331 Things to Do in Port Angeles – #78 Wine & Waterfalls: A Weekend to Love in Port Angeles on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula
Grab someone you love spending time with and head to the Olympic Peninsula for a WEEKEND TO LOVE filled with hiking to gorgeous waterfalls and a wine and chocolate tasting tour.
Hike to Waterfalls
There’s nothing like a fun day of hiking especially when you end up at a gorgeous waterfall. Just outside of Port Angeles, both Marymere Falls and Madison Creek Falls trails offer a year-round scenic stroll to see some spectaculuar waterfalls.
Once the weather breaks, you can add Sol Duc Falls to your list. The trail to Sol Duc waterfall is about a 1.6-mile out and back hike on an easy trail. The Sol Duc Valley area is closed during the winter months until May. You can still access the falls during winter if you are willing to start hiking from Highway 101, which adds about 14-miles to your trek. It’s also a nice spot to snowshoe if we have a fresh blanket of snow.
Remember to check Olympic National Park road conditions report before you head out to save you time and detours.
Red Wine, Cider and Chocolates Event
Take a self-guided tour through some of the Olympic Peninsula’s best wineries and cideries over two weekends in February at the annual Red Wine, Cider & Chocolates event. Participating wineries and cideries have special release wines, tasty food, and decadent chocolate samples at every stop. Buy your ticket online for $40. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and entry into a contest to win a love-inspired gift basket.
Port Angeles has the largest selection of hotels, motels, B&Bs, airbnbs, RV parks and camping on the Olympic Peninsula.
If it’s just the two of you, try a stay in a modernized-yet-historic Victorian bed & breakfast only a few blocks up from downtown Port Angeles. Each room has its own bathroom, Olympic mountain or Strait of Juan de Fuca water views, and is appointed for the modern-day traveler. Make sure to stay for the daily gourmet breakfast and homebaked treats made by your host, Sydney Rubin. Poached pear brulées, hand pies, cinnamon rolls, pot pies, and seasonal crab cakes are just a few of the delicious items from a rotating seasonal menu. If romance is on your mind, add a professional massage at their on-site spa treatment room, a bouquet of fresh flowers, chocolate covered strawberries, or an Ultimate Romance package to spice up your stay.
The Red Lion Hotel at the Port Angeles Harbor offers waterfront view rooms walking distance to downtown Port Angeles’ shops and restaurants and activities. Borrow one of their cruiser bikes — or rent an e-bike from Sound Bikes & Kayaks in downtown — to ride for miles and miles and miles along the Olympic Discovery Trail.
Find all your lodging options for planning your visit to the Olympic National Park and Olympic Peninsula on our lodging page.
Photo Credits (top to bottom): Michael Matti (top two), Nate Wyeth, M. Krueger Photography and Lynnette Braillard