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August action on the Long Beach Peninsula

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August action is just around the corner on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. From Jake’s Birthday to Jazz & Oysters and the Willapa Harbor Festival to the Bridge Birthday, August events offer a month-long celebration on the coast, as well as a true taste of Pacific County – fabulous food, high-flying fun and beach beats are…

Whale watching from land: A 'shore' thing

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Few creatures inspire wonder like whales. Imagine a breaching grey or the rolling ridges of a humpback’s barnacled curvature. Imagine a lumbering blue or an agile orca. Imagine an almost-waving fluke or the distinct squeal of whale song. Now stop imagining. Whales are frequent visitors to the Long Beach Peninsula, and whale-watchers don’t have to…

Find it fresh on the Long Beach Peninsula

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Pacific County is known for its fall harvest – think cranberries and wild mushrooms – but summertime is when you’ll first get to taste the fresh fruits or our local growers’ labor. Regional farmers markets are in full swing and offer everything from freshly harvested flowers and produce to baked goods and handmade crafts. Fresh…

Fun beyond the Fourth: Fish and Finns, sandcastles and cowpokes

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The Long Beach Peninsula’s July summertime celebration doesn’t end after Independence Day; in fact, it’s just heating up. With so much summer fun packed into the second half of July it can be tough to decide how to spend a weekend in Pacific County. Do you tour the Peninsula for Music in the Gardens or…

Beach beats: Live music moves Pacific County

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Summer is the season of live music on the Long Beach Peninsula, where tunes liven up weekend events, and performances carry almost every evening. From Music in the Gardens (July 16) to the Waikiki Beach Summer Concert Series (every other Saturday) to nightly shows at the Pickled Fish restaurant, the Long Beach Peninsula’s music scene satisfies every…

Let's make it a Beach-Friendly Fourth of July

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Timeless Fourth of July family traditions thrive on the Long Beach Peninsula – road trips to escape the heat and bustle, beach eats and barbecues, sand castles and hometown parades. Years past have seen many thousands of visitors enjoy Independence Day on the Peninsula, and, as usual, everyone is invited to this year’s festivities. But…

Bridge to everywhere: 50 years of the Astoria-Megler

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Stretching serpentine across the Columbia River, the Astoria-Megler Bridge might be the region’s most iconic and enduring manmade structure, and one that continues to influence Peninsula life and North American coastal travel a half-century after its construction. The opening of the 4.1-mile bridge in August 1966 forever changed life on the Long Beach Peninsula –…

A festive Father's Day on the LBP

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If the way to dad’s heart is through his stomach, then your pop is going to fall in love with the Long Beach Peninsula this Father’s Day. Two events are on tap for Father’s Day weekend – the Northwest Garlic Festival is June 18-19 at Wilson Field in Ocean Park, and the Beach to Chowder…

Explore Ilwaco: Markets and music, fishing and fun

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Ilwaco is a small town with a huge personality, and if you haven’t yet visited this historic fishing village at the confluence of the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean then it’s time to get acquainted. Aquatic culture Nestled in the elbow of the Long Beach Peninsula, Ilwaco’s roots are water-logged – its port is the…

Into the wild: Top 10 Pacific County hikes

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Take a hike! No, seriously, take a hike. With so many spectacular trails crisscrossing Pacific County, we can’t think of a better way to explore southwestern Washington. Area trails wend through protected sand dunes, penetrate old growth forests, follow art-laden paths and lead to historic lighthouses. They also stir the imagination, inspiring thoughts of Lewis…