According to the Knott Family (In their Words)
1) What was your favorite thing to do in Port Angeles?
Claire: “I Liked the beach that we could walk to from the hotel, obviously.”
Henry: “The yellow, orange, brown, purple leaves. The big leaves that are on the road, in the grass, and on the sidewalk that we pick up and give to mom.”
Kileigh: “My favorite hike was around Crescent Lake up to Marymere Falls. It was a rainy day but under the trees we stayed plenty dry. The terrain is an easy hike, until the very end where you climb stairs to get to the falls overlook. We spent about two hours hiking around collecting HUGE leaves, splashing in puddles, and enjoying nature.”
Levi: “Ediz Hook. It is calming to drive out there (5 minute drive) and watch the seals, sea otters, look for crabs under the rocks, watch the ships, and just comb the beach for random treasures. You can see the mountains and Victoria B.C. across the water on a clear day all while relaxing by the water.”
2) What was your favorite place to eat at in Port Angeles?
Claire: “You know that breakfast place, that had the bar seats.” (LaBelle Creperie)
Henry: “My alligator donut store.”
(Kileigh explains … “We ate donuts one morning from Num Num Donuts. They have a little kids table and toy area, where Henry found an alligator. He played with it while we were there and then hid it when it was time for us to leave so that other kids wouldn’t steal it while he was not there to play.”
3) What Were Your Favorite Views?
“Levi’s favorite view was hands down the incredible view from the visitors center at Hurricane Ridge. Seemed like you could see forever. It is an area you can see elk, deer, bears, goats, etc. at any given moment. He cannot wait to go back and spend the day exploring the area.”
Kileigh says her “…favorite view was the Elwha River Valley by Madison Creek Falls. The drive is just right out of town, maybe 10 miles if that. When you turn the corner to park at the trailhead the river comes into view and it really is just gorgeous.”
4) What’s Your Advice for a First Time Visit to Port Angeles?
“Come visit! The Red Lion is a wonderful central place to stay and walk around to explore the downtown area. Make sure to plan enough time to explore everything. At least one full day for Hurricane Ridge is a must. Treat yourself to a waterfront eatery for dinner to enjoy the sunset over the water. Hikes are endless, pick a few! Check out the Dungeness Spit. Dress in layers, the breeze off the water and the temperature dips a bit as the sun goes down. Shop the farmers market on Saturday morning. It is full of local produce options to snack on throughout your stay.”
5) And Where Did You Choose to Relocate To?
Port Angeles, Washington!
Kileigh says “It (Port Angeles) is very much a small town feel here. Very friendly people. No matter where you are, you have a view of the water and/or the mountains, it just can’t be beat. The food scene is pretty impressive, organic vegan options and quite the variety. Port Angeles just has a good feel, a calming energy, which is a huge reason we have chosen this town to be our home. From the moment we arrived here, it has just felt right for us.”
You can read all about the rest of their Port Angeles and Olympic National Park adventures on their blog. And here’s the blog post where the Knott Family unveils their big announcement about moving to Port Angeles.
6) What’s Next on the Exploration List for Port Angeles?
“We are looking forward to attending the Dungeness Crab Festival. Getting outside and hiking more around the area. Levi is looking forward to hunting and fishing and sharing his love of nature with the kids.”
Photos by Visit Port Angeles / M. Krueger Photography