Laid back, quiet Westport is a small fishing village on the Pacific Ocean midway between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Stroll the boardwalk along Neddie Rose Drive and watch the boats and the birds travel in and out of the harbor. Sign up with a fishing charter and try catching a salmon or two. Walk the sandy beaches of Westhaven Park and you just might spot a whale spouting offshore. Resorts and hotels in Westport vary from the nautically influenced upscale to the comfortably quaint.
Harbor Resort bills itself as the “Nautical Inn by the Bay.” Ship’s wheels, mounted trophy fish and artwork favoring the sea and its gifts remind you that you are in fishermen territory. The second floor of the original building, which sports a blue and white facade reminiscent of the early 1970s, contains seven rooms. Some of the resort's accommodations feature kitchenettes, antique furnishings and panoramic bay and marina views. Cottages along the shoreline offer ocean views from private decks and large livingroom windows. They offer full kitchens and some units have fireplaces or in-room jetted tubs. Small pets are welcome in the cottages for an additional nightly fee. Two luxury condominiums overlook the busy marina and bay. These three-bedroom, two-bath units offer 1,700 square feet of living space, gourmet kitchens and private patios. An on-site store offers groceries, fishing supplies and steaming cups of clam chowder and cappuccino. Find a window seat in the dining area and take in the bay view while you enjoy your treats. (ref 1, see accom then individual links, about us)
The Islander Resort
Located on the waterfront with rooms that offer views of the harbor and marina, the Islander Resort is an intimate hideaway at the base of Neddie Rose Drive. Rooms with colorful, eclectic decor run from a standard queen large enough for two people to a third floor penthouse with a kitchenette that can sleep up to eight. Pets are welcome in some rooms for an additional charge with advance notice. Try the Dungeness Crab Cakes or a Bloody Mary as you enjoy the view from the on-site Half Moon Bay Bar and Grill. The boardwalk along the marina is right outside your door.
The bold green paint and weathered wood facade, not to mention the scattered pots of plants welcomes guest to this low keyed inn just one block from the harbor and only two from Westhaven State Park. Choose one of the king suites on the third floor and enjoy a view of the Pacific Ocean and a master bedroom complete with fireplace. Other options include king or queen bedded rooms or a couple of larger suites that incorporate two bathrooms and either two or three beds into their design. Barbecue a meal and have a picnic on the hotel grounds or follow the trail to the beach and have that picnic on the sand. Book a fishing charter through the front desk. Shops, restaurants and the boardwalk are all a block away. (ref 3, also used lodging, pix, amenities, area)
Vacations by the Sea
On the southern border of the Westport Light State Park, the condos of Vacations by the Sea offer the closest accommodations to the 18 miles of beachfront. Neddie Rose Drive and the boardwalk are less than three miles away. The property offers 192 one- and two-bedroom deluxe condos in 12 buildings scattered around a central Clubhouse, which contains an over-sized hot tub, seasonal heated pool and a fitness center. The common areas contain barbecue grills, a six-hole putting green, a basketball court, horseshoe pit and a multi-use grassy play area. Sports equipment is available at the front desk, including golf balls and putters. Trails lead directly to the beach. Some of the condos are designated dog friendly for an additional fee.
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