"Girls trip to Westport!" That is what my friends shouted as we piled in to the car to drive from Seattle to Westport, WA for the 26th Annual Westport Crab Races and Crab Feed. This fun festive event is hosted by the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen's Association each April.
The drive from Seattle takes just under 2.5 hours and it is a very scenic drive through the farmland and forests. We stopped in Aberdeen, childhood home of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain to do a quick visit to the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park. After spying some fun outdoor art and signs for wine tasting, we pulled over at Westport Winery. There, we sampled wines, made a few purchases and enjoyed the sculpture garden and vineyards.
Once we arrived in Westport we were ready for lunch. Bennett's Fish Shack looked like the quintessential beach town restaurant so of course we had to go! After scarfing down fish and chips, we stopped by a souvenir store on our way to the crab races. In one of the aisles was the best souvenir any crab race fan could find: crab hats! Once we made our purchase we wandered over to the race, but not without being stopped several times for people to take photos of us.
For a $3 entry fee we each picked out a crab and named them: Bertha, Crabby Patty and Steve. Then we "coached" them down the chute to the finish line and two of us won! However, we lost out in the semi-finals to some kids. There's always next year!
(Photo courtesy of the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce)
After our loss, we settled in to enjoy the crab feed going on in the tent and watched the rest of the races. To end our trip we walked around town and stopped by the beach to watch the waves. As the sun set we hopped back in the car and drove back home to Seattle. (Photo courtesy Washington Coast Adventures)
Just a reminder that the sport crabbing season is currently open on the coast now through Sept. 15 for pot gear, and open year-round to other methods. So when you visit, bring along a pot to throw off a dock in the marina or the jetty. The daily limit is six Dungeness crabs with a minimum size limit of six inches and only males may be kept.
More information on the Crab Festival.