Modern Oceanfront Hotel with Local, Sustainable Ethic
Gnarled driftwood—each hunk bleached by salt and polished by waves—dots the shores of the Long Beach Peninsula. On the southern tip of an oceanfront boardwalk, Adrift Hotel looks as though it might have washed up onto the beach as well. As if taking a cue from the driftwood-strewn shore, the eco-friendly hotel features all-natural and reclaimed materials wherever possible. In the lobby, rough-hewn shelves and coffee tables have been fashioned from repurposed wooden crates. Energy-efficient light bulbs dangle overhead, and the industrial-chic front desk was made from hammered sheet metal.
Sustainability is more than just a design concept here: the hotel relies on green and local products and offers complimentary beach-cruiser bikes so that you can explore the area without burning gasoline. Guest rooms evince a similar back-to-basics vibe. The basic single queen room has a less-is-more look, with unpolished wood furnishings, black-and-white landscape prints, and curtains sewn by minimalist architect Mies van der Rohe.
The onsite restaurant and bar, Scapece, whips up coastal cuisine with an Italian flair, such as baked Dungeness-crab macaroni and clam-and-pancetta pizza paired with handcrafted cocktails and beers from Fort George Brewery.
What makes Adrift Hotel and Spa eco?
- Much of the decor and furnishings were made from reclaimed or recycled materials; the coffee tables were once wooden crates, and the front desk was fashioned from hammered sheet metal
- Complimentary bicycle rentals encourage reduced gasoline use
- Natural and biodegradable laundry detergents and nontoxic, potassium-based cleaners are gentler on the environment
- Energy-efficient light bulbs and locally created products conserve natural resources
Long Beach, Washington: Historical, Family-Friendly Pacific Coast
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 sand, ranging from horseback riding to kite flying. The latter pastime is something of an obsession in Long Beach, as it’s home to the World Kite Museum, the only museum in America dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making. Another of the area’s obsessions, cranberries—whose bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia—are celebrated in a museum and demonstration farm that orchestrates bog tours and steeps cups of cranberry tea.
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