Van Riper’s Resort (Sekiu, Washington State USA)

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Van Riper’s Resort (Sekiu, Washington State USA)

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Van Ripers resort motel is in the idyllic fishing village of Sekiu. Located just beyond Olympic national park of which is 30 minutes drive away to the edge of it.

Unless your fishing one of the few reasons to be here is if you are enroute to Cape Flattery – amazing spot (45 min drive) of which is the most northern western point in mainland USA.

About 1.5hr drive away is Ruby beach, also stunning.
Port Angeles, the closest main town with ferry service to Canada is about 1hr 15 drive & Seattle is around 4 hours.

There is a diner in the village but not much else except relaxing scenic view of the coast and Vancouver Island. Chilled spot & from the room you can hear the seagulls & enjoy fresh sea air.


The motel room consisted of two rooms, a simple bedroom with quite a firm smallish queen bed along with one bedside table, lamp & a random chair.

Facing bed is a non-flat screen cable TV on wall. The bed was ok but bedding was felt old along with everything else, however it was clean, slept ok but wouldn’t describe the bed as initially comfortable.

The other room is a kitchen area with a table for 2. An old style electric oven with utensils and tableware. In addition a microwave, filter coffee pot, a fridge & two sinks – one for kitchen & other to use for bathroom.

Bathroom was tiny with simple shower cubicle & toilet. They offer just a small soap. However water was hot and worked well.

Since you are in the middle of nowhere & mainly for fishermen who have their boat here, it’s ideal for self catering.

Despite the age & lack of amenities in bathroom, the room had a great ambience & character with a somewhat Twin Peak vibe going on.

Especially enjoyed listening to the seagulls & sea air thru the bedroom window as I fell asleep.


The motel is simple but does offer adequate working WIFI.

The reception is in a store shop where you can buy coffee, some snacks but it is mainly supplies for fishermen & Campers etc.

The staff mentioned they can arrange rental boats out but stated the guest mainly bring their own.

Plenty of space with free car parking.


Staff impressed me with their relaxed and flexible attitude. Despite check in closing at 8, I called them & explained that due to delayed flight & 5 hour drive that I wouldn’t make it until 1130pm. The guy kindly left my room unlocked for me to enter when I arrived & we did the check-in in the morning before I departed.

It is unlikely I will stay here again since I saw the nearby sights I had planned. However I would recommend those looking for a cheaper place to stay closer to Neah bay & also Ruby beach. Seems like a great fishing spot as well.

280 Front St, Sekiu, WA 98381, USA

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Simple & old room but great value for a night of relaxation in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

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