The Super 8 Motel is conveniently located in downtown Long Beach, WA. It has a meeting room. The faciity is always clean, both in the public areas and the guest rooms. The motel management offers an annual special over the holiday season, to accommodate friends and relatives visiting the peninsula during that time. However, rates are less than charitable the rest of the year. The management raises rates significantly during "prime" weekends, with the rates basically being based on the demand for rooms during that time.
PROS: Convenient location, plenty of guest parking
CONS: Rip-Off Rates
Although the staff is always welcoming to both humans and their furry friends, prices are expensive and service availability is limited. The Clinic is open M-F 8am to 5pm and there is no after-hours service available.
PROS: Compassionate staff
CONS: Expensive; no after hours service
Gas 'n Grub used to be a downtown mini-mart that offered towing services and hand scooped ice cream. I guess the towing service is still available, but the business is now known primarily as "Scoopers" and it is so well know for its mammoth ice cream cones and sundaes that there is always a line stretching out the door waiting for service...and the small tables out front are filled with those who have made it through the line and are enjoying their frozen treats.
The scoops are HUGE. The line moves quickly. Prices are a little high, but hey...it's the beach!
PROS: Enormous ice cream cones
CONS: Somewhat expensive; always busy
The Cottage Bakery, housed in an unpretentious storefront in downtown Long Beach, puts out fabulous pastries, amazing bread, delicious cookies and much much more. And they do it 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is a tradition for many vacationing families to start each day of their trip with a visit to the Cottage Bakery. They are never disappointed.
Many of our friends make the Cottage Bakery their last stop as they head for home, so that they can take a selection of bread and goodies with them.
Prices are more than reasonable, especially considering the quality and excellence of the products offered.
PROS: Perfect Apple Fritters!
CONS: we use it for takeout only, as it gets pretty crowded in the store
The Surfsand Resort is located right at the edge of the world. If you are on the first floor, you can literally step off of your deck onto one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
There is plenty of parking and the resort is conveniently located close to restaurants and shopping. There is an enclosed, heated pool and an exercise area.
PROS: Right on the beach!
CONS: Can be expensive, especially during tourist season
When I want to find a special gift items that will help a visitor remember their trip to the ocean, I always go to Pelican Landing. Gwen, the owner, keeps the store filled with quirky, interesting and unique items. The store is not overloaded, so it is possible to browse without becoming overwhelmed. Prices are reasonable and there is a discount offered to "locals".
PROS: Clean, well maintained shop
CONS: very crowded during tourist season
The Cellar on 10th Street manages to present a world-class selection of wine, a respectable assortment of wine-related gifts and merchandise and a wonderful dining room in a very small, but beautifully laid out space. The prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of the selections offered, and the staff is more than knowledgeable about the merchandise.
A bonus is the opportunity to enjoy a winemakers' dinner, catered by Chef Jeff from the Silver Salmon restaurant in Astoria.
PROS: The selection; the winemakers' dinners, Mike (the owner)
CONS: I truly cannot think of any
The Ilwaco Heritage Museum is located in an unimposing building on a side street in Ilwaco, Wa. It celebrates the rich heritage of the area: fishing, logging, cranberry growing and the Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark.
In an area that has experienced a serious decline in its economic foundation, a small group of dedicated individuals has kept the museum alive and flourishing. Admission is very reasonable. There is a small gift shop on site.
PROS: The exhibits are accessible
CONS: The facility could use some upgrades
Marshs Free Museum is exactly the sort of place you'd expect to find in a resort town. It offers overpriced souvenir items, seashells, t-shirts and other beach-related knick knacks, but it offers them in a unique way in a shop that is crammed with the old, the new and the offbeat. Visitors can spend their dimes playing antique baseball games. A stop to see the famous Jake the Alligator Boy is a must.
The staff is experienced and friendly at Marsh's.
PROS: Centrally located; a great place to buy beach items and shells
CONS: hard to find parking during the tourist season
Petique is a unique store. The owners are committed to the care and well-being of animals. They care many types of pet food for dogs, cats, birds and all sorts of other creatures. They have a nice line of beach-inspired gifts at affordable prices.
They created "Kitty City", a maze of larger than hampster-sized tubes, tunnels and living spaces and keep it stocked with cats available for adoption from the local no-kill animal shelter.
In addition to running a successful business, the owners are committed to community service.
PROS: Adopt a Cat here!
CONS: closes early; tourists often don't know this shop exists