Before holidays take over and snowy or rainy weather drives us indoors, take a day or weekend-long staycation in Grays Harbor County. At less than 90 minutes from Centralia, it’s the perfect autumn escape. En route, include a stop at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for dinner, spa treatments or the perfect overnight getaway.

autumn at Quinault Beach
Fish, shop, explore or hike the coastline or the rainforest. Grays Harbor County has something for everyone all year round. Photo credit: Sabra Bryant.

Outdoorsy types can enjoy miles of beachcombing along more than 50 miles of Pacific Ocean frontage. Hikers preferring unspoiled rainforest have options inland as well as along endless shorelines of coast, lake and river. The Quinault Rainforest is one of the region’s (and the nation’s) treasures. This guide to driving and hiking loops in the Quinault will prove invaluable to visitors new and old.

For other hiking and strolling options, use this full color map indicating topography, geography, ADA accessibility and the location of trails, picnic areas and restrooms courtesy of Grays Harbor Tourism.

Also on the agenda for your trip can be nature-friendly birdwatching or paddling, with plenty of crabbing and clam digging for eager foodies. One highlight of fall are the canals of Ocean Shores. Near Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, the canals can be navigated by kayak, canoe or paddle board for an up close look at the beauty of fall and the natural wonders of Ocean Shore’s canal system.

Bring your hot-rod, RV, friends and family to a perfect pre-holiday getaway at Quinault Beach. Photo courtesy: Quinault Beach Resort Casino.

If Mother Nature isn’t smiling down on you, consider a museum tour of the region’s storied History and Legends. This informative guide and map showcase historical sites and stops throughout the county.

It’s easy to find the perfect escape with the county’s annual event calendar as well. From early fall activities like Tuna and Salmon Fishing Derbies and the Fun Fly kite show to the autumnal Mushroom Festival and holiday craft shows and bazaars, there’s something for everyone.

If October’s changing leaves and leaden skies call to you, include Quinault Beach’s annual Show ‘N Shine at the Shores car show. Running October 6-7 and sponsored by the Pushrods of Hoquiam car club, this hotrod spectacular is hosted by Lance Lambert and awards more than $2,500 in cash and prizes.

Quinault’s full-service, oceanfront resort makes it easy to turn Show ‘N Shine into a weekend getaway. Call 888-461-2214 and mention code SHSH to receive a two-night stay, Friday October 6 and Saturday, October 7. Rates are $249 at Quinault Beach’s newly remodeled rooms or $189 at the nearby Sweet Grass Hotel.

Autumn’s colors match perfectly with brightly chromed hot-rods at Quinault Beach’s Show ‘N Shine at the Shores. Photo courtesy: Quinault Beach Resort Casino.

More than just a car show, Show ‘N Shine offers automotive-themed vendors and on-site specials on food, drink and gaming. Never fear if mom and the kids aren’t gear-heads. Both hotel locations have indoor pools and Quinault Beach’s many spa services can be reserved in advance by calling 360-289-6003.

Travelers with RV’s are always welcome to Quinault’s oceanfront RV Parking. Enjoy the car show weekend, Quinault’s calendar of year-round live music and gaming specials or recharge beachside before heading out for other coastal adventures.

Staying at the Resort or just passing through, check out that day’s current prizes, promotions and specials. Q-Club Rewards members can also receive discounted meals, services, room stays and more, as well as advance notification and ticket purchase for upcoming events. If you visit regularly or just when the mood hits, sign up in advance and visit the Q-Club window to pick up your membership card.

Despair not, Seahawks games are always streamed with food and drink specials galore. Photo courtesy: Quinault Beach Resort Casino.

Want to make the trip an educational experience or looking for reasons to stay a day longer? Visit the Grays Harbor interactive map, detailing specific cities, attractions and door-to-door driving directions.

Quinault Beach Resort and Casino can serve as your hub for oceanfront and coastal adventures. With cozy fireplaces in your room, fine dining options, gaming and recreation options for all ages, the Resort is a fall destination not to be missed. Set 78 State Route 115 in Ocean Shores in your GPS and create fall memories at the beach.

Whether you are a Washington native or transplant from afar, summer’s end is no reason to start hibernating. Get out and enjoy the beauty of the region’s gorgeous people, landscapes and history. With Quinault Beach Resort and Casino as your hub, adventure is on the horizon.


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