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Batten Down the Hatches: Four Storm Watch Hotels in the Pacific Northwest

This article originally appeared on trivago room 5.

On the Oregon Coast, the weather forecast is calling for 75 mile-per-hour winds. While that might cause some travelers to pack up their bags and head home, I’m settling into my room at The Coho Oceanfront Lodge and couldn’t be more pleased. Watching the crashing surf and listening to the wind howl is why I came to Lincoln City. With my phone’s weather app tuned into the latest updates, and snacks, a camera, and a warm blanket at hand, I’m ready to watch the ocean turn and churn all from the comfort of my hotel room. When I want to feel the power of the wind on my face and the sting of sand on my checks, I’ll make the short three-minute trek to the beach.

As a longtime resident of Washington State, I know spring and winter storms are part of the coastal landscape and a year isn’t complete without one, or two, or three. For travelers, storms provide a unique experience; one that is as much of a draw as a beach getaway or mountain retreat.

In the region, several hotels and inns are ideally situated along the coast to view these squalls. Storm watchers like me are attracted to the long stretches of beach with pounding surf and offshore rocky formations that catch the clash of water against rock and show Mother Nature at her mightiest.

No matter where you choose to storm watch, always be aware of the tide and your surroundings, and keep in mind the local saying, “Never turn your back on the sea.” If your travel plans include a stormy coastal adventure, pack up your rain jacket and boots, and check into these Pacific Northwest hotels.

Photo (above): Courtesy of Pacific Sands Beach Resort

4 Storm Watch Hotels in the Pacific Northwest

The Coho Oceanfront Lodge

Set on a cliff above Lincoln City, Oregon’s seven-mile beach, The Coho Oceanfront Lodge has thoughtfully appointed rooms made with reclaimed materials and unobstructed views of the open ocean. The studios and suites with fireplaces and private balconies with views of the sea are perfect for storm-watching. For those on a romantic getaway, book the sunset suite with an additional jetted tub in the adult-only part of this boutique hotel.

“Our location provides some of the most spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean in all of Lincoln City,” said Diana Steinman, General Manager of The Coho Oceanfront Lodge. “We also offer many amenities conducive to indoor activities such as complimentary games, puzzles, and a DVD library. Guests love our French press coffee and wine offerings where they can sit on the deck or patio and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature.”

With the hotel’s luxe amenities, such as a deluxe continental breakfast, heated pool, hot tub, sauna, beverages and snacks in the lobby, a spa and in-room massage, you are set to take shelter from the tempest. When the time comes to brave seeing the waves up close, put on your rain boots and jacket and head to the beach. While there, keep an eye out for one of 3,000 hand-blown glass floats dropped on the beach from mid-October to Memorial Day. If you find one, you get to keep it!

trivago Tip: When hunger strikes you won’t have to miss the action at these ocean view restaurants: Kyllo’s, Fathoms Penthouse Restaurant & Bar, Mist Restaurant & Lounge, and Chinook’s Seafood Grill. Oregon-raised beef burgers, Dungeness crab cakes, and locally-caught seafood are specialties.

The Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa

The Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa in Astoria, Oregon stands out for its one-of-a-kind storm-watching experience. Built on the site of a former fish cannery, the hotel sits at the mouth of the Columbia River, and the view includes the four-mile-long Astoria-Megler Bridge, the Washington and Oregon coastline and shipping lane activity up and down the river.

Lavishly appointed rooms include storm-watching perks such as cozy fireplaces, private balconies, Pendleton blankets, and wet bars. Most importantly every single room has a water view and binoculars to check out the waves, sea life, fishing boats and large cruise ships as they make their way to and from the Pacific Ocean. If a storm is on its way, they often offer special rates.

Start your day with a complimentary continental breakfast in the river-facing lobby. Then head back to your room to watch the action. When there’s a break, soak in the hot tub overlooking the river, relax in the Finnish sauna, or book a spa treatment. As evening begins, join other travelers at the hotel’s happy hour with wine and hors-d’oeuvres in the lobby, and then ride in style into town in the hotel’s chauffeured Cadillac.

trivago Tip: For dining and drinks, Bridgewater Bistro is within walking distance of the hotel. Arrive early to enjoy a drink next to the glass floor and peer down into the water and be sure to try their award-winning cranberry cheesecake. More choices along the Astoria Riverwalk with river views are Baked Alaska, Inferno Lounge, and Buoy Beer Co.

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2 thoughts on “Batten Down the Hatches: Four Storm Watch Hotels in the Pacific Northwest”

  1. Wowww! I love storm watching and these hotels would be great for just that! Though I think after we officially move onto our sailboat and start sailing around the world, I will feel slightly differently about storms!!

    • Cally, What an exciting adventure and I agree, watching the storm from shore is much different than being in the storm. Safe travels!


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