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Lost Mountain Lodge

West of Seattle in northwestern Washington State lies the Olympic peninsula and the majestic Olympic National Park.  Known for its massive trees, rain forest, lush vegetation and Roosevelt elk, the Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve offering 73 miles of Pacific Ocean beaches, wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows and glacier-capped mountains. At the gateway to this national gem a prestigious B&B awaits the discerning traveler who wants more than just a step up when it comes to luxury and hospitality.  Lost Mountain Lodge offers five-star accommodation in a spectacular setting.  Sumptuous gardens surround limpid ponds in a serene environment evoking romance and beauty.

If you’re traveling from the Seattle area by car, Lost Mountain Lodge is just a couple hour drive away.  We took the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston which added to our adventure and reduced driving distance.  As you head northwest toward the Olympic peninsula on Highway 101, the lovely coastal town of Sequim (pronounced “squim”) appears before Port Angeles, the port of departure for tourists, trucks and commuters taking the ferry to Victoria, Canada.  (Once upon a time a few folks, on their way to catch the ferry, were lucky to find an available room here at Lost Mountain Lodge without a reservation, only to return for much longer visits afterward!)

Sequim itself has much to offer for a small town.  One of its claims to fame is its lovely lavender farms that began over 20 years ago as local farmers discovered the region has the ideal growing climate for the plant.  Sequim and Port Angeles are blessed to be in a “rain shadow” caused by the Olympic Mountains making Sequim one of the driest places in Western Washington.  Whereas some areas of the rain forest are inundated with 13 feet or more of rain each year, Sequim averages only 16 inches of annual rainfall, making it the perfect destination for outdoor adventure.  It’s the place where the name Dungeness was given to crab and home of the John Wayne Marina, a favorite recreation port for the Duke.

We arrived in the afternoon at Lost Mountain Lodge, noticing the abundant sunshine and reflection off the fountain in the middle of a large pond set in the midst of the 10-acre property.  Our innkeeper and host, Dwight Hosvedt, gave us a tour of the lodge and sat down with us over maps to point out places of interest.  Dwight has a staff to help out with morning breakfasts and housekeeping, so he is totally relaxed as he spends time with guests, making each one feel welcome and special. As with all B&Bs, it’s the quality and personality of the innkeeper which has everything to do with how much a guest will enjoy his or her stay. Dwight strikes the perfect balance between eagerly sharing his astonishing knowledge of the Olympic Peninsula and providing just enough help to make you feel comfortable in your surroundings, knowing that you will enjoy total, uninterrupted privacy.

With ten acres of ponds, trees, flowers, walking paths,  lawns, birds, and squirrels, the manicured landscape reminds one of an arboretum where an incredible variation of plant species enjoy regular professional maintenance.  Dwight once stocked his ponds with fish but it seems local osprey and eagles soon made that  discovery and proceeded lustily to empty the pond of its piscaterian delights.  We visited Lost Mountain Lodge in May and were thrilled to find azaleas, dogwood, Japanese Maple, rhododendrons, bulbs of all kinds, roses, strawberries, and even a late-blooming cherry tree outside our room.

A guest will never feel crowded for space at Lost Mountain Lodge.  Rooms are capacious and the public area inside the lodge is enormous.  Guests have opportunity, if they wish, to interact with staff and other guests during breakfast, or may simply retreat to their spacious rooms for privacy.  There are four romantic B&B Suites and two stunning private cottages.

Creekside Suite is a 700 sq.-ft room with a King bed, private deck overlooking the pond, and a soaker tub to enjoy while the fireplace crackles directly across from your bath.  The 600 sq.-ft Sunnyview Suite boasts a wood-burning fireplace for cold, crisp evenings, a charming window seat for daydreaming, and a luxurious king-size pillow top bed. Moonbeam Suite features five large skylights in its vaulted ceilings.  The luxurious 550 sq.-ft suite has a wood-burning fireplace and King-size bed with pillow top mattress.  A fourth suite, the 700 sq.-ft Dragonfly Suite is located across Little Quail Lake, just on the South end of the 10-acre property.  It has a gas burning fireplace with two French doors that lead to your private patio complete with outdoor seating for relaxing. This suite is so large it would be ideal for hosting small family gatherings or business meetings.

