If you drive a bit too fast, you might drive past Allyn, Washington without realizing it. It would be your loss. This little bit of paradise is nestled right on the shores of Case Inlet on the South Puget Sound.
I've always said a place is not just the buildings or the hiking trails; a place is the people. The people of Allyn must have gone for some course in 'friendliness'...the coffee shop server and the post office clerk were ready with their smiles and friendly chat. The smiles were contagious.
My family stayed at a lovely holiday rental. The owner, Dave Curran, and his housekeeper, Carla, really outdid themselves. It is not always easy making a 'house' feel like a home. They managed it with such ease.
Highlights included a walk along the beach, playing an endless game of monopoly, sitting in the jacuzzi looking out at the water,talking, enjoying each others' company without thinking of 'what do we have to do now', eating a scrumptious breakfast and roasting marshmallows to make delicious s'mores. Naturally when it was time to lock the door and drive away...we didn't want to leave.