Thu, 12 Nov 2015 00:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shop small, make a big difference Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:07:17 +0000

Holiday shopping.

Home at the Beach, Long Beach

Depending whether your sleigh is half-full, half-empty or still gathering dust, those two words can elicit a multitude of responses. But if your sleigh is pointed toward Washignton’s Long Beach Peninsula, we know you’re simply sitting back and smiling.

Although big-box Black Friday sales draw many shoppers to strip malls and retail outlets, we have a different idea: See what the Long Beach Peninsula has to offer on Small Business Saturday, a fifteen-year-old nationwide event the day after Black Friday designed to attract shoppers to the mom-and-pop outfits that keep our nation’s communities thriving.

And if ever there was a region designed to embody Small Business Saturday’s ethos, it’s the Long Beach Peninsula. From Chinook to Oysterville, family-owned businesses fuel our economy and maintain the fabric of our communities.


Don Nisbett Art Gallery, Ilwaco

Have an art lover in the family? Visit one of the many galleries that dot the Peninsula, from the Don Nisbett Art Gallery and Marie Powell’s Shoalwater Cove Gallery & Studio in Ilwaco to Bay Avenue Gallery and Weir Studios in Ocean Park. The Visitor Bureau’s Art Trail Map lists them all. Know a big fan of seafood? Pick up some spectacularly fresh treats at Crab Pot: Seafood Market-Restaurant or OleBob’s Seafood Market in Ilwaco. Or maybe you have a craft companion? Stop by Purly Shell Fiber Arts, the Bead Shop or Boardwalk Quilts in Long Beach.

And then there are the things we sometimes spot and want to take home – shells, driftwood and beach décor, to name a few. Marsh’s Free Museum offers oodles of free shells, and numerous Peninsula artists ply their trade using driftwood. Busineses like Home at the Beach and Niva Green, both in Long Beach, specialize in coastal furniture, accessories and decor that can turn any house into a beach home. The Long Beach Pharmacy also offers hidden household treasures. Find your favorite styles or discover new ones at any of the many décor stores on the Peninsula.


Bay Avenue Gallery, Ocean Park

Antique stores are also ideal for finding the perfect gift you didn’t know existed. And find the perfect gift for your outdoorsy friend or relative at the Dennis Company in Long Beach or Jack’s Country Store in Ocean Park.

The entire Peninsula is lined with locally owned, small business, so you know that the dollars you spend remain in the community you love. Shopping locally this year will help ensure that your favorite stores are here during your next return.

Other upcoming events:

Wild Mushroom Celebration – Thru Nov. 15, Peninsula-wide

Christmas Market at the Port of Ilwaco – Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22

PAA Studio Tour – Nov. 27-28, Peninsula-wide

Holidays at the Beach – Dec. 5-6, Long Beach

Crab Pot Christmas Tree – Dec. 5, Ilwaco

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Discovery Awaits — what will you find in antique paradise? Thu, 05 Nov 2015 00:59:38 +0000

By Drew Foster, Visitors Bureau communications coordinator

I’ve lived on the Peninsula for about four months now, and I’m still using an upturned moving box as a bedside table. There’s a reason for this, and it’s not necessarily laziness. It could, in fact, be called motivation.

I thought I’d found the perfect bedside table when I first moved to Seaview. It looked, at first glance, just about right – its rectangular top offered enough surface space for both book and alarm clock, and its beige grain matched the apartment’s faux-hardwood floor.

But it was a little too tall to sit next to my bed, so the search continued. I never expected it to last this long.

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North Coast Antique Mall

It was July, I’d just moved to Pacific County, and I was using my first couple of days on the Peninsula to furnish a newly leased apartment. I’m thrifty, have no eye for décor and tend toward minimalism – this was to be a labor of necessity, not one of love.

Or so I had thought.

