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Seabrook: The perfect getaway from metro-drab to coastal fab
by David Luc Nguyen - SGN A&E Writer

Looking for a change of pace from your usual weekend of barhopping with your boyfriend and same old crowd? How about an intimate getaway with that special someone in your life, accessible on a tank of gas?

Seabrook has everything to make a weekend getaway a real vacation. This beach community is nestled on the Olympic Peninsula and is not like the jagged beaches we usually associate to the Washington Coast. It has an air about it which reminds us of our childhood memories created on the Oregon Coast with its sand cliffs, dunes and beaches. The town's developer masterfully sewed captivating views, gorgeous Nantucket-style architecture, and the coast's natural beauty to craft an exquisitely simple and rejuvenating experience showcasing the best in "new urbanism" philosophy.

Seabrook is "a return to a simpler time, before cars, when people lived near where they shopped, celebrated the arts and good food, and placed great importance on green space" - if you are any fit, trendy, cultured queen, you are all about going green. Didn't you get the memo? Green is the new black. Everything in town is within a five-minute sashay and you are encouraged to borrow one of many abundant bikes to tool around in. When you visit this quaint place you can leave all the stresses associated with your metro-drab lifestyle and embrace your butch side when you can commune with nature, take walks with your life-partner on the beach, enjoy hikes in the woods, and best of all stay in luxurious "cottages" full of comfort and style. Visiting Seabrook is like camping but much more fabulous! We suggest you bring a group of friends and simply enjoy each other's company without going to a bar and posing for the locals. Seabrook is that weekend getaway that feels like a vacation. It will leave you refreshed and ready to tackle what's next on your busy social schedule. To learn more or plan your vacation visit: www.seabrookwa.com

Here's useful information to get you acquainted with this destination.

VOYAGE
Getting to Seabrook is only about a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Seattle. It is 12 miles north of the tourist trap Ocean Shores, and a couple of miles from Pacific Beach and Moclips. The town takes pride in having the closest sandy beach on the Pacific Ocean to Seattle and the Puget Sound. Give this place a few years and it could be the West Coast version of Provincetown or Fire Island without the steroided bodies and free-flowing party drugs. One of the best parts of visiting Seabrook is that the vacation actually begins when you leave the I-5 corridor and head west toward the ocean along Highway 101 - along the way, you are able to take in miles of forests teaming full of rich greens and foliage plastered with bright golds, oranges, and reds. It feels as if you are driving somewhere in New England. As we approached Seabrook there was a particular "awe" moment when we emerged from giant walls of the forest, came around the bend and saw a pristine community on top of a bluff overlooking the beach and ocean. The picture-perfect setting evoked visions of a real life Wisteria Lane, Pleasantville, and the set of The Truman Show all rolled into one.

ACCOMMODATIONS
One of the most fabulous selling points of our Seabrook trip was staying at our "cottage," Beach Time. There was definitely nothing to beach about this phat pad. Seabrook has vacation rentals ranging from $119-$450 a night - all fully furnished with almost every amenity you'll need on your trip. I put cottage in quotation marks because we stayed in a beautiful three-story house on the prestigious Seabrook Avenue. Homeowners actually rent out their houses to guests when they aren't in town. The home we stayed in was actually for sale and nearly priced at $580,000.

Upon entry, we were greeted by a bright and spacious open-floor plan - it was like Paige Davis from Trading Spaces worked her magic on the joint. The house was done in traditional style beach d├ęcor with large glassblows filled with sand dollars and seashells. This place had everything including a wood-burning fireplace, flatscreen TVs in every bedroom, and a gourmet kitchen. Many of our nights were spent together utilizing the large dining room that seated eight and hosted some very memorable dinners and brutal games of Life, Poker, and Monopoly. At night, we retired to our bedrooms that each had their own private baths perfect for intimate time. A hot tub could be found near the fire pit, which melted the marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate they gave us upon arrival into s'mores.

ACTIVITIES
During our Seabrook visit we couldn't help but absorb the beach town mentality and relax. No longer uptight Seattlites, we became laid-back beach princesses. Instead of rushing like we do at home, we had time to enjoy our meals, sip our morning coffee, and savor our cosmos in the hot tub. We even did all that cute stuff other couples do that usually make me gag - taking time to enjoy the colorful ocean sunsets, breathe the salty air, take long walks on the beach with our dog, hike in the forest, and huddle around a warm fire making s'mores. We even rode bikes around town like little schoolgirls, and you can't help but smile and feel like a kid all over again. We even ventured to town and went antique shopping in Pacific Beach. Unfortunately, the saying "one man's trash is another man's treasure" didn't hold true - one man's trash is another man's wood kindling for the fire pit. We also trekked to Ocean Shores and slapped on our most obnoxiously large stunner shades, then raced mopeds up and down the beach while avoiding rednecks and seagulls. One of our most memorable moments took place in the middle of the night on the beach - it all seemed like a dream as we saw the moon's light reflecting off the surf and we could see the faint glow of clam diggers' lanterns in the distance.
 

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