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Razor Clam Festival in Long Beach, Washington April 27 & 28, 2013

March 31st, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Are you looking for something absolutely unique to do April 26th -28th? Come to the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival! Oh the nostalgia!  My earliest memories of clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula, when I was a toddler, were of cold, bare wet feet, soon to be numb, in the early morning. Out on the wide beach, in the wet sand, with my parents and two older brothers,  I trotted around looking for dimples in the sand.  “There’s one, Dad! There’s one, Mom!”  I was too little to dig.  My brothers had clam guns.  We got a gazillion clams and then, the inevitable. We had to clean the clams.  I was too little, for years, to touch a knife, and if you know me now, sometimes I am still too little to touch a knife!  But I had to rinse the clean clams free of sand under the cold tap water in the clam cleaning rooms at whichever old motels we stayed in.  My frozen fingers now matched my frozen, wet sandy feet! In the Boulevard Motel or The Lighthouse Motel…wherever our family could stay, the clam-cleaning rooms smelled the same–salty, slightly musty, very damp.  Back then, we could dig all the clams we wanted. So we would clean then for what seemed to me like hours. So the razor clams we loved so much would be ground up and made into clam chowder.  I turned the crank of the old food grinder–I still have one. I was never too little to grind clams.  The razors made the best clam chowder in the world and my dad always took all the credit.  The fried clams he produced were always considered a  huge treat–way back then.  I remember Long Beach’s World’s Largest Frying Pan being used for frying clams.  It was clearly a good time.

Well- the GOOD TIMES ARE BACK!  They say 20,ooo people came to the 2nd Razor Clam Festival in 1941!  The last Razor Clam Festival was, we think, in 1968.  Well it’s BACK!  The first Razor Clam Festival in around 45 years will happen in Long Beach, WA on April 27 and 28 this year!  This event brings back such sweet childhood memories for me and perhaps it will be a new memory for you.

So who is the genius who re-created the The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival?  Well, Randy Dennis of The Dennis Company, who happens to be one of the State’s most inventive, entrepreneurial, forward thinking and nicest guys we will ever know!  Events of the Festival include:

Clam Festival Court–Francis O’Neil was the “Clam Festival Bathing Beauty” in 1948–the QUEEN of the court will be here to re-start the tradition!

Razor Clam Digging Lessons- You have to pre-register for Saturday and Sunday morning lessons in front of The Breakers Hotel.

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife will judge “Biggest Clam Dug” and “Best Looking Limit” for $100 prizes!

Chowder Cook-Off–Local restaurants will compete for “Best Chowder” Trophy accompanied by music from the North Coast Blues band.

There will be Tummy Warmer Stations at the Pavillion at the foot of the Bolstad Beach Approach with cookies, hot cocoa, coffee & tea.

Vintage Clam Festival postcards, t-shirts, mugs, magnets, the Official Razor Clam Festival Poster by Don Nesbitt and other swag will be available!

There will be street entertainment by Dennis Duck, the Beard’s Hollow Pirates and Queen L DeDa’s Mermaids downtown on Saturday!

There will be clam supplies, weather gear and more available at the Dennis Company in Long Beach on both days.

A Clam Gun Decorating Contest is being held at the local elementary schools, the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club with public voting.

This photo courtesy of Wayne O'Neil collection! This is the 1948 Clam Festival Court!

This photo courtesy of Wayne O’Neil collection! This is the 1948 Clam Festival Court!

So where will you stay for this grand occasion on the weekend of April 26th?  Currently there are openings at beautiful Boreas Inn, just a few short blocks from this much anticipated event!  You can re-warm your frozen tootsies and laze around after your invigorating participation in this historic event–the Razor Clam Festival in downtown Long Beach, WA!

So if you’re thinking of coming to this really fabulous event, make your reservations now!!!

