PNW Getaway | Seabrook, WA
My husband, Steve, and I have been married for over seven years, and this year, we decided to do something a little extra special for our joint birthday month. Past birthdays have gone by with far less fanfare (although just as much sentiment) due to our financial goals (we paid off $165,000 in loans in 39 months--I'll touch on that in another post). So now that we've reached our goal, a little getaway was in order. We happily chose to return to the quaint little town of Seabrook on the Washington coast, and it did not disappoint!
Three years ago, Steve and I visited Seabrook for our four year wedding anniversary. We'd found an ad on the back of the magazine, and I was dying to get to the beach. Growing up on the east coast, I stayed every summer for a week or two at my family's beach house on the south Jersey shore. Even though I think there's no more annoying bird than a seagull, their sound and the smell of the ocean instantly lifts my spirits and floods me with nostalgia.
Think, New England coastal town, transported to the pacific northwest. Seabrook is an eclectic collection of vacation rental homes and cottages of all shapes and sizes. The charming little town boasts a small collection of stores, miles of trails, and direct access to the rugged, Washington coast. In addition, an indoor pool and hot tub and outdoor fire pits make this the perfect getaway for a relaxing weekend! It was originally founded by a couple that purchased a large plot of land with the intent to bring the east coast beach town experience to the west. I love this concept, and I couldn't help but be reminded of Stone Harbor, NJ while I was here.
Seabrook has changed a great deal since our last visit. In addition to more homes, including condos-style options, a dine-in or take out pizza place now add a casual and more budget-friendly option to the existing restaurant. A bakery, sweets shop complete with ice cream, a small, well-stocked gym, wine and cheese shop, children's clothing and toy store, bike and wet suit rental, home goods, and a salvage store round out the existing pet store, market-pantry, and spa. The entire community is walkable, with easy access to the town center or any of the featured activities. This week's happened to be the Bigfoot Brewfest!
Saturday absolutely down-poured, so Steve and I were happy to cozy up inside. I made scones and read up on my new sony a6300 camera while Steve relaxed and caught the college football games. After visiting Frontagers for the second time in 24 hours, Steve surprised me with homemade craft cocktails. Sunday we enjoyed a complimentary late checkout and strolled through town before hitting the beach. A stop at Mill 109 for lunch completed our relaxing little getaway, but I already can't wait to get back! If you haven't visited, you need to put it on your list of places to stay. We definitely plan on longer than a weekend next time!