WA, population 1776.
The Center of the Cranberry Coast.
A small community
along State Hwy 105 on the beautiful Washington Coast, Grayland
is the heart of the "Cranberry Coast." There
are many Cranberry Bogs that were started by the Finnish farmers
nearly 150 years ago. The Historic Grayland Community
Hall was built by the Finnish people in the 1930's and it is
still used today for the annual Cranberry Harvest Festival,
Driftwood Show, Christmas Bazaar, and many community events
is approximately 7 miles to the north. It is a fishing village
with charter boats fresh seafood, shops and restaurants. Here
you will find the tallest lighthouse on the Washington Coast
- 107 ft tall built in 1898. The Maritime Museum has on display
the Fresnel lens, which was located in the lighthouse on Destruction
Island. The lens was manufactured in 1888 It is a first order
Tokeland is approximately 7 miles to the south. Here you will
find the Shoalwater Bay Casino, the friendliest little casino
on the coast. There is also a small Marina, an RV Resort on
the Willapa Bay and a Hotel built in 1855.
An enormous stretch
of 18 miles of beach is flat, sand covered, and patched with
spiky grasses. Stand at the edge of the ocean and take
a big breath until your lungs nearly burst, and your cares will
fly with the wind. No noise other than the sound of the
gulls and the muted dull roar of the surf.
The residents are
as steady and relentless as the ocean. Lots of them operate
their own roadside businesses, cafes, small groceries, gift/antique
shops, motels/cabins and camping/RV parks. Nothing fancy
about the town or it's residents. Just friendly folk.
Come, take a stroll
on the beach, fly a kite, try our Cranberry cuisine, or just