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Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.

The Olympic Culinary Loop joins regional hospitality owners, operators and stewards in agreeing that intentional, collaborative efforts need to be made in order to preserve the beauty and magic found all around the Olympic Peninsula.

Influenced by resources from the nonprofit Destination Stewardship Center

and fueled by education and insights gained at the recent Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit, the January 2019 Olympic Culinary Loop board of directors voted unanimously to adopt and encourage all members to consider the approved Geotourism Code of Good Practices

Olympic Culinary Loop members have as much personality behind their labels as they put into every one of their delicious products, says Steve Shively, Marketing and Membership Director for the Olympic Culinary Loop. "They choose to bring their talents to the Olympic Peninsula because of its exceptional natural beauty and resources. To maintain this place is a smart and sustainable business for all", states Shively. We hope that the OCL (Olympic Culinary Loop) endorsement of 'Geotourism (Code of) Good Practices' will help both members and visitors better understand the sustainability extra efforts everyone needs to make today in order to ensure an enjoyable tomorrow" 

Shively noted that on April 16, 2019 in Ocean Shores, Washington the Olympic Culinary Loop will host an informative "Lunch & Learn" business luncheon on the various Eco Hospitality Opportunities. Event details can be found at www.OlympicCulinaryLoop.com

 

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Serving up memorable CX at Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit - Lunch & Learn

Join Olympic Culinary Loop for a "Lunch & Learn" deep dive into an interactive session directed at providing hospitality pros - be you culinary, lodging, retail, tourism activities, or other - insightful take-aways to improve your whole organization's reputation through a customer experience that's as memorable as our Olympic Peninsula. This "Lunch & Learn" is a special part of the entire 2017 Olympic Peninsula Tourism Summit conference. "Raising the Tide - A Culture of Collaboration" Port Angeles, Washington, THURSDAY & FRIDAY - October 26 & 27, 2017 You are encouraged to sign-up and attend the entire Tourism Summit conference. Yet if you can only attend the "Lunch & Learn" know that your OCL membership is here to help! Deeply discounted, luncheon only, tickets are available on-line. Sign-up today!

#11 of a dozen reasons to join – or re-new – your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

powerpennies_handsWith annual Olympic Culinary Loop Membership & Map packages priced as low as $210. (That translates to only .0006685 cents per second for the FULL year!), you'll be selecting a marketing play worthy of the Super Bowl! Note: a single 30-second Super Bowl commercial spot goes for $4.5 million. That’s an average of $150,000 per second! Olympic Culinary Loop is a year-round recipe for success. Enter the Day 11 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.  

#10 of a dozen reasons to join – or re-new – your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

All year long there are plenty of Culinary Special Events and Festivals welcoming you on the LOOP!

CulinaryCalendarFrom U-Pick fruits and lavender in Sequim to Razor Clams in Ocean Shores, Hood Canal Spotted Shrimp in Brinnon, Dungeness Crab & Seafood in Port Angeles or Oysters in Shelton! There’s rarely a weekend that doesn’t have a delicious festival or special event ready for you to dig-in!

Our hungry "Taste Tourist" are invited to bring their appetite and enjoy!

Who does the Olympic Peninsula’s largest festival turn to for help in marketing their annual Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival?
Locally sourced, high quality food and beverages is one of the top attractions for tourists and festival attendees in today’sDUNGENESS-CRAB-FEST_001very competitive market. The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival is focused on our local seafood and agriculture, drawing visitors from throughout the world.. This is the purpose of the Olympic Culinary Loop and our participation in their programs brought great results, with record attendance and revenue.  Scott Nagel, Executive Director.
Add your Festival or Seasonal Culinary Special Event to the essential Olympic Peninsula Culinary Adventure Map Enter the Day 10 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.  

#9 of a dozen reasons to join – or re-new – your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

Packed full of appetizing itineraries and delicious destinations you won’t what to travel around the Olympic Peninsula on an empty stomach or without this culinary guide! go-see-do  “Go-Do-Dine-Stay” County-by-County sample (appetizer) itineraries ItinerariesIndustry Members are entered into a drawing for placement. Corporate Members are GUARANTEED featured Itinerary placement!Get your place on the map Today! Be part of every "Taste Travelers" next Olympic Culinary Loop trip. Enter the Day 9 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.  

#8 of a dozen reasons to join – or re-new – your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

OCL’s Professional Development Center (PDC) connects culinary professionals at every step along the ‘food-chain’ to quality lifelong learning experiences. Growing good business as we personally and professionally develop our craft! Kick-Start your training today! lunch-learn-OCL-logo Local eventsCertificate coursesUpcoming webinarsOnline coursesEndorsed educational opportunities, Risk Management,  Best-practice business resources, and more! Enter the Day 8 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.    

#7 of a dozen reasons to join – or re-new – your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

What do these three have in common?
  • A Sequim Valley grain farmer,
  • A Lilliwaup Oyster Smoker and,
  • A Hoodsport Distiller?
Pour a nice drink and read all about it! This is just one example of how the LOOP's periodic "Sip 'n Chew's" and "Lunch & Learns"  springboard into wonderful new collaborations - not to mention delicious add value product! [caption id="" align="alignright" width="330"] Mt. Townsend Creamery only makes three batches annually of this soft ripened cheese that is washed in Finnriver cider. Get it while you can![/caption] So as you try some: Finnriver Blueberry liqueur infused truffles from Elevated Candy Company, or some or limited edition, (only three batches annually), Mt. Townsend Creamery  soft ripened cheese that is washed in Finnriver cider! Sip, Slurp and consider what you're missing if you're not collaborating with these wonder Olympic Culinary Loop members on a regular basis! Enter the Day 7 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you’re already a ‘winner’ by joining the LOOP! (And you’re still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you’re among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We’ll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.      

