The Beach is Good for Your Brain

You know that overall feeling of peace that you experience when you’re at the beach?

It’s for real.  Scientists are are now referring to it as “blue space.”  Fresh smells and the sound of the rolling ocean calm your brain.  And, the way your brain reacts to that environment leaves you happy, relaxed and energized.

Experiencing refreshing blue space at the beach is like hitting a reset button for your brain.

Reduce stress. Water is nature’s cure to the stress of life. So whether you jump in for a swim or dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation.

Boosts creativity.  If you’re in a rut, blue space allows you to clear your head.   The calmness allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what you need to resolve, allowing you to approach problems or projects with a fresh perspective.

Reduce feelings of depression. The calming environment of the beach provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves can clear your mind in a safe space away from the chaos of daily life.

Is it time for you to “reset”?  Call The Polynesian Resort today!

Electric boats, mopeds & horses! Getting around Ocean Shores.

Spring break means family-fun in Ocean Shores.

From Go-Karts and mini-golf to flying a kite or fresh-water fishing, every family has its own traditions that make spending time together memorable.

This spring break in Ocean Shores, why not try something new?  There are several unique attractions that you might want to add to your list of fun things to do.

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Ease quietly along scenic stretches of fresh water lakes and canals to spy on otters, geese, deer and other wildlife, traveling in a 21’ covered Duffy cruiser.   The electric boats let you tour the interconnected water ways providing an entirely different view of Ocean Shores.  You can captain your own boat with on-the-spot lessons and a map, or sit back and let their captains lead the way. www.oselectricboat.com/

 

Zip around the beach and in town.

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to have you zipping around in no time.  It’s a great way to tour the area.  If you prefer to peddle, you can also rental beach cruisers surreys.

 

Horseback riding on the beach.

 

Experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean from the comfort of a saddle astride a gentle and friendly horse.  Two ranches provide guided horse back riding excursions along the Image result for images ocean shores horsebeaches of Ocean Shores.   Contact either Honey Pearl Ranch or Chenois Creek Ranch.   Both outfitters are now operating weekends, weather permitting and will be open daily in June.  From beginners to experienced riders, age 7 and up can join the fun.

 

Finish the day with a stay at a beach front condo at The Polynesian Resort, with a dip in our pool, spa or some fun in our own game room! Stretch out in our roomy suites and simply  unwind!

Enjoy your break!

 

More Dates Announced for Razor Clam Digging on Ocean Shores Beaches

More digging dates have been announced for March and April on Ocean Shores’ beaches.

It’s great news for guests of The Polynesian Resort, who can schedule stays while taking advantage of special spring room rates.clam-girl

Diggers should be aware that only one beach – either Mocrocks or Copalis – will be open each day of the upcoming dig.  No digging is allowed on open beaches before noon.  And, the best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide.

WDFW also has tentatively scheduled a four-day dig on morning tides that alternates open days between Mocrocks and Copalis beginning March 30. Final approval of that dig depends on the results of an upcoming toxin test.

Tentative razor clam digs in March and April:

  • March 30, Thursday, 8:58 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks
  • March 31, Friday, 9:47 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis
  • April 1, Saturday, 10:40 a.m., -0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 2, Sunday, 11:39 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis
  • April 13, Thursday, 8:43 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Copalis
  • April 14, Friday, 9:18 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 15, Saturday, 9:55 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Copalis
  • April 16, Sunday, 10:36 a.m.; 0.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet; Copalis
  • April 29, Saturday; 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Mocrocks
  • April 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Copalis

Final approval of future digs will be confirmed by the Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife.

Under state law, diggers at open beaches 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.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

 

11 days of clamming, winter rates & sunshine, too!

Razor clam diggers can look forward to a five-day opening beginning this Friday, Jan. 27 at Copalis beach in Ocean Shores, overlapping with three days of digging at Mocrocks beach nearby.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening on evening tides, detailed below.

Eleven days of clam digging is great news—especially when guests to The Polynesian can take advantage of special winter season rates now.

Guests who stay The Polynesian can take advantage of two specials through March 31, depending on dates of stay.   Stay 3 nights (including the weekend) and just pay for 2.  Or, Stay 2 nights for the price of 1 (Sunday-Thursday).  Just call to make your reservations.

It’s a great time for a relaxing visit to the majestic Washington coast.   More good news is in the weather forecast.  The sun is expected to make an extended appearance on Saturday with mild temps in the 50’s.  Friday, though partly cloudy, is expected to be dry.

Rain or shine, with huge apartment-style suites, a sparkling indoor pool and game room, there’s plenty to do.

See you at the Poly!

 Approved dates for clamming digging on Ocean Shores Beaches:t_map_beaches

Jan. 27, Friday, 6:26 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis;

Jan. 28, Saturday, 7:01 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis;

Jan. 29, Sunday, 7:37 p.m.; -0.5 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Jan. 30, Monday, 8:13 p.m.; -0.3 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Jan. 31, Tuesday, 8:50 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks.

