David’s Razor Clam Chowder

Ingredients: 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced 1 ½ large onions, diced 2 stalks celery, sliced thinly 1 lb. Wild mushrooms, sliced and diced, not too small ½ lb. bacon ¼ lb. Butter (1 cube) 1 cup flour ½ lb. Smoked oysters, chopped 6 good size razor clams, chopped 2 ears corn, cooked and cut …

Cranberry Almond Bars

Cranberries are in season on the Long Beach Peninsula and we find many ways to use them. This is one of our favorites:

St. Margaret Resides at China Beach Retreat

Owner/Innkeepers David Campiche and Laurie Anderson were formerly in the antique business. As they scoured shops and warehouses in England, David was particularly drawn to stained glass that had been salvaged from churches, businesses and homes. They sold many of those pieces, some were put on permanent display at the Shelburne Inn, which they ran …

Razor Clams

To my hunter-gatherer mind, oysters are synonymous with good health and fertility. For thousands of years, the Chinook people gathered and devoured the bivalves, harvesting judiciously, not only the oysters, but the red-backed crab and razor clams from the beaches on the west side of the 28-mile sand spit we call the Long Beach Peninsula. …

Tall Ships in Ilwaco, Washington

The tall ship, Lady Washington, was here this past weekend. China Beach Retreat Innkeeper, Laurie Anderson was lucky to be a passenger on Mother’s Day for a few hours. The weather was perfect and the crew couldn’t have been friendlier. Laurie remarked that there were at least as many female crew members as there were …

Graveyard of the Pacific and SS Iowa

Not to be missed is the current exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum entitled, GRAVEYARD OF THE PACIFIC: DANGEROUS CURRENTS-SHIFTING SANDS. The name, “Graveyard of the Pacific” conjures up some sobering images and for good reason. The Columbia Bar portion of the namesake region has notoriously been home to many (more than 2000) shipwrecks. …

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