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Coastal Wildlife

The beach below Agate Beach House is home to a plethora of sea creatures. Depending upon the season, time of day and the tidal patterns, you can usually find starfish, sun fish and crabs – both large (in the water) and tiny (underneath stones). Waterlogged tree trunks are often home to a growing population of …

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Lucious Local Shrimp

In the deep waters of the nearby Hood Canal, the sweet, succulent spot shrimp or ‘spot prawns’ are harvested recreationally during short periods in the early summer (usually during the month of May), although they are caught by commercial fishing operations during other times of the year. If you love sushi and / or ceviche, …

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Beautiful Edibles

  The garden surrounding Agate Beach House has been planted with a variety of mostly native shrubs, trees, fruits and vegetables. The artichokes come up every year, with the bulbs growing to maturity sometime in August. If left to blossom, the bulbs transform into a beautiful purple ‘thistley’ flower.   In addition to traditional artichokes, …

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Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor on the Kitsap Peninsula is approximately 37 miles away from Agate Beach House. In this scenic area, you will find a maritime museum, a couple of wineries, a lavendar farm, boat rentals, and a microbrewery (7 Seas Brewing).   More details about these attractions can be found on the following link: Click to …

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Winter Views

The area where Agate Beach House is located does not get much snowfall, and the snow usually does not last for long.  Here are some photos taken after a fresh layer of winter snow in 2010. When the chilly weather arrives, we recommend brewing hot chocolate and lighting a fire in one of the house’s …

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Reflections

Sunrise over Hammersley Inlet often reflects enchanting hues of pink, orange and gold. Agate Beach House is situated with an optimal view of the sunrise in the morning. If the weather is foggy, the sun breaking through the fog is also an enchanting phenomenon. Viewed from the cathedral windows of the living room, the sliding …

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Rhone Style Wine, Washington Grapes

Less than 20 miles from Agate Beach House, between Shelton and Olympia, Walter Dacon Wines produces Rhone style wine with grapes grown in Washington State. Around 1,000 cases of Syrah and small lots of Sangiovese and Port are produced by employing European winemaking techniques, not common in this region. As a testament to the success …

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McLane Creek Nature Trail

McLane Nature Creek Trail in Olympia is approximately 30 miles south of Agate Beach House. Ducks, wrens, otters, and beavers make their home in this easily accessible park.  It offers parking, partially planked boardwalk trails, and benches along the way for sitting and watching birds. There are two trail loops, one is 1.1 miles and …

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Roosevelt Elk, Hoh Rainforest

The Hoh River valley was formed by glaciers thousands of years ago. A couple of hours’ drive (a day trip) from Agate Beach House, visitors will find the largest temperate rainforest in North America. Home to black-tailed deer, Roosevelt elk, raccoons, bobcats, cougars, and the Olympic black bear, the Hoh Rainforest dramatically draped in oversize …

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A Taste for Each Season

Wild blackberries are abundant all around the Olympic Peninsula. Bring a container if you go fishing or hiking, you might happen upon a sweet trove of ripe berries to eat fresh, blend into a smoothie or bake into a pie. A variety of edible plants grow on the grounds of Agate Beach House – huckleberries, …

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