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Manitou Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #3 of 11 Forks B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, WA
1 review
“Great service!”
Reviewed 29 July 2009

We loved our stay at Manitou. The highlight of the service was when our car died and Ed helped jump our car and then lent us his cables just in case we died again! Great food too!

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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 26 July 2009

The lodge is picture perfect and comfy, set in a grove of towering rain forest trees. The hosts are thoughtful and attentive and friendly. Far off the beaten path. The nearby ocean beaches are scenic wonders. Breakfasts are scrumptous and different each day. When I return to the area, I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. A gem.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 23 July 2009

This rustic getaway is centrally located to the Hoh Rain Forest national park, Rialto beach (2 1/2 miles away - epic drift logs and eagles, not to mention whole in the wall, interesting tide pools at low tide and the many wave washed round skipping stones etched perfectly by billions of waves), La Push (quilluette nation) with first, second, third beaches and James island - and not too far from ruby beach just below the rain forest.

Of course FORKS (about 13 miles away from lodge - and smokehouse restaurant at corner of 101 and 110) is close as well. Timber museum closed Mondays, chamber of commerce next door along with Bella’s red Truck

TWILIGHT FANS - Once just a logging town known for its timber museum - it’s now some what of a hotspot for TWIGHLIGHT fans, tours and memorabilia every other store. My wife and i geo cache (website geocache.com - gives you coordinates in lat and long to find caches, usually ammo boxes hidden to challenge you to find - all over the USA and beyond - Yosemite, Yellowstone, sequoia every park has them located inside and fun to do on vacation and challenging) and found the Twighlight MULTI-Cache on the geocache.com website. Was wonderful to find all the twighlight stuff - we have never watched twilight or read any books but seemed to have picked up some of the characters and happenings finding all the cool locations - these locations gave us numbers which corresponded to the final twilight cache - next to a big tree Bella and Edward would absolutely love. Borrow someone’s GPS (Garmin etrex works fine - 99 dollars) and do it - there are those who say its gay, but its challenging to get out there, make some mistakes, beat the challenge and its free - not on Xbox, Wii or Nintendo DS.

You can get the twilight tour in town - but this one was fun and we knew nothing about the books or characters - did I mention this is free and fun, you cant get free an fun anywhere these days. They don’t offer anything twilight for free – except this and another twilight cache we didn’t do.

EATS - Do not eat at Rivers edge in La Push unless you have nowhere (thriftway deli makes excellent sandwiches to order - along with some twilight sandwiches) else to go - this was greasy, half warm, not very good food - and we weren’t there during a mad rush of people. I eat sandwiches from gas stations on road trips - I don’t eat at every uppity yuppipty restaurant there is - the girl in back (really out front) was stuffing French fries in her mouth tending to others food. You will see that some Indians have made good decisions, some have not and not all casino money is distributed equally.

Smokehouse (110 and 101) was very nice and good food - reviews are good but this is just a good roadside diner that isn’t spectacular - but clean, good food and service. The mill creek bar and lounge at end of town near the chamber of commerce looked like the best place to eat but we never got there - some what of a biker bar getaway but looked the best.

You will not find a Wal-Mart, Frye’s or other super store here - you have the thriftway, outfitter store and something else all connected together. Basics(with all kinds of twilight gear of course) here and anything for camping, hiking, boating - including an espresso shop that i had a good experience with while waiting for deli sandwiches at thriftway.

ACCOMODATIONS, THINGS TO DO AND WHERE TO GO -- Awesome sunsets, mornings usually cloudy from marine layer -- need to locate tide tables - which are provided at the Manitou Lodge along with a myriad of information, excellent coffee made fresh every morning, rustic quiet atmosphere and out of the way feeling with the noise of birds and ability to get up whenever you feel like it.

RIALTO – low tide, pools and hole in the wall – watch for eagles in the tree behind you. On Mora road, same as Manitou Lodge – almost three miles, parking and Mora campground just before Rialto Beach parking.

La Push – First second and third beach trails – James island and parking lot at end of the road next to first beach and trails marked for second and third beaches with more driftwood and sea stacks. On La Push road that continues straight past the Mora road at three rivers resort and gas station/store – 5/6 miles.

Manitou (ED and Lynn) Lodge provided excellent breakfasts delivered with excellent amenities - will stay again if i get the chance. Next time, will schedule nothing to do and maybe all the time. There are more books, information and trinkets to look at in the lodge then you have time for. We stayed in the Sacagawea Room with fireplace and internet – no tv, I like internet for research – even though its supposed to be a getaway, we had to look up dining reviews, park fees and geaocaching stuff. Only checked email a couple of times, tide information also but out in lodge on table.

Did i say Ed and Lynn make great fresh ground coffee -- my wife would kill me if i didn’t say that their selection of tea (and continuous hot water for cocoa and tea) is the bomb diggidy G. The Chai spice was off the hook and apple cinnamon was just as good. So, better than good tea quality and quantity - unless your from England your tea taste might be different - but i bet if you asked Lynn before you got there she would get the tea you like.

