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Adventures Within 15 minutes of Boreas Inn

February 25th, 2016 by Susie Goldsmith

This week, we had visitors from Bend, two of our best friends who migrated from Portland to Central Oregon about the same time we migrated to Long Beach, Washington. Innkeeping at Boreas Inn is tough work, consuming days, then weeks, then months, even in the winter time when we have fewer guests.  We fall into the habit of not taking any time off to enjoy adventures within 15 minutes of Boreas Inn. So we decided that we would all be tourists and go hiking around our area and at the same time, stay close to home.

We chose the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge for our Sunday adventure. The WNWF consists of a number of “units” both on the Long Beach Peninsula itself, including Leadbetter Point on the northern tip of land to Long Island in the Willapa Bay and across the Bay to the Refuge Headquarters on Highway 101 northbound, across from the boat ramp. We drive by the headquarters frequently on the way to South Bend or Seattle. But we seldom stop except to use the restrooms. Shame on us!  This was a day, indeed, to fall in love again with the Long Beach Peninsula, staying within 15 minutes of home.

We decided to do some hiking at the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, home to the Willapa Art Trail and the Cutthroat Climb (a 1.5 mile round trip loop of moderate difficulty),  our chosen adventures on Sunday, the 21st of February.  The Art Walk has depictions of wildlife habitat and creatures you might find in the refuge teaching visitors about the stream and forest lands they will experience. Students from the University of Washington Public Arts Program designed, constructed, and installed the artwork for the Art Trail under the direction of their professors.

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Kathy, Bill and Larry on the Cutthroat Trail. 2.21.16

Perhaps Kathy’s great grandpa cut down this tree! Kathy is not tall, but the stump is huge and would dwarf just about anybody.

The Cutthroat Climb is moderate in difficulty with steps that were a little muddy and slick, but not hazardous to climb. It tooks us an hour. The ecosystems on this walk are diverse with wetlands, streams, forest with amphibians (newts and frogs) and lots of birds. Kathy is a forester and is a good hiking companion because she knows habitat, trees and is also brilliant about identifying birds.  The forest was rich in tweeting; using the original definition of “tweet”. The music was beautiful. Kathy’s great grandfather as well as two of her great uncles were loggers and many years ago, this part of the Refuge was part of their logging territory. So it is entirely possible we were walking where her elders had logged timber.  There are lots of enormous stumps with “springboard notches” chopped into the trees to support boards for loggers to stand on to saw the trees. Perhaps her Great Grandpa used these very notches to carve down the enormous trees. Giant hemlock and Sitka spruce still prevail.  There is no admission charge to the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

Having explored the Refuge, we opted for a trip on Monday, the 22nd to our favorite place, Cape Disappointment State Park.  We always love Waikiki Beach in all types of weather and Monday was no exception.

Always a place to take pics. This is early spring at Waikiki Beach at Cape D. 2.22.16

Always a place to take pics. This is early spring at Waikiki Beach at Cape D. 2.22.16

It was warm and sunny and the waves were nice and big.  The logs that had been tossed around by the storms in late December and early January were deposited in places far from their usual landing spots all around the Waikiki Beach and park area. We had to see it to believe what we had seen in pictures. We hiked to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse form the parking lot of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, which was closed. My favorite pic of the day is of Dead Man’s Cove on that hike.

My favorite picture of the two days of wandering 15 minutes from home. Dead Man's Cove on the trail to the Cape D Lighthouse.

My favorite picture of the two days of wandering 15 minutes from home. Dead Man’s Cove on the trail to the Cape D Lighthouse.

The seawater was sparkling brilliantly in the sunshine and we had a feeling that we were all alone in the woods with this view all to ourselves.  Which was the truth.  We relaxed awhile at the Lighthouse, talked a bit to the Coasties who were manning the Cape D Lighthouse, and headed back to the car.  To utilize Cape Disappointment State Park, you must have purchased a daily or annual Discover Pass.

The rest of our Monday adventure, we must admit, was 30 minutes from home. Hungry for a beer and munchies, we crossed the bridge to Astoria and hit the Fort George Brewery for a late lunch. Fort George just had their Dark Arts Celebration, Kathy had the Coffee Girl brew that was very dark, a bit sweet, very creamy and full of coffee and chocolate. It was delicious. I started to dream of cooking cakes with Coffee Girl and plan to incorporate “dark arts” into Boreas Inn’s menu. Larry had a Nut Red Ale, Bill his Vortex IPA and I had an IPA also, citrusy and floral; I forget which one.  The Jambalaya and fresh albacore tuna melt hit the spot for us. A bit tired from our expedition, we returned home.

On Tuesday, we took a quick hike to Bell’s View at the North Head Lighthouse

Bell's View is our favorite place to perform tiny weddings for guests at Boreas Inn.

