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Caren Aug 12th, 2001 12:22 PM

Re: Accomadations oceanfront 3-4 hours from Seattle airport
We are planning a trip to Seattle-Anacortes-Sidney (a week in Sidney),-Victoria ferry to Port Angeles-pacific ocean-Seattle. We have everything planned except the last two nights. <BR> <BR>My husband wants to spend two nights on the ocean where he can see big waves. The problem is we have only two nights and then we have to be at the airport in Seattle by noon. <BR> <BR>Does anyone have any ideas where we should look into staying? We are traveling with his grandmother and hope to see areas of interest that will not include too much walking for her. <BR> <BR>Any ideas and information would be greatly appreciated as we have never traveled to this area before. Thanks!

Rebecca Aug 12th, 2001 11:24 PM

Well there are no big waves in the Seattle-Anacortes area. Also keep in mind that it is the Sound, not sandy beaches like the Oregon or California coast!! Deception Pass is a nice area-nothing really in Anacortes.

John Aug 13th, 2001 07:23 AM

Caren, you can get to the coastal strip of Olympic National Park in about 2 hours from Port Angeles, taking US 101 around the top of the peninsula then south along the coast. Accommodations in this area are rather scarce, so it's best to book ahead. You don't say when this trip occurs, which can make a big difference in weather and availability. From Hoquiam/Aberdeen on the coast south of the national park, it's around a 2 hour drive to Sea-Tac airport, traffic rarely an issue. <BR> <BR>One consideration, though, is that if you have a week in the Victoria area, you can see pretty big ocean in an easy (and lovely) drive up the west coast of Vancouver Island. By the time you're an hour or so north of Victoria, you're clear enough of the Strait of Juan de Fuca that the waves rolling in are the big stuff.

Sandy Aug 13th, 2001 07:24 AM

Rebecca is right. To see the bigger waves, you'd have to go to Oregon (Oceanside is not terribly far given that SecTac is south of Seattle. Traffic usually bottlenecks through Portland, so you'd have to allow extra time for that. I think you would get a taste of what you're looking for from Langley on Whidbey Island. I think there's a place called the Langley Inn, right on the water.

x Aug 13th, 2001 08:39 AM

The stretch of ocean beach that is closest to Sea-Tac airport would be just north of Grays Harbor(Ocean Shores on the south to Moclips on the north on your map). There are several places in Ocean Shores that are close to the beach with rooms with views of the beach. Ocean Shores is a place with fairly tacky development so don't expect charm. Three places with rooms with views in Ocean Shores: Shilo Inn, Best Western Lighthouse Inn, and the Grey Gull. As you go north from Ocean Shores there is less development and, in my opinion, the scenery is a little better. Places to stay with views of the ocean include the Sandpiper in Pacific Beach and the Ocean Crest Resort in Moclips. The latter has a restaurant with good views in addition. (Not all rooms have a view of the ocean, but many do.)If the weather is "good" there are not really big waves along this part of the coast. The beach is fairly gradual. Big waves are better found in extreme northwest Washington or in Oregon, but then you would be many more hours from the airport. However, the waves are bigger than the waves on the shore of Puget Sound or the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

abc Aug 13th, 2001 11:51 AM

Another place on the Olympic Peninsula Coast next to the ocean is Kalaloch Lodge. This is in Olympic National Park and while the accommodations are basic (some people like that and others don't) the scenery is quite spectacular. This is a little farther from the Seattle-Tacoma airport however. As you calculate the amount of time you need to get to the airport keep in mind that once you get close to the Seattle-Tacoma area you may not be able to maintain a 50-60 mph speed, although if you don't need to be at the airport until noon you will be travelling during a relatively light traffic time (later morning.)

ALF Aug 13th, 2001 03:10 PM

I would definitely go to Kalaloch Lodge ( <BR>As noted above, it is not real fancy, but the meals are good, and you can rent a nice little cabin sitting at the top of the bluff overlooking the shore. It is certainly less than 4 hours from Sea-Tac, depending on how you go. Probably its best to continue south on 101, then east to I-5 near Olympia.

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