Washington Outpost Draws Those Hungry for Slap of Sea Spray – New York Times – January 5, 2012
Makah tribe, Neah Bay welcome visitors to northwest tip of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula – Portland Orogonian, August 06, 2011
"We look forward to our visit every year. This year was full of great adventure and a visit from a pod of Orca. The tide pools are amazing and the staff is wonderful. See you again next year." - The Bolechalas
If you're visiting the Olympic peninsula, the Bullman Beach is the perfect place to stay. It's 100 percent retro - like walking straight into a sixties apartment - and absolutely charming as a result. I stayed in apartment 2 which has full ocean view, a good sized sitting room, kitchen with a table that would easily seat four, bathroom and bedroom. Three huge windows (two in the sitting room and one in the kitchen) mean you are gazing out to see wherever you are - and there are awesome sunsets to watch every night. Everywhere is immaculately clean - even the cooker (also totally retro!) was shiny as a new pin. The setting is very peaceful and you drift off to sleep at night hearing the waves on the beach. Perfect.
Shane and Justin were great hosts. The property was without a doubt, the nicest one on the northwest coast. I chose downstairs oceanfront. I remember seeing in another review that that particular suite was like being on a cruise ship, and I would definately agree. Sitting on the couch in the living room, you could watch the passing freighters and ships. When the tide was high, you couldn't even see the beach...just ocean. There are some great tide pool areas within a quarter mile walk down the beach. Georgious property, great hosts, nice accomodations I would without a doubt stay there again. Also would reccomend this property to anyone.
This is the best place to stay in Neah Bay. The owner make you feel at home, from the moment you arrive to when you walk out the door. Our suite had two double beds, but the view was awesome. My wife and I pushed the beds together and made the best of it. We went to Rick's in the next town and bought king salmon caught that day and cooked on the BBQ supplied at the Inn. The Eagles were never ending, and constantly flying over us. The Inn is located on the beach and we walked every morning, sea shells abound. The coffee the inn puts in your room is a local roast and fantastic. Best money spent on any of our vacations for a hotel room.
Very clean and well maintained. 60 steps to the water with panoramic views of the Strait with sea stacks and the mountains of Vancouver Island in the distance. Homey little kitchen with just enough utensils to do what we needed. Even from out partial view room ( upstairs and behind) we sat on the porch for a long time just watching and listening. From reading earlier reviews , I was afraid groceries would be a problem, but there was a general store in Neah Bay that had everything we needed and more except wine which we bought at Ray's Groceries 10 miles down the road in Seiku. The owners were very friendly and then stayed out of sight. A very relaxing 3 days and nights
"This was a wonderfully peaceful and beautiful place to stay. The view and relaxation was just what we needed before we return to the fast paced hustle of reality. Thanks for the breathtaking location and a cozy place to stay. Exploring the area has been an event not to be forgotten. Hope to be back soon." - Tiffany and Chris
We had a great two day stay at this place and in retrospect we should have stayed longer. This is an older place but has been well-kept and is spic-and-span clean It was really more like an apartment than a motel which was great. The proprietors were courteous and helpful at all times. I'm a birder and this was the main reason for us being in this part of Washington. I had some great birding at Cape Flattery and other places in the area, but it pretty darn good right from the front porch! Marbled Murrelets, Harlequin Ducks, Black Oystercatchers, Rhino Auklets, Pacific and Common Loons, Herrman's Gulls and many other seabirds were all seen from the porch. Landbirds in the nearby woods included abundant Pacific Wrens, Pacific-coast Flycatchers. Bald Eagles all over the place. I loved sleeping with the windows open and hearing the sound of the ocean. When you are from Kansas that's really great stuff. We had the run of the beach which was also a big plus for us landlubbers. If we ever make it back to Neah Bay, no doubt about were we will stay. We really, really liked it here.
The place was built somewhere around 1960, and little has been done to modernize, which in this case is GREAT! Its not luxurious, it's simple, very clean, and has been so well cared for one doesn't really see the age...its more like the way things felt when you were a kid...nostalgic. The fire on the beach at night was a joy (bring your own wood) as was the spontanious gathering of all the Inn guests one night on the lawn to stargaze at the milky way's band of glimmering light in the sky. The sound of waves lulled me to sleep each night...I wish I'd had more time there.
"Great price, wonderful view and comfy beds. Great location with a beach full of treasures. We loved it all." - The Daousts, Oregon
Cape Flattery was so great to see too. I got a few good shots of Violet-green Swallow flying out of that nest box outside of our window. I had a great list of birds in the Neah Bay area over the two days we were there. I will probably always be a Kansan but I sure love visiting places that "ain't like around here". We liked Neah Bay and the Bullman Beach Inn about as much as anywhere we have been and I've been a lot of places chasing birds.
"I got a few decent bird photos if you have any interest in them. I didn't score seven Bald Eagles in one shot but I did manage four. As far as things that would draw serious birders, I had Marbled Murrelets just past the kelp line basically every time I looked out there with the scope, and was really surprised at the flocks of Harlequin Ducks just a few yards from shore at low tide each morning. Many Rhinoceros Auklets further out. Pacific Wrens and Pacific-slope Flycatchers were everywhere. Also had two Pacific Loons one day.
Staying at Bullman is always a pleasure. The staff is always friendly and helpful, the accommodations are clean, and in our full waterfront view room #5 there was a fresh paint job. Before you go please note there is no microwave or tupperware for left overs 🙂 But plenty of other utensils in the kitchen. Watch the strait closely for whale spouts and the whales that follow. Staying here is never a regret, always pleasant, and always hard to leave.
Everyone is so nice in Neah Bay.