[ ADRIFT ]
We’ve been anxious to get out of the city lately, and since last week was Alden’s spring break, we decided to head to Long Beach. Nope, not that one. Long Beach, Washington—a cold, rainy, windy beach this time of year. The kind of beach where swimsuits are only donned in the hotel bathtub and flip-flops are passed over in favor of rain boots.
I am normally not a proponent of sites like Groupon and Living Social (I’ll save you the rant), but we made an exception for a deal offered by a hotel that we’d been on the fence about trying. Adrift Hotel was recently remodeled by husband and wife owners with a vision for a modern, fun, and affordable beach hotel.
The deal we purchased was for a two-night stay (we upgraded to a larger room), a four-pack of micro brewed beer, a wood-fired pizza from the hotel’s new restaurant, a picnic breakfast delivered to our door each morning, and a box of chocolates. All total—including tax and the upgrade—we spent $210.
Our room was in the East building, which is separate from the lobby and restaurant. Though, this building wasn’t remodeled as nicely as the other, we chose it because it has a few rooms with extra bedrooms and bunk beds. There are bunk beds in the other building, as well, but judging by the photos on their site, there is only one small rail on the side of the top bed, which pretty much guarantees one of the kids would end up with a broken bone. The room we chose had a queen bed in the main room with a twin/full bunk bed combo in the second room.
I would warn anyone planning on staying at the Adrift, the walls are extremely thin. We were thankful to be a corner room on the top floor, but we pity whoever was next to/beneath us. Our kids are kids after all, and there is only so much tiptoeing they can do. They also like to wake up at 5:45am on Saturday mornings.
The noise problems weren’t enough to keep us from having a great weekend. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful, there were plenty of beach cruiser bikes available to borrow at no charge in the lobby, and a decent collection of games and movies to take back to the room. We had a nice ocean view from all the windows in our room, and we appreciated the organic shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and soap that were in eco-friendly refillable containers instead of wasteful, single-use plastic ones.
The food in the breakfast basket was delicious, and though meant to feed two, with a little extra fruit that we brought from home, it was plenty to fill all four of us. There is also complimentary fresh-brewed organic coffee in the lobby nearly around the clock, which was especially helpful for those early mornings. The wine, beer, and snacks available for purchase in the lobby were also nice quality and reasonably priced.
In the end, I would say that the hotel has a few kinks to work out—housekeeping standards and noise issues being the most prominent, but bearing in mind this is their first year open, I think they are off to a good start. Adrift is not a luxury, boutique hotel, a fact they’ve fairly reflected in the price. It is a friendly, stylish, and affordable place to roost for a few days while bike riding and kite flying on the beach.
What family vacation is complete without family photos? After leaving Long Beach, we took a little detour in Oregon and stopped at the Astoria Coffeehouse and Bistro for lunch. The food was amazing and our table was right in front of their beautiful tin-tiled wall—a perfect backdrop for a few snapshots.
I took a plethora of photos over the weekend because I purchased a great new app for my iPhone that was just released last week from Visual Supply Co. It’s their mobile photo editing app, VSCO Cam. It’s lightyears beyond the capabilities of Instagram, and it was really fun to use while we were at such beautiful locations.