When was the last time you went on vacation and, with so many options, had the difficult task of choosing what to do each day? Those who visit our coastal beach town of Seabrook, Washington may find themselves in that exact predicament.
Seabrook has dozens of stores, shops and restaurants, plus a myriad of world class outdoor destinations that will leave you in awe. This walkable town, on the bluffs of the Pacific, is where you’ll create lifelong memories. With so many things to so, building an itinerary here can be a challenge. But with this guide to your first trip to Seabrook, you’ll be exploring our coastal community like an expert.
Day 1: Get to Know Seabrook
As you arrive at Seabrook, you’ll notice things are a little different. Cars are parked, people are walking and smiles are found on the faces of those you pass. Once you unpack and explore the amenities and features inside of your home, it is time to head out and wander Seabrook. If your first day in town falls on a Saturday, you can join town founder Casey Roloff on a causal walking tour of the town where you will learn about the history and vision behind Seabrook.
Miss the tour? Don’t worry! Seabrook is known for being Washington State’s most-walkable town, with everything just a few minutes away from your front door. Hidden in the numerous neighborhoods are small parks, hiking trails, Sasquatch, an old cabin, a giant chair and fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. Once you have walked the neighborhoods, head down to Market Street and enjoy the shops and restaurants that are waiting for you.
At Market Street, pick up groceries at the Front Street Market, or get a bite to eat and a few drinks Koko’s Restaurant & Tequila Bar. You can even pick up a desert from the Sweet Life.
Once the day starts coming to a close, take a walk and watch the setting sun. In the Elk Creek neighborhood, there is a small park that offers stunning views of the beach and the Pacific Ocean from the bluffs. If you’d rather catch the last rays of light from the shore, a well-maintained trail leads right to the sand and driftwood, providing a perfect seat.
Day 2: Explore the Peninsula
Seabrook is the ideal basecamp to explore the natural wonders of the Olympic Peninsula. Here, you are just a short drive from both the rainforests and the wilderness coastline of Olympic National Park. Your closest destination for rainforest walks is found at Lake Quinault, where miles of trails, a historic lodge and forests full of towering trees can be explored. The best way to enjoy this region is to drive the Lake Quinault Loop.
Just north of the Quinault Rainforest, you’ll reach Kalaloch and Ruby Beach. Here, you’ll get a taste for the stunning beauty of the Olympic coast, seeing incredible sea stacks and the famous Tree of Life. There are 73 miles of wilderness coast at Olympic, with seven main areas to explore, so you have options.
If driving to Olympic is too long of a day, stick close to Seabrook and explore the local coastal communities. Heading south will lead you to Ocean Shores, where miles of beaches, a golf course and other amenities await. On the other side of Grays Harbor, the fishing town of Westport is fun to explore, thanks to its boardwalk, museum and lighthouse.
Day 3: Relax and Recreate
After a day of exploring the best of the Olympic Peninsula, take day three and stay local. While you got a small taste of the town on day one, day three will give you a chance to dive deeper into the amenities that Seabrook has to offer.
Those hoping for a relaxing retreat will be overjoyed. Seabrook is home to swimming pools and saunas, spas and yoga. A great option for relaxation can be found at Spa Elizabeth. Offering massages, aroma therapy, and three packages to get fully pampered, scheduling an appointment here will leave you feeling amazing.
For those looking to enjoy the water, enjoy Seabrook’s heated indoor pool that is available to guests and residents year-round. Open until 11pm, you can enjoy the pool or the spa jacuzzi no matter what the weather.
If you’d rather relax and recreate outside, Buck’s Bikes is your destination for outside adventures. At Buck’s you can book a kayak or SUP tour, rent a bike and ride the trails, surf the coast or even learn to skim board.
Day 4: Savor Seabrook
On your final day at Seabrook, it is time to shop and savor your day in town. After strolling the beach one last time, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the sandy shores, head back up to Market Street and explore the dozens of quaint, owner-operated boutique shops.
The best way to start is to wine and dine at the Stowaway. This wine bar and cheese shop, open Tuesday through Sunday, is a great way to start your shopping and strolling around the town. Once you have tasted the wines and picked up a couple of bottles for your home, continue around Market Street, grabbing those last minute gifts for you or for your friends.
Before you leave, make sure you book your next stay, as you have only scratched the surface of what Seabrook has to offer.