Whether you're a resident of lovely Port Angeles, WA or traveling there sometime soon...maybe making a Twilight pilgrimage to Forks?....perhaps taking the ferry to Victoria?....whatever it is you're doing, take some time to stop at Renaissance, a multi-purpose center for massage and healing, tea and coffee, and most recently - artisan cheese. Proprietor Lynn Keenan and her staff have recently expanded their repertoire of cafe offerings at this intimate space to include a focused selection of artisan cheeses, all of which are produced within 100 miles of Port Angeles. And they couldn't have picked a better time, because the Olympic Peninsula is one of the fastest growing niches of artisan cheesemaking in the Pacific Northwest, sporting 5 artisan cheesemakers (see full list below).
"As the staff worked to grow the already existing tea bar into a 100-Mile Cafe (sourcing everything possible from within a 100-mile radius around) they looked for offerings that were tied to our rural environment," says Keenan. "Cheese was a natural! And as it turned out, we are located right smack dab in the middle of a 100-mile cheese heaven." From the Olympic Peninsula to Seattle to the Skagit Valley, Renaissance is indeed in very good cheese company, and they're doing a great job bringing that cheese to you.
* * * * * * * Renaissance 401 Front St. Port Angeles, WA 98362 360-565-1199
Washington Cheesemakers on the Olympic Peninsula: