The SpaceLess than 2 hours from Seattle (via Bremerton Ferry and 40 minute drive, or via Tacoma and the Narrows Bridge), the Blue Heron is an ideal getaway in any season, with ample amenities and a cozy Northwest ambiance. It’s also a great home base for exploring the Hood Canal and the Olympic Peninsula.
This spacious unit has a master bedroom on the ground floor and another bedroom upstairs with a full bed and twin bed. Both bedrooms have full baths and televisions with cable. With the queen hide-a-bed in the living room, the entire unit comfortably sleeps six. Bedrooms and bathrooms are stocked with fresh linens and towels.
The living room is fitted with a comfy sofa and easy chairs, a large TV with cable, a DVD player, telephone and fireplace. There are plenty of games, books and jigsaw puzzles in the unit, and the clubhouse has a wide selection of DVDs and video games available for use during your stay.
The kitchen is fully equipped with cookware and plateware, and there is a large dining table, making the unit ideal for dinner parties. In the back is a private patio with a picnic table, and in the front a brand-new deck with views of the Hood Canal.
On the Blue Heron grounds there is a year-round outdoor hot tub, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. There is also a beautiful clubhouse with pool table, ping pong, foosball, fitness center, television, kitchen library and sauna.
But the biggest attraction is the beach! Just a short walk from the unit, enjoy 400 feet of private waterfront on picturesque Hood Canal, with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and the heavily wooded hillsides of one of the only true fjords in North America. The Blue Heron’s beach offers great beachcombing and plenty of wildlife watching, from seals to crabs to starfish to, yes, blue herons! Picnic tables and grills are available for outdoor lunches or dinners, and fire pits offer the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows or telling ghost stories around a roaring fire on the beach. There is ample split wood available next to the fire pits.
The beach also provides a bounty of delicious oysters, ready to be picked and shucked, as well as good clam digging. (Note that, as with all Washington State beaches, a harvesting license is required (short-term licenses are available at a local store for a nominal fee) and occasionally there are restrictions in place. Please check with the Blue Heron office for any current shellfish restrictions.)
The unit includes:
-- A fireplace for burning presto logs (available at the office)
-- Hair dryers, towels, and body soap in the bathrooms
-- Fully equipped kitchen with everything you need to make great meals
-- Ample bedding for all beds including hide-a-beds
-- Extra linens for guests
On site amenities include:
-- new clubhouse with pool table, ping pong, foosball, group kitchen, TV room, library/computer room, outdoor dining area, co-ed sauna, co-ed fitness room and locker rooms
-- seasonal outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs and sun umbrellas (open Memorial Day-Labor Day)
-- outdoor year-round hot tub
-- private 400-foot beach with fire rings, fire wood, grills and picnic tables
-- private dock with stunning views of the Olympics
-- safe pedestrian overpass to the beach
-- two convenient laundry facilities ($2.00 in quarters per full load)
-- outdoor picnic/dining areas
-- DVD rentals at office
-- free wifi throughout
-- courts for tennis, pickleball and basketball
-- plenty of grassy areas for ladder ball, Frisbee and lawn sports
Both fine and casual dining are available a short walk away at the delightfully quaint Robin Hood Restaurant and Pub, which has live music on weekends and the very popular open-mic live music on Wednesdays (who would think that a pub in such a quiet little corner of the state would be packed on Wednesdays!). Just a short walk further is the upscale restaurant and bar at the Alderbrook Resort & Spa. There is also a nearby deli and a charming Mexican restaurant in the town of Union.
You can also cook at home in the fully decked-out kitchen. Consider picking up some fresh fish at one of the local fish markets, collecting some oysters and clams from the beach and cooking up a feast in the unit. That’s what I do when I’m there!
Wonderful hiking and natural sightseeing is available nearby at Lake Cushman and Staircase, as well as several other great spots along the Canal and in the Olympic National Park, which houses Washington's jaw-dropping temperate rain forests and some of the largest trees in the world. For the more adventurous, there is excellent mushroom foraging to be had in the forests near the resort -- in particular highly prized chanterelle mushrooms.
Local casinos, wineries, antique shops and world class SCUBA diving are all within a half hour's drive. There is plenty to explore on foot as well-- take the waterfront 1/2 mile walk to Harmony Hill for drop-in yoga and a turn in their giant outdoor labyrinth.
I have been coming to the Blue Heron since I was a kid and I’m a huge fan. I love to explore the surrounding area and have extensive knowledge of general environs, so please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you might have about this special place and what the area has to offer. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire unit, as well as the front deck and back patio, and the Blue Heron grounds, which includes the club house, seasonal pool, hot tub, sauna, beach, dock, tennis courts, etc. Interaction with GuestsI don't interact much with guests in person, because I'm not needed! There are on-site managers who can get you anything you need. I am happy to interact though, as much as needed, by phone or email. The NeighborhoodThis neighborhood is one of the coolest, best-kept secrets in Washington, a unique combination of rustic natural beauty and readily available high-quality amenities. You can walk down to the Robin Hood restaurant/pub and mingle with the friendly locals, or walk a little further to the Alderbrook Resort, which features a world class spa, an upscale restaurant and bar, a marina, and an 18-hole golf course. The Alderbrook's marina has tour boats, kayak rentals, and a variety of other activities to tempt you.
A few more things to do while at Blue Heron:
-- Hike in Olympic National Park or explore the Hood Canal
-- Take a short trip to the Hoodsport Winery or the Hardware Distillery, also in Hoodsport.
-- Visit nearby antique shops and art galleries.
-- Check out the farmers' market less than five miles down the road.
-- Relax and catch up on some reading.
-- Take a soak in the Jacuzzi or a dip in the pool.
-- Play pool, foosball or ping-pong in the clubhouse.
-- Relax in the sauna.
-- Play a set of tennis or pickle ball.
-- Head to the beach to catch dinner (oysters, clams, crab, fish).
-- Enjoy a quiet evening in front of a fire, either in the unit or down on the beach. Getting AroundThere is a bus that occasionally runs by, providing service to Shelton and Bremerton, but it is best to have a car here.