Photo: Courtesy of Seabrook, Washington

Get to know this breathtaking community on the dramatic Olympic Peninsula, and one of the 20 Best Places to Live 2017. Get the inside scoop on Seabrook, including where to eat, drink, play, and stay. 

Want to live the Pacific Northwest dream in a beach-town setting? Carved out along the spectacular Pacific coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, this 11-year-old New Urbanism community has quickly evolved into a place with substantial character and low-key sophistication. The town center, on a bluff above the coastal highway (and beyond, the vast Pacific Ocean), is home to more than a dozen independent boutiques, restaurants, and markets, making daily life a pedestrian pleasure. For low-key explorers, the broad sands of Seabrook’s beach is a short stroll away (or your front yard if you live in Seabrook’s oceanfront cottages); for big-time adventurers, the riches of Olympic National Park are just up the road.

Seabrook by the Numbers

Average July high: 70
Average January low: 35
Median home price: $850,000
Average commute time: 27 minutes
Number of sunny days: 129

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Best Beaches and Other Attractions

The wild, broad-sand beach that edges Seabrook is officially called Moclips Beach, and it’s a glorious place for long walks. And while locals often end up at Seabrook’s Town Hall for live music and other fun, the new hangout of choice is Horseshoe Park in the community’s Farm District, with its horse barn, pickleball and tennis courts, and fire pit.

Nearby, the world’s tallest red cedars, Sitka spruce, Douglas firs, and other conifers rise majestically in the Quinault Rain Forest’s Valley of the Giants. A 31-mile-long loop drive along the shore of Lake Quinault and the banks of the Quinault River will take you to the towering trees as well as waterfalls, hiking trails, campgrounds, and rustic lake resorts.

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Where to Eat and Drink

The charming and pedestrian-friendly town center of Seabrook is home to a wonderful grouping of places to eat and drink. To get mornings off on the right foot, Velvet Bakery By The Sea serves Washington’s own Batdor & Bronson coffee along with tantalizing morning pastries.

At Frontager’s Pizza Co., chef Andy Bickar pairs traditional Italian brick-oven technique with local ingredients and artisanal prep. He also does a brawny breakfast, including specialties like cast-iron eggs and semolina cakes. The popular Stowaway wine bar pairs charcuterie and cheeses like Seattle’s own Beecher’s No Woman, Irish cheddar, and Humbolt Fog goat cheese from California with Seven Falls chardonnay from Washington’s Wahluke Slope and other top vineyards from the West Coast, Italy, France, and Argentina, and New Zealand.

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Where to Stay

Seabrook offers nearly 200 beautiful vacation rentals (including oceanfront and oceanview homes) that can accommodate groups and families from two to 20 in size. Rates start at $119 per night. Near Seabrook, the Pacific Beach Inn has 16 rooms, several with sliders leading out to decks with views of the rugged coast and rolling surf of the Washington coast.