April 16, 2013 by Amanda
Today’s guest post comes from Jennifer Huber of Solo Travel Girl. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years, including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains her travel blog, with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.
Vampires and werewolves aren’t my thing, but visiting Forks, Washington, gave me an appreciation for how this town on the Olympic Peninsula — with a population just over 3,500 — has embraced the Twilight vampire-romance novel and movie franchise. “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer discovered Forks when searching Google to find the rainiest city in the United States to set her novels, and the rest is history.
The first Twilight novel was published in 2005, and Forks welcomed its first vampire-seeking visitor in 2006. Tourists have always known Forks as an outdoor recreational paradise, but, thanks to Twilight, it has begun attracting a new set of curious visitors. If you find yourself in the Pacific Northwest, discover the magic and mystery of Twilight with these five things to do in Forks:
Pick Up a Self-Guided Tour Map at the Forks Visitor Information Center
Pick up a map featuring a self-guided tour of Twilight-themed points of interests at the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center. Although none of the movies were filmed in Forks, fans will find a small Twilight museum featuring movie memorabilia and plenty of photo opportunities including outside with Bella’s red Chevy truck. Fans can souvenir shop from a selection of Twilight guidebooks, T-shirts and jewelry. (1411 SForks Ave.; Tel: 360-374-2531).
The self-guided tour of Fork’s Twilight features stand-ins from the series including the Swan House, City Hall, Forks Community Hospital with a parking spot reserved for Dr. Cullen, the Cullen House, and Forks Outfitters.
Have a Twilight Bite at Sully’s Drive-In
Vampires don’t work up an appetite, but several Forks restaurants serve Twilight-inspired menus. A local favorite known for their ice cream is Sully’s Drive-In. Chomp on a “Bella Burger” topped with a special sauce, pineapple and Swiss cheese. Yum! (220 North Forks Ave.; Tel: 360-374-5075)
Spend the Night at The Cullen House
Esme Cullen leaves a daily message about the vampire family’s activities for Twilight fans on the porch of The Miller Tree Inn Bed and Breakfast. Designated “The Cullen House” by the Forks Chamber of Commerce, visitors to The Miller Tree can select from one of eight delightfully charming rooms. And, they can be rest assured innkeepers Bill and Susan speak Twilight. Fans who can’t spend the night are welcome to step on the porch to read the message and take photographs but are asked not to disturb guests. (654 E. Division St.; Tel: 360-374-6806)
Declare Your Alliance to Team Edward or Team Jacob with a T-Shirt
There are several shops in Forks to pick up souvenirs including T-shirts, buttons and jewelry. In addition to the Forks Chamber of Commerce Information Center, try Forks Outfitters for a broad selection of apparel (950 SouthForks Ave.); Native to Twilight, which embraces the magic of Forks’ and La Push’s Native American culture as described in the series (10 Forks Ave.); and Leppell’s Twilight Central, which has just about everything else including scrapbooking supplies and Cullen baseballs. Planning a Twilight themed wedding in Forks? Leppell’s is the right florist to theme your wedding. (130 S. Spartan Ave.)
Dip Your Toes in the Sand, Howl at the Moon
Located 12 miles from Forks is La Push, home of Jacob’s Quileute Tribe. Visit First Beach on the Pacific Ocean to enjoy the sun and surf. The beach is where Jacob shared with Bella some of his tribe’s legends in the book. Located between Forks and La Push is Three Rivers Resort, which happens to be on the Treaty Line. Spend the night or just grab lunch of a “Werewolf Burger” or other Twilight-inspired fare. (7765 La Push Rd.)
Pop culture enthusiasts and Twilight fans alike will be charmed by Forks’ magic — the fictional world of Twilight married with the beautiful natural playground Mother Nature created.
Have you visited Forks? Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?