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The Perfect Pairing - Drink in this Taste Tour of the LOOP

Wine, Cider & Chocolate Tour February 11th & 12th, 2017 // 11am - 5pm February 18th, 19th, & 20th 2017 // 11am - 5pm A scrumptious red wine perfectly paired with just the right chocolate can bring out the romantic in anyone. The Olympic Peninsula Wineries will take that perfect pairing to another level in 2017, bringing together new release varietals and blends created with premium Washington grapes and decadent chocolate delights that will make you a better wine lover!

Be sure you plan your Tour to visit:

Finnriver Farm & Cidery - Finnriver invites you to join us at the Cider Garden this Valentine’s to delight your senses with a tantalizing taste of our sumptuous special release brandy wines, including the limited edition and vibrantly pink Huckleberry Wine. Alpenfire Cider - Help guarantee a successful 2017 harvest at Alpenfire's Organic Late Winter Wassail. Toast our tree's with cider, visit the bonfire and sip hot Lamb's wool cider. Eaglemount Wine & Cider - is excited to partner once again with local Olympic Peninsula favorite Chocolate Serenade. They will pair their artisan wines, ciders, and fruit meads with Jim's delicious hand-dipped chocolates, truffles, and caramel sauce. Featured colorful ciders and wines will bring out your Valentine's spirit, including Raspberry Hopped Cider, Cranberry Mead, Rhubarb Cider, Cab Sauv Dessert Wine, and more! Wind Rose Cellars -  is proud to be hosting local Olympic Peninsula chocolatier Yvonne Yokoda from Yvonne's Chocolates. She'll be on hand both weekends to talk about her chocolates as well as offer tasty samples from the variety of chocolates she produces. We will be pouring some new wines: 2015 Pinot Grigio, 2014 Hunter's Red (Grenache & Cab) 2013 Bravo Rosso (Italian blend) , 2014 Field Blend (Cabernet Sauvignon) and our 2013 Primitivo. Olympic Cellars - will feature new releases of their dessert wines. Sailing Moon Ruby is made from a blend of Portuguese/Spanish grape varietals, including Tempranillo and Souzao. It’s rich and warming and pairs beautifully with cuddling by a fire and enjoying a piece of chocolate. Sailing Moon White is made from locally-grown Madeleine Angevine grapes and fortified with brandy distilled in Port Townsend. Camaraderie Cellars -  Celebrating history with our 25th year of making great wine in a beautiful spot! There will be tastes of older vintages, pulled from our cellar and the debut of our newest varietal, Dolcetto. Favorite savory chocolate tastes from the wood-fired oven and the Cocoa Spiced pulled pork, delicious bittersweet chocolate heart cookies, and some crunchy biscotti.

A plan to nibble of the LOOP in just one day

Often visitors get on the Olympic Peninsula with a hope of seeing, doing and tasting it ALL... in just one day! While there's nothing - inherently wrong with fast dining - we do encourage you to savor the flavors, and ponder the personalities that make the Olympic Culinary Loop so delicious. Still a midwestern Taste Tourist friend of the LOOP recently wrote:
We have only one day to visit the peninsula from Seattle. Please recommend the best route to help us enjoy even a bite of the Peninsula. Thank you! Carolyn R.
  Only one day to nibble on the thinnest slice of the Olympic Peninsula. Grab your current Culinary Adventure Map, watch out for Carolyn, and dig-in! OCL CA MAP button
From Seattle:

Entry onto the Olympic Peninsula Option A:

Enter either Whidbey Island to Port Townsend ferry (north) 
1) Elevated Ice Cream & Chocolate Company (map #74)
2) Drive through Fort Worden State Park (map #80)
3) Grab bread at Pane d'Amore Artisan Bakery (map #77)
4) Sip beer at Propolis Brewing (map #66)
3) Sample cheese at Mt Townsend Creamery (map #65)
4) Gather farm fresh supplies at either SpringRain Farmstand (#57) or Chimacum Corner Store & Farmstand (#56)
5) Sip Cider at Finnriver Cidery (map #55)

