Hood Canal and Southern Puget Sound

Quilcene

Oystering has always been central to the life of Quilcene Bay and the eponymous town. The local saloon is called The Whistling Oyster. Many people cultivate oysters in Quilcene—or harvest wild ones—so it’s hard to generalize about a Quilcene oyster. You’ll see two-inch shrimps and six-inch grillers and everything in between. Whatever they look like on the outside, all have that clean, mild Hood Canal flavor inside. If you’re in Quilcene, follow the too-good-to-be-true Linger Longer Road along the shore to the Public Tidelands area. At low tide, in season, you can harvest your own oysters to your heart’s content.

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