Established in 1876, the community of Ilwaco, Washington has served as a port for fishing along the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean. The town also hosts many festivals and has a great boardwalk along the marina. There are several art galleries that are right off of the marina. I visited the area last summer while I was staying at Fort Columbia State Park.
Any trip to the Long Beach Peninsula should include a stop in Ilwaco. Stop in the art galleries and spend some money! Growing up in a small town that depended on tourism, I am passionate about supporting small towns.