Feb. 7, Tuesday, 3:53 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 8, Wednesday, 4:46 p.m.; -0.6 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 9, Thursday, 5:33 p.m.; -0.9 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks;

Feb. 10, Friday, 6:16 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Mocrocks;

Feb. 11, Saturday, 6:57 p.m.; -0.8 feet; Mocrocks;

Clam Digging: Fill your Buckets for the New Year!

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Razor clam diggers can mark the year’s end with digs scheduled Dec. 30 and 31 at Copalis and Mocrocks beaches in Ocean Shores.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the two-day dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.

“Diggers can fill their buckets just in time for the new year,” said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Ayres, noting that digging is not allowed at any open beach before noon.

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

  • Dec. 30, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks
  • Dec. 31, Saturday; 7:57 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, Mocrocks

Book your room now for a stay at The Polynesian.   If you can’t make it for New Years, there are 19 additional dig dates scheduled now in January and February.  And, be sure to ask about seasonal specials with rates starting at $87 per night.

Proposed razor clam digs, along with evening low tides and beaches

 

Jan. 13, Friday 7:17 p.m. -1.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 14, Saturday 7:59 p.m. -1.0 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 15, Sunday 8:40 p.m. -0.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 27, Friday 6:26 p.m. -0.5 feet Copalis
Jan. 28, Saturday 7:01 p.m. -0.6 feet Copalis
Jan. 29, Sunday 7:37 p.m. -0.5 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 30, Monday 8:13 p.m. -0.3 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Jan. 31, Tuesday 8:50 p.m. 0.2 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 7, Tuesday 3:53 p.m. -0.1 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 8, Wednesday 4:46 p.m. -0.6 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 9, Thursday 5:33 p.m. -0.9 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 10, Friday 6:16 p.m. -1.0 feet Mocrocks
Feb. 11, Saturday 6:57 p.m. -0.8 feet Mocrocks
Feb. 12, Sunday 7:34 p.m. -0.5 feet Mocrocks
Feb. 24, Friday 5:21 p.m. -0.1 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 25, Saturday 5:58 p.m. -0.3 feet Copalis, Mocrocks
Feb. 26, Sunday 6:34 p.m. -0.4 feet Copalis, Mocrocks

Under state law, diggers at open beaches 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.

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.

 

 

The Gift of Not Giving

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What if nobody gave kids presents, but instead gave them gifts? The gifts of experience, adventure and more importantly, familiarity. 

More and more bloggers are asking this question as adults race around trying to find the next great toy or latest techno gizmo for their kids.

This year, why not give your friends and family the gift of special moments together during a coastal escape to The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores?

Any time of year, the roomy, apartment-style accommodations at The Polynesian Resort are ideal for groups, family gatherings and extended stays.   With our sparkling and inviting indoor pool, spa and game room, there’s always lots of indoor fun.

But its outside where kids and adults can really unwind. Bring binoculars for nature viewing or bird watching.  Let your kids dream up their own adventures on the sandy beaches, nearby dunes or our private park,  running,  romping, and finding secret hiding places. Without other distractions, sticks, mud, water, rocks and room to roam are all they need for fun.

Call today to order holiday gift certificates for The Polynesian and Mariah’s Restaurant.

Year-round, a stay at the The Polynesian Resort on the majestic Washington coastline is a gift worth giving.

5 Great Reasons to Book an October Stay at The Polynesian.

What’s not to love about the quiet time along the majestic Washington shoreline?

Here are five great reasons to plan a fall getaway to The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.

poly-still-photo-suite181. Unbeatable Fall Rates. The longer you stay, the more you’ll save, with discounts up to 25% off, now through Oct. 27.  The coastal weather in October is typically mild, the summer crowds are gone and you can enjoy great room rates in the apartment-style condos at The Polynesian Resort. Call to get the best rates, 1-800-562-4836.

2. Huge rooms. Our apartment-style units are roomy, providing lots of space for couples or families.  Snuggle up by the ocean front fireplaces or break out a fiesta of board games or play charades.  You can even bring the dog.  With full kitchens,  you can create your favorite meals or snacks anytime.

3. Mariah’s Sunday Breakfast Buffet.   The locals know it and you should, too.  Mariah’s restaurant offers the best Sunday breakfast buffet on the coast, featuring eggs, bacon and sausage, of course, but also crepes, French toast, fresh fruit and a selection of yummy pastries. All for just $11.95.  The restaurant is open for dinner daily with Happy Hour specials starting from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

4. Clam digging a Go, Oct 14-16. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has greenlighted three days of clam digging on Ocean Shore’s Copalis Beach, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14-15.  (Get details or stay up to date on any changes here).

5. Celtic Music Festival, October 18-23    More than 100 musicians and 35 bands will light up Ocean Shores with music, dance, workshops and fun for six days, Oct. 18-23, during the huge Celtic Music Festival.  Raise a glass and cheer the Irish, Scot and Celtic performers that will have you tapping your feet and dreaming of the Emerald Isle.  New this year, festival goers can purchase an all-access, all venue VIP pass for just $125, allowing them to by-pass regular entrance lines.    SPECIAL:   Book a three night stay at The Polynesian during the festival and you could receive a free VIP pass. Quantities are limited. Call for details.

