Cranberries, Kites and Cadences
A festival weekend of food, flying kites and beautiful music!
Day One – Thursday – Long Beach:
Your much awaited arrival is heralded by the members of the community, and as your coach approaches a complete stop, the red carpet is literally rolled out for you. Greeting you will be members of the Long Beach City Council including the Mayor! After getting settled in your ‘home away from home’ for the next three nights, it is off to a very special restaurant for your evening repast. Completely decorated in the nautical theme, but centered around the historic Light Ship, The Columbia, you will be entranced by the story and displays, but Karl will tantalize your taste buds from the first bite to the last of the dessert.
This weekend is special, as it is three major festivals all rolled into one gigantic weekend. A celebration of the cranberry harvest, the flying of kites from all over the world, and the most beautiful music this side of heaven….who could ask for anything more! Oh yes, one more thing…..a beach that is long and virtually uninhabited!
Day Two – Friday – Long Beach and Ilwaco:
After your morning refreshments and breakfast, it is then off to explore the Peninsula and hear some great music too. First stop is a visit to the museum and bogs that tell the story of the mighty cranberry. This berry has been around for centuries, as the Native Americans would use them to flavor their dried Salmon for their winter’s meal. Oh yes, we will save time for you to visit their gift shop…everything you can imagine that has anything to do with the cranberry can be found here!
Next stop, you will learn the ancient craft of building a kite, and then being able to fly it right on the beach. The array of colors that enhance the sky will be mind boggling! Don’t forget your camera! Lunch is at a local’s favorite…try their crab (probably just caught!) omelet!
After lunch you will be visiting the town of Ilwaco, one of the busiest sport fishing ports on the Washington Coast. At this next historical stop, you will be hearing stories about the Clamshell Railroad, Lewis and Clark, the Chinookan speaking peoples, see a dugout canoe, and visit the vendors celebrating the Cranberry!
Dinner this evening will be at another local favorite restaurant then it is off to hear the first of three concerts held over the weekend. The venue for the concert will be held in an historic chapel that has been renovated into a Inn and Conference Center.
Day three – Saturday – Oysterville, Long Beach:
You will begin the day with a guided tour of Oysterville and the fascinating story about this once thriving boom town! In fact at one time, it was the County Seat, until in the middle of the night, a neighboring town came and ‘stole’ the records so it could become the county seat…but alas, that is another story!
You will meet the an Oyster farm owner, learn how to ’shuck’ an oyster, and realize why this delicacy would bring $1.00 per bivalve….in San Francisco….in the 1800’s! Your delicious lunch is prepared by a Bakery that has a very long standing reputation…and once you bite into one of her baked goodies…you will understand why!
Concert in the Oysterville Church, get ready to have your senses come alive with great music, serene surroundings and living history! Back to Long Beach you will have free time during the late afternoon for shopping or just a rest period at your hotel. Dinner this evening will be at a restaurant that is known far and wide. Just ask someone about The Ark and the significance it played to put the Peninsula on the Culinary Map!
Tonight, you are in for a treat! The final concert is at the private Leadbetter Farm, a fantasy venue with flaming dragons, outdoor sculptures and a lagoon on 600 oceanside acres. The concert itself will be held in a lavishly built lighthouse. Enjoy the sunset before the concert with a glass of wine and a complimentary fruit and cheese buffet!
Day Four – Sunday – Long Beach:
After breakfast, the drawing for the Beach Bucket full of prizes will be given away. Will your name be drawn? It is hoped that this festival of the glorious cranberry, spectacular kites and beautiful music will be enough to bring you back….we will be waiting for you!