I’ve always wanted a place that we consider “ours”. A place you visit year after year and as soon as you arrive you think “this is my happy place” – for us that has become The Sou’Wester.
Neil was actually the first to visit The Sou’Wester a few years ago for a work retreat. He stayed in the main lodge and he had such a great time he couldn’t wait to return and to have a stay in one of the vintage trailers. So as soon as he arrived home we made reservations to return for Labor Day weekend 2013 as a family. Three summers later and we have made The Sou’Wester a yearly tradition; if we could we would live here if we could.
This visit we stayed in the Imperial Spartan Mansion one of the family sized mansions. This trailer has a kitchen, bathroom, full living room, a bedroom with a full-sized bed and a bunk with two single beds. I wasn’t sure how this style was going to work for us because while Edith sleeps in her own bed at home it is still in our [family] bedroom. The bunks are actually in the hall that leads to the bathroom and bedroom. To our surprise things worked out fine and Edith slept soundly and comfortably on the bottom bunk while Alder, Neil and I slept in the bed.
While we spent a good amount of time cooking, reading and relaxing in our trailer you could also find us swinging in the hammock, picking up snacks at the main lodge shop, taking a peek into the Thrifty (onsite thrift trailer) or wandering around the property. Neil also took advantage of the complimentary bikes.
New since our last visit is the Garden Spa & Sauna. Unfortunately neither of us were able to take advantage of the dry Finnish Sauna but I’m planning to make sure we do next visit.
To see what’s behind the door check out the photos here of this beautiful spa & sauna area.
I did however buy a few spa products including the sea salt scrub and balancing spray. I have yet to try the scrub but I use the spray multiple times per day.
One of the things we love about The Sou’Wester is the proximity to the beach. Just head down the road about a block and you will find yourself at the Pacific Ocean and you’ll also find access to Discovery Trail – a perfect spot for a bike ride.
It was as bit of dreary time during our visit so we kept to playing in the sand not the water but when the sunshine is shining it’s a beautiful spot to splash and play in the water. We also love to head down to the beach in the evenings to watch the sunset.
The Sou’Wester is a special place. A place filled with history, creativity and a place where memories are made. A place we will return to year after year or basically as often as we are able to. We hope you are able to visit The Sou’Wester one day as well and create your own memories. Side note while we love to stay in the Vintage Trailers you can also bring your own RV or tent or you can stay in one of the vintage cabins, the glamping tent or a main lodge room.
Until next time…..which is November because we couldn’t let an entire year pass-by before returning for another stay. So stay tuned for our next stay! You can read about previous years here –> 2013, 2014 and A Day In the Life – 2015.
Disclaimer: The Sou’Wester provided us with a complementary stay. We we received no other compensation. This visit (June 2015) has been our only complementary stay – we have paid for all other stays and will pay for all future stays. We simply love this place and are thrilled to share it with you.
Hammocks and Saunas make every trip better! Looks like a great time!!!
What a great spot. Great photos too. Looking forward to checking it out. 🙂
What a wonderful tradition for you and your little family – these are the things memories are made of! I’ve heard of the Sou’Wester before, but never been there. Your post makes me want to go try it out!
Love the vintage trailer idea! Looks like you had a great time.
This looks like such a fun place to visit! Ahhh… I want to book my stay right now. I seriously have never heard of it before and have looked for fun places like this for a while.
We’ve never stayed in a vintage trailer, but it seems like it’d be such a fun and novel experience!
This is fascinating. I’ve never heard of this place. Looks peaceful – I like that on my vacations.
Looks like such a magical place! You really captured it with the photos.
I can’t get enough of these photos. I have been telling my husband that we NEED to go here asap. Your little family is so cute! Thanks for sharing, cheers!
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