Penrose Point State Park: The Campster gets tested

Trip Report:
Penrose Point State Park


Highlights: 

Beautiful wooded campsites, biking around the campsite, rocky beach exploration, shellfish and boating options, close to Seattle.


Season Visited: 

Mid June


Trailer used: 

1969 Campster
Our family took a quick father's day trip out to Penrose point state park to get a bit of forest bathing in and relax after a crazy busy Spring prepping trailers and living the city life.  I wanted to try out the Campster before I rented it out to see if it has any quirks!
Penrose point is a great campsite for families as it is about 90 minutes away from Seattle, has shallow water and lots of shells and sand dollars to discover,  trees and spacious campsites provide shade and there are stores within 15 minutes for ice and other necessities.  
The Campster was great for my family because we have a 5 year old and were able to sleep in the big kingsized bed all together.  It towed great, although it does have a heavy tongue weight for a small trailer. This helps it to be a very stable towing trailer but requires a vehicle that can handle it. 
The kitchen storage was nice to be able to put groceries away and not have them strewn around the campsite. 
The campsite was #19 and was beautiful with large trees, nice tent sites and a fire pit. 
The beach and boat docks were about a 10 minute walk through the campground.  There was a day use area that was a 3 minute drive to get to that had areas for clamming and fishing during times when those were available. I have never seen so many sand dollars in my life. There were hundreds of them!
 

Lake Cushman: Rusty's Debut

Watch my Lake Cushman Adventures!

Lake Cushman spans 4010 acres and is just under a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle (including traffic!) It sits within the Olympic National Forest and is just within the sweet spot where you get to lose connection to the rest of the world while you are there.

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Pros

Direct access to the Lake

Reservations are accepted

Pets are allowed

A wide variety of hikes nearby for all levels and ages

Kayak and other watersport rentals available

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CONS

No view of the lake from the campsites

No boat ramp

Moderate noise

 

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We chose the North Camp over the South Camp because it is less likely to be used for day use. This cut down on some of the noise and traffic and made it feel more “off the grid”. If you want to be in the action – I recommend the South Camp.

I strongly recommend making a reservation. I did not see any sites that didn’t have a reserved sign posted. 

We had a hard time deciding between a few challenging hikes, as Mount Ellinor, Mount Rose, and Mount Washington are all within a short drive. We settled on Mount Rose and it was a thigh-burner for sure!

 

My kind of whining (Washington wine tour)

Looking for an adult adventure?  Like to chase the sun? Zillah Washington might be the right spot for you.  2-3 hours from Seattle area gets you into Washington wine country.  One of my friends recently took Big Blue over the mountains for a weekend of wine tasting and relaxing in the sun.  If all the campgrounds are booked up several of the wineries have offered spots to park a trailer and sleep for the night, some with excellent amenities of bathrooms and snacks.  Many of the wineries have free wine tastings and summer time events.  Musical entertainment, food parings, pizza ovens and bbq's can all accent the excellent Washington wine selection.  Leavenworth or Icicle Creek both have lots of camping areas if you want to combine it with another adventure.  

Activities can include:  Wine tasting, horseback riding, live music, bbq, sunshine, wood fired pizza, beautiful walks.

Here is a good link to the winery trail and events.  A passport will get you discounts at the different wineries and several of them have events throughout the summer

http://www.rattlesnakehills.org/

Silver lake winery

My friend parked the trailer at Severino and received an invite from Paradisos to use their property next time.  Call ahead and see who has the most excitement going on that day and then plan out the adventure.  Or just see where you end up.  The beauty of having your bed with you ;)

Severino http://www.severinocellars.com/

Others wineries they visited:

Two Mountain http://twomountainwinery.com/

Bonair http://www.bonairwine.com/

Cultura  http://www.culturawine.com/

Hyatt Vinyards  http://www.hyattvineyards.net/

J Bell Cellers  http://www.jbellcellars.com/#handcrafted  

  • Looked to have a chef with farm to table offerings.

Dineen Vinyards  http://dineenvineyards.com/

  • Wood Fired Pizza in the Vineyard.  Dineen Vineyards offers wood fired on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Chef Chris Guerra from Guerra's Gourmet hand-crafts the pizza using fresh local ingredients. Please see our Facebook page for dates and times

Silver Lake Winery http://www.silverlakewinery.com/ 

  • Event site for weddings and looks like great activities.

Knight Hill Winery  http://www.knighthillwine.com/
 

Hope you have a fun tour!

Take some pictures and tell me how it went.