Beachcombing on the Hidden Coast

Beachcombing on the Hidden Coast; a favorite pastime for locals and tourists alike, has been going on for as long as things have been washing up! On the Washington Coast we have some great examples of salvaging items from the beach such as Dorothy Anderson’s Tourist Harbor. Crafted from reclaimed shipwreck and beach finds, starting with her own cabin in 1929 Dorothy built a collection of tiny cabins for tourists to rent. And long before Dorothy, there were indigenous tribes and settlers scouring the vast expanse of sand from along the whole Hidden Coast Scenic Byway from what’s now Ocean Shores north to Taholah.  Local Finds: Japan Tsunami (2011) Image from Washington.EDU On March 11, 2011 a tsunami hit the…

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Relocating to the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway – What you Need to Know

After relocating to the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway, two years ago (from Tacoma) we’ve learned a lot about the area, and especially what it’s like to live and run a business here. As we grind through our first Covid-19 summer on the Washington Coast, it’s abundantly clear that lots of folks are purchasing property out here; whether it’s buying for recreation or permanent relocation, remains to be seen. Of course when you come out for a visit it seems all dreamy and wonderful to live at the beach but before you jump ship, you might want to consider some nuances you’ll likely have to adjust to. Things to Know about Relocating to the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway: 1. It’s a…

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Antique Shops and Thrift Stores on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway

Not sure about you, but when I leave town a favorite pastime is going to local antique shops and thrift stores. Big surprise, I know. 🙂 And to find them, I do exactly what you do… Google Search. The problem with that is a lot of times all sorts of big travel websites come up; Yelp, Travelocity, and others with their list of top 10’s and so often shops are left off the list because clearly, the person writing isn’t from the area. As a local and an antique shop owner, I’ve visited all of these and here’s what you can expect from antique shops and thrift stores on the Hidden Coast Scenic Byway. (Plus a couple extras in Aberdeen…

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Ocean Shores Fog Festival 1973

We live at the end of the USA, on the Washington Coast, where things have always been drastically different than city life on the I-5 corridor. Born out of a desire for fun, just a few decades ago, Ocean Shores was a party town complete with a resident shipwreck (the SS Catala), celebrities (Pat Boone, Ginny Simms), and the premier “maker of fun,” Bob Ward. Bob was a PR guy from Seattle recruited to Ocean Shores to promote lot sales for the original development group. A master at his craft, not only did Bob create the foundational fun of this little hamlet by the sea, he started its first newspaper, the Ocean Observer. Here’s a tribute to Bob’s 1973 Ocean…

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Judy McVay the Ultimate (Wood Carved) Sign

To say that pulling a 16-foot wood carved sign from the attic of an old service station in Copalis Beach took the top spot on my ‘best of’ list, is an understatement. It did so much more; fed my obsession with Washington State history, my love of forestry, brought new friends and family into my life, and seeded a movement. Thank you, Judy McVay! But First… Used Car Salesman Leo A car guy from way back, Leo owned dealerships on South Tacoma Way (auto row) as well as a couple at the beach including this one, across from Copalis Beach Grocery. We met in the summer of 2018 when Leo’s building was up for sale. His dream was to use…

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