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We think you’ll find lots of ways to enjoy your stay in Grays Harbor. Grays Harbor is a diverse place. In Grays Harbor, you can see some of the richest farmland in the state, historic timber towns that produced lumber for the country’s expansion of the West, Kurt Cobain’s roots, a world-class national wildlife refuge, the tallest lighthouse on the Washington coast, a rainforest with some of the biggest trees in the world, and a fairly expansive stretch of our little piece of the biggest ocean on the planet. We don't recommend it, but it can be done in the course of a day. You can shop for seafood off the floats at Westport and pumpkins off the vine, as well as ripe, plump cranberries right off the bogs. We’ve designated this guide with a color-coded system to help you navigate your stops in the area. East County Aberdeen, Hoquiam Ocean Shores Westport There's lots to see and do in Grays Harbor County. This guide has specific stories about some of the major aspects in each area and we’ve made suggestions for trails, camping spots, museums, events, festivals, parks, car shows, recreational activities and a whole lot more. When you visit us, check in with local Visitor Information Centers all around the county to line up your curiosity compass with more information and ideas on how to make your visit enjoyable and memorable. Visit soon and see why we enjoy living here year-round. The Team at the Grays Harbor Newspaper Group

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hile making your way to the beach, don’t overlook the pastoral and scenic East County. East County features state parks surrounded by forest land, meandering rivers, campgrounds and RV parks, festivals and history. East County is home to Montesano, the county seat. In Montesano, on June 12, 1941, the Weyerhaeuser Co. and various Washington state officials dedicated the nation’s first tree farm, honoring Charles H. Clemons, one of Montesano’s foremost pioneer loggers. Clemons’ forest practices soon became a national standard and, today, Montesano is considered the Birthplace of America’s Tree Farms. This year, America’s first tree farm is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Lake Sylvia State Park is located at the north end of town featuring fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and picnicking. A 5,000-acre city forest surrounds the state park offering additional recreational opportunities and is accessible through the state park and via logging roads (maps are available at City Hall, 112 N. Main St.). If you’re looking for something to do, Elma is full of

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The Grays Harbor County Fair happens for five days in Elma each August. surprises. Nearby activities include farm tours, paintball, a major off-road vehicle park, hiking and equestrian trails, golf and disc golf and Elma is home to the Grays Harbor Raceway and county fairgrounds. The Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds — located just outside city limits — is host to year-round events like the county fair to dog

shows, rodeos, youth fairs, outdoor recreational expos, the annual Easter egg hunt and more. A full schedule of events can be seen online at www.ghcfairgrounds.com. Along the eastern edge of the county is the City of McCleary. McCleary began as a logging camp and grew into a company town named after timber baron Henry McCleary. Today, history

comes alive at the McCleary Museum, on South Second Street. Each year McCleary celebrates its Bear Festival the second weekend of July featuring traditional bear stew in Beerbower Park. East County invites you to slow down and stop in, and enjoy the combination of history, forests and recreational opportunities you’ll find only here.

festival features a car show, a parade, games, food and craft vendors, and, of course, the bear stew. The festival will feature a softball tournament throughout the weekend which traditionally includes a game between police officers and firefighters, known as “Guns and Hoses.” A coronation for Bear Festival royalty also is held at the park. Bear stew is served immediately following the parade. In some past years, the bear stew has also included beef, but for

the past few years, the stew was made entirely with bear meat, according to organizers. The meat was sweet and had a texture like a beef pot roast, mixed in with the soft potatoes, carrots and other ingredients that mixed for a delicious treat. A Bear Claw Derby (a soap box derby) also is traditionally held. McCleary has celebrated the festival for more than 50 years. In addition to all of that fare and fun, a car show fills the parking lots downtown.

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Independence Day Parade and Celebration — July 4, in Oakville. Fourth of July in Oakville features a parade, food, art, crafts and vendors on Independence Day weekend each year. In years past, a re-enactment of the last horseback robbery in the state has taken place. Bear Festival — July 7-9 in McCleary. This year’s theme is “Par-tea in the park.” The

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EAST COUNTY — CALENDAR a final day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., on Sunday. Come for the fair and animals, stay for the music and food. Buy a year’s worth of meat at the 4-H auction, or just treat yourself to an elephant ear near the carnival rides. Old Dominion, country music gold album holders, will headline the entertainment with a performance at 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. Old Dominion’s hit “Song for Another Time� was No. 1. Olson Bros Band also will perform at the county fair at 8 p.m on Aug. 11. Close your eyes and suspend your disbelief for a special treat at 8 p.m. on Aug. 12 when Petty Fever, a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, takes the stage. More information is available at www.ghcfairgrounds.com. Adult admission is $10, and

The Historic Montesano Car Show is held each July. senior, youth and military discounts are available. Elma Winter Wine Festival — Jan. 20, 2018, at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds. More than 20 wineries from all over Washington are expected to participate in the 11th annual event. While the wine is the star, a beer garden, food booths and merchandise booths as

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EAST COUNTY — RECREATION

Grays Harbor Hostel and Guest House, Disc Golf — 6 Ginny Lane in Elma. Safe, comfortable, clean and affordable accommodations are made available to travelers from spring through fall. The hostel also is open by reservation yearround. In addition to the relaxing environment of a guest house, and the friendly environment of a hostel, the Grays Harbor Hostel and Guest House also sports and 18-hole disc golf course. While the hostel is closed during

the day, the disc golf course is open daily spring through fall. For more information call 360-482-3119. Grays Harbor ORV Park — 15015 State Route 8 in McCleary. Those wishing to try their own luck in the dirt should head just north of McCleary and take to the dirt tracks at Grays Harbor ORV Park. The park offers an action-packed season with 4x4 events, trail rides, enduros and Pacwest motor cross action. There are even some ways to get dirty at the ORV park without two or four wheels by participating in unique events such as the Dirty Dash or the extreme zombie run. The park operates through the end of August. Four-time supercross and three-time motocross champi-

on Ryan Villopoto’s company recently was contracted to manage the park, and several changes are expected to arrive this summer. Elma Paintball — 20 S. Union Road in Elma. Charge the enemy line or cower behind a structure, but whatever you find yourself doing, the paint is flying at Elma Paintball. Rent the equipment or bring your own and get into battle. Group pricing is available and “Mom plays free” with any paid son or daughter. For more details, call toll free 866-525-2877.

LOCAL PARKS

The city of Montesano is host to eight city parks including, Fleet Park downtown, Crait, Nelson and

Vessey Fields, a playground at Kelsey Park, a park at each entrance to town on Pioneer Ave., Bryan Park at the east entrance and Triangle Park at the west entrance. In addition to the parks, Montesano also has a 5,000acre city forest north of the city and within city limits. Chapin Collins Memorial Forest is used for city income, recreation and fish and wildlife habitat. Just west of Montesano is Twin Bridges county park. The park last year was taken back under the purview of the county and is free for day use. The park has access to the Chehalis River, as well as restrooms and picnic tables. Currently, the park is being readied for public use, but it is expected to be open this year. Take Devonshire Road

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EAST COUNTY — RECREATION and turn left on County Farm Road after the overpass. The road crosses railroad tracks and ends at the park. The City of Elma features two flagship parks: Gladys Smith/Lloyd Murrey Park, and the East County Playground. The Gladys Smith/Lloyd Murrey park was named for the those who provided the land for the city’s largest park, which comprises about 10-acres and is located in the heart of the city, playing host to recreational activities, picnicking and a world-class playground facility. The East County Playground provides a safe and fantastical recreational opportunity to children. Outside the Elma city limits is Vance Creek Park, featuring trails and fishing.

The pond is stocked with up to 14-inch rainbow trout in April and May and is opening to licensed anglers. The pond also recently has become home to jet ski races during the summer (those races are specially approved events and motorized watercrafts are not generally allowed at the ponds). Vance Creek Park, like Twin Bridges Park, is owned and operated by Grays Harbor County. The city of McCleary is home to Beerbower Park. Beerbower Park features a park kitchen with covered eating area, Men and Women restrooms, a playground, softball and baseball fields, a soccer field, and a basketball hoop, as well as a large grassy area for family activities. The Community Center Park features a fenced-in

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Schafer State Park 1365 W. Schafer Park Road, Elma Phone: 360-482-3852 Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk. Campgrounds closed Oct. 1 through April 27. The park is open year-round for day use. Schafer State Park is a 119-acre camping park on the Satsop River, midway between Olympia and Ocean Park. A big attraction to park users is the abundant fishing for steelhead, cutthroat trout, and salmon on the Satsop River. Wading and swimming in the shallow water make it an equally attractive site for family gatherings. Rich in local history, the park is a state and national

historic site as designated by the Washington Heritage Register and National Register of Historic Places. Traditionally, the Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia hold a salmon bake on the 2nd Saturday in October. On the second Sunday in December, families are invited to the park for a Yule log hunt which was followed by smoked salmon chowder last year. Lake Sylvia State Park 1812 N. Lake Sylvia Road, Montesano Phone: 360-249-3621 Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk Lake Sylvia State Park is a 233-acre camping park with 15,000-feet of freshwater shoreline. The park is an old logging camp in a wooded area.

