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Garden Yoga and Tour at Westport Winery Garden Resort

Westport Winery Garden Resort is known for its 15-acre display garden featuring custom signage which allows guests to tour for free on their own. Garden designer and winery co-owner Kim Roberts said, “This land is my canvas. I hope to create art on it for years to come.”

In response to numerous requests for more information explaining her designs she has agreed to lead a two hour Guided Garden Tour at 2pm every Sunday in July and August. The cost for this personal walk through her living art is $10 per person and it includes a glass of wine or juice.

In addition to Roberts’ passion for gardening she has a great enthusiasm for yoga so she will teach a free one-hour Beginner Yoga class in the Meditation Garden every Sunday at 9am in July and August. Yoga students (yogis) are welcome to stay for brunch in the Sea Glass Grill. Students who own yoga mats are invited to bring them as no equipment will be provided for this yoga on the lawn.

Reservations are not required to join in either of these outdoor activities. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, layered clothes, and sunscreen. Guests for either of these opportunities should meet in the tasting room ten minutes prior to the start of the tour or class.

In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. The Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort was voted #2 winery restaurant in the nation by USA Today. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.

 

In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.

 

In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11am to 6pm and until 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach is open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 6pm.

 

Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.

 

Exploring the History of the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium

 

Olympic Stadium Logger's Playday
The Hoquiam Olympic Stadium annually hosts the Logger’s Playday. Photo credit: City of Hoquiam

Exploring the History of the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium

The Hoquiam Olympic Stadium is a Grays Harbor treasure, rich in history, and a shining icon of community pride. Located near the Hoquiam and Aberdeen border along Cherry St, the stadium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is nationally recognized for its historical importance. Through the years, the stadium has played an integral part in celebrating the community, hosting festivals, including The Push Rods car show and the Hoquiam Blue Grass Festival, as well as music concerts and sporting events. Even a rally for a presidential candidate. Let’s take a closer look at the history of the stadium and see how it’s iconic past continues to inspire the present.

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A visit to the Hoquiam Olympic Stadium will reveal it’s historic charm nostalgic draw. Photo credit: City of Hoquiam

Funded through President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal WPA (Works Progress Administration), the stadium officially opened to the public on November 24, 1938. This was the date of the big game between Hoquiam and Aberdeen, the longest running rivalry in high school football in the state. In fact, during the construction of the stadium crews recognized that they would not be able to complete the project before the game, so they hired a night crew, working around the clock to meet their deadline. There was even a naming contest open to the public for the stadium, with the winner receiving a free three-year pass to all stadium events. Constructed from local old growth fir, much of which was donated by the Polson Logging Company, the stadium grandstand forms an L shape and is enclosed on the Western side, protecting spectators from encroaching storms from the Pacific Ocean. Stadium architects designed the facility to house both baseball and football fields, a unique feature of the era’s grandstands.   Read more here:  http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/05/27/exploring-the-history-of-the-hoquiam-olympic-stadium/

Indulge Yourself at the 13-mile Chocolate on the Beach Festival in Grays Harbor

  
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The amazing Death By Chocolate Cake made by Shannon Vavich of The Flying Kitchen. Photo courtesy: Ocean Crest Resort

Attention fans of delicious chocolate: you need to go to the Washington Coast at the end of February. On February 22-25, the Chocolate on the Beach Festival is once again returning to the North Beach of Grays Harbor and it is the can’t miss event of the season. Stretching for 13 miles, from Copalis to Moclips, this year’s 11th annual festival promises to be an amazing experience. As the only event bridging together the small communities along this section of the Washington Coast, the Chocolate on the Beach Festival has grown into the perfect winter activity in the region. No matter what the weather, smiles, sweets and happiness abound, as it is always raining chocolate during the last week of February along the coast.

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The annual chocolate eating contest is a favorite among festival goers. Photo courtesy: Ocean Crest Resort

“The coolest thing about this festival is that we do grants to help the community,” says Sara Owen and Stephanie Allestad, two of the event organizers. “Local non-profits can apply for a grant, and they must help with event. Then the board gets together and awards grants. Recent recipients have helped Pacific Beach Elementary get new playground equipment.”