My search for a bedside table, among other items, took me to North Coast Antique Mall, a deceptively sprawling affair just down the street from my half-furnished apartment in Seaview. I approached the store’s proprietor, “Martin” Martinez, and asked if the bedside table I’d found in the entry area was his only one. Martin flashed a wan smile and chuckled, likely at my naiveté. “No,” he said, “there is more inside.”

Martin motioned toward a door, and I entered the world of antiquing.

More than 20 antique stores dot the Peninsula, and each one offers a unique, ever-evolving shopping experience. Antique stores can feel a little like living museums where exhibits are fluid, everything is for sale and eras are blurred – vestiges of the past mingle with modernity inside antique stores, creating a hodge-podge of culture, creativity and curios.


Hobo Junction

Savvy shoppers should stop by the Visitors Bureau for a free Long Beach Peninsula Treasure Map, which lists antique, book and thrift stores up and down the Peninsula.

My first stop, back in July, was No. 17 on the Treasure Map. I must have spent close to an hour in North Coast Antique Mall, pausing to peruse each writing desk and popping through each passageway. I leafed through old books as I would in a library; I tried on a coat or two. I soon forgot about the bedside table and instead purchased a bookcase. Martin loaned me a dolly so I could wheel it home.

Still without a bedside table, I headed next to Hobo Junction, No. 15 on the Treasure Map. The house-turned-antique-store in Long Beach boasts the largest selection of Japanese glass fishing floats on the West Coast, but it was another East Asian item that caught my eye – Japanese fishing fleet flags. The wild, colorful designs jump off the fabric, and the Japanese characters pop. A blue, white and red fishing fleet flag now adorns my bedroom entryway, but my alarm clock still sits on the upturned cardboard box.

Next up was the Long Beach Peninsula Trading Post in Ocean Park, a two-story menagerie of antiques that’s No. 4 on the Treasure Map. Bedside tables were on my mind as I pulled into the parking lot. An hour of wandering, however, steered my attention toward the vintage portraits adorning the walls and a glass display of scrimshaw. I left with a stack of used books and got halfway home before I realized I’d forgotten to find a bedside table.

With so many antique shops up and down the Peninsula, it’s easy to spend a weekend wandering the many crowded halls and corridors. Grab a Treasure Map and work your way through the numbers, or just hop in the car and follow your senses as I did.

I’m still using the upturned cardboard box to support my alarm clock and nighttime reading material, but I kind of like it that way. Not because the cardboard box is aesthetically pleasing, but because the lack of a true bedside table gives me one more reason to keep exploring our local antique stores, even if I keep returning home with more used books and wall-hangings.

As we like to say on the Long Beach Peninsula: Discovery Awaits. For Lewis and Clark, it may have been the west coast. For me, it’s a bedside table.

Other upcoming events:

Wild Mushroom Celebration – Thru Nov. 15, Peninsula-wide

PAA Studio Tour – Nov. 27-28, Peninsula-wide

Holidays at the Beach – Dec. 5-6, Long Beach

Crab Pot Christmas – Dec. 5, Ilwaco

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Lewis & Clark History on Display Mon, 26 Oct 2015 21:14:34 +0000

Three words are said to have punctuated the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s first glimpse of the mighty Pacific more than 200 years ago – “ocian in view”!

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The words, at the time, heralded the end of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s trek from St. Louis to the west coast, and the start of the Pacific Northwest’s post-contact history. They now mark the arrival of the ‘Ocian in View’ Cultural Weekend, an annual event at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco that celebrates Lewis and Clark’s pass through the region.

The 16th annual ‘Ocian in View’ Cultural Weekend is Nov. 6-7 and includes a lecture, bus tour and Chinook Indian Nation dinner.

