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!

Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger at Boreas Inn

September 4th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

We were delighted to host The Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger aka Alison Conliffe and her husband Nigel at Boreas last weekend.  They hail from Bonney Lake although Nigel, is originally from the U.K.  as most Nigels are! 🙂  The Bonney Lassie got to meet my friend and her fellow Garden Blogger Skyler Walker aka Tangly Cottage and met Skyler’s husband Allen and toured Skyler’s glorious gardens at her home in Ilwaco.  Skyler blogs about our gardens frequently, taking images of particular areas from “before” to “after” so you can actually see the work in progress.  Bonney Lassie took all “after” pictures which was refreshing to see someone else’s  interpretation of the “finished product”.  And yes, it is September and the gardens have passed their “sell by” date, but are still looking quite beautiful compared to most other years, when they are fading earlier in the season.

I think this year the gardens are more vital because they are stuffed with gorgeous perennials, thanks to Skyler and also to my own attempted concentration on limiting the annuals, the “color spots”, for which I have a great weakness, to only pots on the decks and my flower boxes.  But also, because I have never enjoyed my own gardens more, I am taking better care of them than usual and have watered and fertilized more often and will continue to do so until I can no longer prolong the inevitable.  I replanted the kitchen window box yesterday, removed the overgrown, leggy violas and planted mums and colorful “winter” pansies.

Bonney Lassie snapped the cosmos! Alison Conliffe is a fine photographer!

Bonney Lassie snapped the cosmos! Alison Conliffe is a fine photographer!

Begonias on the front deck of Boreas Inn, pic by Alison Conliffe

Begonias on the front deck of Boreas Inn, pic by Alison Conliffe

Fuschias in the front courtyard and on the Boreas deck are pretty garnishes for the pastry plates at Boreas. Pic taken by Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger, Alison Conliffe!

Fuchsias in the front courtyard and on the Boreas deck are pretty garnishes for the pastry plates at Boreas. Pic taken by Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger, Alison Conliffe!

Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger, Alison Conliffe snapped her husband on the Boreas deck

Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger, Alison Conliffe snapped her husband on the Boreas deck

Alison Conliffe, Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger captured brilliant dahlia on the Boreas Deck

Alison Conliffe, Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger captured brilliant dahlia on the Boreas Deck

 

 

Himalayan honeysuckle or Leycenteria formosa is a noxious weed to some, but not to me!  It sits dripping with berries and flowers in the front courtyard of Boreas. Photo by Alison Conliffe.

Himalayan honeysuckle or Leycenteria formosa is a noxious weed to some, but not to me! It sits dripping with berries and flowers in the front courtyard of Boreas. Photo by Alison Conliffe.

Bonney Lassie liked the Buddha in the Cosmos and got this pic.

Bonney Lassie liked the Buddha in the Cosmos and got this pic.

Another dahlia floating in glass in the garden captured by Bonney Lassie!

Another dahlia floating in glass in the garden captured by Bonney Lassie!

 

Susie likes to float dahlias and Alison Conliffe, the Bonney Lassie Blogger caught this image!

Susie likes to float dahlias and Alison Conliffe, the Bonney Lassie Blogger caught this image!

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!

DOGGIE Olympics, June 28 & 29 in Long Beach, WA

June 23rd, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

The first DOGGIE Olympics took place just before our dog, D.O.G. died-so it had to be in 2004.   We dressed D.O.G. up in some kind of outfit that caused her (and for some reason, me!) great embarrassment, and took her down to watch the show.  It was a blast even that first year, and the event has grown bigger and better every year.  The Doggie Olympics is a volunteer effort of the Long Beach Merchants Association.  The event is heart-warming and it’s hilarious to watch the owners with their dogs fully participating in each event.  It’s as much a Silly Dog Owner’s Olympics as a Doggie event! It is just such a clever concept worthy of participation even if it’s just to watch the wonderful interaction between dogs, eager to please, but often shy and their owners, usually not shy! The events on Saturday include:

  • What, No Ducks? Ball Toss
  • Nadia Comaneci Agility
  • Rip Van Winkle Sleep Off
  • Dunking For Dogs
  • Filla Fuller Brush Shedding
  • Luciano Pavarotti Commemorative Sing-Off
  • Babe Ruth Obedience Baseball
  • I’ve Got Rhythm Musical Sit
  • Peanut Butter Lick
  • Frisbee Throw
  • Who’s Your Daddy?
  • Doggie Dash

The Mission of the Doggie Olympic Games is to provide an event where owners and dogs of all ages,sizes, shapes and abilities can bond, play and laugh together in a friendly, competitive environment and to provide education for responsible pet ownership. So check out the website and come play either as a spectator or with your pet! Boreas Inn  has  a room open for a Saturday only that we will make pet friendly just for the DOGGIE Olympics!

