Kamp Kiwanda Spring Break Activities

Posted: February 27, 2014

Celebrate Spring Break with Kamp Kiwanda!

Register at the Front Desk of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda.

  • Tuesday, March 18 & 25 and April 1: Flower Leis
  • Thursday, March 20 & 27 and April 3: Pirate Hats
  • Saturday, March 22 & 29 and April 5: Jelly Fish

Classes are open to children 5 - 12 years of age and will be held in the meeting room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There is no charge for these fun activities and classes are limited to 6 children per day. Parents, to sign your child up for a class, please stop by the front desk at the Inn. Adult supervision will be provided or you're welcome to help with the class.

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2013 Christmas Day Buffet at the Pelican Pub & Brewery

Posted: November 4, 2013

The oceanfront Pelican Pub & Brewery invites you to enjoy a special Christmas Day buffet Wednesday, December 25th from Noon to 6pm.

Cost is $28 per adult and $15 per child*. Please call to make reservations, 503-965-3674.

Prime Rib au Jus

Hazelnut Crusted Salmon

Pomegranate Glazed Roasted Duck

Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
chanterelle mushrooms, crimini mushrooms and fresh herbs

Mixed Green Salad
hazelnuts, tomato, cucumber and carrots

Spinach Gratin

Roasted Root Vegetables

Oven Roasted Winter Squash
red chard, garlic and shallots

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Carrot Ginger Soup

Spent Grain Bread

Assorted Cookie Tray

Mother of All Storms Figgy Cake

Salted Caramel Tart

Orange Cranberry Tart

Fresh Fruit

*Price does not include beverage or gratuity.
 

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2013 Christmas Day Buffet at the Pelican Pub & Brewery

Posted: November 4, 2013

The oceanfront Pelican Pub & Brewery invites you to enjoy a special Christmas Day buffet Wednesday, December 25th from Noon to 6pm.

Cost is $28 per adult and $15 per child*. Please call to make reservations, 503-965-3674.

Prime Rib au Jus

Hazelnut Crusted Salmon

Pomegranate Glazed Roasted Duck

Wild Mushroom Bread Pudding
chanterelle mushrooms, crimini mushrooms and fresh herbs

Mixed Green Salad
hazelnuts, tomato, cucumber and carrots

Spinach Gratin

Roasted Root Vegetables

Oven Roasted Winter Squash
red chard, garlic and shallots

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Carrot Ginger Soup

Spent Grain Bread

Assorted Cookie Tray

Mother of All Storms Figgy Cake

Salted Caramel Tart

Orange Cranberry Tart

Fresh Fruit

*Price does not include beverage or gratuity.
 

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Kamp Kiwanda for August 8 - 11

Posted: August 7, 2013

Celebrate Summer with Kamp Kiwanda!

Register at the Front Desk of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda.

  • Thursday, August 8: Shark Hats
  • Friday, August 9: Beach in Bottle
  • Saturday, August 10: Rain Sticks
  • Sunday, August 11: Egg Carton Crabs

Classes are open to children 4 - 12 years of age and will be held in the meeting room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There is no charge for these fun activities and classes are limited to 6 children per day. Parents, to sign your child up for a class, please stop by the front desk at the Inn. Adult supervision will be provided or you're welcome to help with the class.

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Kamp Kiwanda for August 8 - 11

Posted: August 7, 2013

Celebrate Summer with Kamp Kiwanda!

Register at the Front Desk of the Inn at Cape Kiwanda.

  • Thursday, August 8: Shark Hats
  • Friday, August 9: Beach in Bottle
  • Saturday, August 10: Rain Sticks
  • Sunday, August 11: Egg Carton Crabs

Classes are open to children 4 - 12 years of age and will be held in the meeting room at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There is no charge for these fun activities and classes are limited to 6 children per day. Parents, to sign your child up for a class, please stop by the front desk at the Inn. Adult supervision will be provided or you're welcome to help with the class.

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Stimulus Espresso Cafe to offer wine by the bottle

Posted: July 25, 2013

Stimulus Espresso Cafe now carries Pacific Northwest wines, with an emphasis on Oregon Pinot Noir.

Below is a list of wines with tastings notes that will be offered at Stimulus. This list will continue to grow, so be sure to stop by the cafe to view the latest selections.

