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We just spent a few days at Westport and had a great time! The weather was so beautiful, the town not too crowded and the ice cream delicious! What more could you ask for?!? While we were in town they happened to be doing a car show, which little man loved! We have stayed a few times now at Vacations by the Sea and absolutely love the location and how it’s right on the beach. We also watched people crabbing at the marina and walked around on the docks. Another place place we randomly found was a restaurant called Aloha Alabama, us and the kids liked it so much that we went both days for lunch!!

Take a look below for pictures from our trip…


Since the kids were older this time, we got to do a little more exploring. We checked out the Westport Maritime Museum, which was  a lot of fun. They also have a building their that houses the Destruction Island Lighthouse Light, and it was beautiful!

Another awesome adventure was climbing to the top of the Grays Harbor Lighthouse. We had never done that before because the minimum age to climb is five years old. From the top you can see not only a gorgeous view, but the small housing development for current US Coast Guard families stationed there. You can also barely see Ocean Shores and we learned that there used to be a passenger ferry that ran between Westport and Ocean Shores during the summer. Too bad that isn’t there anymore.

If you are currently stationed at JBLM, Westport is a great weekend getaway throughout the year. During the summer months there are usually a bit of events going on (one of the kids favorites is Pirate Days).


Lake Chelan is a tourist area that is about a three and a half hour drive from the Ft Lewis/JBLM area. I had heard about the town but had never been there before.

For two weekends in January Chelan host the annual Lake Chelan Winterfest Festival. Winterfest Fire & Ice was a fun experience. I had never been to Chelan before and it was a cute little town in the middle of a valley. I loved waking up and looking out the window and seeing the lake in front of me and the hillsides surrounding me.

We stayed at Grandview on the Lake and I would highly recommend it. It was reasonably priced this time of year and the location was great. Set back from town a little bit but still walking distance to everything. And the rooms, they were amazing! We shared a two bedroom condo with my brother-in-law and his wife and there was so much room! I would absolutely stay there again.

The festival itself was interesting. There were ice sculptures in front of a lot of the businesses and around the town. They had an ice slide and a thrown also. I really liked the fact that they had fire pits around the town as well because it sure was chilly! Some activities include live music, the wine walk, ale & hard cider tasting at the ice bar, the bonfire at the beach, the polar bear splash and fireworks. We also toured the Vin Du Lac Winery. It was fun and cold and I can’t wait to go in the summer to see what it’s like then and take a dip in the lake!