A Drive Around The Peninsula with America's Car Museum
A full tank of gas on arrival
A Washington State Parks Discovery Pass if you have one
I've created this drive exclusively for a select group of members from America's Car Museum. We'll be taking a drive on a special route to some of my favorite stops around Hood Canal including The Alderbrook Spa and Resort, Fort Flagler, Port Ludlow, The Hood Canal Bridge, Port Gamble, Mora Ice Cream, and ending the day with a ferry ride into Seattle.
Once we're on the road, your first real stop will be The Alderbrook Resort and Spa. DO NOT SPEED ON THE WAY TO ALDERBROOK ON 106! In my opinion, this is the best place to get breakfast in the state and probably the best view while having it. They have a great spa as well and Prime Card members will find a discount here too. We're just going to do a quick stop here to stretch, enjoy the view, and maybe grab a coffee. The road to and from the Alderbrook is in excellent condition and has a lot of photo spots on the way. Watch your speed however and especially watch for multiple driveways. This isn't a road to be too much of a rush on, but the view won't disappoint you.
The next stop is Fort Flagler. You'll need a Washington Discover Pass here or you can pay $10 at the gate. You'll want to go left for the beach and for the little cafe, but the gun batteries are to your right. It's a fun spot to explore a little so I've included the link to the park here.
Your next stop is lunch and another great view with photo ops at The Inn at Port Ludlow restaurant, The Fireside. It's important to call ahead and make sure you can get reservations if you're doing this drive again sometime as the restaurant is very popular at all times of the day.
Next is a short drop south to Port Gamble and Gamble Bay Coffee. DON'T SPEED INTO PORT GAMBLE. Why the coffee stop? Nothing more than the sign actually. It's a great spot for a cup of coffee and a photo in front of the old service station sign. You should take some time to walk around if you haven't. It's a cute little town and a fun stop.
After that quick break it's time for dessert! The road south isn't too interesting, but Mora Iced Creamery is worth every mile. The ice cream is great and all, but the hot cakes will blow your mind! After your stuffed full of delicious regret you can hop on the ferry which departs every 40 minutes or so back to Seattle.
08:20 - Driver's Meeting
08:30 - Depart ACM for Alderbrook Resort and Spa
09:35 - Arrive at Alderbrook for a rest stop, some photos, and coffee
11:30-45 - Arrive at Beachcomber Cafe at Fort Flagler for a rest stop, coffee, snacks, and great photos
12:00-15 - Arrive at the Inn at Port Ludlow for lunch
01:15-30 - Depart the Inn at Port Ludlow
01:45 - Arrive at Gamble Bay Coffee Co. for a quick photo opportunity
02:00 - Depart Gamble Bay Coffee Co.
02:45 - Arrive at Mora Iced Creamery in Bainbridge. Parking here is somewhat difficult to find as a group, but usually plentiful around the area.
03:45 - Depart Bainbridge and drivers are free to go their separate ways. The Bainbridge to Seattle ferry departs at 03:55 or 04:40 and vehicles should be in line AT LEAST 30 minutes prior to boarding due to Saturday traffic.