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Rose – Salem, OR
An alluring nose of tropical guava, orange marmalade, ripe honeydew, nectarines, and hints ofcream. The palate starts with a quick burst of sweet stone fruits enveloped in a plush androunded mouthfeel, then nimbly transitions into a surprisingly briny midpalate with subtle acid. The wine finishes light and thirst quenching. A uniquely elegant and refreshing wine. $25.00

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Reserve – Salem, OR
A focused wine with dark fruit and bittersweet notes. Dark violet in color, with a powerful nose of blackberry, blueberry preserves, wet stone, black tea and dried pine needles. The palate is streamlined and angular, starting with a burst of sweet fruit and fresh acid. This medium-bodied wine has light grain tannins and expresses oak spice, bittersweet chocolate, and chicory on the finish. $60.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Chardonnay – Dundee Hills, OR
Sourced entirely from the venerable Durant Vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA, this Chardonnay delivers New World elegance in an Old World style. With an eye toward texture, balance, and structure, we have crafted a chic white wine with just a hint of French oak and a serious food-worthy backbone. 250 cases produced. $37.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Tempranillo – Dundee Hills, OR
While tasting Tempranillo from Spain, winemaker Don Lange became convinced that this grape varietal was perfectly suited to Oregon. Fortunately, winegrowers in the Umpqua Valley agreed, and we were able to secure our sources and begin producing small lots of this noble varietal. Aged in French and American oak barrels, this robust yet refined wine is a fabulous complement to any meal. $34.00
 
Dion Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, OR
A clear, clean nose, with a bit of alcohol that soon burns off, ruby tending toward brick in color. The scents of cloves, toast and black pepper on the nose turn to black cherries, spice and pepper in the mouth, ending with a tasty, smooth finish. $28.00
 
Omero Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir – Ribbon Ridge, Newberg, OR
Comprised predominately of Estate grown fruit from the Ribbon Ridge AVA, this wine is very aromatic and texture driven.  It has a spicy dark red fruit and floral nose with a long delicate finish.  Great with roasted or braised dishes. $45.00
 
Patit Creek Chardonnay – Red Mountain, Walla Walla WA
This barrel fermented Chardonnay displays all the best varietal characteristics of a classic Red Mountain Chardonnay starting with great balance. Golden straw in color, with crisp apple, hints of fresh cut hay, and a creamy texture. $24.00
 
Patit Creek Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon – Walla Walla WA
Exhibiting classic characteristics of cassis, black cherry, and hints of dried herb. The nose is full with balanced fruit and savory profiles. On the palate this wine is smooth and finishes with silky, well integrated tannins. $38.00
 
Scarborough Main Event Cabernet – Tukwilla WA
With so many great vineyards to blend with, this tasty treat as a textbook is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon, in the best ways Washington has to offer. Essence of black berry pie, tobacco, pencil shavings, black plum and cherry are supple and seductive. Sweet cedar plays a role throughout, adding attractive aromas and depth to the finish, yet it remains balanced and can age extremely well. $42.00 

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Stimulus Espresso Cafe to offer wine by the bottle

Posted: July 25, 2013

Stimulus Espresso Cafe now carries Pacific Northwest wines, with an emphasis on Oregon Pinot Noir.

Below is a list of wines with tastings notes that will be offered at Stimulus. This list will continue to grow, so be sure to stop by the cafe to view the latest selections.

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Rose – Salem, OR
An alluring nose of tropical guava, orange marmalade, ripe honeydew, nectarines, and hints ofcream. The palate starts with a quick burst of sweet stone fruits enveloped in a plush androunded mouthfeel, then nimbly transitions into a surprisingly briny midpalate with subtle acid. The wine finishes light and thirst quenching. A uniquely elegant and refreshing wine. $25.00

Bryn Mawr Pinot Noir Reserve – Salem, OR
A focused wine with dark fruit and bittersweet notes. Dark violet in color, with a powerful nose of blackberry, blueberry preserves, wet stone, black tea and dried pine needles. The palate is streamlined and angular, starting with a burst of sweet fruit and fresh acid. This medium-bodied wine has light grain tannins and expresses oak spice, bittersweet chocolate, and chicory on the finish. $60.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Chardonnay – Dundee Hills, OR
Sourced entirely from the venerable Durant Vineyards in the Dundee Hills AVA, this Chardonnay delivers New World elegance in an Old World style. With an eye toward texture, balance, and structure, we have crafted a chic white wine with just a hint of French oak and a serious food-worthy backbone. 250 cases produced. $37.00
 
Domaine Trouvere Tempranillo – Dundee Hills, OR
While tasting Tempranillo from Spain, winemaker Don Lange became convinced that this grape varietal was perfectly suited to Oregon. Fortunately, winegrowers in the Umpqua Valley agreed, and we were able to secure our sources and begin producing small lots of this noble varietal. Aged in French and American oak barrels, this robust yet refined wine is a fabulous complement to any meal. $34.00
 
