Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Have a Great Beach Vacation with Your Family


Families love beach vacations. As free time becomes more precious, creating the “perfect” family getaway carries more importance. Here are tips from vacation experts at Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau to help ensure a great family beach vacation.

Do a little research. Start with the destination website including the event calendar. Look for ideas on places to stay, where to eat and what to do. Blog posts are also helpful as are itinerary builders. For more ideas and visitor feedback, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are potential resources. Search for travel stories on the destination to get third-party perspectives.

Adrift Hotel with the Pickled Fish Restaurant
is both family friendly and dog friendly. It's right on the beach!
Select lodging ahead of time and make a reservation. Do the same for any must-try restaurant choices. While some things can be left unplanned, securing lodging, especially when traveling with young children, is important. Look for lodging that fits personal tastes, needs and budget. Would quiet or more lively be the best fit? Traditional or contemporary? On-site dining or full kitchens? Stand alone vacation home or hotel or perhaps something unique like a lightkeeper’s house, yurt or vintage travel trailer?

Sketch in a simple, flexible itinerary. For each day, select the where or what for three meals and three activities. With older children, involve the entire family in the process letting each choose a food they’d like to eat and favorite thing to do. (A walk along the boardwalk with a double-scoop waffle cone might count for one of each.)

Walking on the beach at sunset.
Give children as many experiences as possible while young; they soak in everything and are enchanted by the smallest things or the largest as in joining hands of everyone in the family to try and encircle an ancient Sitka spruce or exploring tiny creatures in tide pools. Scheduling a getaway is also easier with young children before other activities (i.e. practices, game schedules, sleepovers) make finding time more tricky.

Integrate fun, age-appropriate ways to learn, such as forming letters with sticks of driftwood or exploring hands-on museum exhibits like those at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
While away and especially when spending time in nature, consider keeping device use to a minimum, including social media posts. It’s easier to enforce this with older children by example.

When traveling with young children, make every effort to keep on their regular schedule including nap time. For active children, give them plenty to do to burn off extra energy with walks on the beach, bike rides on dedicated trails, something new like flying a kite, and non-structured playtime.

Create new family traditions or revisit childhood traditions, perhaps something as simple as writing a message in the sand to serve as the foreground for a family photo or using a local landmark like a giant clam pan or lighthouse as the same backdrop year after year. Recall the things that made family vacations special and memorable and share those with the next generation – digging for razor clams, feasting on whole cooked Dungeness crab, playing Frisbee on the beach with the family dog.

Seafood and Charter Fishing on the Long Beach Peninsula
Let go of 'perfect.' Expectations for what a family getaway should look like can get in the way of serendipity and those most memorable moments that magically happen when least expected. Relax and enjoy every precious second.

About the Long Beach Peninsula
With its mix of family friendly restaurants, ultra-local seafood, ocean view lodging, unique museums, landmark lighthouses, meandering trails, state and national parks, and 28-mile sandy, public beach, the Long Beach Peninsula is one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing family destinations. For vacation planning assistance, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access www.visitlongbeachwa.com.

And, if you want to see what we put together for an old-fashioned family beach getaway on the Long Beach Peninsula see our article on Bindu Trips.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Oregon Field and Vine Dinners in the Field 2017 Schedule Announced


Pascal Chureau, chef/owner of Field & Vine Events, and Allium Bistro in West Linn, has announced the lineup for the 2017 “Dinners in the Field,” and this year brings more events and partnerships than ever before.

Our first Dinner in the Field was at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm. Last year we enjoyed a Dinner in the Field on Sauvie Island

Now entering its fifth year, “Dinners in the Field” has become one of the most popular dining experiences in the region, expanding its reach with 31 events from Sauvie Island to Salem, Oregon. Held from spring through fall under starry skies or twinkling tents on the area’s beautiful farms, ranches and vineyards, the dinners bring food lovers, farmers and winemakers together to share their passion for the fertile Willamette Valley lands that supply our bounty from plate to glass.

