Category: Day Trips

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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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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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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Ruby Beach

  With some advance planning, the 2.5 hour drive to the Pacific West Coast can be a delightful day trip from Agate Beach House. Not far from Ruby Beach (approximately 11 miles by car) is the Hoh Rainforest, where there are hiking trails for all skill levels and scenic drives through majestic moss-draped trees. The …

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Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets flourish in the Pacific Northwest from April through October, although many are open longer and a few offer year-round opening hours. About 45 minutes’ drive from Agate Beach House, the vibrant Olympia Farmers Market, located near the State Capitol, operates through December 24th and then resumes again in the Spring (http://www.olympiafarmersmarket.com/). You can …

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Vibrant Pike Place Market: A Feast for the Eyes

Take the scenic ferry ride from Bremerton to downtown Seattle, where the ferry stops only a few blocks from Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.  Explore downtown Seattle by foot, avoiding the stress of navigating traffic and parking. Agate Beach House is 35 miles’ drive from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal (211 1st Street,Bremerton, Washington 98337). The …

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