180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
(Oregon Coast) - Coastal residents are glad to be getting
back up on their feet and having the power on, essentially again joining
Most fared just fine in the storm, aside from a few who
had tree damage, or that unlucky handful that incurred wind damage in
Astoria or Bay City. It was the days after that began testing people’s
patience: three or more days of no electrical power, showers, phone use
and even connections to the outside world. But many weren’t in terrible
moods to begin with. Some were really enjoying the sense of roughing it.
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Seaside came back on the grid around 3 p.m. Friday. 114
hours without power – since Sunday night – said Seaside Aquarium
manager Keith Chandler. Manzanita came back online Thursday night. Lincoln
City was fully restored by Thursday as well, and Astoria is almost completely
back from the black. Cannon Beach and Arch Cape are still using generator
power, while most of Lincoln County south of Lincoln City has been up
since early this week or never lost power in the first place.
Manzanita at dusk on Thursday: a city of lights on the sea, created
by gobs of crabbers
Now, the coastal highways and Highway 101 are a living
testaments to the devastation, with huge chunks of forests simply blown
over – trees that were snapped by the forces of the wind. Along
the sides of the highways sit heaps of broken trees, lumped together in
piles after they were moved from the roadways and then chopped into bits
In Manzanita, Amy Dunlap helps run Sunset Vacation Rentals.
She was one of those losing her patience with the power situation.
“After five days of no power I think I might just
lose it,” Dunlap said. “We are all very tired. We did have
one of our cleaners homes have a tree fall on it and demolish it but they
were OK. No major damage on the rentals. A few trees on homes, but other
than that, amazingly we skated away with minor damage.
Newport and its bay fared quite well
“I am ready for a warm shower. Being out of communication
with our homeowners was the hardest part. I had to email my mom at my
friend’s house - who had a generator and DSL – email her a
list of homeowners to contact. They were all very happy to know we were
ok and their homes as well.”
Dee Shannon, manager of The Landing at Newport, said that
hotel didn’t do badly. “We had some shingles fly off of the
roof,” Shannon said. “We also had a couple balcony glass shields
blow in. Compared to those around us, it seems that we held up pretty
Communities pulled together in various ways all along the coastline, and
many were turning lemons into lemonade. Like David Johnson, of Cannon
Beach Fultano’s Pizza. His business has lost most of its food inventory,
although he was able to donate a dozen or so pizzas to local agencies
that were feeding people before the ingredients spoiled.
Fultano's in Cannon Beach
Johnson had just gotten his own generator up on Thursday
as officials came in and turned on the juice from the big generator. On
Friday, he said there was still no power other than the city’s generator.
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“I’ve got this figured out for next time,”
Down the street, the owner of Cannon Beach Cookie Company
was having an outdoor barbecue in front of her powerless store –
which was serving food. This group was laughing it up and admitted they
were having fun. Someone broke out beer bottles, and all had a hardy laugh
when the woman tried to sit on a cardboard box that immediately gave way
At least two people driving by slowed down and yelled that
it looked like fun. “It is,” the owner yelled back.
A church in Seaside also hosted free meals with food donated
from local restaurants.
San Dune Pub is a warm spot for hungry locals
in Manzanita on Thursday
Many restaurants did what they could to get rid of food
that might otherwise spoil without proper refrigeration. Manzanita’s
The Little Apple Grocery barbecued a large amount of meat outdoors earlier
in the week and just gave it away.
“Everybody’s been very nice and cordial,”
said Jan, a woman who works at the grocery. “All you can do is laugh
and make the best of it.”
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Also in town, the San Dune Pub had a generator and was
serving hot food. There, many gathered to keep warm on Thursday as dusk
and chilly temperatures set in. They even had enough power for a big TV
screen to show the news to information-hungry locals.
When one bartender heard I was heading back to Portland
that night, she asked: “Can you take me with you - back to civilization?”
Arch Cape Tunnel
One of the more interesting aspects of all the power outages
really showed when night fell on Thursday. There were no streetlights
in any town, nor along Highway 101 on the north coast, which made for
a darker than usual drive between Seaside and Manzanita.
Most eerie was traveling through the Arch Cape Tunnel,
even with twilight still visible. Normally, the tunnel has many lights
inside, guiding the way. Now, it was pitch black.
if to show mankind’s small part in the greater scheme of things,
the beauty of the ocean around Manzanita shone brightly at sunset. No
matter what happens to Man and his civilization, nature will still be
there, looking as good as ever. Out there, on the horizon, were giant
puffy clouds, reflected in the sea and oblivious to whatever was going
on at the shoreline.
There were a large helping of crabbing boats as well –
so many it looked like a small, floating city in the distance. Then, at
night, with no clouds and frigid air to remind everyone who was boss on
Earth, the stars shone brightly and brilliantly in the winter sky –
now unimpeded by even the meager city or highway lights.
For a little while, you could forget the lack of
showers and no Internet access. It was gorgeous. Several people walking
in the dark along Manzanita’s main drag, Laneda Avenue, did forget
about it. They called the view “magical.”
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Cape Property Services.Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
City Vacation HomesSomething for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and
fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to
the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces,
multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs,
cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another
sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
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at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.