MT Adventures: Long Beach Peninsula

by Marie on August 13, 2013

The quaint little town of Long Beach in Washington has become one of our family’s favorites to vacation since moving to the Northwest. It’s super close for us to travel, just under 4 hours from Seattle, making it the perfect spot for a beach weekend.

It started with our drive out to the coast from Seattle, visiting the city of Aberdeen, home of Kurt Cobain and the largest Star Wars collection you’ve EVER seen at Sucher and Sons!

Sucher and Sons Star Wars Store

It is a must see, especially as you’ll be greeted by Han Solo frozen in cement as you walk in!

Han Solo Frozen in Cement

Once we arrived in Long Beach, we cruised the main street for some of our favorite touristy finds.

  • Taking in some delicious seafood from Aloha Charlie – oyster shooters, I’ve got a brave boy:

Oyster Shooters

  • A little skee ball at Funland:

Funland in Long Beach Washington

  • Testing our passion factor for just 25 cents and meeting “Jake the Alligator Man” at Marsh’s Museum:

Marsh's Museum Long Beach

  • Tour the Cranberry Museum – they’ve got all kinds of fun foods and treats to buy mixed with cranberries:

Cranberry Museum

For accommodations, there are few fun places to stay at Long Beach. We found ourselves at The Adrift Hotel and Spa for the second year in a row, an M&T sponsor. It’s so darling and perfect, you’ll want to move in. Modern meets cozy!

Adrift Hotel and Spa Long Beach Washington

They have a restaurant on site called the Pickled Fish that is one of the best hotel restaurants we’ve ever been to. Good eats, great for kids, beautiful view, and live music. Can’t beat it!

Pickled Fish Restaurant Live Music

The hotel is right on the beach, so we found ourselves having a little fun in the “northwest” sun (that’s clouds for you non-locals ;) It’s a bit windy, so bring your beach tent, a must-have, and your kites! We also noticed horseback riding on the beach, which we’ll be checking into for next year.

Beach Fun with the Family in Long Beach Washington

You might even get in the water, it’s freezing, but it doesn’t seem to faze my 3 kiddos!

Pacific Northwest Beach Fun

One of our favorite activities of the trip was biking along the Discovery Trail! The Adrift has bikes free to use in the lobby or bring your own. The trail has a fabulous paved path along the peninsula. We also made our way to the beach and rode RIGHT ON THE SAND. It was so much fun, I laughed the whole way across!

Riding Bikes on the Beach

And if you want to get really fancy, you can DRIVE on the beach as well. Be sure to follow the paths so you don’t get stuck in the sand. So fun!

Driving on the Long Beach Peninsula

Have you visited the coast of Washington on the Long Beach Peninsula? It’s one of our favorites and we’ll be coming back every year!

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