“We’re turning farm-to-table on its head,” said Chureau, Chef/Owner of Field & Vine Events and Allium Bistro. “Instead of bringing the food grown by farmers to tables in restaurants across the state, we’re bringing people to small farms throughout Oregon to enjoy their meals, meet the farmers, and learn on-site at the farm, where their food comes from.”

Case in point, the September 9th dinner at Fiala Farms in West Linn will feature a full roast pig from Carlton Farms with wines by Solena Estate. And for the October 14th dinner with Stoller Family Estates at Cornell Farm nursery, guests will be seated in the beautiful greenhouse amid the nursery’s lush plants, a setting sure to inspire even novice gardeners to start a vegetable garden of their own.

In addition, several of the region’s top-producing, nationally acclaimed wineries have signed on this year, including Domaine Serene, a 2016 Wine Spectator top-100 winery that’s set to open a luxe new clubhouse in May, as well as Ponzi Vineyards, Penner-Ash, and Eola Hills Wine Cellars near Salem. 

“In addition to the dinners with the smaller wineries, we’re also partnering the small farmer with the big winery this year, to give the farmer even more access and connections to the big guys,” said Chureau. “But, even though we’re growing with the addition of some larger wineries, we’re still anchored in the small farmer.”

This commitment to supporting small farms is the cornerstone of Field & Vine’s events. That’s why each year brings an emphasis on agritourism, with the majority of the events held at small farms in the bucolic, vineyard-lined hills of Willamette Valley. 

And once again, Field & Vine will partner with Farmers Ending Hunger, this time expanding the collaboration to three special dinners to benefit the nonprofit, which helps gather Oregon’s agricultural resources to help feed the hungry.

The first one, hosted in June at Hunter Creek Farm equestrian center in Wilsonville, coincides with the Early Summer Classic Horse Show and features wines by Methven Family Vineyards. The second is hosted at Tualatin’s popular Lee Farms, with beverages from both Erath Winery and House Spirits Distillery. And the third is a late-harvest dinner at Douglas Farm, a fourth-generation family farm on Sauvie Island, with wines by Owen Roe.

Since its inception, Chef Pascal’s “Dinners in the Field” have been driven by his desire to give back to the community. His goal is to connect diners, farmers and producers to each other through a celebration of the very land that feeds them all. As part of its enduring commitment to this connection, Field & Vine is again working with Oregon Farm Loop for the fifth year in a row, for all of the 31 dinners, with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the nonprofit to support its public educational activities.  

A portion of the profits from the dinners will also go to Meal on Wheels.

Also new this year, two hotels in Washington County are offering special packages for anyone buying tickets to a Field & Vine dinner. The Century Hotel in Tualatin offers a one-night stay in a Lakeside king guest room, a bottle of Pinot Noir upon arrival, plus breakfast for two at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill, for $169.  Call 503.692.3600 to reserve this special Field & Vine hotel package.  The Grand Hotel at Bridgeport offers a 10 percent discount on any room, plus a box of chocolates and complimentary breakfast buffet. And for every hotel package booked with a dinner, Chureau will offer a bottle of wine. Guests will be required to show their room key at the Field & Vine dinner to verify they purchased the hotel package and in turn, Chureau will give the guest their bottle of wine.  

Each of the 31 dinners in and around the greater Portland/Willamette Valley farming region focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients straight from the host farm, and is designed to spark a deep sense of community between all attending. At each dinner, long communal tables invite conversation and conviviality, as guests enjoy a six- to-seven-course dinner paired with wine, beer or spirits from nearby wineries, breweries, and distilleries. Chureau and Chef/Partner Ian Ragsdale actively engage with their guests, often sharing samples and stories while cooking over an open fire. Meanwhile, the host farmer, winemaker, or rancher leads guests through an intimate tour, and shares tales from the field and vine, highlighting the ingredients used in that evening’s meal.  

Events are held rain or shine, with dinners hosted in barns, barrel rooms, or under a tented, lit dining room during inclement weather. Diners with dietary sensitivities are accommodated with vegetarian, nut-free and gluten-free options. The cost for each dinner is $85 to $90 per person, which includes a six- to seven-course dinner, beverages such as wine, beer, cider or spirits, as well as gratuity. For “Dinners in the Field” tickets, please visit www.fieldandvineevents.com or on Facebook at Field & Vine Events.  Advance Tickets Only.

