The Long Beach Peninsula—Find inspiration in the invigorating natural landscape.
Let’s reminisce back to the romantic era when artists and writers sought to escape the booming industrial cities plagued by smog and a debilitating lack of nature. They would venture to discover serene and peaceful environments where they could draw in inspiration and forget about the dirty and hectic cities they had left behind.
Ok, so our cities are not exactly the smog filled, gang ridden, wastelands that they once were during the industrial era of the late 1800’s…or are they. Either way, sometimes an artist just needs to escape the city and draw inspiration from a raw, visceral, and invigorating natural landscape. Sound familiar fellow artist? If so, I think I have just the place for you – the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington State.
This undiscovered stretch of land is perfectly nestled between the expansive Pacific ocean, the lush Willapa Bay, and the iconic Columbia River. Art galleries, coffee shops, a myriad of antique malls, and endless wilderness provide the ideal backdrop for any artist looking to find a bit of relaxation and inspiration.
Beachside cottages and quaint B&Bs are everywhere along the Peninsula but we recommend the China Beach Retreat for endless bird watching, quiet seclusion, and a true sense of escape.
In need of some coffee to get you going? Head to Adelaide’s for some delicious espresso and enjoy reading on their wrap around porch. You can even borrow reading glasses if you forgot your own.
Why not check out some galleries to get those creative juices flowing like renowned watercolorist Eric Wiegardt’s Studio Gallery.
Or the Bay Avenue Gallery, located right across the street from Adelaide’s.
Also check out the Ilwaco Saturday Market and see what the local artists are up to.
And of course, enjoy the grandeur of Cape Disappointment State Park!
So if you’re an artist hoping to escape the city, look no further, the Long Beach Peninsula is beckoning.
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