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Adventures Within 15 minutes of Boreas Inn

February 25th, 2016 by Susie Goldsmith

This week, we had visitors from Bend, two of our best friends who migrated from Portland to Central Oregon about the same time we migrated to Long Beach, Washington. Innkeeping at Boreas Inn is tough work, consuming days, then weeks, then months, even in the winter time when we have fewer guests.  We fall into the habit of not taking any time off to enjoy adventures within 15 minutes of Boreas Inn. So we decided that we would all be tourists and go hiking around our area and at the same time, stay close to home.

We chose the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge for our Sunday adventure. The WNWF consists of a number of “units” both on the Long Beach Peninsula itself, including Leadbetter Point on the northern tip of land to Long Island in the Willapa Bay and across the Bay to the Refuge Headquarters on Highway 101 northbound, across from the boat ramp. We drive by the headquarters frequently on the way to South Bend or Seattle. But we seldom stop except to use the restrooms. Shame on us!  This was a day, indeed, to fall in love again with the Long Beach Peninsula, staying within 15 minutes of home.

We decided to do some hiking at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, home to the Willapa Art Trail and the Cutthroat Climb (a 1.5 mile round trip loop of moderate difficulty),  our chosen adventures on Sunday, the 21st of February.  The Art Walk has depictions of wildlife habitat and creatures you might find in the refuge teaching visitors about the stream and forest lands they will experience. Students from the University of Washington Public Arts Program designed, constructed, and installed the artwork for the Art Trail under the direction of their professors.

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Kathy, Bill and Larry on the Cutthroat Trail. 2.21.16

Perhaps Kathy’s great grandpa cut down this tree! Kathy is not tall, but the stump is huge and would dwarf just about anybody.

The Cutthroat Climb is moderate in difficulty with steps that were a little muddy and slick, but not hazardous to climb. It tooks us an hour. The ecosystems on this walk are diverse with wetlands, streams, forest with amphibians (newts and frogs) and lots of birds. Kathy is a forester and is a good hiking companion because she knows habitat, trees and is also brilliant about identifying birds.  The forest was rich in tweeting; using the original definition of “tweet”. The music was beautiful. Kathy’s great grandfather as well as two of her great uncles were loggers and many years ago, this part of the Refuge was part of their logging territory. So it is entirely possible we were walking where her elders had logged timber.  There are lots of enormous stumps with “springboard notches” chopped into the trees to support boards for loggers to stand on to saw the trees. Perhaps her Great Grandpa used these very notches to carve down the enormous trees. Giant hemlock and Sitka spruce still prevail.  There is no admission charge to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

Having explored the Refuge, we opted for a trip on Monday, the 22nd to our favorite place, Cape Disappointment State Park.  We always love Waikiki Beach in all types of weather and Monday was no exception.

Always a place to take pics. This is early spring at Waikiki Beach at Cape D. 2.22.16

Always a place to take pics. This is early spring at Waikiki Beach at Cape D. 2.22.16

It was warm and sunny and the waves were nice and big.  The logs that had been tossed around by the storms in late December and early January were deposited in places far from their usual landing spots all around the Waikiki Beach and park area. We had to see it to believe what we had seen in pictures. We hiked to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse form the parking lot of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which was closed. My favorite pic of the day is of Dead Man’s Cove on that hike.

My favorite picture of the two days of wandering 15 minutes from home. Dead Man's Cove on the trail to the Cape D Lighthouse.

My favorite picture of the two days of wandering 15 minutes from home. Dead Man’s Cove on the trail to the Cape D Lighthouse.

The seawater was sparkling brilliantly in the sunshine and we had a feeling that we were all alone in the woods with this view all to ourselves.  Which was the truth.  We relaxed awhile at the Lighthouse, talked a bit to the Coasties who were manning the Cape D Lighthouse, and headed back to the car.  To utilize Cape Disappointment State Park, you must have purchased a daily or annual Discover Pass.

The rest of our Monday adventure, we must admit, was 30 minutes from home. Hungry for a beer and munchies, we crossed the bridge to Astoria and hit the Fort George Brewery for a late lunch. Fort George just had their Dark Arts Celebration, Kathy had the Coffee Girl brew that was very dark, a bit sweet, very creamy and full of coffee and chocolate. It was delicious. I started to dream of cooking cakes with Coffee Girl and plan to incorporate “dark arts” into Boreas Inn’s menu. Larry had a Nut Red Ale, Bill his Vortex IPA and I had an IPA also, citrusy and floral; I forget which one.  The Jambalaya and fresh albacore tuna melt hit the spot for us. A bit tired from our expedition, we returned home.

