Off-Season at the Beach - Winter Travel at the Ocean
Off-season travel has many attractions: lower cost, everything is uncrowded, beach driving restrictions are
removed, you have your pick of dates, and you can wait until the last minute for a weekend with good
Ideas for Your Off-Season Visit
> Dine at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge, enjoy the view of the lake, and walk the half mile rainforest loop
trail between showers.
> Swim at the Hoquiam YMCA's indoor waterpark, racquetball and weightlifting available too, $15 day pass
per family. You pass right by this facility on the way to and back from the ocean.
> Visit the Quinault Beach Resort casino followed by dining and shopping in Ocean Shores.
> Tour Duck Lake and the Ocean Shores canals on a fully-enclosed, heated, electric boat.
> Drive down the beach to Copalis Rock and enjoy the scenery.
> Tour the Grays Harbor Lighthouse (tallest in the state) and Westport Maritime Museum with the
surpassingly beautiful Destruction Island lighthouse lens.
> Enjoy the house! Some people never leave it. Skip down to the beach during a sunbreak.
Winter at the Beach
Since the house is rented all the summer and most weekends, I mainly get to enjoy it in the winter. I had
some marvellous visits during the 2007-2008 winter:
December 1, 2007
There was an unusual snowfall at the beach with a dusting of snow down on the sand. Up on the bluff,
people made snowmen. The snow lasted just that afternoon - long enough to enjoy, but not long enough to
delay anybody's travel home.
January 5, 2008
A storm the previous night and a high tide combined to completely swallow the beach. The seagulls
moved into the Pacific Beach State Park RV campground and the sandpipers dodged the foam on the last
small strip of sand. The waves kicked up fantastically and Joe Creek disappeared under the ocean.
January 13, 2008
On a day trip north of Pacific Beach, we had dry weather all day with a high overcast at Kalaloch and Ruby
Beach (1 1/2 hour drive one way) and sunny inland by Lake Quinault. The Kalaloch Lodge's restaurant was
near empty, leaving open the table by the best picture window to enjoy the lodge's fantastic view of the creek
gorge, log-strewn beach, and ocean.
March 1, 2008
It was sunny and almost warm - upper 50s. I walked barefoot across a stream, down the beach to Copalis
Rock, further across the Copalis State Airport (on the beach), to the bank of the Copalis River, and back by
sunset. As long as I kept moving, my feet stayed warm.
March 15, 2008
Another sunny day on the beach on a day trip to Kalaloch Beach 2 and the Hoh Rain Forest (2 1/4 hours
one way from Pacific Beach). We saw a bald eagle on the beach and 200+ foot long logs. Hardly anybody
was to be found on the beach or in the rain forest. The forest had a very light rain, which was appropriate to
Bob's Pacific Beach House: Highlights of the House
Spectacular high bluff ocean view. Less than half mile walk to wide, sandy beach. Beautiful three bedroom
house built in 2007. Located in Pacific Beach, Washington: 2 1/2 hours from Seattle, 3 hours from Portland,
25 minutes north of Ocean Shores. This is the prettiest section of the Washington coast with a windswept
forest on a high bluff, looking down on the beach. Awesome sunsets. Sorry, no pets.
The house features a large upper deck with wide ocean and sunset view, lower private deck with view,
three king beds and a queen sleeper sofa, three HDTVs with DVD players and cable programming,
wireless high speed Internet, stereo with four in-wall surround speakers and iPod dock, all new furnishings
in 2007, fully stocked kitchen with granite slab counters and stainless steel appliances, large master suite
with double- headed travertine tile shower, dark rich Brazilian cherry wood hardwood floors throughout the
house, art glass lighting, ceiling fans, propane fireplace, two car garage, laundry room, deck furniture,
charcoal grill with all supplies.
Bob's Pacific Beach House
Great Ocean View, Short Walk to Beach,
3 King Size Beds, House Built in 2007.
Located in Pacific Beach, WA
- just north of Ocean Shores.