“It’s an agricultural and culinary tour experience with cranberry ice cream, juices, teas and a host of other cranberry items to discover and purchase,” Myers says.
The fruit has been harvested in the area for more than a century, and its growth and production play a vital part in the local economy. Major manufacturer Ocean Spray has a receiving facility in the area, and more than 100 of the company’s co-op of 700 growers are located in Washington.
Myers says the prime months to visit are September, when the bog is a beautiful crimson color, and early October, when the harvest takes place.
As they tour the cranberry bogs and meet with local growers, groups can get a full picture of the maturation process and harvesting of the fruit. And, if the timing is right, there are even opportunities for guests to wade into the bogs.
One can’t-miss attraction is the Cranberry Museum in downtown Long Beach.
“A self-guided walking tour covers different varieties of cranberries, irrigation systems, and how crops are planted and cultivated,” she says. “And the gift shop offers groups a chance to stock up on cranberry souvenirs, teas and other locally themed gifts.”
Other popular stops include the Skamokawa Creamery, which adds cranberries to its artisan goat cheese; Cranguyma Farms, once the largest cranberry farm west of the Mississippi River; and Adrift Distillery, which produces a cranberry liqueur.
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