On Tuesday, we took a quick hike to Bell’s View at the North Head Lighthouse

Bell's View is our favorite place to perform tiny weddings for guests at Boreas Inn.

Bell’s View is our favorite place to perform tiny weddings for guests at Boreas Inn.

and then up to the McKenzie Head from the camping area at Cape D State Park.  Once again in search of libation and food, longing for Serious Pizza, which is not open yet at the Park, we drove to Pickled Fish at the Adrift Hotel and ate wood-fired pizza and I had my favorite drink, the Burro, a Moscow Mule made with tequila. Ohhh delicious.  Having played tourist for a few hours each day, we felt as though we had fallen in love with the Long Beach Peninsula. All over again. And almost all of our adventures were indeed within 15 minutes of Boreas Inn. We are happy to help you plan your itinerary when you visit Boreas Inn!  We loved having Kathy and Larry Katz from Bend, Oregon, provide the reason to get away, even for a quickie adventure or three. We live in paradise; there is no question about that!

Razor Clamming Now!

January 6th, 2016 by Susie Goldsmith

Here’s the good news: The Long Beach Peninsula’s annual razor clam season has arrived!    Clam diggers
The year’s first dig is Jan. 7-14, with many more set to continue into the spring. This news has us grinning, and we want to share the good feeling: Razor clam diggers staying at Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn now can have a discount of $20 per night, $179 to $199 per night including our super deluxe breakfast for two, luxurious beds and electric fireplaces in all guest rooms.

Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is the Pacific Northwest’s premier razor clamming beach, and this year’s harvest could be exceptional. Enjoy this seasonal bounty at Boreas Inn, which sits just yards from the Pacific Ocean and the 20-plus miles of beach that stretches north to Leadbetter Point State Park.
Envision this: Wake up and recharge with our fabulous multi-course gourmet breakfast. Take a short stroll to the beach, clam gun in hand, and choose a spot to dig along the almost-endless stretch of sand. Unearth your daily limit, head on back to the bed and breakfast and luxuriate in the gentle glow of your bedside electric fireplace.

Sound about right? We think so too.

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Just remember to purchase a shellfish license before sinking your shovel or clam gun into the sand. Licenses are available at the Mobil gas station in Seaview or online through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn has everything you need to make your razor clam retreat a blast. Complementary clam gun rental? Check. Clam cleaning area? Check. Clamming tips from local pros? Check. Guests staying in our Yett Beach House even have their own kitchen to cook the tasty seasonal treats. The Yett Beach House, a 125-year-old Victorian-era sea cottage, sits adjacent to Boreas Inn and sleeps up to six. It can be yours for $150 per night and you can bring your kids and dog and cook your own breakfast in a fully-equipped kitchen.
Visitors and locals alike have been pulling razor clams from the Peninsula’s sand for more than a century. Sepia photographs of overdressed men and women clamming in the late-1800s grace the walls of many Peninsula homes and museums. The “World’s Largest Frying Pan” in downtown Long Beach isn’t just a gimmick – it was heated up and put to use during decades-old clam cook-offs. And the annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, set for April 9-10, is one of the Peninsula’s biggest draws celebrating Boreas Inn winter rates!

So clamming isn’t just a pastime around here, it’s part of the culture. And you’re invited to join the fun! Give us a call today to take advantage of our Razor Clam Digger Special rates– it’s a delicious deal you don’t want to miss! Clam diggers3   Jan. 7, Thursday, 4:57 p.m.; 0.1 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 8, Friday, 5:37 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 9, Saturday, 6:16 p.m.; -0.8 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 10, Sunday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.0 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 11, Monday, 7:34 p.m.; -1.0 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 12, Tuesday, 8:14 p.m.; -0.8 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 13, Wednesday, 8:56 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 14, Thursday, 9:40 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach

Drew C. Foster is a writer and blogger based on the Long Beach Peninsula. He can be reached at drewcfoster@gmail.com.

The Red Chair Goes Fishing!