This year’s celebration kicks off Nov. 6 at the museum with a presentation by featured speaker Roger Wendlick. Wendlick, a nationally known collector of rare Lewis and Clark books, will present “Lost in the Fog on November 7th”, which focuses on the Corps of Discovery’s November 1805 arrival near the Columbia River estuary. The lecture is free to attend.Ocian in View 3

The ‘Ocian in View’ bus tour begins Saturday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. Wendlick and Jim Sayce, a local Peninsula historian, will provide riders with a historical perspective of the Columbia River landscape, detailing how it would have looked two centuries ago. Tickets are $20 and reservations are required. Call (360) 642-3446 for more information.

After working up an appetite on the bus tour, participants can look forward to the Chinook Indian Nation Dinner from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the museum. The menu boasts chowder, elk stew, fry bread, dessert and refreshments, and the host Chinook community will provide a program of songs, drumming and dancing. The event costs $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 55 andOcian in View 2 older and $5 for children younger than 12.

“The ‘Ocian in View’ program has a reputation for excellence from the time it began well before the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial,” Museum Director Betsy Millard said. “It has maintained its reputation as a lecture series dedicated to bringing high quality speakers, excellent bus tours and opportunities to interact with the local community at the Chinook Tribe’s annual dinner at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.”

Other ‘Ocian in View’ Cultural Weekend events:

* The 12th annual Lewis and Clark Wild Game Dinner at The Depot restaurant in Seaview. Small plates inspired by Corps of Discovery diaries are paired with Italian wines. Call (360) 642-7880 to make reservations. Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

* Point William Interpretive Panel and Bench dedication at the Astoria Riverwalk at Alerbrook Lagoon in Astoria, Ore. The interpretive panel highlights the Corp of Discovery’s 10-day stay at Point William, also known as Tongue Point. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.

* “How Horriable is the Day”. Not very! Join members of the Pacific Northwest Living Historian Interpreters at the Knappton Cove Heritage Center for this happening. Enjoy hot cider, check out this historical garb, walk to the river or enjoy the museum. Saturday, Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Other upcoming events:

Wild Mushroom Celebration – Thru Nov. 15, Peninsula-wide

PAA Studio Tour – Nov. 27-28, Peninsula-wide

Holidays at the Beach – Dec. 5-6, Long Beach

Lighted Boat Display and Crab Pot Christmas Tree – Dec. 5, Ilwaco

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Peninsula, Pacific County have a haunted history Wed, 21 Oct 2015 20:06:34 +0000

Home to eerie areas like Cape Disappointment, Dismal Nitch and the Graveyard of the Pacific, it’s no surprise that Washington’s Pacific County boasts a hearty helping of haunted houses … and hotels.

History runs deep along the Long Beach Peninsula – Pacific County dates to 1851, and its original county seat, Oysterville, was established in 1852. The region’s haunted history begins about 50 years later.

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The Shelburne Inn in Seaview

One of the county’s oldest ghosts is rumored to roam the halls of one of its oldest hotels. The Shelburne Inn in Seaview, Wash., was established in 1896, and its resident ghost, Charles Beaver, was also its builder. After accidently breaking an arm, Beaver was limited physically, and much of his hotelier duties fell to his wife and daughter – a burden that troubled Beaver. His apparition has been said to walk the halls, apparently in search of something elusive.

Down the road from the Shelburne Inn is Rod’s Lamplighter Restaurant and Lounge, where the ghost of a former owner named Louie has haunted the bar area. One employee said recently she hasn’t seen or heard from Louie in some time, but that she’s heard of apparitions in the dining area, where the ghosts’ spirits are more often felt than seen.

The Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort in Long Beach has at least two resident ghosts in original motel units 101 and 105. The resort manager said the ghosts are friendly and have proven popular with visitors – some guests request the haunted rooms, hoping to meet the playful phantoms.

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The Lighthouse Oceanfront Resort in Long Beach

Like the Shelburne Inn, the Sou’Wester Historic Lodge and Vintage Travel Trailer RV Park in Seaview also dates back more than a century. With so much history under its roof, owner Thandi Rosenbaum said she’s heard stories of ghosts inhabiting the property, although she’s never encountered one herself. Ghosts aside, Rosenbaum’s crew is planning a pumpkin carving party on Oct. 26 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sou’Wester.

