Clickit RV GetAways; Westport, Washington
Westport, on the south end of Grays Harbor along the Washington coast is two hours from Seattle and without question one of Washington’s best kept coastal secret. Famous for its fishing charters, Westport is fast becoming a classic beach destination.
Local activities for visitors vary throughout the year, but beach combing the 18 miles of sandy beaches that stretch from Tokeland in the south to the Westport Marina on the north is popular all year round.
For adventure seekers, Westport is home to the most popular surfing beaches north of California, as well as two surf shops which provide equipment, rentals, and lessons (and yes – wetsuits to keep you warm). The annual Clean Water Classic, the Pacific Northwest’s largest surf competition is held at Westhaven State Park each spring to benefit the Surfrider Foundation.
For boaters, Westport is the only town on the Washington and Oregon Coast with a marina a walkable distance to the beach. Quaint shops, a maritime museum, fishing opportunities, dining options and accommodations are all within a few minutes stroll to the beach at Halfmoon Bay.
Westport has a reputation as “The Salmon Fishing Capital of the World.” Not only can you charter an excursion to land a prize coho or king salmon, but along the pier, you can catch a variety of saltwater fish, including rockfish, lingcod, and perch. For fun the whole family can enjoy, try catching delicious rock or sweet dungeness crab from the pier.
If you’re in the mood for a little refreshment, don’t forget to make Westport Winery part of your trip. Westport Winery was named “Best Destination Winery in the Northwest” by Seattle television station KING 5. With more than 30 wines available for tasting, there is surely a winner for every palate. Many varieties are made with local ingredients like cranberries, blueberries and blackberries. In keeping with Westport’s seafaring tradition the winery was designed to reflect the architecture of a District 13 Coast Guard Station, including a 40-foot lighthouse. Inside, guests may sample gourmet foods and wine at the tasting bar or be seated in the Gathering Room to relax with surf movies and popcorn
Captain Robert Gray discovered Westport in the course of his fur-trading voyages along the north Pacific coast of North America. Getting there is much easier nowadays. Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend get-away or the ideal spot for a vacation home, Westport is close by and easily accessible from Interstate-5 by the only four-lane highway north of San Fransisco.
If you’re traveling with your RV, Westport offers a number of well-equipped campgrounds where you can enjoy your stay. Here are a couple of our favorites.
American Sunset RV Resort
American Sunset RV Resort, situated near the South Beach, offers 118 RV spaces with full hookups. Most sites are 25 Ft. Wide by 50 Ft. long, and include 20, 30 & 50 amp service. Other amenities include free wi-fi, satellite TV, heated outdoor swimming pool, convenience store, laundry, and even a fish cleaning station.
Pacific Motel & RV Park
Pacific Motel & RV Park is a cozy campground with 80 large RV spaces (25 with pull-thru access) each with a picnic table and fire pit for campers to enjoy. Guests have full use of the facilities: heated pool, fishing cleaning station, and laundry.