August 10th, 2015 by Susie Goldsmith

Red had quite a day today hanging out with our friend, Ian Wood, deckhand on the Time Bandit from the Deadliest Catch!  Red’s sitting on the deck of Ian’s beautiful new tuna fishing boat, FV Pacific Quest at the Port of Ilwaco, Washington.  Boreas Inn’s Bill Verner thought it would be exciting for Red to meet a hero from the Deadliest Catch who might soon be on a West Coast version of National Geographic’s show “Wicked Tuna” with his new boat.  The Port of Ilwaco is the home to the fishing fleet near the Mouth of the Columbia River, where over 2,000 boats and ships have have gone down–more than in the rounding of the infamous Cape Horn! A spectacular area for sports and commercial fishing, salmon, halibut, rock fish, Dungeness Crab are a few of the tasty jewels  pulled from the sea and the Columbia River closeonly a few miles from Long Beach, Washington’s Boreas Inn. This is only one of the today’s adventures experienced by the Red Chair Travels! 

Ian Wood, Deckhand on the Deadliest Catch's Time Bandit hosted Red on his tuna boat today!

Ian Wood, Deckhand on the Deadliest Catch’s Time Bandit hosted Red on his tuna boat today!

Red is the "Skipper of the Day" of Ian Wood's new tuna boat, FV Pacific Quest.

Red is the “skipper of the day” of Ian Wood’s new tuna boat.

Red is just sitting around on Ian's boat today!

Red is just sitting around on Ian’s boat today!

Red hanging with the old tree (19)

Red looks insignificant alongside this old growth fir tree on the trail to Bell’s View at Cape Disappointment State Park.

Red hanging with the old tree

The Red Chair is hanging around its relatives today at Cape Disappointment State Park!

Red also cruised to Cape Disappointment State Park

This Lookout, called Bell's View is one of the prettiest in the State of Washington

This Lookout, called Bell’s View is one of the prettiest in the State of Washington

My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA on January 13, 2015

My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA.

Blue Skies at the North Head Lighthouse

Blue Skies at the North Head Lighthouse

and the North Head Lighthouse.  Our favorite trail there, Bell’s View, was on the agenda. We officiated two tiny weddings there last week and wanted Red to see the old growth forest on the pathway and the glorious view of the 28 mile-long Long Beach Peninsula. On a clear day, the Olympic Mountain Range can be seen in the distance, north of the peninsula.  The North Head Lighthouse is being restored from the wear and tear it experiences in winds topping 140 mph during some of the storms we can get along the beach. The headlands, 4 miles south of Boreas Inn host two lighthouses, the North Head and Cape Disappointment Lighthouses.  This immense park is one of five state parks on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula.  Cape D is the location of Maya Lin’s Confluence Project that honors our local Chinook Indian tribe encountered by Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery when they arrived at the Pacific Ocean. Clark and the Corps walked on the Boreas Inn property on November 19, 1805. Of course we weren’t there yet, but that’s where the ocean was in 1805!  This is the last day for Boreas Inn to host the Red Chair, which will be traveling tomorrow on to Nathan and Casey Allen at Swantown Inn Bed and Breakfast in Olympia, WA! Fare thee well, Red Chair. We love you!

Red at Bell's View observation deck at Cape D State Park

Red at Bell’s View observation deck at Cape D State Park

Bell's View and Red

High on an observation platform overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Bell’s View, Red is watching for the early gray whale migration.

 

 

January Spring Days in Long Beach, WA

January 20th, 2015 by Susie Goldsmith

My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA on January 13, 2015

My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA on January 13, 2015

The Beach in Front of Boreas

This Lookout, called Bell's View is one of the prettiest in the State of Washington
This Lookout, called Bell’s View is one of the prettiest in the State of Washington with the Olympic Mountains in view way up north!
Blue Skies on January 13, 2015 at the North Head Lighthouse

Blue Skies on January 13, 2015 at the North Head Lighthouse

 

Bright winter sunshine at Boreas Inn!

Bright winter sunshine at Boreas Inn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Beach Peninsula had a fine summer and winter is looking much the same.  These images of “January Spring Days in Long Beach, WA” prove my point!  This winter has hosted monsoon days interspersed with perfect blue skies, warm temps, flat surf, modified by some big gust days creating huge surf and more warm temperatures.  Sure we had a little freeze a month or so ago… but really, I think I like the changes in our weather patterns.

