Day trip to Westport, Washington

Go razor-clamming and explore all this summer surf town has to offer in the off-season.

Razor clamming in Westport, WA.

A bucket, clam shovel, and proper waders are clamming necessities on the brisk Newport beach.

Photography by John Clark

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Grays Harbor Lighthouse in Newport, WA
A bowl of clam chowder at Mermaid Deli & Pub in Westport, Washington.

Why go in fall: It's peak season for Dungeness crab, and a great time to try razor-clamming.

Population: 2,355

Pounds of seafood harvested here yearly: More than 150 million

Main drag: Westhaven Drive, which overlooks Grays Harbor, Washington’s largest fishing port.

Dress code: Skip the clamdiggers (brrr!); instead, pack your hat, gloves, and parka. Waders for clamming are a must.

Best way to get your heart rate up: Scale the Westport Viewing Tower for a crow’s-nest perspective of the harbor.

Where to hang 10: Rent a board (and wetsuit―you’ll need it) for cold-weather surfing at Steepwater Surf Shop (rental gear $39; 360/268-5527), then hit the jetty at Half Moon Bay (at Westhaven State Park; 800/345-6223).

For home cooks: Buy fresh crab right off the piers for tonight’s dinner.

Cozy overnight option: The remodeled Glenacres Inn (from $50; has eight B&B-style rooms and two cottages.

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