Brinnon Washington, population 803, is a small town that hugs a good stretch of the northwest shore of the Hood Canal. With reason Brinnon bills itself the "Emerald Town of the Hood Canal." Emerging from the encompassing green forest makes the open blue water and sky seems all the more spectacular. But additionally, the Hood Canal is lined with multiple emerald tidelands amongst the thousand creeks, rivers and rivulets running from the nearby mountains into the sound.
Brinnon is not much more than a wide spot in the road, but you'll get some of the best Hood Canal views available. For a spectacular "aerial" view of the region, head just a few miles north of Brinnon to the Mount Walker lookouts. On a clear day you can see beyond Mount Rainier.Sponsored Links
The area now known as Brinnon Washington was first settled by Elwell P. Brinnon in 1860 on a land claim. It eventually became home to the oldest Boy Scout Camp west of the Mississippi, Camp Parsons.
Nearby is Dosewallips State Park and the Olympic National Park where you can camp, hike, and go boating, fishing, clamming, crabbing and more.
Duckabush River also drains the Olympic Mountains through Brinnon, offering great fishing along the river and tidelands.
Whitney Gardens & Nursery has to be the springtime highlight in Brinnon. Seven acres of gardens, ponds, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples and more show off with perfect blooms. Plants are also available for purchase. http://www.whitneygardens.com/
Take Dosewallips Road into the hills for an easy hike up to the 229-foot-tall Rocky Brook Falls. Or, Duckabush Road will bring you to an old logging road. From there, a shady stroll will bring you to Murhut Falls.
These are just two of many hiking options with delightful rewards at the other end.
Boone Trading Company, in the true old west style, carries bone art, jewelry, ivory gifts of all sorts, antiques trade beads, pistol grips and more. They request that you call to schedule an appointment and to check if what you are interested in is in stock. Call (800) 423-1945, or check their website: http://www.boonetrading.com/.
Walker Mountain Trading Post, located just north of Brinnon, shaded by evergreens is a quirky antiques and collectibles shop. Check them out via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Walker-Mountain-Trading-Post-123036981056417/
There are a few dining options but probably the most popular is the Geoduck Restaurant and Lounge (Tavern) located near the mouth of the Dosewallips River. You'll find it hometown friendly, with a wide open view of Hood Canal to enjoy burgers, fries, and of course, huge geoduck (gooey duck) clams in season.
Address: 307103 Hwy 101, Brinnon, WA 98320
'771rose' had this to say in a TripAdvisor review of Geoduck Tavern: "Geoduck Tavern isn't much to look at from the outside but the great food and service more than make up for it. Another plus was being entertained by the hummingbirds at the feeders just outside our window and the lovely view of Hood Canal. Would definitely visit again if in the area."
Hama Hama Oyster Company harvests and sells fresh oysters at their farm store and gift shop, while the Oyster Saloon on the premises serves oysters on the half shell and fresh seafood dishes. And all right on the water with ciders, ales, and wines, embraced by the view and the breezes. Call for hours.
Halfway House Restaurant and RV Park serves up homemade pies and more. Mmmm!
Though camping offers the most options in and around Brinnon by far, you might also find a few B&B's, cabins, guest houses and other vacation rentals. Check this website for details.
Here are a couple notable options:
Elk Meadows Farm
Address: 3485 Dosewallips Road, Brinnon, WA 98320
Phone: (360) 796-4886
5* Tripadvisor Reviews of Elk Meadows Farm in Brinnon WA
Elk Meadows Farm offers traditional B&B lodging (at $105/night), a rental cabin
and tent camping. Alongside the river, this beautiful farm-stay retreat
features orchards, vegetable and flower gardens, nursery houses, fields, a farm
stand offering seasonal, local produce, and they even grow their own beef.
Pleasant Harbor and Pleasant Harbor Marina House
Address: 308913 Highway 101, Brinnon, WA 98320
Phone: (360) 796-4611
5* Tripadvisor Reviews of Pleasant Harbor Marina House
Pleasant Harbor is tucked into a cove surrounded by treed beauty. If you're into boating, scuba diving, and other marine activities, then you'll be interested in Pleasant Harbor and its deep water moorage and lodging facilities.
Enjoy afternoon tea or locally made beer or wine on the patio at The Galley & Pub. A grocery and gift shop along with live music on Saturdays make it a convenient stop by land or by water.
Enjoy your visit! Slow down and meander a while. Breathe deeply of cedar and brine scents. Enjoy the quiet and take notice of the way the land and trees meet the water.