Located in Ocean Shores WA, the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino (http://www.quinaultbeachresort.com) offers ocean view suites with direct access to an expansive sandy beach. The property is surrounded by more than 200 acres of protected wetlands, while nearby parks provide outdoor enthusiasts with ample opportunities for hiking, fishing, and birding. Hotel guests are mere steps away from dipping their toes in the Pacific Ocean, or opting for a horseback ride along the beach.
Quinault Beach Resort and Casino is a Quinault Indian Nation property (http://www.quinaultindiannation.com) with full amenities in a luxurious natural setting. From spa services to live entertainment, the resort is more than a casino destination—though the gaming floor offers a Vegas-style experience with recently updated slots and table games. Suites have also been recently renovated to offer a stylish and comfortable getaway. Ocean View rooms have a two-way fireplace while Grande Suites include an oceanfront balcony perfect for sunsets. During my stay, I appreciated the thoughtful little extras that ensure a pleasant experience: a plush pillow-top mattress, a soft robe for post-swim comfort, and a good amount of outlets to plug in all my gadgets.
Foodies will appreciate the variety of local fare served at Emily’s (named in honor of Emily Sherwood, a well-respected elder of the Quinault Indian Nation). Emily’s offers ocean view dining with an assortment of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Dinners range from steaks to seafood and my personal favorite is the Alder Plank Wild Salmon sautéed with apples and onions, served with an apple cider glaze and red potatoes. Another local favorite is the Grays Harbor Fettuccine featuring clams, prawns, and diver scallops. The Dungeness crab cake appetizer is also a must, and it is served with avocado, papaya relish, and ginger whole grain mustard sauce. For a quick and economical breakfast, visit the Ocean Lounge for great deals under three bucks.
Area activities and attractions include seasonal razor clam digging, nearby state and national parks, the Quinault National Fish Hatchery, and an endless list of festivals and events in town. The Ocean Shores Beach Blast (http://oceanshoresbeachblast.com/) takes place the first three weekends of July and includes beach volleyball tournaments, live music, and fireworks celebrations. In August, dog lovers can participate in the Ocean Shores Woof-A-Thon (http://www.oceanshoreswoofathon.org/) to help raise funds for local animal service organizations. The day includes a walk, service dog demonstration, raffles, and contests. Year-round in town, there are a number of unique and independently owned shops with everything from souvenirs to local crafts.
If you’re making your beach vacation a family getaway, the Quinault Indian Nation offers a family-friendly venue with their sister property, the Quinault Sweet Grass Hotel (http://quinaultsweetgrass.com). Steps from the beach and inclusive of a 24-hr fitness center and indoor pool, the Sweet Grass Hotel provides a free shuttle to the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.
Located just over two hours from the Seattle airport, or three hours from Portland, the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino offers a quick PNW getaway for oceanfront entertainment and relaxation.