These January Spring Days in Long Beach have raised my mood considerably and made life more bearable. Of course Vitamin D is still in my daily repertoire, a necessity for many reasons, but it is possible to get some safe sunshine on our bodies.  The other day at Waikiki Beach, we could have sunbathed!  Guests of ours have pictures over New Years of their young daughter in a tank top at Cape D State Park. Christina prefaced showing me the picture with “Don’t think we are into child neglect but it was very warm at Waikiki Beach today!”  These pics were taken by me playing tourist with Linda Hanlon, former peninsula resident now living in Seattle. We captured the beauty of January 13, 2015.  Almost too warm for a jacket and offering perfect images of Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, WA.  Come take photographs of our beautiful area, stay at Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn in the lap of luxurious surroundings and fine breakfast dining! If you’re looking for things to do, drive for 10 minutes and see Cape D for yourself!

Gray Whales Cruising by Long Beach, WA

January 23rd, 2014 by Susie Goldsmith

Seeing and hearing whales always causes an inexplicable joy in me. Humans are fascinated with their fellow mammals. Whales breath air, have hair, are warmblooded and give birth to live offspring that suckle milk from their mothers.  Gray whales range in length from 40-50 feet and can have flukes (tales) that can measure ten feet across. Females are usually larger than males .  The Gray whales weigh 50,000 to 80,000 pounds and can live up to 50 years. They can start growing barnacles even as youngsters.  We’ve seen Grays rubbing their barnacles on the North Jetty at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington, 10 minutes from our B&B, Boreas Inn.

On occasion you can see a Gray whale fluke off the Long Beach Peninsula!

On occasion you can see a Gray whale fluke off the Long Beach Peninsula!

Two times each year, the Gray whales cruise by the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula.  After spending summers feeding and fattening up in the Arctic waters, the Gray whales head south cruising off the Pacific Coast to the bays in Southern California and Baja, Mexico.  You can witness this migration starting in mid-December and it peaks in early January and can usually be seen into early February.

When Gray whales are cruising by the Long Beach Peninsula, whether heading north or south, the whale’s goal is to get where they are going and generally they do not hang around and feed–except for maybe some shrimp-like creatures and a fish or two.  In fact, they are known to go without food for 3 to 5 months, which is why they must fatten up when in the rich Arctic waters before heading south to play in Baja.  While in Baja, the whales mate and nurse their young. The gestation period for Grays is 11-13 months.  When nursing, Gray whale moms can produce up to 50 gallons of milk daily containing over 50% fat. Calves can gain 60-70 pounds a day and build up their blubber quite quickly.

The Grays begin their return journey back north to the Arctic from Baja starting in mid-March. The immature whales, adult males and females without offspring head north first cruising by our coast in March and April. Then later, females with calves head north at a slower rate, passing the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula in May.  So there is the possibility of seeing whales on and off for about six months of the year. We have seen gray whales in the surf-line from the lookout on Loop 100 in September leading us to believe that some Gray whales must be hanging out on the Washington coast much of the year.  So maybe there are now “home” pods of Gray whales.

The best spots here to watch for whales is from the North Head Lighthouse and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park, a 10 minute drive from Boreas Inn.  The whales can spout up to 15 feet in the air through their two blowholes, so that is often what we see when we watch for whales at the Park.  When we have gray skies, the whales water and skies are fairly close in color so the spouting is sometimes all you can see.  Bring your binoculars or borrow ours–there’s no guarantee you will see Gray whales, but it is fun to look.  With the fabulous weather we’ve been having all fall and winter, this is a great activity on the Long Beach Peninsula! It’s much easier to see gray whales when there is blue sky!

This is more likely what you will see--the spout! Thrilling!

This is more likely what you will see–the spout! Thrilling!

Valentine’s Day Is More Than Hearts and Flowers

January 21st, 2014 by Susie Goldsmith

There is a lot I didn’t know about Valentine’s Day, celebrated annually on February 14th by millions of us in a variety of ways.  In the B&B business, we celebrate by promising couples a romantic getaway, a time to connect, eat fine meals, sleep in glorious beds and buy each other treats you do not ordinarily purchase on other holidays.  But wait, there is so much more!

Valentine was martyred because he helped couples get married.

Valentine was martyred because he helped couples get married.

