Vacation In Westport And Stay At Mandala Sands

Westport - Mandala Sands View

A road trip along the central coastline of Washington State can often be just the thing. When you go there you can explore the peninsulas, bays, forests, and beaches of some of the most beautiful parts of the state. You’ll be treated to historic sites, state parks, museums, tourist attractions, rock formations, and sandy stretches of beach. You’ll also be treated to some truly fun communities. One of those communities is Westport, right on the mouth of Grays Harbor.

When you head out to take a road trip in the Westport area you’ll be able to head down Highway 105 to the north coast of Willapa Bay. You’ll also be able to explore all sides of Grays Harbor too. You can even take the famous Highway 101 further south to Long Beach, the mouth of the Columbia River, and even the impressive Astoria-Megler Bridge that crosses the Columbia into Oregon. You can also go north and take Highway 109 up the coast from Ocean Shores to some more remote sections of the coast with community names like Moclips and Pacific Beach. Westport has a lot to offer in terms of what you can find when you head out from there on a road trip.

Westport has a lot to see if you want to stick around there too, including the local lighthouse, the active marina, the fun shops and eating establishments, and more. When you go there, you’ll need a great place to stay too. There’s a great vacation rental available too and it goes by the name of Mandala Sands.

Westport - Mandala Sands Living Room House

Mandala Sands is a lovely rental home that features three bedrooms and sleeps up to six people. The house is very comfortable and has been designed specifically to make sure that anyone going there can have a great beach vacation getaway. You can walk right out of the house, down a path through the tall beach grass, and be on the sandy beach with the waves lapping at your feet in a matter of minutes. You can also step outside, both at the ground floor and the upper level, and enjoy some amazing views of the local scenery.

Westport - Mandala Sands Living Room Living Area

Mandala Sands features a fully equipped kitchen that is perfect for any home cooked meal which is always a nice touch for a family vacation. The living area is comfortable and very warmly decorated. When it’s time to crash for the night, you’ll love the bedrooms at Mandala Sands too. Falling asleep within earshot of the crashing waves is always a treat.

Westport - Mandala Sands View

When you stay at Mandala Sands you’ll also be within walking distance of several interesting parts of Westport, including the downtown area itself. Head to town, have some fun along the marina, grab a bite to eat, and then walk back on the beach almost all the way to your home away from home.

You can’t beat Mandala Sands when it comes to a vacation spot in the Westport area!

Mandala Sands
Westport, Washington

A First Class Experience At The Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Bellingham

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If you’re looking for a great part of Washington State for your next road trip look no further than the Bellingham area. When you use Bellingham as your headquarters or one of your main stops you have a long list of potential scenic drives to take. First on that list is just to drive around Bellingham; see the local architecture and the views out towards Bellingham Bay. You can also drive north into British Columbia. Drive South to the Seattle area or west into the Cascade Mountains including the famous North Cascades Highway. So many choices!

chrysalis inn

Back in Bellingham though you’re going to need a place to stay. One of your best options is the Chrysalis Inn and Spa in the Fairhaven area of Bellingham. This amazing lodging opportunity features the kind of first class accommodations many people are looking for.

Your room at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa features high quality linens on the bed and comfortable seating. The hotel has all the amenities you want plus a few you wouldn’t even expect to find.

chrysalis inn bedroom

There’s so much at the hotel offers that it may distract you from getting out and taking that drive you want to go on. While you’re there you can get in a great workout at the partnered gym where hotel guests are welcome, use the high speed internet to your heart’s delight, get a great meal, or sign up for a spa experience to complete your weekend perfectly.

The friendly staff can also help you with the perfect dinner or shopping experience you’re looking for. The Fairhaven area that you’ll be staying in is regionally famous for the unique experience you can have exploring the retail area during your stay. You can also stroll along the water front watching the boats come in and out of the bay.

A road trip to or through the Bellingham area can be a fun idea. Staying at the Chrysalis Inn and Spa can make it truly memorable.

Check out this amazing lodging option in Bellingham online:
the Chrysalis Inn and Spa

Stay at The Candlelight Cabin in Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula

Candlelight Cabin - Living Room 2

A road trip around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State can be the highlight of any spring, summer, or fall. There’s just so much for you to see and do out there that it’s really hard to see everything and just one trip. A great place to stop and stay during a visit to the peninsula is the town of Port Angeles. And if you’re going to stay in Port Angeles a wonderful place to stay is the Candlelight Cabin.