The North Head Lighthouse’s head keeper’s house in Cape Disappointment State Park also reputedly hosts a ghost. A lighthouse keeper’s wife committed suicide in 1923 by hurtling herself off the side of a cliff, according to, and her spirit now wanders the keeper’s house.

Readers can check out local author Sydney Stevens, who has written two books about Peninsula hauntings. The books detail the ghosts of the Long Beach Peninsula and North Beach.


Rod’s Lamplighter Restaurant & Lounge in Seaview

The town of Tokeland on Pacific County’s northern edges boasts another historic establishment – the Tokeland Hotel dates to the late 1800s, and its resident ghost is believed to be a Chinese man who died on the property in the 1930s, according to The website claims that Room 7 is the most haunted and says a ghost cat also wanders the premises.

Across the Columbia River in Oregon is Fort Stevens State Park, where a ghostly apparition of a young man is said to search for enemy soldiers on a bike path near Battery Russell, according to The website also claims that unexplained sounds have been heard and that “cold spots” dot the area.

Even Hollywood has a taste for Peninsula haunts – a package of “Willapoint Minced Clams” can be seen at one point in “The Shining,” the hair-raising 1980 movie starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Closer to home, several family-friendly Halloween activities are planned along the Peninsula. The Bay Center/Willapa Bay KOA is hosting Boo on the Bay from Oct. 23-25. Events include pumpkin carving, a campsite decorating contest, costume contest, the 4th annual Pumpkin Race and much more. The ELKS Children’s Halloween Carnival is Oct. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. and is open to the public. And don’t forget about the Sou’Wester’s pumpkin carving party!


Other upcoming events include:

Friends of Chinook School’s Oktoberfest – Oct. 24, 2015, Chinook

Wild Mushroom Celebration – thru Nov. 15, Peninsula-wide

“Ocian in View” Lewis & Clark Cultural Weekend – Nov. 6-7, Ilwaco


The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Preseason whale watching on the Peninsula Tue, 13 Oct 2015 23:13:20 +0000

Whale-watching season may be months away, but don’t tell that to the humpbacks frolicking in the mouth of the Columbia River in recent weeks!

RiverWhale Norbert BisekWhale sightings near the Astoria-Megler Bridge attracted throngs of visitors to the sides of Pacific County roads in late September and early October, and photos of breaching, tail-slapping and spouting whales have been a hit on social media. Prime whale-watching areas are between McGowan Church near Fort Columbia and the rest area just east of the Astoria-Megler Bridge entrance.

So what, exactly, drew the whales into the Columbia River? Area researchers attributed it to El Nino weather conditions and an accumulation of food near the river’s mouth. Jen Zamon, a research fisheries biologist with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, said humpbacks had frequented the river’s mouth earlier this summer, drawn to the area by a “warm blob” of offshore water that attracted anchovies. Recent whale sightings likely were caused by something similar, Zamon said.

RiverWhale Norbert Bisek 3“As that (warm blob) came on shore, it kind of compressed the habitat that things like anchovy like to be in,” Zamon said. She added, “As long as the fish are here, I think the whales will keep coming.”

So be sure to pack a camera if you’re visiting the Long Beach Peninsula this fall!

Scores of whale watchers lined Highway 101 south of Chinook, Wash., in recent weeks. Some clutched binoculars, some clutched cameras and others simply clutched their jaws. The resulting photo galleries have been breathtaking.

Visitors interested in preseason whale watching have plenty of lodging options to consider between the bridge’s Washington exit and the Long Beach Peninsula. Autumn is also ideal bird-watching season – birders can glimpse brown pelicans fishing for food, trumpeter swans gliding above placid lakes and local songbirds whistling a tune. Birds swirling above the Columbia River, Zamon said, could also signal a whale’s presence in the water.RiverWhale Norbert Bisek 2

Zamon said the best time to spot whales in the mouth of the Columbia River is during an incoming tide or near peak high tide – these gargantuan creatures need a lot of room to roam!