Did you know that Valentine’s Day, February 14th, is actually the commemoration of the death of Saint Valentine around A.D. 270?  St. Valentine is a martyr!! Makes sense, right?  Rumor has it that he was a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome by the Emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples to wed. Claudius felt that married soldiers did not fight as hard as unmarried soldiers, so he brutally executed Valentine for ruining his army. But then another account claims he was the Bishop of Terni and put to death also by Claudius II on the outskirts of Rome.  Chances are, it’s the same guy. This hugely recognized third-century Roman saint has been associated since the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries (called the “High Middle Ages”) with the tradition of what is called “courtly love”.  But nobody knows much about this fellow except that he died on February 14th on Via Flaminia in the north of Rome.  I looked up Via Flaminia to see if there is much to do there.  There are a couple of hotels on Trip Advisor but the text was in Italian and though I recognized a few words but it did not appear that Valentine’s Day or St. Valentine were key reasons to go there. Next time I’m in Rome, my favorite large European city so far, I will check out Via Flaminia.

Did you know that there are about a dozen St. Valentine’s and there was a Pope named Valentine too?  But the official saint we celebrate is “St. Valentine of Rome”.  Because it is the job of saint to stay busy in the afterlife, their duties include interceding in the affairs of those of us on earth and petitioned by us earthlings in need of something.  So this saint has multiple responsibilities including being the Patron Saint of Epilepsy and of Beekeepers. He is also the Patron Saint of the plaque, fainting and travel.  But most romantically, because these other duties are not the least romantic, St. Valentine is the patron saint of engaged couples and happy marriages.  His saintly duties with respect to epilepsy is easy to explain and  demonstrates the historic intertwining of medicine and religion. Seizures were thought of as being caused by supernatural spirits or dark forces and saints were an antidote to evil.

St. Valentine’s skull is on display in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Rome and his body parts can be found distributed in the Czech Republic, Ireland, Scotland, England and France.  Apparently he was dug up from a catacomb near Rome and scattered around.  Poor dead St. Valentine. I wonder if they did DNA testing to determine whether the bones were, actually those of St. Valentine.  The St. Valentine of Rome!

The Basilica di Santa Maria may be where St. Valentine's remnants were found!

The Basilica di Santa Maria may be where St. Valentine’s remnants were found!

It is conjecture that Valentine’s Day may have been invented by the Medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer who wrote a poem around 1375 in which he linked a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of the feast day held on February 14th. No records exist of romantic celebrations linked with Valentine’s Day until he wrote the poem “Parliament of Foules”, when birds and humans come together to find a mate. “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day/Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.”  (And the English claim to know how to spell!)  So Valentine’s Day is when the foul (I think he means “fowl”!) claim their mates.  So it’s very likely that Chaucer is the man who created the “romantic” version of Valentine’s Day! Maybe that’s why birds, particularly doves, are often associated with Valentine’s Day.

Apparently there are multiple opportunities to celebrate Valentine’s Day because of the many St. Valentines on the roster of Saints in the Roman Catholic Church. You can celebrate St. Valentine of Viterbo on November 3rd, St. Valentine of Raetia on January 7, and the only female St. Valentine (Valentina) who was a virgin martyred in Palestine on July 25, A.D . 308.  I wonder if one can obtain a Doctorate in St. Valentine lore.  I don’t doubt it.  Come celebrate Valentine’s Day with us, at Boreas Inn this year!

Valentine's Day at Boreas Inn will be the highlight of your February!

Valentine’s Day at Boreas Inn will be the highlight of your February!

 

 

The #1 New Years’ Resolution

January 8th, 2014 by Susie Goldsmith

So what is the Innkeeper’s #1 New Years’ Resolution? Here we are on day 8 of 2014 and I’ve already blown my #1 2014 New Years Resolution–which was to work out three times a week at SNAP Fitness, our great new local 24 hour gym. It is not that Boreas Inn is slamming busy this time of year.  Being overwhelmed by lots of guests, unfortunately, is not a good reason not to work out three times per week like it is in the busy season. So what is it that devastates my #1 New Years’ Resolution? Each day seems to evaporate.  Poof!  And the gym isn’t a part of it.

New Years' Resolution

I do not think I will lift large weights. Maybe just some elliptical and circuit work?

Twenty four hours per week really do evaporate at DaVita, my other job that has re-immersed me in clinical social work, my first passion. Intense, necessary, important to me and hopefully my patients and it is very worthwhile work.  When one is accustomed to working seven days per week for 18 years, cramming in another 24 hours in the work week at DaVita is no big deal, right?

