Razor clam dig OK’d for Easter weekend!

Razor Clam diggers have a green light to dig razor clams Easter weekend, March 25-27
clams at Mocrocks Beach, just north of Ocean Shores.

This is great news for our guests, said Ginny Hll, manager of the The Polynesian Resort.   “Last weekends’ dig was incredibly bountiful.  It didn’t take long at all for clam diggers to reach their limits.”

She encouraged those interested in clamming this weekend to books rooms at The Polynesian now.

The Polynesian offers the only apartment-style lodging accommodations in Ocean Shores. The affordable, fully furnished suites provide plenty of room for families and small groups. With complete kitchens, it’s easy to cook in.

The dig at Mocrocks is scheduled on morning tides and ends at noon each day. Low tides during the three-day dig at Mocrocks are:

  • March 25, Friday, 8:31 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 26, Saturday, 9:06 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 27, Sunday, 9:42 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks

Mocrocks Beach extends from the Copalis River to the south boundary of the Quinault Indian Reservation.

The timing is perfect.  The town’s  Easter Egg hunt hosted by the Fire Department is set for Easter Sunday at 1pm at the Ocean Shores Elementary school. All ages are welcome to join the fun.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), which sets seasons for the fishery, also announced proposed dates for clam digging on April 7-10 and April 23, 25-26. They will confirm those dates about a week prior.

 

 

 

Razor Clam Festival this weekend; its clammin’ time!

Perfblog clamectly timed with this  weekend’s Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has approved the opening at Mocrocks and Copalis beaches for clam digging!

The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following beaches, dates and low tides:

March 18, Friday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
March 19, Saturday, 5:07 p.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis
March 20, Sunday, 5:50 p.m.; 0.4 feet; Mocrocks, Copalis

Concurrently, beachgoers can attend the 10th annual Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival, with plenty of fun-family events scheduled Friday-Sunday, March 18-20 at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

The marquee happening at the festival is the clam chowder cooking competition. Local  restaurants compete for the title of “Best Clam Chowder on the Pacific Northwest Coast.” Amateur chefs compete for the title of best homemade clam chowder.  It’s a fun and spirited competition, that allows patrons to do plenty of sampling.

Additionally, the three-day festival will feature live music, other artisan foods,  an auction of decorated clam guns/shovels, cooking demonstrations, and for kids,  mechanical shark rides, face painting and even ponies to pet and ride.

The huge, heated pool, spa and sauna at The Polynesian is also a treat for families, too!

It’s a perfect kick off to spring on the coast!

Rooms are nearly sold out for this weekend,  but call ahead for later in March when the WDFW is expected to confirm additional clamming dates.

These dates should be  confirmed next week:

March 25, Friday, 8:31 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks
March 26, Saturday, 9:06 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Mocrocks
March 27, Sunday, 9:42 a.m.; 0.7 feet; Mocrocks

Stay up to speed here:  http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

 

Miss Grays Harbor Pageant set for Feb. 19-20

Miss Grays Harbor's Profile PhotoThe Polynesian Resort will be hosting the judges and several contestants in the upcoming Miss Grays Harbor competition.

The Miss Grays Harbor scholarship competition is set for Saturday, Feb. 20 at Hoquiam’s historic 7th Street Theater.  And, on Friday, Feb. 19, five finalists will be competing there in the Miss Grays Harbor Outstanding Teen pageant.   Both competitions start at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30.

Kylie Shepard, from Ocean Shores, is one of the five finalasts in the Outstanding Teen Pageant.  She attends Seattle Pacific University.

Contestant interviews with the pageant selection members will take place at The Polynesian Resort earlier each day.  This pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America Programs.  Outstanding young woman are recognized  for their commitment to personal growth, education and community service.

Scholarship funds are contributed by corporate and individual sponsors who commit their support to the personal advancement of the participants.

 

Feb 19-20 Clam Digging Set Ocean Shores

Pacific Razor Clam

Pacific Razor Clam

State shellfish managers have proposed two days of razor clam digging in February at Copalis beach in Ocean Shores.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled a dig on evening tides for Friday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb. 20, with final confirmation to be announced about a week earlier.

Specifically:

  • Feb. 19, Friday, 4:33 p.m.; 0.0 feet, Copalis
  • Feb. 20, Saturday, 5:17 p.m.; -0.1 feet, Copalis

The WDFW identifies Copalis Beach from the north jetty at the mouth of Grays Harbor to the Copalis River.

Recreational digging for razor clams is truly a family sport. It can be enjoyed by children and senior citizens alike.  With its family-friendly, apartment-style accommodations, The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores is a favorite destination for clam diggers.

All you need to have some fun on the beach is a clam shovel or specialized tube, a bucket or container to put your clams in and most importantly, a clam license.   When low tides occur at night, you’ll benefit from a lantern or flash light, too.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.  Licenses can be purchased on line or at various retailers,  including the Ace Hardware in Ocean Shores.

Comprehensive information about razor clams, from updates on tentative digs to how-to advice on digging and cooking, is available at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.

 

 

Sunny afternoons expected for the weekend

For some people, heading to the coast for winter storm watching is the best.   For others, it’s all about bright and brisk winter days.   That’s what’s on the agenda for the weekend at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.

b696c4ff952c157da99191b809a2bfd9A look ahead shows afternoon sunshine and lights winds forecast for this Friday-Sunday, with a slight chance of precipitation. Daytime temps will be  47-52 degree, dropping to the mid-30’s in the evenings.  Perfect.

Grab your sunglasses and head out to the beach for an invigorating winter walk.   Bring your camera to photograph an amazing winter sunset.  Use a shovel to create the ultimate beach fire pit, then cuddle up to watch the stars come out on a crisp winters’ night.  To warm up inside or really unwind, slip into our sparkling 90 degree indoor pool and spa.  You’ll be revitalized!

