One of my favorite areas to stay on the west coast is Olivia Beach in Lincoln City, Oregon. The homes are brand new and have that perfect beachy charm, which is why I knew I wanted to spend it there again for our 8th anniversary. The neighborhood is also spectacular; perfect for families traveling together. I was hoping we would snag an Oliva Beach home with a hot tub so we could relax our old, sore muscles, but every house with one was booked. We were lucky enough to find the one we did (The Mermaids Grotto) at such a great price though since my husband still had a credit through his old job.
If you follow along on my Instagram page, you probably saw that we were contacted to try out the Chevy Bolt EV for National Drive Electric week that occurred Sep 25-Oct 3rd. I had been wanting to try out cars anyway because my husband is in the market to buy a new vehicle for himself since my current one is now paid off, and what better way to decide what we want other than testing new cars for a week or two, right?
What is National Drive Electric Week?
We had seen our friends previously post about beach camping on Facebook and decided to look into it a couple of years ago. But with these types of places, they only list their availability at certain times at the beginning of the year and then they immediately get booked up. We were lucky enough to snag a site at Cape Disappointment in January before the chaos ensued and thankfully our reservations didn’t get canceled.
“I had the privilege of being hosted by Getaway House. All opinions are my own. “
I knew during the summer that I didn’t want to do normal tent camping with 2 small kids because air mattresses aren’t really ideal for me nor is sleeping on the ground. I am constantly being woken up by my 1-year-old through the night already; add tossing and turning into the mix because the air mattress is uncomfortable and I get a nightmare that I didn’t want to endure.
So I decided to look into cabins and stumbled upon the Getaway.house which had “tiny home” options that were about a 2-hour drive from Portland. This specific location is near Mount Adams in Glenwood, WA and it was just the perfect environment to escape from everyday city life, so I knew we needed to stay a couple of nights to get some “glamping” in.
Since my husband had a couple of solo trips planned during summer, I decided we needed to do a summer beach trip with the kiddos while the weather is actually nice. We ended up deciding on Long Beach, WA even though I love Oregon beaches more for the scenery. And I haven’t been to Long Beach in over 10 years, so it had been long overdue.
We ended up booking our stay with Best Western and although it was right next door to everything on the main strip, I probably won’t stay again because our bed was broken and they did nothing to fix the problem and we paid over $500 to stay there. Definitely a convenient location though.