Whale-watchers hoping for a closer look can book a boat trip with Columbia River Eco Tours in Astoria. Capt. Christopher Lloyd said his company’s eco-tours aren’t specifically designed for whale-watching, but he said whale sightings have been common during recent trips.

Photo credit: Norbert Bisek

Upcoming events include:

Friends of Chinook School Oktoberfest – Oct. 24

Sunday Afternoon Live, Barefoot Movement – Oct. 25, 2015

‘Ocian in View’ Cultural Weekend – Nov. 6-7

Sunday Afternoon Live, The Good Co – Nov. 22, 2015

Peninsula Arts Association Studio Tour – Nov. 27-28

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Cranberry Season on the Coast Tue, 29 Sep 2015 16:51:20 +0000

Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is renowned for many things – ultra-fresh seafood, stunning Pacific Northwest scenery and a 28-mile sandy beach to name a few – but one of this region’s claims to fame often falls under the everyday traveler’s radar: cranberries.

CranberriesCommercial cranberry farms have operated on the Long Beach Peninsula since the late 1800s, and companies like Ocean Spray depend on local growers to keep their cranberry coffers stocked. Visitors to the Peninsula during the fall harvest season, which typically begins in late September, can pick their own berries, learn about the region’s cranberry history at the Cranberry Museum or enjoy a Starvation Alley Cranberry Concoction at the [pickled fish] restaurant in Long Beach.

Although peninsula cranberry farmers have had to contend with dry weather and warm autumn nights, this year’s cranberry crop is expected to be exceptional – in August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted this season’s bounty would be the state’s best in a decade, according to media reports.

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One Peninsula cranberry farm features a self-picking option, where visitors can climb into the bog and bag their own berries. Cranguyma Farms in Long Beach offers U-Pick berries at 50 cents per pound. Ready-picked cranberries can be had at Cranguyma Farm for $5 per gallon, as well as at weekend roadside stands in Seaview and Chinook.

Local grower Starvation Alley Farms, which in 2013 became Washington’s first cranberry grower to achieve USDA Organic Certification, supplies upscale bars, restaurants and stores across the Pacific Northwest with its cranberry juice. Step inside some of Seattle and Portland’s trendiest nightspots and markets to find Starvation Alley’s value-added products.

Visitors interested in the inner-workings of the region’s cranberry industry can visit the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation in Long Beach, which features a demonstration cranberry farm operated by Washington State University. A walking tour offered daily from 8 a.m. to dusk provides visitors a first-hand look at a working cranberry farm. The museum frames cranberry farming in a historical lens – see antique equipment, learn the history behind the region’s cranberry industry and glimpse age-old harvesting techniques. Be sure to check out the gift shop and sample the cranberry ice cream before leaving! Call (360) 642-5553 or visit for more information.

IMG_8287The annual Cranberrian Fair is Oct. 10-11 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. The fair, which had its beginnings in 1920, honors everything cranberry – foods, harvest, tradition and more! Visitors can sample cranberry delights, watch craft demonstrations and ride the Cranberry Trolley to area bog tours. And no visit is complete without a slice of peach-cranberry pie!

Other upcoming events include:

Peninsula Arts Association Fall Art Show – Oct. 9-12, 2015, Long Beach

Water Music Festival – Oct. 9-10, 2015, Long Beach

One Sky, One World Kite Celebration – Oct. 10-11, 2015, Long Beach

Cranberrian Fair – Oct. 10-11, 2015, Ilwaco

Great Columbia Crossing 10K – Oct. 11, Astoria, Ore.

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Celebrate Wild Mushrooms! Mon, 21 Sep 2015 19:17:21 +0000

Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula boasts a culinary cornucopia of fantastic fungi, and the region’s annual Wild Mushroom Celebration honors these tasty toadstools!

