I visited Forks & Port Angeles, Washington in 2012 with my sister and cousin. I’m not really a Twihard. At least I don’t think I am. Then again I went all the way to Forks, so you be the judge. I read part of the first book and couldn’t get into the rest. I lost her at “what do you wear to meet your boyfriend’s vampire family?” I also didn’t like how Bella’s relationship with Edward developed, it was just BAM love. I know it’s a saga, but still. However, I love the movies. I own the boxed set because they are such a fun escape. Obviously Hermione is a better heroine but I still like Twilight. #dork. As a side note, some of the photos are from Instagram, so they’re a bit of a mish-mash.

My sister, cousin and I wanted a 3-day weekend trip and since we live in the Seattle area, we figured this would be the perfect destination. It started with an obligatory Starbucks run and then we headed to catch the ferry to Bremerton. By the time we got to Bremerton, it was brunch time, so we stopped at the Oak Table Cafefor breakfast. Unbeknownst to us, it is home of the Guinness World Record for most eggs cracked in one minute with one hand. Jackpot.

oak table + guiness book

In Port Angeles we checked out the bookstore. According to Twilight, this would be the bookstore Bella visited when she went with her friends Jessica and Angela to shop for a prom dress. She cut out of dress shopping and went to the bookstore to research vampires.


If I go to a bookstore and see something I’m not ready to buy but that I’m interested in, I always take a photo. I still haven’t read any of these, but I need to.

Books in Port Angeles

The Receptionist: An Education at The New Yorker

Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

The New York Times Presents Smarter by Sunday: 52 Weekends of Essential Knowledge for the Curious Mind

Hotel Angeline: A Novel in 36 Voices

We had one meal at Bella Italia, which is where Edward and Bella had dinner.


We saw the Olympic National Park and probably didn’t give it the time it deserves but we went on a short hike.


The photo below is from the drive to Forks. Parts of it are quite scenic.


Welcome to Forks


Bella’s truck


The real Forks High School, home of the Spartans.


Dr. Cullen has a reserved spot at the hospital


The so-called Swan residence


 We also visited Jacob’s territory, La Push.




In summary, a fun little trip. Forks is out of the way, it’s about an hour from Port Angeles and Port Angeles is about an hour and a half from Bremerton. I’m not sure why parts of the movie were filmed in Oregon, it seems like they should have filmed in Forks or Port Angeles. With a population of about 3,500, Forks was even smaller than I expected. The highlights of the trip were probably Olympic National Park and La Push. If you end up visiting, don’t skip those two!