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Jun. 30, 2011

Top 10 Things To Do At Seabrook This Summer Contest

Whether you're here for the day or for the week, one of the most common questions asked at Seabrook is: "What should we do while we're here?" Seabrook's best activities are always changing, but we recently sat down and put together the following list of our summertime favorites to share with you. We hope your favorite Seabrook summertime activity is on the list, but if it's not, we want to know what it is! Just post a comment below and tell us what we missed and what you enjoy doing at Seabrook the most! Each suggestion will be entered to win a $50 Gift Card to Seabrook's Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub! Winners will be announced here on the Seabrook Blog, on Thursday, July 21.

1. Take a group photo on "The Big Stump"

Seabrook Stump GroupThis stump has become famous among Seabrook residents and guests as a landmark here in town. The notch scars in its trunk giving it the designation as a "Springboard Stump" were created by loggers who carved out a place to rest the springboards in order to cut the tree. We believe the tree was cut in the late 1800's when logging was prevalent here on the Washington Coast.

2. Discover Gelato at Lil's Pantry

Seabrook Stump GroupGelato finds its roots in the frozen desserts served in ancient Rome and Egypt. It was originally made from ice and snow brought down from mountaintops and preserved below ground. In the 1500's, gelato as we know it appeared during banquets at the Medici court in Florence, Italy. Today, this famed Italian treat has made its way to the Washington Coast where you can try one of Lil's Pantry's three rotating flavors any day of the week!

3. Enjoy S'mores in Crescent Park

Seabrook Smores Crescent ParkAfter a day of surf and sand, who can resist a hot gooey s'more at twilight around one of Crescent Park's coveted fire pits? Not us! There are also many firepits across the different neighborhoods at Seabrook where s'mores are a popular activity. We found this new take on the traditional childhood classic in Seattle Magazine last summer and fell in love! Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as we did!

4. Fly A Kite On The Beach

Fly A Kite Seabrook BeachDid you know that there are tons of different kites to enjoy? Whether you prefer the classic Diamond Kite, the sophisticated Dopero Kite, the variety of two-line Sport Kites, or even the exhilarating Power Kite which is used for kite boarding or kite surfing, there is a type of kite for everyone! With miles of sandy beach, Seabrook is the perfect place to fly your favorite type of kite!

5. Experience an Ocean-view Massage at Blue Spa

Seabrook Massage Blue SpaIf relaxation is your desire, Seabrook's newest business, Blue Spa, is your destination. Book a massage in the brand new ocean-view studio while the sound of the ocean soothes your body and mind. Choose from shiatsu, deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish massage, or a couples massage. You can even have a massage at the house you're staying at while at Seabrook. Check out the Blue Spa webpage for a list of services.

6. Have a Beer on the Mill 109 Patio

Mill 109 Restaurant BeerOne of life's simple pleasures (for those 21 and over) is to enjoy some Pacific Northwest sunshine with a great beer and a great view. Here at Seabrook, one of the best places for these things to converge is the patio of the Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub. We've included today's list of Beers on Tap, but the list is always changing, so check out the Mill 109 website and make sure to follow the Mill 109 on Facebook & Twitter:
  • Manny's Pale Ale
  • Alaskan Amber
  • Alaskan IPA
  • Deschutes Black Butte Porter
  • Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale

7. Go Horseback Riding on the Beach

Horseback RidingIf you love horses and the beach, why not try horseback riding on the beach? Each summer, Seabrook offers numerous opportunities to do just that! This exhilarating experience is certainly one you won't want to miss! Give our cottage rentals office a call for details and to schedule a ride for your next visit (360-276-0265). In the meantime, check out our Top 5 Favorite Horse Facts!

8. Paint a Keepsake at Colours Pottery Painting Studio

Colours Pottery PaintingLet your creative side have a little fun and paint a keepsake mug, platter, or a sculpture to take home with you! Seabrook's pottery painting studio offers a Girls Night every Friday night and Camp Colours for kids every Saturday! Check out the Seabrook Events Calendar for details!

9. Stop by for Yappy Hour at the Salty Dog

Seabrook Salty Dog ShopThe almost monthly event called Yappy Hour at The Salty Dog is one to most certainly attend. Whether you have a canine friend to bring or not, come visit this beloved business to peruse the selection of creative doggie merchandise while socializing with both people and dogs. Each Yappy Hour is posted on the Seabrook Events Calendar and features both adult and child-friendly beverages.

10. Rent a Beach Cruiser and Ride Around Town

Seabrook Beach Bike CruiserFor many people, Seabrook is synonymous with bike riding. As one of the earliest activities available to homeowners and guests in our town, we have a whole collection of classic beach cruiser bicycles (as well as a few mountain bikes) for you to enjoy while you're here. Check out the Seabrook What's With The Bikes webpage for more details!
By: Ivo Andov    Comments: 494
Our favorite thing to do while at Seabrook is walk around the neighborhood and admire all of the different styles of homes, cottages and gardens. Of course everyone is always happy and fun to visit with.
Saltwater Kandi June 30, 2011 9:10pm
My favorite thing to do is to garden the cutting-herb garden at my cottage (Boxwood Cottage on Trillium Lane) & after that, I enjoy sitting in front of my bright red outdoor fireplace with a nice glass of WA State wine soaking in the western sunset!
Stephen Poulakos July 1, 2011 10:42am
I like a good silent soak in the hot tub under the starry night sky, with the ocean's roar in the distance.
Megan R/S July 1, 2011 7:23pm
We always do these things at Seabrook when we go to stay at Solla Sollew:

