Lesbian Travel: Discovery Bay on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

Published Date Author: , July 4th, 2013
by Ruth Messing, Discovery Bay Resort, Discovery Bay, Washington
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Discovery Bay

There’s just no place like it! Discovery Bay is sandwiched between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the North Olympic Peninsula between Port Townsend and Sequim, WA. The area offers many recreational opportunities amid some of the most scenic mountain, sea and farm settings in the world,

Outdoor activities are abundant

Protection IslandKayaking, birding (one of a few National Audubon sponsored centers in U.S. and major flyways), miles of hiking and biking on Discovery Trail, plus miles of other hikes to waterfalls, mountains, seashore, and tide pools.

There are ferries to the San Juan Islands, Victoria, BC, and Seattle. The Olympic National Park includes famed Hurricane Ridge, Hoh rain forest (one of the largest temperature rainforests in U.S.), and Sol Duc Hot Springs. There is boating, crabbing (home of the famous Dungeness crab), salmon fishing, whale watching, U-Pick berry farms, organic farmers markets, specialty farm tours, organic growing, and many local festivals.

Cultural Events and activities

Point WilsonThere is an active G/L/B/T population supporting a local radio station and theatre and a private daily internet posting site.

Not only does nearby Port Angeles have a symphony and major theatrical performances, but the Community College provides high quality productions, and there is a performing arts theatre in Sequim. Ft Worden State Park has a venue for various performances throughout the summer, including an annual Bluegrass festival. You can even go to classical concerts in a barn.

Several nearby casinos offer a variety of games and entertainment as well as good dining. There are movie theaters and Port Townsend hosts an annual international Film festival. There are many organized Indoor activities at large senior centers.

Wood CarvingYou will find churches, religious and spiritual groups of most every path and denomination. Many meditation and yoga groups can be found in all communities.

Surrounding Area

Discovery Bay is 20 minutes from Sequim; a small town that is has been listed as one of the top ten places to retire. It offers big box stores, large grocery stores, many small business shops and restaurants of various cuisines and prices.

Port Townsend is 25 minutes away the other direction. It is a historical waterfront town with quaint shops, galleries, art/gift shops and a Food Co-Op with organic groceries. Seattle and Sea Tac airport are two hours away.

Discovery Bay and the Northern Olympic Peninsula – A Scenic Tour

Mount BakerTo the northeast of DBR is the Quimper Peninsula, which includes the Port Townsend area. Take the ferry at Port Townsend to Whidbey Island to the Skagit Valley in the spring to see the tulip fields or mass migration of snow geese and trumpeter swans in winter.

Follow Highway 101 south from Discovery Bay along the eastern slopes of the Olympics to the towns of Brinnon and Quilcene, the west shore of the beautiful historic Hood Canal, with oyster farms, camping and even scuba diving.

Take WA104 and cross the Hood Canal to the historic Scandinavian town of Poulsbo or on to the Seattle ferries or the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to SeaTac.

Going West on Highway 101 you drive by Sequim and into Port Angeles, gateway to the Olympic National Park which includes one of only two rain forests in North America. Take a ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C. or continue west on Highway 112, a national scenic byway along the north coast to Neah Bay and Cape Flattery, the most NW point in the continental U.S.

Railroad Bridge ParkThe Olympic Mountain range has the third largest glacial area in U.S. Dungeness Recreation Area near Sequim includes the Dungeness lighthouse, and the spit which is one of the longest in the world.


The area has a mild four season climate. It may be overcast and drizzly in the winter months, but most days have what North westerners call “sun breaks”. There is a beautiful sunny season with little or no rain. Don’t confuse Seattle’s rainfall with Gardiner (where DBR is located) Sequim and Port Townsend as we get only a fraction of that amount.

There is snow occasionally. The 2012-2013 Winter was quite mild with only one 2-3″ snow that disappeared quickly. It can dip into the upper 20’s during the winter nights and in the high 60’s and 70’s during the summer. There may be a few summer days in the 80’s with a cool breeze from the bay.

Discovery Bay Resort

DiscoveDiscovery Bay Resort was built 20+ yrs ago as an RV park. About 15 yrs ago it was purchased by a group of former Rving women who organized it as the DBR Leaseholders Association (DBLA) and sold individual lot leases. Presently, all lots are leased/owned and 100% occupied by women. I am one of the fortunate few who have enjoyed this magnificent property since early on. Some are widows, others couples, and an equal number of singles. Men are not excluded. Several have families and grandchildren who visit in the summer. There are a few rentals and several living units and RV lots for sale. Owners ages range from 50’s to 80’s. Some are year round residents and others use them for vacations or are waiting retirement. During the summer season DBR may have 60-80 residents but only 25-40 in winter.

Home and lots

Those wishing to have a full-time living unit may choose a 400 sq ft Park Model. Some have an attached room (up to 200 sq. ft.). Others live in a “Park Trailer”, Fifth Wheel, travel trailer, or RV. Some lots are vacant for RV use. Lots have different configurations and sizes, and the park is terraced to maximize the view of Discovery Bay. There is a monthly owner fee of $118 per lot which pays for common areas as all as some utilities. Due to the Resort’s tax status, there are no individual property taxes, which make for very low-cost year round living.