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TRAILS Whereas nearly 90 percent of Grays Harbor County is forestland (88 percent), it only makes sense that the county would be full of trails for outdoor and forest recreation. Some trails allow pets, some don’t. Some trails are appropriate for mountain bike use, some are not. Whatever your personal situation might be, the trails throughout East County are bound to have one or more that match your needs. While we’ve included

Springtime at Lake Sylvia State Park, which is perched above Montesano. some of our favorite trails below, note that these are a small sample of the trails available. Addition permits, passes and licenses may be

required. Lake Sylvia State Park (Discover Pass required) Lake Sylvia, outside Montesano’s city limits. Lake

Sylvia allows for day use and has some 5 miles of hiking trails. In addition to the standard 5 miles of hiking trails, a trail about a half mile long has been constructed to Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Bird watching, swimming, fishing — they’re all along the trails and waiting for your participation. Schafer State Park (Discover Pass required) north of Brady. Interpretive activities are available throughout the park, and 2 miles of hiking trails will get you around. The park is ideal for bird watching and wildlife viewing, and the best bet for either is away from parking lots along one of the hiking trails. The park trail connect with the city of Montesano’s trails.

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Heat on the Street â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Friday, Aug. 4, at 4 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 5, at 9 a.m. Elmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual custom car and motorcycle show kicks on on Friday night with a free cruise-in party at 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Cruise in and bring the family for a preview of the cars and a night of music. Where the cruise in ends, participants can register their cars. Registration costs $15 and the first 200 pre-registered vehicles will receive T-shirts, a goody bag, dash plaques and a

raffle ticket. In the past, Grays Harbor Raceway tickets have been included. A poker run also will be held on Friday. On Saturday a show and shine takes place at 9 a.m., with music, a raffle, vendor and food booths and beautiful cars, trucks and motorcycles. Public admission is free. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. For more information visit www. elmachamber.org or call 360-482-3055. Also, held in conjunction with the car show, on Saturday, area churches last year partnered together to host a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s carnival, with several games set up to win tickets followed by a raffle for prizes. Historic Montesano Car Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Saturday, July 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 15th annual Historical Montesano Car Show hits the streets again on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show drew more than 220 registered cars, featuring streets rods, classic cars, muscles cars, and specialinterest vehicles of all kinds. The registration fee is $20, or $15 with a food donation to the Montesano Food Bank and other local charities. Proceeds are split between the car show and the food bank and three or four other charities in Grays Harbor County. The show will feature not

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Montesano is perfect for day visit By Corey Morris GH Newspaper Group

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ontesano is colorfully and proudly characterized by its residents as a “onestoplight” town. Nestled within the Chehalis River valley near the confluence of the Wynoochee and Chehalis rivers, the town of some 4,000 people is hoping to make a name for itself. Certainly, the town already has a reputation as the county seat and home to the historic Grays Harbor County Courthouse where the murals depict inaccurate Native Americans with tours available to walk the marble staircases; but city leadership is looking to get beyond just its county-seat reputation and hopes the city will someday be known as an outdoor recreation hot spot. The city is in what Mayor Vini Samuel considers a prime location. Yeah — it’s near the confluence of two rivers that support both salmon and steelhead populations, but it’s also where highways 12 and 107 meet. Many travelers from the Puget Sound will pass through Montesano on their way to the Pacific beaches in both Washington and Oregon. A passing glance from the highway doesn’t accurately depict the lifestyle and opportunities awaiting travelers who choose to stop in Montesano. Above the city to the north is Lake Sylvia State Park and a network of trails in the city’s forest. Those trails are made for hiking and many of the networks now are appropriate for mountain biking. Last year, Montesano city forester Loren Hiner and CFO Doug Streeter organized a series of trail runs. Streeter said he hopes the city can organize events to fill gaps between other events held throughout the region. When fishermen navigate their vehicles into Montesano and find their way to either of the rivers they may find themselves hooked on the abundant fishing. Boat launches are nearby allowing for easy access to the waters. The city administration isn’t aiming to create opportunities, Mayor Samuel said — opportunities for outdoor recre-

The historic Grays Harbor County Courthouse. ation are already here. And the market, too, is there. The city will aim to attract tourists and it’s on the citizens to monetize those efforts. “There are opportunities for expansion, and this is a very easy thing to expand on… our people already do all of this, so it’s not a hard push for someone who is an avid mountain biker to turn it into a business,” Samuel said. “The millions of people that come by here to the beaches, that’s an automatic market. We don’t have to start at zero.” The city also recently installed free Wi-Fi for the public. During December 2016, the city tracked some 150 users each day on a particular weekend. The city is unable to verify if those users were tourists or locals, but the public Wi-Fi is available and people are making use of it. “It gives people one more reason to stop (in Montesano),” Samuel said. To celebrate the fishing culture of Montesano, the Chamber of Commerce organized the Salmon and Brew Fest last year to coincide with the opening of salmon season. In addition to a fishing derby, the festival held in October had craft beers, chowder and live entertainment. But events will come and go, Samuel

said. “We rely on third-party groups and community organizations for events,” Samuel said. “Festivals are an element (of a plan to draw tourism), but they’re not sustainable.” Some 10 to 20 events may be conceived and launched, but only one or two of those festivals survive long term, she explained. The Festival of Lights held each December celebrated it’s 30th year last winter. Another draw at the City of Montesano is the Saturday morning market at Fleet Park. The park plays host to several vendors, and local musicians play live music. In general, Mayor Samuel gives a glowing review of her city. “Montesano is a community with great heart. It is somewhere where you know your neighbors and you feel safe, and it allows you to live on a slower pace than you can in most other places of Washington state,” she says. “From a tourist perspective, it’s a wonderful day visit to connect with the best of Washington.” In the not-too-distant future, the city hopes to remodel city entrances and to have updated trail maps available at City Hall.


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ajor highways roll through Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis, and they’ll take you to amazing places — world-class tourism destinations such as the ocean and the Olympic Peninsula. Take our word for it, those places aren’t going anywhere. It’s worth your time to stop and check out the communities that make up the Inner Harbor area. This section of Destination Grays Harbor offers suggestions for experiencing the towns of Aberdeen, Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. There’s a list of parks if you’re looking for a place to have a picnic. There’s a list of some local favorites. And of course each community has a wide choice of restaurants and specialty shops. A pair of museums, the Polson Museum in Hoquiam and the Aberdeen Museum of History, do an excellent job of recounting life in the early days of these old timber communities. Aberdeen is also home port to a pair of tall ships, the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. The ships are often on a voyage to other ports, but if you’re lucky enough to be here when they are, don’t miss seeing them.


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The annual Shorebird Festival takes place in Hoquiam in May.

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Founders Day — A parade and music celebrate the founders of Aberdeen. July 1. Splash Festival — Aberdeen’s annual daylong Fourth of July celebration, featuring live music, food and plenty of fun for kids, capped off by a

professional fireworks show. July 4. Aberdeen Artwalk — Annual downtown summer festival featuring lots of art, food and music. July 22.

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Shorebird Festival — Three days celebrating the annual migration

of shorebirds at Hoquiam’s Bowerman Basin. Includes a fun fair, field trips, lectures and lots of viewing. May 5-7. Grays Harbor Pride Festival — Downtown Hoquiam festival to raise awareness for the LGBTQ community. Aug. 19.

Loggers’ Playday — One the nation’s last surviving classic logging shows, where loggers compete for the title of All Around Logger. This daylong celebration includes a downtown parade and fireworks at the end of the logging show and competition at Hoquiam’s historic Olympic Stadium. Sept. 9.


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The annual Aberdeen Artwalk in July includes plenty of family-friendly fun.

