Nestled among tall pines on the Washington coast, the Sou’Wester Lodge is an idyllic paradise on the Long Beach Peninsula. They provide total tranquility for RVers, campers, creative minds, and free-spirited travelers.
This laid-back resort has something for everyone. Guests can stay in any one of their vintage travel trailers, cabins, suites, RV spaces, or tent campsites.
As soon as you pull in you’ll see some of their impressive vintage trailers. Just under their sign sits this sweet, restored 1950 seven-window Westcraft Capistrano:
They have vintage trailers that date back as early as the 1950s, ranging from tiny campers and “Baby Trailers”…
…to Standard Park Models and Family-sized Mansions. You’ll spot everything from an Airstream Wanderer to a Spartan Manor and Boles Aero ’58.
One of their Baby Trailer options, this 69′ Moroccan has some real style. It’s relatively spacious inside with a sitting area, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom in the back with a toilet and shower.
The main building was originally built in 1892, with the second floor used as a ballroom. By the 1950s, it was converted into four different suites, each with their own kitchen and private bathroom.
Inside, guests can visit the office, grab coffee by the fireplace in the morning, pick out a VHS movie, and purchase things from their small Honor System Store, like: dry foods, cold beers from Fort George Brewery (from just south in Astoria, Oregon), local and international wines, and handmade items like soap.
Around the property, there’s also an outdoor kitchen, a nautical fish cleaning area, and an outdoor pavilion.
Guests can pick up the sauna key from the office to access their beautifully maintained Garden Spa. It’s private, clothing-optional, and on a first-come, first-served basis.
The enclosed garden is a relaxing place to unwind before and after hitting the sauna. It’s absolutely gorgeous!
Next to the sauna, there’s also a beautifully-designed changing room with a shower you can use to rinse off.
The dry Finnish sauna is built with quality western cedar, and the hand milled Port Orford Cedar benches can fit up to 7 people comfortably.
They additionally offer a range of therapeutic services, like acupuncture, yoga and meditation classes.
Just outside of the garden spa, there’s a small trailer painted as the “Thrifty”. It’s filled with an assortment of local goods you can browse through and purchase over the weekends.
For RVers, they provide 25 spacious sites with full hook-ups, as well as dry hook-up sites that are also open for tent camping. Guests staying in an RV or tent all have access to the pavilion, outdoor kitchen, and main room of the lodge.
Even if you’re not looking to stay in a trailer or RV, there’s a cozy spot for you here. Couples, families, and friends can alternatively stay in these charming cabins. They’ve been refreshed and redecorated with the same original kitchens.
Three large bedrooms are available in the main lodge to stay in as well, with a shared kitchen on the main floor.
It’s especially tranquil for artists, writers, musicians, and cooks. They invite creative minds to stay with them for a week or two while working on a project, in a serene environment away from any distractions, so more time can be devoted to producing their next masterpiece. You can find more info on that here.
And whether you’re staying for a day or a weekend, Sou’wester has plenty to see close-by. They’re only about a half-mile from the Discovery Trail, which leads out to grassy dunes and the Pacific Ocean, and about three miles from Cape Disappointment State Park, where there’s hiking trails, lighthouses, and some of the most extraordinary views along the coast.
If it’s a rainy day, there’s also a variety of interesting local museums to browse, like the International Kite Museum, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and Marsh’s Free Museum, which is more of a weird curiosity shop, with quirky souvenirs, seashells, antique coin-operated machines, and even hermit crabs for sale. Or better yet, grab the key and warm up in that luxurious sauna!