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What Families Love About Holidays In Seabrook

September 18, 2023 | Read Time: 4 Minutes

Nestled on the bluff of the rugged Washington coast, Seabrook becomes an even more enchanting destination to stay and play during the holiday season. Families near and far bundle up and come to make memories where a sense of warmth, togetherness, and pure holiday magic lights up the beach town each year. 

“I’ve experienced every month of the year in Seabrook and the ‘ber months are my favorites!” says Meredith M., a Seabrook homeowner. “From mid-September to mid-December, there’s no place I’d rather be!”

From cozy vacation rentals to bustling annual festivities and winter things to do, it’s an idyllic getaway just waiting to happen.

The Enchanting Coastal Ambiance During The Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, Seabrook transforms into a twinkling paradise with festive decor all throughout the town. A walk around town during the day and into the evening to take in the soft glow of holiday lights is a must for families this time of year.

“For the past two years, we’ve been delighted by the parade and snow dump!” says Molly B., a Seabrook homeowner. “It is such a fun way to prepare for the holidays! An added bonus is the hot cocoa bar – which we sometimes enjoy as we sit in the lobby and enjoy the lovely fire. This rest and relaxation time is a nice break from work and school and helps us gear up for Christmas with family!”

Winter in the Pacific Northwest is an especially entrancing experience where nature shows its majesty, from roaring ocean waves to beautiful mornings as fog rests on the coast. In Seabrook, your crew can stay indoors to enjoy the spectacles or go outdoors and explore the sights. 

“My absolute favorite part of Winter in Seabrook is curled up under a blanket with the fireplace roaring, watching a storm blow in from the ocean,” says Stephanie G. of Seabrook Hospitality. “The water running down the windows like I am in a carwash while I am cozy in a nice, warm Seabrook home is a sight to see.”

The Best Washington Winter Activities On The Coast

Not a huge fan of snow sports in the winter? The Washington coast is the perfect place to get all of the outdoor adventures in without going through a snowy mountain pass or white-knuckling your way through heavy snowfall. Visitors can even enjoy the ice skating rink in Seabrook from November to January! Whether you’re traveling solo or with a group, you can find activities for everyone to enjoy, from razor clam digging to snuggly nights in.

“We love digging for razor clams!” says Kim V., a Seabrook homeowner. “Five clams makes a hearty pot of chowder. For a perfect winter evening, we pair the chowder with a crisp white wine and a loaf of crusty bread from the market. It tastes best snuggled in front of the cozy fireplace.”

Other outdoor activities not to miss this winter are beach bonfires, surfing, river fishing, mountain biking, hiking, sports courts, and, of course, the famous Winter Glass Float Find.

“My kids all love participating in the glass float find,” says Katie T. of Seabrook Hospitality. “It’s a new challenge every day and they’re always so excited to figure out what the clues mean and go searching for the beautifully made glass floats!”

Winter is also a great time to enjoy the wide open beaches with fewer crowds that make for some of the most serene moments of the year.

“There’s something special about quiet winter walks on the beach in Seabrook and settling in with a glass of vino by the fire at The Stowaway Wine Bar in Seabrook,” says Tiffany E., a Seabrook homeowner.

Indoor Winter Pastimes For A Cozy Stay

With so much to do outdoors, there’s just as much to do indoors to make for a full and relaxing getaway to the beach. The holidays make for a great time to shop through the local boutiques for unique holiday gifts or to pick up something to pamper yourself while on vacation.

When it’s time to eat, the restaurants around town offer up plenty of menu items with comfort foods and warming beverages to make you forget about the winter chill.

The indoor fun to be had at Seabrook isn’t limited to families, many friend groups steal away to the coast with their best friends for a getaway during winter, too.

“Girls weekend at the beach during the winter is the best,” says Lisa L., “Games, movies, great goodies from the Seabrook bakery, and evenings in the hot tub!”

The indoor experiences around town are another activity people love to do during the holidays, too. From custom candle pouring with handpicked winter fragrances, playing an afternoon away at the arcade, or swimming, lasting memories happen effortlessly with an afternoon spent in Seabrook.