1 - Play at the parks

2 - Walk the various woodland trails

3 - Build massive sandcastles on the beach

4 - Make and eat s'mores at the Central Park fire pits

5 - and now we have Letterboxing to do! A shipwrite's gnome has set up a special letterbox hidden at Seabrook for all to find http://www.sollasollewbeachhouse.com/thingstodo.html

6 - go clamming during clam season

7 - go beach combing early in the morning after a storm to find cool artifacts

8 - take amazing photographs of the scenery

seriously I could keep this list going long enough to make a Top 100 list of the best things to do at Seabrook!
Alison Hawkins July 2, 2011 9:01pm
I have been to Seabrook more times than I can count, but only one time in the summer months. I have to say that my favorite thing about summertime at Seabrook was the "neighborhood feeling" that we experienced. Everyone was so relaxed and friendly. Love that we were all there to focus on family and friendship time....quite a switch from the hustle and bustle of everyday life! It was nice to feel safe while strolling through the neighborhood - and even got invited in to one house to check it out as a future rental. Looking forward to more summer days in the future at Seabrook!
Carol Eastman July 11, 2011 5:04pm
Our favorite tradition @ Seabrook is definitely making s'mores! Our son is allergic to dairy but thankfully there are dark chocolates he can enjoy and marshmallows & Graham crackers are dairy free. We love opportunities where he can feel included and this is one of them!!
Alisa W. July 11, 2011 7:23pm
One of my favorite things to do is check in with the business community at Seabrook. Every store or business owner at Seabrook is thinking of how to make the Seabrook experience better. New items appear in Lil's and the Salty Dog with each visit. New selections appear on the menu at the Mill. Colours is breaking records with clientele (but not the pottery). Little entrepreneurs sell lemonade, seashells, or develop fundraisers for great causes. There is always something new in the Sales Office. I always like visiting with my friends in the Rental and Housekeeping Offices because they work really hard to maintain the housing "shock and awe" for new visitors. I am able to commiserate with Woo as he drives by on his challenges with keeping the Washington greenery in check. Casey always has a smile and a warm greeting. There are so many enthusiastic business people at Seabrook to chat with on the development of a truly unique, pioneering town. Kudos to the business people.
Jan Wolfram July 12, 2011 8:58pm
My kids like to go down and see what's new at the Gnome Village...add a few personal touches for the gnomes. We are also doing a little gnome village behind our cabin at Beach Camp...Beachy Keen. Come build something at our starting village!

We are also getting interested in letterboxing. There are 3 at Seabrook, 3 at Ocean Shores and 1 at Pacific Beach. It's fun to get out and hunting for these hidden treasures!
Beachy Keen July 13, 2011 12:00pm
Coming from HOT Arizona Seabrook is always a welcome relief from the dust and heat.
The top things that we have done in Seabrook and the Seabrook area are as follows

-Relax. Seabrook is very laid back and easy to just relax and kick back for a while

-Watch a movie. Most if not all rentals have a dvd player and after the drive from Seattle it is nice to just sit down, relax, and watch a movie to unwind.

-Cool Off. Especially for people like me coming from out of state it is nice to be somewhere it can be sunny and cool, cloudy and cool, or windy and cold. Any one of these is better than where I am coming from and an enjoyable experience. A great memory I have from Seabrook is sitting by the fire outside watching the mist "rolling through the air" from the trees. Hard to explain, just something that has to be experienced!

-Sight Seeing. We love to walk (or ride one of the beach cruisers) through the streets to take in the views of the amazing architecture and scenery.

-Photography. Seabrook has a lot of picturesque places whether architecture, forests, beaches, flowers, wildlife, or just family pictures. It is hard to take a bad picture here!

-Walk the trails to the beach. The beach is a very close walk and the trails through the trees to get to the beach make it that much better. There are also benches and outlooks along the way for those who need or want to stop and enjoy.

-Collect Sand Dollars at the beach. While at the beach there are tons of tings to do, but one of our favorites is to find a memento such as shells or sand dollars to take back to Az to have something to look forward to for the next trip.

-Sit by the fire and roast smores. Each time we have gone we have sat by the fire and roasted smores. If you forget to bring the ingredients with you don't worry, the market will be able to take care of you.

-Dinner at the Mill. One of the nice things about a rental is that there is a kitchen to cook in. One of the nice things about Seabrook is that if you decide not to cook you can walk quickly over to the Mill to get a bite to eat and walk over to a view of the ocean afterwards.

-Day Trips. There are multiple places in the area to make day trips to if you do need something exciting to fill your day. We have gone to Lake Quinault, Ruby Beach, The Hoh Rainforest ( a MUST), Forks, and on the closer side Ocean Shores for shopping.

I'm sure I missed something, you just have to be there and experience it all yourself. You will not be dissapointed!
Dana Hogue July 13, 2011 1:06pm
We could list so many things, including just about everything that others have already listed. Bikes, beach, parks, smores, trails, pottery painting, visiting with all of the friendly people, ...

But what we love most is to simply sit and relax in the sun on our south facing porch while we watch our kids play in Compass Park in front of our house.
Dave and Molly Bettineski July 13, 2011 10:01pm
These are my all time favorite thing to do while at Seabrook.
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