The Washington coast has long been known for its rustic splendor. While vacationing along the Pacific Ocean is nothing new, there is a very special story to be told – a story that starts right here, along the north beaches of Grays Harbor.
Beach towns aren’t a new concept. Every “new” beach town starts with a wide-eyed dream by a special enterprising entrepreneur. It should come as no surprise that the little towns of Pacific Beach, Moclips, Ocean Shores, and now the newest of them all, Seabrook (Sunset Magazine’s 2013 “Idea Town”) have come into existence to serve the tourist traveler of the respective day. Among many of these dreamers who have had hopes of hosting visitors to this coast was the tough-as-nails woman who started her own little beach haven on the WA Coast. The protagonist of today’s transition is the tenacious and infamous, Dorothy Anderson.
Dorothy Anderson was born in Norway in August 1891. She came to the United States in 1910 where she settled in Seattle to work for thirteen years in various city hotels. After a divorce and a desire for a change of scenery, she moved out to Washington coast community of Ocean City (located eight miles south of Seabrook). There, she fell in love with the area for its ocean beaches, its forests where deer and bear roamed, and for its abundance of wild birds. In so many ways, it reminded her of her childhood home in Norway and brought back fond memories of her native homeland. Feeling at home, Dorothy decided to build herself a beach cabin all her own.