The City of Westport has made further strides in establishing the town as an event destination with the purchase of the historic Tackle Box Charters and Bait Shop and arranging for the purchase of a large, all-weather fabric-and-vinyl tent on city-owned property across from the Westport Marina.

These two rentable facilities on Westhaven Drive in the marina district will allow a wide range of scheduled seasonal and year-round events. The twin developments are likely to generate additional economic activity, according to Leslie Eichner, Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce director.

“Over the years, I have had to turn down many event planners who wanted a place to host reunions, meetings, activities and other events that needed protection from our unpredictable weather,” Eichner stated. “Now, with these two adjacent facilities, both different yet well located, Westport can provide a needed answer to the lack of event facilities on the coast.”

Westport is well-known for its popular events such as the World-Class Crab Races, Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze, the Seafood Festival, the Westport Art Festival, and more.

With the city’s facility developments, there can be more than ever before, according to Westport Mayor Rob Bearden.

“It’s all about the location,” Eichner said. “Party planners have the choice of two incredibly picturesque sites in the heart of the sport-fishing action, directly across from the Westport Observation Tower and marina, and within easy walking distance of the historic maritime museum. They can be rented together or separately.”


Historic Tackle Box Charters and Bait Shop Building – This location facing the waterfront at 2681 Westhaven Drive includes the entire facility of approximately 1,500 sq. ft. with a catering kitchen, restrooms and seaside-influenced decor. The Tackle Box Building is ideal for small receptions and parties as well as classroom and/or meeting seating. Outdoor decks are an option with weather permitting. This venue can accommodate up to 50 people and is available now.

All-weather Celebration Tent – For centuries, big tents were synonymous with parties and celebrations. Now, Westport has a large, rentable tent facility to justify the excitement of the event planners. The flexible white structure features a pitched roof, large, clear windows and a sturdy framework to protect guests from Westport’s changeable climate. Erected on a grass lawn, the Westport all-weather tent is ideal for many celebrations, receptions, special events – even weddings and reunions. The tent venue will be available in April of 2018.




Rental fees are due to the City of Westport no later than 30 days prior to the event date.

Daily Rental Fee for Default Location:

50’ x 60’ to 50’ x 100’ Layouts run between $500 and $1,000 plus tax and deposits.



Rental fees are due to the City of Westport no later than 30 days prior to the event date.

Daily Rental Fee for entire building:

$350 plus tax and deposits.


For more information about pricing, conditions and availability, contact the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce at 360-268-9422 or visit their website at