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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!

Romantic Splendor

January 29th, 2016 by Susie Goldsmith

Treat your Valentine to an escape this February. Experience romantic splendor!

Celebrate at Beard's Hollow

Celebrate at Beard’s Hollow

Escape the ordinary. Escape the city. Escape the grind.

Better yet: Make it a Great Escape.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the month of February at Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn with our Great Escape Special! Enjoy the romantic splendor of a two- or three-night  stay this February in one of our intimate guest suites, which includes a bunch of goodies and always, fresh flowers in your guest room and bathroom.  The Great Escape Special includes:
• Our handcrafted, award-winning three-four course breakfast served each morning by candlelight.
• A $50 gift certificate to either The Depot or 42nd Street Café and Bistro, two of the Long Beach Peninsula’s finest restaurants.
• A bottle of wine, sparkling wine or cider waiting upon arrival.
• Private use of Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn’s 32-jet spa in the glass-and-cedar gazebo overlooking the beach dunes.

February, or what we like to call Valentine’s Month, is the perfect opportunity to take a rejuvenating retreat to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, and our Great Escape Special is designed with romance in mind. Pricing ranges from $475 to $515 plus tax for two nights, but the experience is invaluable.
• Garden Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Pacifica Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Stargazer Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Hideaway Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Dunes Suite – $515 for 2 nights; $190 for additional night

Memorable Sunsets at the North Head Lighthouse

Memorable Sunsets at the North Head Lighthouse

Save almost $30 off our usual rates on the additional night with our winter rate, and soak up the extras that highlight Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn’s Great Escape Special. It’s sure to make this Valentine’s unforgettable!
Romance is in the air up and down the Long Beach Peninsula. Early evening beach walks are framed in stunning sunsets, and the cool coastal evenings draw us closer to our loved ones. Seasonal bounties of Dungeness crab and local razor clams make candlelit dinners not only romantic, but delicious! All contributes to romantic splendor and relaxation!

And speaking of delicious: Razor clam season is in full swing along the Peninsula, which means you (and all the local chefs!) have front-row access to the Pacific Northwest’s premier clamming grounds. Ask about our complimentary gear rental and on-property cleaning area if you plan on harvesting your own razor clams!

Clamming in Long Beach at Sunset

Clamming in Long Beach at Sunset

February also marks the nearly month-long Asian New Year Kite Celebration at the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame from Feb. 8-22 in Long Beach. See history and culture from a brand new perspective!

Catch live music every night in February at the Pickled Fish restaurant in Long Beach before heading back to Boreas for rest and relaxation. The Peninsula Performing Arts Center is also hosting two blues concerts in February – one Feb. 6 and one Feb. 20.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Valentine’s beach escape now!

Your Boreas Innkeepers, Susie and Bill

Your Boreas Innkeepers, Susie and Bill

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.

 

 

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!

Boreas Inn’s Wild Mushroom and Sausage Gravy with Buttery Chive Biscuits

November 10th, 2011 by Susie Goldsmith

This is Susie’s favorite side-dish.  That’s right….there’s more! We often harvest the Porcini (King Boletus) Mushrooms within feet of the inn.  When Bill is not out tromping around in the dunes foraging, we have two professional foragers supplying us with our local wild mushrooms in addition to other bounty from the area.   Boreas Inn sits in the primary sand dunes next to the Pacific Ocean in historic Long Beach, Washington.  Noted for fine breakfast dining, ocean views, the most luxurious beds for a dreamy nights’ sleep and beautiful surroundings, this Long Beach Washington Bed and Breakfast has class without pretense!

Gravy:

Wild Mushroom and Sausage Gravy
  • 1/2 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 3/4 pound wild mushrooms, brushed clean, trimmed and coarsely chopped * (see note)
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced chive
  • 2 cups half-and-half or milk
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sherry (optional)

Biscuits:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh minced chives

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly butter (or spray) a heavy baking sheet. For the biscuits, combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to blend. Add the butter and pulse until it’s finely chopped and mixture has the consistency of coarse cornmeal. (You can also cut the butter into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives.). Transfer the mixture to a bowl, add the milk and chives and stir until the batter is evenly mixed–or keep the ingredients in the processor and very gently pulse. Don’t over-mix or you will have tough, heavy biscuits!

Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Press the dough into a circle about six inches across and one inch thick. Cut the dough into quarters, setting the biscuits on the baking sheet with one inch or so between them. Bake the biscuits until they are puffed and lightly brown on top, 12-15 minutes. Transfer them to a rack to cool.

Cook the sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until cooked through and lightly browned, 12-15 minutes. Stir often and break up the sausage chunks as they cook. Spoon out and discard excess fat. Add the mushrooms and onion; increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are tender and any liquid they give off is evaporated, 5-7 minutes. Add the four and cook for 1-2 minutes longer, stirring so that the flour evenly coats the sausage and mushrooms. Slowly stir in the milk or half and half and cook until the gravy has thickened, 5-7 minutes. Stir in the chives and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Add the sherry just before serving.

