Ah, Colette’s. This B&B will always hold a special place in my heart.
Located in Port Angeles, WA, Colette’s Bed and Breakfast is located on the Strait of Juan de Fuca at the base of the Olympic National Park mountain range. It is truly gorgeous. To add to the beauty of it all are the amazing gardens weaving themselves around the property. The gardens were even featured in an issue of Fine Gardening magazine.
In August 2012, when we pulled into the property we found it entirely gated off to keep the deer out of the gardens. When we left the property four days later, the deer were actually lined up at the gate trying to get in. Lesson here is, keep the gate closed.
There are few places that I have been that have actually reduced me to tears upon arrival, but this was one of them. The view of the ocean, the gardens and the beautiful room was more than I could handle.
Carrie, a staff person, greeted us when we walked into the Great Room, which has huge, 40-foot windows that overlook the grounds, the ocean and the San Juan Islands in the distance. There are couches to relax in, movies to pick from and lots of books and brochures to read about the area. There is also the dining room where breakfast is served in the morning along with a cocktail and appetizer hour in the evening.
We stayed in the Azalea Suite, which had a great view of the ocean from the bed and a cozy little fireplace in the corner. There was also a nice bathroom with a big Jacuzzi tub for relaxing. (From the pictures on the website, they have changed their furniture at some point, whether before we got there or sometime since.)
Dae and Cliff run the B&B and they are truly sweet people who do a very nice job. They are there in the evening to serve wine and appetizers and help book dinner reservations and make recommendations. They serve a stellar breakfast in the morning and interact with guests. They are friendly people who love the area and are willing to help.
In fact, little to my knowledge, Dae had been in cahoots with Blake before our arrival to step up a perfect place for a proposal. She went out of her way to set up a private bench with a view of the ocean and completely decorated in ivy, daisies, yellow roses and blankets. Complete with a champagne bucket and glasses propped into the fence. (Hence now why Colette’s holds a special place in my heart.) They were excited for us, the other guests were excited to hear the news and it was a great experience. Dae and Cliff even took all the flowers afterwards while we were at dinner and put them leading up to our room door and around our room. In the morning, Dae went the extra mile and made heart-shaped biscuits to celebrate.
Breakfasts here were great. Our first morning we started with a poached pear, followed by a potato strata with squash in it and apple chicken sausage. To finish we had a fig with cheese inside.
Our second breakfast was a starter of orange slices , blueberries and some nuts, followed by smoked salmon on polenta with the heart-shaped cheese biscuits. We then finished with homemade mint ice cream because Dae said, “Why not have ice cream for breakfast?”
Our third breakfast consisted of starting with bananas, blueberries and raspberries followed by apple chicken sausage with a spinach quiche made with custard to make it fluffier. To finish we had a peach with crumble on top.
We ate at two good places for dinner during our stay there. The first was Sabai Thai in Port Angeles. It was delicious! Blake had garlic with beef and broccoli and I had Thai fried rice with beef. For dessert we shared coconut ice cream. The second place we ate at was the Alder Wood Bistro in Sequim to celebrate our engagement. Blake had the meatloaf and mashed potatoes and I had the planked salmon. To finish with dessert we shared their chocolate flourless brownie dessert and ice cream. It too was really good food.
For activities in the area, we enjoyed visiting the lavender farms, especially Purple Haze where you can U-pick your own lavender, which I thought was a fantastic experience. Certainly don’t have that back in Illinois or Michigan. Purple Haze has a gift shop on site and also a larger one in the town of Sequim.
We also visited the Dungeness Spit, the longest natural sand spit in the nation. It’s a five-mile hike out to the end of it, which I wish we could have done but were short on time. It was a really beautiful area with sea birds and sea lions. If you want a full list of animals you could possibly see there, visit here.
We also spent one day visiting Olympic National Park, which I will include our visit in another entry.
Our visit at Colette’s was sincerely enjoyable and relaxing. We even met Sharon the gardener who has been on the property since 2001 and designed and installed the whole garden. We thank Dae and Cliff for a wonderful stay and a memorable experience!
Colette’s Bed and Breakfast
339 Finn Hall Road
Port Angeles, WA 98362