Posts Tagged ‘Long Beach Peninsula’

Orchids in the Inn

February 27th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

Orchids in The Stargazer
Orchids in The Stargazer

Pretty Snow Day

February 26th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

So it started hailing/sleeting/snowing before dark last night and left just a sprinkling of white stuff on the ground and roof tops this morning.  The ice crystals were intermingled with darting snow flakes last evening. It was beautiful, like little itty bitty fighter kites darting here and there–but they were snow flakes with very independent minds. Today dawned crystal clear and overall, it was a beautiful day today in the 50′s.  Bill saw a whale out in front, heading south, last weekend–probably a gray whale.  There are reportedly bait fish and early spring Chinook at the Mouth of the Columbia and it’s rumored that J, K and L pods of Orca’s may be coming from the Puget Sound for brunch.  (We haven’t seen Orca’s so far–but perhaps the cruiser Bill saw last weekend was an Orca!) So this might be an interesting whale watching weekend.  But who can ever tell what the “big ones” are planning.  The Long Beach Peninsula is full of wonder and delight.  Here’s an early afternoon shot of the sky and the ocean in front of the inn.  Come visit!

Just Another Day in Paradise

Just Another Day in Paradise

"Mug Shot" Boreas Inn's new Deneen Pottery Mugs!

February 19th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

For years we had famous hand-thrown Deneen Mugs (Cloth & Clay was the original company name).  We recently decided to re-design the mugs with our logo instead of the pen and ink rendition of the inn, and in working with the talented staff at Deneen Pottery, we came up with new mugs! They are simply gorgeous.  We picked two different color combinations: dark blue with hunter white marbling and dark blue with pale blue/white marbling.  We have them on sale for $17.95 per mug or $34 for two.  Deneen Pottery ‘s head honcho, Niles Deneen, is a joy to work with.  We are so tickled with the three dimensional depth of the logo and the photo’s I took do not do the work justice.  Being hand-thrown, these mugs are painstakingly hand-crafted.  A rarity in today’s outsourced world!  If you’d like a mug, we can send them to you! (We have to add $8.00 for shipping plus tax.)  Please let us know if you’d like one or two.  They are collectible.  We may soon be having a special with a free mug for a two night stay!  So watch for that!  Check out my “Mug Shot”!

Our Brand New Logo Mugs

Our Brand New Logo Mugs

Valentine's Weekend and Cape "D" Trivia

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!

Eagle at Beard's Hollow

Eagle at Beard's Hollow

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