Washington State’s Long Beach Peninsula is situated just 3.5 hours from Seattle or a scenic two hour drive from Portland. The peninsula welcomes those seeking respite so they can reconnect to the sea. All along the region’s 28-mile stretch one can find a range of natural feasts ranging from cranberry bogs, wild mushroom farms, and oysters.
Schedule your trip so you arrive in Seaview for lunch and head to the 42nd Street Café & Bistro. Whet your appetite for seafood with their local shellfish offering such as Willapa Bay steamer clams, razor clams and Willapa Bay oysters. They also serve more traditional fare like hamburgers for those preferring a non-seafood option.
Next treat yourself to a leisurely horseback ride on the beach with Back Country Horse Adventurers in neighboring Long Beach. They offer guided one and two-hour rides during the day until 4pm. If you want to canter on the beach, be sure to book the two hour.
Then, cross the road and explore the downtown Long Beach boardwalk, this half-mile of boardwalk crosses over grassy sand dunes and overlooks an unfettered view of the Pacific Ocean. Once you get to the other side, walk forward and make a left and stroll along the beach. Public restrooms are available at each end of this boardwalk.
Make a left at the next public entrance and walk over to Pickled Fish located on the 4th floor of the Adrift Hotel for a craft cocktail. Happy hour specials are available from 3pm to 5pm. During the fall through spring seasons, watch the sunset from their large glass windows. If coming during the high season, consider booking your drink here a bit later to take advantage of the timing of the sunsets.
Then journey back by car to Seaview for dinner at The Depot Restaurant. This former 19th century train depot has the ambiance of a neighborhood French bistro. They open every night for dinner featuring on-tap microbrews, international wines, a heated outdoor deck, and a display kitchen. Start your meal with their signature Clamshell Railroad Clams Chowder followed by one of their hearty entrees such as their Southern Comfort Pork, Steak Killian or the Willapa Bay Oyster Dinner. Vegetarian options are available. Complement your meal with their signature DEPOT Red wine, a new Zin, Cab, Cab Franc Blend by Mt. Baker. Finish your evening with Long Beach Coffee Roaster’s DEPOT Blend Coffee. Single diners who feel reluctant to dine alone will feel welcome dining solo at the bar.
After dinner, check in to The Shelburne Inn, the oldest, continuously operating hotel in Washington State that has been in operation since 1896. This country inn bed and breakfast houses 14 unique cozy guest rooms furnished with original art and period antiques, all with a private bath and most with a private deck. Modern touches include free wi-fi available throughout the building and coffee served throughout the day. After a comfortable night’s sleep, wake up to a gourmet breakfast served in their restaurant. Be sure to try one of their signature egg dishes with a particular focus on their mushroom offerings. Then head back to Seattle or Portland taking in the scenery along the way.
Also, while some beaches close shop after the summer ends, the Long Beach Peninsula remains open year-round. Stopping by during the off-season affords one the opportunity to walk their myriad of trails or beaches in solitude, as well as the chance to watch the storms crash the shores come winter.
What & Where:
42nd Street Café & Bistro (4201 Pacific Way; Seaview, WA; 360-642-2323)
Back Country Horse Adventures Inc. (409 Sid Snyder Dr W., Long Beach, WA; 360-642-2576)
The Depot Restaurant (1208 38th Place, Seaview, WA; 360-642-7880)
Pickled Fish at the Adrift Hotel (409 Sid Snyder Dr., Long Beach, WA; 360-642-2311)
The Shelburne Inn (4415 Pacific Way, Seaview, WA; 360-642-4150)