 

Come Hunt This Weekend for The Pacific Razor Clam — Siliqua Patula

February 16th, 2012 by Susie Goldsmith

The hunt for the beautiful and delicious bivalve will resume this weekend on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula. The digs are late afternoon/ early evening with low tide Saturday, Feb.18, is at 4:13 p.m. (0.0 feet), and on Sunday, Feb.19, at 5 p.m. (-0.2 feet).  Plan on being on the beach one to two hours before evening low tide.  You will truly feel you have earned your supper when you dig and clean your clams and then have the privilege of dining on the most gourmet clam of them all, the Siliqua Patula!  Stay at beautiful Boreas Inn on the beach in Long Beach, Washington and we will loan you clam guns and Bill might even show you how to clean your clams and may, even, if you’re very lucky, show you how to cook and EAT them!  The spring clam tides will be announced soon, so there will be many more weekends with a chance to dig those glorious bivalves!

Long Beach, Washington is Clamming Paradise!

Clamming This Weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula!

March 15th, 2011 by Susie Goldsmith

Come to Long Beach this weekend and get the best of both worlds–luxurious B&B, great food and razor clamming–which is getting right down to the real nitty gritty (to coin a phrase from the 70′s)!  Crawl out of your beautiful, warm, cushy Boreas bed in the morning an hour or so before low tide on Sunday, then freeze your fannies off in the early morning digs and be back at the Inn with your limit of 15 razor clams, warming up by the fire with our great coffee by 9:30 am breakfast time!  The first dig on Saturday is actually a late afternoon dig–so you can work up an appetite for dinner at one of our fine dinner houses! We will make all arrangements!

Long Beach, Washington will open for razor clam digging for FOUR days at noon March 19!  Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, advises prospective diggers to pay particular attention to the shift in digging times during this month’s razor-clam opening.   “It gets a little tricky scheduling digs at this time of year, but the goal is to arrange openings during the best clam tides,” Ayres said. “The split schedule also provides an opportunity for back-to-back digs the evening of Saturday, March 19, and the morning of Sunday, March 20.”

Digging days and low tides for March are:

  • Saturday, March 19, 7:04 p.m. (-0.1 ft); Long Beach
  • Sunday, March 20, 7:36 a.m. (-0.5 ft); Long Beach
  • Monday, March 21, 8:23 a.m. (-0.9 ft); Long Beach

·         Tuesday March 22, 9:12 a.m. (-1.0 ft); Long Beach   So get your clam digging license, required if you are age 15 or older and come down and dig some razor clams.   Ayres reminds diggers that WDFW is tentatively planning another razor-clam opening April 7-9 until noon each day at Long Beach and Twin Harbors if marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat. Licenses expire on March 31,  so you need to make sure, for the April digs coming up, that you get a new license.

It was a beautiful, calm day of razor clamming at Beard's Hollow

Food! Food! Gourmet Breakfasts!

November 23rd, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

Boreas Inn has been touted by guests in reviews on Trip Advisor and BedandBreakfast.com as having the best breakfasts! Here’s one such review. “Starting at 9:30 and lasting for at least 1  1/2 hours, they fed us the most wonderful, tasty meals that were really “brunch”. We started with fruit and sweets with Susie’s homemade sauces, then we were presented with Bill’s platter of pancakes, meat, fritatta,

"A breakfast like no other awaits" at Boreas Inn

"A breakfast like no other awaits" at Boreas Inn

or other entree of the morning. This always held us over until we went to dinner at the best restaurants in the area that had been reserved for us in advance by Susie.”

Since you will indeed be feeling well-fed until dinner time, let us set up your dinners!  The Depot Restaurant’s clam chowder, with each bowl beautifully hand-crafted, has been receiving the “best clam chowder I’ve ever had”  reviews from our guests for years.  It’s no surprise! Chef Michael and his team steam the Willapa clams for each bowl and add the razor clams and freshly sauteed veggies just for your bowl of chowder!  We love the philosophy of hand-crafted local foods, made with attention to detail with the love of the art of fine cuisine as demonstated by our local Chefs, particularly at The Depot, Pelicano, the 42nd Street Cafe and The Shelburne Restaurant and Pub.

