You know that easy family vacay you’ve been dreaming of? The one where all you bring are the diapers and wipes and everything else is at your fingertips? Pinch yourself because we’ve found just the spot. Seabrook is a storybook beach resort with a walkable town vibe. And we’ve got the inside scoop on how to plan your perfect stay this summer. Read on for the deets.

photo: Kristina Moy

Tricked out Cottages
Finding that just-right beach cottage is the first step in planning your simple Seabrook vacay. And it couldn’t be easier than filling in filters to narrow the expansive rental options, so what you end up with is exactly what you need. Seabrook’s got pet-friendly cottages, cottages with ocean views, cottages to fit multiple families and even carriage houses that can comfortably fit up to 20 guests; and each one has different perks, like bicycles guests can use, hot tubs for soaking or gas grills for a summer BBQ, that make this an oh-so-easy place to stay with kids. Plus, each cottage’s distinct personality, with cheeky names to match like “Tide Together,” “When Pigs Fly,” “Cape Escape,” and “Fleur de Sea” add that homey feel that’s comforting and familiar. And while you can easily find a cozy cottage for your fam, the bigger rentals beg for a PEPS group reunion or moms weekend getaway.

photo: Kristina Moy

While you’re browsing through the cottages, be sure to check the floor plan and pictures carefully. We noticed loft bedrooms accessed by ladders on some rentals that wouldn’t work well for the tot lot, but would be awesome for grade schoolers. Finding your cabin on the property map is also a good idea, as some of the development is under construction. Plus, based on what your kiddos love (think: indoor pool vs. the beach or playground vs. walking trails), you may want to be closer to one part of town over another. But then again one of Seabrook’s perks is its walkability. Getting from point A to point B is usually just a 5-minute stroll from your place.

photo: Kristina Moy

Beach Play
Once you’ve booked a cottage, it’s time to figure out what to do when you get there. Seabrook’s big draw is definitely its expansive Pacific Ocean shoreline. It’s the pristine beach Seattle families long for (sorry, Golden Gardens and Alki), with soft sand that was made for sculpting sandcastles, digging trenches and building dams. Even after spending the whole day beachin’ it, we’re sure you and your mini crew will want to come back for even more beach adventures day after day.

photo: Lindsay Engler

Beyond building sandcastles, you’ll find plenty of wide-open spaces to fly a kite, or watch others practicing with their stunt kites and other wind-powered devices. Bring a ball to kick around or remote controlled cars to race up and down the smooth beach sand. We’re pretty sure they’ll run out of batteries before they run out of shoreline. If seafood is your thing, you can also clam on the beach for razors, depending on the season. Then bring them home for a big clambake dinner with your crew. Don’t forget your license for this one!

photo: Kristina Moy

The beach is also where you can take advantage of the rentals at Buck’s Bikes in town (if you don’t feel like schelping bikes from home). Stop in before you hit the beach for bikes of every shape and size, including trailers for the Littles. You can rent them in 2-hour windows or for a little more, claim it as yours for the day. Then, hit the beach for some fat tire sand time. Buck’s also rents skimboards and Seabrook is a primo spot to check out this sport if you and your minis haven’t already. The slick coastal sand means smooth sailing when you ride the shoreline on this cross between surfing and skateboarding. Psst.. parents, we think you’ll love this sport as much as your mini!

skimboaring boy and girl

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Beyond the Beach
If your minis get tired of the beach or the copious amounts of sand in their shorts, there’s plenty more recreating where that came from. The indoor pool is a good spot on an overcast or rainy summer day, or in the evening if you need a place to wear out the tiny tots, but don’t want to get all sandy again before bedtime. The Imagine That. Shel’s Pottery Painting is another good place to hole up if it’s rainy (Pacific Northwest life truth) or even too sunny for your Seattle sidekick. You can paint a colorful piece one day and pick it up the next, so you don’t have to worry about shipping anything you paint during your staycation. Mom and Dad can also duck into some of Seabrook’s town merchants, imbibe on wine (and cheese too!) at The Stowaway, sneak in a quick workout at Rusty Anchor Fitness or even schedule a massage at Spa Elizabeth.

photo: Kristina Moy

Simply wandering around town is another surprisingly great activity. Most guests and residents park their cars when they arrive and don’t get back in them until they’re heading out of town. Because the streets aren’t busy, you’ll spy plenty of families cruising the streets on bikes or scooters or just out walking, taking in the sights. On the far end of town (near the Farm District) is where you will find a playground with a speedy zip line and a basketball court that caters to the minis, with a super-low hoop where your little baller can practice dunking. The dog park is right across the street, too.

