Great winter trips in the West

Find snow, solitude, and shopping on a fun winter getaway

Escape to Long Beach, WA

Gorgeous coastline, great eats, and zero crowds make this region a winner this winter

Depot Restaurant - Escape to Long Beach
Photo by John Clark

A top spot for dinner

Have someone else cook dinner. And not just anyone—but rather chef Michael Lalewicz, whose Depot Restaurant ($$$; 1208 38th Place, Seaview; 360/642-7880) is in a former train station. Grab a stool and pair pints of Fish Tale Organic IPA with plates of pan-fried oysters. Or make it extra special (it’s the holidays, after all) and reserve the chef’s table beneath the old ticket window—now an open kitchen—where you can watch Lalewicz rake pans of sizzling duck confit above leaping flames. (And be thankful that you’re not the one slaving over the stove.)


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