Day One: ®“Best of the Bog and Bay”
Begin the day in the quaint and historic Oysterville. Hear the stories of how ‘gold’ was discovered here….not the shiny kind, but the kind that comes in an Oyster shell! While in Oysterville you will be treated to:
- Coffee and freshly baked cranberry scones
- Walking tour of Oysterville
- Presentation and Oyster shucking demonstration by the owner of Willapa Oyster Farm
- Box lunch at Oysterville schoolhouse with activity
- Stories about area pioneers
- Concert by musicians at Oysterville Old Church
- Shopping for mementos at Oysterville Store
Cranberries are indigenous to this area, as the Native Americans dried and used them to flavor their salmon dishes during the long cold winter months. This has become a Peninsula staple crop, and the Cranberry Museum and gift shop are where one will hear the stories of this holiday favorite!
If you are fortunate to schedule this tour during harvest time….about the first or second week of October, a tour of the Ocean Spray Cranberry Processing Plant is a must…..and not to be overlooked. Tonight your group will spend the evening dining in a historic inn or overlook the ocean…the choice is yours. Overnight in a Long Beach lodging facility.
Day Two: Today, you will be visiting a working farm that produces the best cheese around. Meet and play with the baby goats, explore the milking parlor, watch and learn the cheese-making process, then taste their artisan cheeses. The different types of Chevre cheese made with cranberries or garlic and basil or garlic and dill, or try their Zues made with prosciutto, Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts and peppers will sure to please your taste buds! YUM! A box lunch prepared at the farm will be served. Dinner this evening is more than just cuisine…it is an event. Begin the culinary adventure by a ride in a golf cart through the woods to a secluded private picnic area where a farm to fork multi-course dinner and paired with local Washington wines awaits you. Overnight in a Long Beach lodging facility.
Arriving at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, you will be greeted by docents, but first coffee and cranberry muffins will be served in their conference room. It is here that you will hear the story of the ‘Clamshell Railroad’ by the engineer himself. The docents will be describing the exhibits, from the display of Chinookan artifacts, the ancient shipwrecks, the Lewis and Clark expedition, life on the Peninsula in the late 1800’s; early 1900’s, and of course the Clamshell Railroad. While lunching at the Salt Hotel and Pub, spend some time perusing the galleries and shops located on the Ilwaco Pier. Your afternoon at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center not only tells the story of the 18 days the Corp spent here on the Peninsula but also gives you unparalleled views from Cape Disappointment and the lighthouse. Bring your cameras! Dinner and cooking demonstration will be at The Depot with Chef Michael Lalewicz. Overnight in a Long Beach lodging facility.
For personal assistance booking this itinerary for your groups and for complimentary help with group lodging rates, dining, and transportation contact Ragan Myers.