Dion Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, OR
A clear, clean nose, with a bit of alcohol that soon burns off, ruby tending toward brick in color. The scents of cloves, toast and black pepper on the nose turn to black cherries, spice and pepper in the mouth, ending with a tasty, smooth finish. $28.00
 
Omero Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir – Ribbon Ridge, Newberg, OR
Comprised predominately of Estate grown fruit from the Ribbon Ridge AVA, this wine is very aromatic and texture driven.  It has a spicy dark red fruit and floral nose with a long delicate finish.  Great with roasted or braised dishes. $45.00
 
Patit Creek Chardonnay – Red Mountain, Walla Walla WA
This barrel fermented Chardonnay displays all the best varietal characteristics of a classic Red Mountain Chardonnay starting with great balance. Golden straw in color, with crisp apple, hints of fresh cut hay, and a creamy texture. $24.00
 
Patit Creek Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon – Walla Walla WA
Exhibiting classic characteristics of cassis, black cherry, and hints of dried herb. The nose is full with balanced fruit and savory profiles. On the palate this wine is smooth and finishes with silky, well integrated tannins. $38.00
 
Scarborough Main Event Cabernet – Tukwilla WA
With so many great vineyards to blend with, this tasty treat as a textbook is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon, in the best ways Washington has to offer. Essence of black berry pie, tobacco, pencil shavings, black plum and cherry are supple and seductive. Sweet cedar plays a role throughout, adding attractive aromas and depth to the finish, yet it remains balanced and can age extremely well. $42.00 

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Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

Posted: April 3, 2013

Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

As the busy summer season approaches and we welcome larger numbers of visitors to Your Little Beach Town, we'd like to take a moment to share some pointers:
 
Be aware of the tides – don’t get stranded on the rocks or a secluded piece of beach by incoming tides.
 
Sneaker waves – they do happen. Be alert and don’t turn your back to the ocean. Observe the warning signs on Cape Kiwanda and do not cross fence lines. Waves DO crash over the Cape and could sweep you off. Also, Cape Kiwanda is composed of sandstone, which erodes and could crumble from under you. Sadly, there have been instances where people have accidently fallen from the Cape.
 
Pack It In, Pack It Out – if you’re a camper, you’ve heard this one. It applies equally for visits to the beach.
 
Douse campfires with water – don’t smother them with sand. There’s potential for a barefoot beachcomber to step in your abandoned fire. Ouch!
 
Dog Poo – this could fall under the Pack It In, Pack It Out rule and maybe even the potential barefoot beachcomber misstep similar to above, but Yuck! We absolutely LOVE dogs, but please be a considerate pet owner and pick up after your four-legged friend/family member.
 
Wildlife – All animals, including seals, should not be approached on the beach. Watch from a distance; you can still get a good picture! And for those living creatures you see in the tide pools, please observe, but don’t touch. It can’t be fun being pulled forcefully from their home and they may not survive the trauma.
 
Stay clear of the emergency lane & ramp – there are sidewalks for beach access and the dory launching rigs must get a run at the ramp; so be aware and get out of the way.
 
Be aware of dory boats landing on the beach – boats DO NOT have brakes or steering when they come in riding a wave! Heed their horns; it’s all they can do to warn you that they are coming.
 
Driving & Parking on the beach – if you’re launching a dory boat, GREAT!, turn north from the ramp. If you’re not, turn south from the ramp. (There ARE signs posted in case you forget by the time you arrive at the beach and you can be ticketed.) Also be aware that although the beach sand appears to be solid & firm, it CAN give way under the weight of your vehicle and cause you to become stuck. I’ll never forget the poor guy in the Cadillac Escalade this happened to a few years ago as he was driving down the surf line. Back tire sinks and the tide is coming in. Soon the On Star voice starts alerting everyone nearby – repeatedly – that water is entering the vehicle. Do you think that added to the stress of the situation? If you get yourself in a similar predicament, the local tow companies will be happy to help - to the tune of about $200 cash.
 
Changing – Please keep it G rated. Cape Kiwanda is a family beach and parking area. There are public restrooms at the north east corner of the parking lot for your use. 9 times out of 10 you can be seen in your car changing from your wetsuit, and towels don’t cover all!
 
We hope you find these guidelines helpful as you enjoy your time at the beach. Thank you for visiting!

    

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Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

Posted: April 3, 2013

Cape Kiwanda Beach Etiquette & Safety

As the busy summer season approaches and we welcome larger numbers of visitors to Your Little Beach Town, we'd like to take a moment to share some pointers:
 
Be aware of the tides – don’t get stranded on the rocks or a secluded piece of beach by incoming tides.
 
