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Don't end summer without sneaking off to the coast — even if it's just for the weekend. Here are our favorite hotels by the sea

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Vancouver Island, B.C.
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Coastal getaways: Vancouver Island, B.C.

Cabins on the cliff 

Victoria may be only an hour away, but the 25 cabins at Point-No-Point Resort might as well be at the end of the Earth—a rugged, woodsy, ocean cliff stretch of it at that. Cedar-cute and woodstove-cozy, many of the one- and two-room cabins were built in the ’50s but ace the test of time.

All have picture windows framing the Pacific, wooden decks with bright red Adirondacks, and pebbly paths that lead to the intimate, window-walled Tearoom restaurant ($$$)—and the private beach below. From $168 U.S.; 2-night minimum–Rachel Levin

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