photo: Kristina Moy

A network of walking and biking trails winds through the town as well, and while these trails will get you from here to there, they’re also fun to wander on their own. Downed trees, rickety bridges and some hidden Seabrook gnomes make this a magical way to find the playground or head back to your cottage after playtime. The two main parks in Seabrook have volleyball, badminton, horseshoes and even shuffleboard for anyone to use. If the equipment isn’t out at the park, just stop by Buck’s to get what you need. And don’t forget to pack the s’mores makings. Seabrook has two large and four small fire pits around the property—perfect for marshmallow roasting or just hanging around at the end of the day.

photo: Kristina Moy

Foodie Finds
When it comes to eats while you’re staying at Seabrook, there are many different ways to do it. Since each cottage comes with a kitchen, usually stocked with most everything you need to make a meal and serve it, you can definitely bring food from home and cook it there. And if you forgot anything or didn’t feel like dragging an ice-laden cooler in your family truckster, you can rely on the Front Street Market to fill in the gaps. This is also where you can find those personal items that always seem to run out when you need them, like sunscreen and wipes. If the campfire is more your style, bring your ‘mallows to one of the fire pits scattered throughout the town for a post dinner roasting session with the kids. But if taking a vacay from your regular culinary routine is what you’re looking for, Seabrook’s got you covered when it comes to nosh-worthy restaurants.

photo: Kristina Moy

The Red Velvet Bakery… by the Sea is bustling on weekend mornings with families ordering up pastries, breakfast sandwiches and morning lattes before heading out to the beach. It’s also one of two go-to spots if you need to quell a sweet tooth attack. Trust us, their ginormous maple glazed doughnuts, scones, cupcakes and cookies (baked on site daily) are as good as they look. (Psst… try the Red Velvet doughnut. You can thank us later!) Just across the street is where you will find Sweet Life, the cutest little ice cream and candy shop you’ve ever seen. They make small batch, organic ice cream that holds its own against anything you’d find in the big city, and we couldn’t think of a better way to cool down on a hot sunny summer afternoon than with a big scoop of your favorite flavor. They also have homemade ice cream sandwiches to go (drool much?) an array of old-school and retro candy and bean-to-bar chocolates (be sure to ask for the seafoam). If you’re thinking dessert with an ocean view, we’re right there with you.

photo: Kristina Moy

When it comes to lunch and dinner, there are two spots, both super family-friendly, to sit and nosh. Frontager’s Pizza Co. is the happening pizza joint in town. It’s a serious pie house serving up gourmet, brick-oven Northwest-style pizza, salads, Italian sodas and to-die-for gelato. The casual atmosphere and outdoor seating makes it an easy drop in and dine spot when you’re out and about with the kids. And we love that you can order takeout from here too, so if you want to cozy up in your cottage, but still don’t feel like cooking, this is one way to do it. The Mill 109 Restaurant and Pub is the original Seabrook eatery. Here, families can order upscale pub food with a focus on seafood. The servings are generous and your mini-me is sure to find something she likes on their kid’s menu. Psst… we love the spot as a place to fill up before heading out of town.

photo: Kristina Moy

More to Come!
The town of Seabrook is growing rapidly and you will quickly notice that upon your arrival. The heart of Seabrook’s town center—Market Street—is currently under construction and scheduled to open within the next year. This new space will feature a variety of retail shops, new restaurants (think barbecue joint, seafood, and an oyster bar out of an air-stream trailer), a larger grocery store, a movie theater and even a 2,000-square-foot arcade, making Seabrook’s urban center truly come alive.

photo: Kristina Moy 

Good to Know
Summer weekends at Seabrook are packed with beachfront activities. We suggest booking a cottage from Friday through Sunday or Monday (cough, cough) to make the most of these around-the-town events. Also, be sure to check the Seabrook calendar before you go to see what’s on the docket.

Although summers are the busiest season at Seabrook, cottages can be rented year-round. Booking a trip during the off season means saving on some green and taking advantage of quieter streets and restaurants.

Seabrook Cottage Rentals
24 Front St.
Pacific Beach, Wa 98571
360-276-0265
Online: seabrookcottagerentals.com

Are you planning a trip to Seabrook this summer? Already been? Tell us what your family loves most about the town in the comments below!

— Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy