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Iron Springs Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Copalis Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Tacoma, Washington
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67 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Best Cabins On the Beach in Washington”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2011

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.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Olympia, Washington
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

Iron Springs has been a family tradition since our now twenty-something children were toddelers. Many wonderful memories. Now that owners have changed, and remodel is done, we looked forward to this August stay with our grandchild and adult children. Imagine our disappointment when we were told our room with cleaning deposit would average around $300. a night! The place did need work, and had slowly declined in the twenty five years we visited. But paying twice as much per night will price it out of many families reach. So sad.:( We will be looking for a new place I guess.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2011

First time there. Don't know what it was like before, but the renovation was well done, very thoughtful. Nice details like dog bowls outside the cabins, towels for the dogs. Kitchen stocked with all the right utensils for anything you might want to cook. Free firewood. Most importantly, a very comfortable bed! My favorite thing, aside from the fantastic view: the puzzle! Like I said, very thoughtful and very welcoming.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2011

Iron Springs finally starting taking reservations again this spring and we booked our annual summer weekend at the beach for July. I had stayed at Iron Springs at least once a year since the 1980s until it just became run down and a shadow of itself. That is in the past. After a year long renovation, the resort is open again and better than ever. The new owners thought of everything from fully equipped kitchens with granite counters, to big comfy beds, wonderful fixtures, grills on the decks, flat screen tvs down to a dog cleaning (and clam cleaning) station and dog towels in every cabin. Yes, the dog towels are distinquished by the paw print on them. The views are as wonderful as ever and the beach right there. The pictures on the web site don't begin to do it justice. I am just thrilled to have my favorite place on the beach back. We are already planning our next trip for this fall.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

Our extended family has been coming here for the 4th of July holiday week since my wife was 5 years old (she's '39' now), and we were the first ones to check in since they reopened for business after the extensive renovations. Let me be the firstmto report that the new owners have done a wonderful job bringing the place up to a decent standard, while preserving much of the rustic charm of the place, and also making a few concessions to the realities of travel in the 21st century.

Long-time visitors will notice 2 things right away: the lodge and the pool are both gone! Apparently, the lodge had been essentially floating in 6 feet of water, and there was nothing that could be done to preserve the building itself, but they did manage to keep the iconic old whaleboat as part of the entry sign. The pool was in pretty horrible shape towards the end, so I am not too sorry to see it go, at least for now (the owners are planning to build a new lodge and pool soon).

As for the grounds, all of the roads have been completely repaved, the septic and freshwater systems completely replaced. The cabins have been redone inside and out and everyone in our group (cabins 2,3,4,7,11,12, 8, 10a, 10b, 14, 15, 16) was very pleased with the new interiors, especially the kitchen & baths. NOTE: although all of the cabins have the same footprint as before, many have altered floor plans. Be sure to look at the new layouts on the website before reserving your 'usual' cabin.
We usually stay in Cabin 14 (the 'Honeymoon' cabin), and my wife cried for 10 solid minutes when we first walked in. The first thing I noticed was the lack of the foul odor that we always bring a heavily-scented candle to offset. Next, the kitchen had been completely redone, with a functional L shape, and modern appliances (including a DISHWASHER!!!). It includes a full complement of dishes, cookware, and utensils. The bathroom has been moved to behind the fireplace, and expanded to include a 2-person shower. The bedroom area now has a single, very comfortable queen bed, instead of the two backbreaking doubles before. And the living area couch is now an innerspring futon.
The only complaints we had about our cabin was the lack of storage for clothing: there are no dressers anywhere; and the toe-stubbing hazards of the homebuilt dining and coffee tables.
The cabins all have wifi, flat-screen TV's, and room phones, which may annoy the traditionalists, but we found a way to keep the TV's off for the whole 10 days of our stay, and we actually found the wifi and phones very handy.
Overall, we are extremely happy with Iron Springs 2.0, and look forward to coming back for many years to come.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Property: Iron Springs Resort
Address: 3707 Highway 109, 3 miles north of Copalis Beach, Copalis Beach, WA 98535
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Location: United States > Washington > Copalis Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Copalis Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
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 
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Iron Springs Hotel Copalis Beach
Iron Springs Copalis Beach
Iron Springs Resort Washington/Copalis Beach

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