Monday, October 7, 2013

Crafting Retreat at the Lighthouse Resort in Long Beach

The Lighthouse Resort

The townhouses at the Resort


I don't normally write about places I stay or places I eat, but I have to share a couple with you from this past weekend. A group of us visited The Lighthouse Resort in Long Beach, WA. We had a party of about 14 people, most of us crafters of some sort (quilting, knitting, painting, scrapbooking), and several of us play tennis as well. So we organized a crafting/tennis get-away weekend.

Chris working on embroidered quilt blocks - the most adorable little snowmen!
Penny painted Christmas ornaments.
Gwen, cutting the binding for her quilt.

Gwen, Donna, Chris and Penny, crafting a good time with some wine and friends on our balcony. It came with a great view!
The view from the balcony.
Mother Nature, crafting some incredible sunsets for us!
Mother Nature's sunset on Saturday night.

The resort was great! They allowed us to use the clubhouse to set up all of our crafting materials. We rented out a couple townhouses and single rooms, we had open play and drills for tennis, and we got to take part in a wine social sponsored by the tennis department! Some of the ladies even got to go take part in some razor clamming, and although I wasn't one of them (shellfish allergies... sigh), I hear they all limited out!

We also had the opportunity to eat at an amazing local restaurant: Shelburne's. This place was built in 1896 and has so many original features and so much charm. The food... oh where do I start? Local ingredients. Fresh. Cranberries. Mushrooms. Truffles. Basil Oil. Enough said. If you find yourself in Long Beach, definitely get some reservations and give this place a go. David is the proprietor, make sure you say 'hello'!

Long Beach is also known for it's cranberry bogs (OceanSpray is located there), although we did not stop by to see those this trip. If you go in the fall, though, you can watch the cranberry harvest. And we did pass a lot of roadside stands selling fresh cranberries.

The townhouses from the beach.
The resort clubhouse. The tower has an incredible view. That's where the wine social was held.

The waves coming in.

I had to include this photo of the sun. I mean, this was the Washington Coast, in October, and there was SUN. Besides, it's probably the last time I will see it all year!