Northwest Washington weekend

Spending time in Northwest Washington, even in winter, will make your weekend or weekday a good one.  It’s March and at this time of year you’ll see budding trees and flowers as you make your way from one city (or town) to another.  You just might experience a rain and wind storm too.

Start the weekend off right with a wine tasting at Hellams Vineyard in La Conner and go in search of daffodil fields.  Enjoy a tasty dinner at A’Town Bistro in Anacortes. End the weekend with a day in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.

While in Friday Harbor, stop in at San Juan Island Cheese for sparkling wine and the World Board.  The cheeseboards and lunch plates  are delicious at this small family-owned local cheese counter and lunch bistro.  Sip wine, taste cheese, eat lunch, eat in or take it to go.

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So Satisfied.

Ocean Shores, WA

Ocean Shores, WA is 2-1/2 hours from the Seattle area.  A great time to head to the coast is the month of September, May or any month in between.  Walk the beach, find some shells, see wildlife and write a message in the sand.

Many of the hotels are the older beach town resort-style.  A past favorite to stay was The Polynesian Resort.  For many years my grandparents would go with friends and I carried on the tradition.  The one bedroom is a good selection as the bedroom is separate from the living area and full service kitchen.  Optional: have a fire in the fireplace and a glass of wine while watching a DVD or while cheering on the Seattle Seahawks on a lazy Sunday.  The people are friendly and the amenities are vast. http://thepolynesian.com/

What else is there to do?  A nice selection of merchandise can be found at The Village Shoppe and Flying Cats Gift Shoppe.   Stop in at Elk Head Taproom (brewery located in Buckley) for a brew.  Take a drive to Seabrook and have lunch at Mill 109 ~ the Whistle Punk Chicken Burger and a pint of craft brew hit the spot.  ‘Our Place’ is known for their breakfast.  The Ocean Beach Roasters has a nice selection of coffee, pastries, quiche, and more.  Emily’s at Quinault Resort and Casino is good for a fine dining option.  And while you’re at the Casino, take a spin at a slot machine to try your luck.  Maria’s at The Polynesian is ok too.

What’s up with the Sasquatch theme (or sightings) around the area?  Ocean Shores is a gathering place for Sasquatch researchers from around the world gather to present their findings of the elusive bigfoot species. Witnesses share their experiences and information about Sasquatch.

So, stay two nights to wind down and enjoy this Pacific Northwest beach and weather.  You might also consider continuing your trip north to Quinault Lodge, Kalaloch Lodge and the beautiful beaches of the Washington coast.  Fly a kite, paddle a boat, become a birdwatcher, or beach comb for treasures.

http://www.tourismoceanshores.com/

 

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