Hotel at a Glance: Salt Hotel
Nature surrounds you in every direction at Salt Hotel. Mere steps from the hotel, boats float out from the Port of Ilwaco, and the Columbia River flows into the Pacific Ocean. It’s the perfect setting for a day at the beach or a hike into the forest at one of the nearby state parks, Fort Columbia and Cape Disappointment.
- Ride a bike: The hotel lends complimentary bikes, which you can pedal along ocean views at the nearby Discovery Coast Trail.
- Where you’ll stay: Guest rooms include memory-foam mattresses, organic bath products, and 32-inch flat-screen televisions.
- Catch a wave: The onsite Skookum Surf Co. rents boards and teaches surfing lessons.
- Other nearby attractions include Fort Columbia State Park and Cape Disappointment State Park, where Lewis and Clark first saw the Pacific Ocean.
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.