Entry onto the Olympic Peninsula Option B:

or enter via Seattle to Bainbridge ferry - crossing Hood Canal Bridge - skipping stops 1-5 above
6) Stretch and eat with Chef Dan at Port Ludlow Resorts Fireside Restaurant (map #54)
7) Bite into the best smoked meat & cheese deli creations at Gear Head Deli (map #53)
8) Enjoy a bite and view at the aptly named "Pleasant Harbor" Marine galley / pub (map #50)
9) Slurp the 'Hood' on the beach at Hama Hama Oyster Co. (map #49)
10) Sip some of the 'Sound' at Hardware Distillery Co. (map #48)
11) Take a break or indulge in a full spa treatment at Alderbrook Resort & Spa (map #43)
12) Stop in at Mosquito Fleet Winery  (map #42)
Exit at Gorst Hwy 3 at Hwy 16). Head either a few miles north past Bremerton Naval shipyard and take Bremerton to Seattle ferry back into downtown Seattle, or travel SE through Port Orchard, Gig Harbor and across Tacoma Narrows Bridge to Tacoma - SeaTac - Seattle.
Either a 12 stop EXTRA full day or a simply FULL 6 stop day. With nearly 100 culinary adventure points to see and taste all around the Olympic Peninsula you'll have to make plans to come back and visit, again, and again!
Enjoy!

Raise a Glass to the Holidays!

Thanks to Finnriver Farm & Cidery for these two great reasons to celebrate the holidays with Olympic Culinary Loop cheer!

SPIRITED APPLE WINE HOT TODDY

4 ozs hot water
1 oz Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine 1 oz honey 1 dash nutmeg & cinnamon (stick optional) 1 lemon (wedge)

A IS FOR APPLE, B IS FOR BOURBON

Into a shaker glass full of ice pour 
1 oz Finnriver Spirited Apple Wine and 
1 oz bourbon
Cover and shake hard until glass is chilled. 
Strain up into a cocktail glass. 
Optional garnish with a citrus peel and/or cinnamon stick to swirl around the glass while you sip. 
We raise the glass to Amy Grondin for this creation!

Non-Alcoholic Spiced Apple Tea

spicedappleIngredients 1 lemon 4 cups apple juice 2 cups water 4 inches stick cinnamon 1 tablespoon whole cardamom pods, crushed 1 teaspoon whole cloves 6 black tea bags (decaffeinated, if desired) 1/4 cup maple syrup Thin apple slices Directions: Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of peel from half of the lemon; set peel aside. Squeeze juice from lemon. Combine apple juice, water, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice in a large saucepan. (Save remaining juice for another use.) For the spice bag, place cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and the lemon peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thick 100-percent cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with a clean string. Add bag to apple juice mixture. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag and discard them. Stir in maple syrup. Serve in mugs. If desired, float apple slices on top of each serving. Makes 8 servings.

Finnriver's "Spirited Apple" Ginner Hot Toddy!

HOT  'Spirited Apple'  GINGER TODDY RECIPE
Here's a perfect finishing touch to a cold, winter day...a hot toddy with warming ginger and Finnriver's Spirited Apple Wine. There are many recipes out there for a hot toddy, but here's one we've adapted from  Serious Eats:
In a medium saucepan, add water, ginger root slices and optional cloves. Squeeze lemon juice into the saucepan, adding lemon halves into the liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce to medium heat, so the liquid is bubbling. Cook for 10 minutes, until the mixture has reduced and has enough of a gingery taste to your liking. Strain, removing cloves, lemon halves and ginger from the liquid. Pour into two mugs. Add enough honey and Spirited Apple Wine to your tastes. Garnish with lemon slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon if you like, and serve.  Relish the warmth!
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Celebrate the Pacific Northwest's cider apple country

Here's a Crisp-as-an-Apple story reprint of the ever popular Cider industry. So pleased that USA Today highlighted three of our most dedicated and delicious Olympic Culinary Loop cider makers. Alpenfire, Eaglemont and Finnriver Enjoy the story:
Long before the Pacific Northwest became known for producing table apples like the Red Delicious, it was cider apple country. Gnarly, feral fruits with strange names like Yarlington Mill and Brown Snout, cider apples are nearly inedible, but they provide just the right acid, tannin and aroma required to make complex, fine hard cider. These pioneer-era drinking-apples (which were a mainstay of a budding American nation) were all but wiped out by Prohibition. But spurred in part by Americans' thirst for all things gluten-free (roughly 30% of Americans are now shopping for products labeled "GF"), naturally-GF hard cider is swiftly staging its comeback in the country, and cider apples trees have begun to reclaim their place in northwest orchards.
Read the rest of the story

Fireside Restaurant's Farm Dinner Series

Since Fireside's Chef Dan Ratigan uses local farms' products, it was logical to start a Farm to Table Dinner Series where each evening is focused on specific farms and what they produce. Two dinners are left in this series. The first takes place at Finnriver Farm and Cidery where they grow, ferment and create traditional ciders, contemporary hard ciders and fruit-based brandy and port-style wines. The second takes place at Fireside with Red Dog Farm, 23 certified organic acres of 150 varieties of vegetable and berries. Mystery Bay cheeses will share the spotlight at this dinner. Farmers will be on hand to talk about their farms as you savor Chef Dan's six-course farm-specific menu.

The Fireside Restaurant is located inside the Resort at Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula, just a few minutes past the Hood Canal Bridge. The Finnriver dinner takes place on August 29 and Red Dog on September 19. Both start at 6 p.m. Cost is $59 for each, with optional wine pairings for $25 per person. Reserve your spot by buying tickets atwww.brownpapertickets.com/event/620065 for Finnriver and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/617058 for Red Dog. Questions? Call Port Ludlow Resort at 360-437-7412. www.portludlowresort.com

Mother's Day Bounty all Around the LOOP

Spring is here! And with Mother's Day this month, (hint-hint May 11!), don't miss the opportunity to celebrate Mom as discover delicious dining specials.
The Olympic Culinary Loop is pleased to highlight an ever GROWING list of members cooking up something extra special for this Mother's Day. (Note: Advance reservations are strongly encouraged as many of these drool-worthy banquets will sell-out fast!)

  Rediviva

Join us for our special Mother's Day -Three Course Brunch- at Rediviva! Reservations are strongly suggested, and available atwww.redivivarestaurant.com If you haven't been to one of our rare Rediviva brunch events yet, you're missing something pretty special! Make your reservations before it books up!
Join us for our special Mother's Day -Three Course Brunch- at Rediviva! Reservations are strongly suggested, and available at www.redivivarestaurant.com </p><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
<p>If you haven't been to one of our rare Rediviva brunch events yet, you're missing something pretty special! Make your reservations before it books up!

  Kokopelli Grill

It's almost Mother's Day and we have a special Brunch planned. Brunch begins at 10 am to 3pm. Dinner begins at 4pm. Reservations recommended. Also our Winemaker Dinner is almost sold out. We will close the restaurant on Sunday the 18th for this event. Cheers from Candy and Michael
Kokopelli Grill's photo.
Kokopelli Grill's photo.

  Finnriver

We're celebrating Sunday, May 11th with a Mother's Day Cider Brunch at the Bad Habit Room! 9am-2pm. Bad Habit Room will be serving their delicious brunch menu paired with our craft ciders, sparkling Champagne-style cider and custom cider cocktails. All are welcome!