The two-bedroom, 1,100 square-foot Guest House/Private Cottage can accommodate up to 5 persons.  It features a pillow-top king bed in one room and two twin beds in a second bedroom. A spacious full bath with both tub and shower showcases a vaulted ceiling and skylight in pleasant, sunny surroundings. The Guest House also features deck and garden patios to enjoy the views of the fountain and gardens.  Breakfasts are not included in the rate, but may be added.

We were fortunate to stay in The Hideaway Suite on Quail Lake, a private luxury room with peaceful views of the tranquil pond in the center of the property.  We stepped into the huge, 1,000 square-foot suite by entering through the fashionable Bistro Kitchenette with white wood and glass insert doors of back-lit cabinetry, solid granite countertop, under-counter refrigerator, stainless steel microwave, Cuisinart coffee maker, and a charming bistro table & chairs. We enjoyed making a pot of coffee here in the mornings before heading over to breakfast in the main lodge area.  Adjacent to the kitchen is a small changing room to place suitcases on a pair of wooden luggage racks, put clothes on hangers, and slip into silky microfiber resort robes and slippers. In the main room a carved ebony King-size bed is topped with duvet and fluffy pillows.  Three large skylights above the bed bring in the brilliant, warm sun to flush the room with a golden radiance. The cozy window seat beckons to sit and view the ducks floating on the pond as the majestic fountain sends a geyser of water skyward.

In the bathroom, custom cabinetry in a deep espresso complements the mocha-colored Italian porcelain tile and stone accents. Topaz granite counters, oil-rubbed bronze faucets, and designer light fixtures complement the exquisite design. A separate walk-in shower stocked with botanical toiletries offered each of us a great way to greet the new day.  The jetted tub for two in the luxuriously appointed bathroom brought welcome enjoyment and relief at the end of each day of travel and exploration. After a “tub,” sitting in the microfiber resort robes and slippers by the stunning black granite gas fireplace with a glass of wine became the perfect way to end the day.

Breakfast at the Lodge is served from 8:30-9:30 a.m.  On the first morning we were greeted by Jen, a graduate of culinary school, who was preparing our breakfast.  Lost Mountain Lodge prides itself in serving great coffee and features a nice selection of flavored syrups for lattes, mochas and cappuccinos.  We both asked for an unflavored latte as we waited for Jen to put the finishing touches on our complimentary gourmet breakfast.  We began with a panna cotta with fresh blueberries, then moved on to a Sicilian Tomato & Fresh Basil Frittata served with chicken apple sausage, roasted cauliflower, and a fresh  muffin. Be sure to bring your appetite when you come here, because it’s impossible to go away hungry and tempting to consume it all.  Neither of us could finish our plates, but we were thrilled with the taste, portion-size and presentation. On our second morning we began with a fruit salad consisting fresh, plump blueberries, ripe raspberries, and sliced kiwi.  Next came a plate of poached eggs and asparagus covered with Hollandaise, and Stromboli (rolled up phyllo pastry dough filled with cheese, vegetable and meats, baked and sliced). Once again, the portions were huge and the flavor was incredible.

If you’re ever lacking for inspiration for home decoration, Lost Mountain Lodge will provide some excellent ideas.  Every piece of art and sculpture is tastefully displayed, whether in the public rooms of the lodge or in the individual suites.  The style is eclectic.   Where else might you find a wreath made of whole eggshells? Modern, Asian, Pacific Northwest, Nautical and Americana are juxtaposed thoughtfully.  Our innkeeper was proud to show us his father’s cabinet in the Lodge entrance.  Larry Hosvedt created this unique piece of furniture for special exhibition at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.  The doors are made of thin strips of colored glass and slivers of American walnut, giving the impression of “falling rain” when illuminated.  The chest in the family room is another of Mr. Hosvedt’s master works.  It was created with the grand opening of the Bellevue Art Museum in 1984.  The chest is made of rare Hawaiian koa wood and walnut with gold leaf applied to the doors.

The Lodge features unlimited use of its dual waterfall spa, free Wi-Fi, and unlimited use of its extensive Film & DVD Library. Even the popcorn is provided.

For a romantic retreat or to celebrate a special occasion with a loved one or members of one’s immediate family, there is no finer accommodation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula than Lost Mountain Lodge.

Lost Mountain Lodge
303 Sunny View Drive
Sequim, Washington
WA 98382 United States

Telephone: +1 360 6832431
Website: www.lostmountainlodge.com
Reservations: getaway@lostmountainlodge.com

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