Bell’s View is our favorite place to perform tiny weddings for guests at Boreas Inn.

and then up to the McKenzie Head from the camping area at Cape D State Park.  Once again in search of libation and food, longing for Serious Pizza, which is not open yet at the Park, we drove to Pickled Fish at the Adrift Hotel and ate wood-fired pizza and I had my favorite drink, the Burro, a Moscow Mule made with tequila. Ohhh delicious.  Having played tourist for a few hours each day, we felt as though we had fallen in love with the Long Beach Peninsula. All over again. And almost all of our adventures were indeed within 15 minutes of Boreas Inn. We are happy to help you plan your itinerary when you visit Boreas Inn!  We loved having Kathy and Larry Katz from Bend, Oregon, provide the reason to get away, even for a quickie adventure or three. We live in paradise; there is no question about that!

Romantic Splendor

January 29th, 2016 by Susie Goldsmith

Treat your Valentine to an escape this February. Experience romantic splendor!

Celebrate at Beard's Hollow

Celebrate at Beard’s Hollow

Escape the ordinary. Escape the city. Escape the grind.

Better yet: Make it a Great Escape.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout the month of February at Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn with our Great Escape Special! Enjoy the romantic splendor of a two- or three-night  stay this February in one of our intimate guest suites, which includes a bunch of goodies and always, fresh flowers in your guest room and bathroom.  The Great Escape Special includes:
• Our handcrafted, award-winning three-four course breakfast served each morning by candlelight.
• A $50 gift certificate to either The Depot or 42nd Street Café and Bistro, two of the Long Beach Peninsula’s finest restaurants.
• A bottle of wine, sparkling wine or cider waiting upon arrival.
• Private use of Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn’s 32-jet spa in the glass-and-cedar gazebo overlooking the beach dunes.

February, or what we like to call Valentine’s Month, is the perfect opportunity to take a rejuvenating retreat to Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, and our Great Escape Special is designed with romance in mind. Pricing ranges from $475 to $515 plus tax for two nights, but the experience is invaluable.
• Garden Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Pacifica Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Stargazer Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Hideaway Suite – $475 for 2 nights; $170 for additional night
• Dunes Suite – $515 for 2 nights; $190 for additional night

Memorable Sunsets at the North Head Lighthouse

Memorable Sunsets at the North Head Lighthouse

Save almost $30 off our usual rates on the additional night with our winter rate, and soak up the extras that highlight Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn’s Great Escape Special. It’s sure to make this Valentine’s unforgettable!
Romance is in the air up and down the Long Beach Peninsula. Early evening beach walks are framed in stunning sunsets, and the cool coastal evenings draw us closer to our loved ones. Seasonal bounties of Dungeness crab and local razor clams make candlelit dinners not only romantic, but delicious! All contributes to romantic splendor and relaxation!

And speaking of delicious: Razor clam season is in full swing along the Peninsula, which means you (and all the local chefs!) have front-row access to the Pacific Northwest’s premier clamming grounds. Ask about our complimentary gear rental and on-property cleaning area if you plan on harvesting your own razor clams!

Clamming in Long Beach at Sunset

Clamming in Long Beach at Sunset

February also marks the nearly month-long Asian New Year Kite Celebration at the World Kite Museum & Hall of Fame from Feb. 8-22 in Long Beach. See history and culture from a brand new perspective!

Catch live music every night in February at the Pickled Fish restaurant in Long Beach before heading back to Boreas for rest and relaxation. The Peninsula Performing Arts Center is also hosting two blues concerts in February – one Feb. 6 and one Feb. 20.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Valentine’s beach escape now!

Your Boreas Innkeepers, Susie and Bill

Your Boreas Innkeepers, Susie and Bill

Drew C. Foster is a writer and blogger based on the Long Beach Peninsula. He can be reached at drewcfoster@gmail.com.

Razor Clamming Now!

January 6th, 2016 by Susie Goldsmith

Here’s the good news: The Long Beach Peninsula’s annual razor clam season has arrived!    Clam diggers
The year’s first dig is Jan. 7-14, with many more set to continue into the spring. This news has us grinning, and we want to share the good feeling: Razor clam diggers staying at Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn now can have a discount of $20 per night, $179 to $199 per night including our super deluxe breakfast for two, luxurious beds and electric fireplaces in all guest rooms.

Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is the Pacific Northwest’s premier razor clamming beach, and this year’s harvest could be exceptional. Enjoy this seasonal bounty at Boreas Inn, which sits just yards from the Pacific Ocean and the 20-plus miles of beach that stretches north to Leadbetter Point State Park.
Envision this: Wake up and recharge with our fabulous multi-course gourmet breakfast. Take a short stroll to the beach, clam gun in hand, and choose a spot to dig along the almost-endless stretch of sand. Unearth your daily limit, head on back to the bed and breakfast and luxuriate in the gentle glow of your bedside electric fireplace.

