The North Mason Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the Mason County Visitor Information Center in Belfair. Stop by our office at 30 NE Romance Hill Road, Suite 103, (just south of Harrison Medical Center on Highway 3) and you’ll find a wealth of resources for visitors and residents, including maps and brochures of our beautiful area, local business information, and much more.
Mason County’s tourism website is open for business at www.ExploreHoodCanal.com. The site’s user-friendly navigation and interactive menu is complemented by its dynamic editorial content, captivating photography, mapping capabilities and panoramic views of Mason County’s beauty. Visitors will find lodging & dining information, things to see and do, an extensive event calendar and much more.
Nestled along the shores of Case Inlet’s North Bay on South Puget Sound, the town of Allyn is located just four miles south of Belfair on State Route 3.
This charming town is well known for its tranquil environment and strong community spirit as evidenced by the dedicated volunteers of the Allyn Community Association (ACA). This 501c(3) non-profit organization not only sponsors the popular Allyn Days Salmon Bake & Geoduck Festival every July, they serve the communities of Allyn, Victor, Grapeview, South Shore, Mason, Benson and Trails End Lakes. They even have their own newspaper, the “North Bay Review,” a complimentary publication that is mailed to residents monthly.
Allyn is the home of LakeLand Village, a residential golf community that includes more than 800 homes, a 27-hole PGA-level golf course, a clubhouse, and more. Public boat launching is available adjacent to the historic Allyn Pier, at the Port of Allyn, first built in 1922.
Belfair is the home of the Taste of Hood Canal, which is an August tradition. From grilled oysters to live music and a beer garden, it has something for everyone.
Located at the head of Washington’s scenic Hood Canal, Belfair sits as a gateway with access to both the south and north shores of the canal.
Belfair serves as the area’s main commercial center, and is one of the county’s largest designated urban growth areas.
Local citizens enjoy two major shopping centers, several financial institutions, various medical, dental and chiropractic services, a variety of restaurants and shops, and the Mosquito Fleet Winery, which is open to the public.
The North Mason Chamber of Commerce is located in the center of town, just south of Harrison Medical Clinic. The Chamber also manages Belfair Licensing and the Visitor Information Center, which is a popular resource for travelers headed to nearby state parks and the Olympic national Park and Forest. Complimentary maps, brochures and personal assistance are offered in both the Visitor Center and Belfair Licensing.
Belfair is also home of the spectacular Theler Wetlands, a wildlife sanctuary and popular spot for runners and jobbers, or those who simply seek a refreshing stroll in nature. Photography enthusiasts enjoy a kaleidoscope of opportunities as the trails give access to plants, birds and animals in their natural habitats – forests, wetlands, saltwater and freshwater marshes, swamps and river estuaries. Four separate trails are open to the public free of charge during daylight hours, seven days a week. However, our canine friends are not allowed access to the trails.
Belfair’s “Taste of Hood Canal”
Every August, the North Mason community gathers together to celebrate the “Taste of Hood Canal.” This event combines a host of mouth-watering food booths, wine-tasting, vendors, a chain-saw carving exhibition, live music, entertainers, and vintage cars. In addition, there are exhibits focusing on the nature of Hood Canal, with hands-on activities for young and old.
Clams, anyone? Fair Harbor Marina is the host of Grapeview’s annual Art & Water Festival. In addition to thousands who make the trek by car, dozens travel by boat and make a weekend of it.
Grapeview is a serene waterfront community located on Case Inlet, just four miles south of Allyn. It is accessible via the Grapeview Loop Road from the north and south, and by boat to the Fair Harbor Marina, across from Treasure Island. The site of the first vineyards and winery in the Pacific Northwest, many Island Belle vineyards are still located on Stretch Island, although the original St. Charles Winery and others closed in the 1960s. Stretch Island is located just south of Treasure Island, north of Harstine Island on Case Inlet. The bicycle friendly eight-mile Grapeview Loop Road also paves the way to Treasure Island and Stretch (Islands which are both accessible via bridge) and the beautiful Fair Harbor marina, which offers moorage, a public boat launch, and a gas dock complete with a store for those last minute essentials.
FESTIVAL: Grapeview Art & Water Festival at Fair Harbor Marina – annual event held in July.
Hoodsport is the gateway to the Staircase area of Olympic national Park. Staircase offers 47 campsites and a variety of hiking trails that navigate along the Skokomish River.
Skokomish Park at Lake Cushman covers more than 500 acres with three boat launch ramps on the 41,500 feet of shoreline on the county’s largest freshwater lake. Turn at the intersection of Highway 101 and State Route 119 in downtown Hoodsport.
Hoodsport is also renowned among scuba divers as a staging area to view the Giant Pacific Octopus. Hoodsport Winery is located about one mile south of town. Other Hoodsport businesses include a grocery store with gas station, coffee shop, a hardware store, four restaurants, and more.
