This aint downtown Seattle, the Airport, or Las Vagas, its Sekiu Washington! Very close to the northwest tip of Washington. Lots of people come here for the great fishing, you could even say its a secret 'Washington get away' less than 5 hours drive from (more like 4 hours)
Seattle, Everett ,Tacoma.
The Bay Motel is the first motel you come to before entering the town of Sekiu. From the parking lot you can see Sekiu, its maybe 2 miles away. The motels in Sekiu are just as old as the Bay Motel; maybe even older. Because it is a fishing town its very busy in the spring, summer and early fall, but in the winter its dead! Some of the motels there will just close in the winter and open in the spring for the fishing season. During fishing season the number of people per square block is maybe 100 to 300 people (wife, dad, kids) where at the Bay motel its less than 70 total depending on how many rooms are rented.
Its exciting in Sekiu but its very relaxing at the Bay motel especaly the view looking out over the bay.
In the winter time its a perfect spot for a romantic weekend with your sweetie to watch the ships comming and going in the staight or watch the storms roll in from the Pacific, but you must come perpared. Bring the wine, crackers and steaks. Dont forget the bbq if you got a small one . A small ice chest filled with goodies will be the best. There are restaurants; on the other side of the parking lot of the bay motel is a restaurant but I am not sure if its open in the winter. Just ask the manager if its open or not. My guess it is open because people have to eat.
When i was looking for a room to stay I read so many horror stories about the rooms in Sekiu and Neah Bay, I had a hard time deciding what to do. I picked one place to stay taking a chance ,when I was going to leave my card number to reserve a room the manager said "sorry our card machine was taken away" and they could only take cash or check So I had to back out of the room. I then called the Bay motel. He had a room for the three days I wanted to stay that the others didnt have. I asked the manager how clean the rooms were and of course you would expect him to say that they are clean, but the manager said "trust me, for whats out here in Sekiu my rooms are nice and youll be happy. I will give you one with a nice view of the bay." So, a little scared I said ok and gave him my C C number to hold the room.
We got there about 6 pm saw that the motel was a bit old 40s or 50s, maybe 60s but not run down it was very well kept. Then when we opened the door to the room, It was very nice and clean with a small kitchen, a very clean bathroom, and nice beds. It was not what i was expecting to see, and my wife loved it! We stayed for 3 nights. There was maid service but my wife wanted to do it herself so all we needed was towels.
The next day we rented a small boat in Sekiu and fished for pink salmon. We caught 2 of them and then we drove to Neah Bay for lunch and sightseeing. Later we came back to go fish again but the water was to rough so we didnt fish for long. The next day we drove to Forks or should I say Twilight, then to La Push it's about a 45 minute drive from the Bay motel. It's not a bad drive at all. There are plenty of other things to do too. When we got back we fired up the bbq and had steak and salmon for dinner. The next day we had to leave to go back to the rat race . Before leaving i was talking to the manager and he was saying he didnt know if he would be open in the winter because he couldnt afford to if only one or two rooms are rented, so if you want to go in the winter call first. I hope he will be open.
I sit back and think about the stay there and all I see is the Bay, and the ships comming and going and the fishermen fishing . One time my family and I were on a trip and we were next to yellowstone park. I told my kids that if we didnt go to see Old Faithful we werent good Americans if we didnt stop to see it. So we did.
Now I say to all of you, if you dont go to visit the Northwest tip of Washington at least once in your lifetime your not a true Washintonian. The Bay motel is a great place to stay for your adventure.
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- Bay Motel Sekiu, Washington