The Candlelight Cabin sits high on a bluff and offers great views of a surrounding forests, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and the Olympic mountains. While the Olympic Peninsula is a great destination, the small cabin is a perfect place to come home to after day of exploring this part of Washington.

Candlelight Cabin - View

The Candlelight Cabin has a very cool rustic, yet comfortable, interior decor. It also has a great deal of comfortable furniture, the kind that is perfect to welcome you home at the end of every day you’ve spent exploring the region.

Candlelight Cabin - Living Room 2

The kitchen has everything you need to feed just you and your significant other, your whole family, or whoever you’re traveling with.

Candlelight Cabin - Bedroom

There are three bedrooms at the Candlelight Cabin. The bedrooms are just as comfortable and welcoming as the rest of the house. One of the bedrooms is occupied by two twin beds which could come in handy if you’re traveling with children.

Whether you’re looking for a place to use just overnight after you’ve been out on the roads, up in the hills down by the water or just exploring Port Angeles if you’re looking for a place to enjoy all day long, Candlelight Cabin could be exactly what you need. The views alone make it totally worth it.

Candlelight Cabin - House

The Olympic Peninsula is a great road trip destination. Port Angeles works perfect as a base of operations to take a road trip further west towards the open ocean, east towards Port Townsend or the Hood Canal area, or even South on the few roads leading Inland to explore Olympic National Park. And if you’re going to visit the Port Angeles area you’re going to need a place to stay. The Candlelight Cabin can be that spot.

Candlelight Cabin on the Bluff

Robbin’s Nest Makes For A Great Stay In Moclips, Washington



The Moclips is one of our favorite parts of Washington’s coast. It’s within an easy drive of places like Ocean Shores, Lake Quinault, Westport, Grays Harbor, and the Hoh Rainforest. It’s also small and a bit out of the way which gives you a good feeling of truly getting away from it all.

Robbin’s Nest is a delightful little two bedroom cottage in Moclips. It comes with a great view and a relaxing deck to sit out on while you enjoy the sights and smells of the fresh breeze off the Pacific Ocean.

Robbin’s Nest has all you need for either a weekend or an extended stays, including a fully equipped kitchen and both a washer and dryer. There’s even a fire pit in the backyard where you can roast a hot dog, make some s’mores, or just warm up and enjoy the atmosphere. It’s a great little place to stay in on a rainy day or return to after an active day out exploring the local scenery.

The number one reason we love going to Moclips and the Pacific Beach area is the beach. That’s not a big surprise. The surprise though is just how uncrowded the beach is. There’s plenty of room to hunt down and find your own space. And all the space you need is right out in front of Robbin’s Nest.

Moclips is an exceptional destination and a stay at Robbin’s Nest can only make it better.

Website: Robbin’s Nest Cottage

A Great Overnight Stay At TownePlace Suites In Olympia

An early spring trip to the Washington Coast sounded like a great idea to us. The only problem was that we had to get a late start. This called for a quick overnight on the way. We decided to push as far as Olympia and call it a night there.

Looking for a place conveniently located to a few sites we could check out the next day before continuing on, we settled on the TownePlace Suites in Olympia. We enjoyed the next morning immensely. There was a nice little European style bakery just a block away and the grounds of the capital were fun to explore, including a quick walk down to Heritage Park. Olympia offers more than enough to convince us to come back for a longer stay in the future.

TownePlace Suites Olympia with Kitchen

One of the best parts though was the room back at TownePlace Suites. It was extremely comfortable. The staff was very helpful with some directions and tips on a bite to eat for lunch. One of the best parts though was the kitchen right there in the room. I’d stopped off for a few supplies and when morning came I whipped up some scrambled eggs and French toast just the way I liked. What a great way to start the day.

With that nice start, our morning time exploring the interesting things we found in the immediate vicinity of the hotel couldn’t go wrong.

TownePlace Suites Olympia
900 Capitol Way South
Olympia, WA 98501

Online at: TownePlace Suites Olympia

The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores – You Can’t Go Wrong

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There are a lot of fun places to head to along the Washington Coast when it comes time to have a good time at the ocean. For anyone who loves going on road trips, the North Beach area is made for you, and if you’re heading there, Ocean Shores has got just about all you’d need to have a very memorable experience.

Finding a place to stay in Ocean Shores is easy too because there are a lot of options. One of the best is one we were able to sample just recently. I’d driven by The Polynesian Resort a number of times on our earlier trips to Ocean Shores and always appreciated the unique look the property has. For this recent trip, we decided to give the big place a try.

