Everyone I talked to over 4 days was really liking both their accommodation and the community. Many were repeaters. I wasn’t. It was my first time at Seabrook just south of Pacific Beach, and it was not what I expected. It was far better.
I thought I was going to a typical beach resort in an unlikely place at the wrong time of year to be with family for Thanksgiving. The only expected part, as it turned out, was family. For example, we had 2 days of abnormally nice weather.
Seabrook is not typical. Check out “Art of Townmaking” at seabrookwa.com to glimpse its nostalgic small-town concept on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “…bikes and flip-flops are the preferred means of transportation in Seabrook,” management suggests. Indeed. In 4 days Ruth and I didn’t use our car once. We walked everywhere. So did everyone else. It’s kind of expected that you’ll stroll, meet, greet, and chat every time you step out.
Sunset gets it. In summer-fall 2013, this magazine launched its first Idea Town in a creative community at Seabrook. Visitors could buy tickets and tour concept homes. But not now. However, you can still walk around them and drool. We certainly did.
We spent a lot of time studying Seabrook’s really diverse architecture. It was fun to identify craftsman-style, Cape Cod cottages, Colonial frontier, classic Aspen, etc. Its Town Hall is an imitative, small-town church. Currently about 250 developed or developing projects, Seabrook properties can be either bought, from under $300,000 to over $3 million, or rented, “starting at $175 a night” according to one ad I saw.
We explored Seabrook town center –market, restaurant, etc.–, biked and hiked on wide beach but didn’t gather clams like many others, used the indoor pool, watched old movies, and roasted marshmallows in an outdoor fire pit. It was the ideal setting for a several-generations family.
During ten years of living in the Northwest and writing articles for newspapers and magazines, I have always found Oregon’s Coast more beautiful and tourist friendly than Washington’s. Seabrook changed this somewhat. Touted stereotypically as “Washington’s Best Kept Secret”, the North Coast is definitely up-and-coming. If you’ve never been to the area, make Seabrook your base to hike miles of rainforest, go north to Lake Quinault, explore scenic Highway 101, visit Olympic National Park, stop in at Kalaloch Lodge, which has a better beach than Seabrook, see the rain-magnet town of Forks made famous by the Twilight Series, etc. There’s still less to see and appreciate going south from Seabrook, but change is in the salty air.
We will go back.