“Go to your happy place.”
I close my eyes, and find myself on a wood-planked dock overlooking sand dunes with the sound of the ocean in the background and a breeze on my face.
At a little over 3 hours drive, my happy place is Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. It’s my favorite weekend getaway from Seattle.
Gus (my husband) and I have been staying at Adrift Hotel and Discovery Inn for the last 8 years. Adrift holds a special place in our hearts; we regularly visit for anniversaries, birthdays, or for a spontaneous weekend. We enjoy the 3 hour drive from Seattle to Long Beach, where we check in to Adrift for the weekend (with our pug) to rest, recharge, and reconnect. Full disclosure: we usually don’t leave the property except to walk on the beach, and that’s part of why I like it.
Within easy reach of both Portland and Seattle, Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is relaxing and relatively secluded from tourist hustle-and-bustle.
If you’re looking for a relaxing beach getaway, go to Adrift Hotel in Long Beach. Plus, it’s pet friendly!
About Adrift Hotel
Located in the small beach front town of Long Beach, WA, Adrift Hotel is a small “hipster” boutique hotel steps away from the beach. Adrift is a cousin to Astoria’s Commodore and Seaside’s Ashore that loans out beach cruisers, board games, and old movies to watch in your room. The service has always been impeccable and they’ve gone above and beyond for us multiple times. The rooms are always clean, despite its close proximity to sand. The lobby sells snacks, beer, and wine, and serves complimentary coffee and tea all day + night. They have a Spa on the premises, though I’ve never used it. The Adrift hotel isn’t fancy or luxurious, and it doesn’t need to be. You’re there to relax. And that’s what you’re going to do.
The restaurant attached to Adrift, the Pickled Fish, serves local Pacific Northwest-inspired cuisine—and it’s really, really good. Located on the top floor, Pickled Fish serves local ingredients and craft cocktails overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The location is truly incredible at the Adrift, and that’s one of it’s biggest selling points.
Rooms at the Adrift Hotel
Every room is designed with recycled materials and modern industrial accents. Basically, they took an old motel and fixed it up with industrial decor. It’s pretty bare bones. They don’t provide a lot of lighting in the rooms, but I like that for the ambiance. The rooms aren’t sound proof and the hotel can be noisy sometimes, especially with all wooden floors, but I’ve never had an issue.The beds have relatively comfy memory foam mattresses. Again, this isn’t a luxury hotel… but you can’t beat the location or pet friendliness.
There are two buildings: East and West.
We like staying in the West building, which has the lobby, an elevator, and the restaurant in the same building… so basically, we don’t need to go outside if we don’t want to. In the middle of winter, that’s pretty nice. The West building is louder, but they do provide ear plugs if you need them.
The East building only has stairway access, but the rooms are all facing the ocean so that’s nice.
I’ve found that each room in the hotel is pretty different, so keep that in mind when booking.
PLUS, all rooms are pet friendly.
409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, Wash., 800-561-2456, adrifthotel.com
Pickled Fish Restaurant
If you’re staying at Adrift, you can order room service from Pickled Fish and eat in your room, or dine at the restaurant. This is THE PLACE to eat.
Pickled Fish is located on the top floor of the Adrift Hotel, directly overlooking the Pacific ocean. A full bar also features craft cocktails, regional wines, and northwest micro brews.
What To Do In Long Beach, WA
I’d say you should go to the beach. At 21 miles long with compact soft white sand and sand dunes, this beach is great for walking, relaxing, building sand castles, and going on romantic strolls. There are also trails to hike, waves to surf, and some of the best sunsets ever.
Ride bikes on the paved 8.5-mile Discovery Trail
Walk on the beach
Visit Cape Disappointment