Posted on September 6, 2016
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 is Oct. 1 – Nov. 15, six weeks of fungi fun featuring mushroom cuisine at local restaurants, special lodging deals, mushroom hikes and other activities.
Mushrooms & more
Some events span an entire month, like Adrift Hotel’s mushroom- and forage-based menu throughout October. Others last just a few days, like The Depot Restaurant’s Wild Mushroom Dinner on Oct. 7 or Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn’s Wild Mushroom Celebration Weekend Nov. 11-13.
Other planned events include Oceanfront Getaways’ “buy two nights, get two nights free” special through the entire six-week celebration, a four-course Wild Mushroom Dinner at 42nd Street Café & Bistro on Oct. 28-29 and wild mushroom hikes organized by Oregon State Parks at Fort Stevens State Park near Hammond, Ore.
Events are still being added, so keep an eye on WildMushroomCelebration.com as October nears.
The organized wild mushroom identification hikes in Fort Stevens State Park are a fun outdoor experience that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. It can combine hiking, natural exploration and elements of subsistence living. Area mushroom varieties include King Bolete, Russula species, lobster and oyster mushrooms, Prince mushrooms and the highly prized White Matsutake. Foragers should be sure carry a field guide to identify mushrooms, a knife or trowel to cut or dig mushrooms and a bucket or basket to carry your foraged fungi.
Remember: Don’t eat it if you can’t identify it.
Cranberries & clams
Cranberry season is an autumn staple on the Long Beach Peninsula. These tart little berries have a long Peninsula history. Bogs date back more than 100 years, and the region produces a significant portion of the country’s cranberries. Fall harvest often occurs around October, just in time for the Cranberrian Fair on Oct. 8-9 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. Stop by the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach to see working bogs, sample cranberry treats and purchase fresh berries.
And then there are razor clams. Washington Fish and Wildlife officials expect a fabulous Long Beach Peninsula razor clam season, likely the most productive in the state. Officials expect the season to begin in October, so polish the clam gun and book a hotel room!
Slow Drag at the Port of Ilwaco – Sept. 9
Rod Run to the End of the World – Sept. 10-11
Cache-Dash-Splash – Sept. 16-18
Wild Mushroom Celebration – Oct. 1 – Nov. 15
Peninsula Arts Association Fall Show – Oct. 7-10
One Sky, One World Kite Celebration – Oct. 8-9
Cranberrian Fair – Oct. 8-9
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.