A recent cancellation here at Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn has freed up several rooms just in time for two late-August happenings – one a huge annual celebration and the other a once-in-a-lifetime event. Stay with us for the Washington State International Kite Festival on Aug. 21-27 and the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, two events that have cleaned out vacancies across the lower Washington and upper Oregon coasts. We will, without a doubt, be among the best places in the country to witness the solar eclipse, and we’re practically ground zero for the Kite Festival in downtown Long Beach. Long Beach should see 97-percent coverage during the eclipse. Extended availabilities include The Pacifica room – with an ocean view – Aug. 20-25 and The Hideaway Aug. 22-26. Call (360) 642-8069 or book online to secure an available room, including the aptly named Stargazer, at Boreas Bed & Breakfast Inn, where you can watch the sky come to life. The Long Beach Peninsula is expected to see 97-percent coverage during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, placing it among the absolute best eclipse-viewing venues in the United States. How big of a deal is this? The last time a solar eclipse was visible coast to coast across the lower 48 states was 1918. So, it’s a pretty big deal. If you’re in town a few days ahead of the eclipse, be sure to pick up free special eclipse viewing glasses at Timberland Library in Ilwaco on Aug. 18. Remember that regular sunglasses, smoked glass and many other filters still allow dangerous radiation into the eyes and shouldn’t be used to view the eclipse.But keep those regular sunglasses close because the Kite Festival will draw your eyes toward the skies long after the eclipse has come and gone. Imagine dozens of colorful kites dancing against a bright blue background as waves gently lap at the edge of a silver-sand beach. Now stop imagining. You’ll find it right here. The annual Kite Festival has painted the skies above Long Beach every summer for more than 30 years, and the scene is absolutely breathtaking. It’s the peninsula’s must-see summertime event, a gargantuan celebration of all things kites that draws visitors from around the globe. Peninsula lodging often fills months in advance of the Kite Festival, so our last-minute openings present an opportunity almost as rare as the solar eclipse. Almost.This year’s Kite Festival features kite flies for kids and families, exciting rokkaku battles, photo contests, kite-making classes and workshops, food and clothing vendors, numerous mass ascensions, a lighted night kite fly, a teddy bear drop and tons more. See the full program here. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Drew C. Foster is a writer based on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.