EVENTS May 6 — Run for the birds, Hoquiam. 2-mile walk and 2-mile, 5K and 10K runs. Contact: twood@ cityofhoquiam.com. July 8 — Hoquiam Half Marathon. Half marathon and 5K — registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at City Hall, 609 Eighth St. Races begin at 9. July 8 — Midnight Cruisers Rod Fest,

Aberdeen. Second annual Rod Fest in downtown Aberdeen. Contact: Bill Jenkins, 360-532-8690. Sept. 9 — Reynvaan Run, Hoquiam. 2-mile, 5K, 10K run at Seabreeze Oval, Hoquiam High School. Contact: twood@ cityofhoquiam.com. Oct. 28 — Haunted Hoquiam Run. 2-mile walk and 2-mile, 5K, 10K run. Contact: twood@ cityofhoquiam.com.

Dec. 2 — Ho Ho Hoquiam Fun Run. 2-mile walk and 2-mile, 5K, 10K run. Contact: twood@cityofhoquiam.com.

RECREATION YMCA of Grays Harbor — Offers a lap and recreation pool, gym, workout center, aerobics classes and more. Aberdeen Skate Park — Located at Aberdeen’s Pioneer Park.

Hoquiam Skate Park — Located at Hoquiam’s Gable Park. 28th St. Landing — In Hoquiam along the Port Industrial Road, offers a viewing tower and boat launch for recreational watercraft. Bowerman Basin — Offering birdwatching, walking trails. and views of Grays Harbor and the Bowerman Field airport.


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INNER HARBOR — PARKS ABERDEEN

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Lake Aberdeen Recreation Area — About 640 acres of timber with 5 acres of land developed for recreation, and 100 acres of water. Located on the eastern edge of the city just off Highway 12. Swimming, fishing, boating, restrooms. Stewart Memorial Park — Located in the northeast outskirts of Aberdeen, this 74-acre park has been left in its natural setting. It boasts an elaborate trail system, a wandering creek and a rustic kitchen facility. Bishop Athletic Complex — A 38-acre athletic complex just outside Aberdeen along the Westport Highway (State Route 105). Includes soccer, fast-pitch and baseball fields.

Sam Benn Park — A rustic, tree-filled 14-acre park that overlooks the city’s core, just north of downtown near Aberdeen High School. It offers picnic areas, playground equipment, tennis courts and a disc golf course along its rolling, grassy hills. Morrison Riverfront Park — An 11-acre complex along the shores of the Chehalis River on the east end of Aberdeen. A bronze logging sculpture marks its entrance, and it boasts the multi-use

Rotary Log Pavilion, which can be rented for events through the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department. The complex includes picnic tables, a fishing and viewing dock, waterfront walking trail and modern playground equipment.

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West End Playfield — A neighborhood 3.5-acre park that contains a playground, combination ball field, parking area and a paved multi-use area. Finch Playfield — A 2-acre park that offers a wide variety of activities, including playground equipment and a spray park. Franklin Field — A 2-acre downtown community park boasting a large, multi-use field. Garley Park — This 2-acre park in South Aberdeen has off-street parking, playground equipment and a grassy playfield with a backstop.

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Pioneer Park Sports Complex — On the south side of Aberdeen, this 24-acre park is adjacent to Stevens Elementary School. It contains three softball fields, two minor league fields, a Little League field, a Babe Ruth field and a multipurpose area. It also offers tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a basketball court and a playground, as well as the city’s skate park.

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INNER HARBOR — PARKS McKinley Park — A halfacre park on a grassy corner lot. Robert Gray Park — A quarter-acre park in downtown Aberdeen.

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Makarenko Park — A 39-acre park with more than 2 miles of paved and gravel trails for walking, running and biking. The park, nestled in the hills in residential Cosmopolis, also includes two soccer fields.

Smaller parks

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Zelasko Park — A halfacre park just inside the eastern entrance to the city, situated between the Wishkah and Heron Street bridges. It contains benches, carvings and historical monuments.

Smaller parks

Alder Creek Park — A quarter-acre park in the Alder Creek neighborhood in South Aberdeen. Totem Pole Park — A 1-acre park on the south side of the Chehalis River Bridge. Herbig Park — A halfacre park atop Bel Aire Avenue. Hood Park — A residential 1-acre park with benches and trees.

John Gable Park — 23 acres directly adjacent to Hoquiam High School on the west side of town. Facilities include two softball fields, a basketball court, new playground equipment, restroom facilities and a new skate park. Olympic Stadium — A 9-acre athletic complex located in the eastern portion of the city. Facilities include the stadium, which accommodates high school interscholastic athletics, baseball, youth sports organizations and is the home of the Loggers Playday show held annually in the city of Hoquiam. The stadium can seat upwards of 8,000 people and the athletic fields include picnic tables and support facilities. Recent improvements have made the stadium more ADA-accessible. Elton Bennett Park — A 9-acre wooded site in northcentral Hoquiam, providing a picturesque mile-plus hiking trail through the densely forested landscape. The trails are graveled in areas, with some steps installed in


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Last Spur Park — A small urban square that commemorates the community’s logging heritage. It is located in north-central Hoquiam and provides two picnic tables. There are no restrooms at this park. Eighth Street Landing — Approximately 120 linear feet of public access to the Hoquiam River in the downtown waterfront area. There are picnic tables with shelters and a fishing and boat dock.

Smaller parks

Chevron Memorial Park — A 0.1-acre park in the business district of Hoquiam. Viglasky Park — A 0.1acre park with an open play area and playground. Richie Park — A 0.1-acre park in Hoquiam’s north end, includes a play area and playground equipment. Emerson Triangle Parks — Three landscaped urban squares that provide attractive open space adjacent to busy Emerson Avenue. The three sites total 0.12 acres. Horne Park — This 0.1-acre park at the north end of Hoquiam includes a play area and playground equipment.

Sunset Memorial Park/ Cemetery — Located in north central Hoquiam, covering approximately 40 acres. It is well maintained with large trees and shrubs and paved walking areas, which has made it a popular destination for walkers. Beacon Hill Park — A 2.5-acre park located in eastcentral Hoquiam. The park is situated on the permanent cover of the city’s reservoir and includes one basketball court, a playground area and two tennis courts. Landscaping and support

facilities provide for enjoyment of the scenic view of the Hoquiam River and the harbor. No restroom facilities. Johnny Green Dike — A landscaped dike located between the Hoquiam River and Riverside Avenue. The park consists of open green space, benches and a paved pedestrian walkway that provides access to the river loop and the Farmers Market. Art Pocklington Central Play Park — Located in the central portion of the city, this 1-acre park provides an open play area, state-of-theart playground equipment,

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and a spray park that opens in May and stays open through the summer as weather permits. It has a fenced basketball court and is ADA-accessible. It also includes several benches and picnic tables and a covered picnic shelter, as well as restroom facilities.


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John’s River Wildlife Area — Off state Route 105, 12 miles west of Aberdeen, off John’s River Road. The approximately 1-mile trail is paved for about the first half. Single-track trails lead off into the woods. Chehalis River Trailway — This 3-mile trail runs begins between the soccer fields at the Bishop Athletic Complex and runs along the shores of the Chehalis River to Mill Street. Lake Swano Trails — A 2-mile trail through 20 acres of forest on the Grays Harbor College campus, including interpretive signs. Basich Trailway — A 1.5-mile trail that meanders through Pioneer Park in South Aberdeen along Mill Creek, ending at the Cosi Lions Park in Cosmopolis. Morrison Riverfront Walkway — A 1.8-mile paved walking path in East Aberdeen from the Guesthouse Inn & Suites along the northern bank of the Chehalis River, running to Lakeside Industries just outside Aberdeen. Stewart Park Trail — Just short of a mile of rugged trail up and down hills and across bridges in east Aberdeen’s Stewart Park. Sherwood Forest Trail — A rugged trail located off Bel Aire Drive, featuring miles of forested trail to explore.

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Makarenko Park Trail runs through a wooded area in Cosmopolis.

Makarenko Park Trail — Two miles of gravel trails in the woods between Bell Hill and Cemetery Hill in residential Cosmopolis, just south of Aberdeen.

known as a prime spot in the spring to observe migratory shorebirds. Parking area to the tip of the Bowerman Peninsula is about 2 miles.

Mill Creek Park Trail — Cosmopolis’ most popular park on C Street past Cosmopolis School, it offers miles of gravel trails around Mill Creek and Mill Creek Pond.

Hoquiam River Loop — The loop begins in downtown Hoquiam at the corner of Eighth and L streets near Hoquiam City Hall, and takes walkers around a loop that crosses both the Simpson Avenue Bridge and Riverside Bridge, and along the north and south banks of the Hoquiam River.