Let’s see, other impediments to  me keeping my #1 New Years’ Resolution….The Visitor’s Bureau Executive Committee and Board. Some hours in the first two weeks of the month, then email…not such a huge time commitment, right? Right. The Washington Bed&Breakfast Guild Board of Directors meetings. Quarterly meetings, email, love the organization, 2.5 days this week. Completely mentally and emotionally satisfying teamwork with a fun, interesting, inspiring group of committed entrepreneurial innkeepers.

Ahhh…that’s what happened to my #1 New Years’ Resolution for 2014.  It’s day 8–I’ve only worked out twice.  But I have worked out my brain on a daily basis.  But that does not register on a FitBit!  And not to forget, we have had a few guests at Boreas Inn too.

Now that I’ve analyzed and viewed in print what’s been up in the first 8 days of 2014,  I understand why I have not kept my #1 New Years Resolution for this year.  And I WILL meet my commitment to myself and work out at SNAP Fitness three times per week.  Or maybe two…  :-)  :-)

Putting my #1 New Years’ Resolution aside, there is good stormy weather and high surf predicted for this coming weekend and nowhere is better than Boreas Inn  and the available Yett Beach House to watch a winter storm on the Long Beach Peninsula!  Boreas Inn has beautiful beds, cozy fireplaces, and a fine breakfast befitting a King and Queen (which are also our bed sizes)! Bill and I will be here in fine form with nothing but time to devote to showing our guests the best B&B experience on the coast.  ( The extra special treat this weekend is the Seahawks game at 1:35 pm on Saturday, the 11th. Our guests will be invited to watch the game with us, dressed in our Seahawks jersey finest, at The Lost Roo.  Seven giant TV’s should be adequate for viewing!

And hopefully this weekend, maybe we can walk in the rain…to SNAP Fitness to work out! Boreas Inn Innkeepers entertaining in the Kitchen.

The Holidays are a Time to Visit Boreas Inn and Dig Razor Clams!

December 13th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Stay at Boreas Inn  this month! We have some availability for Christmas and plenty New Years and all you need for Christmas are gifts for  under the Boreas tree.  A ready-made holiday is yours complete with decorations! Just bring your toothbrush!

Our Crab Cake and Champagne Brunch on New Years’ Day is about as delectable as any breakfast you’ve ever had because we like to start the year out right! The Depot, Pelicano, The Shelburne Inn Restaurant, 42nd Street and Jimella and Nanci’s are open for New Years’ and if you would like to dine out on Christmas, many of these restaurants are open–we will set up your dinners!!  There will be fireworks on New Years’ Eve sponsored by the City of Long Beach!

Readers of this blog and Facebook friends can go for our Walk-in Rate ($150 for $179 rooms and $170 for the $199 Dunes Suite)  if you can book at least two nights! Just mention it in your online reservation notes and we will fix your rate  in the system!

The Inn was decorated by our guests and family last weekend and we had such a relaxing time time doing it–that in reality, it didn’t get completed. So Bill has hung the fresh cedar boughs and new lights outside this week!

This weekend is the annual B&B Open House with The Shelburne, Charles Nelson Guest House and Boreas Inn participating  Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm.  Come by and see us and taste some great cookies baked by Bill and Susie!  Open House Visitors are encouraged to bring along non-perishable food items and canned foods to donate to our local food banks.  It’s a hungry time of year for many of our neighbors, so we hope we can make a tiny difference!

The Port of Ilwaco is again hosting the World’s Largest Crab Pot Christmas Tree.  How many of you have seen one of those?  Many of the Saturday Market artisans have moved indoors on the Port to sell their wares for the holidays and are open on the weekends until Christmas.  Shopping on the Peninsula is very good–I used to come here from Portland, before I moved here, just to shop before the holidays!

For even more activities this weekend and over New Years, there are razor clams to be harvested this weekend, December 14th,15th,16th and then over New Years on December 29th, 30th and 31st! These are late afternoon tides…easy and fun. The clamming has been great this year.

Once a year we do a Holiday Newsletter, “The Boreas Barometer”. We will do them more frequently in the future, but do not want to be nuisance emailers!  I have no way of attaching the entire newsletter to this blog post, but do have a picture of the masthead!  It is a pretty newsletter..produced with my own pics by Reservation Nexus, our reservation system webmasters.   Boreas Inn is fortunate to have a few thousand people on our email list and we hope that the newsletter is informative and lets readers know we’re thinking of them!  If you’d like one, just drop us a line to boreas@boreasinn.com and we will send you one!!  We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Years full of love and friendship!       Your innkeepers, Susie Goldsmith and Bill Verner

Our holiday newsletter is out today!

