Imagine spending a getaway at a sunshine-filled B&B right on the grassy dunes of the Pacific Ocean. Top off your delightfully comfortable night's sleep with a multi-course gourmet breakfast cooked for you each morning. Bill and Susie, owners and innkeepers, have created an oasis of warmth and peace for their guests at the luxurious Boreas Inn B&B in Long Beach, Washington and invited me to see what the Boreas magic is all about.
Exploring Long Beach Peninsula
The Long Beach Peninsula is a place where generations of families have come to play and relax. It is a laid back beach resort where you can stroll a boardwalk and buy an ice cream cone. Special events such as the Kite Festival and Fourth of July may bring more people. But, in general, Long Beach makes for a quiet getaway.
Spend your days relaxing in the Inn's gardens, taking a walk on the nearby Discovery Trail or reading in their well-appointed, light-filled common room. Tea and coffee are always on. Snacks such as home-made brownies and nuts to munch on are available. Snuggle up to the Inn's fireplace at night if you wish. Take a dip in the private hot tub. It's all about creature comforts at Boreas Inn.
Checking Into Boreas Inn
Boreas Inn, frequently a setting for small weddings and celebrations, has five guest rooms with private baths. The rooms are tastefully appointed with antiques, beach decor, fresh flowers and uber lavish feather beds. You'll never want for more pillows. Susie keeps the rooms and common areas filled with welcoming, luxurious pillows.
When you wake, feel free to head for the kitchen for a cup of coffee. The Inn provides robes and we saw several robe-draped, sleepy guests enjoying a mug of coffee in the kitchen as the sun warmed the room.
At the very civilized hour of 9:30, you'll be drawn to the Inn's dining room by the smell of pastries and hot breakfast dishes being cooked. The Inn is known for their multiple-course breakfasts all cooked adjacent to the dining area. Watch if you wish and chat with the innkeepers. They have fascinating life stories to tell and are are fonts of information on where to go during your Long Beach getaway.
You may also learn more about the area's cuisine. The day we were there we enjoyed lobster mushrooms in our frittata. The innkeepers explained how they are foraged and used for cooking. And, we found out, the Inn would be hosting a mushroom expert and mushroom dinner during the week-long mushroom celebration on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Don’t be surprised if your breakfast is interrupted by visitors to the inn's garden. The morning we were there, between the berry pastry and mushroom frittata, a family of deer stopped by to munch on the Inn's flowers. They were a beautiful sight and not too concerned about the people close-by.
Amenities Near and Far at Boreas Inn
If you must, you can stay connected with the world. The free WiFi at Boreas is very reliable. But we liked the idea of sitting in the wicker chairs on the deck sipping a glass of wine in the evening or taking a book to the hammock for an afternoon listening to the waves in the distance.
While you are visiting, I highly recommend a dinner at The Depot Restaurant (a short drive) and a visit to the Pickled Fish restaurant atop the Adrift Hotel for live music.
The rates are reasonable considering you will enjoy such a lavish breakfast each morning. Check out their drop in rate. You can enjoy a last minute getaway while being kind to your pocketbook. The inn is located within walking distance of the quaint downtown area, the boardwalk and Discovery Trail. Parking is free.
When You Go to the Boreas Inn
The Boreas Inn is open year round. You can storm-watch in the winter and sit in the sun in summer. The setting is romantic, relaxing and convenient. You'll not find dogs or children at Boreas Inn but there is a property next door that can accommodate families.
607 N. Ocean Beach Blvd., PO Box 1344
Long Beach, Washington, 98631
http://boreasinn.com/ (reservation can be made online)
Note: As is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with a complimentary accommodations for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.