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Falling in love: Spend Valentine's Day at the beach

Call us romantics, but we love an old-fashion Valentine’s Day celebration. And why not? Sandy beach walks, Pacific Ocean sunsets, fresh Willapa Bay oysters – you’ll find all the ingredients for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway right here on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

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Oysters are a Valentine’s Day staple, and you’ll find some of the best in the world on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Oysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac, and they grow in abundance in this corner of southwestern Washington. You’ll find some of the freshest, tastiest Pacific and Kumamoto oysters in the world grown on Willapa Bay. Buy them fresh at seafood markets like Ole Bob’s or Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company in Ilwaco, Sportsmen’s Cannery in Seaview, the Crab Pot: Seafood Market in Long Beach, Oysterville Sea Farms in Oysterville or Ekone Oyster Company in Bay Center. Find prepared oysters at many Peninsula and Pacific County restaurants.

Valentine’s fun

And if oysters aren’t your thing – don’t worry, we aren’t offended! – you can find other traditional Valentine’s Day accoutrements throughout the county and Peninsula. Stop by The Long Beach Candy Man in downtown Long Beach to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth or place a special order with Pink Poppy Bakery or Cottage Bakery.

And then there’s the beach. The Long Beach Peninsula’s 28 miles of silver sand are hand-holding, beach-strolling heaven. Walk the paved Discovery Trail between Ilwaco and Long Beach or meander along the wide-open beach as waves lap at the shore. Bring a blanket and enjoy a Pacific Northwest sunset.

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Linger in love on the Long Beach Peninsula.

Anyone wanting to add flowers to the mix can visit Artistic Bouquets & More, a lovely little florist in Seaview.

Finding a romantic meal might be the easiest endeavor of all. From the award-winning Depot Restaurant in Seaview to the top-floor [pickled + fish] crowning the Adrift Hotel, Peninsula eateries cater to every taste. Local restaurants range from fine to family-friendly, and almost all offer a casual, easy-going dining experience.

And you’ll fall in love with the lodging options available throughout Pacific County. Cozy cabins or vintage travel trailers? Check. In-room fireplaces and plush comfort? Check. Ocean views and quiet seclusion? Check. Campgrounds and fire pits? Check. Find your love nest.

Spend Valentine’s Day at the beach, where romance is just a road trip away.

Upcoming events:

Asian New Year Kite Celebration – Now through Feb. 10

Beach Clean Up Day – Feb. 4

FisherPoets Gathering – Feb. 24-26

World Kite Museum Spring Fundraiser – March 11

Savings & coupons:

Peninsula specials & coupons

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 ask@funbeach.com.

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