The celebration typically runs Oct. 1 through Nov. 15, but this year’s events kicked off a little early when The Painted Lady Lavender Farm hosted its “Many Uses of Mushrooms” educational class on Sept. 12. Next up is the Fungus Festival on Oct. 2 at the Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market in Long Beach, Waunnamedsh.

Fungi flourishes on Washington’s southern coast every fall, when ultra-wet air rolling in from the Pacific Ocean engulfs the Peninsula in moisture. Regional varieties include the King Bolete mushroom, a beefy, bulbous fungi considered a choice edible and sold in stores under its Italian name, Porcini. Other local mushroom varieties include Oyster, Russula, Lobster, Fly Amanita, White Matsutake and the rare Prince.

Locals often consider the region’s choicest foraging locales closely guarded secrets. Across the Columbia River, however, Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park offers a Guide to Mushrooms on its website. The handy pamphlet outlines mushroom regulations, recommended equipment and tools, and offers descriptions of some of the wild mushrooms found locally.

Wild Mushroom Celebration locations and events:

Adrift mushroom cakesPickled Fish, Long Beach: Through Nov. 15. Special three-course meal featuring mushrooms, cranberries and other locally harvested offerings. Call for availability.

Lost Roo, Long Beach: Through Nov. 15. Special wild mushroom burger. Call for availability.

Fort Stevens State Park, Ore.: Guided hikes: Sept. 30, Oct. 4, 11, 14, 21; Nov. 10, 15, 29. Programs: Sept. 27, Oct. 3, 17, 24; Nov. 8, 14, 28. No fee, no registration. Call or email Park Ranger Dane Osis at 503-861-3170 or for more info.

Fungus Festival, Long Beach: Oct. 2 & 9. Held during the Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market, the Fungus Festival will feature an appearance by mushroom expert Veronica Williams.

The Depot Restaurant, Seaview: Oct. 2. Five-course dinner including a mushroom component and paired with Left Coast Winery, including a truffle wine. Reservations are required.

The Shelburne Restaurant, Seaview: Oct. 23 and Nov. 6. Sixth annual Wild Mushroom and Pike Brewing Co. Dinner on Oct. 23. Wild mushroom and wine dinner featuring wine from Benton City-based Terra Blanca on Nov. 6.

42nd Street Café & Bistro, Seaview: Oct. 23-24. Local wild mushroom breakfast and multi-course dinner available prix fix and a la carte.

Boreas Bed & Breakfast, Long Beach: Nov. 13-15. Five-course wild mushroom brunch for guests. Guest expert Veronica Williams will be on hand as well.

Other upcoming events include:

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup – Sept. 25-27, 2015, Astoria, Ore.

Peninsula Arts Association Fall Art Show – Oct. 9-12, 2015, Long Beach

Water Music Festival – Oct. 9-10, 2015, Long Beach

One Sky, One World Kite Celebration – Oct. 10-11, 2015, Long Beach

Cranberrian Fair – Oct. 10-11, 2015, Ilwaco

Great Columbia Crossing 10K – Oct. 11, Astoria, Ore.

Chinook Oktoberfest – Oct. 24, Chinook

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Oktoberfest on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula Mon, 14 Sep 2015 21:24:00 +0000

Hoist a pint glass and say cheers to autumn with one of three Pacific Northwest Oktoberfest events in the neighborhood of Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

A relative newcomer to the fall brew season kicks off the celebrations: The End of Summer Party in Seaview, Wash., on Sept. 19 will feature bites fronorth jetty brewing2m 42nd Street Café and Bistro and beer from North Jetty Brewing, a Peninsula brewery that took top honors in the People’s Choice category at this year’s Vancouver Summer Brewfest. The party runs from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature the festive Festival Brass band from Portland and meats from the Leavenworth-based charcuterie Cured by Visconti. Live music, hot food, cold beer – here’s to the three elements of a super late-summer shindig!

