Summer Getaway to Western WA State


Last week we set off to visit my grandparents in Port Ludlow, WA for a little summer getaway. Many of our friends think we live near Seattle, but in all reality we live in Spokane, on the Idaho/Washington border. They live on the other side of Seattle so it was a bit of a drive and totally different scenery than we are used to in Spokane.

Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge

I’ve visited my grandparents a bunch of times growing up but this is the first time with Kevin. Aside from a quick trip to Seattle for 1 night we really haven’t explore western Washington at all. We had the best time and my grandparents really showed us a good time.

This trip included crabbing, boating, picnicking, oyster hunting, fireworks, lots of eating, hot-tubbing, and a few short walks. My grandparent recently got a new dog that we got to take with us on every adventure. If you watched my Instagram stories, you would’ve seen lots of this fluffy chow.

Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge

For the Fourth of July, we hung out for most of the day then wen tot Port Townsend for dinner and the fireworks. Watch my shirt making video on Youtube here.

Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge

We were quite exciting for the crabbing since opening day was the day we got there. Kevin got a crabbing license so we could catch Dungeness crabs. It was so fun learning how to crab and prepare them for eating. They were so delicious.

The Tug Boat

Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge

My grandparents have a Lord Nelson Victory tug boat that we got to ride on one afternoon. We toured the Puget Sound from Port Townsend to Port Angeles and back. It was the most beautiful weather while we were on the water.

Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeSummer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeSummer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge
Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National ParkSummer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge

One day we took a quick trip to Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park. It’s a beautiful park with even more beautiful views. We had a picnic lunch, wondered around the top and were on our way. There was even patches of snow around the top despite the 70 degree weather that day. I suggested we wonder around the meadows and sing “The Hills Are Alive” because it was as picture perfect as a movie scene, but no one else was interested.Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeSummer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeSummer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane Ridge

On our last full day we went to my grandparent’s friend’s house to go oyster hunting and tried again for some crabs! The crabs were amazing but the oysters were a whole other experience. I’ll tell you about later.
Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeSummer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeWhere my grandparents live in Port Ludlow is quite magical. Their porch (which is easily the square feet of our house) over looks enormous, overgrown blackberry bushes. Behind them is the luscious greenery western Washington is famous for and beyond that is two peepholes of the Hood Canal Bridge and the Puget Sound. It was the perfect view for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and evening dips in the hot tub.

Summer Getaway to Western WA State. Port Ludlow, Port Townsend, Boating, Crabbing, Hurricane RidgeWe even squeezed in a visit with our lovely family  in Cle Elum, WA. It’s right off of I-90 on the way home but we want to go back to float the river there sometime soon. So far we are impressed with everywhere we have been in Washington state. Washington is gorgeous!

I had so much fun getting to go places with Kevin I visit when I was younger and to try out a few new places too. It was the perfect summer getaway and my grandparents really spoiled us.

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  • Natasha Botkin

    As fellow Washingtonian, I agree it’s super fun to explore alll parts east and west. Xoxo

  • The BloomTV

    Looks like so much fun

  • Shauna Walker

    Never been to Washington but this post makes me want to go!

  • Mae Brian

    What a lovely place! I love locations with views of nature. I may have to add Washington on to my bucket list.

    Mae | http://www.thegospelofbeauty.org

    • Washington should definitely be on your list, there’s so much to do here!

  • Tiffany Twisted

    Looks like a great place to visit, love these photos. Going to pin this to my travel board on Pinterest too!

  • Anna Lovee

    Both the water and the mountains are equally beautiful!

  • God, Washington is beautiful, isn’t it? You’ve captured it so wonderfully, and it looks like you had a great time 🙂

    Rosalie // rosaliegoes.co

  • I’ve never been to Washington but your post is making me want to go. Beautiful weather, gorgeous scenery and fun times. Grandparents are the best!