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Top Spring Long Beach, Washington Events

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re officially booking reservations for the upcoming season. An extra surprise is we’re expanding The Lamp Camp. Get ready for more tent and RV spots, an extra community space, and more fun. If that doesn’t make you stop reading and go book your next trip, I don’t what will. Well, maybe this fun list of spring events being held all over Long Beach, Washington. Grab a piece of paper and pen and start jotting down what you want to attend and plan your next trip around these events. We can’t wait to see you!

Spring Break Family Kite Fun

March 15 to April 15

Spring break is meant for family time as your kids get a week off from school. What better way than to spend it on the beach crafting away? This event is held at our local Kite Museum. Kids and adults alike will be able to make their own kite, fold origami and enjoy games at the Kite Museum during spring break. And don’t forget to play the Kite Festival poster game to earn coupons to local businesses. To do all of this, it’ll cost you a whopping $3 to $5. Have fun without breaking the bank!

Community Beach Cleanup

March 28 @ 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

If doing more community service is a part of your New Year’s resolutions for the year then this event will be right up your alley. Join hundreds of locals and visitors help clean up the 28 miles of beach in Long Beach, Washington. Be a part of the community while also saving our wildlife.

PAA Spring Art Show

April 3 to April 5

Our annual Spring Art Show features tons of local artists exhibiting their works of art. Fell in love with something? Take it home and support our crafters.

Long Beach Razor Clam Festival

April 11

Whether or not you enjoy razor clamming, this is an event you don’t want to miss out on. This event helped put the Long Beach Peninsula on the map in the 1940s. It features free razor clam digging lessons, contests, live music, an annual chowder cook-off, and a giant clam fry. This is one of the Peninsula’s signature events, and it’s a blast for every member of the family!

Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival

April 24 to April 26

What do you get when you mix good food and wine? A great time! If you’ve been looking for something to do to get out of town for the day, this is the perfect event to attend. Just 30 minutes south of Long Beach the Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival will allow you to enjoy great coastal cuisine, arts, and crafts vendors, live music, wine, beer & spirits tasting and more! Tickets won’t cost you more than $15 and you will be sure to get your money’s worth of food and tastings.

Oysterfest

April 25

This weekend if just filled with seafood. If you’re not a seafood lover yet, all these tasty treats will have you be in no time. Check out just how many ways you can serve up some oysters. The event is held at the Tokeland Hotel.

Black Lake Fishing Derby

April 25 @ 7 am to 11 am

Fun for the whole family! The last Saturday in April marks the annual Black Lake Fishing Derby. Now entering its 28th year, this event for children ages 2-14 features a free pancake breakfast and a hot dog tent. Awards are given for the largest fish caught in each age division and overall aggregate weight. 

Saturday Market @ Port

May 2 to September 26 – every Saturday

This market features more than 70 vendors along the pedestrian-only Waterfront Way overlooking the Port of Ilwaco marina and Baker Bay. Find regional produce, wonderful baked goods, a huge selection of local plants and many homemade arts and crafts.

Pacific NW Sailing Dates

May 2 to May 8

If you need something to fill your time in between your other activities, stop by the Port of Ilwaco to cheer on the sailors as they set sail. On Sunday, May 3, check out the Loyalty Day Parade in Long Beach.

As you can see, there are so many fun activities for all members of the family. Whether you’re the foodie family or the family that loves to check out new things, you won’t get bored in Long Beach, Washington or the surrounding areas. For more events going on after May 2, check out the events page

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Why You Should Whale Watching in Washington

Twice a year, every year, hundreds of people flood the west and east coast to see the migration of whales. Once on their migration from the Arctic to their wintering and breeding grounds in Southern California and Mexico and second on their return trip from the southern climes.

Why are we so fascinated by the migration of these ginormous beings? Maybe it’s the fact that we feel so small next to them or that for most of us, whales aren’t animals that we get the chance to see every day. Whether you’re spotting one from the deck of a whale-watching cruise or from the shores of a national park, whales are some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.

