Renovated Motel with Seaside Views Near Miles of Beach
The changes in season along the north Pacific coast produce conditions that range from beautifully tempestuous to tranquil and life-giving. 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 Westport acts as a launching point for many whale-watching excursions. With its vantage point over the entrance to the harbor, Westport Inn offers a comfortable home base for travelers to soak up the coastal charms of the Pacific Northwest.
The tastefully renovated inn’s king suites promise views of the surrounding harbor and ocean. A rooftop deck lies just off the third-floor walkway, with tables and chairs to use as wrestling props or lounge on and sip complimentary cranberry wine from Cranberry Road Winery. Easy access to the beach is close by as well. A beach trail leads directly from the inn to the head of the beach, where fishermen and weekenders dig for razor clams and buried Rolexes. Guests can prepare their fruits of the beach at the inn's clam-cleaning stations and steam their catch for an in-room meal. The onsite fitness center and complimentary sporting-equipment rental help visitors chase away calories with sessions of beach volleyball, badminton, and cardio exercise.
Westport, Washington: Quaint Town Amid Rugged Natural Beauty
Westport's docks bustle with whale-watch 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 feeding herds of gray whales. 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 to novices.