The Peninsula Daily News has an interesting article discussing Forks evolution from a quiet timber town to a mecca for Twilight fans.
Forks is working hard to retain that mystical aura.
While Twilight opened the floodgates to a fan base ranging from preteen to “oughta know better,” both male and female, the challenge has become keeping the interest high on the West End — and, from all accounts, Forks is rising to the challenge.
Visitors can pick up a colorful map of the action sites in the book and go off on a self-guided tour, hoping to catch sight of the occasional vampire (on a cloudy day) or a werewolf (non-seasonal).
Their fantasy is fed by the Chamber of Commerce-run Visitor Information Center, where mail for the vampire Cullen family is being saved and where props for exciting photos are treasured and shared.
Directions to other activities and information on Olympic National Park, the former big draw, are offered as well.
Residents are showing a tolerant, slightly amused face to visitors and often recognize the plight of their photo-happy visitors and offer to snap a picture of a group of tourists.
Their indulgence is being paid off with return visits and acknowledgement that this part of the county is both beautiful and quite unique.
Read the entire article here.
On a personal note- having had the opportunity to visit Forks I can attest to the openness and friendliness of the town of Forks. We invaded in a big way last fall and were welcomed with open arms. I would encourage anyone that is even contemplating a trip to Forks to do it- you won’t be sorry.