Thursday, April 9, 2009

Port Townsend inns offer guests free flights

Airfares are plummeting to destinations all over the world. Now here's an offer to fly free — from Seattle to Port Townsend.

Fourteen innkeepers in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock and Port Ludlow on the Olympic Peninsula are offering visitors round-trip rides on a new seaplane service from Seattle's Lake Union May 1- June 15 while the Hood Canal bridge is closed for repairs. The bridge connects the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas.

Rules on room rates and length of stay required vary according to each inn, but guests who prepay for a certain number of nights and book a flight on Kenmore Air through a participating inn, will get one or two free round-trip tickets for a seaplane ride (regular l fare is $158) between May 1 and June 15, the time the bridge is expected to be closed.

Flight time is 25 minutes each way vs. about four hours of driving and/or ferry connections to reach the area during the closure.

The flights will depart three times a day from Lake Union, touching down at Port Hadlock. Rocket Transportation provide a shuttle service for $5 each way to and from Port Townsend.

Inns include Dell's Guesthouse at North Beach-Fort Worden; Morgan Hill Getaways; Inn at Waterfront Place; Huber's Inn Port Townsend; Fairmount Beach House; Aladdin Motor Inn; Inn at Port Hadlock; The Resort at Port Ludlow; Tides Inn; Ann Starrett Mansion; Bishop Victorian Hotel; Swan Hotel; Waterstreet Hotel; James House; Old Consulate Inn and The Old Clam Cannery.

Huber's Inn will require a six-night stay for two round-trip tickets; The Bishop Hotel is offering two free tickets for a six-night stay, and a 15 percent discount on fares for a stay of two nights. The Waterstreet Hotel is offering one free ticket for a five-night stay.