China Beach Retreat is designed for relaxation. It’s quiet, until you notice the birds singing, or the sound of wind and water. It is our attempt here, through words and pictures, to convey the experience awaiting you at China Beach Retreat and the Long Beach Peninsula. The ambiance of this charming Craftsman cottage in a cove between Cape Disappointment State Park and the Port of Ilwaco, WA have a truly spell-binding effect. The view of the tidelands brings with it an ever-changing array of driftwood. Floor-to-ceiling plate glass windows in the common room frame the on-going real-life drama of dozens of shorebirds careening their way through the tideflats. Watch the comings and goings of the local fishing fleet, through rain or shine, as they transport their harvest across the bar and mouth of the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon.