"Twilight of the Vampires" Top 5 Page for this destination Forks by goodfish

Forks Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 32 photos

A few years ago Stephenie Meyer penned a romance called "Twilight" about a young girl named Bella and a vampire named Edward...and struck gold. So did the little down-on-its-luck logging town of Forks, Washington. Ms. Meyer needed a dark, spooky and very wet location for her story and upon discovering that Forks gets an average of 121 inches of rain a year, she found her spot.

The first book expanded into several more and onto blockbusting films as well. With the release of every new volume and movie, more and more curious fans trickled into Forks to see where these fictional characters "lived".

The trickle quickly become a flood and the locals, while at once amused and bewildered, have been quick to capitalize on their good fortune. The hordes of giddy females that descend on this tiny town can take Twilight tours, buy Twilight chocolate bars, munch a Twilight sammie at Subway, and shop for Twilight tchotchkes at the local "Dazzled by Twilight" store. They can also stay in Bella suites at local motels, gorge on Bellaburgers, Bellasagna, Bellaberry pie and finish it all off with Bella creme candies.

Needless to say, the friendly folks of Forks are grateful for all the attention but it's still an unassuming small town with one stoplight. There aren't a lot of places to eat - a few cafes and pizza joints - and apparently only one bar. There are a handful of B&BS and motels, and shopping, other than the Twilight store, is virtually non-existant. If not a fan of bloodsuckers, you come here because it's within spittin' distance of one of the few remaining rain forests in the US and some of most wild and beautiful beaches on the pacific coast.

So here are some websites for more info:
www.forkswa.com
twilight.inforks.com
dazzledbytwilight.com

Restaurant/bars we stopped into were:
In Place Restaurant
320 S Forks Ave

Forks Coffee Shop
241 S Forks Ave
www.forkscoffeeshop.com

Mill Creek Bar and Grill
1222 South Forks Avenue

The first two were fine for breakfast or a sandwich but service can be slow. The last one is where you go for a cold pint. Avoid a place called The Smokehouse at all costs - unfriendly, depressing atmosphere, seriously overworked waitstaff and sky-high prices. We lasted 15 minutes and fled for the basic but cheerful diners listed above.

See my Olympic National Park pages for more about the Hoh Rain Forest and gorgeous beaches in this area.

  • Last visit to Forks: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2011
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  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2011 at 5:35 AM

    I saw on the main page that you created a "Forks" tip and wondered why the hell I knew that name... Of course, Twilight! I really don't like the series, but I bet that fans will be delighted with your tips :-)

  • glabah's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    You're right. Ocean shores is a horrific waste of time to try to visit. Their interpretive center is very good for such a small city, but not worth the time it takes to get way down there.

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