When we want a beach getaway we usually go to the Oregon Coast, but recently we decided to try something different and check out Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. It’s about the same driving distance from Portland and the area has everything you need for a coast visit: uncrowded beaches, good restaurants, a marina and fishing fleet, and, if you have kids in tow, an arcade, miniature golf, and go-carts.
We had not stayed in a classic B&B for a while so we decided to take a chance on a fairly new place in Klipsan Beach, just north of Long Beach, the major town in the area. The Campbell House at Klipsan Beach is on property that’s been in the current owners’ family for generations, and has recently been completely modernized and upgraded. It’s located right on the beach with a row of dunes between you and the ocean.
We decided to splurge and went for the Master Suite, which has a huge soaking tub in a window overlooking the beach and ocean – about the most perfect possible place to warm up and watch the sunset after a typically bracing winter beach stroll. I believe there are four rooms total; two have their own baths and two share a bathroom between them. It’s a two-story house that’s full of mementos and family photos going back to the early 1900s, with the bedrooms upstairs and a dining room and comfortable living room & TV lounge downstairs, so you can get away from it all in your room or hang out with the other guests.
This is a classic B&B, meaning breakfast is served family style and it was excellent. Jo and Peter, the owners, are excellent cooks and I fear I’d gain weight if we’d stayed there any longer. Jo is the one whose family has lived in the area for generations so she was able to offer lots of local background and ideas for things to do and see nearby. While we weren’t walking on the beach we checked out the fishing fleet at the nearby town of Ilwaco, the seriously scenic North Head Lighthouse, and the Ilwaco City Museum – which was way more extensive and interesting than I expected. It even has a replica of the entire Long Beach Peninsula in the 1920s, complete with a working model of the area’s Clamshell Railroad (yes, I’m a rail fan: could you tell?)
Anyway, we had a wonderful winter getaway at the Campbell House – the place is scenic and a bit secluded but not that far from town, the owners are hospitable and welcoming, and our room – with a deep tub from which you could watch storms roll in over the ocean – was to die for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Campbell House at Klipsan Beach is located in Ocean Park on Washington's Long Beach Peninsula. Located at the end of a rustic beach lane, the inn is awaiting your arrival. The house, built on the Campbell family property which was purchased nearly 60 years ago, has unobstructed ocean views from each of its 4 guest rooms. 2 of the rooms include their own, private bath the other 2 share a conveniently located common bath. Our home is just steps from the ocean beaches and there are countless activities to occupy your day. On your return, enjoy a relaxing time in our living room, or take a comfy chair on the deck. We offer satellite TV, Wi-Fi and a quiet, separate reading room. Look for special packages including deep sea fishing and clamming specials. There are 3 great dogs and an in/out cat who love people so we can't accommodate pets but well-behaved kids are very welcome! Private parking on site. All are welcome here. ... more less
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