Our holiday newsletter is out today!

10th Annual Wild Mushroom Celebration at Boreas Inn, October 11-13, 2013

August 2nd, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Boreas Inn’s Wild Mushroom Celebration weekend is October 11th-13th, 2013.

  • The special weekend at Boreas Inn includes a four-course Wild Mushroom and Wine dinner on Saturday night, October 12th, at Pelicano Restaurant. Boreas Inn’s traditional Wild Mushroom Celebration Brunch on Sunday is 6-courses and a chance to have breakfast with Veronica Williams, our “All Wild” expert mushroom forager.
  • The cost for the weekend is $560 per couple in the $179 rooms for two nights, two brunches, the Pelicano Mushroom and Wine Dinner, with the extra special Boreas Inn Wild Mushroom Celebration Brunch on Sunday with complementary sparkling wine at no extra charge. This price includes all taxes and restaurant gratuities. The Dunes is an extra $45–$605 all-inclusive.
  • Add a night to any room for just $160 plus tax and that includes The Dunes–a $29-$39 savings!
  • Veronica will host a casual Wild Mushroom Discussion in the Boreas living room open to the public on Sunday at around 11 a.m. Please RSVP for the Wild Mushroom Discussion.
This particular 5" chanterelle has enchanted us for years. Delicious and so beautiful.

This particular 5″ chanterelle has enchanted us for years. Delicious and so beautiful.

Celebrate Wild Mushrooms with us!

The most perfect one yet!

The most perfect one yet!

Bill surrounded Susie, on her birthday, with wild mushrooms found within yards of Boreas!

Bill surrounded Susie, on her birthday, with wild mushrooms found within yards of Boreas!

Dine At the Source with our Local Mushrooms as key ingredients! King Boletus, Chanterelles and Matsutaki's all in one place!

Dine At the Source with our Local Mushrooms as key ingredients! King Boletus, Chanterelles and Matsutaki’s all in one place!

32nd Annual Northwest Garlic Festival This Weekend in Ocean Park, WA and more!

June 13th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Are you a garlic lover?  Have you tried ice cream with caramelized garlic and fudgy ribbons laced in vanilla ice cream?  It is delicious, believe it or not.  The Northwest Garlic Festival has been a favorite of guests at Boreas Inn for  all the years we’ve been here. In the “old days”, our guests would attend the famous Garlic Festival Dinner at The Ark and we had to attend with our guests. If not, on Sunday morning, the Inn would exude garlic from the guests who had ingested something like 13 cloves of garlic per person from The Ark Garlic Festival dinner from the night before.   When you’ve participated, you smell too and it’s just not so bad.

The Northwest Garlic Festival is being held on Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Beach Baron’s field on Sandridge Road in Ocean Park, Washington. Travel time is only 15 minutes from Long Beach. The admission is free and you will find garlic in every form you can think of.  There will even be garlic people!  You can also shop for pottery, clothing, jewelry, soaps and lotions (not garlic scented!) and there are always  great spice and olive oil vendors at the Festival plus music and entertainment featuring the North Coast Blues Band. The admission is free!  Although we do miss The Ark’s Garlic Festival dinners because they were among the most outrageous and wonderful parties we have been to,  the good news is that  you can go to Jimella and Nanci’s Market Cafe a few miles up the road from us in Klipsan Beach and partake of the incredible offerings from the former chefs from The Ark any time you are here.  Your favorite Ark dishes are still on the menu and we will make your reservations for you!

The Port of Ilwaco’s  Saturday Market is in full gear with more vendors than ever in a perfect setting on the Port of Ilwaco.  This is such a great venue for shopping!  You can shop at the Shoalwater Cove and Don Nisbett’s gallery as well as cruise the long line of booths with fine art photography, metal art, children’s toys, lotions and potions, jewelry, embroidered clothing and lots more including FOOD!   So there’s much to do this and every weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula.  Get a room at the Inn, laze in the hammocks, borrow our bikes and cruise the Discovery Trail, dine at our fabulous restaurants and let us cook up a storm for you each morning–even though the skies will be sunny!

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