Long Vacation in Long Beach

Getting away from it all doesn't pose a problem with 28 miles of sand, waves and grassy dunes.

Yes, we associate "the beach" to the summertime yet wintertime is my chosen time by the ocean.  Something about the blustery powerful winds and the brewing skies that tend to re-empower my zest for life.

I did get soakers a few days in the rain so do bring along your wellies and rain gear but given contrast adds depth being outside in not so clement weather makes all the better that warm and toasty room with a view ( with your new favourite local wine in hand ).  I ended up sheltering some of the storms in the local antique warehouse ( see below ) where many of the items were cheaper than the thrift store and as a whole a much more interesting assortment!   When the sun does come pouring out find yourself a little warm and sheltered nesting niche in the dunes that fits you just right and settle in for a nap.

kind of like my kermodi card which I still adore!

kind of like my kermodi card which I still adore!

STAY:

With the laid back camp style modern of the Adrift Hotel and Spa you won't feel shy about trailing the sand in from your beach cruisers ( and your dog ) to park them right in the lobby so you can pick up a bottle of local brew or wine.  This could be one of those much needed vacations where you don't go anywhere other than the beach with their restaurant and lounge (The Pickled Fish) , spa and did I mention those beach cruisers? www.adrifthotel.com

At The Akari Bungalows choose from their 8 cutey pie bungalows all decorated a wee bit different but ALL with King sized beds and gas fireplaces.  Want to cook up a wee bit of pasta with organic local ingredients and seafood in your kitchen?  Literally a stones throw away is the petite organic cafe, bakery and store for some last minute ingredients.  www.akaribungalows.com

Maybe you just can't give up groovie and what could be more groovie than to enjoy your vacation in a retro-fitted vintage trailer?  The Souwester has you covered (and warm) in COOL style.   http://souwesterlodge.com/vintage-travel-trailers/

EAT:

You can't do the peninsula without some fresh seafood.   Head to 42nd street Cafe where they make a suberb breakfast oyster omelette-  always seemed to be packed with a dinner crowd.   Just 1.5 miles away is the  town of ILWACO where you can head to Ole Bobs Seafood Market and Galley Cafe and chow down harbourside on their famous Crab Cakes,clam chowder, halibut tacos and of course fish and chips.  And yes, we know you came for the seafood but got to say, LOVE the thai food at Long Beach Thai Cuisine.  And, just trust me, stay cozy in your room and take out the thai, especially in winter.

DO:  

Camp out on the beach with a fire at low tide and try your hand at Razor Clamming.  http://funbeach.com/activities/clamming/.   

Drive the State Highway aka The Beach. Just as on any highway there are speed limits ( and tickets )so be sure to check out the how to's or you might end up to your axle!   http://funbeach.com/activities/beach-driving/  

Beach cruise or feet cruise the paved 8.5 mile Discovery Trail - map here  http://funbeach.com/maps-directions/discovery-trailmap/

SHOP:

Your personal treasure awaits you ( and no it's not a jewel in the sand ) at the North Coast Antique Warehouse-  Give yourself some time to make it through the 4000 square feet or better yet space your hunting pleasure out a little bit every day.