Posts Tagged ‘Long Beach Washington events’

Gray Whales Cruising by Long Beach, WA

January 23rd, 2014 by Susie Goldsmith

Seeing and hearing whales always causes an inexplicable joy in me. Humans are fascinated with their fellow mammals. Whales breath air, have hair, are warmblooded and give birth to live offspring that suckle milk from their mothers.  Gray whales range in length from 40-50 feet and can have flukes (tales) that can measure ten feet across. Females are usually larger than males .  The Gray whales weigh 50,000 to 80,000 pounds and can live up to 50 years. They can start growing barnacles even as youngsters.  We’ve seen Grays rubbing their barnacles on the North Jetty at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Washington, 10 minutes from our B&B, Boreas Inn.

On occasion you can see a Gray whale fluke off the Long Beach Peninsula!

On occasion you can see a Gray whale fluke off the Long Beach Peninsula!

Two times each year, the Gray whales cruise by the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula.  After spending summers feeding and fattening up in the Arctic waters, the Gray whales head south cruising off the Pacific Coast to the bays in Southern California and Baja, Mexico.  You can witness this migration starting in mid-December and it peaks in early January and can usually be seen into early February.

When Gray whales are cruising by the Long Beach Peninsula, whether heading north or south, the whale’s goal is to get where they are going and generally they do not hang around and feed–except for maybe some shrimp-like creatures and a fish or two.  In fact, they are known to go without food for 3 to 5 months, which is why they must fatten up when in the rich Arctic waters before heading south to play in Baja.  While in Baja, the whales mate and nurse their young. The gestation period for Grays is 11-13 months.  When nursing, Gray whale moms can produce up to 50 gallons of milk daily containing over 50% fat. Calves can gain 60-70 pounds a day and build up their blubber quite quickly.

The Grays begin their return journey back north to the Arctic from Baja starting in mid-March. The immature whales, adult males and females without offspring head north first cruising by our coast in March and April. Then later, females with calves head north at a slower rate, passing the Long Beach, Washington Peninsula in May.  So there is the possibility of seeing whales on and off for about six months of the year. We have seen gray whales in the surf-line from the lookout on Loop 100 in September leading us to believe that some Gray whales must be hanging out on the Washington coast much of the year.  So maybe there are now “home” pods of Gray whales.

The best spots here to watch for whales is from the North Head Lighthouse and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment State Park, a 10 minute drive from Boreas Inn.  The whales can spout up to 15 feet in the air through their two blowholes, so that is often what we see when we watch for whales at the Park.  When we have gray skies, the whales water and skies are fairly close in color so the spouting is sometimes all you can see.  Bring your binoculars or borrow ours–there’s no guarantee you will see Gray whales, but it is fun to look.  With the fabulous weather we’ve been having all fall and winter, this is a great activity on the Long Beach Peninsula! It’s much easier to see gray whales when there is blue sky!

This is more likely what you will see--the spout! Thrilling!

This is more likely what you will see–the spout! Thrilling!

The Holidays are a Time to Visit Boreas Inn and Dig Razor Clams!

December 13th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Stay at Boreas Inn  this month! We have some availability for Christmas and plenty New Years and all you need for Christmas are gifts for  under the Boreas tree.  A ready-made holiday is yours complete with decorations! Just bring your toothbrush!

Our Crab Cake and Champagne Brunch on New Years’ Day is about as delectable as any breakfast you’ve ever had because we like to start the year out right! The Depot, Pelicano, The Shelburne Inn Restaurant, 42nd Street and Jimella and Nanci’s are open for New Years’ and if you would like to dine out on Christmas, many of these restaurants are open–we will set up your dinners!!  There will be fireworks on New Years’ Eve sponsored by the City of Long Beach!

Readers of this blog and Facebook friends can go for our Walk-in Rate ($150 for $179 rooms and $170 for the $199 Dunes Suite)  if you can book at least two nights! Just mention it in your online reservation notes and we will fix your rate  in the system!

The Inn was decorated by our guests and family last weekend and we had such a relaxing time time doing it–that in reality, it didn’t get completed. So Bill has hung the fresh cedar boughs and new lights outside this week!

