Hotel at a Glance: Boardwalk Cottages
Boardwalk Cottages combines the homey amenities of a bed-and-breakfast with the privacy of standalone cottages. The renovated cottages—which date back to the 1940s—are a quick walk away from the Long Beach boardwalk and sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.
- Homemade breakfast: Wake up and dig into baked scones, muffins, or cinnamon buns, and also fresh-brewed coffee from the locally owned Long Beach Coffee Roasters
- Cottage amenities: Full, partial, or mini-kitchen, gas or electric fireplace, outdoor covered deck, and WiFi. Each cottage is slightly different, but you can see an example here.
- Ride your bike along the 8.2-mile Discovery Trail, which winds throughout the Long Beach Peninsula, going past ocean dunes en route to Cape Disappointment State Park.
- Relax under the stars in the outdoor hot tub.
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 and 50s. 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 (check the Washington Department of Fishing and Wildlife website for more info on approved clamming dates).
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 international 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.