Things to do
For The Music Lover
For a small town, Union never has a shortage of entertainment. Just across the parking lot, The Robin Hood Pub has an open mic every Wednesday at 8 p.m., and every Saturday at 8:30 you can enjoy locally and nationally touring musicians on Justin Stang's Acoustic Stage. Just around the corner, you can enjoy a pizza and a cocktail at The Union Square while enjoying live music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Friday. After dinner & a show, The Alderbrook Resort has music each Friday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
For the "Relax First" Guest:
We welcome you to read, to sleep, to watch television or videos, or to soak in the hot tub. After your nap, walk up the street to the Water Wheel, our first hydroelectric plant, built in 1924. Visit the local gift shops, dine at Robin Hood Restaurant and Pub. The next day try the food at the Alderbrook Inn, Two Margaritas or the Union Square Deli.
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For the outdoor enthusiast:
The Olympic National Park is a 30 minute drive away. See the tallest steel bridge in North America, hit the trails of Staircase where the hiking goes from mild to strenuous. Go swimming, bring your boat, (launch from our beach during high tide or, during low tide, go 1 mile to the Mason County boat ramp), drop your crab pots, angle in late summer/early fall for salmon, bring your tall boots and your smelting nets, or in late spring or early fall troll for sea-run cutthroat trout. In August pick blackberries and during the early fall, after the first rains, go mushroom hunting.
For the water lover:
We have a nice two person kayak as well as a nice row boat available for use.
For those in seek of the unique:
You can drive to the High Steel Bridge, South Fork of the Skokomish River. For sheer drama, this is it: a 400-plus-foot drop to the bottom of the natural gorge created by the Skokomish South Fork. Hold onto the rail and look down. Think what it was like half a century ago to drive a log truck over this arch without siderails. A way trail leads from the far side of the bridge along the rim of the canyon (downstream) to an outlook point where you can look back at the span. DO NOT try to climb down the treacherous banks; nearly every season claims a casualty here.
To get there, follow Skokomish Valley Road about five miles to a V; take the right fork, a Forest Service road, uphill. After 2.3 more miles, look for a sign to High Steel Bridge and Denny Ahl Seed Orchard. Turn right and drive about 2.4 miles to the bridge. Use care; the road is somewhat rough.
Waterfalls in the Hood Canal Area
Although Rocky Brook is further away they both take about 45 minutes to get to. If you go to Rocky Brook it’s a beautiful drive and you will go through the quaint town of Hoodsport which has a wineary and a distillery and a great Mexican restaurant and ice cream shop with several souvineer type stores. Stopping at the Hamma Hamma Oyster Company which is about 15 minutes past hoodsport is a must. On both trips you will go by Hunter Farms, this is a true family farm you should stop and see the animals in the barn and lots of home made items.
Vincent Creek Falls or “The High Steel Bridge”Latitude : 47.3679 Longitude : - 123.2816 It is tough to say whether the falls on Vincent Creek, or “The High Steel Bridge” that spans the narrow, deep canyon of the South Fork of the Skokomish River is the real attraction here. The elevation from bridge deck to the stream below is reportedly 420 feet.This narrow falls with a drop of about 125 feet is best viewed in winter and early spring when the small watershed above has sufficient runoff to deliver to the falls. Location South Fork Skokomish River 9.8 miles from US Highway 101 north of Shelton. Directions From Hwy 101 north of Shelton, take the Skokomish Valley Road for five miles to FS Road #23. Go 2.4 miles to FS Road #2340, and follow it for another 2.4 miles. Park on either end of the narrow bridge crossing the gorge. Notes The bridge was originally built as a logging railroad bridge, and is still in use for car and truck travel. Vertigo is a word that comes to mind while standing mid-span and looking over the side to the rock-filled, narrow gorge with rushing water far below on the east side, or to the falls themselves on the west of the bridge. Photographing this falls is benefited by use of a telephoto lens of focal length 100-200mm. Occasionally an adventure seeking (read as crazy) kayaker may try to run this stretch of the South Fork of the Skykomish.
Rocky Brook Falls Latitude : 47.7210 Longitude : -122.9416 Rocky Brook, a horsetail form falls, is one of the larger and more frequently visited falls on Hood Canal. It is an easy, short walk of a couple hundred yards from the road to the falls, even in the rain. Location West of Brinnon up the Dosewallips River Road about 3 miles. Directions From US Highway 101 along Hood Canal, just north of Brinnon, travel west on Dosewallips Road for 3 miles, following the river of that name to the Rocky Brook Bridge. Park on the left side in a small turnout after crossing the bridge. The trail to the falls passes the small building on the north side of the road, where you will find the falls less than two hundred yards up the trail.Notes This scenic waterfall is part of a hydroelectric generation facility. It is a year-round favorite, often with large flow. Do not expect to be here alone on a hot summer afternoon as the cool mist of the falling water is an attraction to all who know of the spot. There is no public parking per se, but thanks to a gracious roadside property owner there is adequate space for most visitors. Trash, however, seems to be a problem. If you see litter, please help out and pick it up. All the other Waterfall Trail explorers will thank you!
For the romantics:
Hug, kiss, cuddle, watch the fire, sip wine, and listen to the music. Looking for an even more relaxing experience? Jump in your own Jacuzzi and feel the tension float away.
For the recovering workaholics:
No phones, no computer outlets, no bosses, no secretaries, auditors or tax collectors. If withdrawal is too much there is our wireless Internet for your laptop.