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Sandpiper Trail — Located within the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge on Bowerman Basin on the west end of Hoquiam near the airport, the trail offers great bird viewing along a wooden plank trail. The refuge is

Prospect to Endresen Walking Trail — The trailhead is located just off Prospect Street, and the trail meanders over a hill and ends on Endresen Street,

across from a boat launch on the Little Hoquiam River. Elton Bennett Park — Rugged trails in a natural setting in residential northcentral Hoquiam, with trails that connect to offer a mile-plus of forested hiking. Sunset Memorial Park — A popular walking area off Grand Avenue just up the hill from Elton Bennett Park. Offers paved loop roads with gradual inclines and limited traffic. Information from the Guide to Walks and Trails of Grays Harbor County, published by Grays Harbor Tourism.


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Just down the road in Hoquiam, local businessmen Rob Paylor and Patrick Durney are busily renovating a building on the corner of Eighth and L streets to house their latest venture, Hoquiam Brewing Co. They, too, will offer their own craft beer, along with a full restaurant and tasting room. They’re shooting for a July opening.

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n a state known for its wineries and craft beers, it was “weird” to Jonathan and Stephanie Bennett that Aberdeen did not have a brewery of its own. So they did something about it. The young couple turned their love of beer and their town into the Steam Donkey Brewing Co. The entire operation, including all the brewing equipment, sits on the corner of Wishkah and Broadway in downtown Aberdeen. It’s kid-friendly and offers a variety of on-thespot brewed craft beers. The very name of the brewery is an homage to the area’s rich logging history: A steam donkey was a large piece of equipment used to winch felled logs back in the early pioneering days of logging the forests that still dominate the local landscape. Brewing equipment roils along the north and east walls of the establishment. There’s a cozy seating area with tables for four and, of course, a bar with taps featuring Steam Donkey IPA, Brown Porter, Strong Bitter and Belgian Pale Ale. The brewery is open Thursday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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Hoquiam: Loggers Playday celebrates tradition

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oquiam was founded in the late 1800s by loggers. The city’s name was derived from a Native American word for “hungry for wood.” While the glory days of the timber industry may be behind us, the logging tradition runs deep in Grays Harbor County, and it’s celebrated annually in Hoquiam on Loggers Playday. The event, held the first Saturday after Labor Day, is an all-day affair. Street vendors crowd the town peddling arts and crafts, woodwork and food, and a parade features loaded log trucks and both modern and historical logging equipment, not to mention local marching bands, dance squads and more. The event has its own royal court, which can be seen sporting the traditional hickory shirt and red suspenders favored by loggers in the area for more than a century. The big draw is the logging demonstration and competition held in Olympic Stadium later in the day and into the evening. The roar of chainsaws, the “thwock” of axes hitting wood, and the screams of an approving crowd can all be heard wafting out of the stadium throughout the event. During the event, revelers can witness logging techniques used throughout the years. There’s a timber falling demonstration, where chainsaw-wielding loggers attempt to land trees onto a small target. Old-school two-man manual saws are used in competitions pitting teams against each other as they race through logs. Log-rolling contests are a fan favorite, where competitors stand on either end of a log floating in a pool of water. It takes a lot of strength,

Loggers Playday includes competition in numerous categories of logging skills.

balance and skill to be the one left standing as each attempts to spin the log in a way that topples the other into the water. The event draws competi-

tors from across the state and beyond. Last year the event’s first female competitor, Erin Lavoie of Spokane, wound up taking second place overall.

The night ends with a spectacular fireworks show. This year’s event will be held Sept. 9. For more information, call the city of Hoquiam at 360-538-3970.


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To get there, find Myrtle Street, which is the dividing line between Aberdeen and Hoquiam. Go south to the Port Industrial Road and turn right; follow it until it turns into Bay Avenue. From Bay Avenue, turn south at 28th Street and follow it to the water.

2.At Sam TENNIS, ANYONE? Benn Park in Aberdeen are a couple of the sweetest tennis courts around. There are just two courts, so you take your chances of one being open, but it’s worth the detour just for the setting. Tall evergreens surround the courts, so it’s a little like playing in the middle of the woods. To find the courts, park on the road that dissects the park and start walking uphill. They are at the highest point in the park.

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3.TheBIRD’S-EYE VIEW Port of Grays Harbor’s observation tower is a great place to watch the comings and goings of large vessels calling at Port docks. There is a wonderful view up and down the Chehalis

River from the tower, but most of the locals simply sit in the gravel parking lot

and look out at the river and the pilings that serves as a reminder of long-gone mills.

beautiful library designed in the Prairie School style of architecture popularized by Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan. The library was built mostly with a Carnegie grant and finished in 1911. It was remodeled in 1991, taking great care to retain as much as possible of the original building and design. The interior includes a reading room with a fireplace.

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of the city in 1967 and hosted celebrity golf tournaments, bringing out stars such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Clint Eastwood. By 1969, Ocean Shores was declared the “Richest Little City” with an assessed value of $35 million.

Today, the North Beach has something for everyone, with miles of open of beaches inland lakes and coastal rivers, about two dozen large hotels, motels, resorts, fine dining, pubs and nightlife, art galleries and much more.

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS The hub of activity often can be found revolving around the unique events that come with being at the beach. There is the Chocolate on the Beach Festival in Pacific Beach and the Burning Bears chainsaw artist festival in Ocean City in February, the Razor Clam Festival & Seafood Extravaganza along with the Beachcombers’ Festival in March in Ocean Shores, the kite festivals in Pacific Beach at the state park or the Festival of Colors in Ocean Shores in June, the Kelpers Festival in Pacific Beach/Moclips over Labor Day, Sand & Sawdust Festival to start the summer,

or the Fourth of July activities that abound. There’s also the biggest Flag Day Parade in Western Washington in Ocean Shores, along with the annual parade of motorcycles for the Bikers at the Beach and Hog Wild weekend. Offseason, there’s also the ever-growing Galway Bay Irish Music Festival every October and the Winter Fanta Sea event each November.

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26-28: Grays Harbor Expo at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, including trade show, ice sculpture, Memorial Day weekend ceremony on Friday to honor local Purple Heart recipients, along with flag presentation from VFW Post 8956. Online at www.graysharborexpo. com.

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Thon. Annual event honoring our pets and raising funds and awareness for animal welfare. At North Bay Park, with dog walk through the neighborhood. Online at www.oceanshoreswoofathon.org.

23-25: Sand & Sawdust Festival, at the Ocean Shores Convention Center and on the main Ocean Shores Beach south of Chance a la Mer beach approach. Sand sculpting competition and chainsaw artist auctions daily. (360)289-2451.

18-20: 12â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fan Fest and Beach Party in Ocean Shores, with events at the Convention Center, around town and at Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. Largest preseason gathering of Seahawks fans, www.12sfanfest.com.

JULY

26-27: Find Your Treasure Gift Fair. At the Ocean Shores Convention Center, gpsdirectsellersnetwork@gmail.com.

7-9: Ocean Shores Beach Blast, with beach volleyball tournament planned at the beach south of Chance a la Mer beach approach, www. oceanshoresbeachblast.com. 28-30: Bikers at the Beach, www.bikersatthebeach.com, motorcycle event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, with Hog Wild Weekend also ongoing simultaneously at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino.

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1-3: AAOS Arts & Crafts Festival at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, www.associatedarts.org. 1-3: Annual Kelpers Festival and Shake Rat Rendezvous, featuring tug of war competition between Moclips and Pacific Beach, parades and various logging competitions.


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15-17: Whale of Quilt Show at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, (509) 715-9082 for information.

OCTOBER

25-29: Irish Music Festival, centered at Galway Bay and the Ocean Shores Convention Center, www.galwaybacyirishpub.com.

NOVEMBER

24-26: Winter Fanta-Sea pre-Christmas festival of holiday gifts and vendors, Ocean Shores Convention Center, 360-289-9586.

