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Celebrate our coastal cranberry harvest

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Bogs are filling and berries are floating – that means the Long Beach Peninsula’s annual cranberry harvest is upon us. Just around the corner will be gallon bags of berries at roadside stands and cranberry treats at local markets. Cranberries have been grown commercially on the Long Beach Peninsula for more than 100 years, and…

Visiting the LBP? Stop by the Visitors Bureau & say hello

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Stop in, say hello. Maybe stay awhile. The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau is more than a destination marketing organization. It’s an information center, a community hub and a rest stop; a dog-friendly biscuit bar, PokeStop, geocache location and Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s a place where travelers and locals alike not only visit, but linger. Find…

Celebrate the Long Beach Peninsula's wild mushrooms

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Autumn is a special time on the southwestern Washington coast – sunshine, temperature and moisture combine like ingredients in a mixing bowl, and tiny treasures rise from forest floors and cling to fallen timber. Some call them mushrooms, others call them toadstools. We call them a reason to celebrate. The Long Beach Peninsula’s Wild Mushroom Celebration…

Summer fun continues into September on the LBP

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Summer is a state of mind. The season that’s supposed to end after Labor Day continues throughout September on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. Summertime fun is late sunsets and live music. It’s street festivals and car shows. It’s seafood and barbecues. And it’s always found in Pacific County. Late-summer fun September kicks off with Come…

Long Island: Plant the seed of adventure and let it grow

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Monumental adventures often grow from seeds of inspiration. We start small and dream big, a bit like the seedling that matures into a colossal coastal cedar. Last weekend’s trip to Long Island, the nearly 5,500-acre uninhabited expanse inside Willapa Bay, served as just such a seed. Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, a nonprofit dedicated to…

Exceptional LBP razor clam season expected, could begin mid-Oct

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“Long Beach … will be one of the stars this coming season.” That was state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayers discussing Washington’s upcoming razor clam season with The Seattle Times. Coastal clam digging along Washington beaches is expected to kick off this fall, and it may not get any better than along…

Coastal cruisers: Slow Drag & Rod Run roll in September

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Hotrods and cool cruisers from across the country make a beach run next month for the annual Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco and the Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park. Get your motor running Sept. 9 with the Slow Drag along Howerton Drive at the Port of Ilwaco,…

Geocaching: Explore the LBP like Lewis & Clark

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Lewis & Clark would’ve loved a GPS. We think. Pacific County exploration has entered the Digital Age, and we’re not talking about Pokemon Go. Call it a techno treasure hunt or an expedition of digital detection, but the Peninsula-wide mid-September geocaching extravaganza Cache Dash Splash embodies what inspired the original Corps of Discovery. Cache Dash…

Catch summer fishing on the Washington coast

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Salmon and tuna fishing seasons are in full swing in southwest Washington – crews are catching kings off the Long Beach Peninsula, cohos from the Columbia and albacore out at sea. Professional fishing charters are reporting excellent fishing from the Port of Ilwaco, especially during midweek trips that don’t always fill. “It’s really a good…

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…