My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA on January 13, 2015
This Lookout, called Bell’s View is one of the prettiest in the State of Washington with the Olympic Mountains in view way up north!
Blue Skies on January 13, 2015 at the North Head Lighthouse
Bright winter sunshine at Boreas Inn!
The Long Beach Peninsula had a fine summer and winter is looking much the same. These images of “January Spring Days in Long Beach, WA” prove my point! This winter has hosted monsoon days interspersed with perfect blue skies, warm temps, flat surf, modified by some big gust days creating huge surf and more warm temperatures. Sure we had a little freeze a month or so ago… but really, I think I like the changes in our weather patterns.
These January Spring Days in Long Beach have raised my mood considerably and made life more bearable. Of course Vitamin D is still in my daily repertoire, a necessity for many reasons, but it is possible to get some safe sunshine on our bodies. The other day at Waikiki Beach, we could have sunbathed! Guests of ours have pictures over New Years of their young daughter in a tank top at Cape D State Park. Christina prefaced showing me the picture with “Don’t think we are into child neglect but it was very warm at Waikiki Beach today!” These pics were taken by me playing tourist with Linda Hanlon, former peninsula resident now living in Seattle. We captured the beauty of January 13, 2015. Almost too warm for a jacket and offering perfect images of Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, WA. Come take photographs of our beautiful area, stay at Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn in the lap of luxurious surroundings and fine breakfast dining! If you’re looking for things to do, drive for 10 minutes and see Cape D for yourself!
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!
Begonias on the front deck of Boreas Inn, pic by 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
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.
Bonney Lassie liked the Buddha in the Cosmos and got this pic.
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!
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.
Celebrate Wild Mushrooms with us!
The most perfect one yet!
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!
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!
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.
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 wasChristmas 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!
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!
The hunt for the beautiful and delicious bivalve will resume this weekend on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula. The digs are late afternoon/ early evening with low tide Saturday, Feb.18, is at 4:13 p.m. (0.0 feet), and on Sunday, Feb.19, at 5 p.m. (-0.2 feet). Plan on being on the beach one to two hours before evening low tide. You will truly feel you have earned your supper when you dig and clean your clams and then have the privilege of dining on the most gourmet clam of them all, the Siliqua Patula! Stay at beautiful Boreas Inn on the beach in Long Beach, Washington and we will loan you clam guns and Bill might even show you how to clean your clams and may, even, if you’re very lucky, show you how to cook and EAT them! The spring clam tides will be announced soon, so there will be many more weekends with a chance to dig those glorious bivalves!
Bill and I just returned from our brief weekly disappearing act to eat Serious Pizza at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco on the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula. First of all, this park is NOT a disappointment–it is our favorite Washington State Park. It was named “Cape Disappointment” because in 1788, Captain John Meares, a fur trader, was disappointed because this was not the opening to the river–and is, in fact, is located just north of the infamous Mouth of the Columbia River! Cape Disappointment is also home to the National Park housing Maya Lin’s “Confluence Project” honoring the Indian tribes Lewis and Clark encountered at the confluences of the rivers on their journey west. Captain Clark and 11 of the “Corps of Discovery” hiked all over the land that is now Cape Disappointment State Park and from McKenzie Head, saw their first panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean! Then they proceeded to hike north up the Peninsula, right across the property that is now Boreas Inn, located on the 1805 high water mark. So you get to sleep right on the Lewis and Clark Trail!
Of course, one of the most scenic parts of the Park are the two lighthouses, The North Head Lighthouse and the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse. The North Head is easily explored by parking in the lot and walking down to the lighthouse on a road alongside the rock face overlooking the Pacific Ocean and just north of Benson Beach. This is a place to linger. All day. The waves, huge in the winter but omnipresent, are hypnotic. The color of the water seems to change from blue to green to gray in a storm, but always a stunning contrast with the white tips of the peaks of the waves. Whale watching from the North Head is often rewarding. We look for the clumps of kelp offshore and occasionally see the spouts. The pelicans, eagles, many varieties of gulls, terns and a huge array of seabirds make this spot make for some of the best birdwatching in the West. Cape D lighthouse is a hike from the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center (in winter and anytime, the best view of the Mouth of the Columbia and the jetties), around Dead Man’s Cove. Our guests come from around the world to see these two lighthouses, within miles of Boreas!
