Grilled Oysters at The Breakers
There’s nothing sweeter than the Pacific Northwest in the summertime and the Washington and Oregon coasts are absolutely spectacular this time of year. As I write this to all of you I am sitting on my balcony at The Breakers in Long Beach, Washington enjoying my last morning of peace here with the Pacific and sand dunes in the distance. Y’all might remember I was just in Long Beach back in May but I’ve kind of fallen in love with it and all the little sea towns strung up the northern Oregon and southern Washington coasts and felt compelled to return in the summertime.
Y’all know I love a good cocktail and I found it in this Wild Watermelon Lemon Drop at the Lost Roo. It’s currently just a special, but I heard a rumor it may be added to the menu soon. It was super refreshing without being overly sweet and who can resist a watermelon garnish? It comes with a little snack! This spot had some killer gumbo too, NOLA approved by my best friend Martin who lived in New Orleans for five years.
Dead Man’s Cove at Cape Disappointment State Park is take your breath away beautiful and a must visit when you’re on the Long Beach peninsula. This would be a lovely spot to have a picnic. You can continue on past here to the Cape Disappointment Lighthouse, a 2.9 mile hike total.
I can’t make it this close to Cannon Beach and not visit Public Coast Brewing. This is one of my very favorite breweries and they brew a tangerine IPA that is one of my very favorite beers. The drive down from Long Beach is just a little over an hour and it’s a beautiful one. Don’t miss the stunning beach and iconic Haystack Rock while you’re here!
Three words: Dungeness Crab Cheesecake. Yes, people – it’s a thing. It is thanks to Bridgewater Bistro in lovely Astoria. Just a half hour drive from Long Beach, Astoria is just south of the Washington border in northern Oregon and it’s the most darling little town you ever saw.
And if Dungeness Crab Cheesecake isn’t enough to get you to Bridgewater Bistro (you know, in case you’re insane), maybe this will. This is the sweeping view of the Columbia River from their deck. Swoon, y’all.
Oh my gosh, the breakfast at 42nd Street Cafe is fierce. I could not get enough of their Blueberry Waffles. These bad boys are served with fresh wild blueberries, whipped cream and house made blueberry syrup.
The highlight of my trip was the grilled oyster feast Martin and I enjoyed on our last night on the coast. The Breakers in Long Beach was our home base for this excursion and they have an awesome outdoor grilling area you can take advantage of (and we did). We made the short drive to Oysterville Sea Farms to pick up fresh oysters, grabbed a bottle of rosé and sipped and slurped the evening away. Summer perfection.