Cranberries, the tart little berry is ripe for a whole lot more than juice and the Thanksgiving table!
Learn more about the crimson-colored hero, the cranberry ~ more American than Apple Pie in the Long Beach Package Travel Cranberry Experience.
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 mighty little berry has become a Peninsula staple crop, and the Cranberry Museum and gift shop are where one will hear the stories of this holiday favorite. When farmers fill the bogs with water and use a tool to remove the cranberries from the vines they start to float. The sight of these buoyant vibrant berries tempts groups to tour and experience the delights of cranberry inspired treats, cocktails and more.
Why Groups Should Visit:
- It’s an agricultural, and culinary tour with cranberry ice cream, juices, teas and a host of other cranberry items to discover and purchase.
- The Cranberry Museum has a recipe corner that will give guests the opportunity to take home inspiration to experiment with tried and true cranberry concoctions.
- There is a self-guided walking tour that offers a first-hand look at different varieties of cranberries, irrigation systems, and how crops are planted and cultivated.
- The gift shop at the cranberry museum offers groups a chance to stock up on locally sourced cranberry souvenirs, teas, and more for incredible souvenirs and gifts.
- The Cranberry Museum is located at 2907 Pioneer Rd, Long Beach, WA 98631.
Stats and Stories to Tell:
- Washington State is the 5th leading producer of cranberries in the United States.
- Cranberries have been grown and harvested in the Long Beach area for more than 100 years.
- When you think cranberries the name Ocean Spray probably comes to mind. This household name is a giant in the cranberry industry. One of their receiving plants is nearby in Markham. In fact, more than 100 of Ocean Spray’s co-op of 700 growers are located in Washington State.
- Though it isn’t open the public, the Cranberry Coast is home to an organization by the name of Starvation Alley who partners with several farms to provide the only organic cranberry harvest in the state! Their full strength cranberry juice made from no-spray cranberries is available at the Adrift Hotel lobby, Brown’s Coastal Corner Market, and Sid’s Supermarket in Long Beach.
- Visit 10 am – 5 pm Daily • April 1st – December 15th & by appointment • Walking Tours Open Year-Round
What to Know Before You Go:
- A popular time to visit is in September when the bog is a beautiful crimson color or during cranberry harvest historically held the first week or second week in October.
- Cranberry vines sleep in the winter and awaken in the spring.
- Call ahead to book your group arrival.
- The Cranberry Museum has ramps into the museum and gift shop which are wheelchair and walker friendly.
- Cranberry bogs and farms feature walking paths with uneven sections. Tour groups that have visited the bogs and farms in the past with mobility challenged members have been able to slowly navigate the walking areas with walkers and canes.
- A trip to the Cranberry Museum typically lasts 1 hour.
What’s Nearby to Add-On?
- Make a trip to Skamokawa Creamery to meet with local farmers, tour their operation and taste their artisan goat cheese with cranberries. (The interior space is not able to accommodate wheelchairs.) The cheesemaking experience typically lasts 90 minutes up to 2 hours.
- Take a trip to Cottage Bakery & Deli to try their freshly baked cranberry nut muffins.
- Visit Cranguyma Farms once the largest cranberry farm west of the Mississippi! This local farm offers groups a U-Pick farm experience, with free admission. Groups only pay by the pound for berries picked. Only available during the month of October from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Typically group visits last 1 hour to 90 minutes.
- Cranberrian Fair held each October (October 13 & 14, 2018) in Ilwaco features local artisans work on cranberry vine baskets, jewelry, crafts, art and more. The fair is located inside two museums that are both ADA accessible. There’s a lot to see, plan on 4 or more hours at the fair.
- For groups that enjoy a good cocktail visit the Adrift Distillery and order a tasting that includes their signature cranberry liqueur. Fun fact you can add – Adrift Distillery’s cranberry liqueur is made exclusively with Starvation Alley cranberries! North Jetty Brewery also serves cranberry drinks. Both Adrift Distillery and North Jetty Brewery can be toured easily by small groups and are ADA accessible. Plan on 60 to 90 minutes per visit.
Contact Ragan Myers, Tourism and Events Coordinator at Long Beach Package Travel for complimentary concierge-style services with group dining, lodging, activities, step-on guides and more.