Each year the Chocolate on the Beach Festival awards its proceeds to non-profits benefiting the North Beach. The festival started in 2008 as a fundraiser for the Museum of the North Beach and in 2012 became its own entity.  Read more here:  http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/02/16/chocolate-on-the-beach-festival-grays-harbor/

Ken Waite Memorial Golf Tournament

The Grays Harbor College is proud to announce that they once again will be hosting the Ken Waite Memorial Golf Tournament.  The tournament will be hosted at Highlands Golf Course, and all proceeds benefit Grays Harbor College Choker Athletics.  The tournament is Saturday, May 12, 2018 and registration begins at 8:30 am, with golfing starting at 9:00 am.  The cost is $65 per person, and the entry fee includes green fees, BBQ after golf, tee prizes, and awards.  Every golfer receives a sleeve of Ken Waite Memorial Golf Balls as well.  The tournament is sponsored by Snell Crane, Corona Steel, Five Star Dealerships, Schermer Construction, Northwest Rock, Tacoma Rainiers, Rognlins, Coast Crane, and Pacific Coast General Contractors.  Sign up today by contacting Margo Hood at 360-538-4066.  Entry deadline is May 5, 2018.  Sign up as a team or individual.

Ever Growing Art Scene Livens up Grays Harbor

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As humans, we are drawn to vivid colors, things out of the norm, or things that evoke an emotional response. Art is not only a form of creative expression for artists, but often times carries with it a unique story or a rich message in history that everyone can appreciate. Grays Harbor is teeming with talented artists whose creations are well worth admiring. The art scene is an important part of local culture and Grays Harbor is continually growing with exciting changes underway.  Read more here:  http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/01/31/ever-growing-art-scene-livens-up-grays-harbor/

Where to Explore Logging History in Grays Harbor

 
Grays Harbor Logging History Sign
This sign welcomes you as you enter Aberdeen from the East, find out why by visiting Grays Harbor museums. Photo credit: Douglas Scott

You’ve seen the “Lumber Capital of the World” sign as you drive into Aberdeen from the east, but do you know why the city was given that title? While almost everyone knows that the timber industry and Grays Harbor County go hand in hand, few know just how deep the connection goes, and how rich that history is.

The region was sought after for the towering resources that scraped the sky. When the British first explored this area, they are rumored to have said that whoever controls these forests will rule the world. Within 130 years of the initial “discovery” of Grays Harbor by Captain Robert Gray, Aberdeen become the largest lumber town in the world. With direct access to the Pacific Ocean, Aberdeen was once said to be the busiest port on America’s west coast. While at one time Grays Harbor was the lumber capital of the world, the remnants of the logging industry are barely noticeable today. To preserve the past glory of the region, there are a few museums where the incredible history of logging can be seen. From the coast to the friendly-rivaled cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, these museums will have you inundated with impressible pictures, machinery and buildings form the logging heydays of Grays Harbor. Spread through the county, three museums showcase Grays Harbor’s logging history, with each a destination that should be visited by locals and visitors alike. To understand this corner of the world, visiting one or all of these collections is in order.  Read more here:  http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/01/27/where-to-explore-logging-history-in-grays-harbor/

Ocean Crest Resort’s Jess Owen Mixes up Local Ingredients with Global Flare

 

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Two Lobster Tail Dinner. Photo credit: Ocean Crest Resort

Out along the Washington Coast, where there are more pieces of driftwood than people, it can be hard to be noticed for excellence in almost any craft. Yet, up on a bluff from the breakers of the Pacific, one restaurant is becoming a Pacific Northwest leader for amazing cuisine, unique dishes and delectable delicacies. Inspired by Jess Owen’s creativity, the Ocean Crest Resort and Restaurant is one of the finest dining destinations in Washington State. Since the restaurant opened its doors in 1963, those who enjoy quality, local foods have fallen in love with the Ocean Crest. Over 50 years later, the delicious meals and incredible flavors found at the Ocean Crest continue in the spirit of its creators.  Read more here at http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/01/12/ocean-crests-jess-owen-mixes-up-local-ingredients-with-global-flare/

Grays Harbor Fairgrounds Receives Grant for Improvements to Equestrian Area Restrooms

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Grays Harbor Fairgrounds and Tourism Manager, Mike Bruner, says that there is “so much value for attendees.”