Sound about right? We think so too.

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Just remember to purchase a shellfish license before sinking your shovel or clam gun into the sand. Licenses are available at the Mobil gas station in Seaview or online through the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Boreas Bed and Breakfast Inn has everything you need to make your razor clam retreat a blast. Complementary clam gun rental? Check. Clam cleaning area? Check. Clamming tips from local pros? Check. Guests staying in our Yett Beach House even have their own kitchen to cook the tasty seasonal treats. The Yett Beach House, a 125-year-old Victorian-era sea cottage, sits adjacent to Boreas Inn and sleeps up to six. It can be yours for $150 per night and you can bring your kids and dog and cook your own breakfast in a fully-equipped kitchen.
Visitors and locals alike have been pulling razor clams from the Peninsula’s sand for more than a century. Sepia photographs of overdressed men and women clamming in the late-1800s grace the walls of many Peninsula homes and museums. The “World’s Largest Frying Pan” in downtown Long Beach isn’t just a gimmick – it was heated up and put to use during decades-old clam cook-offs. And the annual Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, set for April 9-10, is one of the Peninsula’s biggest draws celebrating Boreas Inn winter rates!

So clamming isn’t just a pastime around here, it’s part of the culture. And you’re invited to join the fun! Give us a call today to take advantage of our Razor Clam Digger Special rates– it’s a delicious deal you don’t want to miss! Clam diggers3   Jan. 7, Thursday, 4:57 p.m.; 0.1 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 8, Friday, 5:37 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 9, Saturday, 6:16 p.m.; -0.8 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 10, Sunday, 6:55 p.m.; -1.0 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 11, Monday, 7:34 p.m.; -1.0 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 12, Tuesday, 8:14 p.m.; -0.8 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 13, Wednesday, 8:56 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach
• Jan. 14, Thursday, 9:40 p.m.; 0.2 feet, Long Beach

Drew C. Foster is a writer and blogger based on the Long Beach Peninsula. He can be reached at drewcfoster@gmail.com.

January Spring Days in Long Beach, WA

January 20th, 2015 by Susie Goldsmith

My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA on January 13, 2015

My favorite spot, Waikiki Beach, at Cape D State Park, Ilwaco, WA on January 13, 2015

The Beach in Front of Boreas

This Lookout, called Bell's View is one of the prettiest in the State of Washington
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

Blue Skies on January 13, 2015 at the North Head Lighthouse

 

Bright winter sunshine at Boreas Inn!

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!

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 #1 New Years’ Resolution

January 8th, 2014 by Susie Goldsmith

So what is the Innkeeper’s #1 New Years’ Resolution? Here we are on day 8 of 2014 and I’ve already blown my #1 2014 New Years Resolution–which was to work out three times a week at SNAP Fitness, our great new local 24 hour gym. It is not that Boreas Inn is slamming busy this time of year.  Being overwhelmed by lots of guests, unfortunately, is not a good reason not to work out three times per week like it is in the busy season. So what is it that devastates my #1 New Years’ Resolution? Each day seems to evaporate.  Poof!  And the gym isn’t a part of it.

New Years' Resolution

I do not think I will lift large weights. Maybe just some elliptical and circuit work?

Twenty four hours per week really do evaporate at DaVita, my other job that has re-immersed me in clinical social work, my first passion. Intense, necessary, important to me and hopefully my patients and it is very worthwhile work.  When one is accustomed to working seven days per week for 18 years, cramming in another 24 hours in the work week at DaVita is no big deal, right?

Let’s see, other impediments to  me keeping my #1 New Years’ Resolution….The Visitor’s Bureau Executive Committee and Board. Some hours in the first two weeks of the month, then email…not such a huge time commitment, right? Right. The Washington Bed&Breakfast Guild Board of Directors meetings. Quarterly meetings, email, love the organization, 2.5 days this week. Completely mentally and emotionally satisfying teamwork with a fun, interesting, inspiring group of committed entrepreneurial innkeepers.

Ahhh…that’s what happened to my #1 New Years’ Resolution for 2014.  It’s day 8–I’ve only worked out twice.  But I have worked out my brain on a daily basis.  But that does not register on a FitBit!  And not to forget, we have had a few guests at Boreas Inn too.

