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It's Springtime in February at Boreas B&B in Long Beach, Washington!

February 20th, 2010 by Susie Goldsmith

I'm trying a new recipe--Pineapple Toasted Macadamia Bundt Cake!

The mini-daffodils are blooming and the banners flying on a sunny day!

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!

The Dunes Suite awaits you!

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!

Rooms with a View for the Holidays!

December 22nd, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

We’re open for Christmas and even cooking prime rib for our guests!  We still have rooms open on Christmas and the weather is sunny! None of our favorite restaurants are open for Christmas Day, so we’re inviting “orphans” and our guests to a prime rib potluck.   Christmas Eve dinner is royally celebrated at our best dinner houses so you will have a great evening out.  Then you can come home to the Inn, so pretty with decorations from our annual guest Holiday Decorating Party.  New Years’ Day Crab Cake and Champagne Brunch is included, of course, if you spend a couple of nights over New Years’ with us.    Here’s our January 1, 2010 Menu! Reserve now!

Boreas Inn’s 2010  New Years’ Day Crab Cake and Champagne Brunch

Boreas Inn's 2009 Five-Course New Years' Day Brunch

Boreas Inn's 2009 Five-Course New Years' Day Brunch

MENU

STARTERS

Chilled fruit soup with five berries and soft cream

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Boreas Famous Butterscotch Sticky Buns

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Apricot Tarts with a delicate Cream Cheese and Butter Crust

Champagne

Orange Juice

Coffee and tea

ENTREES

Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes with Romesco

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Scrambled Eggs with Cream Cheese & Smoked Salmon

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Wild Porcini Mushroom and Sausage Gravy

Served over Fresh Chive Butter Biscuits

The Weekend the Hughes and the Carpenters Came to Boreas!

June 15th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

It was the second weekend of May and we needed comic relief (apparently!).  Some folks think we’re sort of picky about what we serve for breakfast at Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn.  This picture tells you everything!  I told our guests that weekend about our dear guest, Tosh, who many years ago visited Boreas Inn with her husband for the International Kite Festival week. When confronted with the apparently, ominous, three-course breakfast we were about to serve her, she asked for cereal.  (I’m certain that I looked surprised!) Always aiming to please our guests at whatever personal sacrifice, I had a box of Crispix cereal at our house, so I ran over and got it and served her a bowl of cereal with fresh raspberries.  The next day, she got the Crispix and one course of our breakfast, and the third day, she tossed in the towel and denied herself the Crispix altogether and ate the entire breakfast with gusto and continued to enjoy the feasts for the balance of the week.

Hearing the story that fun weekend in May,  guests Steve and Amy Hughes and returning guest Karen Carpenter(always with a mischievous glint in her eye)  and her daughter, Lori Anne, teamed up to prank Bill and me the next morning.  We arrived to cook breakfast and on everyone’s plate was a box of cereal.  On our cooktop was a box of Crispix.  I swear that our laughter woke everyone up that morning.  (Not a bad way to wake up!)  We have always said that on April Fools Day, we’re going to get a McDonald’s bag and fill it with goodies and serve it as a first course.  But, again, we’re just too picky about what we serve for breakfast at Boreas Inn!  The morning of the prank, I went to our house and guess what I had for breakfast!  That little box of Crispix!

The Hughes and the Carpenters Prank Susie and Bill

The Hughes and the Carpenters Prank Susie and Bill

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!

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

Winter Storm Coming In!

December 11th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

So–this weekend we’re having the B&B Open House in five inns on the Peninsula.  This is an annual benefit for the local food banks and gives locals the chance to visit our inns decorated for the holidays and nibble on goodies at each inn.  Having failed to get our B&B association’s press release and photo in the local paper (they told us they didn’t receive it–twice!), the word is out on KMUN radio, perhaps there was mention in the Daily Astorian (I re-sent the press release and added one of my own) and there was a brief listing in  the local paper under Community Activities.  So I have made Creme de Menthe cookies and I’m making chocolate and vanilla cupcakes frosted and decorated with pretty holiday sprinkles, spiced cider and other goodies and some of our friends will show up if they don’t get blown away during the predicted storm tomorrow with wind gusts up to 70 mph.  Then snow… over the weekend maybe.  We are all a bit paranoid having been hammered with our “hurricane” last December 1-3 where we experienced 3 days of winds, 80-140 mph and really, nobody knew about how bad it was because we had absolutely no communication for three days.  In actuality, Bill and I have US Cellular service and we had usable cell phones for most of the storm–but we didn’t know how fortunate we were.  So–Pacific County is going out of their way to prepare us with these dire predictions for the next few days.

We had our wonderful and mellow Holiday Decorating Party last weekend.  Cindy and Robert Davis, Odell Hathaway, Jennifer Flickinger, Mary Berscheidt, Fred Humphrey and his daughter Amy and husband Gary Inman helped decorate.  Bill did the exterior lighting–just perfect, as always.  The weekend was relaxing, full of great food and the inn looks very pretty.  (In case the neighbors all show up for the Open House this weekend!)  Thank you to all of you, dear friends for your help in decorating!  Wish I could get some good exterior shots of the lights at night–but it’s so difficult to shoot!   We still have an opening over New Years and some rooms after Christmas. (And lots before the holiday too!)  So come to the wild SW Washington Coast and sit by the fire!  I am attempting to upload images and the link isn’t working–sorry!  I will try again tomorrow.

Dragon Sky at Boreas

October 6th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

It was a stormy day this Saturday and in the afternoon, the skies cleared and these spectacular clouds appeared on the horizon.  At first, they were two alligator-like heads, then the wind flattened out the southerly head and turned it into a whipping tail.  We hadn’t seen anything like it before–so we snapped a shot off our top deck.  What an entertaining and beautifully colored sunset it was. The image doesn’t do it justice!The alligator sunset made our day!

Kite Festival at Long Beach

August 11th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

Long Beach Washington Kite Festival

July 31st, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

The 2008 Kite Festival is coming! Hooray! We are so excited that our favorite festival is fast approaching. We’re filled that week with beloved return guests. This enables us to enjoy the festival also!! We’ve had a very busy July with lots of guests from abroad and throughout the much of the United States. August looks to be busy also–but we do have rooms available on Sundays through some weekdays except for Kite Festival week. Labor Day looks open for several three nighters–it’s the last summer holiday after all! Just after Kite Festival is a great time to be here–still lots of kites in the air, but not the crowds. Come to the beach, sleep in the best beds in the world and dine at our wonderful breakfast table. We’re gearing up for our Wild Mushroom Celebration October 17-19. It’s becoming our second favorite festival! Hope you’re all having a great summer.
Susie

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