When visiting Fort Worden State Park, multiple accommodation options are available for those who wish to stay on site. If you’re in a historical mood, you can stay on Officer’s Row– homes that used to house the post’s officers. Or stay at Alexander’s Castle– a small castle built in 1882- which holds up to four people. The outdoorsy folk will be happy to to know that camping sites are also available.
For larger groups, I recommend staying at the Reunion House– also known as the Madrona House. This was the accommodation for the three nights of our family reunion last month. Though not a luxury lodging by any means, I found the house functional and comfortable for the amount of people we had in our group.
The Reunion House is made of two stories with 14 bedrooms and four bathrooms. I found one glaring disadvantage to the house- the long steep staircase leading up to the second floor from the entryway. There is no door that blocks off the staircase to keep small children off of it. With a very active toddler who doesn’t have much experience with stairs, I had to keep a constant eye on Buddy at all times. Thankfully, with eight other adults besides D and me, paired with several cousins who were more than happy to protect their “baby” cousin, Buddy was well looked after.
As you first enter the house, you are facing the staircase leading up to the second floor. Through a doorway to the left of the staircase on the first floor is a sitting room complete with couches and a coffee table. We used this room for story times with the kids when they needed some time away from the chaos that comes from such a large family. Down a hallway past the sitting room are several bedrooms and a bathroom. At the end of the entryway, to the right of the staircase, is a doorway. It took me two full days to find out that that doorway led to more bedrooms and another bathroom.
Upstairs to the left of the staircase is a second sitting room that connects to a hallway with more bedrooms and a bathroom. On the other side of the staircase is what I would refer to as the heart of the house. A large dining room with two long tables is the central focus of the house. Though not fancy, it is functional. A great room for family game nights, meals, and just spending time together.
Just off the dining room is a fully functional kitchen with two refrigerators, oven, stove and microwave. My one complaint about the kitchen was that it was a little small for the amount of people coming in and out all the time. But it worked. An outdoor patio just outside the kitchen is the perfect place to spend a pleasant summer evening in the Pacific Northwest. Down yet another hallway off the kitchen/dining room are a few more rooms and one more bathroom.
Perhaps the best part of staying at the Reunion House is its proximity to so many activities. It is a stones throw away from the trailhead to Artillery Hill. Multiple attractions, including the beach, Point Wilson Lighthouse and the Marine Science Center are all less than a mile away.
Overall, I found the Reunion House at Fort Worden a comfortable place for large groups. If you are looking for elegance and luxury, the Reunion House is not for you. However, though not flashy or elegant by any means, it has plenty of space and lots of character and history.
Would you stay at the Reunion House?
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