An old barn situated along Palo Alto Road.
As you can see, it is still in use, but for how much longer is anyone's guess. And, at the other end of the day, a sunset over the Olympics. This is an original WW II lookout observation tower built in 1941 to serve as an early warning system for the residents of Sequim. The idea that the Japanese could have managed the hundred-mile flight down the coast without at least some measure of resistance before reaching Sequim seems a bit far-fetched today. But in December, 1941, with the memory of Pearl Harbor fresh in everyone's mind, anything seemed possible.
The tower sits a good deal inland at this point, the result of an effort to preserve it that saw it dragged from location to location until it finally came to rest in a nondescript, but fairly substantial back yard.
The plaque reads: This Dungeness aircraft warning service tower built by volunteers in Dec. 1941 has been placed on the Federal Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior. April 1993.
It may be the same structure depicted in the link below, but if it is, it would have had to have been transported from the end of a five-mile spit to terra firma: This 45-foot cooling tower is in such a state of disrepair that the owners refuse (politely) to let anyone near it, lest the structure collapse.
It was built in 1907 and consists of an ingenious series of ramps over which cooled water ran to keep the milk fresh before it was exported to market.
Obviously, it is no longer in operation. This quiet little museum in the heart of Sequim houses some extraordinary pieces, including this 1907 REO Model This 85-foot grain elevator was built in 1945 and decommissioned in 1977. Since then, the ownership has changed hands several times, most recently in 2014.
It is the tallest structure in town and towers over the rest of the otherwise rather compressed architecture by a good 50 feet.
A couple of hours later, just after sunset. Sunrise out the back porch in the rental at Sequim. Farmhouse along Ward Road in Sequim, Washington. Another look at the REO.
If you're ever in Sequim (and you know you will be), you owe it to yourself to have a meal at Alder Wood Bistro.
It won't necessarily be easy. The place is open only four days a week -- from Thursday through Sunday, and you may have to offer one of your kidneys to get a weekend reservation.
But the food is tremendous, and each plate shows a deft but elegant touch of a chef who -- without pretense -- can spin magic out of almost any ingredient.
Go Thursday, or scope out a reservation a month or two in advance.
I swear it will be worth it. The view from the back porch of the rental, a couple of hours before sundown. Clouds coursing over the Olympics shortly after sunrise. If you're looking for a menu straight out of old might not find it here. The owners mix the best of that traditional cuisine with a distinct Northwest flair.
The results are spectacular, and the place is usually stuffed to the gills. But as you can see from this image, it never feels rushed or close or busy. Perhaps it's the view from every window and every outdoor table that tends to draw one's mind away from the rush of the world and all its anxiety -- though all of it may be too soon to return.
I can't recommend the place enough.
Just go. You'll be glad you did. In a medium-sized parking lot just a little way outside Port Townsend sit some of the coolest, cutest and most drool-worthy vintage automobiles you're ever likely to find.
Apologies, though. I just went a little ADHD and didn't bother to get the name of the spot. Feel a bit foolish.
This little grape-colored truck/wagon is probably a British make, judging from the Union Jack on the hood [which I guess could also be some after-market shenanigans]. Grey Jay parking at the bird feeder at Sequim. Just before sunrise at Sequim. The rental house in Sequim had its own cast of characters.
Here, a Red-tailed Flicker tosses up some fir needles in search of vermin. For those of you unfamiliar with the story of the 1936 Olympic-champion 8-man crew from the University of Washington, I highly recommend the book, The lavender fields in Squim are stunning and it's fun to find a place to pick your own bundle. Lavender fields at Purple Haze Lavender Farm in Sequim.
#lifeatexpedia Explore downtown Sequim and enjoy this Farmers and Arts Market on Saturdays in season.
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Get an overview of this hotelHotel in Sequim with free breakfast and indoor pool

Popular property highlights

Free breakfast
Free parking
Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Swimming pool


Located in the heart of Sequim, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Olympic Game Farm, Sequim Bay State Park, and New Dungeness Lighthouse. Dungeness Spit and 7 Cedars Casino are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Hotel Features

Along with an indoor pool, this smoke-free hotel has a fitness center and a spa tub. Free buffet breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, coffee/tea in a common area, a business center, and a meeting room are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 60 rooms provide free WiFi and free wired Internet, TVs with cable channels, and conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves. Premium bedding, coffee makers, and free local calls are among the other amenities available to guests.

Quality Inn & Suites at Olympic National Park

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

In addition to an indoor pool, Quality Inn & Suites at Olympic National Park provides a spa tub and a fitness center. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary. Business-related amenities consist of a business center and a meeting room. Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast. This business-friendly hotel also offers a picnic area, coffee/tea in a common area, and complimentary newspapers in the lobby. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Quality Inn & Suites at Olympic National Park is a smoke-free property.

  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Picnic area 
  • Free RV, bus, truck parking 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Indoor pool 
  • Business center 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Year Built 2006 
  • Express check-out 
  • Spa tub 
  • Total number of rooms - 60 
  • Television in common areas 
  • One meeting room 
  • Free self parking 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Wedding services 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking, Free RV, bus, truck parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Television 
  • Desk 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Free wired Internet 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Number of bathrooms -  
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge) 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary buffet breakfast.

Nearby Things to Do

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a fitness center.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Check-in time ends at 12:30 AM


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 20 per day.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for USD 10 per day.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 10 per accommodation, per night
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room (up to 50 lb)
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Pet fee: USD 10 per accommodation, per night
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: USD 10 per day
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 20 per day
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Quality Inn Olympic National Park
  • Quality Inn Olympic National Park Sequim
  • Quality Olympic National Park
  • Quality Olympic National Park Sequim

We should mention

Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.

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