Our residents had a wonderful time on their four-day trip to Port Townsend August 21-24. It’s such a great town! They had the opportunity to stay at the Old Alcohol Plant hotel in Port Hadlock which has quite a history. Constructed in 1910, the Old Alcohol Plant building was originally owned and operated by William J. Adams, grandfather of the famous photographer Ansel Adams. Classen Chemical Company made alcohol out of sawdust at this plant, closing its doors in 1913, remaining quiet for 65 years. In 1978, Ray Hansen set sights on the building shell and the potential it presented. Investing nine years and over $4 million, Ray and his wife Jeanne created a hotel and resort called the Inn at Port Hadlock. After several changes in ownership, government officials closed the doors on the Inn at Port Hadlock in 2011 due to taxes owed. A small group of local philanthropists saw potential in the property, purchased and renovated it, then reopened the hotel in 2016 with a mission in mind and a new, old name.
During their stay in the Port Townsend area they went on a great whale watching adventure with Puget Sound Express Whale Watching, participated in a Port Townsend Rider Tour of historic Port Townsend and Fort Worden, attended Shakespeare in the Park where they saw “The Merry Widow of Windsor,” had some shopping time in downtown Port Townsend and went to the Farmers Market.
A good time was had by all!