I visited the Westport Winery for the first time last fall and was so impressed that I promised myself that I would return the following summer when the weather was warmer and the sky was blue. As many Pacific Northwest coastal residents will tell you—there are many grey, overcast cool days here, even in the summer! I had my sunny chance this past weekend and went for it. As stated, this is a popular winery in Western Washington, and worth the drive. This is a winery, restaurant, bakery, gift shop, and art garden all rolled into one. Check their event schedule for lots of weekend fun activities throughout the year. As well, you can get driving directions here.
You’ll want to spend lots of time outside in the art gardens and strolling flower gardens interspersed with local artist’s creations. There’s a lot of area to cover. Check out the images below.
There’s so much more to experience! A word of advise, though, if you want to have the restaurant experience—arrive early for lunch. I have never had dinner here, but I would expect even more people at this that of day. The food is fantastic—and so are the desserts!
After a visit to the winery, continue down the road. You’re in cranberry country! Along the way, you’ll pass an Ocean Spray cranberry plant. During the month of October is cranberry harvest time, and each autumn a cranberry festival takes place in the region. (The other major cranberry growing region is in the southwest corner of the state on the Long Beach Peninsula.) As well, there are a couple of specialty food drive-ins along the road that offer a variety of items, such as smoked sausages, oysters, and salmon. These venues are always fun to check out. You never know what kinds of goodies you will find!
There is a spur off the highway that leads to the small community of Westport. The road ends at the boat and fishing marinas. It’s a little tourist area full of the usual gift shops, eateries, art galleries, and a museum. The strip runs along the marina. There are hotels/motels in the area if you plan to spend a few days fishing, relaxing, etc. This area is noted for its fishing charter boats if you want to try your luck at hauling in the big fish. At the end of one side of the marina drive is a viewing tower to check out the ocean, beach, and marina view.
© Peggy A Thompson