A few members of the Utrip team, including CEO Gilad Berenstein, had the opportunity to explore the wonderful Long Beach Peninsula, thanks to the generosity of the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. We were struck by the pristine wilderness, expansive and untouched beach, and the genuine hospitality from everyone we encountered. We had so much fun on the Long Beach Peninsula that we’d like to share our experiences with you!
Discovery truly awaits you on the Long Beach Peninsula.
A 3 hour drive from Seattle and only a 2 hour drive from Portland, we highly recommend everyone in the Upper Left take advantage of the experiences to be had on the Long Beach Peninsula. This charming stretch of land provides the perfect city getaway that juxtaposes the sleepy beach town vibe with an exciting and adventure-filled plethora of outdoor activities. To see what your getaway could look like, go to visit.funbeach.com to create a personalized, day-by-day itinerary—in moments.
For our trip, we were delighted to stay at the gorgeous Shelburne Inn. The Shelburne is housed in an adorable kelly-green craftsman home, adorned with stained glass windows, beautifully maintained antique furniture, a lovely garden, and tons of art (as well as many original pieces by David, one of the owners).
But first we had to take some pictures with the World’s Largest Frying Pan!
Next we went to Marsh’s Free Museum. Half museum of bizarre oddities and half quirky trinket shop, this Long Beach establishment is home to a two headed cow and Jake the Alligator Man. We enjoyed playing the various quarter games throughout the store… However, I was disappointed to find out that my love life is “clammy”.
And no trip to the Long Beach Peninsula would be complete without checking out the… Well, rather long beach. The beach is the longest in the United States and second longest in the world. The Long Beach Peninsula has done an amazing job in preserving their gorgeous coastline by prohibiting the development of land right up against the beach. Instead they have provided an 8.5 mile hiking trail called the Discovery Trail so that locals and visitors can take advantage of the extraordinary natural beauty.
But the Long Beach Peninsula isn’t all about the beach! The food is delicious and local. Throughout our weekend we ate some incredible food at the Shelburne Inn Restaurant, Pickled Fish, The Depot, 42nd Street Cafe and Bistro, and Lost Roo. Each meal was loaded with local seafood, from clams and oysters to fresh Chinook salmon, as well as local cranberries and even local Washington wine. We even checked out North Jetty Brewing and tried a sampler of their microbrews.
We were fortunate enough to be visiting the Long Beach Peninsula during clam season. So of course we took the opportunity to go clamming. I had never seen a clam spit before, but hey, there’s a first time for everything.
After our clamming adventures, we drove across the bridge to Astoria, Oregon and took a boat tour from Columbia River Eco Tours. The amount of wildlife along the Columbia river was astounding! Bald eagles, osprey, herons, sea lions, and a plethora of seabirds sprinkled the landscape.
We then returned to the Long Beach Peninsula and decided to drive our rental car onto the beach. Along the Peninsula, you are allowed to drive on the beach; however, locals know to only drive during a receding tide when there is a shelf of compacted sand available to drive on. Although common sense could have told us that, we drove on the beach while it was windy during an incoming tide… in a car without 4-wheel drive. Needless to say, we got stuck.
After failed attempts to dig the car out of the sand, we finally called for help. It took two giant trucks to get us off the beach while the water was getting closer every minute. If you ever drive on the beach on the peninsula just remember to be safe, follow all driving restrictions…and try not to get stuck.
That night we enjoyed some much needed cocktails, seafood, and live music at Pickled Fish.
The Long Beach Peninsula may be known for clams and oysters, but they are equally as famous for cranberries. Cranberry bogs are everywhere and they even have an informative Cranberry Museum where tourists can learn about the history and process of the cranberry trade.
All of the talk about oysters and cranberries made us pretty hungry, so we drove down the peninsula to Cape Disappointment State Park to check out the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and to grab some wood-fired pizza at Serious Pizza. We checked out the museum and then grabbed our pizza to go and picnicked at Waikiki Beach.
Cape Disappointment was simply breathtaking. The vast blue ocean and apparently endless sandy beaches coupled with the lush greenery of the surrounding cliffs, provided the perfect respite from city life in Seattle. The fresh sea air and pristine wilderness made it easy to fall in love with the Long Beach Peninsula.
When we returned from Cape Disappointment we went right away to Skookum Surf Co. where we donned wetsuits and headed to the beach for a private surf lesson. We’re not sure we ever actually managed to stand on the board but we sure had a lot of fun. Having warmed up first on the beach, we could barely tell that the water was cold, in fact, it felt really nice to get splashed by the oncoming waves.
That evening we dined at The Depot, a beautiful restaurant housed in the old train depot. They use local ingredients in their dishes and even have their own wine called “The Depot Red”.
The next morning we started off the day by visiting some antique shops around town. We went to the North Coast Antique Mall and the Seaview Antique Mall where we found some incredible finds (including a vintage Seahawks sweatshirt)!
Before heading back to Seattle, we made one last stop at the Lost Roo for a burger and some fish tacos.