“Dining At The Source” is what it’s all about here on the Long Beach Peninsula. Fresh, local ingredients and the passion for cooking are evident not only at Boreas Inn.  The variety of “the best” grilled steaks, seafood and fresh specials makes The Depot, especially when we reserve the Chef’s Table for our guests, a top pick of our guests along with Pelicano Restaurant on the Port of Ilwaco. Pelicano receives top reviews for their variations on their fried fresh Willapa Bay oysters and the deliciously crisp, perfectly balanced Caesar salad, one of my favorite combinations. Order them as appetizers and you get a full meal deal for $16. Then you have room for Chocolate Pot au Creme for dessert. The most decadent dark chocolate preparation available on the peninsula.  The 42nd Street Cafe has Jean Marc, the waiter extraordinaire, exotic daily changing seafood stews, pot roast like your mom used to make (well maybe….) and THE BEST sturgeon preparation when in season!  I could go on and on about our local restaurants, the wait staff, chefs and dear friends who are the proprietors. You have to eat it to believe it! Experience our wild winter weather, beautiful holiday decor (going up with help from guests on December 6th) and our annual New Years’ Day Crabcake and Champagne Brunch, offered at no extra charge to our guests! We will set up everything to make your stay simply perfect! We have a couple of openings left for Thanksgiving and lots of rooms available for Christmas and afterwards. Relax by the fire places and dine on the best cuisine the Pacific Northwest has to offer!  Boreas Inn was chosen as the Top Five Best B&B’s by KING 5 TV “Northwest Best Getaways” in 2009!

I'm not ready for this rain! The clamming weekend should have some sun!

November 12th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

The last couple of days have been very wet. Yesterday morning, it was windy and driving to the Astoria Bridge was exciting with the Columbia River at high tide, splashing over the rip rap onto the highway. My car got splashed. I like it when that happens as long as the waves aren’t too large and boisterous. The big winds subsided and the last day has merely been warm and wet. A “Pineapple Express”! The end of the week shows clearing in time for the three day clam digging tide here on the Long Beach Peninsula. We did have a glorious day at the beginning of this week before the current storm arrived. Sunny and low 60′s.

First Razor Clam Tide is on October 17-19, 2008!

October 6th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

These beautiful bi-valves will light up your taste buds if you come to Long Beach, WA to dig them on October 17-19. The first clam tide of autumn coincides with Boreas Inn’s Wild Mushroom Celebration Weekend. Indulge in mushrooms and razor clams, two of our favorite things to eat, all in one weekend! Yum!

Autumn is the Time for Clamming

August 11th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

You call this Spring?

April 18th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

Rays of Sunlight at the North Head LighthouseWelcome to Springtime in the Pacific Northwest!
Last weekend it was 78 degrees, this weekend it might snow. We’ve seen snowflakes today mixed with the hail, rain and sunshine.
It’s 38 degrees out and the wind is blowing. It’s a clam digging weekend, early morning clam tides.
It would be a rare sight to see people clamming in the snow at 6:30 a.m.
You can be sure I won’t be there!
We don’t attract many clamdiggers at the inn, which is fairly busy (one room is open) on this blustery, cold weekend; the fireplace is glowing in the living room and the featherbeds and down will be cozy and beckoning the guests after their great meals at The Depot, The Port Bistro and the 42nd Street Cafe!
This will be a good weekend for guests to eat, go to museums and sit by the fire.
Speaking of meals, we need to eat dinner!

Clam Digging in Long Beach this Weekend, April 19-20

April 15th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

Bill and I went razor clam digging at Beard’s Hollow during the last clam tide, on April 7th.
We hadn’t clammed together for a long time and it was a blast.
It rained, but who cares!

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