Nahcotta is one of the Peninsula's "in" places to live and visit, with its cool culture anchored by the Moby Dick Hotel - which serves delicious meals - and by one of Washington's best restaurants, The Ark.
Nahcotta boasts a colorful beginning, marked by a bitter rivalry between two Peninsula pioneers on either side of railroad tracks dividing the town.
Before white settlement, Chinook Chief Nahcati's camp occupied a site just south of the Port of Peninsula boat basin.
Today the tiny village, rich in tradition and history, is a favorite spot for Peninsula residents and visitors who like their oysters fresh and their wine dry.
There's also a solid blue-collar feel to Nahcotta, coming from its status as a working port for the oyster industry on Willapa Bay. There's a state shellfish laboratory here, as well as a small interpretive park devoted to the bay.
Nahcotta's a great place to come and stroll around with a picnic lunch. Stop by The Ark for some fresh bread, buy some oysters, and find yourself a patch of grass to sit and soak up Willapa's pale blue light.
The Port of Peninsula
Port of Peninsula in Nahcotta, (360) 665-4547, has a public recreational boat ramp, moorage, and fuel. It's also a great spot to watch the oyster business in action.