Renovated Pet-Friendly Inn with Seaside Views near Miles of Beach
With its proximity to Grays Harbor, Westport Inn offers a comfortable home base for travelers to soak up the coastal charms of the Pacific Northwest. In late fall and winter, morning thunderstorms crash whitecaps onto the sandy shores just south of the harbor on Washington’s midcoast. The early storms make for great weather watching, especially with a loyal pup at your side.
The inn’s deluxe rooms offer conveniences such as microwaves and fridges. King suites, which include separate bedrooms and living areas, have views of the marina and the ocean. 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. With this Getaway, you'll receive two espressos, a wine tasting for two, and a hand-blown glass sand dollar.
You’ll have easy access to the beach as well. A 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 catches for in-room meals.
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.