Bringing a little NOLA flair to a Pacific Northwest breakfast menu, 42nd St. Café and Bistro, a cheerful roadside eatery off Highway 101 in Seaview, serves beignets and Café du Monde coffee as well as classic local-oyster Hangtown Fry and flash-fried razor clams. Dinner is just as delicious.
With one of the nicest views around—atop the oceanfront Adrift Hotel in Long Beach—Pickled Fish serves up excellent upscale casual bistro fare, plus cocktails made with spirits crafted in their own distillery around the corner. Try a wintry cocktail with homemade cranberry liqueur to accompany the buttermilk-fried rockfish.
Dining at a train station has never been so cozy. Casual fine dining at The Depot, a restored historic Clamshell Railroad depot in Seaview, means warm wood walls strung with Christmas lights, local Chinook salmon dinners, razor clam bucatini, and Washington wines.
The Bay Avenue Gallery holiday tree, hung with handmade ornaments has become an annual tradition in quiet Ocean Park. This potters’ collective and studio also fields delightful driftwood hangings, whimsical ceramics, and mosaics.
For whimsical gifts such as upcycled metal lamps and charm necklaces, NIVA Green never disappoints. The modern curiosity shop on the main drag of downtown Long Beach is owned by in-house jeweler and artist Heather Ramsay who specializes in everything from furniture and lamps to jewelry.
Because the peninsula is known as one of the state’s best places to fly a kite, Long Beach holidays aren’t complete without a colorful fabric creation. Find yours at the World Kite Museum gift shop, which carries small kites for children, dual line sport kits for the experienced, and even kite-related jewelry. Check out the displays of Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asian kites, along with the War Room that showcases how kites were used during world wars.