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The Olympic Peninsula offers an array of lodging options, from Cape Cod–style cottages and rustic cabins to midrange motels, timber-lined lodges, and Victorian-mansions-turned-bed-and-breakfasts. Many offer beach access or views of the water or mountains—or both. It's most difficult to find rooms during holidays and festivals. Winter and shoulder seasons typically offer the most economical prices.
Skiers, snowboarders, and day hikers headed to Hurricane Ridge might opt to use Port Angeles as their home base. For gourmands, history buffs, and maritime enthusiasts, Port Townsend offers numerous Victorian-themed B&Bs and hotels as well as inns and motels with bay views. Those seeking peace and quiet might consider accommodations in Sequim. The Washington Coast and Long Beach Peninsula are the best destinations for winter-storm watchers and beachcombers.