Hotel at a Glance: Anchorage Cottages
In the 1950s off the coast of Long Beach, Washington, local businessman Max Wilson purchased former World War II officers’ barracks for $15 apiece, using them to construct an oceanfront motel for his wife Marie. The property, which sits steps away from 28 miles of white-sand beaches, has since been converted into the Anchorage Cottages. Despite a recent renovation, many of the features remain the same, including the guests who have been staying here since the property opened more than 60 years ago.
- A mix of new and old: Original cottages have wood-burning fireplaces, flat-screen TVs, and WiFi, and most are pet friendly.
- Wild neighbors: You can spot deer and coastal birds in the pine forest behind the hotel.
- Take a romantic stroll on the property’s private path to the water’s edge at sunset.
- Alfresco dining: The onsite perennial garden beds and grass picnic areas make great settings for outdoor dinners.
- Jake the Alligator Man is just one of the curiosities you’ll see at Marsh’s Free Museum, along with music machines and flip movies.
Long Beach, Washington: Family-Friendly Pacific-Coast Town Known for Kite Flying and Cranberries
About 115 miles northwest of Portland, 28 miles of uninterrupted beach stretches across the Long Beach Peninsula. There are a number of ways to enjoy the coast: you can go horseback riding, for instance, or build a bonfire. Kite flying is also a popular pastime in Long Beach. In fact, the city is home to the World Kite Museum, the only American museum dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making.
Cranberry bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia, and Long Beach celebrates the tart fruit at the Cranberry Museum. You can learn about the history of the bogs, go on a tour, and try tasty cranberry-flavored tea and ice cream in the gift shop