Current news & updates from the coast!
Welcome to our every-so-often Media eNews! It’s been awhile.

First off, we want to express our ongoing gratitude for all the inspiring stories written during the past 15 months. Thank you for steering people to the outdoors and supporting our Covid-safe culture. Because of help like yours, we are well poised for a rapid recovery.

As it becomes safer to travel more freely, here’s a bit of news that might spark a story and update you on tourism-related developments on the Long Beach Peninsula and Greater Pacific County:

  • Restoration of landmark lighthouse completed: North Head Lighthouse back to original colors and photo ready. 

  • Discovery Trail recognized as National Recreational Trail.

  • The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, in Ilwaco, will reopen to the public on July 7 having completed a major remodel.

  • Willapa Hills Trail, stretching 56 miles between Chehalis and South Bend, gets nearer to completion with pending improvements to its Western half.
Photo Credit: Adam Sawyer

  • Vintage Tokeland Hotel reopens with updated guest rooms and expanded Southern-roots menu.

  • Adrift Hospitality, a B Corporation, adds Boardwalk Cottages to their portfolio, enhances amenities with barrel sauna and soaking pool on Adrift campus.

  • The Sou’wester announces Summer Camp 2021 with programs for youth and adults.

  • At the Helm, a 15-room boutique hotel, strikes lovely balance between comfort and luxury at the Port of Ilwaco. 

  • Tent, trailer and RV camping surge in popularity as spots like The Lamp Camp tailor offerings to a Millennial audience.
Food & Beverage
  • Award-winning North Jetty Brewing makes move from bottles to cans.

  • Hungrier at the beach? Bakeries are popping up and changing hands to help crush carb cravings.

  • Outside dining expands as restaurants operate at 50% of their indoor capacity.

  • Adrift Distillers releases Elderflower Rhubarb Liqueur. 
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Editorial Image Library

We’ve signed up with CrowdRiff to help facilitate sharing editorial images with you easily and quickly. Here’s a link to several of our signature shots. Feel free to use, please credit Visit Long Beach Peninsula.

Media Visits and Press Trips 

We have a limited number of slots for individual media visits in 2021. If you have a story in mind and haven’t visited or would like to explore what’s new, please contact Carol Zahorsky at
  • While refining opportunities for year-round adventures and experiences, local tourism leaders and entrepreneurs have taken big steps under the umbrella of sustainability. Explore their efforts to strike a balance between sharing their home with visitors while maintaining the rural sensibilities, beauty and wild spaces that make this place remarkable. 

  • A farmstead winery, three craft breweries and one distillery: Taste the expanded offerings of locally crafted libations and lesser brewed finds (i.e. root beer, mead and aquavit!).

  • From Fort Columbia to Fort Canby, North Head to Cape Disappointment, Ilwaco to Long Beach, uncover trails layered with history.
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