Spring Marks the Return of the Whales to the Washington Coast

The coming of spring marks many events in Grays Harbor. As the gray skies become less frequent, flowers start bloom, and hillsides dry out, the waters of the Pacific

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Ocean and Grays Harbor welcome the return of the gray whales.

During the months of March and April, the Washington coast becomes a hotbed of whale action, marking the annual migration past our shores for the estimated 18,000 Gray Whales that make the journey up and down the Pacific Coast each year. Passing by within one-half mile of the breaking waves, up to 30 whales an hour swim by the coastal communities during the peak of the migration.

This event continues to be celebrated by the local tribal nations, and is now becoming a popular event in communities around the coast.  Read more here http://www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/03/06/whale-watching-washington/

Razor Clam Festival…March 20-22, 2015

What is a Razor Clam Festival?   “It’s CLAMTASTIC!” (need we say more?!?)


Dianne Hansen, Chair of the the Razor Clam & Seafood Festival, email: rcfcommittee@gmail.com, phone: (360) 580-5064 is inviting competitive chef’s and celebrity judges to participate in the 9th annual Razor Clam & Seafood Extravaganza, March 21 and 22 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.


Last year Jess Owen of Ocean Crest Resort’s Clam Chowder won 1st place “People’s Choice” and Michael McQuay of Kokopelli Grill’s Seafood Entree won 1st place “Professional Chef’s” category.  Celebrity judges included Andrew Bickar of Rediviva Restaurant.


Now it’s YOUR turn to join the fun and flavor!

Full festival details on-line at: www.oceanshores.org/clams


Here’s the details for Chef and Judge:

The judging is both Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday:  1:30, 3:00 and 4:30.  Sunday:  11:30am and 3:00pm.

Cooking demo Sunday 12:30 and 1:30

  • For the stage there will be Prep Table, mirror, lapel mics.  Cooktop with pan.
  • A full kitchen in the Convention Center is available where pre-cooking can be done.
  • Clam Fest will reimburse chefs for ingredients
  • Post demo audience tastings.  Approx. 40 servings per session

If coming from out of town contact Dianne about available hotel rooms too.  Didn’t we say this is  CLAMTASTIC!

Run faster than a Razor Clam and contact Dianne to sign-up!  Dianne Hansen, Razor Clam & Seafood Festival, email: rcfcommittee@gmail.com, phone: (360) 580-5064

We hope to see you there!

Grays Harbor: A Coastal Gem on the Rise

Grays Harbor is a unique place. With miles upon miles of coastal beaches, acres of forestland, lakes, rivers and more, the opportunities for outdoor recreation in Grays Harbor are many. From world class fishing, hunting and razor clam digging to hiking, camping, surfing and more, Grays Harbor’s natural landscape offers myriad ways to experience Washington’s coastal wonderland. But outdoor recreation isn’t all Grays Harbor has to offer. In addition to its breathtaking landscape, Grays Harbor also plays host to a variety of exciting events and festivals that draw in locals and visitors alike year-round, and the number of visitors to the area keeps on climbing.

With so much to offer, it’s no wonder that Grays Harbor is a tourism hot spot. But what may surprise you is how much the number of visitors to the region has increased in just the past five years.

Read more here:  www.graysharbortalk.com/2015/03/04/visit-grays-harbor