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alking the beach, horseback riding, kite flying, surfing, surf fishing, kayaking, freshwater fishing, bike riding, tennis, golf, bowling, pickle ball, romping with the dogs, a skateboard park, swimming in the Community Club pools or the Tri-Freaks Triathalon in Duck Lake in the summer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; North Beach recreation has something for everyone and anyone. For hunters, there is bird hunting available in season at the state Wildlife Recreation Area accessible from the Ocean Shores airport or at the Oyhut Recreation Area off Marine View Drive (no deer hunting within city limits!). Of course, the most popular recreational activity remains razor clam digging, which must be done in season on two designated North Beach areas, Mocrock and Copalis. For information on season, dig dates, rules and regulations, visit online: wdfw.wa.gov/ fishing/shellfish/razorclams. Shores Bowl: Located at 125 W. Chance a la Mer St. in Ocean Shores. Nothing beats the winter blues better than blasting a few bowling pins at Ocean Shoresâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; all-season bowling alley. Also has pool, shuffleboard and darts. The Electric Boat Company at 952 Point Brown Ave. SE offers boat rentals to explore the miles of inland canals and lakes in Ocean Shores: 360-289-0487 or 360790-2623. The electric boats can hold up to 10 people each, making them ideal for family outings, small parties, special events, meetings, or even breakfast and/or dinner cruises. Ocean Shores offers plenty to explore, with 23 miles of interconnected

A snowy owl eyes a pair of photographers in the dune grass at Damon Point. freshwater ways. Horseback rentals: The city of Ocean Shores oversees horse rentals on the city-owned sites at the end of the Chance a la Mer beach approach. Also, horse rentals are available seasonally just outside of city limits off the Damon Road beach approach, from Chenois Creek Horse Rentals, 491 Damon Rd. NW; and Nan-Sea Stables is an equestrian facility at 255 State Route 115.

BIRDING

Damon Point became a mecca in 2012 for birders viewing the snowy owls that had migrated there during the winter, and it remains a rich bird-watching retreat. Ocean Shores and Point Grenville also are featured with field trips during the annual Grays

Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival, held May 1-3 (www. shorebirdfestival.com) to celebrate and observe the hundreds of thousands of shorebirds that stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward.

LOCAL PARKS

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The top car show annually is the High Rollin’ Hot Rods at Quinault Beach Resort & Casino. In the fall, there’s also the annual Show n’ Shine event. Guest host is Lance Lambert of the Vintage Vehicle Show, and rain or shine it’s one of the top car shows of the spring. Online schedule: www.quinaultbeachresort.com/calendar Another showcase for local auto fans is the annual Clam Digger Rod Run in May at the Ocean Shores Elks Lodge. While it’s not officially a car show, the Bikers at the Beach and Hog Wild Weekend motorcycle events the last weekend of July bring in bikes and bikers of all styles, sizes, all ages and endeavours for one of the more entertaining and colorful festivals on the beach.

SEE & DO

Amusement fun: Ocean Shores has two family amusement centers, with a number of indoor activities, too, when the weather gets too wet or cold for go-karts or bumper boats and minigolf. Playtime Family Fun Center (748 Point Brown Ave. NE) has bumper cars, an arcade and the Peppermint Parlor ice cream shop, while Pacific Paradise Family Fun Center (767 Minard Ave. NW) also has arcade games, bumper boats, as well as mini-golf.

Families fish from the dock at North Bay Park on Duck Lake. Point Brown, The Gallery of Ocean Shores, with artists in residence as part of the North Beach Artists Guild. Not only are there dozens of paintings, photos, craft works and prints for sale or for browsing, but there are art classes that you can drop in on and music or entertainment every third Saturday.

and garden to support the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Stage West Community Theatre: Live community theater with several productions throughout the year on the Ocean Shores Lions Club Stage. For event times and information about joining: www.stagewestcommunitytheatre.org

PLACES ONLY THE LOCALS KNOW

Scooters/Mopeds/carriage bikes: Rent them at Apollo Mopeds, 172 W. Chance a la Mer 360-289-3820; or Affordable Mopeds, 896 Point Brown Ave, NW 360-2890919.

Ocean Shores Cinemas: Located at 631 Point Brown Ave. NW, the three movie screens all have digital projectors and show firstrun movies with all the trimmings. Showings usually begin about 1 p.m., with three showings a day of most films. Call 360-289-1234 for the current movie listings and times.

• 91.3 FM: It’s a place on your radio dial where you will find Ocean Shores’ own all-volunteer radio station, KOSW, bringing the many sounds of the shores and those who live and play here locally. Informative, talkative, and music of all styles and eras.

Gallery hopping: Ocean Shores has a half dozen vibrant art galleries, and each one offers something different and unique to the area. A good place to start is at 849

Garden by the Sea: The community garden in Ocean Shores is located behind the Galilean Retreat Center, 824 Ocean Shores Blvd. NW. Includes a children’s garden

• The Wacky Warehouse in Pacific Beach: Located at 45 Main Street. An eclectic second-hand store that also doubles as a radio station and occasionally a live music

venue. The operator also buys non-ferrous scrap metal (aluminum cans, aluminum, copper, brass, etc.) out in the yard, and has as much hardware for sale as any store in the area. Also, a used book room, used and vintage clothing and cheap prices on everything for sale. • Duck Lake in Ocean Shores: It’s amazing how many visitors over the years never follow Chance a la Mer east from the IGA, past the Post Office to find North Bay Park and the miles of waterfront to explore along Duck Lake. Kids fishing derby on Mother’s Day weekend sponsored by the Ocean Shores Elks often sees 20-inch trout among the winners. • Taurus beach approach in Ocean Shores to the south is the official off-leash area in the city where dogs may roam free.


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Quinault Beach Resort & Casino in midst of $25 million expansion

The Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores. Estimated completion date is between April and June 2018.

The expansion follows a 159-room remodel at the resort, which has been owned

and operated by the Quinault Indian Nation since it opened in 2000. “The Quinault Indian Nation is committed to providing the citizens of Grays Harbor County as well as visitors an outstanding and memorable experience here in our beautiful area on the Pacific Ocean,” said Quinault President Fawn Sharp. “We invest in our resort so people will find maximum comfort and have a truly enjoyable base from which they can enjoy the entertainment of the casino, a walk on the beach or a hike in the forest, the shops of Ocean Shores or birdwatching at the estuary,” Sharp said.“There is so much to do here, and as the resort continues to expand so does the value of the experience.”

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Quinault Beach Resort & Casino, the hub of entertainment and resort activity on the North Beach, has begun construction on the first phase of a $25 million expansion project. Development includes a new circular bar, a Quinaultthemed buffet, an expanded kitchen, and an expanded gaming area including a smoke-free zone. “We are all very happy to see the expansion started,” said CEO and General Manager Don Kajans. “Our guests have been wonderful in supporting us and demanding more space and gaming options, amenities like the buffet, and especially more Quinault cultural influence in the art and design. ... We couldn’t be more excited about the future.”


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inding the Coastal Interpretive Center is like finding a beach visitor’s cornucopia of the treasures that inhabit the central Washington Coast and wash up on its shores. Rain or shine, inside and out, the Interpretive Center — at the very southern end of the Ocean Shores peninsula — has become a destination that under one roof preserves the essence of life at the beach like no other destination in the area. For birders and wildlife enthusiasts, the Habitat Exhibit area features four main environments of Ocean Shores: the ocean, the near shore and dunes, marshes and waterways, and coastal forests. Exhibits include wildlife and bird displays featuring the species found in the coastal area. A display featuring bird flyway migration information has recently been moved into this area. For beachcombers, there are collections of glass fishing floats, Japanese tsunami debris, agates galore, along with shells, sand dollars, stones, minerals and numerous artifacts from a history of shipwrecks and settlers. For kids, there is a hands-on room. “You can open up the drawers there, there’s lots of stuff to look at,” advises Jim Nagan, president of the center board, as a family from Vancouver, B.C., stops by in early January. For local history buffs, there is a section on the early days of Ocean Shores with celebrities like Pat Boone and Ginny Sims leading development in the 1960s. There is

A history of Ocean Shores greets vistors in the yard of the Coastal Interpretive Center. an expanding display on the Quinault Indian Nation and a garden that includes plants native to the beach area. Newly renovated, with spectacular woodworking by local volunteer Dennis Hogan, the center is preparing for the spring and summer seasons with an emphasis on becoming a destination that stands on its own merit and is not just an afterthought for visitors who happen to stumble upon it. The biggest hurdle the Interpretive Center might face is the difficulty some visitors have in finding it in the first place. Located by driving Point Brown Avenue to the southern end of Ocean Shores, the center is found by turning on Discovery Avenue at the intersection with Catala. You can’t miss the seahorse or the shipwreck artifacts in front,

COASTAL INTERPRETIVE CENTER Located: 1033 Catala Ave. SE in Ocean Shores, 360-2894617 Online: www.interpretivecenter.org Fall/winter hours: The center is open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spring/summer hours: In effect from April 1 through the week after Labor Day. The center is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. along with the newly painted whaling harpoon cannon and other displays neatly arranged around the building. In the past year, the Center — a non-profit organization that doesn’t charge an entry fee and relies on contributions and volunteers — was able to renovate its front entry and showcase some of its most valuable features, such as the bookstore, which has one of

the best selection of books on coastal and Harbor wildlife, geology, lore and legend. You can even get a rock polisher and stock up on polishing supplies should you want to take beach collecting further. Grants have come from the Home Depot Community Foundation, the Quinault Indian Nation and the Seabrook Foundation most recently. A $5,000 grant from