Hoh Rain forest -(12 miles south of forks, 18 miles into visitor center and trails) i have hunted, hiked and biked allot of the pacific northwest so i have seen allot of moss, lichens and conchs on trees - that being said the rain forest was really cool with some large trees so you know your are in a special place or the trees would have been already cut down. I was not severely impressed but recommend it to everyone who has not seen this scenery - many people in eastern Washington/Oregon never see the other side and don’t know about the foxglove, mosses, alder trees everywhere and the beaches so this will be very interesting for them. Apparently this rain forest extended all the way to northern California thousands of years ago.
TRAILS - Hall of Mosses (not Moses - moss - yes i kept calling it the hall of Moses)very close to parking lot and little more than a mile - with only a few spots where the moss is covered and trail loops back to parking lot? Not much time, this is the spot to go - fast and famous however, much more moss and river on the Hoh river trail just a short distance in – worth the short hike if you have and hour or so.
Hoh river trail goes up to 27 miles past the glacier where there are allot hikers and campers with backwoods permits here. The river is a bluefish haze from all the mineral content being washed out from the Glacier that is one of only a few in the northwest(mount hood is another glacier and there several others). we went up a mile and a half to two miles and there are trails to the right that lead to the river and the trails follows the river for quite a ways - so if you do the hall of mosses and don’t have much time, go into the Hoh river trail for a while and there is allot to see only a mile in, If you are a backpacker/hiker then this is an epic trail with backwoods camping, hiking and fishing available.
KAYAKING - available just before the visitor center - how many people can say they have kayaked through a rain forest in the United States of America? Will surely do this next time - and would recommend it to anyone - the river looked like you could wade through some parts but wasn’t that fast - you can call and ask if they train, if they have had any accidents etc.

Great time, great place, great people there - even sitting in the lodge talking to people from all over the world.

Objective this is, hopefully this helps somebody else from what we have learned. We live on Kitsap Peninsula near Port Orchard Washington.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles
1 review
Reviewed 17 July 2009

Although slightly out of the way, the Manitou Lodge is a friendly and comfortable place to use as a base for exploring the Olympic National Forest. One specialty is the sumptuous breakfast basket to be found in the refrigerator. This was our second stay and we found it as enjoyable as the first.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Washington
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Reviewed 16 July 2009

Beautiful, yet rustic. Creative decor, branches for curtain rods, drift wood for light switch covers, reminded me of something out of Sunset Magazine. The owner(husband) was very helpful and friendly on the telephone; was disappointed that I never met him in person during our stay. We were greeted by two dogs, and the wife when we checked in. After that we never saw our hosts again. I myself would have liked a little more interaction. But what little interaction we had was pleasant and helpful. We liked the idea of having a breakfast basket in our room full of plenty of choices; yogurt, muffins, fruit, croissant Close drive to some very beautiful beaches. This would be a good stopping point while visiting the Hoh. When you go through Forks make sure to stop off at the local Thriftway. Wonderful store, has a fantastic sportswear section if you need hiking shoes, sweat shirts, or the forgotten and much needed rain jacket, also best selection of Twilight souvenirs. Plan accordingly to spend time at the Manitou lodge, just relaxing. Truly it invites one to be in santurary.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Cali wine country
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Reviewed 13 July 2009

The lodge was a terrific find on the Internet, and an oasis in reality after a day from tourist hell and balky rental cars. We were totaly frazzled by the time we got there -- 4 hours late --but the beautiful, soothing and very comfortable rooms, the porch swings, mellow fellow guests, and the very charming proprietor buoyed our spirits in short order. After a great night's rest and a delicious breakfast, we roamed the beaches, walked the rainforest paths, swam in Crescent Lake, hiked to the waterfalls, saw Hurricane Ridge, and enjoyed everything the Olympic Peninsula has to offer. Central Market in Poulsbo is a must. Would definitely highly recommend Manitou Lodge to all travelers. Hope we get there again!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Florida
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Reviewed 2 July 2009

Unlike most B&B's, which require you to attend a communal breakfast at a certain time, they put great food in your room, in the fridge, the day before and let you decide what to do and when. This is a huge advantage for someone like me, who wants to get out early and go hiking on the beaches or in the Park. You can still attend a communal meal if you choose.

I stayed in Outback, which was snug, private, and comfortable. I could come and go as I wanted without disturbing the other guests.

Manitou Lodge is good for anyone looking for a great place to stay and explore this part of the peninsula. It is well appointed, quiet and comfortable. Forks is about 15 minutes away. The hosts are great.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Manitou Lodge Bed and Breakfast
Address: 813 Kilmer Rd, Forks, WA 98331-9511
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Ranked #3 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Forks
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Number of rooms: 11
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