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Best Spots for Storm Watching in Washington State

In an article in, writer Lauren Braden describes her top three picks for storm-watching in Washington State. She suggests storm season will not disappoint along the coast from November through March.
second1. Chito Beach Resort | (360) 963-2581 |
7639 Hwy 112 in Sekiu, WA (MAP)
Chito Beach sits on a basalt outcrop between Clallum Bay and Neah Bay. Every cottage here is waterfront, but The Rock House is perched on its very own seastack and may just be the best cottage for stormwatching in the whole Pacific Northwest. The cottages are fully-loaded so you can hunker down–full kitchens with everything you need, TVs with DVD players, wifi, games, puzzles, even tide tables. Rates: $120 – $215. No pets or kids under 16.
2. Quileute Oceanside Resort | (360) 374-5267 |
La Push, WA (MAP)
The storms of La Push are legendary. The Oceanside Resort has never been better. Both the cabins and motel rooms are large and comfortable. Cabins range from “camper” (with rustic wood interiors) to “luxury” (with extras like jacuzzis) though all cabins offer the ability to cook your own meals. After dinner, sit by the fire and watch the pounding surf. Views of the ocean are outstanding, and of course, you are right on the beach. If the storm dies down a bit, several short hiking trails are nearby. Rates: $63 – $280.
3. Kalaloch Lodge | (360) 962-2271 |
157151 Highway 101,  Forks, WA (MAP)
Kalaloch Lodge is a favorite destination for Seattleites hoping to trade the persistent drizzle back home for some high weather drama on the coast. Accommodations include lodge rooms and basic bluff cabins with kitchenettes, most with good views of the water below. The whole place is perched on a bluff, so even on days of high wave velocity, you’re protected from a direct hit in the safety of your rustic lodge room or cabin. We always pay extra for a bluff cabin so that we can cook our own meals (saving some cash) and spread out a little. Bring all the ingredients you’ll need for cooking and your beer or wine with you, because supplies aren’t easy to find way out here. Bring some good books, too, because your iPad isn’t going to have a signal.