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the Quinault Nation will next allow the Center to update all of its cultural exhibits, and the facility is looking for a curator as well. Funds from the city allow the center to now market itself outside of the area and hire a curator. Nagan notes the Center now is involved in much more than just displaying artifacts and treasures from the beach. Most recently, docents have helped identify rare species of sea turtles seen in local waters, and have collected evidence of the impacts of ocean warming or of tsunami debris. The center has sponsored a popular annual lecture series, “Glimpses,” which brings regional and local experts into a public forum through winter and early spring. “I think the additional programs we have started to offer, including the evening lecture series, trying to be more than just a place, that all helps us become part of the community network,” Nagan said of the center’s new push to market itself as a full destination facility. For the summer months and nicer days ahead, there are now picnic tables set out where families and groups can pack a lunch and enjoy the park-like atmosphere, then take a walk on the interpretive trial through the beach forest. The remodeled

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onstruction has begun on a new home for the Museum of the North Beach on State Route 109 just south of the Ocean Crest Resort. Supporters of the unique collection of North Beach artifacts and history have been working toward this occasion for 10 years. The effort received a boost in 2015 with the announcement that the resort and the Curtright family would donate three pieces of property for the facility. The museum is operated by the Moclips by the Sea Historical Society, with Kelly Calhoun serving as executive director and curator. It has been operating for more than 14 years in a small, historic building that also is owned by the Ocean Crest Resort. The building previously housed Hewitt’s Frozen Foods.

Work is under way at a new museum site donated by the Curtright family, owners of the nearby Ocean Crest Resort. In 2009, museum officials were hoping to renovate the old Northern Pacific Railroad Depot at Fourth Street and Railroad Avenue in Moclips, a project with an estimated cost of $700,000. The run-down depot was demolished in-

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stead. Under the new plan at the donated property, the cost to build the new museum is expected to be closer to $1 million. The combined lots donated by the Ocean Crest and the Curtrights are far bigger than the original site. They are located about two blocks south of the Ocean Crest Recreation Center on State Route 109, about a quartermile from the museum’s current location. Architect Michael Saito of Seattle has drawn up a design. Plans are to take the old caboose from the former depot site and put it up on the donated property.

Rob Curtright said the donation was a natural fit, as the museum essentially has been a partner of the resort since 2003. “We discussed it and decided we’d like the museum to still be close to us, and concluded that we could donate some property here that we are not using,” he said. The property just happens to be next to the “Welcome to Moclips” sign, too. Pending completion of the project, the museum will continue to operate at its original site, 4658 State Route 109. For more information, go to www.moclips.org.

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he first Hidden Coast Scenic Byway signs are now on full display for a drivers traveling State Route 109 from Hoquiam to Taholah, from Grays Harbor to Pacific Beach, Moclips, Copalis Beach, Ocean City and Seabrook along the glistening Pacific. The signs and scenic designation are part of the original Hidden Coast Scenic Byway Corridor Plan, which was completed by the Grays Harbor Council of Governments in June 2011. The signs were completed in large part by a group of sponsors that included the Quinault Indian Nation, Seabrook Community Foundation, Grays Harbor Vision 2020 and Timberland Bank grant programs. Alissa Shay, representing Grays Harbor Vision 2020, described an action plan that began in 2007 to create proj-

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ment at the Satsop Business Park. The signs are attached to highway markers from Hoquiam to Taholah, with five placed in the northern section from Ocean Shores to Copalis Beach, and five to the north, at all the major intersections with highways or main arterials, such as at Powell Road or Ocean Beach Road. Seabrook founder Casey Roloff has lauded the designation and new highway signs. Roloff believes the highway designation can only help encourage more people from the Puget Sound area to choose the Washington coast over the Oregon coast as a vacation destination. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I came up here in 2001, I can tell you it was a hidden coast,â&#x20AC;? Roloff said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We certainly didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect to find this beautiful property and also this great community that surrounds us. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited to see the Hidden Coast connect all these great little towns along the ocean, because we really think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a spectacular playground for those here in Washington that want to come out to the beach.â&#x20AC;?

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ith a plethora of opportunities for outdoor recreation, Lake Quinault and the surrounding rainforest make for a great year-round destination. Right off U.S. Highway 101, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an idyllic getaway for anyone looking to experience the Pacific Northwestâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural beauty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and some of the biggest trees on Earth. The lake is located in the Quinault Valley of the Quinault River. Sitting at the southern edge of Olympic National Park, it is located within the Quinault Rainforest and provides visitors with hiking trails, campsites, and canoeing and kayaking opportunities. The area around Lake Quinault has been dubbed the Valley of Rainforest Giants, boasting the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest specimens of Western red cedar, Douglas fir and mountain hemlock trees. The largest red cedar, sadly, was snapped during a 2016 storm. Surrounding the lake, you will also find a variety of wildlife, including Roosevelt elk, black bear, cougar, blacktailed deer, coyote and river otters. On the lake, bald eagles and osprey can be seen fishing for prey during a morning canoe outing. Canoes and kayaks can be used on the lake with the proper permits from the Quinault Department of Natural Resources in Taholah, as the Quinault Indian Tribe exercises jurisdiction over the lake. Most human-powered boats are allowed on the lake year-round, while the fishing season starts in April and ends in late October. The Lake Quinault Lodge also operates a rental facility for watercraft. The area surrounding the lake has a variety of hiking trails, including the

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Lake Quinault offers many recreation opportunities, including pristine kayaking and canoeing conditions. There are several rental facilities and places to launch watercraft around the lake. U.S. Forest Service Nature Trail System: 8 miles of connected trails that let visitors experience the varied flora and fauna of the rainforest. Visitors can also hike a trail leading to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Western red cedar or the Maple Glade Trail, a half-mile trek that showcases the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bigleaf maple trees. Bike enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their gear to the lake as well, with many different off-road trails around the area. Lake Quinault has 57 campsites on its shore, offering visitors a spot to stay that showcases the body of waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pristine condition and allows campers to experience sunrises and sunsets on the lake. The Willaby Creek campground is open year-round, but Falls Creek and Gatton Creek close in early September. Willaby Creek has sites that can ac-

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The annual Clean Water Classic Surfing Competition will be held Oct. 6-8 this year in Westport.

From cranberries to kites to killer surf, there’s plenty to sample in South Beach

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he communities of Westport, Grayland, North Cove, Tokeland, Ocosta and Markham are collectively called the South Beach. Also known as the Cranberry Coast, the South Beach boasts more than 1,000 acres of cranberry bogs. Covering the area from the Grays Harbor Bar at the South Jetty all the way south to the marina in Tokeland on Willapa Bay, you’ll find friendly

folks ready and willing to make your stay on the South Beach a memorable one. Lodging: The South Beach has accommodations for every style. Deluxe suites with all the amenities imaginable, beach cabins on the water’s edge or in the pine woods, a historic hotel, modern motel units, bed and breakfasts, RV parks, private camping sites and two state parks. Shopping: The entire South Beach, from Westport

to Tokeland, offers an abundance of gift shops. Fishing: Charter offices in Westport can book you on a boat for the fishing trip of a lifetime any day of the week. Or try your hand at fishing off the jetty and revetment rocks or crabbing. And don’t forget the crabbing off a float in the Westport or Tokeland marinas. Seafood: There are eating establishments all along the coast that offer dining

opportunities ranging from decadent to down-home, depending on your mood. Beaches: Tops on the list for entertainment has to be our 18 miles of pristine ocean beach, plus worldclass surfing. Entertainment: There’s a go-kart track to entertain the younger set while you wander among the many shops. The South Beach also boasts nearly three dozen annual festivals to entertain you.


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SOUTH BEACH — CALENDAR ALL SUMMER

July 3 to Sept. 25 : That Summer Gallery — Sponsored by the South Beach Arts Association. Over 50 amazingly talented local and regional artists exhibit and sell their art on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

MAY

1-31: Gray whale watching — Come see these gentle giants as they make their

6: 35th Annual Ocosta Oyster Feed — All-you-caneat steamed, stewed and fried oysters, along with spaghetti, salads, rolls and juice. Beer and wine available. 3-7 p.m. at the Ocosta Recreation Hall. More info: 360-648-2190. 27-28: Weekend with the Fleet — Saturday: Commercial Fishing Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westport Maritime Museum: arts & crafts for kids, informational displays, Sea Scout displays, vendors, beer garden, food and more. At 7 p.m., fisher poets’ readings and

live music. At 8 p.m., Light up the Docks celebration along the Esplanade: Luminaries available to honor cancer victims and survivors. Sunday: WEfish Clam Chowder Feed at the Maritime Museum, 11:30 a.m.3 p.m. Proceeds go to local lost fishermen’s fund.

fraternities as they honor those lost in battle at a brief, but moving ceremony held at Veterans Memorial Park at the Street of Flags, 1800 S. Montesano St., just south of the Westport City limits. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. More info: 360-268-9543.

28: Blessing of the Fleet — Traditionally held the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. Join the South Beach Ministerial Association in a ceremony at the Fishermen’s Monument on Neddie Rose Drive in Westport for the Annual Blessing Of The Fleet. More info: 800-345-6223 or 360-268-9422.

JUNE

29: VFW Memorial Day Service — Join local military organizations and military

23-25: Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze — Come to Westport for the 15th annual Rusty Scupper’s Pirate Daze! The event features pirate crewes from all over the Pacific Northwest, live music, contests, special sales at local shops and restaurants, longboat races, Treasure Chest Raffles, and much more. More info: rustyscupperspiraedaze.com.

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June through September: Charter Association Fishing Derby — Take a fishing trip with a derby ticket and you could come home the big daily, weekly, or overall winner. Derbies are run for bottom, deep sea, and salmon fishing. More info: 800-3456223 or 360-268-9422.

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Rusty Scupper’s 15th annual Pirate Daze is set for June 23-25 in Westport.

SOUTH BEACH — CALENDAR JULY

1: Tokeland Parade & Celebration — Traditionally held the Saturday before the 4th of July. This oldfashioned community parade has grown to more than 200 entrants. Real family fun. Starts at 11 a.m. at the Tokeland Marina. Picnic lunch follows at Tokeland Hotel (free for parade participants) and games for kids. More info: 360267-7006 or www.tokelandnorthcovechamber commerce.org. 2: Trek Across Tokeland — Register 8 a.m., trek starts 9 a.m. at the Tradewinds on

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dusk in Westport’s Marina District and in Tokeland near the Shoalwater Bay Casino.

3-4: Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration — Held on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum in the Marina District. This is an oldfashioned 4th of July family celebration, complete with children’s games for prizes, food, clowns, a plant and bake sale, face painting, a cakewalk, and a silent auction. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More info: 360-268-0078

7-9: Windriders Kite Festival — Traditionally held the second weekend in July, this annual event has grown to participation of hundreds entertaining crowds of thousands. Competitions, demonstrations, games, auction and high-flying fun at the Grayland beach approach off SR 105. More info: 360-870-3413

4: Fireworks — Free fireworks shows start at

15: Eastside Street Rods Show ’N Shine — Vintage vehicles are placed on display along Westport’s

Westhaven Drive on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More info: 360-268-9029 or (206) 747-1071 22-23: Tokeland Wood & Art Fest — The annual Tokeland Wood & Art Fest offers original art from many disciplines. Handmade items displayed by artists, wood carvers and food on the grounds of the historic Tokeland Hotel. More info: 360-267-6304.

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11-13: Grayland Open Jet Ski Competition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Off the beach near Grayland Road beach approach. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 6th annualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Jet Skiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;! This free event for spectators will bring dozens of riders and hundreds of spectators from all over the U.S. Stunt competition, motosurf racing and a big air competition. Vendors and music on the beach. More info: 360-593-0984. 19-20: Westport Art Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 20th anniversary celebration. This a juried

salmon at the Westport Boat Basin from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31. Fish right off the floats for salmon and vie for Derby prizes. More info: 360-268-1234.

SEPTEMBER The annual Jet Ski competion is held in Grayland in August. show of fine art and crafts. At various locations in the Marina District including art shops, along the Westhaven Esplanade and at the Westport Maritime Museum grounds. LOLs and Libations comedy show Saturday evening with limited seating. More info: 360-591-2761.

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2: 71st Seafood Festival & Craft Show â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traditionally held on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. This perennial favorite features heaping plates of great food, live music, and local crafters. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with food service from noon to 5 p.m. on the Westport Maritime Museum Grounds. Beer and Wine available. Info: 800-345-6223 or 360268-9422. 2: Vettes at the Marina â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dozens of classic Corvettes will grace the parking spaces along the Westport

Marina Esplanade during the Seafood Festival year, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the Corvette Club of Grays Harborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7th annual Show â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;N Shine. More info: 360-5891716 or 360-580-5779. 9: Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oyster Feed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traditionally held the second Saturday in September. Oysters any way you like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em: Held at Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oysters just west of the Elk River Bridge on SR105 from noon to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit clean water and OHS scholarships. More info: 360268-0077 or 800-572-3252. 15-17: Westport Maritime Music Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Second annual event will be held on the grounds of the Westport Maritime Museum. Beer garden, fun, food and music, featuring several bands playing in a variety of styles. More info: 360-0078.

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SOUTH BEACH â&#x20AC;&#x201D; CALENDAR Sept. 16-17: 30 Miles of Junque â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 20th annual beachwide garage sale from Markham, to Ocosta, to Westport, to Grayland, to North Cove and Tokeland. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shop! More info: 360268-9422. 16-17: Operation Shore Patrol â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 45th annual Beach Cleanup. Four-wheelers converge on our beaches to tidy up after the summer season. Grab a litterbag and beachcomb for Styrofoam! Four-wheelers parade through the Marina District Saturday afternoon. More info: 800-345-6223 or 360268-9422. 23-24: Salmon Tales â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fifth annual celebration of Westportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite fish and the people who chase after them. Held on the grounds of Westport Maritime Museum. Exhibits, live music, beer garden and salmon-related vendors. More info: www. salmontales.info.

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6-8: Clean Water Classic Surfing Competition â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest surf contest. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 16th annual benefit for the Surfrider Foundation. All ages welcome. Pro/Amateur Shortboard division; Longboard division; plus Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Juniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. At the South Jetty

and the Groins off Neddie Rose Drive. More info: www. cleanwaterclassic.com. 14-15: Cranberry Harvest Festival â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Traditionally held the second weekend in October at the historic Grayland Community Hall. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the 22nd annual this year. The cranberry harvest season is celebrated with crafts, food, drink and decorations. Bog tours, a cook-off contest, local cranberry products, music, and a Saturday nighttime Firefly Parade in Grayland. More info: 800-345-6223 or 360-268-9422. 14: SBCO Cranberry Breakfast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Held in conjunction with Cranberry Harvest Festival weekend. South Beach Christian Outreach offers a hearty breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at very reasonable prices. The event also includes a raffle. South Beach Christian Center on SR105 in north Grayland. Info: 360-267-4442. 15: Jog the Bog and Beach â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Held in conjunction with the Cranberry Harvest Festival, this is a 10K and 5K Run, along with a 3K Walk through bog country. Register at the Grayland Community Hall at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. More info: 800-3456223 or 360-268-9422.

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CLAMMING

Clam digging is a favorite local pastime, but a license is required.

Locals and visitors alike eagerly anticipate spring, fall and winter clam digging seasons. Drawing thousands to the South Beach to search for the wily and succulent tasting critters, this recreational sport is among the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most popular. To determine specific opening dates, check with local media or Chambers of Commerce. The State Department of Fish & Wildlife determines clam digging seasons depending on the health and population of the resource. Whenever you try your luck, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll receive a warm welcome from South Beach locals! Our motels, eateries, and shops are ready and waiting to give you fine

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during that period. During recreational clam digging seasons, you may drive 1.9 miles north of the Twin Harbors Beach Access Road and 0.3 miles south of Midway Beach Access Road. Remember, enjoy the beach, but share the road.

FISHING

Whether from land or out at sea, fishing opportunities on the South Beach have never been better, with great catch variety from midMarch through the end of January. Board our charter boats, launch your own, fish off the rocks or in the surf to bring home some mighty tasty seafood. Charter offices have all the gear you need to go on your deep sea fishing adventure. Boats leave the docks at Westport daily for bottom fishing expeditions, and in season, for salmon,

albacore and halibut. Many local outlets also carry all the gear you need to land salmon and sea perch from land or surf.

DEEP-SEA FISHING

Deep-sea bottom fishing holds its own special rewards in the variety and quantity of fish caught. Enormous schools of sea bass can be found in ample numbers in rock pinnacles along our coast and skippers know where to find them all spring, summer and fall. Starting in June, anglers can take day trips for salmon fishing. Check with local Chambers of Commerce or charter offices for season information. In mid-August, Willapa Bay at the southern tip of the Cranberry Coast opens for recreational salmon anglers seven days a week.