   The Resort at Port Ludlow

Spoil mom with brunch at The Fireside this Mother's Day! Our blog has a recap of our Easter brunch so you can see what delicious treats will be on the menu! http://bit.ly/1mvO1ov Reservations available by calling 360.437.7412   Brunch is served! Need a LAST minute gift for mom? We can help! Gift certificates can be bought for The Inn and/or Golf Course at the front desks of both. Spoil mom with a round of golf or a dinner at The Fireside.
Photo: Brunch is served! #fresh #easter #delicious

Bon Appetit Fort Worden - THE COMMONS

SUNDAY BRUNCH ON MOTHER’S DAY
May 11 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm | $21.95

Join us for Sunday Brunch this Mother’s Day and enjoy an abundance of local, fresh and sustainable goods. Carving station herb crusted Cape Cleare salmon with morel mushrooms, leeks and tarragon smoked pit ham with plum chutney Omelet station made to order omelets with baby shrimp, onions, peppers, ham, avocado, tomato, blue cheese, pepperjack, Tillamook and more!

  Farm's Reach Cafe

Sunday for Mother's Day we are offering a special limited menu. All mamas get a flower with their breakfast!
Limited menu includes: Piece of quiche made with Spring Rain eggs, side of potatoes, fresh cut fruit salad and your choice of orange juice or coffee for $13. (For those that are gluten free we are offering a veggie egg scramble.) Can't wait to see you all!

  Westport Winery

Lots of Mother's Day baskets available at Westport Winery. All under $39. Wine club members receive a 10% discount on all plants. Remember we also have tons of individual plants and potting soil if you want to make your own creation. Lots of luscious baskets and pretty plants in the nursery for Mother's Day. If you'd rather get her wine, cider, scarves or a gift basket we always gift wrap for free at Westport Winery.

  The Lodges of Olympic National Park and Forest

Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Lake Crescent Lodge Your Mother’s Day tradition starts here, on the shores of beautiful Lake Crescent! Indulge in a relaxed atmosphere where you and your special guest of honor, your mother, can enjoy creative Pacific Northwest fare at our scrumptious Mother`s Day Brunch. When: May 11, 2014 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Where: Lake Crescent Lodge Starting May 2, call for reservations: 360.928.3211

  Smoking Mo's

Have you made your reservations for Mother's Day yet??? We still have room. Buffet served 11am-3pm. Call soon (360) 462-0163.

  Blondies Plate

Bring the mom in your life to Blondie's Plate for Mother's Day dinner! We have some spectacular specials including Halibut, Rack of Lamb & Filet Mignon!

 Farm's Reach Cafe

Sweet Mother's Day cookies 

 Olympic Cellars Winery

A Gift for Mother’s Day Designed by Moms
You can purchase glasses or cups individually. And, with Mother’s Day just a couple of days from now, we packaged an “ I love you, Mom” gift which includes the following for $19.99.Now You Can Speak coffee mug, How’s Your Day stemless wine glass, & A Glass Heart. Your gift to Mom is all wrapped up and ready to give her a smile.
More!

Olympic Peninsula: 53 tasty stops on Olympic Culinary Loop's adventure map

Drool-worthy news! Accomplished travel writer Sue Frause, @suefrause, toured the LOOP last as part of Spring Olympic Culinary Loop's educational gathering in Shelton. She toured the eastern edge of the LOOP, visiting nearly a dozen OCL member locations from Port Townsend to Kamilche. Of all the delicious stories and sights she featured: Chimacum Corner FarmstandQuilcene Village StoreGeoduck Restaurant & Lounge, Hama Hama Seafood, Finnriver, Fireside Restaurant at The Resort at Port Ludlow Read the full article and enjoy as you get your own Culinary Adventure Map and plan your own Olympic taste tour today!    

Cooking up Valentine's Love around the LOOP

The excuse to enjoy a great meal is here! Head to the Olympic Culinary Loop to dine in Valentine style this month.  But hurry! Many of the delicious offerings are limited and most require RSVP's. Enjoy these great culinary experiences with someone special!  
 

 7 Cedars Casino

Valentine's Weekend at 7 Cedars
Saturday (2/13) 8:30pm: The Double Down Burlesque Revue Tickets on sale now: $35/person ($25 TR Card)
Saturday (2/13) 4pm-10pm: Sweethearts Buffet Sunday (2/14) 3pm: Paint & Sip - Paint & Drink Wine! All supplies provided. Tickets on sale now: $30/person. Sunday (2/14) 6pm: David West's "Eternally Diamond" - Neil Diamond Tribute No Cover Charge!

