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.

Becky cavitt - Gravatar

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?

Ryan Woolsey - Gravatar

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!

Jeanne - Gravatar

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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https.//www.bing.com sandi vann said on May 8, 2017, 12:16 am:

Hi i don’t know if i want to buy but i would like to visit and see what’s available. Purple is my favorite color. So let me know what’s ok and when could i come. sandi vann

C. Miller - Gravatar

C. Miller said on May 9, 2017, 11:40 pm:

Can you send more RV rental space availability, and cost. I am looking for space asap.

Janis Dillard - Gravatar

Janis Dillard said on May 13, 2017, 6:27 am:

We are planning a visit in mid-September. How can I get a list of lots/homes for sale and arrange a tour during my visit?

Carol Bratton - Gravatar

rvingwomen.com Carol Bratton said on May 24, 2017, 2:10 pm:

My partner and I are very interested in buying or renting property in this community. Can you send me information on how to find what is available for sale or lease? Or, can you send me a link to find such information.

Thank you!

D’Rae W. McCracken - Gravatar

D'Rae W. McCracken said on May 27, 2017, 2:00 pm:

Very interested in visiting. Please send me more information, particularly about any lots that are for sale. Sounds beautiful.

Nancy Zega - Gravatar

Nancy Zega said on June 19, 2017, 2:38 am:

Please send me information about short-term and long-term rental units as well as sites available for
rental or sale. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in your area and I am VERY much interested in getting
re-acquainted! Not sure yet if it will be part or full-time.
I was so excited when I read about Discovery Bay Resort I wanted to leave Utah tomorrow!!
Thank you in advance for your attention to my request! Nancy

Alex Conor - Gravatar

Alex Conor said on June 21, 2017, 10:43 pm:

Please send info on staying for 2-5 weeks next month and homes for sale. Thank you.

Anne Mareck - Gravatar

Anne Mareck said on July 19, 2017, 9:49 am:

Visited a few years ago . . . lovely location, friendly folks. I’d like to visit again ((I’m north of Olympia.

May I arrange a visit.?

Could you let me know what’s for sale, prices, etc?

Thank you,

Amy - Gravatar

purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2013/07/lesbian-travel-discovery-bay-on-washingtons-olympic-peninsula.html Amy said on July 23, 2017, 7:21 am:

Hi. My wife and I are very interested in your community and would like to know if it would be possible to visit on Friday, 4 August. We will be in the area and would be arriving around 11:00 to 11:30 am. Will it be possible to meet with someone and learn more and tour the property? Looking forward to it. Thanks,

Adrian Balboa - Gravatar

Adrian Balboa said on July 23, 2017, 10:32 pm:

Hi There,

1. Does anyone ever rent units, and if so how does one find out about this.

2. Are there currently any units/homes for sale. Any coming up this year?

Thank you.

CJ Stevens - Gravatar

CJ Stevens said on August 13, 2017, 2:58 pm:

I handle all rental and sales list in the park so please email me if you are interested in living in DBR.

CJ Stevens - Gravatar

none CJ Stevens said on August 14, 2017, 9:31 am:

If you have any questions about DBR, my email is cj at cjstevens dot com

Evie Maddux - Gravatar

purple%20roof Evie Maddux said on September 16, 2017, 4:42 pm:

We are 2 actively retired women that have shared our lives together for 27 years and are married.
Would like the opportunity to receive information about buying &/or renting for our interest in joining the DBR retirement community.
Thank You!

Agatha Rose - Gravatar

Discovery%20Bay Agatha Rose said on October 6, 2017, 2:48 pm:

Hi…Ruth I visited a few years ago and you gave Simone and I a tour. Please send list of rentals and units for sale.

Donna Eby - Gravatar

Donna Eby said on October 9, 2017, 5:43 pm:

I would like to get an idea of the prices to buy one of the 400 sq ft houses . Looking to visit in the spring / early summer of 2018 . I’m looking to retire in a gay community . Single white female active 65 yr old . Thank you very much for the info .

Melanie Depner - Gravatar

Melanie Depner said on January 12, 2018, 4:34 pm:

Love some information on housing please

Tamera Martens - Gravatar

Tamera Martens said on March 8, 2018, 8:08 am:

I would love some information on rentals and housing available. I visited that area last summer and loved it. Wish I would have known of your resort; I would have stayed there.

Carmen - Gravatar

Carmen said on March 9, 2018, 3:26 pm:

Would love more information about your community: sales, rental, RV spot. My partner and I want to re-locate near water! Thanks so much!

colette read - Gravatar

purple%20roofs colette read said on April 11, 2018, 10:36 am:

do you have weekend rentals?

Cheri Lynn - Gravatar

purple%20roofs.com Cheri Lynn said on April 22, 2018, 12:02 am:

Could you please email me info re rentals and sales? Thank you 🙂

Lisa Bara - Gravatar

Lisa Bara said on April 30, 2018, 1:42 pm:

Would love to have more information about possible rentals and the park model homes that may be for sale. We are planning a trip to Oregon and Washington this summer and would love to visit DBR!! Thanks

Pam Temple - Gravatar

Purpleroofs Pam Temple said on May 22, 2018, 8:46 am:

Would like info on park model rentals and rv lots.

Gwendolyn Morgan - Gravatar

Gwendolyn Morgan said on May 27, 2018, 5:12 pm:

Can you send me information on renting a site for the month of August
We have a 24 ft class c
Gail and gwendolyn

Shawn Hays - Gravatar

Shawn Hays said on May 28, 2018, 5:36 pm:

Please email regarding long term renting, available park models or when anticipating available models for long term renting. Thanks

shawn hayus - Gravatar

shawn hayus said on May 28, 2018, 5:38 pm:

Would like information on rentals available for long term rent…and how best to stay in touch to get updates on availability. Thank you

Nan Frazier - Gravatar

aol Nan Frazier said on June 2, 2018, 2:02 pm:

Hi, I contacted you recently. Would like to move from Montana back to Washington where I lived most of my life. I’m 77 with 3 Jack Russell older dogs. When is a good time to come over and look at available lots? Thank you. Nan

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