Hood to Coast Washington
written by Julie Lee
The inaugural Regence BlueShield Hood to Coast Washington presented by Nike beamed a national spotlight on the idyllic coastal town of Seabrook, located in Pacific Beach. Here, visitors can connect to nature, breathe ocean air and dine in a variety of great restaurants, all within a five-minute sprint on eco-friendly boardwalks and paths comprised of reclaimed crushed oyster shells. Many coastal towns claim that magical feel, but Seabrook truly has something special, with an uncluttered, unspoiled mile stretch of beach, spectacular oceanfront and village-centered cottages and unprecedented charm. About 4,000 runners, walkers, fans and friends descending into town on a sunny Saturday in early summer were warmly welcomed by town merchants and restaurateurs, ready to serve. The event raised more than $20,000 for the Junior Achievement of Washington as well as the Seabrook Community Foundation and hunger relief in Grays Harbor.
A family-friendly respite rests on the corner of this enchanting beach town. Mill 109 Restaurant & Pub serves lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend breakfasts. Traditional fare this is not—
bread pudding French toast, Dungeness crab cake Benedict and smoked salmon scrambles for breakfast, razor clam sandwiches and longshoreman’s fish and chips for lunch, and comfort foods such as meatloaf and lasagna. This is a staple town gathering spot.
5 West Myrtle Lane
With a healthy wine selection, The Stowaway is a place you can melt into for an afternoon, sipping wine and nibbling on cheese and crackers. Suggested here are the white or red wine flights, featuring a selected variety of vino, primarily heralded from vineyards around the Northwest. For a long, lazy summer afternoon on the beach, The Stowaway provides picnic baskets with artisan cheeses, cured meats, fresh breads, marcona almonds and chocolates to pair with some favorite wine or beer.
217 Front St.
For that morning cup of coffee and a delectable pastry, Red Velvet Bakery by the Sea hits the sweet spot. High notes include red velvet cupcakes, of course, and fresh-baked cookies and cinnamon rolls. For a simple lunch, the paninis are a favorite.
202 Meriweather St.
Frontager’s Pizza Co. answers the unwritten rule that every beach town should have a great pizza joint. This is wood-fired, perfectly charred crusty pizza at its best, with terrific microbrews to pair it with.
21 Seabrook Ave.
Bean-to-bar chocolates are the specialty at Sweet Life, Seabrook’s siren’s call for sweet treats. This is a small-town candy and ice cream shop that transports time with artisanal and retro candy, small-batch ice cream made with hand-picked local ingredients. Dreaming of that creamy chocolate bar post-trip? Sweet Life delivers through its online store.
215 S. Meriweather St.