Dear Long Beach Peninsula –
I misjudged you! Sure I knew you were sandy and on the Pacific Ocean, but I completely underestimated all that you offered! Case(s) in point:
The food: You’re on the Pacific. You’re surrounded by water. You have Ilwaco at your doorstep and Oysterville in your back yard. You have goat farmers with fresh cheve, bachelor chicken farmers with delicious eggs, cranberry farmers who share their cranberry magic with the mixologists at Pickled Fish, guys in pickups who forage for wild mushrooms and elk sliders on at least one local menu. I can’t even find an elk slider in Seattle, let alone eat one as the sun sets over the Pacific! And what’s more? You have Jimella & Nanci‘s incredible, James Beard-honored gastro-prowess!
The views: Everywhere I turned I was in awe. Tide flats on Willapa Bay were picturesque and the drive on the east side of the Peninsula reminded me of southern Maine. The western shores’ windswept dunes called out for sunset strolls. Cape Disappointment’s lighthouses were photogenic from every angle. Ilwaco’s fishing boats and buoys had every color of the rainbow!
The hospitality: Your cities are downright friendly! From the up-in-arms (but hilarious) goat farmer bemoaning bumper crops of kids, to our gracious innkeepers at The Boreas Inn’s Yett Beach House, to Andi Day from the Longbeach Visitors Bureau, every person we came into contact with was warm, friendly and made me want to come back for more.
The pup-spitality: Our dogs were welcome in Long Beach! We took beach walks at Waikiki Beach, trail-hikes to lighthouses, boardwalk strolls through Ilwaco and Long Beach and our pups were welcome everywhere. Yes, we were reminded (while already on-leash) that leash-laws were enforced (more a statement of a bypasser’s fear of our 180-lb. dog, likely), but our pups always felt just as welcome as we were. It didn’t hurt that our beach cabin had a fully fenced yard to keep the two jailbirds safely confirmed, either!
The drive: Washington is a beautiful state! We were reminded at every turn the beauty of this state. From Mount Rainier vistas, to calm waters of the Willapa River, to the winding roads on Highway 6 through farmlands, every minute was a reminder of all that I love about this state.
Thank you, Long Beach Peninsula, for making my stay memorable, and enticing me to come back again soon for storm-watching on the Pacific!