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Discovery awaits on the Long Beach Peninsula

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I love to visit the Long Beach Peninsula, located about 3 hours from Seattle and an hour from Portland, Ore. I usually visit during the winter holidays as a great getaway from the rush of shopping and spending. But Long Beach is a wonderful destination any time of year.
Named one of ‘America’s Favorite Beach Towns’ by and voted ‘Best Beach’ by the viewers of Seattle’s KING-5 TV, the Long Beach Peninsula offers visitors blocks of colorful shops, great seafood, comfortable lodging, small museums, horseback riding, and an expansive beach. Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is also home to a new national park, two historic lighthouses, renowned restaurants, cranberry bogs, and oyster farms.

Where to eat

Although Long Beach boasts dozens of eateries, the Crab Pot Seafood Market and Restaurant is usually a high point on visitors dining agenda. It is the home of the original Whole Crab Dinner Willapa Bay Oysters and Steamer Clams as well as homemade Crab Cakes. Here you can also indulge in old fashioned Oyster Stew and Clam Chowder.

Kite Museum History

The World Kite Museum and Hall of Fame has its roots in the local community. In the mid 1980’s a group of kite enthusiasts began to discuss the idea of forming a museum dedicated to kites and kite flyers. The group met informally and developed a plan of action. They researched building opportunities, nonprofit status requirements, storage facilities, and other basic details that were needed to establish a museum. The group was eager to create a place where people could go to learn about kite history and see kiting displays.