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.

Sunny in January for MLK’s Birthday Weekend!

January 15th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Sometimes the weather is ridiculous.  Friends call from Portland, yesterday saying it was snowing, today it was foggy there just as it was in Seattle.  Today’s dawn, on the prettiest beach in Washington State, was full of crystal clear sunshine–it “heated up” to 55!  It stayed that way all day, while inland, the fog persisted and the stagnant air advisories made the news.  We realize that 55 isn’t toasty–but it’s certainly warmer than inland.  So we are indeed blessed, this January, with perfect beach walking weather and our loaner bicycles are yearning for a guest to give them exercise.  The Kite Museum and the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum have fabulous exhibits right now, Cape Disappointment State Park is sparkling in the sunshine and who knows, the whales might be swimming by!  The North Head lighthouse is a great place to look for whales as well as the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center way up high on the bluff overlooking the Mouth of the Columbia River.  Or you can just stare out to sea and watch the seabirds and the waves and the crabbing boats dotted all over the sea. The fresh Rock Fish at the 42nd Street Cafe (with their new floor!) is melt in your mouth good and The Depot and Pelicano are always cooking up the freshest fish, oysters and clams. Oh yes, and the steaks…  Football, minus our Seahawks, will be blasting away on the now seven big screens this weekend at The Lost Roo, home of our favorite nachos.  Monday is January 21st, Martin Luther King’s birthday, and the weather report is for beautiful weather well into next week.  How fortunate are we to be living in such a place with so much to do even in the “dead of winter”, with our temporary, but treasured sunshine. Boreas Inn has rooms for you!  $50 gift certificate a The Depot for the next three night reservation this weekend!

Glorious Sunsets on Long Beach

We have the gift of unmatched sunsets at the Inn

Let the sunshine in!

Let the sunshine in!

The “Real” Santa Visits Boreas Inn -Long Beach, WA

December 20th, 2012 by Susie Goldsmith

It has never happened before.  A guest merely emerges from their bedroom for breakfast and the innkeepers are speechless and their eyes fill with tears.  These tears were of surprise and joy.  With almost a child-like wonder–our eyes must have been huge–two adults became children once again. On December 25, 2011, our only guests at Boreas Inn for Christmas morning were Lindley and Charlotte Mixon from Raymond, WA.  When they came in the front door, it did occur to us that he was a lovely older gentleman with a white beard and how ironic that it was Christmas Eve.  Being polite, we said not a word about the resemblance.  We were sure he’d heard it before. 

But only when he emerged from his room on Christmas morning for breakfast, did we truly hold our breath and respond with actual childhood glee that we were in the presence of Santa and Mrs. Claus.  Lindley was dressed in a red shirt, with suspenders holding up his trousers, and had a red hat on his head trimmed with white fur.  My first words to him were, “My goodness, Santa, you must be exhausted and very hungry! Did you have a busy night?”  Yes, this Jewish girl did say that…couldn’t help it.  Lindley responded that yes, it was a tiring night but he had a good rest and was very hungry indeed.   We posed in front of the Boreas Inn tree with Mrs. Claus, Charlotte, and I couldn’t resist a shot giving Santa a kiss.  Lindley has never played Santa professionally! Bill and I were truly moved by Lindley and Charlotte.  Lindley is an artist, a warm, loving man with phenomenal talent for throwing big pots and painting.  He is currently recovering nicely from open heart surgery.  So, sadly, Santa and Mrs. Claus won’t be with us this Christmas. We will miss them and keep in touch on Facebook. We will forever remember the wonderful holiday gift they gave to us a year ago.  The richness of life in our 16 years as innkeepers never fails to reward, surprise and enrich us.  Thank you, Lindley and Charlotte, for your friendship.  Take it easy this Christmas, Lindley! Get healthy and come back soon.

On Christmas morning, 2011, Lindley Mixon and his wife Charlotte, emerged from The Dunes Suite at Boreas Inn and really, truly Susie and Bill were with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Where Have All the Mushrooms Gone?

October 20th, 2012 by Susie Goldsmith

Is it because of our (wonderful) warm dry spell on the  Long Beach Peninsula that lasted almost 100 days without much moisture?  Or is it because we are having our Wild Mushroom Celebration this weekend at Boreas that the higher power has halted the handsome King Boletus (porcini) mushroom from peaking up from the soil? Even last year, a very dry summer into fall, we had porcini’s and matsu’s.  Veronica Williams, our friendly forager and queen of the woods,  has been unable to find any mushrooms in her favorite productive spots.  We are sad. Maybe today will be the day, after a week of some moisture, that the beauties will show their domes and emerge from hiding. We can only hope! So it’s out with the dehydrated porcini’s and perhaps at Pelicano Restaurant tonight, we will dine on five courses of mushrooms–they just might not be WILD ONES!

We normally worship the King Boletus this weekend. Alas, the King is in hiding!

Wild Mushrooms Will Be Celebrated October 19-21, 2012 at Boreas Inn!

October 4th, 2012 by Susie Goldsmith

We are concerned about the lack of rain in the Pacific Northwest because with the rains come the beautiful, plentiful wild mushrooms.  Only a couple of tenths of rain have fallen, mostly as mist, since mid-July.  The chanterelle season, in and around the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula, was surprisingly good in spite of the dry weather.  But come rain or shine, we will be celebrating the Wild Mushroom  from October 19-21 for the 11th year of Boreas Inn’s Annual Wild Mushroom Celebration!  Veronica Williams, our “All Wild” professional forager will be available to take our guests foraging on Saturday the 20th.  She will also host a discussion in the Boreas living room that is open to the public on Sunday the 21st. She always brings dehydrated wild mushrooms to sell along with her Wild Mushroom cookbook. Please call if you’re planning on attending the very informal discussion at 11 a.m. on Sunday, the 20th!

Though we were booked up for this event for over six months, we had a cancellation, and the beautiful Pacifica guest room is open for this extra-special weekend.  $590 for two people includes 2 nights at Boreas, 2 lavish breakfasts including our five-course Wild Mushroom Celebration Brunch with Veronica on Sunday,  a five-course Wild Mushroom and matching Washington Wine dinner for two (with the celebration group!) at Pelicano Restaurant on the Port, all taxes and restaurant gratuity are also included.  Add an extra night at our $150 “Walk-in Rate”!  (Most of the guests have added a Thursday night to their weekend!) Mushroom foraging with Veronica on Saturday, the 20th, is $45 pp.  Call today to get our last room for this relaxing celebration of the wild mushroom extravaganza! This special is not listed on our reservation site, so if you book online, ask for the Wild Mushroom Celebration in your note to us and we will adjust your reservation for you!

Wild Mushrooms abound around the Long Beach Washington Peninsula!

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