This weekend is the annual B&B Open House with The Shelburne, Charles Nelson Guest House and Boreas Inn participating  Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 pm.  Come by and see us and taste some great cookies baked by Bill and Susie!  Open House Visitors are encouraged to bring along non-perishable food items and canned foods to donate to our local food banks.  It’s a hungry time of year for many of our neighbors, so we hope we can make a tiny difference!

The Port of Ilwaco is again hosting the World’s Largest Crab Pot Christmas Tree.  How many of you have seen one of those?  Many of the Saturday Market artisans have moved indoors on the Port to sell their wares for the holidays and are open on the weekends until Christmas.  Shopping on the Peninsula is very good–I used to come here from Portland, before I moved here, just to shop before the holidays!

For even more activities this weekend and over New Years, there are razor clams to be harvested this weekend, December 14th,15th,16th and then over New Years on December 29th, 30th and 31st! These are late afternoon tides…easy and fun. The clamming has been great this year.

Once a year we do a Holiday Newsletter, “The Boreas Barometer”. We will do them more frequently in the future, but do not want to be nuisance emailers!  I have no way of attaching the entire newsletter to this blog post, but do have a picture of the masthead!  It is a pretty newsletter..produced with my own pics by Reservation Nexus, our reservation system webmasters.   Boreas Inn is fortunate to have a few thousand people on our email list and we hope that the newsletter is informative and lets readers know we’re thinking of them!  If you’d like one, just drop us a line to boreas@boreasinn.com and we will send you one!!  We wish you a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Prosperous New Years full of love and friendship!       Your innkeepers, Susie Goldsmith and Bill Verner

Our holiday newsletter is out today!

Our holiday newsletter is out today!

Bonney Lassie Garden Blogger at Boreas Inn

September 4th, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

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!

Bonney Lassie snapped the cosmos! Alison Conliffe is a fine photographer!

Begonias on the front deck of Boreas Inn, pic by Alison Conliffe

Begonias on the front deck of Boreas Inn, pic by Alison Conliffe

Fuschias 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!

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

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

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.

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.

Bonney Lassie liked the Buddha in the Cosmos and got this pic.

Another dahlia floating in glass in the garden captured by Bonney Lassie!

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!

Susie likes to float dahlias and Alison Conliffe, the Bonney Lassie Blogger caught this image!

10th Annual Wild Mushroom Celebration at Boreas Inn, October 11-13, 2013

August 2nd, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

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.

This particular 5″ chanterelle has enchanted us for years. Delicious and so beautiful.

Celebrate Wild Mushrooms with us!

The most perfect one yet!

The most perfect one yet!

Bill surrounded Susie, on her birthday, with wild mushrooms found within yards of Boreas!

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!

Dine At the Source with our Local Mushrooms as key ingredients! King Boletus, Chanterelles and Matsutaki’s all in one place!

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.

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!

Sunny Days This Weekend–Great for Clamming!

March 22nd, 2012 by Susie Goldsmith

Clamming at Beard's Hollow

This weekend looks to be lovely with sunshine!  The Long Beach Peninsula has early morning clam tides Saturday and Sunday so you can limit and be back in time for a warm hot tub and our signature breakfast by the fireplace at 9:30.  All of our friends have reported limiting quickly during the last clam dig–so maybe you can too!  Of course,  you don’t have to dig clams –or else send the sweetheart out to dig clams while you sleep in could be a plan too! Simply languishing in Boreas Inn’s fluffy feather beds in our oceanside Long Beach, WA lodging will make your weekend divine. We will set up dinners out in our favorite haunts.  Whether you clam or not, you will dig it at Boreas!

