The cabin is located outside of Elma, Washington. Elma is a really neat town of over 3,000 people. Over the past 10 years the town has been growing and changing quite a bit as new people move to Elma and commute to Olympia. There are many restaurants, shops, bars, and a grocery store. There is a medical center with urgent care and a hospital. The Grays Harbor fairground and raceway is located in Elma as well and you will find activities of all types throughout the year. Jessica and I enjoy goin out to the fair in the summer, visiting the regular swap meet, and going to the raceway to watch the midget and sprint cars. You can also get out on Friday nights and watch the Eagles home football games in the fall.
Our favorite spots:
- El Ranchon Mexican Restaurant
- East County Thriftway
- Rusty Tractor Restaurant
- Elma Lanes
Montesano is to the West of the cabin. The town of around 4000 is the location of the Grays Harbor county seat and so you can find a lot of restaurants, parks, government buildings, and the very old and impressive county courthouse. The Lake Sylvia State Park is on the northern side of town and if you follow the Wynooche Valley Road you can access the southern end of the Olympic National Forest.
The bustling city of Aberdeen is about 45 minutes West of the cabin. Home to around 16000 people, in Aberdeen you can find plenty of restaurants, parks, antiques, stores, and points of interest. Aberdeen is the birth place of musician Kurt Cobain, wrestler Daniel Bryan, and software engineer Peter Norton (Norton Antivirus).
The Washington coast is an amazing place. Generally washington beaches have little sand, plenty of trees, and bluffs right next to the water. People travel to the coast year round to explore the small towns, artists studios, and beaches. A particularly popular winter activity on the coast is to rush over right before a storm to “ride it out”. I grew up visiting Kolalach and the Hoh Rainforest. If you have not been to the Washington coast before and you have time durin your stay, you should most certainly visit.
Satsop Business Park
Satsop was originally constructed as a nuclear power plant that was never finished due to a lack of budget and change in public opinion on nuclear power. Before the project was shelved the two cooling towers were essentially completed providing a landmark for travelers on State Highway 12 since the early 1980s. Today it is known as Satsop Business Park and is a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor. Among other interesting uses for the facility, the cooling towers are available as a set for movies, films, and other media. Among other movies you may have seen, Transformers: Age of Extinction used the facility as a set.