 

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!

The North Head Lighthouse Celebrates 115 Years This Weekend

June 7th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

At Cape Disappointment State Park, a few miles down the road from Boreas Inn, in Ilwaco, Washington, there are two lighthouses, both enchanting, rugged and enduring, The North Head and Cape Disappointment Lighthouses.  Lighthouses are among our favorite buildings–hardy, yet vulnerable to the hurricane force winds we infrequently have along with those driving rains we frequently experience.  The lights project about 20 miles to the Pacific Ocean to guide vessels into the proper channel and hopefully away from the deadly rocks and spits  of the mighty and fearsome Mouth of the Columbia River. 2,000 vessels have sunk and many have died at the “Mouth” and along the Long Beach Peninsula; more disasters than the infamous Cape Horn!

As a child, my father would take our Lake Oswego, OR 16 foot waterski boat over the Mouth of the Columbia during larger than logical seas in an attempt, I believe to drown the family.  (Just kiddin’–sort of…) The waves instilled a life-long fear into this sea-loving woman.  I still have dreams about my father sitting atop the seat of our ski boat crying “Wahoo! Wahoo!” as waves crashed over us.  We bailed and bailed to keep from sinking.  The Coast Guard would shudder, I’m sure, whenever they saw my father, who occasionally needed towing over the Bar.  (I was not there for that–I would have been mortified!) I remember seeing the lighthouse beams during foggy times at sea and they were oddly, a comfort, while I tried to be brave…with my father.

That aside, this weekend, on Saturday, June 8th, there will be a long-awaited title transfer ceremony of the North Head Lighthouse from the US Coast Guard to Washington State Parks.  There will be lighthouse tours, open houses at the innkeeper’s residences and refreshments. The views are stunning, whales may be sighted, and a good time should be had by all.  So come visit the North Head Lighthouse on the SW Washington Coast, near Long Beach, Washington and celebrate 115 years of maritime history at the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park.  If you’re lucky, you might snag the last room open at Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn!

The North Head celebrates 115 of guarding the Mouth of the Columbia.

The North Head celebrates 115 of guarding the Mouth of the Columbia.

Spring Weather at the Beach, Serious Pizza & Huge Waves at Cape Disappointment

April 13th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

It’s a wild weather day in Long Beach, Washington at Boreas Inn !  Our friends Bud and Michelle Bluett and daughter Clarissa drove 1,100 miles from Saskatchewan, Canada for a long weekend at the Inn and so to celebrate, we journeyed a few miles south to Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, WA to dine at Serious Pizza owned by our friends Jim and Chi.  They recently took over the store at Cape D State Park and converted it into the finest cafe featuring not only their amazing wood-fired pizza (try The Boreas pizza), but now gourmet salads, sandwiches, home made ice cream–the menu is huge and everything was delicious.  It was so good to be “home” again with Jim and Chi and Serious Pizza at the Park!

Then we took in the sights at our favorite place of places, Waikiki Beach at Cape D. The huge waves rolled into the rocks and the receding waves crashed into the oncoming in a convergence zone of spectacular splashy proportions!  It was a photographer’s dream and Michelle filled up her camera with great shots.  I took one that I like and posted to Facebook.  We ended up at Pickled Fish drinking fresh cranberry lemonade (really puckery–needed some simple syrup for the simple taste buds to un-pucker!) and house-made blue potato chips with chili salt and onion dip. Yum! The view of the surf was stupendous from there also.

So for a busy weekend at Boreas Inn, we actually were able to take a couple of very relaxing hours off with the Bluetts, who head back home on their 1,100 mile round trip tomorrow morning.  A very long weekend indeed.  We are grateful for great guests who have become dear friends!

Bud and Michelle Bluett at the Beard's Hollow Overlook on 4-13-13. A Wild Weather Day on the Long Beach Peninsula!

Bud and Michelle Bluett at the Beard’s Hollow Overlook on 4-13-13. A Wild Weather Day on the Long Beach Peninsula!

Our favorite Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park with the Wild Waves today!

