On the edge of town, outside of Westport lies LOGE at The Sands. This one-of-a-kind camp and lodging experience on the Washington Coast is scheduled to open this summer. The Loge is destined to be a new kind of outdoor recreational experience where surfers, cyclists, fishermen and people out for a relaxing weekend can come to enjoy world-class surfing, beach exploration and other outdoor adventures.
Owner, Johannes Ariens grew up on the Olympic Peninsula and along the way developed a deep appreciation for Westport and the Washington coast. His desire to build a destination location in the small town of Westport quickly blossomed.
“After some visiting properties on Vancouver Island, SW Washington and the Oregon Coastline with similar characteristics, the void simply became obvious,” said Ariens. “My background is in design, construction, and development so this just seemed like a logical fit. It's an opportunity to foster sustainable economic growth through the creation of community and access.”
Ariens located a 60’s-era motel just minutes from the beach and has quickly gotten to work with his company remaking the location into renovated motel rooms, bunk rooms (think hostel), covered campsites, RV hook-ups, wetsuit drying and storage along with surfboard ding repair and shaping amenities. The site will also feature a bar and cafe along with a communal fire pit, movie screen and stage. The theme of community is vital to LOGE.
“Loge is about community, this is what we are stoked about. We are designing and building a place to drive this in everything we do.,” said Ariens. “Our rooms will be nice as will our sites but what really want is our guests to be out enjoying the outdoors, hanging by the fire, or playing board games in the lounge our job is to provide the space for the community to build.”
With the renovation of LOGE, Ariens is looking to start a revitalization on the Washington Coast with LOGE. By building a new kind of recreational experience, LOGE is looking to attract people who love camping or desire the comfort of a hotel room. From SUP to surfing, fishing, cycling, hiking, mountain biking and beach combing, “The recreational opportunities here are endless and that's what we want to share,” noted Ariens.
Ariens is excited about Westport but is still looking to the future. Once LOGE is up and running, Ariens and his partners plan to take what they’ve learned and expand it to future locations with similar recreational opportunities such a Leavenworth or Bend, Oregon. Look for LOGE’s opening this summer.