A Surfer Renovates a Washington State Hotel to Resemble a Camp for Adults

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Avid surfer Johannes Ariens felt pulled to the rugged coastline of Westport, Washington, but he loves more than a perfect wave: he's into beautiful design, too. So when a tired motel from the 1960s washed up in the area, he bought it last fall with the surf culture of Montauk and Tofino in mind. Ariens wanted a place where fish out of water — from fellow surfers to commercial fishermen — could intertwine with vagabonding visitors and local loggers at a hideaway that comes across as an adult summer camp. "We completely gutted the place," he noted, and he raised more than $30,000 in a Kickstarter campaign to outfit the renovation's campsites and 40 rooms with a bright, fun-loving aesthetic. Now, the Loge at the Sands is a simple getaway with some seriously cool perks: surfers can come for the currents but stay for fire pits, a performance stage, and sleeping quarters that are as outdoorsy or cozy as they please. And just because the hotel's sensibilities seem very of-the-moment doesn't mean that all of the original style is gone. Ariens wanted to hold on to the past where he could, and the layout of the locale is still very much a throwback to its roots. "We're running with the midcentury vibe, and that's really fortunate because that's what the property is," he said.

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Exterior

Sky-blue doors mark each room's entrance, and the many surfboards propped up on light wood walls are for rent. A funky orange side chair nods to the hotel's fun-loving atmosphere.

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Guest Room

Pops of color in the orange chairs and blue surfboards-turned-headboards give the bedrooms personality. Portland-based designer Paula Anast worked on the interiors to make each room feel happy and calm.

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Outdoor Stage

A covered stage in the hotel's same light-wood motif is primed for hosting musicians and outdoor films.


Based in Wisconsin, Kristine Hansen covers art, architecture, travel and food/drink, and lives in a 1920s bungalow.

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