Across the Astoria-Megler Bridge is the area’s largest beer fest. The 14th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup in Astoria, Ore., from Sept. 25-27 is part beer festival and part craft competition. Breweries compete for the People’s Choice Award and the “Thar She Blows” award given to the owners of the first keg that runs dry. The event features three days of live music, including performances by Pacific Northwest musicians Three for Silver and Vinyl Gold on Friday, Vaudeville Etiquette and Smokey Brights on Saturday, and Student Loan Stringband and Hook & Anchor on Sunday, among many others throughout the three days.

Back in Pacific County, Wash., the Friends of Chinook School hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 24. The proceeds from this low-key Oktoberfestsbrew fest benefit the restoration of the historic Chinook School. Visitors can look forward to a dinner of old-style German shepherd’s pie, beer from North Jetty Brewing and a silent and live auction. Tickets are sold at the door – $20 for admission and dinner; $5 for admission without dinner.

And for the beer drinkers who may miss the Oktoberfest season on the southern Washington coast, be sure to stop by the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau to pick up a Lower Columbia “Hop Stops” guide. Starting at North Jetty Brewery in Seaview, the guide takes beer drinkers on a suds-soaked tour of southern Washington and northern Oregon breweries.

Other upcoming events include:

Wonders of Willapa: A Celebration of Trails – Sept. 19, 2015, Willapa Refuge

Peninsula Arts Association Fall Art Show – Oct. 9-12, 2015, Long Beach

Water Music Festival – Oct. 9-10, 2015, Long Beach

One Sky, One World Kite Celebration – Oct. 10-11, 2015, Long Beach

Cranberrian Fair – Oct. 10-11, 2015, Ilwaco

Great Columbia Crossing 10K – Oct. 11, Astoria, Ore.

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Find it! Geocaching event comes to Long Beach Peninsula Mon, 07 Sep 2015 19:49:02 +0000

A rustle of brambles; a shriek of discovery. Metal hinges unlatched; hidden treasure revealed – paper coasters from a distant cafe, a weathered logbook, foreign coins, a multihued medallion.


IMG_0758Welcome to the world of geocaching – a 21st-Century twist on the age-old pastime of treasure hunting where hidden containers (usually physical, but sometimes virtual) tagged with Global Positioning System coordinates are the booty. And whereas treasure hunters relish the prize, geocachers live for the pursuit and the discovery.

What began 15 years ago in Beavercreek, Ore., with the hiding of a single GPS-tagged cache has spawned a worldwide phenomenon, and Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula will be a geocaching hotspot this fall when it hosts the Cache Dash Splash on Sept. 25-27.

About 100 new geocaches will be hidden along the Peninsula in anticipation of the hundreds of geocachers the event is expected to attract to the area. The event is open to everyone – not just seasoned geocachers – and interested participants can register online at Event organizer Laurie Freeman – known as Half-Canadian in geocaching circles – said the locations of the freshly hidden caches should be revealed three or four days before the event begins

Cache Dash Splash features three official events: a Sept. 25 meet-and-greet at Chico’s Pizza, the Sept. 26 Cache Dash Splash and a Sept. 27 “hit-the-road” breakfast at Chautauqua Lodge, which is offering specials to participants. Pre-registration costs $20 for adults and $12.50 for children aged 10 and younger, while day-of registration costs $23.

Freeman hopes Cache-Dash-Splash becomes an annual Peninsula-wide event. The experienced geocacher helped coordinate similar events in Bellingham, Wash., and brought the idea to the Long Beach Peninsula last year after relocating to the area in December.

“It’s actually really underdeveloped here,” Freeman said of geocaching on the Peninsula, “and the reason is that geocaches have to be placed by people locally.”

The more than 100 geocaches hidden on the Peninsula ahead of the Cache Dash Splash could be considered sown seeds — with a little love and attention the newly deposited geocaches could help the hobby blossom on the Long Beach Peninsula.

