Hotel at a Glance: Our Place at the Beach Motel
Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this quaint motel has a clapboard exterior and, running alongside the rooms, a long wooden balcony decorated with flowers. Inside, you’ll find spacious rooms and a spa area with hot tubs and a sauna—a nice spot to relax after a day exploring Long Beach.
- Nearby attractions: A boardwalk runs parallel to the beach; the shops and restaurants of downtown are just three blocks away.
- Clean your catch at the indoor fish- and clam-cleaning station.
- Muffins, coffee, and fresh fruit are served each morning.
- In-room amenities: refrigerators and microwaves
Long Beach, Washington: Clams, Kites, and Cranberries on the Pacific Coast
About 115 miles northwest of Portland, 28 miles of uninterrupted shoreline stretches across the Long Beach Peninsula. Crowds flock to the area all year round—even in the winter months, when average temperatures are in the 40s. The main draw during that part of the year is clamming. On certain government-approved dates, you can take to the sands to dig for fresh razor clams, which locals enjoy battered and fried in butter.
Come spring, warmer weather brings out swarms of colorful kites. Kite flying is something of an obsession in Long Beach. The town is home to an annual kite festival as well as the World Kite Museum, the only museum in America dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making. Another local obsession is cranberries—their bright-red bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia. At the Pacific Coast Cranberry Museum in Long Beach, you can learn about the history of cranberry farming, arrange a bog tour, and enjoy a cup of tart cranberry tea.