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Peace and quiet await you at historic Quinault lodge
By CARY ORDWAY
If you've had enough of modern, gleaming hotels that are so busy they are anything but relaxing, the antidote may be a historic lodge in the thick forest two hours away from the nearest Costco – in other words, the ultimate definition of an escape from civilization.
Out on Washington's Olympic Peninsula there is just such a place where you can go to collect your thoughts, renew your spirits and marvel at the beautiful work of Nature called the Olympic National Park. The Lake Quinault Lodge is near the coast, about an hour away from a city of any size, and even though it was built way back in 1926, one gets the impression the place is just as quiet as it's ever been.
Just looking at the lodge, it takes you back to those days of Teddy Roosevelt and a thirst for exploration and adventure that might be quenched by days exploring a wilderness area followed by nights curled up by a roaring fire in a rustic, yet luxurious lodge. Folks have been coming out to the Lake Quinault Lodge for decades for just that kind of experience.
The lodge is situated on Lake Quinault with a panoramic mountain and lake view. The huge trees and thick rain forests of the Olympic Peninsula surround the lodge and give visitors the sense of going back in time, far from the everyday hustle and bustle of modern big-city life. The lodge has been featured as one of the great national park lodges in the U.S., an example of a historic building that blends well with its natural surroundings.