Top 9 Instagram Destinations in Grays Harbor


Kick back and enjoy the sweeping views from Colonel Bob Peak. Photo credit: Douglas Scott

Top 9 Instagram Destinations in Grays Harbor

Surrounded by breaking waves, stunning rainforests, wild rivers and breathtaking views, the landscape of Grays Harbor makes for incredibly scenic adventures. And, we try our best to capture those adventures with our cameras and phones. Like all adventures, they must come to an end, however our pictures will help us relive our experiences, sharing them with our friends on social media. While some share their wanderlust on Facebook or Twitter, the go to app for seeing the very best of a region is Instagram.

Used by nearly a billion people worldwide, Instagram connects us with others who share our love for the quirky, fantastic and beautiful. Throughout Grays Harbor, popular Instagram destinations await your discovery. Here are nine areas for Instagram worthy photos in Grays Harbor County.

Wynoochee Lake

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Perfect for rainy days, the lake at Wynoochee is ideal for stunning pics of PNW weather. Photo credit: Douglas Scott

Far from the highway, tucked against the southern boundary of Olympic National Park and Forest, Wynoochee Lake awaits your selfie. On rainy days, when exploring the Pacific Northwest may not seem ideal, Wynoochee Lake is transformed into a mysterious looking waterway with clouds hovering over the tops of stunning stands of trees. Wisps of white contrast against the greens and blues, turning this oft-overlooked lake into the perfect place to capture the soulful mood of the rainy, soaked Olympic Peninsula.

Lake Sylvia

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Sun doesn’t have to be shining at Lake Sylvia to make it a destination spot. Photo credit: Douglas Scott.

Just north of Montesano, between Aberdeen and Olympia, Lake Sylvia State Park offers lake and creek views, as well as five miles of trails. The trails lead to beaches, covered bridges and breathtaking outlooks. The park is ideal for a selfie or perfect for catching views of eagles, ducks and geese reflecting off the shimmering, shining water. While popular in the summer months, a spring or fall trip will leave you with images that will be the envy of your followers.  Read more here:

Plan your Family Summer Getaway to Westport


The Chateau Westport beach path connects to twelve miles of uninterrupted beaches and a 3.4 mile path around the city of Westport. Photo credit: Dani Dooley

Plan your Family Summer Getaway to Westport

The days are getting longer and the school year is getting shorter. I can’t wait for summer and the opportunity to spend some extra time with my family relaxing and playing at the beach. The clam tides have been steady this spring and what was just a sleepy little town all winter is waking up now as tourists arrive for their weekend fix. My friends have started calling and asking for suggestions. “What should we do? Where should we stay? Can we borrow your clam guns?” is the common refrain.

As with most vacations, I suggest starting with securing

lodging. And, for families that want to be close to the action, but also have some space to roam and some peace and quiet, too, I suggest Chateau Westport. Just outside the main bustle of town, Chateau Westport offers what most people seek – clean, comfortable rooms with kitchenttes or full suites, pet-friendly lodging options, a pool, a beach-front location, a fire pit for s’mores and space to run on grassy lawns and through wooded nooks. And – affordable rates.

Chateau Westport is a great launching pad for all the fun of a beach vacation in Westport.  A quick check of the Chamber of Commerce website shows an updated events list. My kids are looking forward to Pirate Daze in June. My dad is coming out for the Kite Festival that month as well. There’s both a street rod show and a jet ski competition my older sons are looking forward to.  Read more here:

Discover Twelve Museums With the Passport to Grays Harbor History

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Nancy Cuyle is the facilitator of the Grays Harbor Museum Association.

Discover Twelve Museums With the Passport to Grays Harbor History


Whether you are a Grays Harbor resident or a visitor, this summer you will be able to embark on a journey of discovery with the Passport to Grays Harbor History. No less than twelve museums are waiting for you in all corners of the County to tell their part in its turbulent history. Pick up your Passport at any Grays Harbor museum for a $2.00 donation. Travel to collect eleven museum stamps to receive a beautiful canvas tote bag

Nancy Cuyle and Emily Airhart are volunteers at the Aberdeen Museum of History, who started them on a quest to form a partnership of all the museums in Grays Harbor. In September of 2016, representatives of the organizations met and formed the Grays Harbor Museum Association. It is an informal group that shares best practices, strengthens communication and implements ideas. The Passport to Grays Harbor History was the first project conceived by the association. A $6,500 grant from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation paid for the design of the passport booklets by Alder Creative and stamps by Grays Harbor Stamp Works.

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Nancy Cuyle is the facilitator of the Grays Harbor Museum Association.

Nancy gladly tells stories about each museum:”Many people don’t realize how many museums we have and how different they are. For example, there are so many different ways in which the collections are housed.”

The large main floor of the historic armory has been home to the Aberdeen Museum of History since 1976. Volunteers of the Aberdeen Museum Historical Society have created an entire townscape reflecting aspects of Aberdeen history including a general store, a blacksmith’s shop and a theater.  Read more here:

2017 Grays Harbor Fourth of July Fireworks Shows and Events from A to W

Is June really drawing to a close and the Fourth of July holiday just around the corner? While it may be hard to believe when the clouds still dominate most of our days, the sun, and the fireworks, are not far away.

Here are some of the 2017 Fourth of July fireworks shows and holiday events around Grays Harbor County, organized for you from A (Aberdeen) to W (Westport) and many letters in between.


Before the fireworks show at 10:00 p.m., enjoy a fun-filled day of entertainment, food and more during the 4th of July Splash Festival. Photo courtesy: City of Aberdeen.

Aberdeen’s annual waterfront Splash Festival happens on Tuesday, July 4. The day-long festival with inflatable games, rides, live music, food and craft vendors, and family entertainment begins at noon and runs until 5:00 p.m. at Morrison Waterfront Park. For the evening, the Splash Festival switches to Seaport Landing (the historic seaport on the opposite side of the Chehalis River) from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. The fireworks display, which may be seen from either side of the river, begins at 10:00 p.m.

The tall ships (Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain) will be docked at the port for free (donations encouraged) onboard tours during the day and offering sailing excursions (for a fee) during the fireworks. Entertainment includes the Marlin James Band and the All in Band at the port as well as Son of Reptile Man, Trevor & Lorena, and Leapin’ Louie at the waterfront. Contact the City of Aberdeen Parks Department for more information at 360- 537-3229.  Read more here: