Posts Tagged ‘Long Beach Washington’

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

World Kite Museum Event "China Then & Now" February 7th & 8th

February 4th, 2009 by Susie Goldsmith

This weekend promises to be another fine World Kite Museum event in Long Beach, Washington! To honor Chinese New Year,  “China Then and Now” is a celebration taking place on February 7th and 8th from 10 am-4 pm at the World Kite Museum, right down the street from Boreas Inn. There will be exhibits including Chinese kites, puppets, stamps, hand painted silk and bamboo kites and photographs. You will be able to participate in cultural and artistic events. There will be Mah Jong games with demonstrations and “Make it and Take It” Projects with some of our finest local artists. You can learn to make Asian Greeting Cards with Annie Unwin, discover Sumic Painting with Chris Goodwin and the Kite Museum staff and volunteers will guide you in Chinese lantern making, Chinese knotting and Red Paper Cutting. So if you would like to see, experience and even take home a project that you have made, this event promises to be not only visually beautiful, but a fun and interesting experience in making your own souvenirs! It’s been warm and beautiful at the beach, so come experience a unique mid-winter weekend in Long Beach. We have a couple of openings at the inn and will set up your dinners at our local favorite spots. This will be a glorious weekend! (There is also a clam dig this weekend!)

Annual Peninsula Event, "Ocian in View", November 7-9

October 14th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

Here is a press release about the upcoming annual “Ocian in View” weekend., November 7-9 on the Long Beach Peninsula.   If you haven’t attended this event in the past, consider coming to Long Beach to attend.  It looks fascinating as always!

From Hand-Carved Canoes to Columbia Condors, ‘Ocian In View’ Drifts Deftly Between The Past And The Present

LONG BEACH PENINSULA, Wash. – September 2008 – History buffs and cultural connoisseurs won’t want to miss this year’s ‘Ocian in View,’ an absorbing look at the Long Beach Peninsula’s provocative past. Slated for November 7, 8 and 9, 2008, the series of special events combines presentations by area experts with interpretive tours, educational programs and annual gatherings celebrating the Peninsula’s unique heritage.

With its diverse natural gifts and strategic seaside setting, the Long Beach Peninsula has lured explorers throughout the centuries. “‘Ocian in View’ answers some of the questions about why people live here at the edge of the continent, on a little bit of land where the irresistible force of the Columbia River slams into the immovable Pacific Ocean,” said Washington State Historical Society tour guide and lifelong local resident Jim Sayce. “Looking back in time allows for thoughtful and engaged commentary on what the area must have looked like to visitors in the late 18th century.”

Launching the ‘Ocian in View’ festivities on Nov. 7, Chinook Indian Tribe chairman Ray Gardner will illuminate the past with his talk called “The Finest Canoes: The Chinook Canoe and its Role in Traditional Culture.” The lecture will start at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. Tickets will cost $10 per person, sold at the door, with first-come first-served seating.

On Nov. 8, participants can hop aboard a bus and retrace the explorations of Euro-American sailors before the days of Lewis and Clark. Called “Land in View,” the modern-day adventure will be led by Sayce, sharing a wealth of tales about the captains and crews who ventured across unforgiving seas in search of the Northwest Passage. Departing from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m., each tour costs $30 per person. Reservations should be made early for this unforgettable three-hour trip by calling 360.642.3446.

Other highlights of ‘Ocian in View’ include the following:

  • On Nov. 8, participants can treat themselves to a savory combination of hot cider and history during the 11th annual November on the North Shore,” a free Open House at the Knappton Cove Heritage Center. Guided walks will take place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the historic site – formerly a U.S. Public Health Quarantine Station Hospital – located 3 miles east of the north end of the Astoria-Megler Bridge. For information, call 503.738.5206.
  • Nov. 8 serves as the date of the Chinook Tribe Seafood Dinner, a bounty of regional seafood, salad, Indian fry bread, dessert and beverages. Prepared by Chinook tribe members, the meal will cost $15 per adult, $13 for seniors (ages 55 and older) and $5 for children under 12. Diners can join the fun from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. No reservations are required.
  • Also on Nov. 8, naturalist/author/teacher Jack Nisbet will impart his vast knowledge of David Douglas, a trailblazing 19th-century London Horticultural Society botanist. Douglas made three visits to the Pacific Northwest between 1825 and 1833, and his remarkable acquisitions provided a unique look at regional plants and animals during the period of contact. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Ilwaco’s Hilltop Auditorium. Admission will be $10 per person.
  • Nov. 9 heralds the dedication of a California condor sculpture crafted by nationally known artist Bart Kenworthy. A life-sized replica with a 9-foot wingspan, the bronze sculpture has been erected as a tribute to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which found a ‘vulture of the large kind’ in 1805. The condor is posed on the ribs of a whale, with both creatures attached to a basalt rock weighing 40,000 pounds. The free ceremony begins at noon at the Port of Ilwaco’s covered pavilion.

  • On Nov. 9, condors continue to command attention during “Columbia Condors: Forgotten Giants in the Sky,” a free lecture by Oregon Zoo Research Associate David Moen. Through the Condor Recovery Program, the Oregon Zoo is involved with captive breeding of the bird, once nearly extinct and now an integral part of the natural and cultural history of the Pacific Northwest. Moen will share his insights at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum.
  • Throughout Nov. 9, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center will welcome guests to a memorable Open House. Coffee, juice and cake will be served at the center, where extensive exhibits spotlight the landmark 19th-century Corps of Discovery Expedition. The free event will run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cape Disappointment State Park.

  • In addition, Nov. 9 features the dedication of a large-scale replica of the United States Mint nickel, created to honor the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial in 2005. Photographer Andrew E. Cier – whose photograph inspired the nickel’s design – will attend the free ceremony, held at 3:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

‘Ocian in View’ is presented by a partnership of community non-profit organizations, led by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and the Pacific County Friends of Lewis and Clark. For general program and destination information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 1.800.451.2542 or access the Peninsula’s website at

First Razor Clam Tide is on October 17-19, 2008!

October 6th, 2008 by Susie Goldsmith

These beautiful bi-valves will light up your taste buds if you come to Long Beach, WA to dig them on October 17-19. The first clam tide of autumn coincides with Boreas Inn’s Wild Mushroom Celebration Weekend. Indulge in mushrooms and razor clams, two of our favorite things to eat, all in one weekend! Yum!

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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