Social activities are organized by residents, with most planned in the summer. These may include weekly dine out groups, trips to Victoria or Seattle, shopping in Silverdale, card/poker games. There are frequent caravans for special events such the many festivals to celebrate e.g. Dungeness Crabs, Sequim lavender, Port Townsend Rhododendrons, Wooden Boats. All Facilities are available to residents 24/7: two lounges kitchens, free TV, computer and printer, FAX, WIFI; heated seasonal pool, modern low cost laundry, workout room, libraries, sewing and craft room, wood shop and loaner home care tools; large off-leash meadow for dogs, and a fenced dog run, private gated entrance access The park has an apple tree, blackberry bushes, a community garden and vast open green areas with large evergreen trees. You can buy fresh eggs from the next door farmer or walk rural roads to the beach.

For more info or a tour of properties at DBR, contact volunteer coordinator Ruth Messing 360-683-8246 ruthjo0303@gmail.com or Suzanne 360-797-0076 mauisuzi@gmail.com. Come visit and consider making your home with us.

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Lesbian Travel Highlight: Washington's Discovery Bay Resort – The Seattle Lesbian - Gravatar

theseattlelesbian.com/lesbian-travel-highlight-washingtons-discovery-bay-resort/ Lesbian Travel Highlight: Washington's Discovery Bay Resort - The Seattle Lesbian said on July 16, 2014, 11:32 am:

[…] Ruth Messing, Discovery Bay Resort, Discovery Bay, […]

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lin mcdowell said on December 1, 2014, 4:23 pm:

Beautifully written description. I visited DBR last Fall and I really like the open space,view,informative women…..well; I like it all. I am planning to come up for a month to try it out. Can you send me a flyer with rental and sale lots? Thank you, Lin McDowell.. long time member of RVing Women.

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Becky cavitt said on June 8, 2015, 3:57 pm:

Planning to make first visit to your area next summer. Sure would like rental and sale sites or homes for sale. Very excited looks beautiful!! Thank you

Victoria Finch - Gravatar

Victoria Finch said on July 5, 2015, 1:15 pm:

Coming your way late August and would like to tour DBR. Can someone send me information with address and directions?

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Ryan Woolsey said on October 10, 2015, 2:53 am:

We are 2 women, planning 3 mo medical contract in Peninsula area. Seeking rental housing mid Nov thru Jan. Definitely plan on visiting. Learned abt u in Le.sbian Conn article.

Might there be short term rental avail? Best contact by telephone if possible.

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Ryan Woolsey said on October 10, 2015, 3:13 am:

Oh dear, did not realize query would post as comment. Oh well, my phone # out there. My bad…or not. Hope to hear from you soon.

Vicki Sullivan - Gravatar

Vicki Sullivan said on March 22, 2016, 8:52 am:


Was wondering if you have rentals and how much it would cost to rent. An Rv or parkmodel would be nice. We have 2 cats. I stayed there back in 07, and loved the place

Would it be possible to send pictures of the park? My partner would like to see it. Would like to relocate, but I am not sure when, since we are in Maine right now. Look forward to hearing from you.


peg cruikshank - Gravatar

peg cruikshank said on April 15, 2016, 4:00 pm:

How old is the oldest lesbian resident of
Discovery Bay

Jan jones - Gravatar

Jan jones said on June 18, 2016, 3:27 pm:

Would like information on buying a home here

Laura L. Smith - Gravatar

Laura L. Smith said on June 25, 2016, 7:14 am:

Can you send me a listing of the properties for sale at DBR. I contacted Ruth, but she has said that she is no longer working there. Thanks.

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paula glaser said on October 24, 2016, 9:20 pm:

I would also like to see listingss for sale and for rent

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retirefabulously.com/blog/2016/11/16/21-retirement-communities-for-lgbt-seniors/ 21 Retirement Communities for LGBT Seniors - Retire Fabulously! said on November 16, 2016, 1:49 am:

[…] Discovery Bay Resort is a small women-only development featuring small manufactured homes of about 400 sq. ft. (also known as Park Models) and RVs. It’s located on the North Olympic Peninsula, about halfway between Sequim and Port Townsend, Washington. […]

Janie Frazier - Gravatar

Janie Frazier said on January 3, 2017, 8:46 pm:

could you send me some information on places for sale there?

Brenda Law - Gravatar

Brenda Law said on January 18, 2017, 2:27 pm:

Sounds like the kind of place my wife and I might be interested in retiring to. We currently live in Germany but plan to come back home to the US within a year, so we are researching potential new places to live. Do you have a listing of availability for rentals as we’d like to try before we buy. Thanks for your article!

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Wheresjeanne.com Jeanne said on February 28, 2017, 4:44 pm:

Please send me info.
Thank you

Linda Leighton - Gravatar

Linda Leighton said on March 8, 2017, 2:14 pm:

Am interested in a lot that would accommodate a 20ft trailer. Are there lots available for purchase and/or rent and prices. Can we come look at available spaces?

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