We are booked solid for Valentine's Dinner, but there's still tonight, tomorrow and small availability tomorrow night. Be sure to call 360-683-7510 for any spots left.

Thank you all for voting Dockside as #1 Seafood on the Olympic Peninsula! This weekend featuring giant prawns stuffed with Dungeness crab and lemon butter sauce! Simply amazing for your appetizer. Veal Martinique with avocado, Swiss cheese and shallot and sherry demi-glace served with local Red Dog Farms organic roasted celeriac root and sunchokes and garlic pasta tomatoes and Parmesan. AMAZING!!


 Nourish Sequim   

You don't want to miss out on this romance inspired day at Nourish!

Make your reservations now! 797-1480


Blondies Plate

It's Valentine"s weekend and we have reservations still available!! Chef Carlos has put together a phenomenal menu that includes Short Rib, Oysters, Crab Cakes, 32 oz Rib Eye Steak, Banana Leaf wrapped local Steelhead & much more! The desserts are decade and paired with the perfect liquor! 360-683-2233


Wind Rose Cellars

Looking for Love? Wind Rose  might be able to kindle some of that this Saturday night. Join them for some great local talent!
 Visit them during Red Wine & Chocolate Festival!
Live Music Three Fools for Love @windrosecellars - is at Sat Feb 13 at 7:00P - Join us for Valentines day. "Three Fools for Love" is a jazz Trio headed by Linda Dowdell (keyboard), Ted Enderle (bass) , and Ed Donahue (trumpet.)  Sequim WA

One of this Valentine's weekends special desserts. Upside down Cherry Cornmeal Cake with lemon lavender Crème Anglaise
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Check out Caveman Cookout that Olympic Nature Experience is hosting tomorrow at the Dungeness Rec Area. Fun for the whole family, and local food too, they'll be roasting sausages fro Pacific Pantry. Good times for a great cause!
 13 FEB - 10 AM · Dungeness Recreation Area, Large Group Campsite

What a terrific week here on the Dungeness Bay- feeling like spring as we mow the field and prune the rose bushes- finally removing that last flower from fall. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular and the stars amazing. Hey Alaskan friends... if you need to see some green, c'mon down!
'Clearing out fall's trimmings as new growth begins next to the house.'
'Trumpeters enjoying the fresh sprouts of winter wheat.'
'Sunrise over historic Cline barn from the back yard'
'Sun setting on the Dungeness Bay tonight.'

What a wonderful way to say, "I love you...you make my heart soar." than with a hot air balloon ride. Of course, we are having some rain this weekend so how about a "raincheck"? Gift certificates available! We also have a fun time performing weddings from the balloon for those who want something different. Check out our website:www.nwplace.com/msflights.html   for more information on our wedding packages


 
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   George Washington Inn

It's getting close to Tea time! Register for George Washington's Birthday Tea, Feb. 20, on our website!
Come celebrate George Washington's birthday in style at George Washington Inn in Port Angeles, WA. George will join us as we celebrate his 284th birthday on Saturday, February 20th.

Admiralty Distillers New Release Brandies!

Come by the tasting room to sample new Marc Brandy: a delicious barreled version and a very limited quantity from a 2014 Lullaby Viognier which will only be available at the distillery. Plus the Apple eau-de-vie is bottled! We'll be open Feb. 20 and 21 from 12-5 p.m.

  Olympic Cellars Winery

Join us for Red Wine & Chocolate. We are releasing our new White Port made from locally grown Madeleine Angevine grapes. Pair it with Yvonne's white chocolate for a truly decadent treat.
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Happy Valentine's Day!
 Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival's photo.