If you’ve never watched the whales go by, now is your time to see them. Early January is the peak of the migration, but whales can be spotted mid-December through early February. The heights around the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and North Head Lighthouse offer the best viewing. You’ll want to make sure you have your binoculars on hand in case they aren’t too close to shore. 

The northward migrations begin mid-March. The immature whales, adult males, and females without calves are the first to head north, passing the Peninsula in March and April. Later, females with calves come along at a slightly slower rate, passing the Washington coast in May.

First things first, you have to choose a location for your whale watching. A spot like North Head is a great viewing place because the land juts into the ocean and high elevation. Another great place is both The North Head Lighthouse and Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. If you choose either of these places to view the whales, we recommend making a day out of it and checking out both of these places and Cape Disappointment State Park.

The next thing is planning what time you’re going to go. It is recommended that you go in the early hours of the morning since ocean conditions will be calmer. Regardless of the time, you will want to make sure the weather is calm and there are no whitecaps that you can see.  

Finally, you should probably know what exactly you’re looking for. Since whales do travel a great deal away from the shore, keep your eye out in the distance. Scanning the horizon and looking for the blow of a whale will give you the tell-tale sign that there are whales in that direction.

The blow is when a whale exhales and water shoots up into the air up to 12 feet. Yes, we said 12 feet – talk about a lot of water.

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Campfire Breakfast Recipes You’re Sure to Love

Good morning, sunshine! The sun is up, the sky is blue, you’ve got your cup of joe in hand, and you’re enjoying the chilly morning at The Lamp Camp in Long Beach, Washington. It’s that time of day to think up what you’ll make for breakfast. 

As we all know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it breaks the overnight fasting period, replenishes your supply of glucose and provides other essential nutrients to keep your energy levels up throughout the day. But, if you’re a real foodie, you know that’s not the real reason why it’s so important. It’s because it’s the most delicious meal of the day. If you’re not a huge fan of breakfast, we can assure you that these campfire breakfast recipes will make you one!

Next time you come to visit us at The Lamp Camp, we’d love to know how these turn out!

There’s just something about campfire breakfast – nothing warms you up after a night of camping like a hot meal in the morning. 

We suggest doing most of the work in advance by peeling, chopping, and par-boiling the potatoes and browning of the breakfast sausage. Just toss it all into a plastic zipper bag and kept it in the cooler until it’s time to put the burritos together.

If you have extra ingredients, wrap up a few more and pack them up for your day of adventures!

If you’re looking for a hearty car camping breakfast, look no further than this cast iron frittata! Blistered cherry tomatoes, sauteed zucchini, and caramelized onions all layered together with parmesan cheese and eggs. However, what makes this recipe special is how it is cooked.

This vegetable-packed campfire frittata is a quick and easy one-pan camping breakfast. Additionally, it can be endlessly adapted to whatever vegetables you have on hand, making it a great clean-out-the-cooler meal on your last morning.

One note is we recommend cooking this with a lid on top since a typical frittata is heated from the bottom and top.

We recommend making the homemade black pepper biscuit ahead of time and bring with you to camp. 

While this recipe calls for breakfast sausage patties, you could always use last night’s burger patties and have that for breakfast OR use burger patties and make this for dinner.

Either way, you can’t go wrong with breakfast food at any time of the day!

A hearty and delicious way to start a day of camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors. Sausage, onions, potatoes, cheese, and eggs are cooked to perfection over hot coals in your favorite Dutch Oven.

Breakfast skillets are always an easy and convenient breakfast to make whether you’re in the comfort of your home or out camping. The best part? You can throw just about anything into the skillet and you’ve got something mouth watering. 

Hot Ham & Swiss Croissants, buttery croissants, melty cheese, and a honey mustard sauce all melt together to make the perfect sandwich. We recommend adding an egg on top to make it the perfect breakfast sandwich.

We’d love to see your delicious campfire breakfast and if you added your own twist to it. Make sure you tag us if you post it on social media, @thelampcamp.

Until next time, we look forward to seeing you (and your breakfast)