I mentioned Serious Pizza! Well–seriously now, take the combination of a wood-fired pizza oven, burning cherry and apple, the “00 fino” flour imported from Italy, imported cheeses, meats from a great Seattle butcher chop and a location at Waikiki Beach at Cape D (as we call it), and you have not only the recipe for the best wood-fired pizza in Southwest Washington, but a spectacular setting near the amphitheater at Cape D State Park. With eagles flying overhead (perhaps looking hungrily at your pizza-or maybe at your dog) and osprey circling around with crows and gulls harrassing them, you have an experience you will never forget. Our favorite pizza is, you guessed it, “The Boreas”–the vegetarian pizza with garlic olive oil base, sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives and pepperoni. How special is it to have a pizza named after Boreas Inn? State Parks built Jim and Chi, the purveyors of this fine pizza, a permanent structure so that visitors to the park, including campers staying in the 240 campsites, can have pizza! We call ahead to avoid waiting perhaps an hour for the most memorable pizza. It’s truly Neopolitano–a thin delectable crust and just the right amount of cheese for a non-guilt producing light meal. They also have wood-fired oysters and mouth-watering wood-fired wings. Homemade ice cream and brownies….oh my! Watch for Jim and Chi’s Serious Pizza to come soon to the town of Long Beach!
I have attached a very fine video about Cape Disappointment State Park to this blog! It stars a few of our favorite State Park employees and some of the best scenery this area has to offer. The Park is located 10 minutes from Boreas Inn. We are soooo lucky to have Cape D State Park in our backyard. So come to Boreas Inn and we will direct you to our favorite park, Cape Disappointment! Enjoy the YouTube about Cape D.!
SandSations, in Long Beach, Washington, was voted #1 Best Sand Castle contest in the USA by Coastal Living Magazine! The sand sculpture weekend is coming right up on July 20th-24th. Boreas still has rooms available if you would like to build castles and sculptures or if you simply enjoy marveling at the artistry of the masters, watching teams working together to achieve a goal and learn how the process works. I used to participate in the Cannon Beach competition for around 12 years and my team used to place #1 in our sand sculpting masters category. We sculpted completely by hand. We were consistently top prize winners–that is, until this group of architects from Seattle were added to our category and used sophisticated forms and packing devices…and we didn’t always place first after that. (Coincidentally, we had one of those Seattle architect/sand sculptors as a guest at the Inn!) But talking about immediate gratification–you take a plot of sand, dig up a pile, decide who on your team does what well (I’m good at packing, making hands and letters) then together, the team works magic and achieves a goal within hours. Nothing artificial…just sand and water. It is wonderful! We used to finish off our plots with perfectly smooth borders and beautifully worked lettering. I haven’t seen anything to match our fine finish work anywhere. We usually constructed the sculpture with a theme that was based upon a pun. We were so good and getting a blue ribbon was the icing on the cake. Our Captain’s mother, Betty Lou Tolan was the founder of the contest in Cannon Beach in the early 60’s. The party to celebrate our achievement afterward was always the best time of the year. Ah… those were the days.
This contest in Long Beach awards cash to the winners. We got only ribbons at Cannon Beach and maybe a printed certificate. It didn’t matter. The intensity of taking on a project with sand and sea water and coming up with a fine sculpture was reward enough. SandSations is a great event here in Long Beach, Washington and it’s growing every year. You can experience the great hospitality at Boreas Inn, dine on our feast at breakfast time, walk our trail to the beach and watch the SandSations competition! So come to the beach for a long weekend, July 21-24!