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Is Charlie Swan Moving?

February 20th, 2014 by Lissy Andros

Swan House

Is Charlie Swan Moving?

Well at first glance it looks like it could be true.  What we know as the “Home of the Swans” has a for sale sign in front of it.  The gracious homeowners that let us put their home on the Twilight tour are moving and now are hoping that somebody will buy the house and love it as much as them and the thousands of fans that have posed in front* of it.  Those fans imagine Bella upstairs, with Edward not too far away.  And possibly Jacob patrolling nearby, watching out for Bella too. 

Therefore maybe the new owners will let the “Home of the Swans” sign reside once again out front, for all to enjoy.  Or maybe someone will buy it and turn it into a Bed & Breakfast, similar to the Cullen House (Miller Tree Inn).  So while it might appear that the Swan family is moving, in our hearts they will always be the ones that reside on K Street.

For more information www.forsalebyowner.com/23975701

*Fans have always been welcome to take pictures from the street and the homeowners and the Forks Chamber of Commerce appreciate their cooperation.

12th Annual Twinkle Light Parade

December 12th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Bella's Truck at the Twinkle Light Parade

We would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to Anna Rose and Frank Geyer at Eagle Repair & Towing for towing Bella’s truck in the Twinkle Light Parade on Saturday. 

Considering this truck is only driven twice a year, we were thrilled when it actually started.  But we had no luck keeping the “senior citizen” started on Saturday and decorating it was going to be a challenge due to the cold.  And not only did they offer to tow it, they were nice enough to pull it into their shop beforehand so we could decorate it! 

Sadly, we had difficulties with our generator too (stupid string) so the lights didn’t technically “twinkle” but we still got to be in the parade.  It was a short-but-sweet experience and Eagle has offered to tow us again next year.  And considering their truck has a working heater, I think we’ll take them up on it!

The 12th Annual Twinkle Light Parade might be small compared to some other parades but it has a huge following of dedicated townspeople to cheer it on.  And like the inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City that reads:  “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” that too could be said of those that participate in the Twinkle Light Parade.

City of Forks float

Pictured: Councilwoman Juanita Weissenfels and Mayor Bryon Monohon, accompanied by local children.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

West End Business & Professional Association Train

Pictured: Train sponsored by West End Business & Professional Association.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

Santa's float

Pictured: “Santa” and float, sponsored by JT’s Sweet Stuffs.  Photo by Lonnie Archibald.

 

 

Stephenie Meyer visits Forks!

September 18th, 2013 by Lissy Andros

Stephenie Meyer Day

Pictured L-R Lissy Andros, Stephenie Meyer, Marcia Bingham – Photo Credit Lonnie Archibald

So, many of you know that we had a very special guest at the Chamber of Commerce/VIC on Friday.  Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, chose to spend Bella’s birthday (and her ten year anniversary of the famous dream that was the start of this phenomenon) here in Forks and LaPush with fans of her saga.  She contacted us Thursday (it was very hush-hush) and let Marcia know that she would be coming around 10am the next day.

We made sure that we had all hands on deck for this monumental occasion.  So with a full staff (less Merry, who had other obligations) we were ready for anything.  She showed up as planned, not with a publicist, agent or handler, but with her three friends.  She and her friends could have been mistaken for any visitors that stop by, they were so unassuming.  While it was a “secret” that she was coming, there was a pretty large crowd of people by the time she got here Friday morning.  They knew something was going on because there was a lot of excitement in the air.  We had Forks’ finest awaiting her arrival, along with a tour bus, and visitors here for Stephenie Meyer Day / Bella’s Birthday weekend.

She graciously signed books and posters, taking the time to personalize them, along with posing for numerous photographs with fans.  She chatted with each person coming through the line and even took a moment to put a pin in the map, showing that she traveled here from Phoenix.  Her friends, Jen, Nicole and Shelly were all smiles as they watched Stephenie interact with everybody.  They learned more about how Twilight has influenced fans and impacted Forks.

Stephenie never rushed anyone and was very accommodating.  She could have been here all day signing, so we reversed the process and she went down the line and met the fans, making sure that all were satisfied before she left and headed to Sully’s (for a Chalet burger and a caramel shake).

We will always remember this special day for many reasons.  For me personally, as a fan, it was a very surreal experience.  To know that the day (December 25th, 2008) when I reluctantly (that’s a whole other story) started reading Twilight would lead me to this moment, five years later, living and working in Forks, Washington and meeting the author of the book that changed my life.

A Year in Review

December 31st, 2012 by Lissy Andros

This has been quite a year. We stayed busy here at the Chamber/VIC helping visitors find their way, businesses promote their wares, and the community promote their events. Some of the fun things the Chamber sponsored were the Customer Service Workshop, Coast Guard Appreciation Softball Game, Last Chance Salmon Derby (an event co-sponsored by the Quileute Tribe, City of Forks and the Chamber) and the 18th Annual Wine & Cheese “Hoh Down”. We had the honor of participating in a sunny Forks Old Fashioned 4th of July, the Stephenie Meyer Day celebration, the Fish n Brew and the Twinkle Lights Parade.

The Forks Logging & Mill Tour was very popular this summer and we welcomed back two “seasoned” log tour drivers, Jack Zaccardo and Randy Mesenbrink and two new ones aboard, Joe Seymour and Mike Wendell.

One of the challenges faced this year was the heavy snowfall we received in January. A tree fell on Marcia Bingham’s house and caused her and the Sol Duc River a huge headache. The river was actually closed when it was removed. That doesn’t happen every day!   Mike Gurling left the Chamber in September (as a paid employee anyway) to pursue dreams of traveling with his new lady, Claire. Rianilee Belles, our longtime Sunday employee, relocated to a new city. Merry Parker shortened her hours at the Chamber to take on management of the Teen Center at night. And we welcomed the always smiling Whitney Flagg to our staff. Our summer person, Beth Turner was a great help to us. Susie Michels, our webmaster, worked diligently on the Chamber’s new website. Very loyal volunteers, Willard Morgan and Marcia Yanish are now joined by our new volunteer, Tisha Sliwinski. I have taken on Mike’s administrative duties and love every minute!

The Chamber saw businesses open and close. We welcomed new residents to town, and said goodbye to others. The dry summer put everyone on high fire alert (although it was good for tourism.) And with the start of the rain again, we were heartbroken, along with the rest of the community, when the IOOF Hall that housed Rainforest Arts Center burned down. The empty, burning Dazzled By Twilight store was a sad sight to behold, splashed across websites and newspapers.

From the perspective of the Forks Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center, it was a very good year. Our visitor numbers continued to stay strong, according to the VIC guest register. We were prepared for a slow-down this summer and much to our surprise, we had throngs of first-timers, repeat visitors, and those wishing to live here some day! We are continuing to hear from writers – travel, blog, magazine, you name it. They want us to reveal the magic that is Forks. Maybe they will be lucky enough to come here some day to find out for themselves.

We look forward to a very promising, interesting and busy 2013 and hope you do too!

 

Male fans love Twilight!

December 20th, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

More male fans are acknowledging their interest in the Twilight saga these days, and perhaps the most devoted is Rob Bair from Cleveland, Ohio who came to Forks a few weeks ago clad in classic Volturi attire and spent the better part of 2 weeks enjoying our overcast weather and vampire atmosphere.  If you missed seeing him on his first visit, he vowed he will be back, and he’s hard to miss in his red contacts and formal “morning coat.”  A true devotee, Rob is able to “talk Twilight” all day long!

“How do I get to Forks, Washington once I arrive at Sea-Tac?”

December 12th, 2012 by Lissy Andros

Lake Crescent

 

“How do I get to Forks, Washington once I arrive at Sea-Tac?” is one of the most common questions we get when people contact the Forks Visitor Information Center.

Forks is about 3.5 hours from Sea-Tac International Airport.  And there are many ways and routes to get from Sea-Tac to Forks.  With some planning, it is very easy to take advantage of the commuter flights and bus service.  I recommend flying into Sea-Tac as early as possible, preferably before noon.  This gives you time to catch the flight or bus and arrive in Port Angeles, and still get to Forks by early evening.

Once you arrive in Port Angeles, there are a few “Twilight” spots to check out like Bella Italia (where Edward and Bella had their first date), the movie theater and the book store – all featured in the books.  You will then travel the 56 miles to Forks where you will see the beauty of Lake Crescent while traveling through the Olympic National Park and Forest.

If you fly Kenmore Air from Sea-Tac to Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles, this is what you can expect:

When you purchase your ticket, make sure that you let them know you will need the shuttle service (no additional charge) to Boeing Field.   After you get your baggage, you will depart from Door 00 on the bottom floor and it is very easy to find.  You will take the shuttle bus from Sea-Tac to Boeing Field where you will depart for Port Angeles.  On a clear day, there is a spectacular view of downtown Seattle, including the Space Needle.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car at the airport or take Clallam Transit* to Forks.  Private flights to Forks Municipal Airport are another option.

If you take the Dungeness Line bus service from Sea-Tac to downtown Port Angeles, this is what you can expect:

You will depart from Door 00, the route takes you over the Kingston/Edmonds Ferry, and since it is a bus service, they don’t make you wait in line.  You will get to enjoy a ferry ride and the beautiful countryside.  And if you are afraid of flying on small planes, this is a great choice.  The 12:50pm route usually arrives in Port Angeles at 4:35pm.

When you arrive in Port Angeles, you can rent a car downtown (at the Olympic Bus Lines office, home of the Dungeness Line) or take Clallam Transit to Forks.

Budget Car Rental – There is an office in Port Angeles that is locally owned by the Olympic Bus Lines so make sure that if you rent a car, you call them, and not the nationwide number.  They have rental offices in downtown Port Angeles and at the airport.  Their phone number is 360-417-0700 or 800-457-4492.

Clallam Transit – This is public transit and operates limited hours.  *The bus does not go to the airport unless you request it prior to your arrival.