“(The geocaches) will take somebody to a special place, a scenic outlook, a historic place,” Freeman said. “The thing I try to keep in mind (when hiding a geocache) is where would I like my guests to go to see cool things.”

Some of the recently hidden geocaches will follow the old Clamshell Railroad route, while others will be placed near the sites of historic shipwrecks, Freeman said.

Other upcoming September events include:

Slow Drag at the Port – Sept. 11, 2015, Port of Ilwaco

Rod Run to the End of the World – Sept. 12-13, 2015, Ocean Park

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup – Sept. 25-27, Astoria, Ore.

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or

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Fatbikes ready to roll on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula Mon, 31 Aug 2015 20:40:13 +0000

The fatbikes are coming! The fatbikes are coming!

And we couldn’t be more excited!

The fifth annual Northwest Fatbike Beach Meetup visits Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula on Sept. 19 for a 9 a.m. beach ride across the coast.

Fatbikes have been around for more than 100 years, but their spike in popularity has been confined to the past decade. The modern
fatbike emerged in 2005 when the alternative-bike brand Surly released its Pugsley model, according to The bike’s wide tires were designed to easily traverse snowy trails, but it wasn’t long before they started showing up on sandy beaches.Fatbike

Plans for the fatbike ride are still evolving, so interested riders should keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page. Last year’s Northwest Fatbike Beach Meetup featured 30 riders. This year’s event already has attracted more than three dozen participants. And stay tuned for details about a new timed virtual course on the Long Beach Peninsula this fall!

Late-summer fun visits two Pacific County hamlets when the Chinook Arts Festival returns to the county’s southern shores Sept. 5-7 and the county’s upper reaches host Come Play on Labor Day in South Bend from Sept. 4-7.

The tiny village of Chinook hosts a big late-summer event – the annual Chinook Arts Festival highlights the community’s creative roots. Visitors are treated to stunning displays of blown glass, stained glass, photography, handmade jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, pottery, wood sculptures and much, much more.

While in Chinook, visitors can stop by Fort Columbia Historical State Park, which offers five miles of hiking trails, bird watching, wildlife viewing and many interpretive opportunities. The park’s interpretive center is only open in July and August, but a self-guided historic hike is dotteSouth Bend2d with interpretive panels.

On the other end of the county, South Bend’s Come Play on Labor Day offers four days of late-summer fun. This year’s event, dubbed “Oysters Rocker Feller”, features daily activities including an oyster van, vendor and food booths, a softball tournament, kids activities and karaoke. A Texas Hold ‘Em tournament is planned Sept. 4, oyster opening and eating contests are Sept. 5, the fireworks show and annual parade are Sept. 6 and the Poker Paddle on the Willapa is Sept. 7.

This year marks the 53rd annual year that Come Play on Labor Day has been held in Pacific County. Call (360) 934-9373 or visit the Willapa Harbor Chamber of Commerce website for more information.

Visiting Pacific County’s north side can sometimes feel like a trip back in time. The Pacific County Historical Society in South Bend is dedicated to the preservation of local history and operates a museum featuring more than 10,000 photographs and 500 lineal feet of archival records. The Northwest Carriage Museum in nearby Raymond boasts one of the nation’s finest collections of 19th-Century carriages, buggies, wagons and historical artifacts.

Anyone hoping to catch both Come Play on Labor Day and the Chinook Arts Festival will be treated one of the county’s most stunning drives – Highway 101 between the Long Beach Peninsula and South Bend takes motorists on a breath-taking tour of southwest Washington. See the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, glimpse Long Island and cruise past Willapa Bay’s famous oyster grounds.

Other upcoming September events include:

Slow Drag at the Port – Sept. 11, 2015, Port of Ilwaco

Rod Run to the End of the World – Sept. 12-13, 2015, Ocean Park

Pacific Northwest Brew Cup – Sept. 25-27, Astoria, Ore.

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