Iron Springs has remodeled or rebuilt their cabins, but upgraded the interiors to a level of luxury that I think is unmatched on the Washington Coast. The beds are heavenly, the full kitchens have all needed appliances, top notch ranges and ovens, and great cookware and serving ware. There is not a restaurant on site, but there are several small grocery stores in the area. My suggestion is to pack a cooler with larger and costly items, since the local stores are a little spendy. You will also be sure to have what you need for recipes, since the local choices are skimpy. We did find some great fresh produce at a stand in Copalis Crossing, about eight miles away.
Its not that far to drive to good restaurants in Ocean Shores, but to me that takes some of the fun and romance away from having a cabin retreat in the woods.
The cabins all have great views from windows and most have large decks with grills for a BBQ. The are perched on the cliffs above the wide beach and a small creek with its cove. Newer resorts cannot build this close to the water, so they used the existing building sites to rebuild cabins in the same locations as the old ones. The interiors are spectacular, with one-of-a-kind fabrics on comfortable chairs covered in fabrics salvaged from old Hudson Bay and Pendleton trading blankets. They recycled what they could, such as using the old exterior wood inside and building side tables out of the old wood.
Few casual visitors know about or see this isolated part of Washington's coast with its wide, wide beaches, heavily forested lands and intriguing coves. That makes this spot ideal for those who want a family or romantic getaway far from crowds of tourists.
Iron Springs is located on the part of the coast that had some development in the 1950's and 1960's, but the area slowly faded away for several reasons. The main Highway 101 bypasses this area, and the road along the beach dead ends a few miles north, unlike the long scenic beach drive one gets along Oregon's coast.
The only time this beach is not isolated is during one of the few times a year when clamming is allowed here. Then it is jam-packed. The resort thoughtfully provides a clam-cleaning station on its lowest level near the beach, and this would be the place I would want to stay, if I could for, razor clams.
I can't wait to go back this winter and watch the storms from a cozy cabin with a wood-burning fireplace and the most comfortable beds of any place I have ever stayed. And, yes, I will be able to do some work since it has wi-fi and cell phone repeaters.
Oh, and bring a big flashlight, since the trail to the beach is very dark at night, and you won't want to miss a night time beach walk, especially on a clear night with absolutely no washout of the sky from civilization.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Iron Springs is perched along a pristine stretch of the Washington Coast. The cabins of this year-round, Copalis Beach getaway have been long coveted for their close proximity to the ocean, unmatched views of the Pacific, and family-friendly atmosphere. The cabins contain fully equipped kitchens, free WiFi, phones, IPod player and flat screen T.V.s with cable. Each cabin has a living room with either a wood burning stove or fireplace, all wood is provided free of charge. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Iron Springs Hotel Copalis Beach
- Iron Springs Copalis Beach
- Iron Springs Resort Washington/Copalis Beach