To serve, cut each of the biscuits in half horizontally and set the bottom halves on the individual plates. Generously spoon the mushroom-sausage gravy over, top with the top of the biscuit.  Sprinkle with paprika and garnish the plate with fresh herbs or edible flowers. Makes 4 servings.

*I prefer to use 1/2 pound dried porcini mushrooms reconstituted in a cup or so of water. Drain the mushrooms and save the liquid. Make the wild mushroom and sausage gravy the night before and then use the saved liquid to thin the gravy prior to heating and serving. The liquid adds more depth to the wild mushroom flavor of the dish.  You can double or triple the recipe and freeze.  Freeze extra unbaked biscuits and bake as needed. Delicious!

Boreas Inn named in Four Categories in the 2010 "Best of the Discovery Coast"!

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!)

Food! Food! Gourmet Breakfasts!

November 23rd, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

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

"A breakfast like no other awaits" at Boreas Inn

"A breakfast like no other awaits" at Boreas Inn

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

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

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

Summer is Coming!

May 29th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

Bill and I are about to take a couple of days off together. We haven’t done that since January–so we’re off to Bend for two days leaving Boreas Inn in the hands of our trust substitute innkeeper, KC Worrall and her husband Kirk. I have known Kirk since high school summer drama days. We were in Winnie the Pooh together; he was Eeyore and I was Owl. Pooh had vodka in his honey jar. We had some new pics of the inn taken by a professional traveling photographer. He knocked at the door and presented with a beautiful wide angle digital camera and although it is not the best time of year quite yet for the gardens, he got a few interior shots that are hard for me to get. So I will stick a couple of them up on this blog. The weather in Long Beach is turning beautiful; the garden is finally getting into shape thanks to a lot of help from Skyler, Allan and Stacey this week. It was fun working together and I will get pics of the garden up on the blog as it starts to bloom. The Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is going strong and the tall ships are coming in June. For events and festivals, always go to www.funbeach.com for the most up to date information. Or call us! We have plenty of openings in June, so come see us! Remember that dining on the Long Beach Peninsula is unique and very exciting. The salmlon fishing season promises to be on of the best in the last decade and sturgeon are still biting (and delicious). Have a great weekend!

View from Innkeeper's House Kitchen

View from Innkeeper's House Kitchen

The Garden Suite is Sweet!

The Garden Suite is Sweet!

Boreas Inn named 2009 "Top 5 B&B" in KING 5 TV's "Northwest Best Escapes"

May 5th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

Thank you for picking Boreas Inn on KING 5 TV’s Northwest Best Escapes as one of the “Top 5” Bed and Breakfasts!  We are thrilled to be among the winning group and know that without our guests’ wonderful reviews and votes, that we would not be named with such worthy inns.  This is a great reward and knowing that we are appreciated is truly the best thanks we could have, other than a fully occupied inn!  Come visit and help us celebrate being a Long Beach, Washington Best Escape!   Adding to the KING 5 “Northwest Best Escapes” awards, Long Beach was voted “BEST BEACH” and the Boardwalk in Long Beach was voted “Best Place to Kiss”. The North Head Lighthouse was voted #2 “Best Lighthouse” and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse was voted #3 “Best Lighthouse”.    So in summary, Boreas is on the Best Beach and five blocks from the “Best Place to Kiss” and 10 minutes from two of the best lighthouses!  How cool is that?  Thank you to KING 5!

An Ode to Fort Columbia State Park Near Long Beach, WA

April 3rd, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

When driving on Hwy 101 N. after crossing the Astoria Megler Bridge or from Highway 4, you find yourself driving up the most spectacular piece of highway bordering the Columbia River heading northwest towards Long Beach, Washington. You will encounter Fort Columbia State Park, 2 miles west of the bridge, right after you drive through the tunnel. Lots of people miss the grand entrance to this park. This beautiful photo that I found on Flickr is of the restored Officer’s Quarters at Fort Columbia.

Fort Columbia State Park is almost 600 acres of historical parkland with 6,400 feet of freshwater shoreline right on the Columbia River. As State Parks puts it, “The park celebrates a military site that constituted the harbor defense of the Columbia River from 1896 to 1947. The fort was fully manned and operational through three wars. The area was also home for the Chinook Indians and their famed Chief Comcomly.” It was chosen as a key military defense site because of the unobstructed views of the Columbia River. The town of Astoria, Oregon glimmers across the expanse of water. There is an interpretive center, five mile of hiking trails and picnic tables… This is a great spot for a wedding or family reunion or a quiet time for exploring and imagining the time when the mighty Chinook Indians lived on the land.

The State of Washington currently plans to close around 25% of their state parks. They plan to “mothball” Fort Columbia because it is one of the lowest income producing parks in the system. Mothballing means that the gates will be chained and the park closed. This is a tragedy for the State of Washington, for our visitors and for the residents who love this park. The historic significance of Fort Columbia is important–and the vista’s from the park are simply beautiful. Perhaps there will be a reprieve. When you come stay at Boreas Inn, you should visit Fort Columbia and revel in it’s beauty and hike on it’s trails. You will never forget it!

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