So, make your plans now for a Fall getway to Ocean Shores!

 

Celtic Music Festival: Like St. Paddy’s Day, only bigger and better!

Derek Warfield and The Young Woleftones

Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfetones are among the hundreds of musicians who will entertain the Celtic Music Festival in Ocean Shores.

It’s the largest celebration of Irish, Scottish and Celtic Music in the Northwest!

An eclectic mix of Irish bands, choirs and dancers hailing from throughout the United States, Canada and, of course, Ireland, will provide the entertainment at the 13th Annual Celtic Music Festival in Ocean Shores venues, Oct. 18-23.   

More than 100 musicians and 35 bands will perform at three venues in town.     Family-friendly events are held daily at the Ocean Shores Convention Center while those 21+ can enjoy performances at the Galway Pub and 8th Street Ale House.

The Polynesian Resort is proud to be a lodging sponsor of the Celtic Music Festival, offering special discounts to music loving guests who call to book rooms during the festival.   The Polynesian, with apartment-style accommodations, is the perfect place to unwind between events.

Among this y125.JPGear’s headliners are Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe tones and Celtica Pipes Rock.

Derek Warfield is one of the great Irish ballad singers.   He is the long-serving front man, a charismatic   performer, a historian, and writer of songs who cares passionately for the Irish song tradition.    All of Derek’s grandparents shared a common Irish patriotic spirit that he eagerly sought to be part of and understand.

Celtica Pipes Rock offers entertainment quite in contrast.  Hailing from Vienna, the group showcases their unique sound of power rock with blazing bagpipes and mighty drums accented with fire juggling and flamethrowers.

Dozens of other performers are scheduled, including other notables such as the Molly Malone Irish Dancers, the Sons of Malarkey and Bellow Bridge

Celtic imports will also be available at throughout the event.

If you aren’t Irish when you get here, you will want to be before you leave!

Ticket prices vary by day and by venue.   New this year, festival goers can purchase an all-access, all venue VIP pass for just $125, allowing them to by-pass regular entrance lines.   Bonus:  the VIP pass will also come with beverage and food scrip, plus a 50% discount on a festival T-Shirt.   

For a detailed schedule and ticket pricing, click here.

Grab Your Bucket: Three clamming dates set for mid-October

Photo credit: Columbian

Photo credit: Columbian

The first razor clam digs of the fall season are planned for mid-October on Washington ocean beaches.

Releasing the tentative schedule earlier than usual this year allows people plenty of time to make plans to go digging this fall, according to managers from the Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

It also gives you extra time to secure the best rooms and fall rates at The Polynesian Resort.

The first proposed razor clam digs at Copalis Beach, along with evening low tides and beaches are:

  • 14, Friday, 5:55 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Copalis,
  • 15, Saturday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.6 feet, Copalis,
  • 16, Sunday, 7:28 p.m.; -1.1 feet, Copalis,

WDFW typically confirms that the dig will go forward about a week before the opening, based on final marine toxin tests.

Last year, the start of the season was delayed due to elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae.  Recent testing indicates current levels are well within public health standards.

If you have never gone clam digging, here’s what you need to know.

  • Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig.
  • Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
  • All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach.
  • Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available from license vendors around the state and WDFW’s licensing customer service number at (360) 902-2464.

Bikers rolling into Ocean Shores July 29-31

Motorcycle enthusiasts will be rolling into Ocean Shores the weekend of July 29-31 for the annual Bikers at the Beach annual summer rally.

Ocean Shores, tucked along the central Washington coast, is the perfect destination for people who like to ride.    And, with the only apartment-style accommodations in the popular beach town, The Polynesian is the ideal place to stay.

Held at the Ocean Shore Convention Center, daytime activities include a huge bike show, vendors, charity events and friendly competitions, followed by rocking Friday and Saturday night parties.

The bike show is open to all motorcycles in the following ten categories:

  • Bagger class (Honda Goldwings, Victory touring models, Harley-Davidson touring models,
  • Street Cruiser class (general street bikes)
  •  Sport class (for racing style bikes, café racers, etc.)
  •  Vintage Bike class
  •  Rat bike class
  • Custom class
  • Trike class
  • Paint
  • The Sportster class, specifically for Harley-Davidson bikes
  • Best im Show

The Friday night’s concert features The Heartbreakers, a Led Zeppelin Tribute Bank.  Saturday night’s party starts with Jawbone, featuring members of the original band, Redbone, followed by Revisit Steppenwolf, The Born to Be Wild Tour.

For more details about all of the three days events, check out www.bikersatthebeach.com.   People are encouraged to purchase wristbands in advance that will provide access and preferred bike parking.  Gold Level tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on site.  Platinum tickets are $40 in advance, $50 on site, and include access to both night’s concerts.

See you at the beach!

 

 

 

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