Renovated Motel with Seaside Views near Miles of Beach
The changes in season help to turn the north Pacific coast into a spectacle: 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, and the small town of Westport acts as an embarkation point for many whale-watching excursions. Whatever the season, Westport Inn offers a comfortable home base to explore this Pacific Northwest haven, as the inn resides right over the entrance to the harbor.
A beach trail leads directly from the inn to the head of the nearby beach, where fishermen and weekenders dig for razor clams. If guests collect any clams at the beach, they are free to use the inn's clam-cleaning stations and then steam the clams for an in-room seafood meal. An onsite fitness center and complimentary sporting-equipment rental help visitors to chase away calories with sessions of beach volleyball, badminton, and cardio exercise.
The inn’s rooms have been tastefully renovated and look to the surrounding harbor and ocean. Just off the third-floor walkway is a rooftop deck, where guests can use the tables and chairs as makeshift wrestling props or as resting spots to sip complimentary wine from Cranberry Road Winery.
Westport, Washington: Quaint Town amid Rugged Natural Beauty
Westport's docks bustle with whale-watching boats and large fleets of commercial and charter fishing vessels. Small coffee shops and artisan boutiques pack the marina district, and crowds 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.
In the spring, Westport's whale-watching boats ferry tourists just a few miles off the coast to watch herds of gray whales as they feed. 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 surfing gear.