Modern Oceanfront Hotel with Local, Sustainable Ethic near Great Surfing
Adrift Hotel and Spa sits at the end of a boardwalk overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. There’s an exposed beach break here that stirs up tight wind swells and swooping groundswells that challenge surfers all year round. The coast is also popular in the wintertime for its clam digs, which take place on government-approved dates. When it’s warmer, the hotel encourages guests to take advantage of the complimentary bicycle rentals and go exploring via the Discovery Trail.
The hotel’s decor incorporates all-natural and reclaimed materials wherever possible. In the lobby, rough-hewn shelves and coffee tables have been fashioned from repurposed wooden crates. Guest rooms have a similar back-to-basics vibe: they feature unpolished wood furnishings and minimalist black-and-white landscape prints.
After a day of exploring the coast, unwind with a romantic dinner at the onsite restaurant and bar, pickled fish. Chefs add creative touches to coastal cuisine such as dungeness-crab macaroni and fried Willapa Bay oysters with smoked-lemon aioli. There’s even live music nearly every night.
Long Beach, Washington: Clams, Kites, and Cranberries on the Pacific Coast
About 115 miles northwest of Portland, 28 miles of uninterrupted shoreline stretches across the Long Beach Peninsula. Crowds flock to the area all year round—even in the winter months, when average temperatures are in the 40s. The main draw during that part of the year is clamming. On certain government-approved dates, you can take to the sands to dig for fresh razor clams, which locals enjoy battered and fried in butter.
Come spring, warmer weather brings out swarms of colorful kites. Kite flying is something of an obsession in Long Beach. The town is home to an annual kite festival as well as the World Kite Museum, the only museum in America dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making. Another local obsession is cranberries—their bright-red bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia. At the Pacific Coast Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, you can learn about the history of cranberry farming, arrange a bog tour, and enjoy a cup of tart cranberry tea.
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