The call of the wild meets upscale comfort at Alderbrook Resort & Spa, two hours west of Seattle. Spend the day hiking on trails lined with evergreens and cedars, or catch your dinner off the resort’s 1,500-square-foot dock (the area is known for chinook and coho salmon, Hama Hama oysters, and Dungeness crabs). By night, retreat to the glassed-in pool, which has views of the Olympic Mountains, or to the outdoor bonfire, ringed with comfortable lawn chairs (marshmallows available upon request). There are 16 beachfront cottages; and most of the 77 guest rooms have cushioned daybeds in alcoves overlooking Puget Sound’s Hood Canal fjord. Golfers can take advantage of advance tee-time reservations at the 18-hole Alderbrook Golf Club, whose par-72 course is peppered with massive fir trees.
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From Food & Wine , AUG 2004
The recently completed two-year renovation of Alderbrook means more than spiffed-up rooms. Working with the local Skokomish tribe, the resort cleaned up its stream to improve the salmon habitat; within five years, thousands of fish should return to that part of the Hood Canal....MORE
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