Ocean-View Hotel with Clam Digs, Indoor Pool, and Onsite Restaurant
Each winter during low tide at Long Beach, Washington, clam diggers head to the ocean with lanterns and shovels. The goal is to fill their buckets with Pacific razor clams, which the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife website calls “one of the most sought after shellfish in the state of Washington” for its 6-inch length and meaty interior. The clamming tradition is popular with both locals and tourists in this port town, and you might be able to nab some of the clams yourself during a stay at the oceanfront Chautauqua Lodge. Tentative clam digs are scheduled throughout February and March; check the Chautauqua Lodge website for updates.
Chautauqua Lodge was named after a Native American phrase that means “a place where the fish was taken out,” a nod to Long Beach’s fishing culture. Each of the guest rooms faces the sea and has a balcony or patio where you can soak in the Pacific sunset.
When you’re not at the lodge’s heated indoor pool and spa, it’s hard to stay away from the beaches just steps away. Walk to the beautiful Discovery Trail, which connects Long Beach to nearby Cape Disappointment, which was explored by the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Long Beach, Washington: Family-Friendly Pacific Coast Known for Kite Flying and Cranberries
About 115 miles northwest of Portland, 28 miles of uninterrupted beach stretches across the Long Beach Peninsula. There are a number of ways to enjoy the coast: you can go horseback riding or build a bonfire. Kite flying is also something of a Long Beach pastime, as the city is home to the World Kite Museum, the only American museum dedicated to the art, history, and science of kite making.
Cranberry bogs line the coast from Oregon to British Columbia, and Long Beach celebrates the tart fruit at the Cranberry Museum. Come here to learn about the history of cranberries in America, go on a bog tour, and try tasty cranberry tea and cranberry ice cream in the gift shop.