“Dinners in the Field” 2017 Schedule

May 20
Eola Hills Wine Cellars

May 27
Gran Moraine Winery with Vibrant Greens Farm
17090 NE Woodland Loop Road, Yamhill, OR 97148

June 3
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm & Vineyard with Indio Spirits
33814 S. Meridian Road, Woodburn, OR 97071

June 10
Beacon Hill Winery with Pitch Dark Chocolate and chef Paul Bechard
22070 NE Ridge Road, Gaston, OR 97110

June 17
King’s Raven Winery with Tranquil Farms and Pitch Dark Chocolate
11603 S. New Era Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

June 23
Hunter Creek Farm Early Summer Classic Horse Show with Methven Family Vineyards
14441 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070
Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger
June 24
Pete’s Mountain Vineyard & Winery with Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese
28101 SW Petes Mountain Road, West Linn, OR 97068 

June 25
King’s Raven Winery Summer Solstice Sock Burning Party with Friends of Timberline
11603 S. New Era Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

July 1
Alpacas at Marquam Hill Ranch with AlexEli Vineyards
35835 Oregon 213, Molalla, OR 97038


July 8
Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards with Portland Creamery 
18380 NE Buena Vista Drive, Dundee, OR 97115

July 15
EZ Orchards with Cristom Vineyards
5504 Hazelgreen Road NE, Salem, OR 97305 

July 15
Ponzi Vineyards with Our Table Cooperative
19500 SW Mountain Home Road, Sherwood, OR 97140

July 22
Christopher Bridge Wines with Tranquil Farms
12770 S. Casto Road, Oregon City, OR 97045

July 29
Lee Farms with Erath Winery and House Spirits
21975 SW 65th Avenue, Tualatin, OR 97062

Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger

August 6
Rare Plant Research and Villa Catalana Cellars with Portland Cider Company
11900 S. Criteser Road, Oregon City, OR 9704

August 12

Beckham Estate Vineyard with Portland Creamery
30790 SW Heater Road, Sherwood, OR 97140

August 26
Domaine Serene with Dundee Hill Food Forest
6555 NE Hilltop Lane, Dayton, OR 97114

September 2
Fir Point Farms with Twill Cellars 
14601 Arndt Road, Aurora, OR 97002
September 9
Fiala Farms with Solena Estate 
21231 SW Johnson Road, West Linn, OR 97068

September 16
Terra Vina Wines with Goldin Artisan Goat Cheese
33750 SW Ladd Hill Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070

September 23
Douglas Farm with Owen Roe
15330 NW Sauvie Island Road, Portland, OR 97231  
 Partner with Farmers Ending Hunger

September 30
Penner-Ash Wine Cellars with Briar Rose Creamery
15771 NE Ribbon Ridge Road, Newberg, OR 97132

October 7
St. Josef’s Estate Vineyards & Winery with Portland Cider Company
28836 S. Barlow Road, Canby, Oregon 97013

October 14
Cornell Farm with Stoller Family Estates
8212 SW Barnes Road, Portland, OR 97225


October 21

Fairsing Vineyard with Briar Rose Creamery
21455 NE Burkett Hill Rd, Yamhill, OR 97148

October 28

Eola Hills Wine Cellars
501 S. Pacific Hwy, 99W, Rickreall, OR 97371


November 4
Tumwater Vineyard with Tranquil Farms
375 SW Barrel House Way, West Linn, OR 97068


November 11
Rosse Posse Acres Elk Farm with Forest Edge Vineyard
32690 S. Mathias Road, Molalla, OR  97038

December 2
Dobbes Family Estate with Green Bison Ranch
240 SE 5th Street, Dundee, OR 97115

December 9
WillaKenzie Estate
19143 NE Laughlin Road, Yamhill, OR 97148





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Slap Happy at Portland's Slappy Cakes

I'd heard about Slappy Cakes. My friend went there every time his brother visited Portland. I guess it was the pancakes that drew them there. So when I received an invitation to breakfast at Slappy Cakes, I was interested in checking the place out.

