If you’re still looking for a fun spot to celebrate the Fourth and would rather avoid the crowds in the big cities, Fort Flagler State Park is a great place to be.
While the park itself doesn’t host a fireworks display, you can often see a number of shows around the area right from the beach, and during the day you can enjoy all sorts of activities, include hiking the lush trails, boating, kite-flying, beach combing, saltwater fishing, clam digging and crabbing.
We recently spoke to Maj-Britt Peacock, the owner of Beachcomber Cafe, located at the lower beach Fort Flagler Campground.
She explained, the “little store” as generations of campers affectionately call it, was built in 1975 by Carl Johnson for his wife Maggie to operate on Marrowstone Island. Maj-Britt and her husband Jim Peacock bought the business in 2004. The Cafe offers swirl of vanilla and chocolate real dairy soft serve ice cream cones, milkshakes, hot grill food, (the polish dog with grilled sauerkraut and onion is a favorite), and Sunrise espresso. It also sells cold soda pop, chips, candy, beer and wine. along with toys, kites, windsocks, flags, poles and garden spinners, books, cards, souvenirs, sweatshirts, fishing tackle, firewood bundles, bagged ice, and camping sundries. That’s a whole lot for a “little store!”
The business also offers a box of toys for keeping toddlers busy, as well as checkers, bocce balls and horseshoes that can be borrowed.
K.C. Dermody is the author of hundreds of travel articles both online and in print as well as the author of the “Best Travel Guide for First Time Visitors to Ireland.” She has traveled throughout the world and has a passion for imparting what she has learned from her experiences to others, but always appreciates coming home to the beautiful Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.