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.