Port Townsend the perfect spot for THE DAYTRIPPER
a birthday bash
Story and photos by Laura Lofgren Many people on the peninsula call Port Townsend their permanent home. To some, it’s a home away from home during the summer months. And for those of us who live just far enough away from the city that it takes some special planning to enjoy it, it’s a spot to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, bachelor/bachelorette parties and retirements. In this particular autumn instance, my husband, Michael, brought me to Port Townsend to celebrate my 29th birthday. While we did an overnight trip, our Saturday can easily translate into a day trip for those who only have a few hours to spend in the port city. We started on a Friday evening by checking into The Palace Hotel (www.palacehotelpt.com), which is located fairly dead-center in downtown Port Townsend. While Port Townsend has myriad lodging options, Michael said his main goal was to keep us within two blocks of all birthday festivities. Once settled into the our water-view room named “Miss Lou,” we headed around the corner to the Starlight Room for a movie. The Rose Theatre’s Starlight Room (located on the third floor above the Silverwater Cafe) boasts an intimate theater setting. The main screening room features a view of the downtown and Admiralty Inlet, plus 46 cozy chairs and loveseats for eating and watching the movie. Before grabbing a seat, visit the bar for a soda, a cocktail, a beer, a glass of wine and/or a selection from the small-plates menu. Delicious popcorn with tasty toppings also is an option. With drinks in hand and an order placed (a hostess will bring your food once it’s ready), settle in for one of the most warm and relaxing movie experiences you’ve ever had. The Starlight Room (rosetheatre.com/starlight-room) is a 21 and older venue. After the movie, we headed to the Silverwater Cafe (www.silverwatercafe.com) for a post-film
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Top left: Point Hudson Marina is must-see spot, with its many different types of sea vessels, near the end of downtown Port Townsend. Above: The completed articulation of an orca named Hope hangs in the Port Townsend Marine Science Center Natural History Exhibit. reserved dinner. Order a bottle of wine and enjoy some of the finest cuisine Port Townsend has to offer. With its ambience and well-appointed staff, the cafe is a casual but romantic restaurant that satisfies. After finishing a delicious dinner, we headed to Cellar Door (www.cellardoorpt.com) for live music and a nightcap. One of Port Townsend’s premier cocktail bars and live music venues, the Cellar Door is located downstairs in an inky basement-like setting
lined with old brick and illuminated by Edison bulbs and well-maintained fireplaces. It’s a friendly, intimate spot that charges a cover with live music performances. But it’s worth taking the time to experience the old underground speak-easy atmosphere the venue emanates as the music and laughter grow simultaneously into the night. Since the husband and I spent the night, we woke up early the next day to take on a full Port Townsend day trip.