Start Planning Your Winter Retreat

If winter at the beach calls you to indulge in a getaway with sweeping ocean views or to be tucked away in a quaint cabin with woodland views, Seabrook has year-round vacation rentals to suit your tastes. Unwind and recharge with a wide assortment of home amenities, from fireplaces, hot tubs, board games, covered porches, and more in Washington’s Beach Town.

About Seabrook

Seabrook, inspired by Seaside, Florida, was founded in 2004 by Casey and Laura Roloff. The town is built on a foundation of new urbanism, sustainably connecting urbanism and natural surroundings on the Washington coast. The growing town features more than 500 homes, a vacation rental program, 18 parks, event spaces, a spa, fitness center, outdoor and indoor pool, full-service market, amphitheater, sports courts, shopping, dining, and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Read more about the growing beach town: What Is Seabrook

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The Best Fall Things To Do On The Washington Coast

Date Published: September 5, 2023 | Read Time: 5.5 Minutes

With just a few days left of summer, we’re looking ahead to the best fall things to do on the Washington coast. Seabrook’s vacation rentals beckon travelers this time of year as the town quiets, nightly minimums drop, and fall rates offer exceptional value. From crisp and sunny days to cool and misty nights, we’ve put together the must-dos of outdoor and indoor activities that are all within Seabrook or an easy day trip away.

The Top 10 Outdoor Fall Activities

1. Razor Clam Digging

Thousands of vacationers and day-trippers flock to Washington’s beaches each fall to take part in clam digging! The invigorating experience is followed up by preparing the fresh catches. Razor clams have delicious culinary qualities of smooth, distinctive texture, and subtle seafood flavor that leave diggers craving them year-round. First-time digger? Buck’s Northwest offers guided lessons with everything you need to know to become a seasoned pro. Razor clam digging usually begins in November, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife always has the most up-to-date information on dig dates. Though the clams are usually battered and fried, there are all kinds of creative ways to use the seasonal delicacy in cooking!  

2. Mushroom Foraging

The forest floor transforms into a playground of treasured finds for mushroom-hunting enthusiasts during the fall. Another family-friendly activity, the forest in and around Seabrook offers the most sought-after gourmet edible mushrooms, like the ever-popular chanterelle. If you’re new to mushroom foraging, Seabrook has partnered with local experts to show you the ropes of safe mushroom foraging with classes from September to November

3. Beach Bonfire

One of the best ways to watch the famously beautiful fall sunsets is from the beach itself. The experience is made even better by a warm fire, complete with lounge chairs and a s’mores kit. You can bring your own supplies for a beach bonfire or opt for the Sunset Bonfire Package offered by Seabrook Hospitality that includes a smokeless fire pit, wood, and beach chairs set up for you on the beach.

4. Beachcombing

Fall is one of the best times of the year to turn your beach stroll into a treasure hunt. The beach is always a short walk away so you’ll be scouring the shore in no time. Keep an eye out for all kinds of collectibles that may have washed ashore after being churned up by bigger waves, like sea glass, fossils, or glass floats.

5. Mountain Biking

The crisp weather makes mountain biking more enjoyable than ever during fall! Biking routes are sprinkled throughout Seabrook with direct connections to the miles of DNR trails to explore anytime of the year. This year has been full of trail improvements and the addition of new trails, make sure to spend a day or two checking out the tracks!

6. Guided Experiences

Seabrook has you covered for guided experiences that take the prep and planning out of an excursion and turn it into carefree enjoyment! Seabrook Hospitality Concierge Services can help you set up a guided fishing trip, among other experiences, and Buck’s Northwest has you covered for kayaking tours, clam digging, surf lessons, mountain biking, and more.

7. Historic Sites Around Town

The North Beach area has a rich history from Native American culture to the logging industry boom that shaped what the Pacific Northwest is today. Seabrook itself has several spots to visit and see these glimpses into the past. Take a look at The Historic Dorothy Anderson Cabin, The Old Cedar Stump, The Old Spruce Heritage Tree, and even The Gnome Trail. The Museum of the North Beach is only a 5-minute drive away in Moclips, too! 