A hidden gem, Lake Cushman Golf Course is nestled in the Olympic Mountains above Hoodsport, 210 N. Fairway Drive West, Hoodsport.
Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Hoodsport and Lake Cushman for adventures from hiking to cliff jumping. Why not contact Hood Canal Events to help you plan the perfect trip? www.hoodcanalevents.com
For additional information, visit the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center located at North 150 Lake Cushman Road; Hoodsport, WA 98548 or call 360.877.2021
From sunrise to sunset, there’s something to do on Mason Lake. Perhaps the best option is just floating and watching the world go by.
Mason Lake is a natural elongated lake located between Belfair and Shelton. It was named for Charles H. Mason, the first secretary of Washington Territory.
It is approximately 1,000 acres in size and four miles long, with a maximum depth of 90 feet and mean depth of 48 feet. With 10.9 miles of shoreline, the lake sits 194 above sea level.
Originally a summer vacation community, today more than 1,000 residents now call Mason Lake home. The lake has always been known for its power boats, water sports and family outings. It is accessible by boat at Mason Lake County Park.
Shelton is the largest and only incorporated city in Mason County, serving as its county seat of government. It is located along the shores of Oakland Bay at the southernmost tip of Puget Sound. It features quiet harbors, waterfront homes, an award-winning hospital system, and historic downtown core highlighted by a collection of antique shops, restaurants, a movie theater and more.
The Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce manages three Visitor Information Centers – one located in their office in downtown Shelton at 215 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584, 360.426.2021, one right across the street in Shelton’s historic Caboose, and another in Hoodsport, located at North 150 Lake Cushman Road; Hoodsport, WA 98548.
Golf enthusiasts have two courses to pick from – on either side of Shelton. Salish Cliffs Golf Club is located at 91 West State Route 108, Shelton, WA 98584 www.salish-cliffs.com, and lake Limerick Country Club is located at 790 E. St. Andrews Drive, Shelton, WA 98584, www.lakelimerick.com.
Bluegrass from the Forest – annual event
Mason County Forest Festival – annual event
Mason County Historical Society Car show – annual event
OysterFest – annual event in October
Riders like local resident Jeff Purcell keep an eye out for dusty trails at Tahuya State Forest during the dry summer months, but great riding awaits, especially during the rainy months.
Set at the tip of the Tahuya Peninsula is the remote community of Tahuya.
This tiny town is located 15 miles west of Belfair along Hood Canal’s North Shore Road. It overlooks the Great Bend on Hood Canal and is home of Summertide Resort & Marina and the 23,000-acre Tahuya State Forest, where locals and visitors alike enjoy ORV trails, horseback riding, campgrounds, mountain biking and freshwater lakes. Open year-round, the Tahuya State Forest offers about 170 miles of multiple-use deep woods trails. It is estimated that more than 150,000 motorized and 50,000 non-motorized recreationists visit the forest annually. A discover Pass is required, available at the North Mason Chamber of Commerce’s Belfair Licensing in downtown Belfair, 30 Romance Hill Rd., next to Harrison Medical Center.
Tahuya Day Celebration & Parade – annual event in July
Tahuya Annual Salmon Bake – annual event in August at the Tahuya Fire Hall
Download the Tahuya State Forest Trail Map HERE.
To top off a perfect trip to Union, join Captain Lee Geist for a Hood Canal cruise aboard the Lady Alderbrook at Alderbrook Resort and Spa.
In the area known as the “Great Bend”, Union is a picturesque town positioned along State Route 106 on the south shore of Hood Canal. This charming community is recognized as the first arts colony in Washington State. That heritage is still celebrated through Union’s unique local shops and eateries. Wine tasting is featured at the Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop, right on Highway 106.
Harmony Hill Retreat Center and Anna’s Bay Center for Music are both located in Union, as is Hunter Farms, the home of the PumpkinFest Catapult Contest in October.
This hilly beachfront community also features the sprawling par-72 golf course at Alderbrook Golf Course & Yacht Club and world-class lodging facilities at Alderbrook Resort and Spa. There are two boat launches – one at Hood Canal Marina and the other at Twanoh State Park.
At Hunter Farms in Union you can find out just how far a pumpkin can fly! Wood crafted pumpkin catapults and trebuchets compete in an annual competition of builder skill, accuracy, and showmanship. The catapult contest typically takes place on the last Saturday in October, 12-1 PM at Hunter Farms out in the pumpkin patch, rain or shine. Watch ‘em hurl!
Union Pumpkin Festival is an all-October long harvest festival and fall celebration that takes place in the heart of autumn culminating on Halloween weekend. $5 Admission includes petting zoo entry & wagon ride to the catapult area. Children under 2 are free!