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Westport or Ocean Shores

Seattle, Washington
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Westport or Ocean Shores

I'm starting a new tradition with my girls with a 2 day/1 night mid-week trip to the beach in August. It will just be my 2 daughters (ages 10 and 7) and I (w/o husband/dad). It's a trip for fun, relaxation, being at the beach to hear the waves, go on walks, beach combing, and time together away from home to end our summer vacation before school resumes. Would love to hear which location you prefer, WESPORT or OCEAN SHORES, and any recommendations on accommodations. Thanks!

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1. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

I have not been to Westport in about 35 years, so I can not give my opinion. I personally can not stand Ocean Shores. I would even pick Moclips over Ocean Shores.

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2. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

glaciermeadows, how do you *really* feel about Ocean Shores. LOL

While I do agree with you, it's for the kids, lots of sand, other kids around, etc.

Were my kids of a certain age as hers, which was long ago, I and they prefer Whidbey Island so the family can explore towns, fabulous parks, as well as chill on some beautiful and more interesting beaches than Ocean Shores or Westport. And much closer.

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3. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

have you considered seabrook the new planned beach community out there? i've heard good things but haven't been yet. i'm not a big fan of ocean shores either. or consider long beach further down the coast.

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4. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

We toured Seabrook. It's charming for several reasons and there is a beach and some other activities. I believe the rentals are on a bluff, beach somewhere below. Very much into sales right now, understandably so.

It's about a 3 hour drive from Seattle, more perhaps with summer traffic.

Unsure about rental availability, costs and the short one night stay they propose. So, I post their website.

http://www.seabrookwa.com/town.asp

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5. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

You'll find satisfying, wide sandy beaches running for 50 miles in Grays Harbor county. The communities to choose from would be (south to north):

Westport/Grayland (the South Beach): Westport has the tallest lighthouse in the state (open for tours), an excellent maritime museum (2 whale skeletons, Destruction island lighthouse lens), and a harbor where you can catch whale tours (March to May), ocean-going seabird tours (May to October - WestportSeabirds.com), or ocean fishing boats.

Ocean Shores has some nice features. What people hate about it is the ugly strip mall look of its interior and the flat landscape. The beach behind the North Jetty (south tip of Ocean Shores) is particularly nice. Go to Ocean Shores if any of the following appeal to you: the Indian casino, boating and/or fishing on Duck Lake and the canals, horse rentals on the beach, or the electric party boat rental on the Grand Canal from a sweet old couple.

From Copalis Beach north (the North Beach), cliffs rise up behind the beach, a pretty windswept forest tops the cliffs, and rivers cut through the beach to the ocean - a more varied and interesting landscape to look at versus Ocean Shores and Westport.

Seabrook was begun in 2004 by a company that developed two beach towns in Oregon. They promote "new urbanism" - walkable neighborhoods, neighbors gathering in parks and around fire pits, beautiful architecture with no two houses looking alike, free bicycles, lots of weekend events, floor plans that make good use of the space (no hallways) and remind you of your grandmother's house in the country. Late this year they will start construction on an indoor pool. They are currently offering tours of their $1.975 million ocean side house that is featured in Coastal Living magazine through October. Seabrook started in the woods as required by the county, but are now developing a long strip along the ocean side of highway 109. As far as renting there, you will either be charmed by the architecture and community or you will wonder why you drove so far to sit in the woods and reach out your window to shake hands with your neighbor. Density builds community, they say.

Just north of Seabrook are Pacific Beach and Moclips, where you'll find motels, a couple B&Bs, and several vacation rental houses with views and/or beach front access. Pacific Beach has kept a small core of shops, restaurants, and services. PB/Moclips make a great base for the two outstanding sights in the county: the Quinault Indian beaches (Taholah and Point Grenville - tribal beach pass required) and Lake Quinault (half hour drive via the Moclips Highway).

Sounds like a great tradition. Enjoy the beach, wherever you end up!

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The thing about Ocean Shores is that there is driving on the beach. It is cool and fun and part of the historic WA state highway system, but for my beach vacation I would rather there were not cars.

I personally like the Oregon beaches (my favorite is South Beach State Park -- just got back) because they are all public but with no driving. The more wild beaches are still near amenities like campgrounds and stores (and in Newport, the Aquarium and bike trails).

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Much of the beach is closed to driving between April 15 and Labor Day.

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8. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

I didn't know that -- thanks for filling me in. It is a conflict of interest to have the drivers on a beach with the kites and sunbathers, so it is a good idea.

I personally like Westport over Ocean Shores because I think those whale skeletons are really cool. I also like the tower for whale or boat watching. I have only been on the beach there when there was a frosty fall wind blowing off the beach, so haven't spent any time actually enjoying the beach itself.

Ocean Shores is pretty nice too, for a quiet family vacation. Not a lot to do if you want amusement piers or shopping, but for that you should go to Oregon (or New Jersey -- which is actually quite nice, contrary to the TV show).

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Thanks for all your insights, it's really appreciated. I enjoy the Oregon beaches over Washington, however, I'm trying to limit the amount of driving with having the kids with me. As this is a start to our tradition of girls only vacation before school resumes, I think Ocean Shores will work for us. I will visit Westport another time, with my husband and family, and possibly take the tour to Forks and Olympic National Park.

I was able to get an ocean view room (junior suite w/ wall separating sitting area from the beds) on the top floor (4th) at Best Western Lighthouse Suites for $129/night. Thought it was a good deal as I've checked other websites, including the hotel website, and all had higher rates. It's interesting that you get better deals by calling the hotel directly than going through online :-)

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10. Re: Westport or Ocean Shores

Well, I got here too late. Sure you will lie Ocean Shores. I kind of liked the time we spent at Ocean Shores, we were at south end. huge beach. I did not feel it was over commercialized.where we were. Then we were in Oct or so.

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