Seaview Goes Vintage: Take the Video Tour

They say it’s the first-ever Spartan-only trailer gathering. Some of the finest, shiniest vintage trailers rolled into the Sou’wester Lodge in Seaview over the weekend.

If you’re interested in checking one out, without the hassle of towing or refurbishing, the Sou’wester has several available for overnights. And with just a few steps separating you from the outstanding Long Beach playground, we’re thinking you better go for it. Thanks to Thandi and staff for the hospitality.

Say “Alialujah” To Trailers and Cellos

Sou'wester Line artAlialujah Choir at theSou’wester Lodge
Location: Beach Access Road (38th Place), P.O. Box 102, Seaview, WA 98644

The Alialujah Choir is a rotating collection of collaborators including the Portland Cello Project, but it’s core is the trio of Adam Shearer and Alia Farah of Wienland, and Adam Selzer (Norfolk & Wester) founder of the Type Foundry Recording Studio in Portland.

The Sou’wester’s blog page says:

Alialujah Choir

The group was founded after coming together to create a song for OPB’s Live Wire! Radio Show’s “Dearly Departed” benefit album. The band has gone on to record its debut album released  by Jealous Butcher Records and garner international awards for the video and song, ‘A House, A Home,’ directed by Mark Smith.

They’ve only played publicly ten times in three years so this is a very cool deal.

Making the weekend even more unique, it’s a “Spartan Only Rally;” yes, it’s the first time Spartan owners have held a rally exclusively for this brand of trailers. Spartans were built by the Spartan Aircraft Company from 1946 to 1960.

Spartan trailer

Organizers had hoped to bring the first Spartan to ever roll off the assembly line, “The Silver Queen.” Late word from Don Denning, who’s leading the rally, is that the Queen won’t make it to this gathering.

You can see these vintage trailers up close Saturday from 10 to 4. Look for the “Open” signs.

Music and lectures are free at The Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington.

Contact Don Denning, rally coordinator, by email at

An avid vintage trailer enthusiast, Don owns two Spartans and has a deep appreciation for the history, design, and overall first rate quality of these trailer-coaches.

To reserve a room or a trailer at The Sou’Wester:
The Sou’Wester Lodge
3728 J Place
Seaview WA, 98644

Summer Market In Ilwaco Washington

The produce is fresh from the farm and the salmon chowder was really good, too. They ran out of garlic bread but that was OK. And you can’t beat the setting.
If you haven’t been yet, get all the information on our Events page.

Legos & Single Malt Scotch & the Ilwaco Railway & Navigation Company

The 125th anniversary of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company.

See the latest exhibit at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco.

What makes it a top pick? You can trick your kids into getting jazzed about history! Bring them for the Legos, stay for the geeky Northwest history! Can’t beat that.

When I first moved to the coast, I was lured in part by the fine single-malt scotch list at the Shelburne Inn. Haven’t been there for a while, but for historical research purposes, this is the weekend. The Shelburne Inn was one of the main stopping points for the railroad. Even today, the Shelburne makes a great refueling stop.

The first run from Ilwaco to Long Beach was July 19, 1888.

Clamshell Railroad mapYou can learn a lot more about this little railroad that, most of the time, could. Read The Railroad That Ran by the Tide: Ilwaco Railroad and Navigation Co. of the State of Washington by Raymond J. Feagans.

The reason we say it’s the railroad that could, most of the time, is that it had the nickname “Irregular, Rambling and Never-Get-There Railroad.”

Another great source for history buffs is also called “The Railroad That Ran By The Tide” by Peter Marsh. Read an excerpt here:

It was in 1930 that the “Clamshell Railroad” went out of business, leaving just a few reminders of the part it played in the history of the lower Columbia. The story of this unique train service began back in 1865, when the propeller steamboat U.S.Grant began regular service to Bakers Bay.

Some Things Never Change

Celebrate the Shore

Take a look at this great photograph shared with us by the Special Collections & Archives Research Center at Oregon State University. It shows a group of Oregon Agricultural College (as OSU was then known) students on a visit to Nye Beach in Newport in 1910, Oswald West‘s day. This was back when you dressed for an outing with friends by putting on a full suit and a derby or an ankle-length dress and hat with a veil!

Although this picture was taken more than 100 years ago, it feels somehow familiar. Perhaps it’s because while beach fashions may have changed over the decades, the tradition of going to the coast has remained constant over the generations.

That’s why we’re inviting everyone to share their family photos, new or old, through the Celebrate the Shore Photo Contest starting on Monday–to recognize the common experience and access to the coast…

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