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October 15, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Olympic park lodge reopens, but you can’t walk on beach

The now-reopened Kalaloch Lodge sits on a bluff above the ocean on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. (Lynn Jacobson photo / The Seattle Times

The now-reopened Kalaloch Lodge sits on a bluff above the ocean on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. (Lynn Jacobson photo / The Seattle Times

Kalaloch Lodge, an oceanfront getaway at Olympic National Park, has reopened after getting special permission from the National Park Service.

But there’s a problem. Guests aren’t allowed to walk on the lovely, wild beach right in front of the 64-room lodge because the beach lies within the national park – and the park still is closed.

Like lodges at national parks throughout the country, the 64-room Kalaloch had to send guests home and close for more than a week, thanks to the federal government shutdown that has closed the parks. (Unlike many lodgings that  are deep within closed parks,  Kalaloch is right off a highway - U.S. 101 – that has remained open.)

To lure back guests and celebrate Olympic National Park’s 75th anniversary, Kalaloch is offering discounted rooms – at $75 per night ­- for arrival from now until Jan. 26, 2014. (Yes, there are blackout periods during popular periods.)

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