I visited Seabrook in the Pacific Northwest, and this mostly car-free Washington town felt like a fairy-tale
Seabrookis a Washingtonbeach town overlooking the Pacific Ocean that feels like a fairy-tale.
- The quaint village is designed to be accessible by foot or bike, meaning there are almost no cars.
Seabrook, also known as "Washington's
Almost anything you could need — a bite to eat, a gym, or even a manicure — is within walking distance of every house in Seabrook.
It's a literal breath of fresh ocean air.
A trip to Seabrook is an ideal launchpad for a visit to Washington's Olympic National Park, Lake Quinault, and other beautiful nearby beaches. Or, it can just be a fantastic spot to wind down and enjoy a weekend by the ocean.
Keep reading to see what it's like.
Seabrook has over 475 homes spread across eight neighborhoods, and they're all within a 10-minute walk from town
The neighborhoods each have their own name and distinct feel, ranging from the Elk Creek Neighborhood, which sits right on the ocean, to the Farm District, which features a big barn, horses, and a community garden.
Each of these housing clusters is centered around at least one green space, and Seabrook has 18 parks in total.
Open, winding streets connect the neighborhoods to the town center, where children and teenagers roam freely, and adults can meet up with friends at the local watering hole (in this case, a trendy and upscale wine bar).
One of the main reasons Seabrook feels special is because Steven Poulakos, director of town development, and Laurence Qamar, urban designer and town planner, designed the town using the new-urbanism approach, a city-planning concept that makes everything, from homes to stores to public spaces, accessible by foot or a short bike ride.
Some cars are still used around town, but they aren't necessary — everything is reachable within a 10-minute walk or less.
The goal of this type of design is to establish a central area where the community can meet and get essentials, like groceries.
The beachside town offers various activities — from farmers' markets to clam digging
Visitors can explore a variety of merchants in Seabrook's town center. Boutiques sell souvenirs and toys, and restaurants serve pastries, ice cream, and locally sourced cuisine.
In town, there is a central amphitheater, multiple sports courts, an indoor pool, and fire pits. Seabrook also hosts an array of local events throughout the year ranging from farmers' markets, outdoor summer concert series, oceanfront yoga sessions, fall festivals, and holiday celebrations.
The town center has wide sidewalks and walking trails that lead directly to the beach. The paved sidewalks gradually fade into pathways made from oyster shells as you venture toward the ocean, blending into the natural environment.
As for outdoor activities, there is plenty of terrain for mountain biking and adventurous hiking. The glass-float finding (a little-known but beloved winter beach activity in the Pacific Northwest) and razor-clam digging in Seabrook draw people from all parts of the country.
Seabrook is a relatively new town, and it's rapidly growing
Seabrook is a young town, as Casey and Laura Roloff founded it less than two decades ago in 2004.
And the town is still growing. In addition to constructing new houses, the planning team is in the process of building new community spaces, including a large grocery store and a 1980s-inspired arcade.
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