Spring has sprung, so what better way to celebrate than with a weekend trip to the Washington coast? We happened to be there in January, but there’s no time like the present to hit to road with Rover!
The beautiful, 21-mile Long Beach Peninsula consists of six small communities, Ilwaco, Long Beach, Nahcotta, Ocean Park, Oysterville, and Seaview, with each town having its own charm. Our destination is Long Beach and our home away from home is the Slow M’ocean Cottage, located a few blocks from the beach.
The newly-built cottage is cozy and comfortable, with two bedrooms, a living room with a pull-out couch, a spacious bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen. The backyard is large and fully-fenced, so Fido can run free. Oh, and did we mention there’s a hot tub? There’s a hot tub.
No detail has been overlooked. The beds are premium green tea infused memory foam. You’ll stay cozy with premium linens all around; from waffle weave towels and robes to the softest sheets and luxurious down comforters. Even the sofa bed mattress has been upgraded to a premium memory foam mattress (take it from me, it’s comfortable).
The kitchen is a chef’s dream. Not only is it large, but it’s also been equipped with all of the amenities needed to cook a delicious feast including a stove, oven, refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher, microwave, crock pot, Ninja blender, Kuerig, 12 cup coffee pot, French press, hand mixer, teapot, oil and vinegar, pots and pans and cookie sheets. And yes, there is a wine key (two, in fact).
As mentioned, the backyard is fully fenced, with a fire pit, sand box, and hot tub. The shed is stocked with long boards, life jackets, beach cruisers, helmets, coolers, croquet, beach chairs, sand blanket, skim boards and beach towels. Even your dog is included in the amenities, with water and food bowls and a leash if you need it.
The only drawback is Slow M’ocean Cottage is located on the main drag in Long Beach, right in the middle of the action, so be prepared for some noise of the town around you. On the positive side, everything is within walking distance including the beach.
Speaking of the beach, head a few blocks west from the cottage and you are there! Also nearby, are two lighthouses, plenty of parks, miles and miles of driftwood covered beaches, and the Discovery Trail, an amazing eight-mile paved trail through the dunes running parallel to the Pacific.
We take the short drive to Cape Disappointment, a 2,023-acre park on the Long Beach Peninsula, fronted by the Pacific Ocean and looking into the mouth of the Columbia River. Follow the path to North Head Lighthouse. Hike through old-growth forest or around freshwater lakes, saltwater marshes and ocean tidelands. Gape at the breathtaking views. Launch your boat from Baker Bay. Benson Beach is a popular clam-digging destination, and fishers love to set up on the North Jetty to catch salmon and crab. The beaches at Cape Disappointment also lure kite-fliers, sand-castle builders and those who love to walk and explore.
Back in town, we swing by North Jetty Brewing, where we enjoy a pint on the dog-friendly patio. The taproom features 18 of their own beers plus a couple of Washington ciders and a guest tap or two. You can also purchase and fill a North Jetty growler or bring your own for beer to go! North Jetty also has a full kitchen serving up tasty food. While we do most of our cooking back at the cottage, we’ll be back for the made in Washington, all-beef hot dogs and soft Bavarian pretzels with stone ground mustard!
A couple of other places worth noting are Sid’s Supermarket in nearby Seaview if you need groceries and Scoopers Market in Long Beach if you need ice cream (and who doesn’t need ice cream).
On our way out of Long Beach, we stop in Raymond for a quick pint at Pitchwood Alehouse and discover they are also a dog-friendly roadside motel. While roadside motel may have a negative connotation, have no fear. The rooms are darling. Each one has been completely remodeled using reclaimed materials resulting in eight uniquely appointed rooms. And, if you’re hungry or thirsty, the alehouse is right next door!
One more stop on our way home is the Westside Tavern in Olympia – owned by fellow Juneau Douglas High School alum Dean Damitio and his wife Lisa. The outside patio is dog friendly and the menu is delicious (I order the White Cheddar Dip featuring a ½ lb ground chuck burger, white cheddar cheese and steaming hot au jus. Yum!
While it was a quick jaunt, in January no less, it was a great trip to Long Beach – one we hope you will enjoy just as much with your best pals, two- and four-legged alike!
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