Further south, the Long Beach Kite Festival is very well known. However, Westport also has an annual kite festival which has been going for over 20 years (it has slowly become a bit more organized so that the early events were not well documented, apparently). It isn't quite as crowded as the one at Long Beach (at least not yet), doesn't seem to...more
Starting at the far north end of town, at the base of the Viewing Tower, the Westport Light Trail is a paved trail that follows the beach west, and then slightly south of town to the Westport lighthouse. The trail connects Westhaven State Park with downtown Westport as well.Along the way, there are a number of benches along the trail, and virtually...more
To really get a good feel for what birds show up on a regular basis in Westport, and where they tend to be, it is really necessary to spend an entire year there and just see what comes in. Gray's Harbor in general is one of the last remaining places in the Pacific Northwest that has good tideflats for the huge shore bird migration, and thus certain...more
It takes a special breed to survive on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula, and naturally it takes a special breed to survive the tourist boat industry here. Generally, it also takes a special type of tourist to enjoy some of the trips that are going to be on offer out of Westport.Quite a variety of different types of tours are available in...more
So, after snidely implying that Ocean Shores, across Gray's Harbor from Westport, really looks like it belongs in another state, or maybe another planet, I write about the Observation Tower. This is a Westport creation that really does look like it belongs on another planet, or another galaxy, or at the least a cartoon about the future (Maybe "Duck...more
Destruction Island LensDestruction Island is located forty miles north of Grays Harbor on the Washington Coast. Its lighthouse, first lit in 1891, has been an important aid to navigation for mariners transiting the Pacific coastline for over one hundred years. The crews of early sailing vessels, tug boats, log ships, fishing boats and pleasure...more
1600 Ocean Ave West, Westport, WA, 98595
Good for: Solo
Recommended for all. Pets allowed in select rooms.No smoking. Great location with a quiet stretch of...more
1112 S. Montesano St., Westport, Washington, 98595, United States
Good for: Couples
We had been scoping out this restaurant for days. We wondered if the locals went here. We tried it the last night before we were returning home. The parking lot had a decent amount of vehicles in it.
The Mexican food turned out to be fantastic! The margaritas were delicious! I had an enchillada entree that exceeded my expectations.
Gray's Harbor Transit bus routes 55 and 56 serve the Westport area several times per day from the Aberdeen area, and connections in Aberdeen provide a link to Olympia and from there pretty much anywhere that has public transit service of some sort.Care must be taken in reading the timetables. Bus route 55 operates from Hoquiam through Aberdeen to...more
In April of 2008, the Ocean Shores to Westport ferry, which saved over an hour drive all the way around Gray's Harbor to get between the two cities, closed.More details are below, but the fact is money has not been found to solve the Ocean Shores marina problem.Thus, no ferry between the two.more
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The tallest structure in Westport that has any sort of habitable piece to it is the Coast Guard tower that acts sort of like a lighthouse to the surrounding boat traffic, and helps those on the beach as well by giving a good idea of Ocean conditions.The tower displays a flag during the day, and a colored light in the glassed-in part of the...more
There are quite a number of potential hazards with the waves and large rocks that make up the breakwater and the sea wall at Westport.Now, there is no specific rules stating that you have to be sane and that you need to keep from killing yourself on the rocks. As seen on the sign in the first photo: you are welcome to go out on the rocks and get...more
There are quite a number of camp sites in the area of Westport, and even a few recreational vehicle facilities right in the downtown area.However, it is vitally important that no food be left out anywhere at all. Even in locked containers your food is subject to search and seizure by the local raccoon population.The large rocks that have been...more
Luggage and bags:
We brought a medium sized cooler and claimed some space under one of the seats. This held our lunch, sodas, and a couple of cold one's. Everyone on the boat brought there favorite form of cracker, seemed to be the snack of the day. The boat supplied coffee.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring sneakers you don't mind getting wet/filthy or better yet some rubber boots. Best thing to do is wear layers, try a bathing suit under some rain gear. Bring a change of clothes to leave in the car. Fish are being brought in on the deck constantly and in order for the crew to keep things clean, they sometimes leave a hose running water across the deck. You might want to bring a plastic bag for the wet, fish bait riddled gear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: DRAMAMINE. I have seen plenty of hero's puking on light seas, don't take the risk, it is NOT worth it.
Sunblock if it's the middle of the summer. Sunlight reflecting off of the Ocean tends to burn places on your face that seem to never get sun.
Photo Equipment: You are not going to have time break out the photo bag, bring something simple to use and easy to carry for those last second photo ops. Everyone will have there line in the water. Also, when someone yells "fish on!" the crewmemembers run t your aid with a net and help you run around the boat, under and over the other lines in order to follow the fight. The key here is quantity, you can omit the bad photo's later
Miscellaneous: I would recommend a baseball cap and/or at least a pair of cheap sunglasses.
Wandering along the north side of the Westport Marina, it is possible to find your way out to the very end of the wooden breakwater at the entrance to the marina. This pathway takes you along a floating section of the marina and over a wooden bridge to a very narrow walkway on top of pilings.
The publicly accessible part of this walking route is a popular place for locals to drop crab pots into the water and catch crab directly from the waters of the marina, without even using a boat. It is not unusual at all for people to fish from the walkway at any location. This walkway is fairly old, and it is possible to see grooves worn into the handrail of parts of the walkway where several generations of crap pots have been tied to the railing with ropes.
Obviously, it is vital to keep in mind the various local crab and fish regulations as well, should you decide to drop a line or cab pot into the water at this location.
Also, as the walkway is narrow, watch for fishing lines, poles, and ropes from the crab pots. There isn't a lot of room to move around on this narrow walkway.
When I visited in the depths of December, there were still a hardy few braving the cold wind, so most likely warm weather and an open fishing season will find far more here.
Even if you are not interested in fishing or crabbing, the walkway offers a view of the wintering bird life in the boat basin and out on the Gray's Harbor during the winter months, and it is possible to get a reasonably nice view of the surrounding water and countryside on a clear day, or even somewhat unclear day.
There are Some Basic Rules: (as seen in photo 4)
The floating part of the marina walkways are only open to the public during daylight hours.
Use the handrails as the floating walkways do tend to shift with the waves, and the wooden sections are slippery when they are wet.
Boats have the priority: move your fishing line and crab pots out of the way if someone needs to put their boat there.
Boats are private property and stay off them please
Keep pets on leashes.
How to Get Here:
Keep following the signs for the marina, then go through the small downtown area all the way to the northwest side of the town. At Westhaven Drive and Cove Avenue, continue around the far end of Cove Avenue as it runs along a narrow strip of land out to the end of the rocks. Public parking is limited, but there are a few spots. If you can't find anything here you will have to park in the nearby downtown area and walk from there. Most of this area is parking reserved for the hotels, however. The public entrance to the walkway is right next to the very last cabin of the Motel Cottages Harbor Resort. Walk down the walkway to the floating section of walkway, and continue as far as you want to, until you reach the very end of the walkway at the end of the wooden breakwater.