Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Cheapest room at the beach resort

We are at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, near Ocean Shores (map).

This is a fantastic spot, just a hundred yards or so from the beach across a salt marsh -- nothing at all between us and a perfect ocean view, and we can even walk on the beach via a nearby boardwalk access. There are about half a dozen rigs here, in a lot that can probably accommodate upwards of 50. We are less than a quarter mile from the state park, where primitive camping is over $17 and RV spaces run $24 and up, neither of which has an ocean view.

In addition to providing this nice free parking for RV's (check in at the hotel desk for a pass to put in the windshield), one can buy a day pass for the hotel's indoor pool and hot tub for $15 (per rig). I have heard that one "day pass" is good for your entire stay, but I can't vouch for that. So far, we have resisted the temptation.

We did, however, get massages today at the hotel's spa. It's a small spa, but they had good locker facilities, a steam room and sauna, and a few treatment rooms. There was only one therapist on duty today, so we had to have our massages sequentially.

In short, we have access to all the resort facilities here, including the spectacular view, for $0 per night ($15 if we want to use the pool), an unbeatable deal. We really needed the day of downtime, and the massages were an extra treat.

Last night we ate at the resort's restaurant, Emily's, which is quite nice. The chef is quite creative and the ingredients were fresh. Tonight there is a $13 prime rib buffet, and we're going to give it a try. It's in one of the ballrooms; they do not have a regular buffet restaurant. At this writing, they are doing buffets Wednesday and Friday nights, and Sunday for brunch.

Tomorrow we will head back the way we came, along the north shore of Gray's Harbor, turning north at Elma towards the Kitsap peninsula. We have our eyes on yet another Native American casino for tomorrow's stop, about half way to our destination.

1 comment:

  1. My husband I stayed in Ocean View in 2000. It was awesome. A car drove too far out onto the beach, the tide came in, the people panicked. Eventually, a tow truck came and pulled the car out. It was high drama. I appreciated the open unspoiled, rule-less beach. Enjoy.


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