So Many Reasons!

There are so many reasons why we love the Alderbrook community! The scenery is breathtaking. From the beautiful Hood Canal to the majestic Olympic National Forest, there’s something for everyone.

This area is also home to our neighbor and world-class, luxury getaway: Alderbrook Resort & Spa! Situated on Hood Canal, the Resort provides stunning views of the water and also has a network of hiking trails where you can enjoy nature firsthand.

“Our beautiful resort is a wonderful place to vacation and can offer so much for those who are local as well,” points out General Manager, Shaun Tucker. “It’s the perfect place for visiting family and friends to stay. Our dining options are stellar with activities, including spa services, for both visitors and locals.”

Did You Know…

Many of the activities at Alderbrook Resort & Spa are available to residents? Also, the Mason County Locals Program for residents entitles you to a 20% discount at the Restaurant, Lounge, Patio, Waterfront Center, and Spa Services. Just make sure you check with the resort to get the latest details on availability.

You can learn more about the fun activities offered by the Alderbrook Resort & Spa on their website. Many are available for non-hotel guests, and you can often register and pay directly on the resort’s site.

Here’s a quick sample:
Full Moon, Aqua and All Levels Yoga
Happy Hour Monday through Friday at The Lounge with live music every Friday evening and of course, delicious dining any time!
• Cruises — don’t miss the Santa Cocoa Cruise on Saturday and Sundays December 8-22!
Spa Services

Union City Market

Alderbrook Resort & Spa recently renovated the Union City Market, a historic shopping and event venue inside a working marina. Located two miles from the resort, by water or road, visitors can purchase local art, gifts, and Hood Canal merch. The public dining venue, Hook & Fork, offers a rotating menu featuring seasonally available ingredients on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday throughout the year. On the third Thursday of each month, limited tickets are available for a Canal Cookout dining experience.

But wait…there’s S’more!

Year-round, you can purchase a S’mores kit and roast marshmallows in one of the fire pits. Right now, there’s nothing like drinking in a beautiful water view while enjoying the crisp fall air in front of a fire. Remember to stay focused and make sure you hang on to that marshmallow!

But don’t just take our word for it. Head over to Alderbrook Resort & Spa and experience the beauty and luxurious comfort of this local gem!

Alderbrook Properties has updated hours! We are now open Friday through Monday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, sales tours are available, but by appointment only.  Please see our “Contact Us” page for additional information.

Filled with wonderful things to see and do, the Alderbrook community could be the location of your new dream home!

Residents (and Alderbrook Properties homeowners) Tom Druckenmiller and Nancy Pacelli love it here! “Our Alderbrook home is the perfect retirement home built with quality materials, attention to detail and excellent utilization of space and design. Place all that in the beautiful wooded, friendly golf course community of Alderbrook and you have a winning combination. Our first impression brought tears to our eyes at the overwhelming beauty of the Hood Canal, the forest and breathtaking views of the Olympic mountains, all within a two-minute walk of our house. We knew we were home!”

We appreciate Tom and Nancy sharing their experience and want to provide you with a quick look so you can see what you’re missing!

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Life on the Water

 

Whether you prefer fresh water or salt water, there are convenient options available right here in Mason County.  Boating, fishing, kayaking, water skiing, shell fishing, swimming, jet skiing, wake boarding, canoeing & leisurely floating are just moments away, so look no further.

 

The ever beautiful Hood Canal is the closest and most convenient option.  Hood Canal is a fjord forming the western lobe of the Puget Sound.  The entire length of the canal is approximately 65 miles with an average width of 1.5 miles.  The shape, size and location of the canal give it unique geography and topography ensuring beautiful views no matter how much or little you travel it.  There is water access and/or public boat/water-craft launches at the Hood Canal Marina, The Alderbrook Resort & Spa or Twanoh State Park.  Enjoy any of the multitudes of water activities right on the Canal.

 

For fresh water enthusiasts there are a number of accessible lakes and rivers.  Spencer Lake encompasses about 230 acres of clean fresh water and is a full sports lake.  Spencer Lake also provides some of the best fishing around for Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass and Perch.  Mason Lake is approximately 1,000 acres in size, with 10.9 miles of shoreline. The lake is perfect for jet skis, boats, kayaks and canoes.  Occasionally the water is calm enough for water skiing too.

 

For a river fishing experience, visit the nearby Skokomish River.  From beginning to end the river is approximately 49 miles in length.  A portion of the river enters Hood Canal at Anna’s Bay and creates the Skokomish Flats.  The river is good for a variety Salmon fishing and a project is underway to bring Sockeye Salmon back to the river.  There are few other local rivers to visit too which offer a variety of activities including fishing & camping; the Hamma Hamma River, the Duckabush River, the Dosewallips River and the Big Quilcene River.

