Pacific Northwest Coastal Getaways

Idyllic local destinations for relaxing on the water, outdoor adventure and high-end dining
  • If you’re the type of person that seeks out the coast when it’s time to push the reset button, there are plenty of...
  • Your journey from Seattle to Victoria begins on the Victoria Clipper high-speed catamaran. The journey, which is just under...
  • Only a few hours north of Seattle, Whidbey and Camano Islands are easy to get to by bridges and ferries. The prime time to...
  • Beyond the Olympic National Forest, bordering protected wetlands, lies a hidden gem for Washington travelers: Quinault Beach...
Astoria, OR
If you’re the type of person that seeks out the coast when it’s time to push the reset button, there are plenty of activities in Astoria and Warrenton to help you do just that. Watching the massive ships that pass along the Lower Columbia River is one awe-inspiring option. Exploring a trail between rain showers in an old-growth forest is another great way to clear your head. Grabbing a window seat for a front-row view of a passing storm can also energize your spirit. Here are a few ways to safely and comfortably relax on Oregon’s North Coast.
 
Victoria, BC
Your journey from Seattle to Victoria begins on the Victoria Clipper high-speed catamaran. The journey, which is just under three hours, affords breathtaking views of the Puget Sound from the comfort of a recently redesigned ferry. Once there, experience the ultimate in relaxation with a visit to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel’s Boathouse Spa and indulge all your senses in a seaside oasis built with one thing in mind: your personal wellness. Then, visit Butchart Gardens to take in views of Jennie Butchart’s private garden or overlook the Italian Garden and Saanich Inlet while relaxing with a cup of warm tea, perhaps while you plan your own garden for next year.
 
Whidbey & Camano Islands, WA
Only a few hours north of Seattle, Whidbey and Camano Islands are easy to get to by bridges and ferries. The prime time to visit is winter. Ferry lines fade, and bridge traffic disappears. Just envision storm-watching from a cozy cabin or walking long stretches on quiet beaches. The islands are flanked by the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges and protected by a rain shadow. Annually, Whidbey and Camano Islands get 16 inches less rainfall than Seattle.
 
Quinault Beach Resort & Casino
Beyond the Olympic National Forest, bordering protected wetlands, lies a hidden gem for Washington travelers: Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. Located on a private beach, the resort is a short two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle and an easy getaway from the city. The resort’s wide-open views of the stunning Washington coast coupled with endless entertainment and luxury amenities will have you feeling refreshed in no time.