Washington State’s Hidden Gem: Long Beach Peninsula

long beach peninsulaAt the extreme southwestern tip of Washington State is a piece of land that can only be described as A Hidden Gem. This is where you will find the Long Beach Peninsula, which is bordered by the Columbia River to the south, Willapa Bay to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. A group of state parks in Cape Disappointment State Park, Leadbetter Point State Park, Pacific Pines State Park, and Loomis Lake State Park are just a few of the reasons that make a trip to the Long Beach Peninsula truly unforgettable. Here are more details about this excellent Pacific Northwest getaway.

A trip to Cape Disappointment State Park will provide you with some unbelievable scenery. You can experience two miles of ocean beach, as well as a pair of beautiful Washington lighthouses: the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and North Head Lighthouse.

While Cape Disappointment State Park is at the southern edge of the peninsula, Leadbetter Point State Park is at the northern edge. Visitors can enjoy hiking, fishing, and clamming at the park, while you can also explore the bordering Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

If you enjoy trying local foods when you’re traveling (and who doesn’t!), make a trip to Oysterville Sea Farms. This establishment is situated directly on the Willapa Bay and provides Ekone smoked oysters, Nelson premium seafood, and a variety of dried fruit, cereal, spices, and condiments.

One of the main attractions of the Long Beach Peninsula is undoubtedly the beach. The Peninsula provides 28 miles of white sand beach. With such a vast amount of shoreline, you can pick a spot along the beach that will make you feel like you own the entire thing. Visitors can relax on a beach chair or stay active on the beach by flying a kite, taking a bike ride, or throwing a Frisbee.

The Peninsula also offers two beautiful and challenging public golf courses on either end. The Peninsula Golf Course is located in Long Beach, while the Surfside Golf Course and Country Club is located in Surfside. If you aren’t much of a serious golfer but still want to show off your skills with the short stick, you can challenge a friend to Putt Putt Golf in downtown Long Beach.

Regardless of which activity is your favorite, the Long Beach Peninsula provides a magnificent background for you to enjoy yourself.

Perhaps the best reason to visit the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington is that you can experience a luxurious, first-class stay at a Select Registry property: the Shelburne Inn and China Beach Retreat. The Shelburne Inn was established in 1896 in Seaview and has been operating ever since, making it the oldest, continuously operating hotel in the state. Each of the 14 guest rooms has a private bath, and the attached Shelburne Restaurant & Pub is a local favorite. The China Beach Retreat is in Ilwaco and is a perfect respite from everyday life. Your nearest neighbors are the local animals, permitting you to fully understand the true meaning of the word “relaxation.” You can book a stay at the Shelburne Inn and China Beach Retreat today!

Photo courtesy Sam Beebe

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