Sneaker waves – they do happen. Be alert and don’t turn your back to the ocean. Observe the warning signs on Cape Kiwanda and do not cross fence lines. Waves DO crash over the Cape and could sweep you off. Also, Cape Kiwanda is composed of sandstone, which erodes and could crumble from under you. Sadly, there have been instances where people have accidently fallen from the Cape.
 
Pack It In, Pack It Out – if you’re a camper, you’ve heard this one. It applies equally for visits to the beach.
 
Douse campfires with water – don’t smother them with sand. There’s potential for a barefoot beachcomber to step in your abandoned fire. Ouch!
 
Dog Poo – this could fall under the Pack It In, Pack It Out rule and maybe even the potential barefoot beachcomber misstep similar to above, but Yuck! We absolutely LOVE dogs, but please be a considerate pet owner and pick up after your four-legged friend/family member.
 
Wildlife – All animals, including seals, should not be approached on the beach. Watch from a distance; you can still get a good picture! And for those living creatures you see in the tide pools, please observe, but don’t touch. It can’t be fun being pulled forcefully from their home and they may not survive the trauma.
 
Stay clear of the emergency lane & ramp – there are sidewalks for beach access and the dory launching rigs must get a run at the ramp; so be aware and get out of the way.
 
Be aware of dory boats landing on the beach – boats DO NOT have brakes or steering when they come in riding a wave! Heed their horns; it’s all they can do to warn you that they are coming.
 
Driving & Parking on the beach – if you’re launching a dory boat, GREAT!, turn north from the ramp. If you’re not, turn south from the ramp. (There ARE signs posted in case you forget by the time you arrive at the beach and you can be ticketed.) Also be aware that although the beach sand appears to be solid & firm, it CAN give way under the weight of your vehicle and cause you to become stuck. I’ll never forget the poor guy in the Cadillac Escalade this happened to a few years ago as he was driving down the surf line. Back tire sinks and the tide is coming in. Soon the On Star voice starts alerting everyone nearby – repeatedly – that water is entering the vehicle. Do you think that added to the stress of the situation? If you get yourself in a similar predicament, the local tow companies will be happy to help - to the tune of about $200 cash.
 
Changing – Please keep it G rated. Cape Kiwanda is a family beach and parking area. There are public restrooms at the north east corner of the parking lot for your use. 9 times out of 10 you can be seen in your car changing from your wetsuit, and towels don’t cover all!
 
We hope you find these guidelines helpful as you enjoy your time at the beach. Thank you for visiting!

    

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Sand Candles - A Perfect Family Beach Activity

Posted: February 22, 2013

A great beach activity for Spring Break

You’ve spent the morning beachcombing with your children and have found some really neat items: beautiful seashells; gorgeous agates; small, uniquely shaped pieces of driftwood. The kids want to take everything home and you’re concerned the items might get lost in the luggage or perhaps even more devastating to your young ones, broken.

Calling on a fond childhood memory from time spent in the Scouts and trips to the beach, I’d like to suggest you spend the afternoon making Easy Sand Candles. It’s a fun activity, a great way to preserve your beach treasures, and one more memory to create during your family beach vacation!

 
What you’ll need:
  • Paraffin (from the hardware store or a craft store)
  • Crayon pieces for color
  • Wick or store bought votive
  • Small stick for hanging the wick, if using
  • The beach! (or sand in a container if you’re no longer on vacation)
  • Supplies to build a campfire on the beach (or your stovetop)
  • Small coffee can or old pot to melt the wax. (Do not use a good pot for this, as it’s nearly impossible to wash the wax out completely.)
  • Larger coffee can or pot to fill with water and use with the wax can/pot as a double-boiler
  • Hot pad or towel to handle coffee cans or pots safely
Process:
  • If you’re lucky enough to still be on your beach vacation, build a campfire. You’ll be melting the wax after you have everything else prepared.
  • Dig a hole in the damp beach sand where your candle will be formed. Be sure to make the bottom of the hole as wide and flat as you can so when you remove your candle from the sand, it will stand/sit on a flat surface safely.

  • Select the beach treasures you would like to embed into the sides and bottom of your candle and arrange them in the hole before you pour the wax.
  • If you are using a store-bought votive, center it in the hole. If you are using a wick, cut a piece the correct length and dangle it over the hole using the small stick.
  • Next, melt the wax over the campfire using the double boiler of coffee cans or old pots. Use caution! Chopping the paraffin into small chunks will help it melt better. Add bits of crayon to color your candle to your liking.
  • After the wax and crayon is melted, pour it slowly into your hole.
Let your candle dry completely before popping in out of the sand. Brush away the extra sand and your sand candle is ready to display, gift, or use!
 

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