Travel Guide: 48 hours on the Cranberry Coast
Just over 2.5 hours south of Seattle you’ll find the neighboring towns of Grayland and Westport, quietly nestled along Washington’s Cranberry Coast. Tourists often head to Ocean Shores just to the north or Oregon to the south during the summer months, missing these hidden beach town gems. Though the stretch of Washington’s coast between Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay is called the Cranberry Coast because of the many cranberry bogs located here, you will find much more than cranberries in Grayland and Westport, making it the ideal weekend beach getaway.
Zip down I-5 and start your beach adventure with wood-fired pizza and wine tasting at Cranberry Road Winery. You’ll find a selection of reds, whites, and of course, cranberry flavored wine, available to taste or to purchase by the glass or by the bottle. Their lunch menu includes a variety of options, but the wood-fired pizza is not to be missed. Order the Cranberry Road pizza and enjoy the sliced onions, crumbly feta and sweet balsamic drizzle, large enough to share.
Another wine tasting option during your visit is down the road at Westport Winery. The grounds at this winery stand out, offering a dog park, sculpture and display gardens, orchard golf, a lavender labyrinth, wizard chess, and horseshoes, all free to enjoy while sipping your wine. The Sea Glass Grill located at the winery serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a family-friendly environment. There are over 30 wine varietals to choose from, and if you are visiting on a weekend you can catch the Backstage Winemaker’s Tour.
Drive down SR-105 and pop in at Low Tide Bits & Pieces to find an artist gallery store filled to the brim with pieces all brought in from local artists. You’ll find everything here from beautiful beach inspired paintings, prints and post cards, to intricate hand-painted rocks and mesmerizing blown glass, to unique one of a kind wooden fish plaques and metal mermaid silhouettes. Walk just next door to the Cat’s Away Studio for more beautiful local 3-D art, polymer clay jewelry, and home of the “Best Damn Candles on the Planet.”
Just a few miles down the road is the Westport Marina, Washington’s largest fish landing port. While you’re here be sure to climb the viewing platform to see a spectacular view of the ocean. Browse the many shops along the marina for gifts and treasures, then grab dinner at Bennett’s Fish Shack . Try the hand-breaded halibut or beer battered cod, or if your appetite is big enough, go for the fish taco. Served in a burrito size wrap with a whole piece of battered cod inside and full of flavor, this monster size fish taco is a crowd pleaser.
While you are in Westport, check out Brady’s Oysters, a family-owned and operated Oyster farm. Brady’s produces a better tasting oyster using a unique method of farming that keeps oysters out of the mud. Try an oyster shooter for yourself or take some fresh oysters to go. Watch the shucker and grader in action, and depending on staff, take a small tour of the site.
Head over to Grayland Beach State Park for an afternoon of kite flying and beach combing at this 581-acre, year-round camping park. You’ll find over 3 miles of sandy ocean front beach shores, where you can enjoy your favorite beach activity or do nothing but relax and listen to the waves and birds. Lose yourself here, and catch an unforgettable, long sunset from the beach. Yurts and campsites are available at this park within walking distance of the ocean. Or book a night in one of the rooms or cottages at the beautiful Glenacres Historic Inn in Westport. Built in 1898, this inn is both quaint and comfortable and packed with the charm you would expect from a relaxing beach town getaway.