3 Day Weekend Dovetails with 3 Days of Clamdigging

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With schools closed Monday in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday,its a great time to head to the Washington coast and for some family-friendly clam digging.

Friday through Saturday digs have been approved for Ocean Shores Beaches, dovetailing nicely into the long weekend.




Low Tide

Beaches Scheduled to be Open

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

If you are new to clam digging, the Washington State Fish & Wildlife Department has created a great “how-to” page with a nifty video, Digging Razor Clams with Kids in Washington.

Since The Polynesian provides the only apartment-style lodging in Ocean Shores, its the perfect place to stay, providing full kitchens and plenty of room for you,  family and friends to relax.  Besides the spacious ocean front rooms and suites, you can enjoy the sparkling indoor pool and spa and game room. Just steps to the beach, there’s always plenty to do!

Right now, you can take advantage of special seasonal rates too:  stay three nights, pay for two.

Looking ahead, WDF&W has also set aside five more dates for clamming on  Ocean Shores at the end of the month:  Friday-Tuesday, January 27-31, 2017.

So make reservations now for winter adventures on the Washington coast.



Clam Digging: Fill your Buckets for the New Year!


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


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.

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!

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