Hotel at a Glance: Heidi’s Inn Ilwaco
This family-owned and -operated inn is in Ilwaco, a small town on the south end of Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. It’s about a mile from Cape Disappointment State Park, where you can go hiking or admire views of the Pacific Ocean where it meets the mouth of the Columbia River.
- Significant history: The inn isn’t far from where the Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the ocean in 1806. You can learn more about this and other aspects of local history at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, a block away. One of this deal’s options includes museum passes.
- In-room amenities: All rooms have a microwave and refrigerator; the family studio has a full kitchen.
- Savor fresh seafood at Ole Bob’s Galley Cafe and Seafood Market, a 10-minute walk from the inn.
- Bring your pup: Pets are welcome at the inn for an additional $8 per pet per day
- Fun day trip: Cross the Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River to reach the charming town of Astoria, Oregon. It’s just a 30-minute drive each way.
Ilwaco, Washington: Small Coastal Town on Long Beach Peninsula
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.
Ilwaco is on the south end of the peninsula. It’s just 2 miles from Cape Disappointment, where many members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition first glimpsed the Pacific Ocean. The area is now a state park where you can find a beach, 8 miles of hiking trails, and a pair of lighthouses.