18 Mason County South Hood Canal & Mason County Experience the Wild Side of Washington Like a giant fish hook weaving beneath the Olympics with a web of inlets, Hood Canal is poised to catch your imagination and reel in memories for years to come. This majestic saltwater fjord hosts unparalleled shellfish, shrimp, crab, and salmon and is renown as a diving mecca with its glacial formation causing underwater biomes that appear nowhere else. Venture away from the Canal to Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest for hiking and thrilling vistas. Choose from hundreds of easy access freshwater lakes or revel in waterfall views including the iconic High Steel Bridge. Ablaze with wildflowers in the spring, hidden swimming holes in the summer, a chance to see spawning salmon in the fall, and snow-capped peaks in the winter, there is never an inoppor- tune time to visit Hood Canal. Hood Canal’s Coastal Towns Welcome You As Highway 101 meanders along the Canal, catch glimpses of spar- kling views between the quaint towns. Belfair, less than an hour from Bremerton, hosts the birder’s paradise, Theler Wetlands Preserve and is near Tahuya State Forest, a 23,000-acre forest with extensive ORV trails. Union’s art community embraces visitors with spectacular views and amenities including Alderbrook Resort & Spa and Harmony Hill, a world-famous healing center. Hoodsport, gateway to the Staircase entrance to Olympic National Park, features unique shops and farm to table dining at Hama Hama’s Oyster Saloon. Follow the Shellfish Trail Looking for the best shellfish? Hood Canal and South Puget Sound are culinary destinations for seafood aficionados. Shelton’s Taylor Shellfish, producing the prized Kumamoto oyster, is the World’s largest exporter of clams and oysters. Hama Hama Oysters an- Favorite Events Hama Hama Oyster Rama: April 21 • 888-877-5844 HamaHamaOysters.com • Lillliwaup • U-pick oysters and clams, games, live music, beer and wine garden and more! Bluegrass from the Forest: May 18–20 • 360-426-1782 BluegrassfromtheForest.com • Shelton • Bluegrass musicians from all over the U.S. will get your toes tapping! Mason County Forest Festival: May 31–June 3 MasonCountyForestFestival.org • Shelton • Carnival, parade, car show, logging show, fireworks, annual run/walk and vendors. Fjordin Crossin’: June 23 • 206-300-0877 ExploreHoodCanal.com • Hoodsport • Paddle across the Hood Canal plus distillery tours, tastings, food and entertainment. Allyn Days & Geoduck Festival: July 20–23 ExploreHoodCanal.com•Allyn•Seafoodfancelebratewith smokedsalmon,shellfish,wineandbeergardenandlivemusic. Taste of Hood Canal: Aug 11 • TasteofHoodCanal.com BelfairStatePark•Familyfun,food,beergarden,musicandcars. Oysterfest: Oct 6–7 • OysterFest.org • Shelton Washington State’s official seafood festival. Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and much, much more! LavenderseasoninSequim Seattle Port Townsend Quilcene Brinnon Shelton Port Ludlow Port Hadlock Marrow- stone Is. Sequim Gardiner Forks La Push Clallam Bay Sekiu Port Angeles Joyce Neah Bay Olympic National Park Olympia Lake Quinault Kalaloch 5 101 101 101 101 104 112 3 ExploreHoodCanal.com 800-576-2021 Photo: Courtesy Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce AviewfromtheOlympicMountains Photo: Courtesy InsideOut Solutions, Inc.