Road Trip: Long Beach Peninsula
WHERE: Long Beach Peninsula, for the 89th annual Cranberrian Fair, October 9–10. WHY: It’s harvest season for the deliciously tart bog-dwelling berries, of which Washington is the nation’s fifth-largest producer (who knew!). At the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach (cranberrymuseum.com), revelers can check out a 10-acre demonstration bog, witness the harvesting process and browse the gift shop full of cranberry-related products. In nearby Ilwaco, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org) features cranberry-laden snacks made by local vendors, and on Saturday, a trolley to the demonstration bogs. DRINK UP: If you still haven’t quenched your thirst for cranberries, new Long Beach restaurant Lost Roo (lostroo.com) offers a Real Long Beach Tea—incorporating fresh, muddled cranberries. BRING STRING: The berry celebration coincides with the One Sky, One World kite fest at the World Kite Museum (kitefestival.com). GETTING THERE: About three and a half hours from Seattle; take I-5 south, then head west on Highway 101 to the coast.