Travel Blogs from Port Townsend
In German we call that "das dicke Ende" the thick end!
Got home at 9 PM Thursday with a very efficient van service, Rocket Transportation driving me and other passengers from Sequim right up to good old San Juan Commons, my domicile in two hours flat.
Friday I used our great local bus system to pick up my mail from the post office and obtain a duplicate license. Also placed a fraud alert because I lost some other papers, but ...
... As we pulled up to the coast it was as I had always envisioned a Pacific Northwest beach. An all rock shoreline, drift wood the size of a full size trees, rock islands just off shore, and a misty overcast over the beach. I was amazed by the drift trees (not really small pieces of wood) so I took a bunch of pictures trying to include them into the foreground. The kids were actually asleep on this stop so we wound up touring the beach in ...
... riding because about 20 min. after I walked in the door, there was sleety rain tapping against my window :p I think some dead relatives must have been keeping the weather at bay for me this trip ;)
(called a 'rain shadow', which the east side of the Olympic Peninsula enjoys ;)
I'm so glad I rode this trip - I absolutely ~love~ the excitement, uncertainty, danger & wonder of adventures! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
... day of Christmas and not interrupt it. Anthony had offered more than once to drive us to the airport but it's a 2 1/2 hour drive one way and we don't mind taking the ferry and train to get there so that's what we did. It was 10:30 when we got there and I did get a nap in before we boarded and then we both slept most of the way to Minneapolis and again part of the way to Bismarck. All ready now for the time with the Kilde family and our friends back in Hazen!
... Several heron had been fishing in the shallows. Unbeknown to them, a bald eagle had been keeping a close eye on the proceedings. At one point a heron caught a fish but before it could throw back it's head to swallow, the bald eagle dove. The heron dropped the fish, the eagle quickly snatched it from the water, then flew twenty feet over to another spot on the beach to calmly enjoy the catch.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Manresa Castle Port Townsend
This is a great hotel if you are looking for a comfortable, no frills kind of room. The rooms are simple and tiny, but nice and clean. Compared to some of the hotels we were looking at a few miles west on the 101, this place was a palace. We had a private bathroom and despite the design of the doors (with the frosted windows) it offered plenty of privacy. The service was helpful and friendly and they had plenty of free parking. It's convenient to the dowtown area and close to the ferry ports. If you are looking for a place to rest in this area of Washington at a reasonable rate look here, this is nicer than the standard chain motel/hotel! If you are looking for a fancy 4 star, keep looking.
We arrived early in the day and the desk clerk was nice enough (and disinterested enough) to let us explore the sleeping areas of the hotel, so we were able to look at about 20 rooms as they were being cleaned.
Unique but not clean!
View would have been nice except the windows were so dirty one could not enjoy the view. Loud music from the lounge kept us up until late. Room cleanliness is below standard...mold in the shower is never a good sign.
A very unique property but it looks and feels worn. We expected more and I would not recommend it.
My husband and I stayed at Manresa Castle three nights in August 2004. We appreciated the comfortable room, friendly service, and unique atmosphere; but we would stay there again for the smoke-free, cozy bar furnished like a Victorian parlor. I'm not a hotel bar person, nor much of a drinker, but we had drinks before and/or after dinner every night and thoroughly enjoyed the tasty, reasonably priced drinks; the atmosphere; and the friendly, professional service.
We stayed at the 100 year old Manresa Castle and sad to say she's showing her age. When we booked we asked for a room with a view, and were told "the best view is from the 3rd floor, but we don't have an elevator". As advertised the room had a lovely view of the water, but was in need of upgrading. Paint was cracked and peeling from the wall. The bathroom was large, but had a small plastic prefabricated shower, no hairdryer, but the towels were soft. The continental breakfast included juice, croissants, muffins and coffee. The best feature of the hotel are the public rooms. The bar is decorated with lots of wood, is comfortable, and drinks were reasonably priced. The reading room was very comfortable, but the restaurant makes visiting or staying here worthwhile. The chef has worked in a variety of restaurants, the food was excellent, and the dining room was beautiful. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. I would eat there again, but stay elsewhere. When we checked out we were told that the "castle" had been sold and possibly would be remodled.
Fantastic Place To Stay
We went to stay at the Manresa Castle this year in March and were delighted with the entire experience! The building and grounds are gorgeous, meticulously maintained and quite breathtaking to view! The staff are friendly and informative, and the service - from the continental breakfast to the formal dining room - was second to none!
We requested one of the known "haunted" rooms and had a wonderful experience or two while we stayed! I highly recommend this to everyone!
The town of Port Townsend is also charming to roam about - the shops and places to eat are really good - and we especially enjoyed the Celtic shop downtown, and the Nifty Fifties burger bar! You won't be disappointed with a stay in beautiful Manresa Castle!
Ask for the Weekend Getaway Deal!
The rooms are quaint, victorian style with ample room and reasonably quiet, the staff is excellent, the food at the restaurant is OUTSTANDING! All and all, this is a great place to take a long weekend away from it all.
Great Victorian Hotel
We had a great stay in this beautiful hotel. The room and hotel interior were wonderfully maintained in all their Victorian glory. And the service was top notch. Try to get a room with exclusive access to a huge hot tub. The warm, old, elegant lounge is pretty cool as well. And the walk from the Castle to downtown Port Townsend is endlessly scenic.
Will definitely stay there again.
Relaxing Ocean View and Friendly Ghosts
My fiance and I spent 2 entertaining days at the castle on our way to Vancouver. We found the hospitality to be very welcoming, and the accommodations to be charming and relaxing. We were lucky to get a room with an ocean view (as most, unfortunately, overlook the parking lot and surrounding buildings). The rooms were pretty small, but the "old" furnishings added a special touch. We were also entertained with the stories about the Manresa ghosts and even bought a book at the front desk on the different paranormal occurrences. If you stay there enjoy a drink in the library or in the old fashioned bar. The only downside is that you have to drive downtown for any activities, as there is nothing to do around the castle.
Sleeping in a Pulp & Paper Mill
Advertising for Manresa Castle, located near Port Townsend, Washington does not state its close proximity to a pulp & paper mill. On our 2nd night the entire hotel was encased, in and out, in a thick putrid fog of smoke as the wind had changed. Those with allergies and asthma should beware! In addition, exept for a few of the rooms, most are institutional in style and fittings.