Seabrook, Wa a kid-friendly coastal beach town might be the solution if  the occasional glimpses of warm sunshine we’ve seen lately have you dreaming of one thing…summertime!  What if you could have summer fun—we’re talking sand castle building, bike riding, marshmallow roasting and kite flying—without waiting three more long months?  Just head out to beautiful Seabrook—the weather may not always be sunny, but the whole family will love this kid-friendly new community of beach cottages on the rugged Washington coast during just about any time of year.

Located just south of Moclips/Pacific Beach, Seabrook is the closest sandy beach on the Pacific Ocean, just a 2½ hour drive from the Seattle area. It’s also a quick 30 minute side trip to Olympic National Park. Perfect for a quick weekend getaway or a week-long family beach vacation, Seabrook offers over 70 rental houses ranging in price from $89-$700/night and sleeping from 2-20 people.  Many of the homes offer kid–and baby–friendly options such as high chairs or boosters, pack & plays, sand toys and even safety gates. And for Mom and Dad, the majority of cottages have cozy fireplaces, comfy master suites and hot tubs.

Your biggest challenge at Seabrook may be how to squeeze in all the fun activities available! A great way to explore the area is to start your day with a bike ride.  Bring your own bikes or scooters (and helmets of course) or feel free to borrow one of Seabrook’s beach cruiser bikes.  They even have a few bike trailers available for wee ones.  The kids will probably want to stop off at one of the several parks and playgrounds. Join in a game of bocce ball or shuffleboard with some other laid-back vacationers, or just kick the soccer ball around Central Park. If it’s rainy or cool, hit up Colours, a “paint your own ceramics” studio (located right next to the market). Of course you’ll want to head down to the beach—it’s less than a 5 minute walk from all of the cottages. (TIP: Those with babes may want to bring a backpack or Bjorn, as Seabrook is located on a bluff above the ocean and you’ll need to take stairs down to the beach.) Seabrook also a relationship with a horse back riding company called Gold Spur Ranch, so you can arrange a ride on the beach—prices are $39.50 for an hour ride/lesson or $74.50 for a sunset ride.

With all that fresh ocean air and outdoor activity, you and your little ones are bound to work up some big appetites.  Look no further than the quaint Front Street Café, located right on the main street of Seabrook.  Homemade clam chowder made with local razor clams, fish & chips, salads, sandwiches and a full bar are sure to satisfy mom and dad, while the kids’ menu will refuel your little ones.  Located right across the street, you’ll also find Lil’s Pantry, Seabrook’s cute little market offering all kinds of staples for cooking at your cottage, a wide selection of wine, fresh pastries and even an espresso bar for your caffeine fix. Finish off your day with s’mores at one of the many community fire pits—each park has one stocked with firewood.

So pack up the kiddies, grab your beach gear and head out to Seabrook, one of Washington’s best-kept secrets.  Sunshine or rain, your family is sure to come away with a weekend of priceless new memories.

—Susan Ossinger

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