Boreas Inn’s Ready-Made Christmas 2011

December 13th, 2011 by Susie Goldsmith

Boreas Inn is all yours, decorated with love for the 2011 Holiday Season!  Utilize one room for the ultimate peaceful and romantic time or bring family and friends and fill all five rooms for a flat rate of $595 plus tax per night for two nights  minimum.  (Ten people maximum–kids over 8 are fine.) This is a $320 per night savings.  Arrive on the 23rd, if you would like three nights at this great rate or stay a little later. This ready-made holiday removes the stress and lets you relax and enjoy the season.  All you need to do is bring your own gifts for under the tree.  The stockings are already hung by the chimney with care–but you can bring your own!  Gather your friends and family and enjoy this unique opportunity to rent the entire inn, one room or all five of Boreas’ beautiful guest rooms for your Christmas Holiday. This once-a-year special even includes our signature breakfasts with a Champagne Brunch on Christmas Day!  If you would like to arrive on December 23rd, you can extend your special deal to three nights.   We will arrange your holiday dinners too!  (The Inn is also available for Hannukah starting December 20th–complete with menorah and candles!)  You can see lots of pics of our 2011 decorations on www.facebook.com/BoreasInn!

This magical star-lit view can be yours for Christmas!

4th of July in Long Beach, WA– Boreas has Front-Row Seats for Fireworks!

June 23rd, 2011 by Susie Goldsmith

Boreas Inn still has a couple of really beautiful rooms open for the 4th of July holiday weekend!  Since the 4th is on a Monday, a few of our guests coming for the weekend are actually leaving right on the 4th–so we have a couple rooms open on the 4th proper in addition to the 1st and 2nd of July.  This is NEXT weekend–wow!  We are asking for a three-night minimum over the weekend, but as we approach the holiday, we will compromise on two-night stays, if we must, but three nights is so relaxing at Boreas!

We love the 4th of July in Long Beach, Washington.  Well–sort of.  It is clearly the most exciting day of the year on the gorgeous Long Beach Peninsula.  We would love it more if all the people packed out what they pack in. (Our Boreas guests are always perfect–it’s the other 20,0000 guests on the Peninsula who aren’t so perfect!)  The Long Beach Peninsula is truly a place for amateur and professional pyromaniacs!

To address this post-explosive and partying beach clean-up problem on the 4th of July on the Long Beach Peninsula, there are now “Treasure Our Beach” volunteers at all the beach approaches, handing out trash bags and fliers encouraging everyone who comes to the beach to picnic and blow things up, to take their trash home with them!  We treasure our Treasure our Beach volunteers.  Thank you all!  If any of our readers would like to help in this effort, please let us know.  Shelly Pollock’s Grass Roots Garbage Gang will have hundreds of volunteers combing the beaches on July 5th to pick up after the 4th of July revelers and we are grateful to those volunteers also!   This is a big beach clean-up and we always need more volunteers!

Well first of all, on Saturday, the 2nd of July, to lead off the pyrotechnic displays, there is a stunning and sparkly professional fireworks show on the Port of Ilwaco over the harbor.  We like to reserve tables for our guests at Pelicano on Saturday at the Port of Ilwaco, before the 4th so that they have front row seats for the Ilwaco Fireworks display.  So in addition to wine pairings at Pelicano that evening, there are fireworks pairings also!  If you have dinner at Pelicano, you will also have a place to park right on the harbor for the fireworks. It is truly inspiring to see the glittering on the water and this display just whets the appetite for the total pyrotechnic craziness that is the true 4th of July in Long Beach, WA.  We’ve never seen anything quite like Long Beach on the 4th.  So there is a method to our madness–we like our guests to dine on the best for breakfast and dinner and watch the celebration of our nation’s independence!

We brag about our 28-mile long beach.  Well just about every foot of our very long beach will be filled with cars, families, picnics and We’d estimate–millions of dollars of fireworks that will blow your socks off.  This doesn’t include the very fine professional show that happens at dark on the ocean-end of the Bolstad Beach approach five blocks south of Boreas Inn.  It’s all FREE and quite insane.  Stay on the boardwalk or sit in the back yard of Boreas Inn, (the hot tub has a great view) and stay a safe distance from all the pyromaniacs and you will have a great time in Long Beach, Washington on the 4th of July, 2011.   I found a video taken by visitors to the Peninsula last year and you can get a little idea of what it’s like in front of Boreas Inn on the 4th.  Hang onto your sparklers, baby!

Grab our last rooms and watch the 2nd and 4th of July shows at Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn on the lovely Long Beach Peninsula!

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