Now that I’ve analyzed and viewed in print what’s been up in the first 8 days of 2014,  I understand why I have not kept my #1 New Years Resolution for this year.  And I WILL meet my commitment to myself and work out at SNAP Fitness three times per week.  Or maybe two…  :-)  :-)

Putting my #1 New Years’ Resolution aside, there is good stormy weather and high surf predicted for this coming weekend and nowhere is better than Boreas Inn  and the available Yett Beach House to watch a winter storm on the Long Beach Peninsula!  Boreas Inn has beautiful beds, cozy fireplaces, and a fine breakfast befitting a King and Queen (which are also our bed sizes)! Bill and I will be here in fine form with nothing but time to devote to showing our guests the best B&B experience on the coast.  ( The extra special treat this weekend is the Seahawks game at 1:35 pm on Saturday, the 11th. Our guests will be invited to watch the game with us, dressed in our Seahawks jersey finest, at The Lost Roo.  Seven giant TV’s should be adequate for viewing!

And hopefully this weekend, maybe we can walk in the rain…to SNAP Fitness to work out! Boreas Inn Innkeepers entertaining in the Kitchen.

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!

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.

Razor Clam Festival in Long Beach, Washington April 27 & 28, 2013

March 31st, 2013 by Susie Goldsmith

Are you looking for something absolutely unique to do April 26th -28th? Come to the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival! Oh the nostalgia!  My earliest memories of clam digging on the Long Beach Peninsula, when I was a toddler, were of cold, bare wet feet, soon to be numb, in the early morning. Out on the wide beach, in the wet sand, with my parents and two older brothers,  I trotted around looking for dimples in the sand.  “There’s one, Dad! There’s one, Mom!”  I was too little to dig.  My brothers had clam guns.  We got a gazillion clams and then, the inevitable. We had to clean the clams.  I was too little, for years, to touch a knife, and if you know me now, sometimes I am still too little to touch a knife!  But I had to rinse the clean clams free of sand under the cold tap water in the clam cleaning rooms at whichever old motels we stayed in.  My frozen fingers now matched my frozen, wet sandy feet! In the Boulevard Motel or The Lighthouse Motel…wherever our family could stay, the clam-cleaning rooms smelled the same–salty, slightly musty, very damp.  Back then, we could dig all the clams we wanted. So we would clean then for what seemed to me like hours. So the razor clams we loved so much would be ground up and made into clam chowder.  I turned the crank of the old food grinder–I still have one. I was never too little to grind clams.  The razors made the best clam chowder in the world and my dad always took all the credit.  The fried clams he produced were always considered a  huge treat–way back then.  I remember Long Beach’s World’s Largest Frying Pan being used for frying clams.  It was clearly a good time.

Well- the GOOD TIMES ARE BACK!  They say 20,ooo people came to the 2nd Razor Clam Festival in 1941!  The last Razor Clam Festival was, we think, in 1968.  Well it’s BACK!  The first Razor Clam Festival in around 45 years will happen in Long Beach, WA on April 27 and 28 this year!  This event brings back such sweet childhood memories for me and perhaps it will be a new memory for you.

So who is the genius who re-created the The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival?  Well, Randy Dennis of The Dennis Company, who happens to be one of the State’s most inventive, entrepreneurial, forward thinking and nicest guys we will ever know!  Events of the Festival include:

Clam Festival Court–Francis O’Neil was the “Clam Festival Bathing Beauty” in 1948–the QUEEN of the court will be here to re-start the tradition!

Razor Clam Digging Lessons- You have to pre-register for Saturday and Sunday morning lessons in front of The Breakers Hotel.

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife will judge “Biggest Clam Dug” and “Best Looking Limit” for $100 prizes!

Chowder Cook-Off–Local restaurants will compete for “Best Chowder” Trophy accompanied by music from the North Coast Blues band.

There will be Tummy Warmer Stations at the Pavillion at the foot of the Bolstad Beach Approach with cookies, hot cocoa, coffee & tea.

Vintage Clam Festival postcards, t-shirts, mugs, magnets, the Official Razor Clam Festival Poster by Don Nesbitt and other swag will be available!

There will be street entertainment by Dennis Duck, the Beard’s Hollow Pirates and Queen L DeDa’s Mermaids downtown on Saturday!

There will be clam supplies, weather gear and more available at the Dennis Company in Long Beach on both days.

A Clam Gun Decorating Contest is being held at the local elementary schools, the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club with public voting.

This photo courtesy of Wayne O'Neil collection! This is the 1948 Clam Festival Court!

This photo courtesy of Wayne O’Neil collection! This is the 1948 Clam Festival Court!

So where will you stay for this grand occasion on the weekend of April 26th?  Currently there are openings at beautiful Boreas Inn, just a few short blocks from this much anticipated event!  You can re-warm your frozen tootsies and laze around after your invigorating participation in this historic event–the Razor Clam Festival in downtown Long Beach, WA!

So if you’re thinking of coming to this really fabulous event, make your reservations now!!!

 

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