Eco-friendly oceanfront hotel with spa offers fresh seafood and complimentary bike rentals
The Pacific Ocean’s waves break along the shore outside Adrift Hotel and Spa, but the setting isn’t the only way the hotel communes with nature. It has earned recognition for eco-friendly features including solar panels and an on-site restaurant that uses ingredients from local farms and serves wines sourced from the area. That concern for the environment is also shown in guest rooms, which are furnished with natural wood and have organic bath products by EO.
About 115 miles northwest of Portland, 28 miles of uninterrupted shoreline stretches across the Long Beach Peninsula. Crowds flock to the area all year round—even in the winter months, when average temperatures are in the 40s. The main draw during that part of the year is clamming. On certain government-approved dates, you can take to the sands to dig for fresh razor clams, which locals enjoy battered and fried in butter.
Come spring, warmer weather brings out swarms of colorful kites. Kite flying is something of an obsession in Long Beach. The town is home to an annual kite festival as well as the World Kite Museum, the only museum in America dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making. Another local obsession is cranberries—their bright-red bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia. At the Pacific Coast Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, you can learn about the history of cranberry farming, arrange a bog tour, and enjoy a cup of tart cranberry tea.