Friday, February 3, 2012

The Collins Inn @ Ocean Shores

Sue and I took off this week to spend a couple of days at the beach, celebrating her recent birthday.  We had heard a lot about The Collins Inn from the OBA pastors who had gone there the past couple of years for their retreat, so we decided to give it a try.  We opted to go during the week to escape any potential weekend crowds and are glad we did.

The Inn is at the south end of Ocean Shores, overlooking the entrance to Grays Harbor.  There are a lot of rentals and houses in the area, but there are none of the hotels and businesses that one finds in Ocean Shores proper.  It is a very quite and peaceful part of the area.  The Inn is fairly small with only four rooms on the second floor of the main building plus four 2 bedroom cottages.  I can't speak for the cottages but the main building itself is beautiful and very lovingly built and maintained by the couple who own and operate the Inn.

We stayed in the Turret room, a significant portion of which was in a turret with a wrap around balcony.  This was not your average cookie cutter hotel room by any means.  It was very homey with a soft queen sized canopy bed, an in-room Jacuzzi tub, a small fireplace, and a fancy coffee maker that Sue enjoyed.  Most of the furnishing were antiques and all arranged very well.  We were able to look into two of the other rooms, and while they all had the same basic accommodations, they were each very different.

The four rooms occupied the second floor while the main floor was mostly a fancy steak house, at least it is on Friday and Saturday nights.  We were not there on either night, but breakfast was included with the room.  While there is a fairly limited selection for breakfast it was very good, and way too much.  The owner and builder is also the chef and, based on the breakfasts we watched him make and then ate, he is a very good one.  This is a very high end and classy steak house and is pretty much reservation only.

We spent two nights at the Inn and were the only guests.  But that changes tonight and through the weekend as they are sold out.  I would highly recommend that if you choose to go, and are able to, that you make it a midweek encounter.

The Inn sits next to a spit that runs out into the harbor and we walked out to the end of it a couple of times, about a 5 mile round trip.  The second time out we were able to see about half a dozen of the Snowy Owls that have been recently making the news.  If you look closely in the picture to the right you can see one of them at the center.  It was pretty cool to be able to see them, as well as to explore a beach that is quite different than what you find out on the coast.

All in all this was a very enjoyable trip and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away and celebrate a special occasion.

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