It was one of our few sunny spring days and parking in the Belmont neighborhood was a joy. I parked a couple of blocks away so I could walk down the streets lined with quaint vintage homes with overgrown and blooming gardens. A man washing his car on the street greeted me with a warm "good morning." And it was.

I found Slappy Cakes, a bright modern cheery building, just down the street from where they were building yet another apartment house. Portland has a housing shortage so these multi-story squares pop up in even the quaintest neighborhoods.

Entering Slappy Cakes you'll immediately notice that people are happy... children are animated, adults are focused on the middle of their tables. I enjoyed the bright decor and the pancake art on the walls.

It was then that I noticed that there was a griddle in the middle of each table. We would be cooking our own pancakes.

After our group gathered and were seated we perused the menu. The majority were insecure about their pancake cooking skills so ordered things like Huevos Rancheros and Eggs Benedict. Slappy Cakes has it all... including cocktails. Something for everyone.


But it was the containers of pancake batter and ingredients that took center stage. We had buttermilk pancake batter and blueberries... pretty simple fare for our first Slappy Cakes experience. My friend showed us how it was done.

You could squirt the pancake batter on the griddle and make designs. Then we all got into the act designing pancakes and loosing our inhibitions as we went. It wasn't like cooking pancakes at home with the edges turning dark brown before the middles cooked. Pancakes were thinner and, certainly, more fun.

Now I know the routine and know that Slappy Cakes is fun for children and children at heart. I know the batter is made just right and that the buttermilk batter is "to die for" (a direct quote from the next table).

Eggs Benedict
Portland is not the only place where you can get slap happy at breakfast, but I enjoyed the Belmont neighborhood so can recommend you give them a try. 

4246 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 477-4805

Hours
Mon-Fri 8am-2pm
Sat-Sun 8am-3pm

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Art Quilts Tell the Story of Our Impact on America's National Parks


Sunny Sequim, not all that far from Seattle, Washington is hosting a very special traveling quilt exhibit during May and June. Sequim, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, is one of those undiscovered places with a historic lighthouse, seafood galore and a banana belt climate.

Wings of Fire by Melanie K. Brewer

Art Quilts Tell the Story
The National Park Fiber Arts Exhibit “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” will be on exhibit at the Sequim Civic Center, 152 West Cedar Street, May 7 – June 30, 2017. The display has been touring the country since December 2014. This is the only stop in the Pacific Northwest for the national exhibit.

The juried show of 26 art quilts was created by artists in Florida as a way to highlight a few of the many ways that America’s 401 National Parks are being impacted by climate change, water pollution, air pollution, and other human-caused phenomena.

The artworks were created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), a 3000-member national organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. Far from utilitarian quilts, traditionally used as bedcoverings, art quilts focus on layering, “thread painting,” and graphic design, as well as stitching and piecing.

This is a fitting stop for the last viewing of the exhibit. The Olympic Peninsula is home to the amazing Olympic National Park

More from us on the Olympic Peninsula.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: A 55 Foot Tall Precarious Balancing Rock

It's Wordless Wednesday so I thought I'd post yet another photo from my Mighty 5 tour of Utah's National Parks. This is the famous Balanced Rock formation at Arches National Park just outside of Moab.

The total height of Balanced Rock is about 128 feet and then the balancing rock rises about 55 feet above the base.

You can get a sense of the scale of this tenuous rock by looking at the people climbing on the formation. That huge rock is about the size of three semi trucks.

To get close to Balancing Rock, if you dare, there is a loop trail from the parking lot. I skipped that. I hear that another such rock fell off of the formation in the 70's.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Where to Go with Your National Parks Senior Pass (Before its too late!)


So you’ve read the articles on the Santa Fe Travelers blog cautioning you to get your National Park Senior Pass before its too late! You plunked down your $10 and have your shiny new pass with the photo of the blooming cacti on it. But now what? You’ve looked at the map and you don’t even have a National Park in your state. Oh oh!

I have a friend who doesn’t travel far, usually, and she got her pass and posed this exact question. She lives in the Portland, Oregon area and thought she might have to travel to Mt. Rainier National Park or Crater Lake to use her pass. That’s far for her.