8. Day Trips

Seabrook is the perfect launching point for day-trip destinations that offer those awe-inspiring views of nature that people travel from all over the world to see. From the iconic sea stacks of Ruby Beach to the towering old growths of the Hoh Rainforest or the pristine cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean at Cape Disappointment, you’ll find your adventure meter full to the brim with all of the nearby sites.

9. Hiking Around Seabrook

Hikers can find miles of trails to explore during fall with new trails being constantly added to the increasingly elaborate trail network. Take a quick jaunt down the Elk Creek Trail to the beach or through The Gnome Trail’s various paths that pop out at different places throughout town.

10. Play Outdoor Games

The town amenities are open year-round to Seabrook guests, so if you’re craving a game of pickleball, basketball, soccer, or even a game of horseshoes, it’s easy to play your favorite games for hours with courts and parks conveniently located all throughout the town. For the little ones not quite old enough for structured play, there is a playground in the Alderwood neighborhood and South of Market neighborhood in Kucera Park.

Inspo For Cozy Day Activities

For those that enjoy sleeping in followed by sipping on coffee during a misty coastal morning, you can find easy-going activities that highlight fun things to do indoors.

Play At The Arcade

Have you seen the retro-themed arcade that opened on Front Street this summer? The Arcade became an instant favorite stop for adults and children alike in town. On those days where it’s just a smidgen too rainy to be out and about too much, The Arcade is the perfect cozy day pastime.

Make A Custom Candle

Add a personalized ambiance to your stay with a custom candle made at Lorraine’s Candle Studio with their fall scent collection. With dozens of scents and unique vessels to choose from, a relaxing morning, afternoon, or evening happens with ease at the candle studio.

Plan A Spa Day

The pitter-patter of rain and the faint roar of the ocean makes the spa experience on the coast all the more relaxing. Pamper yourself with a facial, massage, or one of the other bliss-filled experiences offered at Spa Elizabeth on Front Street.

Wine Tasting

Stop by The Stowaway Wine Bar for a laid-back afternoon filled with quality wines and equally delicious bites this fall. If you’re feeling more like enjoying an evening in, The Stowaway offers in-home wine tasting and bottles to go.

Get A Seabrook Painting Kit

Cozy days often inspire creatives to get into new projects. Concierge Services offers painting kits, complete with an instructional video, that has the option to paint the iconic Seabrook arch at sunset or a whimsical jellyfish. You can order one in advance to have waiting for you when you arrive!

Shop & Dine

Warm, aromatic food accompanied by your favorite beverages are easy to come by within the Town Center. Try your own food tour and go from restaurant to restaurant, sampling the flavorful dishes and enjoying the different vibes. Cozy days mean it’s the perfect time to bundle up and shop! The town merchants all have unique merchandise for you to browse, from clothing, homeware, books, toys, outdoor gear, and more.

About Seabrook

The vibrant town of Seabrook is a sustainable haven for full-time residents, vacationers, and day trippers – a walkable urban oasis seamlessly woven into nature on the Washington Coast. Home to 18 parks, an event space, boutique spa, fitness center, hundreds of acres of mountain bike and hiking trails, central amphitheater, sports and pickle ball courts, indoor and outdoor pools, miles of wide open beach, award-winning restaurants, and plenty of shopping options – it’s an ideal getaway for all ages. Read more about the growing beach town: What Is Seabrook

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Mark Your Calendars For Our Favorite Holiday Celebrations

Published August 21, 2023 | Read Time: 3.5 Minutes

As summer wanes into fall on the Washington coast, there’s renewed energy surrounding all of the holiday celebrations in Seabrook! From Halloweekend to ringing in New Years Day with the last day of the Winter Glass Float Find, there’s something fun in store for everyone. Take a look at the lineup of our favorite seasonal events that intertwine timeless traditions and simple pleasures in a small town.

September

It feels like time slows down in Seabrook during the month of September, in the best ways possible. With a combination of quiet leisure and outdoor activities just getting started, it’s a great time of year for a warm fall welcome before transitioning to the holiday season.

October

With crisp weather and crunching leaves underfoot, the peak of fall graces the Washington coast in a beautiful combination of fall colors contrasted by evergreens and the striking blues and grays of the Pacific Ocean. Fall decorations bring an old-time feel to Seabrook with brightly colored pumpkin displays, hay bales, and decorations that add whimsy to an already magical coastal town.