Valentines is coming up soon. We will be running this menu the whole weekend. Reservations recommended. See you soon
 Add this savings coupon all February long!
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We LOVE Valentine's Day here at Michael's! Along with our regular menu, we'll be offering a special menu for the Feast of Venus on both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday February 14th! Our reservation book is filling up fast for Valentine's Day weekend, so get your reservations in now! 360-417-6929

 Bella Italia Bella Italia Tuesday Tastings #137

Bella's next Tuesday Tasting, That's Amore - Valentine's Wines for Lovers, is all about our shared love...of good wine! On Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, Matt McCleary (Noble Wines Ltd.) will share 5 lovely wines that will complement whatever you have planned for Valentine's Day. These wines represent the best of the best wine regions in Italy...topped off by the incredibly lush Tenuta Sant Antonio Amarone Selez 2011! We'll  have plenty of these Valentine's Wines available for immediate purchase, so that you can share them with your loved one on February 14th...or sooner!
Join us for excellent wines, great food, and good friends!
Bella Italia's photo.Bella Italia's photo.

  Bedford's Soda's

Don't forget your Bedford's Ginger Beer for your Holiday Moscow Mule's!
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 Camaraderie Cellars

Red Wine & Chocolate event: Feb. 13-14-15-20-21
11 AM to 5 PM Debut of 2013 Tempranillo pairing with the fabulous pulled pork with cocoa spice rub.
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Do you need to send a helpful hint to a certain someone that a romantic weekend at Lake Crescent in one of our charming and historic Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins would be the perfect Valentine's Day gift? Tag them below.... http://bit.ly/1O7daRa
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these cabins offer a warm and luring fireplace - perfect for settling in and reading a book - and lake or mountain views that are indescribable. All Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins are located along the shores of Lake Crescent
Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day gift? Present your sweetheart with a cozy weekend at Lake Quinault Lodge.
Join us for a special weekend (Feb. 19 & 20) celebrating the local flavors of the Olympic Peninsula within the beautiful surroundings of the historic and grand Lake Quinault Lodge.

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 Ocean Crest Resort

We are preparing the February Fan Special, is anybody planning on coming for Valentine's Day, President's Weekend, or The Chocolate on the Beach Festival?

 

Little Creek Casino Resort

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach... http://ow.ly/Y0woM
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Stottle Winery
Wine & Chocolate at Stottle Winery - this weekend! Saturday & Sunday - Feb. 13th & 14th - 12pm - 5pm. Join us Stottle Winery Tasting Room in Hoodsport for Wine & Chocolate tasting this weekend.
Just $12 for tasting 5 amazing wines and delicious hand made chocolate truffles. Bring your sweetheart, bring a friend, or just treat yourself. More info at: www.stottlewinery.com
   

 The Resort at Port Ludlow

You don't just have to celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th. Celebrate all month long with weekday specials & packages, every day can be Valentine's Day...
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Thank you Beecher's Cheese for suggesting a great Valentine's Day gift!
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We've decided to give you all an early Valentine's Day gift: pairings of alcohol and cheese! First up is Seastack from Mt. Townsend Creamery,  with the Ginger Honey Wine from Sky River Winery. Your date won't see this move coming.

 Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop

Love is in the air.....or maybe it's just the smell of chocolate! Happy Valentines Day!
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 Fort Worden
Join FreddyPink at their upcoming performance of The Queen of Hearts Ball and the addition of two iconic brass musicians to their “Dream Team” horn section—Trumpeter Andy Omdahl and saxophonist Rich Cole.
Presented by Fort Worden and Key City Public Theatre, the Queen of Hearts Balls begins at 7PM on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Fort Worden Commons. ADVANCE TICKETS are $59. Buy yours today!!! Call 385-KCPT or go online to keycitypublictheatre.org.

Northwest Magazine - SAVORING CHIMACUM VALLEY, WASHINGTON

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] SAVORING CHIMACUM VALLEY, photo by Resort at Port Ludlow[/caption] The Fall 2013  issue of  Northwest Travel Magazine.  Continues to celebrate our compelling and inspiring details on the Olympic Peninsula Culinary events! This time savoring Chimacum Valley! Yum! Read all about it!