I have to say that planning our honeymoon was made a MILLION times easier by all of your generous comments and emails about PNW recs, so thank you! We stayed in four different hotels in four different cities (visiting a handful of other places in between) and each was incredible in it’s own way.
The Alderbrook Resort in Union, Washington was our first destination and one of the most amazing places I have ever seen. We stayed in a luxurious waterfront room and loved swinging the balcony door open every morning to breathe in the fresh mountain air and watch the fog slowly pass over the Hood Canal. I mean, it could not have been a more perfect location for our first hotel if we tried. After months of wedding planning / moving / working nonstop, we so needed a good place to veg, order all the seafood dishes from the room service menu, and sleep for fourteen hours a night. (These are the real things you do on a honeymoon, people. Don’t be fooled by the rumors.)
Since we flew into Seattle the morning after our wedding, we rented a car for this leg of the trip and it only added to the adventure. When I wasn’t passed out in the front seat (getting married is exhausting!), John and I both loved seeing as much of Washington in the Fall as we possibly could. Then when we arrived at the resort and got one look at our room, we could hardly believe it was finally happening! After a quick nap, we bundled up and headed down to walk along the dock and marvel at the glassy water filled with mussels. Given our off-season timing, it definitely felt like we had the entire place to ourselves. Kind of amazing.
As if the million dollar views weren’t enough, the food was BEYOND. My favorite meal (as usual) was breakfast. One morning I ordered Belgian waffles with creme fraiche and I am craving it as I type this very sentence. Absolutely everything that we ate at the resort was spectacular. I cannot recommend it enough.
Even though it was our first destination and we had three more exciting places lined up, I was reluctant to say goodbye. All of the memories that I took from this place are ones I will treasure forever. Until next time, Alderbrook!