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. Along the region’s 28-mile stretch you can find a range of natural feasts ranging from cranberry bogs, wild mushroom farms, and oysters.
A Perfect Day Exploring Long Beach Peninsula
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Seaview for Lunch
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.
Horseback Ride On the Beach In Long Beach, Washington
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 two hours.
Explore the Long Beach Boardwalk
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.
Visit a Cranberry Bog
Cranberries are native to Washington state and is the 5th largest producer of cranberries in the United States. Cranberries love bogs and marshes, making the Long Beach Peninsula a perfect spot for them to flourish. Cranguyma Farms is a great option to see cranberry bogs and buy fresh cranberries in Long Beach.
The Washington cranberry season is from September and November. Bring a step stool if you like to to hand pick and make sure to check the shed before you start for loaner cans with string handles that you can hang on your neck.
Forage for Wild Mushrooms on the Long Beach Peninsula
Fall is mushroom time on the Long Beach Peninsula of coastal Washington. Innkeepers and chefs go all out during the six weeks of the annual Wild Mushroom Celebration on this beautiful ocean peninsula. Regional varieties include the King Bolete mushroom also known as Porcini as well as Oyster, Russula, Lobster, Fly Amanita, White Matsutake, Chanterelle and Prince mushrooms.
Check with Shelburne Inn owner, David Campeche for upcoming mushroom hunts at Leadbetter State Park which is located just north of historic Oysterville.
Next, stop at Oysterville on the Long Beach Peninsula for fresh oysters fresh from the bay. The 25-mile-long bay is America’s largest producer of farmed oysters. On your way to Oysterville, take the winding Highway 101 along the bay’s eastern shore and you’ll cross many bridges where the oysters are growing.
Seaview for Dinner at The Depot Restaurant
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.
The Shelburne Inn
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.
I suggest, when you head back to Seattle or Portland to take slow and stop often so you can take 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)
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