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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…

When touring the LBP, slow and steady wins the race

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Walking and cycling are two of our favorite ways to explore the Long Beach Peninsula – we love the salty breezes and coastal cottages, the historic homes and many murals – especially now that spring has arrived and temperatures are climbing. Seaview Walking Tour Whether touring on two feet or two wheels, a slower cruise…

Celebrate by the beach: Historic milestones and more in 2016

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It’s a birthday year on the Long Beach Peninsula – both the Shelburne Inn and the Pacific County Fair turn 120 years old, Washington State Parks celebrated 103 years and the Astoria-Megler Bridge is turning 50 – so join the celebration! The Shelburne Inn, Seaview: The oldest continually operating inn in Washington state has planned…

Showing the beach some love

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If it takes a village to raise a child, it might take a community to clean a beach. Especially when that beach stretches 28 miles horizon to horizon. Three times a year, the Long Beach Peninsula community comes together for coordinated beach cleanups – volunteers descend on the Peninsula’s six beach approaches to remove the…

Fishing seasons take shape on the LBP

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The Long Beach Peninsula reeled in some great news last week with the announcement of limited summer salmon fishing seasons in our southwestern corner of Washington state. Whereas most areas saw a reduction in limits, the Long Beach Peninsula – Marine Area 1 – was largely unaffected. The Marine Area 1 bag limit will be two salmon,…

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival in photos

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“This is what Long Beach is all about.” Those were the words of Randy Dennis, Razor Clam Festival organizer and reviver, during the Clam Chowder Taste-off on Saturday at the Elks Lodge. Family fun, fresh seafood, the great outdoors – yep, Randy’s got a point! The beauty of the Razor Clam Festival is that the…

#LongBeachWA: Bigger than the Peninsula

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William Shakespeare once asked, “What’s in a name?” Fair question, old bard. #LongBeachWA is a favorite hashtag here on the Peninsula, but with Shakespeare in mind, we have to ask: “What’s in that name?” Well, a lot more than sometimes meets the eye! #LongBeachWA is bigger than a city or Peninsula – it’s the southwest…

That Pacific County feeling

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By Drew Foster, Visitor Bureau communications coordinator The feeling. It begins somewhere west of Interstate 5. Six speeding lanes condense to two, and the horizon-stretching straightaways slowly bend into wending country lanes. Nature encroaches. Night grows darker. The moon grows brighter. The frogs croak louder. That’s about when it hits, the feeling – a metaphysical…

Find family-friendly fun at the beach

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“Family-friendly” isn’t just a saying on the Long Beach Peninsula – it’s a way of life. With close to 100 annual festivals and events across Pacific County, there’s always something fun unfolding for families on the southwest corner of Washington state. Some of our family-friendly favorites on the near horizon are the Razor Clam Festival on…