While it may sound crazy, Americans are notorious for not using their vacation days. But instead of proving tireless dedication to our employers, it often leaves workers frustrated and frazzled.

Sometimes we fear leaving inboxes unattended, sometimes it’s sticker shock for that dream cruise, trip, or theme park. But no matter the reason, working without a break can lead to illness, loss of productivity, and—let’s be honest—general grouchiness.

Despite a springtime face-lift, Quinault Beach is still your close-to-home getaway for Italy on the Beach. Photo credit: Quinault Beach Resort and Casino

If your bucket list includes an escape to Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany or Milan, but your wallet isn’t quite ready, experience Italy on the Beach instead thanks to Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. There, you will find the best of Italy right around the corner.

Running June 9-10, Italy on the Beach helps remember the sacrifices of Italian-American veterans and their families by donating a portion of the proceeds to charity.

Tickets are available as a one day pass for Saturday, June 10 or as part of a 3 day/2-night package. The hotel stay includes a prosecco reception on Friday night, June 9, goodie bag of coupons for your stay and a room where the sea sings your lullaby. Valued at more than $550, rates for your stay range from $379 to $399, a significant savings.

Book online or by calling 888-461-2214. Join the Q Club before you come, too. It’s free and easy. Simply request to join on the Quinault Beach website and enjoy all the benefits of Q Club membership during your stay.

Can’t squeeze in a mini-staycation? Don’t worry, day trippers won’t miss out. The Italy on the Beach $25 day-pass guarantees a goodie bag of gambling, food, beverage and vendor specials and a day of amazing live entertainment.

Italy on the Beach
With an Italian Cabaret sound, Lenny Luzzi’s accordion kicks off this fundraiser in honor of the sacrifices of Italian-American veterans. Photo credit: Lenny Luzzi

Friday night’s musical opener is Lenny Luzzi, Italian accordionist extraordinaire, who has played in and around Seattle for more than 25 years. He describes his favorite style as “Valtro Musette, a Northern Italian repertoire, that was popularized in America through the Italian cabaret culture of the 1930s- 1950s.” Get your toes tapping in advance with videos of his classic singing and playing.

On Saturday, explore the grounds at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino for vendors, booths and delicious treats or take a chance with their special Italian gambling package. Who knows? You may fund that dream trip to Italy after all!

If your feet need a rest after all that walking, stretch out in front of your fireplace in your room, taking in the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. Or, head to the spa for a massage, body treatment or a steam or soak.

Come nightfall, it’s time for Sinatra to the Stones Italian Style! featuring fan-favorite performers Tony La Stella and the Goombas and comedy from The New Rat Pack NW. Described as “Rock, Swing, Latin, Country, Blues and Opera…with an Italian attitude” the night includes music, humor, more. Don’t believe me? Listen to the group’s rocking take on ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’ and prepare to be wowed.

Tony LaStella
Tony La Stella and the Goombas bring ‘Sinatra to the Stones Italian Style!’ tunes to a weekend of fun in the sun. Photo credit: Tony La Stella

Passes for Saturday’s fun can be purchased online, at the door or by calling Quinault Beach directly. Guests at the adjacent RV parking area or nearby Quinault Sweet Grass Hotel have access to a free event shuttle as needed.

Don’t let your vacation days—or your sanity—slip away. Dive into Italy on the Beach for the best of Italia without a passport, lost luggage or jetlag. With a little ‘Buona Fortuna’ a beachfront stay, decadent dining, entertainment and table games could be just what the doctor ordered.

Quinault Beach Resort is located at 78 State Route 115 in Ocean Shores.

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