Our favorite Waikiki Beach at Cape Disappointment State Park with the Wild Waves today!

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!!!

 

No Pining over the Old Pine Tree — Spring Cleaning the Trees at Boreas Inn

March 12th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

We’ve seen a huge change today outside our front door!  At long last, there was Spring cleaning on the outside of Boreas Inn!  And we’re not pining over the loss. Our front courtyard contained this big old Austrian pine tree that had grown so tall and become ungainly.  We were afraid it would topple over.  In 1996, when we moved in, it was a pretty pine tree, planted with the best of intentions–but after growing another 30 feet high, it was dropping needles by the buckets and made winter darker in the courtyard.  It was dying…. Today, Arbor Care Tree Specialists from Astoria so very carefully took the tree down in tiny pieces with the work done so perfectly by Jon Fagerland, a brilliantly talented musician from The Holiday Friends Band who’s also a brilliantly talented arborist. There were power lines, cable lines, phone lines and nary a line was nicked.  Ropes and gentle chainsaw work made the removal of our pine look like a tree falling ballet.  We highly recommend Arbor Care Tree Specialists! They left the property without even a tiny bit of a mess.  While they cleaned as the limbs fell or were lowered to the ground, you would have never known what a disaster it was before they commenced the chipping and clean-up.  Many thanks also to Bernie from our local PUD#2 in Long Beach. He disconnected and reconnected the power lines and while here, topped three trees in our parking lot that were playing close to the  lines.  After the tree was down, Ed Strange of Strange Landscape (love that name!) brought over five potted golden bamboo plants which beautifully screens us from the $#@%&  house next door. The courtyard, the kitchen and Hideaway room are now much lighter and brighter. With the courtyard greening up for spring, the early morning sunshine will make for very pretty colors!  Only a little shade will remain.  All of this happened in seven hours!  Now all we have to do is pay for it.  Thanks to everyone for tolerating us on Facebook today. For some reason, this was an emotional experience.

We do have vacancies this weekend at Boreas Inn if you want a simple, luxurious, restful, food-filled weekend at the beautiful beach.  Maybe you will be able to see the Comet PanSTARRS if the skies clear.  If indeed we clear up at the beach, there is a great view of the comet with no city lights!

Now minus that big old pine tree!

Now minus that big old pine tree!

“Lost Weekend” at Boreas Inn & the Implications of Legalized Marijuana at B&B’s!

March 3rd, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

The State of Washington has legalized marijuana and is working on administrative guidelines for distribution and sales.  The legalization of marijuana has marketing implications for the Bed and Breakfast industry, of that we’re sure.  B&B’s certainly are known for “Winemaker’s Weekends” and wine-tasting afternoons…but wait a minute! The rules have changed!

Nobody we know of has had the nerve yet to market a “lost weekend” theme for pot smokers and “green butter” eaters.  Our fantasies have left us giggling and wondering about what could, in reality, be a huge marketing advantage in the B&B business.  Cooking with “green butter” could leave willing participants wondering what happened to their weekend. Having pot sampling reminiscent of the cafes in Amsterdam has many of us wondering how that might be done.  Smoking is not allowed inside commercial buildings, but 25 feet from the inn, it is legal. But foods made with “green butter” certainly do not pollute the air!

In our “Lost Weekend at Boreas” fantasy, we can imagine guests ruminating, “We doblogcoupleonthebeach remember checking into Boreas Inn, having a blissful nights’ sleep in their amazing beds, eating their legendary breakfasts, dining out at The Depot, Pelicano, the 42nd Street Cafe, all on Saturday night, but more than that, we can’t remember a thing!”  Well–that’s  probably not going to happen, but then again, it could.  Would that be different than guests being intoxicated with alcohol?  Yes, it would be very different.  We do not have experience with super intoxicated guests so we don’t imagine that our pot-smoking, “green butter eating” guests would have inappropriate behavior.  Stoned guests would be peaceful and definitely more food-oriented and we certainly can cater to that! Would we have to transport guests to and from their culinary adventures if they are high? Yes, we would!  Is there potential for B&B’s to attract more guests? Yes, there is.  So the question is raised since we have a complimentary beer and wine license, meaning we can buy wine and beer and serve it to our guests at no extra charge, would that translate to marijuana too?  I suppose we will soon have answers! Until then, we can continue to dream up our “Lost Weekend at Boreas” themes.  And giggle.

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