Karen and I picked Hoquiam for our second, “exploring our own backyard”, mission. The weather the day we went was unbelievable. Perfect for a Sunday outing.
Hoquiam is a small town, population of 8,726 in 2010. I’ve been to Hoquiam, both Karen and I remember going through it to the ocean beaches. Amazingly it hasn’t changed much, the houses along the route are the same, older but well kept up.
Our first stop was Duffy’s for lunch. We both had shrimp fettuccini. Delicious. Our main destination for the day was the Polson Museum. Again on the route to the coast, you pass it and yet neither Karen nor I had ever stopped. The picture at the top of this blog is of the 6,500 square foot mansion. The man at the entrance gave us a brief history of the house and invited us to tour at our leisure. He told us to look for 1942 photographs as most of the rooms have a picture of how the room looked when the Polson’s lived there.
The house was a wedding gift to Arnold and Priscilla Polson from his uncle. The house has twenty-six rooms with six bathrooms and four fireplaces. The Polson Museum website is very well designed and includes history and pictures. If you’re going to the ocean via Aberdeen/Hoquiam I would recommend a stop. If not, a virtual tour is the next best thing.
Another historic site is the Hoquiam Castle. We were fortunate to be able to tour the castle years ago when it was open to the public. There is so much history in Hoquiam. For a while, it was a Bed and Breakfast, but we were told it is now a private residence. The website from the B/B time is the only tour available. Karen and I drove past it and even though you can’t go in, I would recommend the slight detour to see it.
So what’s next on our mission to see out of way places in Washington? Not sure yet we are thinking of Whidbey Island and Coupeville. Any suggestions? We are open to ideas.
Oh almost forgot, check out the rose garden at the Polson Museum. It is late in the season but there were still some beautiful blooms.