Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Long Walks on the Beach

By now, my friends and family on Facebook have figured out that I have fallen in love with the town of Long Beach, WA. If you remember back in August, a friend and I went camping with our kids and had a great time. So it only makes sense that when my mom asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I basically shouted "All I want for Christmas is another trip to Long Beach!" Thanks to my thoughtful camping friend, I was able to point Mama Dearest to a fantastic deal on Groupon. It was for two nights at the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach with the option to upgrade. When making the reservations, we upgraded once, then they called to upgrade us again so they could make room for a group at no additional charge. So, for just $40 out of our pocket (Thanks, Mom!) we were in an ocean view suite. Sweet!

Where to Stay: Adrift Hotel

The Adrift Hotel is a weather beaten gem on the shores of Long Beach. From their website:
"on the ocean, in the heart of long beach you will find a modern and unique eighty room hotel. with a focus on value and sustainability, we provide each and every traveler with a different and exciting experience we hope you will not soon forget."
True to their word, T2 and I will not soon forget our weekend stay with them. Unfortunately, I lack a decorator's vocabulary, so forgive me if "modern, beachy feel" does not adequately describe the interior. The important thing is that we felt very comfortable in our surroundings. The lobby has some snacks and drinks sourced from locally owned businesses available to purchase. Expect to be greeted by rows of shiny beach cruisers and a real key to be handed to you on check in. The hotel offers movies and board games for use in your room and the beach cruisers are free to borrow when you go on your beach adventure. They also have a mini shuffleboard game and foosball. We tried out The Pickled Fish for dinner our first night there. We were a bit disappointed by the limited menu, but soon came to understand that it is more of an "appetizers and drinks" kind of place than a dinner destination. Portions are small, but priced right. The atmosphere is warm and the staff are pleasant.

Our room was on the 3rd floor and faced the ocean. A picture's worth a thousand words, so take a listen...
The living room

The Bedroom

The Ocean view

Think this one speaks for itself...

Where to eat: Laurie's Homestead Breakfast and Chico's Pizza

T2 and I in Laurie's for breakfast.
Check out these huge portions! I got the Hawaiian Omelette and T2 got the biscuits and gravy. Now, if memory serves me correctly, he requested 2 instead of one thinking he would get something similar to those you find in a can. Um... no. These are massive! Expect the plates to be on the pricey side, but when you consider that he and I could have eaten off of one plate and still had leftovers, it's well worth it. It was a Saturday morning in March, and we were seated right away. I've heard though that it can get a little crowded, so plan ahead for the weather as guests are asked to wait for seating outside.

We didn't take any pictures of Chico's or the pizza we got, but boy oh boy was it good! Chico's is a very spacious restaurant. They offer a salad bar and will put just about anything you desire on a pizza. The price was reasonable and the staff were very friendly.

What to do: Window/ Souvenir shopping, Antiquing, Funland Arcade, Hike to Cape Disappointment lighthouse

I've said it before, but Long Beach, WA is a very tourist friendly place. There is free parking everywhere, and even though a lot of the businesses had closed up shop for the off season, the ones that were open were really cute and offered some pretty neat things. T2 and I wandered the main strip popping into little souvenir shops here and there and found some nice treasures for our kids. Here are a couple pics we took on our stroll through town.

Just trying to grab a shot of the statues. The building in the background is not The Adrift Hotel.

We battled each other in the Funland arcade. Games are reasonably priced and powered by a fun card rather than tokens. Tickets are bar codes printed on thin strips of paper. I was able to get a pretty little shell necklace with most of the tickets we won that day. They have a variety of games that include old favorites and exciting new ones too.

Fort Canby state park

Without our kiddos in tow, we were able to browse antique shops and mini museums and not have to swat at grabby little hands. Later, we went out to the Lewis and Clark Center at Cape Disappointment and saw all the exhibits. This time though, we walked around Fort Canby and hiked up to the light house. On the way up to the lighthouse, we were treated to a view of Dead Man's Cove. It's a secluded little beach that is both romantic and spooky at the same time. The next time we go out there, we might try to get down to the beach.

Dead Man's Cove

All along the coast in Long Beach there are various outdoor exhibits like the one below. I still haven't gotten over to see the Gray Whale bones.

love birds...

Hammer (blue) and Flo (pink) Hermit crabs for the kids.

We had a fantastic weekend spending couple time together in this cozy seaside town. We were given the opportunity to reconnect after our long separation and spend some quality time getting to know each other again.

Have you ever gone away with your sweetheart for a day or two? What's your favorite part about quality time for just the two of you?

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