#6 of a dozen reasons to join - or re-new - your Olympic Culinary Loop membership

#6 the Seattle Food & Wine Experience - the 8th Annual Grand Tasting SWFE_236x162Feb. 21, 2016 will celebrate a deluxe showcase for wine, beverage, food and lifestyle in the Northwest. Wines from the Northwest and beyond are featured along with local and regional beer, cider and spirits. Food is a major highlight and includes top culinary talent and tastemakers serving up their latest creations. Guests stroll through the event as they taste through diverse wines and learn first hand directly from the producers. Other features include artisan food purveyors, sensory experiences, educational elements and more. This popular sell-out weekend attracts over 3,750 enthusiasts including trade and media. Olympic Culinary Loop is so pleased to be honored as one of 7 regional culinary destinations across the state! Get onboard the LOOP and be part of what we'll be serving up to hungry "Taste Tourists!" Enter the Day 6 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.

#5 of a dozen great reasons to join, or re-join, the Olympic Culinary Loop

#5 NW Travel & Life March/April Issue!

NWTravel-overview  NWTravel-readership
  • NW Travel Magazine!
    • Having our map featured, as an insert in the March/April 2016 NW Travel Magazine, will instantly introduce the Olympic Culinary Loop to an audience of over 300,000 readers!
    • Editorial content for this issue will include feature articles on Argritourism and Olympic National Park. (Making the Culinary Adventure Map a Bulls Eye with the perfect reader!)
    • With NW Travel Mag. display ad rates starting at over $2,000, your business promoted through the Culinary Adventure Map just became the smartest business decision you’ll make all year!
Enter the Day 5 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.

#3 of a dozen great reasons to re-new or join the LOOP!

#3 Earned Media!

earnedgraphicsV4-10Ads of any kind, print, radio, digital, etc. are all expensive. e.g. a single 30-second Super Bowl commercial spot goes for $4.5 million. That's an average of $150,000 per second! With annual Olympic Culinary Loop Membership & Map packages priced as low as $210. (That translates to only .0006685 cents per second for the FULL year!)Earned -media-FB1-300x300 So EVEN with some 80 members united around the LOOP, the best ROI for our limited marketing dollars to through Earned Media. Unlike Paid or Owned Media, Earned leverages otherwise expensive column inches of print thanks to hosting travel writers. Earned converts dedicated "Taste Tourist" into powerful word-of-mouth media moguls through viral social media posts and related forms of advocacy on behalf of the Olympic Culinary Loop brand. Just like cooking a 4-star meal, or growing a banner crop; hard work and time are required in order to find valuable ROI through Earned Media. The good news is that since 2009, the Olympic Culinary Loop has placed our Olympic Peninsula on the map as the destination for quality Culinary Tourism. Get involved and see how far your .00006685 cents can take your business in the few seconds it'll take to sign up or renew on the LOOP! Enter the Day 3 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.  

A dozen great reasons to re-new or join the LOOP!

#12 The GRAND Prize(s)!

Grand Prize LogoTwo lucky winners will have a Christmas bonus in their stocking this season thanks to:     A) You Entering our 12-Days of Christmas Membership Contest, and B) Your good friends at the Olympic Culinary Loop! New Member Prize: An Extra Month Free! (Up to a $65 value!) Renewing Member Prize: A free membership upgrade! (Up to a $1,000 value!) Be sure you've increased your chances to win by entering each and everyone of the 12-days and you've shared with your social media friends!  Good Luck! The Fine Print:
  • Contest open to all
  • Grand Prizes are only awarded to registered and paid OCL members at the time of prize drawing, 12/24/2015.
  • Must be a monthly subscribing new member to receive the extra month membership free prize.
  • Renewing member prize winner will be upgraded, i.e. Industry from Associate or Corporate from Industry.  Grand Prize renewing member winner currently registered as Corporate Member will receive a 1/4 panel display ad in the 2016 edition of the Culinary Adventure Map ($1,000 value).
 

#1 - A dozen great reasons to re-new or join the LOOP!

#1 - Impressions!

Impressions Depositphotos_24055849_m Olympic Culinary Loop is all about helping amplify the good news of our bountiful and delicious Culinary: Ag, Aqua, Added-Value Producers & Hospitality partners all around the Olympic Peninsula. We blend print such as our wildly popular Culinary Adventure Map, social and digital media platforms, FAM (familiarization) media tours, a Culinary Calendar full of Festivals & Special Events, all into 1,000 & 1,000's of impressions for your industry, your region, your business! Enter the Day 1 drawing and you have the opportunity to win! Sign-up or renew your OCL membership today and you're already a 'winner' by joining the LOOP! (And you're still able to win our Grand Prize! Good Luck!) Sign-up at the Associate, Industry or Corporate package levels today, knowing that you're among the first in queue for listing in the BIGGER and BETTER than ever 2016 Culinary Adventure Map as you enjoy all the membership and current popularity of the digital Culinary Adventure Map, (PDF Map version formatted for instant home printing and downloaded daily, and the always up-to-date mobile app.) Three ways to join or renew:
  1. Mail in your membership. Sign-up today!
  2. Or join on-line today! (Save with a single payment today or subscribe to low-cost monthly installment payments.)
  3. Still have questions? Let us know. We'll quickly contact you and answer your questions.
(Festivals or Seasonal Culinary Special Events, details and Sign-up here) [easy-pricing-table id="2808"] New members will be asked to provide business directory listing information. Renewing members are encouraged to explore added exposure and marketing benefits from upgrading current membership level.