Modern Oceanfront Hotel with Local, Sustainable Ethic near Great Surfing
Adrift Hotel and Spa sits at the end of a boardwalk overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. There’s an exposed beach break here that stirs up tight wind swells and swooping groundswells that challenge surfers year-round. Guests can learn to ride these waves during two-hour surfing lessons led by a certified instructor from Skookum Surf Co.
After a day spent surfing or taking a complimentary bicycle ride along the coast, unwind with a romantic dinner at the onsite restaurant and bar, Pickled Fish. This Getaway includes one hand-tossed wood-fired pizza and two tall boys from the nearby Fort George Brewery. Chefs also add creative flair to local coastal cuisine such as dungeness-crab macaroni and fried Willapa Bay oysters with smoked-lemon aioli. After dining, guests can enjoy on-site live music from a variety of artists.
Adrift Hotel and Spa’s decor is made up of all-natural and reclaimed materials wherever possible. In the lobby, rough-hewn shelves and coffee tables have been fashioned from repurposed wooden crates. Guest rooms have a similar back-to-basics vibe: they feature unpolished wood furnishings and minimalist black-and-white landscape prints.
Long Beach, Washington: Historical, Family-Friendly Pacific Coast
About 115 miles northwest of Portland, 28 miles of uninterrupted beach stretch across the Long Beach Peninsula. The winter months form the quiet season on the peninsula. Although it's chilly—average temperatures are in the 40s—crowds gather for a number of government-approved recreational-clamming dates, taking to slick seaside sands to dig for fresh razor clams. Outside of clamming season, you can trawl the shoreline for gleaming oyster shells.
Come spring, warmer weather brings out swarms of colorful kites. Kite flying is something of an obsession in Long Beach; it's home to the World Kite Museum, the only museum in America dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making.
You can celebrate another of the area's obsessions, cranberries—whose bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia—at a museum and demonstration farm. They orchestrate bog tours and steep cups of cranberry tea.