Checking in was a smooth and flawless process and the kids were excited to see the swimming pool right from the lobby. We made it up to the room and were surprised to find that we actually had more room than when we needed. When was the last time that happened? I don’t know. We had a full kitchen, a comfortable living room with a flat screen TV, and a whole separate bedroom with a king size bed and another TV. There was also a balcony and that couch in the living room of course folded out into a bed as well.

The entire resort, from the lobby to the room, was very clean and smelled fresh. It was also picturesque too, from the decor in the lobby to the grounds outside. And the staff was extremely friendly. In fact, there were many times that recommendations from one member of the staff or another helped make our time in Ocean Shores even better than it otherwise would’ve been.

In addition to the pool mentioned earlier, The Polynesian Resort is also home to a great free morning breakfast, free wi-fi internet, hot tub, private outdoor playground, basketball court, pool table, on-site restaurant, and a video game arcade. With all of these amenities, it’s very easy to spend time right there at the resort and not even have to go out into town.

Ocean Shores - 2015

The location of The Polynesian Resort is part of what makes it great too. It’s within walking distance of several of the best restaurants, great shopping opportunities, and even the beach that everyone comes to see. You can reach the beach from the pathway that leads there right from the hotel. You can also reach the beach in your car via the beach access road that is less than a mile away. This is cool because getting out and driving on the beach that you come to this part of Washington to see is one of the best parts of visiting there.

After a couple of nights, we were ready to unfortunately return home. We had a great time in Ocean Shores though and part of the reason was because we were staying at The Polynesian Resort.

Check out this amazing Ocean Shores resort online: The Polynesian Resort

Ocean Shores - 2015

A Visit To Pacific Beach State Park

We had the itch and wanted to head to the coast for some fresh ocean air.  Like a lot of people from Washington, I’d been to Ocean Shores a number of times.  I’d always had fun there but this time was looking for something different.

We ended up getting two brand new experiences.  First we chose Pacific Beach State Park, a place I’d never been, then we reserved two nights in one of the new yurts that Washington State Parks has installed at several of their properties.


I’ll do a post about our yurt excursion later (known in our family as our “yurtscursion”), back to Pacific Beach State Park.

This is a small park for a state park, mainly consisting of RV-friendly spaces.  Some very cool spaces are there too that are literally right next to the beach.  Most of the spaces are close to each other and there is very little in the form of trees and bushes.  It has a very relaxed feel to it though and seems to attract a friendly sort of traveler.


The real draw to Pacific Beach State Park though is the beach.  It doesn’t matter what spot you have you’re never more than two minutes from the sand.  And being at the beach is all about being out on the beach, right?  The beach there is great for wading, beachcombing, kite flying, sandcastle building, and more.



The surrounding area has a lot to offer too, with a drive in beach just a mile or so north.  You can drive out on the sand from there all the way to Moclips, a couple miles north.  Moclips is also home to the Museum of the North Beach which can be a fun and educational visit.  Back in Pacific Beach you’ll find a couple of motel/vacation rental/cottage option if the state park isn’t for you.  There’s also the Windjammer Restaurant out on a nearby naval facility, a couple of small grocery/convenient stores, a kite shop, and a bakery.

With the experience we had, I can’t possibly recommend Pacific Beach State Park more highly.

Stay at the Hilton in Seattle

Seattle is a great destination or stop on your next road trip. You can do a lot there, including all of the activities available down at Pike Place Market and the Seattle Waterfront, as well as other things like Woodland Park Zoo or going to a Mariners or Seahawks game. When you go there though, you do need to choose a place to stay.


Hilton is one of the most recognizable names in accommodations and the Hilton Seattle lives up to the prestige that goes with the name. From the fine stonework around the main entrance to the great views had by the rooms on the upper floors, you cannot go wrong staying at the Hilton when in this great city.

I loved staying at the Hilton because it put me in the heart of the part of Seattle that I wanted to see and explore. Westlake, an awesome shopping locale, was just a short stroll away, and I could easily walk down the street to Pike Place Market. When evening set in, I simply walked out of the Hilton’s front doors and explored the local streets looking for a place that looked like it served some great food, and there were plenty of options to choose from.


I also loved my room too. I don’t always get the chance to stay in a first class accommodation like this, so I really notice the differences in standards. Everything was ultra clean and every staff member I interacted with was super helpful. All the little “Hilton touches” were very nice too.

When looking at the view, the location, and the pleasant staff, it’s hard to come up with another place in Seattle where I would like to stay.

Check out the Hilton Seattle yourself. This place knows how to treat its guests!