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 for November 29–December 1, December 14–15, and December 29–31; be sure to check the Chautauqua Lodge website for updates.
The rock-faced 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 and its affinity for the ocean. Each of the guest rooms faces the sea and has a balcony or patio where you can soak in the Pacific sunset.
The lodge’s heated indoor pool and spa offer an especially soothing kind of recreation. But as relaxing as the lodge is, it’s impossible to stay inside with 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, ranging from horseback riding to building bonfires. 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, but in Long Beach the tart fruit is celebrated at the Cranberry Museum. In addition to teaching about the history of cranberries in America, the demonstration farm organizes bog tours, makes a tasty cranberry tea, and sells cranberry ice cream in the gift shop.