Lake Crescent Lodge: Enjoy a lovely stay in this rustic resort with restaurant and recreational options galore in Olympic National Park. See webcam and photos; get details and lodging options below.
Lake Crescent Lodge is beautifully situated among maples and evergreens at Barnes Point on the sandy shores of Lake Crescent WA. It takes a scant 45 minutes to drive to Lake Crescent from Port Angeles, Washington. This is a particularly beautiful spot in the Olympic National Park, on the Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest.
This historic lodge was originally built in 1915 as a hotel and tavern, and today looks just as it did 100 years ago. (See History below.)
Lake Crescent Lodge
416 Lake Crescent Road, Olympic National Park, WA 98363
Hours vary - see website.
The Resort is open from May through New Years. Check website for exact dates. The Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins are open on weekends only during the winter season.
A massive stone fireplace, huge lobby filled with period antiques, and an inviting sun porch overlooking the lake provides all the ambiance you crave, which is why Lake Crescent Resort might be the perfect location for a wedding or family event, or a winter getaway, not to mention a fabulous vacation spot from May to New Year's Day. (It is closed from January through April each year.)
It's also a great home base for day-tripping, with easy access to popular sites such as Mount Storm King, Pyramid Mountain, Spruce Railroad Trail, Marymere Falls and Barnes Creek trails.
Port Angeles is only 21 miles (33.8 km) to the east of Lake Crescent Lodge, which will take approximately 35 minutes to drive. But, if Port Angeles is not your starting point, then...
Port Angeles is an excellent place to stay if you find the Lodge is booked during your vacation dates.
No matter which lodging option you choose, really, it's all about the location. Even if you're unable to stay the night, Lake Crescent Lodge is well worth the time to stop and explore.
Rooms in the Lodge
Enjoy life as it was in yesteryear. Your room will be on the second story of the main Lodge. Because the lodge dates to 1915, the rooms share a central bathroom and shower.
In the summer and on winter weekends there are also cabins available.
Singer Tavern Cottages
The Singer Tavern Cottages, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were designed and built to resemble the original cottages constructed in 1915. There are 10-one bedroom and three-2 bedroom cottages which offer more privacy and space. Each one has a porch and enjoys lake and mountain views.
Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins
The Roosevelt Fireplace Cabins are located along the shoreline of Lake Crescent, each one with a fireplace, of course.
Also listed on the National Register of Historic Places, these cabins are very popular and offer all the usual conveniences and spectacular views.
Storm King Rooms
The Storm King rooms are a more contemporary version of serene and restful. Each room has a balcony or porch, the usual amenities again but without TV or telephone.
Named after the Marymere Falls which are just a short hike away, these rooms are situated alongside Lake Crescent just a short distance from the historic lodge. There are no TV's or telephones to distract you but you won't be able to take your eyes off the mountain and lake views.
Pyramid Mountain Rooms
Surrounded by towering trees, and peace and quiet, the Pyramid Mountain Rooms are the perfect place to sit on your porch or balcony and observe nature, breathe in the fresh air and just relax. Again, no distracting TVs or telephones.
The Lodge Dining Room has earned the WA Wine First Award for fine dining. The menu includes gourmet meals for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in this romantic setting overlooking the beautiful lake.
Links to menus are found on the dining website (above).
In 1915, Avery and Julia Singer built the bungalow style lodge and tavern and named it Singer's Tavern. The Singers owned and managed the tavern and lodge for 13 years, the first six of which a ferry boat ride was the only way to get to the tavern. Upon completion of the Olympic Loop Highway (now Hwy 101) in 1922, cars could finally bring their passengers to the tavern and beyond.
Between 1927 and 1951, Singer's Tavern was owned by the Seattle Trust Company, and then by Walter and Bessie Bovee, who revitalized the establishment in the 1940's. Nearby Bovee's Meadow bears their name, and can be reached by a short walk from the Lodge.
In the late 1930's, as Congress was discussing the idea of establishing national parks, the Olympic Peninsula was placed on the short-list. This brought about a visit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who stayed in one of Singer's cabins in 1937 in order to further explore the idea.
The trip was apparently a success, for in 1938, the Olympic National Park was created. It encompasses the entire mountainous interior region of the Olympic Peninsula.
The National Park Service purchased Singer's Tavern in 1951, and it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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