National Park Senior Passes are for More Than National Parks
So after a little research I found that she could use her pass to gain entry at much closer, yet very exciting places to go:

In Vancouver, Washington is Fort Vancouver. Located on the north bank of the Columbia River, in sight of snowy mountain peaks and a vibrant urban landscape, this park has a rich cultural past. From a frontier fur trading post, to a powerful military legacy, the magic of flight, and the origin of the American Pacific Northwest, history is shared at four unique sites. Discover stories of transition, settlement, conflict, and community.

The entrance fee to Fort Vancouver is usually $5.00 but with a Senior Pass, its free!

And then on the coast, there’s the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The park brochure entices you to “discover the rich heritage of the native people. Unfold the dramatic stories of America's most famous explorers. The park encompasses sites along the Columbia River and the Pacific Coast. Follow in the footsteps of the explorers and have an adventure in history.”


To enter these sites is usually $5.00 but with the Senior Pass, it’s free!

So the Senior Pass is a great deal. It can save you money on entrance to national sites and national historical parks and National Recreation areas. The lifetime national parks Senior Pass also gives seniors a 50 percent discount on federal use fees charged for camping, swimming, boat launching, parking, and tours.

When is it Too Late to Purchase a National Park Senior Pass?
So when will “it be too late?” According to the Santa Fe Travelers, “If you want to take advantage of the $10 rate, buy your lifetime National Park Senior Pass now. When is the price going up? According to the National Park Service no date has yet been set, but it will be sometime after October.” Currently, US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to buy a pass on their 62nd birthday.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tulalip Resort Casino Announces 2017 Easter Dining Options


The Tulalip Resort Casino complex, north of Seattle, includes dining options certain to please. The chef team at the Tulalip ResortCasino has hatched several egg-trodinary Easter Sunday dining options for the whole family. Guests can choose from the Resort’s signature Eagles Buffet, to dinner specials at the award-winning Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill, Tulalip Bay Restaurant, or Cedars Cafe.

Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill
Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill is the Resort’s innovative Pacific Northwest seafood restaurant, influenced by traditional tribal culture and cuisine, served in a casual setting.

This year, Chef David Buchanan will be serving fresh Sous Vide Sockeye Salmon 110° with a spring pea jus with jardiniere vegetables and lightly curried cous cous for $31. The special will be available in addition to the regular dinner menu from 5 pm until closing on Sunday, April 16, 2017. To book a table online, visit here, or reserve by phone at (360) 716-1100.

Tulalip Bay Restaurant
Tulalip Bay Restaurant is an award-winning combination of a classic steakhouse and a traditional Italian restaurant with a superior wine list — where old world taste is fused with local Northwest ingredients.

For Easter 2017, Tulalip Bay Chef Jeremy Taisey has crafted a Spring Braciole of Beef Tenderloin with pancetta, date jam, tomato relish, and a Chardonnay reduction. The special is priced at $35 and will be available in addition to the regular dinner menu from 5 pm until closing on Sunday, April 16, 2017. To book a table online, visit here, or reserve by phone at (360) 716-1500.

Cedars Cafe
Cedars Cafe offers a relaxed atmosphere for breakfast, lunch or dinner and is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

This Easter Sunday, Chef Brent Clarkson is serving up broiled to perfection lamb chops rubbed with olive oil, seasoned with garlic and a fresh herb marinade; served with a Riesling wine demi-glace, orange mint sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, charred asparagus, and crispy onion straws. The special will be available for $25 and comes with a choice of a house salad or soup du jour; and will be in addition to the regular menu on Sunday, April 16, 2017. For more information and to reserve a table by phone, call (360) 716-1276.

Eagles Buffet
Eagles Buffet is offering a mouth-watering selection for Easter Sunday Brunch and Dinner. Many of the items will be served all day during both meal services.

The menu* will feature a selection of brunch items, such as Made to Order Waffles, Steak and Eggs with chopped onion rings and pepper jack cheese, Prime Rib Hash, French Toast Casserole with bananas and rum sauce, and BBQ Braised Pork Belly. 


