Blaine took this video last week and it’s so beautiful! It is whale-watching season and we’ve had some great days to look for the migrating gray whales, heading north to Alaska! When you come stay at Boreas Inn, we will set you up to eat dinner at Blaine and Cheri Walker’s 42nd Street Cafe. Unique dining, and the coziest, most romantic Bed and Breakfast in Washington State are yours for the asking! Come visit soon–the whales will be running up the coast for the next couple of months and the weather in the Columbia Pacific region is alternating between being warm and glorious and… not!
Archive for the ‘Unique dining’ Category
March 11th, 2010 by Susie Goldsmith
February 20th, 2010 by Susie Goldsmith
The thermometers have been reading in the 70’s in the sun and in the 60’s in the shade and we are ever so grateful to celebrate this precious sunshine in our mild winter season. If we say this too loudly, winter will return, as gentle as it has been this season. So shhhhhh! It has snowed in March the last two years; just when we thought we had sailed through winter into springtime. Long Beach, Washington weather is tough to predict–and always a surprise–but thinking back the 15 seasons we’ve been here, this isn’t all that unusual for February!
I baked a Pineapple Toasted Macadamia Nut coffee cake for one of the pastry courses for our guests for tomorrow’s breakfast. Fine breakfast cuisine is our tradition at Boreas Inn and we hope that we rank with the best in the west at our romantic beach getaway in Long Beach, Washington! I will post the recipe on our website when I get a chance.
The mini-daffodils are so bright and hopeful on the front deck of the inn and the banners are bright against our residence. I have been fighting the urge to buy more spring plants–but know if I do, we will have a freeze. Guests are walking on the beach, exploring the lighthouses and dining at The Depot, Pelicano Restaurant and Jimella’s tonight for dinner. The best dining in the state of Washington is right here on the Peninsula. Lucky us!
We have rooms available for next weekend, the 26th and 27th of February–and even the Dunes Suite awaits your escape to the beach. The gray whales are cruising by and the North Head Lighthouse and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is a great place for spotting them! On occasion, they approach the jetty and scrape off their barnacles. Next weekend at the World Kite Museum, the Asian New Year Celebration continues with the spectacular kites of Malaysia and Singapore. The Kite Museum has the largest private collection of kites in the entire world and is well worth a visit–walking distance from Boreas!
So come dine at the source, sleep in the lap of luxury and play at the prettiest beach in the Northwest. Make each day a cause for celebration and we will be your co-conspirators in planning a quick getaway to Long Beach!
December 30th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
News flash! The Chinook Observer just released their reader’s survey results for the 2010 “Best of the Discovery Coast” and Boreas Inn scored in four categories! We were named “Coziest Bed and Breakfast” and “Most Romantic Get-away” and placed second for “Best Coffee” and third for “Best Omelette”. Wow! Kudos to Cafe Mam from Eugene, our organic, shade-grown, free-trade coffee with our own Boreas Blend– French, Italian and Espresso. We couldn’t be more pleased! We still have a couple of rooms open for our New Years’ Day Celebration with Crab Cakes and Champagne! Come to the beach! (And of course, we will be watching our Ducks win the Rose Bowl!)
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,
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!
October 28th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
Bill and I have beautiful and unique guests at Boreas Inn, of that, there is no doubt. Do they come for our stuffed pears, our buttery pastries, great coffee, wild mushroom and smoked sturgeon fritattas? Sure they do. Do they come for a dreamy nights’ sleep on glorious beds? Yep–they do. Great views, laughter, open space and us, the silly innkeepers….uh huh. But do our guests come to entertain us with exceptional music played just for us at the breakfast table? Very very seldom… Today was such a treat for us. David and Dana Berge, after knowing each other for 30 years, decided to marry last month. They came to Boreas for one night, last night, as part of their ongoing honeymoon. (So sweet!!) We didn’t know they were talented musicians and played music with our treasured local resident (well, now he lives across the river…), Hobe Kytr. Dave Berge and Hobe recorded a CD called “Dog Salmon and Rutabagas, Songs of the Northwest“. This morning Dana and Dave sang and played “Fisherman’s Life” and “Ilwaco Town” and another fine piece on their autoharps. They held a private concert just for Bill and me, impromptu! We were entranced with the picking and the strumming, the beautiful lyrics, and the fact that the music they played for us have meaning to where we live and who we are. Then, winning our hearts even more, they graciously gave us one of the CD’s. It was a wonderful trade–we were rewarded by the generosity and grace of these two lovely and talented guests who have found love with each other–we cooked them a great breakfast and gave them a good nights’ rest–they played beautiful music together. Such a nice morning. We are grateful to have them as new friends and thankful to Hobe Kytr for sending these very special newlyweds our way. Thank you, Hobe, thank you!
July 28th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
We live at the heart of one of the premier salmon fishing areas in the world. Stellar runs of Chinook, Steelhead and Coho this summer means you can expect chefs in the Pacific Northwest to pull out all the stops in creating some of the finest, freshest and most original fare available.
At the Boreas Inn, we believe in “dining at the source.” Living so close to the “source” in Long Beach WA, means we craft dishes made with the very best local ingredients. We offer our guests a mouthwatering Smoked Salmon Frittata as part of our breakfast menu. Taste the frittata here at our bed and breakfast, or try the Boreas Inn recipe yourself at home. We love sharing our culinary creations.
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!
January 14th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith
Are you looking for a unique culinary experience?
One of the best reasons to get out of bed at our Washington State Bed and Breakfast is the breakfast! We present a multi-course meal using local and creative ingredients. Bill’s egg entrees highlight our local chanterelle, lobster, hedgehog, oyster or porcini mushrooms. We serve over 20 varieties of local, wild mushrooms each year. We use smoked salmon, sturgeon and albacore caught by local fishermen from the Pacific and oysters from local Willapa and Shoalwater Bays. The homefries are seasoned with herbs from our garden.
We have sweet and savory dishes every morning, including pancakes with triple ginger and pumpkin, baked french toast with blueberries and waffles with lemon chiffon.
We start our unique dining experience every morning with fresh fruit entrees. It is a refreshing way to start the meal, as well as your whole day! An example of how you might start breakfast while in Long Beach Washington: a chilled four-berry soup topped with folded cream and chocolate mint from the garden. Wow! This Washington Bed and Breakfast also bakes their own pastries in the morning, using delicious and gourmet ingredients like pecans, macadamia nuts, and local cranberries.
Of course, no breakfast is complete without fresh, smooth and organic coffee. We also have lots of teas and hot cocoa!
We hope we will see you soon for some of our unique dining. Come for a Washington Coast Romantic Getaway!