Hit the Beach this Spring

coast stock photoAs spring sets in, some calming ocean breeze would do you good. Good thing the coming weeks are jam packed with events on the coast, from birding to wine tastings and even a celebration of all-things-razor clams. Get to planning your trip starting this weekend!

  • If you live in Washington state and have never dug (or better yet, tasted) a razor clam, here’s your chance. April 19-20 brings the annual Razor Clam Festival back to Long Beach. Back in the 1940s, Long Beach was the place to be when they cooked fritters on the world’s largest frying pans. A giant pan will be showcased and razor clams will be fried. Come dig, eat, and so all-things-razor-clam-inspired this weekend in Long Beach and be a part of history reborn. Also, there will be a chowder cook-off by local restaurants, street entertainment and even clam digging lessons! Visit funbeach.com for a list of events and more information.
  • From April 25-27, Grays Harbor will play host to the three-day 2014 Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, a festival for the bird lovers in your life. This festival offers avian aficionados the opportunity to hear from birding experts, participate in field trips (like the rainforest at Lake Quinault or even in the open ocean), and conduct small lectures about birding at the local high school. Dr. John Marzluff from the University of Washington will deliver the keynote address on Friday evening (accompanied by a dessert buffet!). An auction and banquet are also scheduled for Saturday evening at the Hoquiam Elk’s Lodge, which serves as a base for the festival. Fieldtrips cost between $10-$40 each, but free guided walks are available along the Sandpiper trails.
  • And if you can’t get enough of razor clams, a series of razor clam digs have been approved along Grays Harbor through April 20. “This event could be one of the season’s best razor clam digs,” Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager Dan Ayres said in a statement. A lot of folks will be clambering for these clams, so move fast!
  • Check out Westport Winery to sample one of their 33 house-made wines. Daily tours and wine tastings make this a must. Editor in chief Lisa Patterson loves the Little Wild Blackberry wine. Stop by for a tasting 11am-6pm Sunday through Thursday, 11am-8pm Friday and Saturday. They also have a small gift shop, cheese, chocolate and a full-service restaurant.
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