• carla moreno

From Harstine Island to Ocean Shores

It's unbelievable how hot it can get in the Pacific northwest, but climate change sure is making it possible. Seattle reached 109 degrees this past Monday!

The heat makes my chemo treatment worse, so we decided on a getaway to the beach for cooler temperatures. First stop was Harstine Island on the Olympic peninsula. My husband and I, along with a friend, rented a small cabin for some quiet time, good conversation, and good food.

Harstine Island was a place we had never visited before and it turned out perfect. Our Airbnb was in a gated community so we had access to the local swimming pool and trails to the beach with magnificent views of Mount Rainier. The host was very communicative and all the little touches throughout the cabin made it very cozy. https://www.instagram.com/harstinehaven/

A couple of days later, my husband and I continued on to Aberdeen where we stayed at the Travelodge and made it basecamp for three nights. A respite from the heat, and I mean 66 degrees compared to Seattle's 109 degrees, made Ocean Shores a delightful cool down. There are wonderful boutique shops and a great and local favorite Irish pub Galway. The space has a good menu and awesome bar with a nice Irish gift shop next door. Fried oysters and chicken pasties were a solid win!

The Coastal Interpretive Center in Ocean Shores was a wonderful surprise as it is a rather small museum, but packs a punch with history about the area, information about coastal and forest animals, the Indigenous Tribes, and Pat Boone's involvement with a celebrity golf course!

Next was a stop at Copalis Beach. We hiked the dunes on the way to ocean and then headed to a great local pub situated right off highway 109 called the Green Lantern.

If you're into a quaint little Nantucket-like town, then visit the unincorporated community of Seabrook. Purposely crafted to be a walkable neighborhood, you can even go to a local wine shop, buy yourself a glass of wine, and stroll through the town with an awesome beach backdrop that’s to die for. Make sure you make a date for the summer concerts, too!

Even if you're not a grunge fan, you can’t visit Aberdeen without visiting Kurt Cobain's Memorial. It remains a beautiful, yet haunting memory of a talented musician who left this earth too soon. The park is peaceful with a nice view of the Wishkah River.

One of the many things I love about my husband is his spontaneity. On our way home we took a detour to Wynoochee Dam and were quite impressed at how beautiful it was and how little visitors there were. We took some time to check out the nearby campgrounds and found some secret spots for the future ;-)

Lastly…because we really didn’t want to go home, we stopped in Olympia for some fresh oysters and cocktails. Seriously, I can’t get enough oysters! Olympia Oyster House did the trick and gave us a good layover before returning home.

I hope you’ll make the trip out and take some time to explore all Ocean Shores and neighboring communities have to offer. We really do live in a beautiful state!

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