With Covid keeping us closer to home this year, we have discovered a sweet little gem of a town less than two hours from our house. We loved it so much we ended up going twice this year! Washington beaches are breezy and often foggy, so pack your hoodie and wool hat in addition to your bathing suit. The thing I love about beaches is that there is something for everyone–the youngest among you will enjoy digging in the sand, the teenagers can play games or splash in the waves, and the older folks (I guess this is me) will love sitting in a beach chair with a book. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Seabrook:
1. Fly a Kite
Kites are so whimsical. Harnessing the power of the wind to lift your colorful creature of choice into the sky is an awesome way to connect with your inner child.
2. Tour the Town
If you are in town on a Saturday at 11 am, I recommend joining the town tour with Town Founder Casey Roloff. Although it made me feel like a little bit of an underachiever because a guy close to my age had founded a whole town, I really loved learning all about how he did it!
3. Make a Beach Creation
The beach is the perfect place to just let those creative juices flow. Make a sand castle, build cairns, assemble a driftwood fort, design some pebble art . . . the possibilities are endless. Leave something behind to surprise someone who comes along before the tide does.
4. Eat Ice Cream
Some version of “eat ice cream” is probably going to make it into most of my travel posts. It is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and there is always room because even if you have a full belly it “slides down the sides” ;). Seabrook has a great little ice cream and candy shop for when you are in the mood for something sweet.
5. Stroll over to the Farm District
Anyone who knows me knows I love farm-y stuff; I’m a country girl at heart. The farm district has a cute barn with horses (and I think kids can enjoy riding lessons in non-pandemic times). There are also ducks and a big beautiful community garden if you like that kind of thing–which, of course, I do. Go on a walk and check it out!
6. Hike through the Gnome Forest
There are a bunch of trails for those who love the wander, but none more charming than the Gnome trail which features tiny gnome homes on the forest floor.
7. Find Fort Seabrook
If you are a fan of Stranger Things (and if you aren’t, you should be), you can find Seabrook’s answer to Castle Byers out on the sandy dunes. I’m not going to tell you where–the search is half of the fun!
8. Take Sunset Silhouette Photos
Grab your camera and head to the beach at dusk to capture some beautiful sunset silhouette photo memories as the sun sinks into the horizon. You are sure to capture at least one that deserves to be framed on the wall. Photo credit: Jennifer Maner.
9. Explore the Shops
Hopefully you are lucky enough to have a buddy or two along for the ride, but a solo outing is also great. If shopping is your thing, there are several boutique-style shops to entertain you. Definitely hit up the book store. Some of my other favorites include the toy store, clothing stores, and the spa store. I have also wandered through the yarn store so that my pretend self can get inspired should she imagine she is going to take up knitting.
10. Make Rainbow Fire
Obviously you are going to build a fire either on the beach or in one of the many community fire pits and make s’mores. Obviously. But before you get going with your mallows, head over to the toy shop and pick up a packet of Mystical Fire. Once everyone has had their fill of roasted confections, throw the packet on the fire and be entranced!
If you would like more information on Seabrook, check out this link.