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While traveling along our pristine 18 miles of Pacific Ocean beach in motor vehicles is very popular, tourists and locals alike are reminded that they are a part of the State Highway system. That means the rules of the road apply on the beach as well as on the pavement. The speed limit on the beach is 25 miles per hour. Swerving, cutting “doughnuts” and other such activities are not allowed. Be sure to drive on the uppermost wet sand to avoid clam beds, not to mention getting stuck. Be particularly careful on the beach when major activities are taking place such as kite festivals and clam digging. Children and pets have been known to dart in front of vehicles on

their way to or from the water’s edge, not realizing that traffic is in the area. You may not drive on all areas of the beach at all times, however. Some sections of beach are closed to vehicle traffic for either all or part of the year. No motor vehicles are allowed on the beach in front of Westhaven State Park near the South Jetty at any time. From April 15 to the day after Labor Day each year, you may not drive north from the Twin Harbors State Park Beach access road off SR105, and you may not drive south beyond the Warrenton Cannery Road beach access in North Cove. The state’s Seashore Conservation Area Act sets aside at least 40 percent of each beach in the state (North Beach, South Beach and Long Beach Peninsula areas) for ‘pedestrian use’

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SOUTH BEACH â&#x20AC;&#x201D; RECREATION In the fall, salmon begin returning from the sea to our harbors, bays, and estuaries on their journey to the rivers from whence they came. Fishing on Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay this time of year can be hugely rewarding experiences. There are excellent boatlaunching facilities both in Westport and at Tokeland and charter trips are available. From midsummer through October, you can book a one-, two-or three-day trip to seek the thrills found only on an albacore tuna or halibut fishing expedition. The thrills are exceptional.

LAND-BASED FISHING

For those who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t choose to go out to sea, the South Beach also offers some great land-based fishing opportunities. Drop your

During the spring and fall migration seasons, you can watch for gray whales from the Westport Observation Tower or take a charter boat out to see them up close. line in the water off any of the floats in the Westport or Tokeland marinas. Fish off the rocks along the Chehalis Pt. revetment, or fish off the beach for surfperch.

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WATER SPORTS

A trip to the South Beach offers visitors a wide variety of water sports any time of the year. You can catch Hobie Cats running a competition course on Half Moon Bay and of course, see classic surfing and the newer sports of surf boarding and kite surfing at their best.

The annual Grayland Open Jet Ski Competition will be held Aug. 11-13 off the beach near the Grayland Beach Approach. This free event for spectators will bring dozens of riders and hundreds of spectators from all over the U.S. It includes stunt competition, motosurf racing and a big air competition. In the winter, watch allseason surfers at Half Moon Bay and the groins. Summer days are great for swimming and sun bathing. Whatever the season, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find folks getting wet and having fun. Come on in, the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine!

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the Pacific Coast, attracting more than a million birds each spring. Grayland State Park 925 Cranberry Beach Road, Grayland Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The park is open yearround for camping and day-use. Reservations are accepted year-round. And highly recommended even in the off-season due to events such as razor clam tides and holidays. Grayland Beach State Park is a 412-acre, yearround, marine camping park with 7,449-feet of spectacular ocean frontage, just south of the town of Grayland. The park

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offers 55 full-hookup campsites within easy walking distance of the ocean. There are five short, marked trails leading from the campground to the each. Twin Harbor State Park 3120 Highway 105, Westport Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Twin Harbors is a 172-acre camping park on the Pacific coast. Beach activities predominate, including kite flying, surf fishing and beachcombing. Westport Light State Park 1595 Ocean Ave., Westport Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to

6 p.m. The park is open yearround for day use only. Westport Light State Park is a 212-acre park. The Westport Lighthouse stands on adjacent Coast Guard property. A boardwalk connects the park with Westhaven State Park, 1.3 miles away. Westhaven State Park 2700 Jetty Haul Road, Westport Phone: 360-267-4301 Hours: Summer 6: a.m. to 10 p.m.; winter 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is open year-round for day use only. Westhaven is 79 acres with 1,215 feet of shoreline on the Pacific and Half Moon Bay, with beach access to both shores. The park is a popular destination for surfing and fishing.

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be available by summer. The grape wines, however, are less than a year into various slow aging schedules. With Bog Water Brewing Co., Chris produces varieties including brown ale, oak stout (aged in whisky barrels), blond, and black and regular IPAs. By summer, he expects to have 12 taps going for Bog Water brews plus six “guest taps” to offer other local microbrews. Patrons can sample flights of both beer and wine selections. Everything on the restaurant menu is house-made, including wood-fired artisan pizza, salads, steak, chicken, seafood and a few dessert choices, including their exclusive Cranberry Panna Cotta. Hours are noon to 8 p.m.; it’s open later in summer. Call 360-268-7082 for more information.

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bar-height set of table and chairs. Handmade from local driftwood, they were the only survivors of the blaze. The restaurant is open and airy, with a hand-finished native redwood bar and a granite slab counter. The tables are huge slabs of Douglas fir from nearby Tokeland, handfinished by Marie. A unique wood sculpture chandelier by Tokeland artist Jeffro Uitto hangs amid natural wood beams. Other local art adorns the walls. In addition to the restaurant and the production and storage space for wine and beer, the new building has a separate ballroom that can accommodate up to 120 people. The restaurant also includes a dedicated tasting area and opens onto a covered patio that seats 50. The Tiffanys figure they’ll need it this summer, when they

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The grand building shares a park-like setting with four other structures, some registered as historic buildings.

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Two full floors of exhibits in the main building showcase local maritime history, including the Grays Harbor Light Station, the Coast Guard, area shipwrecks, rescue operations, the whaling and fishing industries, logging and cranberry harvesting. A variety of natural history exhibits are also featured, along with an interactive children’s room. Adjacent buildings house a lecture and events hall for museum programs; a marine mammal exhibit; and the Destruction Island lens, which was built in France in 1888 and used for many years in a lighthouse at Destruction Island, north of Westport. The museum is operated by the Westport South Beach

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Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of the South Beach. Though tours are generally self-guided, trained and highly knowledgeable docent volunteers are frequently on hand to provide visitors with a wealth of information. You can secure a guide by reserving a discounted group tour at 360-268-0078. From April 1 through Sept. 30, the museum is open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Oct. 1 through March 31, hours are Thursday through Monday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 13-18, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. For more information, go to www.westportmaritimemuseum.com.

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A portion of Westport’s charter boat fleet sits in the marina. charter tuna trips, usually starting in July. These can be one- to three-day trips. There is no limit on these super strong and tasty fish, and on average an angler will come home with 10 or more of them. There are a number of charter operations, all of them

varying in fishing areas and costs. Your best bet for onestop shopping is the Westport Charter Boat Association website, charterwestport. com. There will you will find Web links and telephone numbers to each of the charter operations, so you can shop around for the type of vessel

and fishing you want at the price you can afford. Charter offices sell one-day fishing licenses as well. And never leave the dock without buying a derby ticket. For a $5 or $10 entry, you could find yourself going home with a $500 prize for the largest lingcod, halibut or salmon of the day. And some of the most consistent surf north of California is located right off the west side of Westport. A new surf resort is opening in Westport on Memorial Day weekend: Loge at the Sands (logecamps. com). There also are two surf shops in town: Steepwater Surfshop (360-268-5527 or steepwatersurfshop.com) and Westport Surfshop (360-2680992 or westportsurfshop. com).

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are always free projects at the gift shop’s craft table for all ages to enjoy, as well as a variety of artifacts to see (even without admission). Lots of folks stop by on sunny, summer days, but it’s also a great place to get out of the rain the rest of the year. Visitors can easily while away an hour or so looking at all the fish tanks, making giant bubbles, feeding the ducks, constructing a craft, browsing the gift shop and learning scads of interesting factoids from the proprietors. The Myrsells say the establishment is a labor of love, mostly self-supporting and is, unlike many aquari-

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ums, not a nonprofit. Admission fees help cover most of the costs of operation and maintenance. Unlike many aquariums, the water in the tanks isn’t filtered; it’s cycled into and out of the harbor and kept in its natural state. That makes for extra and continuous maintenance. Though the water isn’t as clear as in some aquariums, it makes for healthier fish. The Westport Aquarium, though small, might well present a greater opportunity to learn about local marine life than larger attractions because visitors can ask questions and get informative answers. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays in the winter, with Sundays added in the spring. For the summer season, it’s open daily. For more information, go to westportaquarium.weebly.com.

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