live & stay – our picks

If you’re visiting the Columbia Pacific overnight — or, as a local, taking a well-deserved staycation — you need a place to lay your head. Reserve a room for some R&R or gather inspiration for your own home: These places are aces in our book. Lighthouse Keeper’s Residence Ilwaco, WA Since 1898, the North Head […]

Shipwrecks on Our Coast

In the hours of first light on the foggy morning of Oct. 25, 1906, Capt. H. Lawrence, the last to leave his stranded vessel, came ashore in a lifeboat with only three things in his possession: the ship’s log, a sextant, and a demijohn of whiskey. Turning to face his floundering craft, an angry surf […]

A brief history of Pacific whaling

Story by Matt Winters Yankee whalers had a devastating impact on Pacific marine mammals, cleaning out one pocket of whales, seals, and otters after another. Impacts multiplied after the great Northwest coast whaling grounds were discovered in 1838, according to “A History of the American Whale Fishery,” (1907) by Walter Sheldon Tower. When highly lucrative […]

Listen, and be rewarded

Story by Matt Winters Like most everybody, I carry in my pocket the opportunity to listen to any imaginable song or book, and for a few years indulged my literary tastes while walking from home out to our cape’s sunset-facing cliffs. Neil Gaiman’s “Ocean at the End of the Lane” and “The Name of the […]

Fish and chips, for everyone

Story by Lynette Rae McAdams From the light, beer-battered specialties of our breweries and cafés, to the Panko-crusted offerings of our finest dinner houses, every local line cook and executive chef has his or her own spin on what makes this sea-faring classic truly sing. And it’s not just the batter that matters; what’s inside […]

Eat & drink – our picks

Bailey’s Bakery & Cafe Nahcotta, WA If it’s your first time dropping in at Bailey’s, be prepared for a phenomenal surprise: Alongside the mudflats and oyster beds of Willapa Bay, in the very last place you might expect it, this itsy-bitsy bakery and cafe is the hidden gem you’ve been hoping to discover. Tucked on […]

A kid’s coast

(Or how to survive your family vacation) Story by Ryan Hume Exploring new and natural wonders with your children is certainly one of the most rewarding aspects of being a parent. Eschewing video games, streaming videos, work emails, and other modern distractions for the calming clap of the surf is a great way to get some […]