Grays Harbor Fairgrounds Receives Grant for Improvements to Equestrian Area Restrooms

The grant will be used to cover the purchase of doors, paint and fixtures for the restrooms. The Equestrian Center hosts on-going programs and special activities throughout the year – from high school team events to public rodeos to horseback riding for kids with disabilities.

“We are extremely thankful for the grant from the Grays Harbor Community Foundation,” said Kelly Peterson-Lalka of Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.

“We host thousands of participants and visitors throughout the year for equestrian activities, and the improved restroom facilities will make a big difference.”

Read more here at http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2018/01/03/grays-harbor-fairgrounds-receives-grant-for-improvements-to-equestrian-area-restrooms/

Grays Harbor: A Beachcomber’s Paradise

 
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Looking north from Moclips, you can see the sea stacks off Point Grenville that are part of the Copalis National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Dani Dooley

Grays Harbor: A Beachcomber’s Paradise

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Grays Harbor’s 50 miles of ocean coastline are a beachcomber’s paradise. Treasures range from driftwood to shipwrecks and everything in between. In years past, treasure hunters have found household debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami, and Nike shoes and rubber duckies from container spills. With some basic knowledge and a little luck, you too can discover something amazing or interesting on the beaches of Grays Harbor.

Carl Ebbesmeyer is a researcher that tracks the treasures floating across thousands of miles of ocean. He calls his study flotsamology. Experts like Ebbesmeyer suggest the best treasures will be found after a storm along the wrack line — the swath of debris deposited by the previous high tide. Follow the descending tide for deposits of driftwood, bullwhip kelp, bottles, plastics, glass, balls, buoys and more. Watch for shells, rocks and agates as the tide nears low.

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A stunning sunset and low tide combine over beachcombers searching for sea glass. Pack a flashlight to extend your search at the beach. Photo credit: Dani Dooley

Check the weather and tide tables for your planned beach before heading out, and make sure to take some supplies to be prepared. It’s always a good idea to have a first aid kit, snacks and plenty of water in your car. Rubber boots and rain gear as well as some good plastic-coated garden-type gloves will be helpful in muddy conditions. Of course, you’ll want a container to stow your finds in, and a camera for restricted items or treasures too big to take home.

Most beaches will gather flotsam as the tide goes out, but in Grays Harbor there are a few beaches that stand out as treasure troves of desirable debris. Grayland Beach is one of the best. The local area hosts a yearly Driftwood Show and Glass Float Hunt and is so well known that the beachcombing here is competitive. Be sure to arrive early and follow the tide out. After a big storm, you will find sand dollars, driftwood, bullwhip kelp, sea creatures, cool rocks, shells and incredible amounts of flotsam. You may drive on this beach year-round, but beware of soft sand at the beach approaches. It’s always a good idea to have shovels, tow ropes and lumber to assist in towing a stuck car.  Read more here:  http://www.southsoundtalk.com/2017/12/20/grays-harbor-beachcombers-paradise/

Tips for Storm Watching on the Washington Coast

 

 

Each year, when summer ends and the clouds once again cover Grays Harbor, a number of locals and visitors start getting excited for the return of inclement weather. Like clockwork, fall and winter storms stack up over the Pacific Ocean, making a beeline straight for the sandy shores of our region. While some stay home, the hearty and adventurous head out directly into the storm. For those that don’t know, Grays Harbor is one of the best places to watch coastal storms, giving you a unique opportunity to experience the awesome power of the sea. Usually starting in October and going through April, these storms are yet another way to enjoy the wild beauty of our county. If you haven’t witnessed first-hand the power of a storm along the coast, make plans to do it next time the wind and rain return. Whether you come for a day or ride out the whole storm, the beaches of Grays Harbor can give you the ultimate experience.

Safety First

Storms can be dangerous. Trees may fall, landslides could occur and the giant waves will toss logs around along the beach. That being said, there are a few things you can do during storm watching along the coast, to stay safe while witnessing the strength of nature.  Read more here:  http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2017/12/04/tips-for-storm-watching-on-the-washington-coast/

Storm Watching
Tossing driftwood around with ease, the storms that slam into the coast are beautiful, powerful and will leave you in awe at the power of nature. Photo credit: Douglas