We’ve just returned from Vancouver Island’s West Coast. While there, we decided it might be fun to return during the winter’s stormy season (and when hotel rates were hopefully lower).
But then the voice of travel reason set in and we recalled that trip to our own Washington coast – Copalis Beach – a winter or two ago. . .
We had a dazzling taste of a winter storm and an equally satisfying taste of the razor clams for which this area is known. Copalis Beach is less than a three-hour drive from Seattle; not a few hours drive plus a few hours longer ferry ride to return to Tofino, British Columbia.
|Copalis Beach - Washington State|
Actually, the guided Clam Digging Package offered this fall is designed for guests who are newcomers or who could use a few tips for spotting and catching the speedy bivalves:
If you sign up for the package, you’ll be part of a small group and you’ll have. . .
· Official clam digging license, available in the General Store at check in (licenses are required in this state and the cost of the license is extra)
· Digging essentials – clam guns, shovels, clam bags, lanterns and headlamps (Which save you from having to purchase one of those wacky ‘guns’ they sell along the roadside and in shops along the beach).
· Wine or hot cocoa, upon return from the beach (you may be chilled enough to opt for hot cocoa but a celebratory wine sounds good as well!)
|Clam cleaning station - Iron Springs Resort|
· Razor clam chowder recipe to prepare in your cabin
(Let me tell you, that if this is the same recipe as the thick, savory chowder served to us during our visit – you will love it!)
|Razor clam chowder - Iron Springs Resort|
If You Go:
Package Details: The package costs $50 per adult and $25 per kid, plus the cost of clamming license and cabin rates (starting at $149 a night), and can be booked through the resort’s reservation desk (1.800.380.7950).
And, of course, the “fine print:” Package is based on availability and the announcement of the official 2013 recreational razor clam season.
Realizing many of you live too far away to participate in the package, there is a recipe for clam chowder included in this post, One “Clam” Good Time. . . and more about Iron Springs Resort here.
That’s it for now. Have a great weekend and see you back here on Travel Tuesday when we’ll go ‘Beyond the Bar at Nanaimo’!