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!

Sunday Easter Egg Hunt for Adults too!

 

Easter egg hunting is not just for kids in Ocean Shores.  After the kids go in waves,  based on age, adults will be able to join the hunt at the annual Ocean Shores Firefighter Association Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Ocean Shores Elementary School. All ages are welcome.

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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.

 

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!

 

Great Room Rates Available Now at The Polynesian Resort

Unwinding in Ocean Shores

Unwinding in Ocean Shores

Sure, the end of summer can be a disappointment for some, but for others, it provides a new reason to visit Ocean Shores.

The coastal weather in September and October is typically mild, the crowds are gone and best of all, you can enjoy great room rates in the apartment-style condos at The Polynesian Resort

What’s not to love about quiet time on the majestic Washington coast?

Here’s some Autumn specials you can book today, for Sunday through Thursday stays:

  • Stay 1 night and save 15%
  • Stay 2 nights and save 20%
  • Stay 3 or more nights and save 25% off.

These discounts are only available by calling 1-800-562-4836.  Discounts are valid now through October 27, 2016.  Discounts apply to standard published rates and cannot be combined with other discounts, promotions or group bookings.

You’ll find more amenities at The Polynesian Resort than any other hotel in Ocean Shores, including a sparkling-clear indoor heated pool, indoor spa and sauna, game room and private park.

And, there are plenty of trails through the oceanfront sand dunes to the six miles of Ocean Shores’ expansive beach.

So, get out your calendar and ink a few days to unwind at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.

What is your Ocean Shores summer tradition?

Riding mopeds on the sand is a summer tradition for many Ocean Shores visitors!

A tradition is based on passing on a custom from generation to generation.  And, many visitors to Ocean Shores have their own traditions that make their summer vacations complete.

There are always one or two things you have to do to during your stay.

It could be bobbing along the beach on a Moped.  Or a round of putt-putt golf and a go-kart ride.  Or enjoying an ice cream cone as you wander around town.

Traditions are often based in fond-memories of good times.

What are your Ocean Shores summer traditions?

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Ocean Shores Beach Blast: Get in the Games!

Beach Blast

 

Summer 2016 marks the debut of the Ocean Shores Beach Blast, three weekends of family-friendly competitions and more.

It starts with vendors, music and food at the convention center, during each of the first three weekend in July.

The competitive events follow over the next two weekends.

The weekend of July 9-10 will be highlighted by The Fourth Hangover, Ultimate Disc. For those who haven’t played, Beach Ultimate is five-person team sport played with a flying disc.   It is played in the sand, in an area about half the width of a football field, with an end zone at each end. The object of each team is to score a goal by having a player catch a pass in the end zone that they are attacking.

A huge Beach Volleyball Tournament will be held on July 16-17.  Registration is open to teams of 2 and 4 players; Men, Women, and Co-ed in Adult and Youth Divisions.    The amateur and open divisions will compete in age groups of U-12; U-14, U-16, U-18 and Adult.

All the rules and registration information can be found on the Beach Blast Web Site.

Sounds like fun and another great reason to book a stay at The Polynesian Resort, Ocean Shores’ favorite hotel!

Sunshine & Special Mother’s Day events in Ocean Shores

DSCF1188If you haven’t made plans yet, this will be a great weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day at The Polynesian Resort in Ocean Shores.

First of all, the weather calls for sunny, and dry days, perfect for enjoying the miles of beaches just over the dunes from the Poly, the only apartment-style lodging in Ocean Shores.   When you make room reservations, be sure to include reservations for Sunday’s Mother Day’s brunch at Mariah’s Restaurant onsite.   An annual tradition, the special brunch menu features mouthwatering specials like eggs Benedict, honey- baked hams, fresh pastries and fruit.

Other weekend events include the 9th annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday and a Shoppin’ at the Shore Festival on both Saturday and Sunday.

Registration for the Youth Fishing Derby on Duck Lake starts at 7am at the North Bay Park on Saturday, May 7.   Kids 17 and under can compete, trying to lure trout from the recently stocked lake.   The free event runs from 8am to 1pm, with opportunities to fish from several boats, docks or off the banks.   Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught.  There will also be a kiddie fishing area up for youngest fishermen and women.  The event is sponsored by the Elks Club.

Both Saturday and Sunday, you can wander through the Shoppin’ at the Shore Festival at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. Over 70 vendors will be on site, offering a variety of goods to browse.

Of course, check with your mom!  She might prefer some downtime in an ocean view room or time in the Poly’s sparkling indoor pool and spa.

There’s lots of ways to make a Mother’s Day memory with your mom and family at The Polynesian in Ocean Shores!  Call today to reserve your favorite room.   Or, if you can’t get away, you can purchase gift certificates for another time!

 

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