The Huck Finn Center
The Huck Finn Center is a seaworthy shop! Well, you can’t literally take the store out on the ocean and expect it to float or anything like that, but Huck Finn is one of the best go-to locations for anything related to the sea. It also happens to be Princeton Seafood’s next door neighbor and I always make a point to say “hi” to the owner, Peggy Beckett, when she comes into work in the mornings. Once you meet her you will see why. Peggy is a very personable and knowledgeable lady and can tell you anything you want to know related to fishing or the sea!
Peggy and her late husband Bill took over the shop more than 20 years ago and up until a couple years ago it stood as just a standard bait and tackle shop where one could purchase fishing supplies, apply for a license or sign up for a whale watching tour. All of that still stands, but now when one walks in they are greeted with a more gallery feel complete with handmade jewelry, photographs and other various art pulled from or inspired by the sea. “It’s all about what the ocean has to offer,” Peggy says. And there’s an emphasis on staying local too. Most of the jewelry is created by women who live aboard a boat here in Pillar Point Harbor. A big portion of the photography and other creative pieces are works of local artists.
Up until April is the gray whale season. They can be seen off the coast as they migrate from Alaska to Mexico and Peggy can set you up with a local whale watching tour. Taking off directly from Pillar Point Harbor, tours run every Saturday and Sunday
at 10 a.m. and go for 3 to 3 ½ hours. Peggy recommends calling a week in advance,
but sometimes there is space for walk-ins. Price is $45 for adults and $40 for kids.
Check out the attached coupon for 10% OFF any merchandise in the store! So stop by Princeton Seafood to get some lunch and then plan on spending some time chatting with Peggy, signing up for a whale watching tour or picking up a unique gift for yourself or someone special.
–Magnus Johnson, Restaurant Watchman & Storyteller