With a nod toward dinner, Eagles Buffet offers a variety of main dishes, such as Rotisserie Leg of Lamb with rosemary, garlic, and artichoke along with Chef John’s Seafood Mac and Cheese, Smoked BBQ Beef Ribs, and Dungeness Crab and Artichoke Dip. Guests can also enjoy chef specials, such as the Baked Wild Salmon with lemon dill pepper, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Honey Baked Ham, Tender Pot Roast, and their signature dessert selection, which includes Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream.

Savor Eagles Buffet Easter Sunday Brunch and Dinner all day from 9 am to 9 pm. The holiday brunch and dinner are priced at $24.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages 2 to 10 (prices do not include sales tax or gratuity). Tables are seated on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please call 360-716-1462, or visit online at TulalipResort.com.

Information provided by Tulalip Resort Casino.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Utah's Canyonlands Amazing View

I'm working on a series of articles about Utah's Mighty 5 National Parks for Wander With Wonder and I have to stop periodically and just look into the beauty of my photographs. It was an amazing trip. I toured with Southwest Adventure Tours.

This is my inspirational photo from Canyonlands. Some say it rivals the Grand Canyon! Views from the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park reach from the depths of the Green and Colorado rivers to the mountaintops. Clouds top the layers of sandstone and rock to complete the picture.


I was amazed at the views and the depth of the canyons.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Spring Hiking in the Long Beach Peninsula of Washington


Sloshing through ankle deep mud on a rare sunny or more predictably rainy day is a quintessential Northwest experience. When spring’s urge to get outdoors calls, find perfectly wet trails plus 28 miles of sandy, public beach on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.

Spring Hiking on the Long Beach Peninsula
Well known for the oyster beds of Willapa Bay, great food, bird watching, and charter fishing, the Long Beach Peninsula also boasts an impressive system of trails. An estimated 30 miles of trails traverse the peninsula through grassy dunes and old growth forests, over rocky headlands, around wetlands and through scrub pine forest.

Local experts suggest the following for great spring hiking:

The soggy, 1.5-mile round-trip Coastal Loop includes plenty of short ups and downs, with steep sections. Features included huge, ancient Sitka spruce (some 10 feet in diameter), views of the Columbia River, and fauna and flora including newts, frogs, bald eagles, owls, foxes, otters, huckleberries, mushrooms, and flowers. Access to this 1.5-mile round trip loop is near Serious Pizza and the park office at the entrance to Ilwaco’s Cape Disappointment State Park (Discovery Pass required for cars). Dogs on leash are permitted.

The Weather Beach and Bearberry trails at Leadbetter Point, on the north end of the Peninsula, are likely to be under water this time of year. The 1.1-mile Bay Loop (green trail) offers mud without wading, birding sites, scrub pine forest, marsh grass fields and flat terrain. A Discover Pass is required for parking at Leadbetter Point State Park.

Delight in signs of spring (and mud) on three trails at the headquarters of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge: ¼-mile Art Trail mostly on boardwalk; fern-laden Cut Throat Climb, a ¾-mile loop; and nearby third-mile Teal Slough, showcasing millennium-old western red cedar and Sitka spruce trees. The refuge headquarters is near milepost 24 on State Route 101. Teal Slough is 1.6 miles northeast of the headquarters.

Spring Hiking on the Paved Discovery Trail
For the mud adverse, all but a short section of Discovery Trail on the west side of the Cape Disappointment headlands is paved. This 8.5-mile long coastal interpretive path stretches from Ilwaco on a forested climb and descent to Beard’s Hollow wetlands, then through grassy dunes to a mile north of Long Beach, with a forested spur to North Head Lighthouse added in 2014. Access points most with free parking are at the Port of Ilwaco, Beard’s Hollow, the Seaview and both Long Beach beach approaches, as well as the south end of the Breakers Resort. In Long Beach, the trail parallels a ½ mile wooden boardwalk. The trail is shared with cyclists, and dogs on leashes are permitted.

For more information on the Peninsula’s trails and recreational offerings, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 360.642.2400 or access www.funbeach.com.

Information provided by Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau