Check into Grayland Motel & Cottages (2013 Hwy. 105, 360/267-2395 or 800/292-0845, www.westportwa.com/graylandmotel, $55–93 s or d) and you’ll be able to walk out your door to the beach. This family- and pet-friendly facility has a play area for kids and dogs. It also offers complimentary clam guns and shovels to its guests, plus a sink outside to clean them once you catch them.
Or try Grayland B&B (1678 Hwy. 105, 360/267-6026, $110 s or d) for a homier atmosphere. The proprietors let out two bedrooms with a shared bath in a two-story home built in the 1930s.
A focal point in Tokeland is the wonderfully old-fashioned Tokeland Hotel (Kindred Rd. and Hotel Rd., 360/267-7006, www.tokelandhotel.com, $55 s, $65 d). Built as a home in 1885, it became an inn in 1899 and is now on the National Register. The hotel and town are named for Chief Toke, whose daughter married a worker at the lifesaving station here. Together they built a home that was later turned into the Tokeland Hotel.
Now on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s said to be the oldest resort hotel in Washington, and the spacious front lawn, brick fireplace, and jigsaw puzzles provide an air of relaxation. The restored hotel has upstairs rooms with bath down the hall; reserve several weeks ahead for summer weekend stays. The restaurant, in an open dining room overlooking Willapa Bay, serves three meals a day, specializing in reasonably priced seafood ($10–15 entrées).
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition