In the Pacific Northwest, sometimes you need only to drive a short distance and you’re in another world. Such is the case when we have guests from Astoria, Oregon, a quick 15 mile drive from the Long Beach Peninsula. This year, we have neighbors from Astoria visiting Boreas for our 8th Annual Wild Mushroom Festival, Holly Owen and her husband Matthew Stanley. Holly is employed by Quality Assurance International, based out of southern California. QAI oversees organic farms and processors of organic foods to make certain they are in compliance. She is a compliance reviewer and works from her home in Astoria. (How convenient is that??) Matthew is the General Manager for the Astoria Co-op and is an enthusiastic mushroom hunter. Holly and Matthew arrived yesterday for their weekend stay with a big bucket of Matsutaki mushrooms and we feasted on them last night. Currently, a bunch are being dehydrated in our oven so they can be used long after the season is over! We welcome Holly and Matthew, newcomers to the Pacific Northwest! Holly’s father, Tom Owen, bought them this special Wild Mushroom weekend at Boreas for her September birthday. Thank you, Tom and Jane!
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October 31st, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
October 16th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
Make a date with your sweetheart to come to the beach this weekend! We have openings all weekends and especially for our 8th Annual Wild Mushroom Celebration Weekend October 30-Nov.1. Check out our website, www.boreasinn.com/packages for details and availability for this great event. We are waiving our two night weekend minimum for Water Music Festival, which starts tonight. We have a couple of rooms open and it promises to be a stormy, but warm weekend! We’re offering our Walk-in Special rate of $150 for this weekend (October 16,17) and next weekend (October 23,24) welcoming one night stays for this Saturday night, October 17th–we have two rooms open!
Come visit, we’re a bit lonely!
May 29th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
Bill and I are about to take a couple of days off together. We haven’t done that since January–so we’re off to Bend for two days leaving Boreas Inn in the hands of our trust substitute innkeeper, KC Worrall and her husband Kirk. I have known Kirk since high school summer drama days. We were in Winnie the Pooh together; he was Eeyore and I was Owl. Pooh had vodka in his honey jar. We had some new pics of the inn taken by a professional traveling photographer. He knocked at the door and presented with a beautiful wide angle digital camera and although it is not the best time of year quite yet for the gardens, he got a few interior shots that are hard for me to get. So I will stick a couple of them up on this blog. The weather in Long Beach is turning beautiful; the garden is finally getting into shape thanks to a lot of help from Skyler, Allan and Stacey this week. It was fun working together and I will get pics of the garden up on the blog as it starts to bloom. The Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is going strong and the tall ships are coming in June. For events and festivals, always go to www.funbeach.com for the most up to date information. Or call us! We have plenty of openings in June, so come see us! Remember that dining on the Long Beach Peninsula is unique and very exciting. The salmlon fishing season promises to be on of the best in the last decade and sturgeon are still biting (and delicious). Have a great weekend!
May 5th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
Thank you for picking Boreas Inn on KING 5 TV’s Northwest Best Escapes as one of the “Top 5″ Bed and Breakfasts! We are thrilled to be among the winning group and know that without our guests’ wonderful reviews and votes, that we would not be named with such worthy inns. This is a great reward and knowing that we are appreciated is truly the best thanks we could have, other than a fully occupied inn! Come visit and help us celebrate being a Long Beach, Washington Best Escape! Adding to the KING 5 “Northwest Best Escapes” awards, Long Beach was voted “BEST BEACH” and the Boardwalk in Long Beach was voted “Best Place to Kiss”. The North Head Lighthouse was voted #2 “Best Lighthouse” and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was voted #3 “Best Lighthouse”. So in summary, Boreas is on the Best Beach and five blocks from the “Best Place to Kiss” and 10 minutes from two of the best lighthouses! How cool is that? Thank you to KING 5!
April 3rd, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
When driving on Hwy 101 N. after crossing the Astoria Megler Bridge or from Highway 4, you find yourself driving up the most spectacular piece of highway bordering the Columbia River heading northwest towards Long Beach, Washington. You will encounter Fort Columbia State Park, 2 miles west of the bridge, right after you drive through the tunnel. Lots of people miss the grand entrance to this park. This beautiful photo that I found on Flickr is of the restored Officer’s Quarters at Fort Columbia.
Fort Columbia State Park is almost 600 acres of historical parkland with 6,400 feet of freshwater shoreline right on the Columbia River. As State Parks puts it, “The park celebrates a military site that constituted the harbor defense of the Columbia River from 1896 to 1947. The fort was fully manned and operational through three wars. The area was also home for the Chinook Indians and their famed Chief Comcomly.” It was chosen as a key military defense site because of the unobstructed views of the Columbia River. The town of Astoria, Oregon glimmers across the expanse of water. There is an interpretive center, five mile of hiking trails and picnic tables… This is a great spot for a wedding or family reunion or a quiet time for exploring and imagining the time when the mighty Chinook Indians lived on the land.
The State of Washington currently plans to close around 25% of their state parks. They plan to “mothball” Fort Columbia because it is one of the lowest income producing parks in the system. Mothballing means that the gates will be chained and the park closed. This is a tragedy for the State of Washington, for our visitors and for the residents who love this park. The historic significance of Fort Columbia is important–and the vista’s from the park are simply beautiful. Perhaps there will be a reprieve. When you come stay at Boreas Inn, you should visit Fort Columbia and revel in it’s beauty and hike on it’s trails. You will never forget it!
February 28th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
These guys can play!
Northern Departure, a new bluegrass band based out of Seattle, is composed of four extremely talented young men who play with their hearts. Their intricate banjo, guitar and fiddle music will make you HAPPY. It’s hard to believe they haven’t played together for years! I listened to their music on YouTube and was blown away by their talent. So come stay at Boreas Inn March 27, 28, 29th and attend the 5th annual Long Beach Blue Grass Festival. Along with Northern Departure, Charlie Sizemore, Lee Highway, the Cascade Mountain Boys, Old Circle, Ferm Hill, Runway Train and a couple of other banjo picking, fiddling, singing, guitar playing geniuses will be lining up to entertain you. There will be 20 45- minute sets, workshops, jams and a band scramble. Sunday morning is all gospel. The entire festival is within a mile of the Inn, so if you play or sing, bring your voice, your instrument and your sweetheart and have a ball. We will take care of making your dinner reservations! This will be a weekend to remember–you will forget your troubles and tap your toes until they hurt. Eat the finest breakfast around after you snuggle down and sleep in your lofty featherbed at Boreas Inn. This event is just one of many festivals on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula. There is always something happening here! Reserve early!! Mention this blog and you will receive $25 per night discount on a two night minimum stay!
February 27th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
February 26th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
So it started hailing/sleeting/snowing before dark last night and left just a sprinkling of white stuff on the ground and roof tops this morning. The ice crystals were intermingled with darting snow flakes last evening. It was beautiful, like little itty bitty fighter kites darting here and there–but they were snow flakes with very independent minds. Today dawned crystal clear and overall, it was a beautiful day today in the 50′s. Bill saw a whale out in front, heading south, last weekend–probably a gray whale. There are reportedly bait fish and early spring Chinook at the Mouth of the Columbia and it’s rumored that J, K and L pods of Orca’s may be coming from the Puget Sound for brunch. (We haven’t seen Orca’s so far–but perhaps the cruiser Bill saw last weekend was an Orca!) So this might be an interesting whale watching weekend. But who can ever tell what the “big ones” are planning. The Long Beach Peninsula is full of wonder and delight. Here’s an early afternoon shot of the sky and the ocean in front of the inn. Come visit!
February 19th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
For years we had famous hand-thrown Deneen Mugs (Cloth & Clay was the original company name). We recently decided to re-design the mugs with our logo instead of the pen and ink rendition of the inn, and in working with the talented staff at Deneen Pottery, we came up with new mugs! They are simply gorgeous. We picked two different color combinations: dark blue with hunter white marbling and dark blue with pale blue/white marbling. We have them on sale for $17.95 per mug or $34 for two. Deneen Pottery ‘s head honcho, Niles Deneen, is a joy to work with. We are so tickled with the three dimensional depth of the logo and the photo’s I took do not do the work justice. Being hand-thrown, these mugs are painstakingly hand-crafted. A rarity in today’s outsourced world! If you’d like a mug, we can send them to you! (We have to add $8.00 for shipping plus tax.) Please let us know if you’d like one or two. They are collectible. We may soon be having a special with a free mug for a two night stay! So watch for that! Check out my “Mug Shot”!
February 17th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
Well, finally, things seemed back to normal at Boreas Inn–we had a wonderfully busy long weekend with lovely guests. The weather was glorious, the stars were brilliant each night, and the Long Beach Peninsula was looking beautiful.
Over the last two nights, we had a couple staying in The Dunes Suite on their honeymoon. Around our age, these two amazing people were in so many ways very inspiring to us. (This is one of the real rewards of this work–we get to meet phenomenal people!) Alan has metastatic prostate cancer, is solid and hopeful and that helped us to be as optimistic as he is! He is totally in love with his new wife, Susan, who is like an old friend. After the wedding, she tripped and dislocated her left ring finger (I think), and of course, she’s left-handed. Her hand was swollen and very painful. In spite of all the challenges, they were extremely gracious with us and so very loving with each other. How fortunate that they found each other and graced Boreas. Alan, as it turns out, is a most talented photographer. Yesterday, he caught an eagle in a classic pose down in the wetlands area at Beard’s Hollow at Cape Disappointment State Park. I tried to to copy the eagle image he sent me, but the format couldn’t copy so I will ask him to re-send the photographs as attachments. He loves taking pictures of flowers–and I may copy some of those onto a blog when I get a chance. Alan and Susan will be back to celebrate their first anniversary next year. Hopefully they will be back sooner!
The Chocolate Lover’s Dinner at The Depot Restaurant was phenomenal this past weekend. Our guests loved it! I forgot to bring home a menu. The specialty dinners at our local restaurants never cease to amaze me. We had an early Valentine’s dinner there on Friday night to celebrate Bill’s birthday, which was marred by his fracturing his right ankle on the 10th. It’s as swollen as Susan’s left hand. He will get more x-rays tomorrow and find out the prognosis.
Now for a bit of trivia about one of the most frequently asked questions at Boreas. For those of you who don’t know why Cape Disappointment and the Columbia River was so named, here’s the explanation courtesy of Washington State Parks. In 1788, while in search of the Columbia River, English Captain John Meares missed the passage over the river bar and named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment for his failure in finding the river. In 1792, American Captain Robert Gray successfully crossed the river bar and named the river “Columbia” after his ship, the Columbia Rediviva. Only a few years later, in 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived at Cape Disappointment. So now you have the real story!