share this special place with you!

Day 2: Let’s Go E-Biking!

Today we’ll wake up and enjoy a light breakfast at home. We'll have time this morning to explore the downtown area of Port Angeles, a bewitching seaside-meets-mountain town in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. The town is loaded with cozy coffeehouses, whimsical bookshops, and eclectic galleries and shops. We will take our first look around town, grab a fresh coffee or juice along with a bakery treat and peek around some of the local shops.

In the early afternoon, we will head out for a day of E-Biking with Discover E-Bikes. Electric bikes offer extended range and ease of use. We will meet with a local biking guide, who will show us some scenic paths nearby. This exciting biking tour will finish around approximately 4:00 p.m. 

We will return to town to enjoy a delicious Pacific Northwest sea-to-fork dinner, curated at a local restaurant around 7:30 p.m. Afterwards enjoy the rest of the evening unwinding at our accommodations or head out on the town for a night cap.

Day 3: Yoga, Whale Watching, & Sunset Hike

Begin your day with a nourishing and delicious breakfast, prepared for you by your loving hosts. Afterwards, start your day off by indulging in a relaxing and meditative outdoor morning yoga session with a local female instructor from Poser Yoga beginning at 9:00 am.

A little after 10:00 a.m., we will head as a group over to the Port Angeles Wharf, located downtown, to embark on a Puget Sound Express whale watching adventure! With a little Salish Sea magic, we’ll catch a glimpse of a majestic humpback and/or orca during our excursion. This time of year is the best for spotting both of these incredible creatures along with chances to catch glimpses of other wildlife. Our tour will be guided by Puget Sound Express, a local organization committed to habitat restoration efforts and wildlife advocacy in the area! 

After a day of admiring the wildlife and scenery of the Puget Sound, we will head on a nearby hike to catch sunset with sweeping vistas of subalpine meadows, the strikingly vast Olympic Mountains, and salt water flickering off the Straight of Juan De Fuca. 

Day 4: Goodbye Port Angeles, Until We Meet Again!
 
Wake up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee and enjoy breakfast before we say our good-byes and head our separate ways. Check-out is 10 a.m.

We encourage you to spend the rest of your day exploring the area with a hike, visit one of the beautiful beaches on the Olympic peninsula or head out and explore more of Port Angeles. For those who want to spend the day exploring, our trip hosts will have a few recommendations for hikes or places on the peninsula you may want check out on your way back home.
Inclusions:
- 4 Days/3 nights in a beautiful 100 year old fully renovated home in the middle of Port Angeles close to restaurants, coffee, and shopping. Accommodation options include double occupancy with queen or twin beds, single occupancy and the option share a bed with your bestie at a discounted rate! See below for details.
- Guided e-bike ride with Discover E-Bike along the Port Angeles Waterfront Trail, part of Olympic Discovery Trail. Bike rental and helmet provided.
- Guided whale watching tour and sightseeing tour with Puget Sound Express (3-4 hour tour)
- Guided private yoga session outdoors with Poser Yoga, yoga mats provided. (location weather dependent)
- All guides and entry fees for guided tours
- Group dinner at a local favorite, Sapor restaurant
- Beach sunsets, mountain views and maybe even some wildlife encounters!
- All meals provided and dinners prepared for you; Thursday evening through Sunday morning
- Fresh brewed coffee and hot tea
- Incredible photographer capturing all the fun!
- Swag bags from our friends at Visit Port Angeles!

Exclusions:
- Transportation to and from Port Angeles, WA
- Alcoholic beverages, energy drinks, specialty beverages or foods
- Guide Tips
- Medical/Travel Insurance (all travelers must have insurance to cover medical expenses in the destination of the trip and provide a certificate of insurance; required for all international travel)

Meals:
All meals will be provided as noted in the itinerary. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation:
This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive an trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let Lindsey know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: 
$1,195 to $1,495 per person for double or single occupancy. Prices vary based on type of accommodation selected  at booking. Room options include twin bunk beds, shared room with two queen beds, private queen room or share a queen room and bed with your bestie and save $$ (must book together)! Payment plans available at checkout.

Cancellation Policy & Covid-19 Travel Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.


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