Renovated Motel with Seaside Views near Miles of Beach
The changes in season along the north Pacific coast produce oceanic conditions that range from tempestuous to tranquil. In the winter, the horizons light up with morning thunderstorms that crash whitecaps onto the sandy shores just south of Grays Harbor on Washington’s mid-coast. Spring brings calmer waters and herds of migrating gray whales. During this time, the town of Westport acts as a launching point for many whale-watching excursions. With its proximity to the harbor, Westport Inn offers a comfortable home base for travelers to soak up the coastal charms of the Pacific Northwest.
The inn’s king suites promise views of the surrounding harbor and ocean, while jacuzzi cottages feature full kitchens, private porches, and a picturesque setting right on the beach. A rooftop deck lies just off the third-floor walkway of the main building, with tables and chairs that can be used as wrestling props or a scenic seating area where you can sip complimentary cranberry wine from Cranberry Road Winery.
You’ll have easy access to the beach as well. A beach trail leads directly from the inn to the head of the beach, where fishermen and weekenders dig for razor clams. Guests can scour any clams they find at the inn's clam-cleaning stations and steam their catch for an in-room meal. Complimentary sporting-equipment rentals are available from the hotel for sessions of beach volleyball, badminton, and cardio exercise.
Westport, Washington: Quaint Town with Rugged Natural Beauty
In the coastal town of Westport, docks bustle with large fleets of commercial and charter fishing vessels. Crowds often gather at the marina’s observation tower for bird’s-eye views of the boaters on Grays Harbor, Half Moon Bay, and North and South Bays. The marina district is also home to a number of small coffee shops and artisan boutiques.
In the spring, Westport's whale-watching boats ferry tourists just a few miles off the coast to watch feeding herds of gray whales. You can spot other wildlife here as well—cormorants and herons make their seasonal homes in the state wildlife preserves and tributaries that surround the town, and bald eagles are often seen gliding over the beach to the tune of patriotic rock music. Down the coast, surfers catch waves year round, and small shops rent out the required gear.