The apartment-style ocean front rooms and suites at The Polynesian feature fireplaces and complete kitchens, perfect for preparing fresh-caught seafood  to enjoy with a Northwest wine or ale.  Many rooms are pet–friendly too.  Make plans to get away and recharged this weekend!   Here’s the forecast. 

Clam Digging How-To Guide Available

 clams_shovelAs clam diggers wait for the final thumbs-up on the tentative razor clam dig scheduled for Dec 24-26 at Copalis Beach, it’s a great time for experienced and rookie shell fishermen to acquaint themselves with the regulations around this popular winter recreation.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) produces a comprehensive guide to Washington State shell fishing that you can download here.  It includes everything from how-to advice on digging and cooking to updates on dig dates.

For example, under state law, diggers can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. Diggers may not harvest any part of another person’s daily limit, unless they possess a designated harvester card.

At this point, the tentative dig dates are:

  • Dec. 24, Thursday, 5:47 p.m.; -1.2 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 25, Friday, 6:30 p.m.; -1.3 feet, Copalis
  • Dec. 26, Saturday, 7:12 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Copalis

Book your holiday stays today at The Polynesian in Ocean Shores and be sure to pack a shovel!

 

 

 

Ginny Hill named new general manager at The Polynesian

Ginny Hill has been hired as the general manager of The Polynesian Condominium Resort in Ocean Shores, one of the most popular resorts on the Washington coast.

The announcement was made by Doug Nealeigh, President of Vacation Villages of America and the management company that operates the 69 unit beach front resort.

Hill, a resident of Ocean Shores, also serves on the town’s city council.

Hill brings over twenty years’ experience as a hospitality manager, including extensive food and beverage management knowledge.  Most recently, she spent 11 years as the general manager of the Ramada Inn Hotel and Events Center in Ocean Shores.  Prior to that, she helped develop, open and manage the Sleep Inn in the Tri-Cities area and worked for the Best Western there before being recruited to the coast.

“I’m very excited to join The Polynesian, a well-established resort hotel, and to continue working to welcome visitors year-round to this special place,” said Hill.

The Polynesian Resort offers beach front condominium-style suites and rooms, and a wide array of amenities, including an indoor pool, spa, game room and private outdoor playground. The Polynesian Condominium Resort‘s on site restaurant, Mariah’s, is a popular family-friendly dining location for locals and visitors.

A notable leader, in 2012, Hill achieved her professional recognition as a certified general manager, recognized by the Wyndham Hotels.   In 2002, she was named general manager of the year for small properties, by the Washington Hotel and Lodging Association.

The Gift of Special Moments

af5be27a9d8f81d18caef033c5f3545eThis year, give the gift of special moments together.

Why not spend some of the Christmas holiday away from the traditional hustle and bustle and enjoy a peaceful visit to the coast with family and friends at The Polynesian Resort.

The apartment-style accommodations at The PolyCard-games-for-children-played-with-standard-52-card-deck. Little eco footprintsnesian Resort are ideal for groups, family gatherings and extended stays. With our sparkling and in
viting indoor pool, spa and game room, there’s always lots of indoor fun. Enjoy plenty of space in your unit to unwind, relax and ring in the New Year with cards, games, movies and family time.  Bring your binoculars for nature viewing and bird watching or cuddle up to watch a winter storm.

At The Polynesian, you can prepare special meals in your room, or enjoy
the family-friendly offerings at our on-site restaurant, Mariah’s.

Call today to see what rooms are available for your group.  And be sure to ask about holiday gift certificates for The Polynesian and Mariah’s Restaurant.

Fanta-Sea Craft Festival a Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition

(North Coast News photo)

(North Coast News photo)

Over 70 arts and crafts booths will be open over Thanksgiving weekend, offering shoppers thousands of  unique,  handmade items just in time for the holidays.

The holiday-themed Winter Fanta-Sea Festival runs for three days, Friday-Sunday, November 27-29, with free admission at the Ocean Shores Convention Center.

The center will be filled with many handmade goods and holiday shoppers.  It’s rumoured that Santa Claus himself is expected to make an early appearance in Ocean Shores to hear the Christmas wishes of kids of all ages.

Come shopping and support crafters and creatives at the Fanta-Sea Festival.

 

Great Idea! Gift Certificates to The Polynesian

An easy Top-Places-to-Spend-Christmas-at-the-Beach-acc9f7dc290f406eaec629eac8b5a0c2to give and sure to please gift for just about anyone on your list is a getaway to The Polynesian Resort, in Ocean Shores.

“It’s a perfect gift for us to give to our grown kids and their families,” said recent guests, Holly and Jim, from Longview.   “They love it. They can use the gift certificates any time of the year, and we don’t have to worry about getting our grandkids more stuff that they really don’t need.”

Holly says she puts a lot of creativity into wrapping The Polynesian gift certificate in a large package.  She’ll add items the family can use during their getaway, like big beach towels, sand GiftCertGraphictoys, and flashlights.

In addition to lodging gift certificates at The Polynesian Resort, certificates can also be purchased for dining at our onsite restaurant, Mariah’s, Ocean Shores’  most popular dinner spot.  Mariah’s features tasty, family-dining with a complete menu from fresh seafood and choice steaks, to burgers, salads, desserts and nightly specials, too.  Dining at Mariah’s is a special compliment to everyone’s stay at The Polynesian.

Gift certificates don’t expire, so the recipients can use them any time of the year. To purchase your gift certificates, call 1-800-562-4836.  Certificates can be mailed to you or directly to the recipient.   It’s one gift that will not be returned!

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