Where in the heck is Allyn, Washington?!  This is a common question and if you don’t know the answer, you should definitely find out.  Allyn is located in Mason County, right on Case Inlet.  With beautiful views of Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier, this little town sure packs a lot of punch!  As a matter of fact, Allyn and all of it’s delightful amenities, was featured on Evening Magazine as a must-see place to visit!  Stand up paddle board rentals, geoduck ice cream and chainsaw carving art are included in some of the main attractions.

Annually Allyn hosts a festival every third weekend in July – Allyn Days Salmon Fest & Geoduck Festival.  The festival always draws large crowds rain or shine.  The celebration really focuses on the best of the Pacific Northwest – seafood!  There is a whole variety of fun and entertainment for all ages from open mic night, to a mud run, to a whole host of food and wares vendors.  Have some baked salmon, touch a live geoduck and best of all, support small & local businesses through this fun and unique festival.

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SNOW LAKE

Although there are pretty much endless hiking opportunities in and around the Olympic Peninsula area, sometimes it’s good to head east for a different perspective and visual stimulation.  The hike to Snow Lake is located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness near North Bend.  A $5 Northwest Forest Pass is required for this visit.  Park in the Alpental Ski area lot, which can fill up rather quickly on the weekends.  My friends and I decided to make our journey there early on a Monday morning mid-July.  There was plenty of parking, but there were tons of people making the same trek.

I was looking for a hike that wasn’t too terribly far from home.  (Approximately 2.25 hours from Union.)  I also wanted it to be tougher than a paved path, but not so tough I could not handle it.  In addition, it needed to have a view of something spectacular!  Now for a casual, out-of-shape hiker like myself, when a hike is rated average, I have to translate that in to fairly difficult.  After much research, we narrowed down the options to Snow Lake.  7.25 miles round trip, 1,800 ft elevation gain, and fairly easy.  Fairly easy if you’re young, agile, in good shape and were never a smoker!  The first 1.75 miles of narrow, rocky, rugged paths are a steady low incline with moderate elevation gain.  As you climb up these first few miles you get incredible views of the opposing peaks including Chair Peak.  We could see the two chair lifts running up the mountain sides across from us.  As you climb there are occasional breaks in the trees where you can see far behind you the buildings around the Alpental Ski area and the parking lot where your car is just a tiny looking cube.  And as you look at the ground you’ve covered and you look up to see where you still have to go, you wonder how on earth are we climbing to a lake?  It’s also difficult to tell exactly where you’re going up to as the path blends into the visual of the mountain side.  Unless of course there are hikers ahead of you…then you can really get a good idea of how high you’re going to climb!

At the 1.75 mile mark, there is an off-shoot of the trail that leads to another lake.  But Snow Lake was our destination, so we took the path to the sharp right and continued on.  At this point in the journey, the trail gets pretty steep.  It is another mile of steep, rocky switchbacks.  Now remember, this is coming from the mind of an unseasoned hiker.  Other hikers were gliding uphill like it was nothing.  One cool guy was carrying his dog like a baby to protect the dogs paws from rocks!  I could barely get myself up there, let alone carry a full grown pup!  There are not many places along this trail to step off to the side to rest and catch your breath, so if you see one and need one, take it!  All of the hikers we encountered were kind and courteous, encouraging even as I huffed and puffed my way up there.  One kind man on his way down reminded me it didn’t matter WHEN I got there, just that I arrived!

After the mile of steady switchbacks, we reach the end of my journey.  When the ground levels out, the path splits left and right.  To the right there is a path that leads to giant boulders, a dead end.  And to the left, the path curves around and starts to descend.  We went left.  We climbed onto the boulders and were treated with a beautiful and amazing view of Snow Lake from above.  For a 95 degree day down on the ground, the weather up top was extremely different.  It was very windy, cold and damp and a misty, cloudy fog continued to roll across the lake in spurts immediately driven away by the wind to be followed by a new burst of fog.  But the view was stunning.  We sat on the boulder, enjoyed our snacks and lots of water while we watched the weather perform a ballet across the lake.  If you continue on the trail, it will lead you down to the lake itself, but my tired little legs could not handle going all the way down.  Round trip to the boulder is about 6 miles.  And of course, the way down was much easier, although not too gently on the knees.  So while the journey may not have been easy (for me), I will admit it was about as easy as climbing the side of a small mountain could ever be!  And it was most definitely worth the sense of accomplishment and stellar views.

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