Stay oceanfront on the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific coast at the Quileute Oceanside Resort for a peaceful getaway walking distance from Olympic National Park. Owned by the Quileute (pronounced kwil-yoot) Tribe, this newly renovated resort includes cabins, motel rooms and RV sites, most with views of the ocean.
Cabins range from studios to three-bedroom units, all of which have kitchens, decks and either gas fireplaces or wood-burning stoves perfect for setting a cozy atmosphere. The motel also offers rooms with full kitchens and features local art and historic prints and books.
There are 54 RV campsites on the property, which include full hook-ups. The sites can accommodate rigs up to 50 feet in length. There are shower and laundry facilities available on-site to make it easy to clean up after a day spent at the beach.
While most travelers visit Olympic National Park in the summer months, one of the best-kept local secrets is that park, especially the areas along the coast, is possibly even more stunning in the winter months. Storm watching is a huge draw at Quileute Oceanside Resort and the surrounding beaches. From late September through April, the Pacific Ocean comes alive as storms move through. You might even spot whales.
“It’s pretty spectacular to watch the power of Mother Nature,” says general manager Renee Rux. “Sometimes there will be 20-foot waves and they toss huge driftwood logs around like they’re toothpicks.”
From the resort, walk to Olympic National Park’s Second and Third beaches to see sea stacks and watch for birds like bald eagles. Other areas of the park like the Hoh Rain Forest and Lake Ozette are also a short drive away.
On First Beach, which is not part of the park and is right outside the resort, you’ll find surfers hitting the waves since it’s one of the most popular surfing beaches in Washington. For a unique beach experience, get a fire permit from the resort’s office and have a bonfire on the beach. You’ll be amazed at how many stars you see away from the light pollution of cities.
Stock up on s’more supplies and groceries at Thriftway in Forks, Wash., to cook your meals in your kitchen or RV. The on-site Lonesome Creek Store has last-minute items you may have forgotten. Head to the marina if you’re looking to cook locally caught seafood. Fishermen sell fresh salmon and crab seasonally near their boats. Or try your hand at fishing for your own dinner. This part of the country is known for its world-class salmon and Steelhead fishing.
In the mornings, an on-site espresso stand offers locally roasted coffee and sandwiches for breakfast and lunch.
Cabins and high season lodging book quickly, so make your reservations several months in advance, or check for mid-week or winter season availability if you didn’t plan ahead.
For more information:
Quileute Oceanside Resort
330 Ocean Drive, La Push, WA 98350