Photo: Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Forest was built in 1926. Credit: Aramark Parks and Destinations
In fall, temperatures turn cool and maples scattered amid the lush forests turn red on Washington’s wild Olympic Peninsula, the setting for Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” novels and the hit movie series. Now you can explore the area’s national park and national forest with three nights at any of four lodges.
The deal: The Best of the Northwest package allows you to choose three nights in any order at four lodges along U.S. Highway 101, which loops around the peninsula:
> Lake Quinault Lodge, facing the lake, was built in 1926 in the rain forest;
> Kalaloch Lodge, a stepping-off point for touring “Twilight” country on a bluff above the Pacific Ocean;
> Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, a rustic spot with hot springs on the Sol Duc River; and
> Lake Crescent Lodge, set on the lake in a building that dates to 1916.
The package starts at $399 for three nights, and you may add nights at $99 per night; prices exclude taxes. The package also includes a $40 credit each night that can be used at restaurants and gift shops or for tours.
When: Available Sept. 13 through Oct. 31. Note that Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort closes for the season on Oct. 23.
Tested: Start by planning your itinerary so that you know which nights you want to spend at which lodge; room types vary. You cannot reserve this package online. When phoned, availability for Lake Crescent Lodge on Oct. 11, Kalaloch Lodge on Oct. 12 and Lake Quinault Lodge on Oct. 13.
The package’s average nightly room rate comes to $133 plus tax. By comparison, the best available rates for the same types of rooms in the package at Kalaloch Lodge on the same night ranged from $142 to $152 per night, plus tax. So in this case, you save up to $19 off the room rate, plus you get a $40 credit each night. Savings will vary from lodge to lodge and also by date.
Contact: Aramark Olympic Peninsula, (866) 297-7367.