Bella Italia, Dungeness Line and Kenmore Air are members of the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

If you rent a car at SeaTac and drive to Forks:

I recommend taking the Tacoma Narrows route from Sea-Tac to Forks.  This takes you I5 South  to 16W to 3N, then turn left and go over the Hood Canal Bridge on 104W, then take 101N and stay on that until you get to Port Angeles, where you will turn left (follow sign to Forks), then you will stay on 101 until you reach Forks.

These directions can be downloaded on Google Maps.

Have other questions?  Feel free to contact us at info@forkswa.com

Thanks and happy traveling!

Twication: The Twilight Saga Travel Experience

November 29th, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

Authors Christine Lundberg, Maria Lexhagen and Sigrid Mattsson of Sweden recently published Twication:  The Twilight Saga Travel Experience.  The trio contacted us from Sweden and came to Forks to complete their case study on the effect of the Twilight phenomenon.  (Copy of their book is on display at the Forks Visitor Center.)  We appreciate their fair and accurate depiction of life in Forks after Twilight and we are very grateful for the international fame we have acquired thanks to Stephenie Meyer and these researchers from Mid Sweden University.

Visitors from Great Britain

November 27th, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

Two happy visitors from Great Britain, great fans of Twilight, made their third trip to Forks and to the Visitor Information Center on Friday, November 23.  After touring with Randy Bennett once again, they came in to share their enthusiasm for Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 and they promise to return for a 4th time for Stephenie Meyer Day 2013.  We eagerly await them.

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Released!

November 21st, 2012 by Marcia Bingham

“With the theater release of “Breaking Dawn Pt. 2,” enthusiasm for the Cullen/Black families’ saga has been rekindled and visitors are eager to discuss the last exciting movie.  Since there is a surprise for fans who have read the books, we are careful not to spill the beans and spoil it for them.  This action packed movie is probably the best one of the series and we encourage everyone to schedule a movie date and enjoy, and then come back and discuss it with us at the Visitor Information Center.”

Twilight Twoilet

August 1st, 2011 by contributor

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The members of West End Business & Professional Association and Forks Chamber of Commerce have gone in together on two Sanicans placed downtown for the summer tourists.  Merchants in the area of the stoplight had been complaining about Twilight visitors using their restrooms which are usually back in store rooms and not meant for public use.

So a regular sanican was delivered first and when the folks at West Waste and Recycling delivered the second one it had a custom paint job, I call it the “Twilight Twoilet.”
Now visitors can have their pick Regular or Twilight!

It’s The Mayor’s Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Contest!

July 27th, 2011 by contributor

How would you like to be Mayor of Forks for a day? Mayor Bryon Monohon has come up with a contest “The Mayor’s Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1 Contest”! In addition to being mayor for a day the winner will receive a gift basket valued at $100.00. Details about the contest can be found on the City of Forks website. I wonder what Part 2 is?

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn-Countdown

May 6th, 2011 by contributor

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The next chapter of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, is already the cause of many a heart rate rising. Take a look at the latest Twilight pics of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner to get even more excited. This latest movie in the ‘Twilight’ saga is expected to be in theaters in mid-November.

People’s Choice!

January 8th, 2011 by contributor

Lest anyone thinks the Twilight craze has run it’s course, the January 4th People’s Choice Awards named Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), and Taylor Lautner (Jacob) as their favorite “on-screen team” which should dispel that rumor. Twilight Saga Eclipse was also voted by fans as their favorite overall movie and drama. Though the days in Forks are currently dark and wet, fans continue to come see the place that Stephenie Meyer named as their home. The visitor center in Forks continues to greet them (73,000 in 2010) and help perpetuate the fantasy.

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Forks Chamber now has two Bella Trucks!

September 16th, 2010 by contributor

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Bella’s Book truck on left and Movie truck on right

Up until last weekend the Forks Chamber of Commerce visitor center had on display the book version of the truck (ca. 1952) that Bella drives.

During the Stephenie Meyer weekend in Forks on September 12th, the Elwha River Casino held a drawing in Forks at Tillicum Park for a 1963 chevrolet truck. The name they drew (from 35,000 entries) decided to keep $2,000 rather than the truck. Therefore, the casino graciously donated the truck to the Forks Chamber of Commerce. This is the chevy truck that main Twilight character, Bella, drives in the the Twilight Saga movie series. So now the visitor center has both the book and movie versions of Bella’s truck. This should cause less confusion now about which truck is which, as the trucks look very different being eleven years apart.

Twilight Moth

June 30th, 2010 by contributor

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This moth/butterfly hung out by my office door a few days ago. After looking at hundreds of moth/butterfly photos on the internet and not being able to identify its true name, it was christened the Twilight Moth because of the striking red and black markings on its wings. It stayed a few hours and then was gone, perhaps flying over to the Cullen House or maybe it was in town to hitch a ride on Bella’s truck at the Visitor’s Center?

Eclipse T-Shirts Now Available

June 25th, 2010 by contributor

Brand new at the Forks Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center are two new shirts just in time for the release of the Twilight Saga Eclipse movie. These shirts are available also on the chamber’s online store.

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Meet Me in the Meadow T-Shirt