Bigfoot Brewfest | October 7th

It’s not quite a holiday but this festival certainly feels like one with all of the good beer, good friends, good food, and good music during the annual Bigfoot Brewfest. This year is set to be the biggest brewfest yet with vendors, live music, food, games, competitions, and more! Tickets go live soon.

Seabrook Halloweekend | October 27th through October 29th

The spooky of allure of Halloween comes to life in Washington’s beach town every October! Hundreds of families from near and far come to spend the weekend exploring the hay maze and pumpkin patch, joining in on the costume parade, carving pumpkins for the pumpkin promenade and taking part in the best trick-or-treating around town.

Other October events not to miss: Beachside Author Series: Elise Hooper, Mushroom Foraging Classes

November

Be welcomed by cool, misty mornings on the Washington coast that make for some of the most serene beach walks or bike rides to be had throughout the year in November. The possibility of rain means cozy days spent perusing shops, dining out, or for the adventurous, time spent clam digging, beachcombing or stormwatching.

Ice Skating Rink | November 1st through January 31st

Celebrate the whole of the holiday season with ice skating right in Seabrook! Bring the magic of the holidays to life as you bundle up and take on the ice skating rink that’s open daily from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Ticketing information and additional skate times coming soon.

The Turkey Trot | November 23rd

The Seabrook Turkey Trot is back for another year of running your tail feathers off in Seabrook! Don your favorite turkey attire and gobble-gobble your way through the 3k course around town. The race is unofficially timed so you walk, jog, or trot your way through the route. Tickets go live soon. 

Winter Glass Float Find | November 23rd through January 1st

Thanksgiving morning kicks off the start of the Winter Glass Float! Two handcrafted glass floats are hidden daily, one with a clue and one without. If you find one, it’s yours to keep.

Other November events not to miss: Mushroom Foraging Classes, Clam Digging Dates TBA

December

Bright and twinkling lights, beautiful handmade garlands, and holiday cheer can be felt all throughout December in Seabrook. It marks the official return of the annual Jolly Days that keeps spirits bright all season long, from photos with Santa to snowdrops in the Town Center.

Jolly Days | November 24th through December 16th

Saturdays of December are all aglow in Seabrook during Jolly Days. Kick off the countdown until Christmas with an annual tree-lighting ceremony in Meriweather Square, followed by shopping Saturdays, snow drops, photos with Santa, and a grand finale of the holiday parade!

Other December events not to miss: Winter Glass Float Find, Ice Skating, Clam Digging Dates TBA

Make sure to check our official events page for the latest event details and announcements: Washington Coast Events

The Best Place To Stay During The Holidays In Washington

Families, friend groups, couples, and everyone in between head to the coast during the holiday season for some rest and recuperation or uninterrupted time with loved ones. Holiday availability tends to book out well in advance of the holidays, if you’re considering a trip to Seabrook, take a look now to make sure you get the best accommodations for you and your crew.

About Seabrook

Seabrook, inspired by Seaside, Florida, was founded in 2004 by Casey and Laura Roloff. The town is built on a foundation of new urbanism, sustainably connecting urbanism and natural surroundings on the Washington coast. The growing town features more than 500 homes, a vacation rental program, 18 parks, event spaces, a spa, fitness center, outdoor and indoor pool, full-service market, amphitheater, sports courts, shopping, dining, and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Read more about the growing beach town: What Is Seabrook

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Play Away At The Arcade

The Arcade on Front Street in Seabrook is guaranteed fun for all ages!

Open daily, step back in time to the retro-themed arcade and head up to the retro-games loft to play classic favorites like PacMan or Defender for hours of nostalgic gaming. On the main floor, you can find other classic and new games like skee-ball, a boxing machine, dance machines, claw machines, hoop shooting and more! The Arcade is a perfect sunny or rainy day activity where families and friends can make memories and enjoy some friendly competition.

Once you’ve racked up your virtual tickets, stop by the prize counter and claim your prizes!

Soaking Up The Last Of Summer & Getting Excited For Fall Fun

Published: August 7, 2023 | Read Time: 3.5 Minutes

This summer in Seabrook has been nothing short of magical with lots of sunshine, beach days, new shops and eats to try, and so many memories being made all throughout the town. We’re not quite ready to say goodbye to the bliss found in summer and plan to soak up all there is to see and do, from checking out the remaining Saturday Markets and morning yoga sessions, to lazing around in the new outdoor pool.

Though summer is halfway through, we’re also on a countdown to what we call our “secret summer” heading into autumn. It’s a special time where we can still count on warm weather heading into the best of outdoor activities while leaving the busyness of summer behind. We can’t wait for Bigfoot Brewfest, Halloweekend, clam digging, mushroom foraging, fishing, and cozy gatherings.

Catching The Last Weeks Of Summer

Blue skies, bike rides, markets, and concerts have us all feeling the sunkissed highs of summer as we make the very most of a perfect season on the Washington coast. Every day is filled with beachgoing, shopping finds, delicious bites, and plenty of relaxation. If you’re in need of one last summer getaway, there’s still time to come and take in all of the summertime activities that are all complimentary for Seabrook guests to attend or utilize around town.

Welcoming Autumn Adventures In A Small Town

As September approaches, we can’t help but think about all of the reasons we love spending fall in our small beach town. The great nightly rates, fewer crowds, and the quiet beckoning to slow down and savor each moment are the cherries on top of an exceptional fall getaway. That’s what makes it the best time to plan that friends getaway, workcation, or couples retreat to embrace living life on beach time and experiencing fall favs in one place.

The September Encore Series is the perfect way to unwind and catch some stunning coastal sunsets throughout the month. Every Saturday of September at 5:30 PM, sit back and enjoy the music or get up and dance to the beat. We’ve got a great lineup of artists to come and see:

September 2nd – The Hipocrats

September 9th – Brian James Trio

September 16th – Red Light Challenge

September 23rd – Big Love – Fleetwood Mac Tribute

September 30th – Ian Ayers & The Soul Purpose

The Washington coast is no exception when it comes to the season of harvest! The popular mushroom foraging classes in Seabrook hosted by local experts, Micheal and Dan, is back for another season of education and hunting for choice edible mushrooms. See if you can find chanterelles, porcini, chicken of the woods, and more on the outings each Saturday from September 23rd through November 11th. These classes sell out quickly so make sure to snag your tickets early.

We can hardly contain our excitement in what’s brewing for this year’s Bigfoot Brewfest on Saturday, October 7th! We’ve invited even more regional breweries, distilleries, and cideries to offer up their beverages. The fun and games are also revamped this year for lots of laughs and some friendly competitions. Keep an eye out for more details and tickets to go live soon.

A costume parade, hay maze, pumpkin promenade and of course, the best trick-or-treating on the Washington coast happens during the Seabrook Halloweekend! Families from near and far come to spend the best of the spooky season at the beach with family fun and activities from October 27th through October 29th.

Fall Adventuring In The Outdoors   

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, we know you’ve been on a countdown to the change in season, too. From guided fishing trips, clam digging, hiking, mountain biking, beachcombing, or surfing, your time to gear up and head out is almost here. If you need any gear or advice, we’ve got you covered for whatever you need to make those adventures happen.

A Cozy Getaway In The Making

When kids are back in school in fall, spending time around town any day of the week becomes a playground for the adult crowd. Adults of all ages come play and experience the flipside of the beachtown when its more laid back, making experiences feel exceptionally unhurried and low-key. We recommend trying things like custom candle making at Lorraine’s, private shopping events at Magnolias, wine tasting at The Stowaway, a town tour, backyard cookouts, hot tubbing, bonfires, and bike rides around town to take in the relaxed atmosphere this time of year.

Enjoy peaceful evenings taking in an oceanfront view or feeling cozy nestled by a fireplace this fall in a Washington coast vacation rental. With homes of all sizes, along with dog-friendly homes, or homes with private fire pits or hot tubs, finding your ideal place to unwind is easy in Seabrook. It’s not too soon to start thinking about Seabrook Halloweekend or Thanksgiving at the beach!

About Seabrook

Seabrook, inspired by Seaside, Florida, was founded in 2004 by Casey and Laura Roloff. The town is built on a foundation of new urbanism, sustainably connecting urbanism and natural surroundings on the Washington coast. The growing town features more than 500 homes, a vacation rental program, 18 parks, event spaces, a spa, fitness center, outdoor and indoor pool, full-service market, amphitheater, sports courts, shopping, dining, and miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Read more about the growing beach town: What Is Seabrook

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Pick A Pumpkin At The Pumpkin Patch

Head to the Farm District and explore the Seabrook pumpkin patch to find the perfect one to carve for the pumpkin carving contest during Halloweekend! Pumpkins are free with one pumpkin per person.

Don’t forget to test your navigation skills in the hay maze set up right next to the pumpkin patch in the north pasture of the Farm District, too. No admission fee.

For more Halloweekend fun and details, visit the Halloweekend event page.

Wind Through The Hay Maze

Test your guesswork at Seabrook’s hay maze this October during Halloweekend! Squeals of laughter can be heard all throughout the Farm District each autumn as little ones explore the hay maze. There is no admission fee to play in the maze, just head through the grand arbor to the Farm District to the north pasture and you’ll see the hay maze display.

There’s also a pick-your-own pumpkin patch each Halloweekend with one free pumpkin per person right next to the hay maze!

For more details and other fun things to do around town, visit the Halloweekend event page.

Host A Football Watch Party

Bring your best buds out and host a football watch party from a beach house that perfectly suits your party, no matter the size! Choose a home that has a great TV setup with lots of space to snack and lounge, where you’ll feel right at home through the cheers and laughter with your crew.

Seabrook has a wide range of vacation rentals, plenty with large kitchens meant for gatherings that can become the heart of the party. If your crew likes to go all-out on game day foods, Fresh Foods Market in Seabrook makes it convenient to purchase, prepare, and enjoy those scrumptious snacks and drinks.

Don’t feel like cooking this time? Order from a wide range of to-go options around town, from the loaded fries from Rising Tide, to pizza and apps from Frontager’s, charcuterie from The Stowaway, wraps from Blue, and chips and dip from Koko’s, and more around town.

Stop By The Real Estate Office

Stop by the Seabrook Real Estate Office and meet our knowledgeable and friendly team! We love greeting visitors throughout the day to answer their questions about the town, show them the 3-D town model, and share insight about the town’s upcoming plans. Our office is conveniently located right next to the Seabrook Hospitality Guest Services Lobby, stop on by on your way to or from checking in for your stay or to chat throughout your visit to Seabrook.

Seabrook’s Real Estate Office is located at 204 Front Street, open daily. If you’re in town on Saturdays, stop by between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM for wine and a chat with our agents.

Explore Copalis Rock

Copalis Rock is a must-see stop if you find yourself on the Washington coast and would like to get a close look at tide pools near Seabrook. Copalis Rock is one of the seastacks that is visible from Seabrook’s bluff, if you look south while on Seabrook’s beach on a clear day, you can spot the seastack further down the shore.

@seabrookwa Walk 3 miles on the beach from Seabrook or drive to Roosevelt beach access and walk a mile to see what the PNW has to offer 🦀🐚🦦 #washingtoncoast #washington #nature #beach #beachtown #summervacation #smalltown #SplashSummerVibe #fyp #newurbanism #pnw #seabrookwa ♬ Reflections on 52nd – AGM3

When To Go

In order to see the sea creatures up close, you’ll want to make sure you visit during very low tide. If it’s not at a very low tide, it may not be possible to approach the seastack to its base. Keep an eye out for bright green anemones, orange, red, and purple starfish, barnacles, mussels, and more!

How To Get There

Though you can walk from Seabrook’s beach to the seastack, it’s a long trek (an hour or more each way, depending on your pace and there are streams you’ll need to cross). Beach goers often opt to drive to the Roosevelt Beach approach about 5 minutes south of Seabrook and drive on the beach towards Copalis Rock, parking nearer for a shorter walk. If you’re not familiar with driving on the beach, make sure to stay on the packed sand and pay close attention to the tides if you plan to leave your vehicle. Also take care crossing any streams as the depth can be difficult to gauge.