The joy of a stay at Klipsan Beach Cottages comes from its simplicity. First, it’s a place to relax and restore. Guaranteed. But, it’s also a springboard for just about any activity one might pursue in one of the most beautiful corners of the world.
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Fort Canby State Park in Ilwaco is the site of this outstanding presentation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Just north of Klipsan is the village of Oysterville, where the whole town was placed on the National Register of Historic Places over twenty-five years ago. Picturesque homes dating back to 1863 and an equally dated church and schoolhouse open to the public are good reason for an afternoon of exploring.
Try horseback riding, a ride on a go-kart, or meandering the many bicycle and hiking trails in the area. There are golf courses nearby, lakes for fishing, and, at the tip of the Peninsula, Leadbetter State Park is a destination point for birdwatchers, with over 100,000 shorebirds that stop during their migration. Loomis Lake and Loomis State Park offer picnicking, ocean views, and the perfect spot to launch a canoe.
Astoria, Cannon Beach and Seaside are all within an hour or so drive — a perfect opportunity for shopping, browsing, and taking advantage of local museums and art galleries. Then, come home to your peaceful cottage, away from the crowds.
Just down the road is Long Beach, with an ocean boardwalk, arcades, shopping and restaurants, with every August heralding one of the nation’s largest kite festivals. Here is a link to the World Famous Kite Museum.
Just a few minutes north of Klipsan lies Ocean Park, founded as a resort town in 1883. The town hosts the Northwest Garlic Festival and the Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration as well as the Rod Run to the End of the World featuring over 1,000 vintage cars. Many of the cottages here were built from salvaged shipwreck cargoes.
*Be sure to visit the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau for more information about these and other Peninsula offerings; www.funbeach.com; 800-451-2542.