Clams, Kites, Cranberries, Arts, and Harvest Festivals


Fall Razor Clamming

Keep calm and clam on! A razor clam dig is scheduled on the Long Beach Peninsula on Oct. 7 through Oct. 12, with digging allowed between noon and midnight. The best time to start is an hour or two before low tide and it is recommended you take a lantern for evening digs. October 7-12, 2014


Wild Mushroom Celebration

The Annual Wild Mushroom Celebration continues on the Long Beach Peninsula through November 15. Celebrate the plentiful bounty of Fall as Chefs and innkeepers take pride in featuring and celebrating this natural treasure through the Fall harvest season! Enjoy delicious wild mushrooms offered in many of our local dining establishments. October – November 15, 2014


44th Annual PAA Fall Show & Sale

The Peninsula Arts Association will be presenting the works of over 60 local artists at their 44th Annual Fall Show. Art will be available for purchase. Stop by the Long Beach Train Depot Building located at 3rd North & Pacific Hwy in Long Beach from 10-5pm on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday from 10-3pm. October 10-13, 2014


Harvest Festival

It’s finally here! The 2014 Columbia-Pacific Farmers’ Market HARVEST FESTIVAL! Join us from 3-7 p.m. as we celebrate the end of the market season. The market will be bursting with flavor and tons of activities. The market will also have a various vendors selling fresh, local products. October 10, 2014


Cranberrian Fair

The annual Cranberrian Fair at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco in conjunction with the Cranberry Museum. The Cranberrian Fair runs Sat October 11th through Sun October 12th. The Cranberry Museum will be actively harvesting cranberries and will feature some delicious treats and cranberry themed gifts, along with their famous cranberry ice cream. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about our world famous crimson berry! October 11-12, 2014


One Sky, One World

The World Kite Museum joins people all over the globe to promote international friendship, peace, cultural exchange, tolerance and understanding for One Sky, One World worldwide kite fly. Join us for this two-day event that is celebrated globally. Grab your kites and head to the beach on Bolstad approach in Long Beach. October 11-12, 2014


Head to the Long Beach Peninsula for ‘Opening Day’ of Fall 2014 Razor Clam Season!

Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 12.28.06 PMThe Fall 2014 Razor Clam Season kicks off October 7! This year is expected to be even better than last year’s banner season, with over 6 million razor clams harvested! The whole family can take part in this uniquely Pacific Northwest subsistence activity.

Read the latest WDFW press release on clam digs.


Oct. 7, 2014, Tuesday; 6:26 p.m., -0.5 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
• Oct. 8, 2014, Wednesday; 7:13 p.m., -0.9 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
• Oct. 9, 2014, Thursday; 7:58 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
• Oct. 10, 2014, Friday; 8:43 p.m., -1.1 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
• Oct. 11, 2014, Saturday; 9:28 pm, -0.8 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
• Oct. 12, 2014, Sunday; 10:15 p.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach Peninsula

Harvest Rules:

        • By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
        • All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at and from license vendors around the state.
        • The final word on beach openings is announced about a week before each dig is scheduled to start, provided marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
        • Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at

Here is a GREAT video, by David Campiche of the Shelburne Inn and Restaurant on how to clean your razor clams!

Click here to view the embedded video.

Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers arrive at the beach an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

“Low tides will occur fairly late in the day, so diggers should be prepared to dig in the dark,” Ayres said.

Anyone interested in taking up razor clam digging can get some tips from WDFW’s Great Getaways webpage at

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at

Under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.


Wild Mushrooms Make their Mark on the Long Beach Peninsula

wmcFLYER1“Chefs, authors, foragers and the mushroom loving public will come together on the Long Beach Peninsula from October through November 15 for the 13th annual Wild Mushroom Celebration. Highlights include special dinners, classes, workshops and wild mushrooms featured at participating restaurants and inns.” – As seen in article by Elizabeth Rose

To kick off the series of Peninsula-wide Wild Mushroom events, the Painted Lady Lavendar Farm, along historic highway 101 in Ilwaco, will present “The Fungus Among Us” on October 3 from 3 to 5 pm. This is a great opportunity for mushroom enthusiasts to get their hands dirty and learn the ins and outs of of foraging, identifying, and collecting the edible mushroom varieties on the Long Beach Peninsula with tips on preservation.

MUSHROOMSThe Columbia Pacific Farmers’ Market, located at Veteran’s Field in downtown Long Beach, will feature their 3rd Annual Fungus Festival, complete with famed local forager, Veronica Williams, owner of All Wild. She will discuss the do’s and don’ts of foraging and wild mushroom identification. Locally foraged, wild mushrooms will be available for purchase at the Market.

After learning how to collect your bounty, head to The Depot Restaurant for Chef Michael Lalewicz’s 11th Annual Wild Mushroom Dinner. Delight your palate with roasted lobster mushrooms, white truffle oil scented porcini risotto, chanterelle mushroom cream, and truffle honey whipped cream as they are featured in this Mediterranean-inspired, four-course meal. Reservations are required.

Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn, in Long Beach, will present Boreas’ Wild Mushroom Celebration Special the weekend of October 17. The package features a delightful five-course Wild Mushroom and Wine Pairing Dinner on Saturday evening. The package includes two nights stay at the Inn, breakfast, and a six-course Wild Mushroom Sunday Brunch that will feature forager, Veronica Williams. Boreas guests will also have a rare opportunity to join Veronica on a private foraging excursion for an additional cost. If you can’t make it for the weekend, Boreas will continue to feature wild mushrooms frequently throughout the Celebration during their gourmet breakfast service for guests staying at the Inn.

The weekend of October 17 will also feature 42nd Street Café & Bistro offering a Wild Mushroom Dinner package in addition to wild mushroom scrambles for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

basketboleteThe Shelburne Restaurant & Pub will host their 5th Annual Wild Mushroom and Pike Brewing Co. Dinner. Pike Brewing beers will be specially paired by Shelburne chefs with the best bounty of the season. Reservations are required to attend this dinner that will also feature guest hosts, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, of Pike Brewing. On October 25, the Shelburne will host the author of, Wild Mushrooms, Cynthia Nims, who will conduct a cooking class in their instructional kitchen.

Pickled Fish and Lost Roo will be featuring wild mushrooms in daily specials throughout October and November. Mushroom enthusiasts interested in heading out into the wild and foraging for their own bounty should pick up a pocket guide to mushrooming, readily available at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco and Adelaide’s Coffee & Books in Ocean Park. Both will be selling the classic guide to Western mushrooms – All That the Rain Promises and Moreby American mycologist and naturalist David Arora, as well as other helpful guides.