180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Post-Winter Wonders of Oregon Coast: More
|Fogarty Beach on the central coast, sometimes a good spot for hunting
By Guy DiTorrice
Coast) - Winter brings so many changes to the Oregon Coast. Windy weather
and big surf push age-old debris on-shore, while taking sand off the beaches
to expose prehistoric rock piles and ancient tree stumps.
I'm always tempted to have fun with tourists on the beach
when they ask about the stumps, many convinced they're akin to the petrified
forests of Arizona, complete with claw marks from some primeval dino beast.
"Sorry," I say, "they're not THAT ancient and the dinosaurs
were really much farther inland (like Montana or Wyoming), back in those
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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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
You can see the absolute disappointment in their faces.
Too bad; because they're ignoring the power it takes to make an 18-foot
surf dance upon the beach, moving thousands of truckloads of sand with
a single high tide. For just a moment, think about what land movement
had to occur to push dozens of miles of forested coastal headland downhill
onto a newly carved shoreline.
|Agate Beach, Newport
Those ancient stumps could tell us great stories about
their roller coaster ride some 4,000-plus years ago. One of the big theories
about how all this happened centers around land movement many more times
the size and power of the annual erosions of hills seen on our own sections
of shoreline. For that matter, many more times the size of the gullies
that keep moving parts of Highway 101 west, with little regard for humans'
But, the land and sand are mere players in our own little
production of the annual drama: "Agates We Seek".
Agate hunters all have our stories and our favorite sites,
where those colorful crystals of translucent light catch our eyes, almost
forcing us to pick them up, put them in our pocket for the trip home and
further work our minds for the perfect place to show them.
|DiTorrice as agate hunter and beach paleontologist
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The Pacific watches the "disciples of the rock",
daily crisscrossing the low-tide shorelines from Florence to Astoria.
Eyes focused just past their feet, scanning for the sparkling glint of
color, careful not to step on or over another person. To the newer visitor,
not yet smitten by the lure of Oregon agate, we all look just a little
Zen-like. Pre-occupied in our quest for the perfect clarity of crystal
rock. Often ignoring the many species of marine birds flocking about,
the kites flying above or the migrating whales passing by.
the full rays of sunlight, waiting for the improved lighting brought to
us by morning mists or rain-potential clouds that help the agates jump
up from basalt cobbles and clumps of sandstone.
The other irony from "Agates We Seek" is the
folks who focus on seeking only the clear or the bright white and yellow
stones, often stepping over and past the wide range of colored rocks that
disperse light through astrophysical crystals. There's something to be
said about agates in dark red, orange, blue as well as an occasional green.
|Close-up of sands at Hug Point, on north coast, reveals minute treasures
Colors can be tricky, especially if the sun's too bright.
Colored agates look just like plain old rock and not as vibrant on the
beach as the 'clears'. But, get the right light angle or the occasional
cloud cover, and these agates show just a little bit of a glint that sandstone
and basalt just can't give you.
Look in the lower reaches of gravel piles on sandy beaches
during lower tides. A touch of water from an out-going tide, misty fog
or an early day shower will help bring a shine on agates that provides
yet another hint of their presence.
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.
It takes hundreds of thousands of years of flowing mineral-laden
groundwater or the high temperatures of a lava flow, bringing together
the ingredients to produce an agate. The Pacific provides daily movement
of rocks and sand on the beaches to erode layers of rocks, encouraging
agates to pop out of ancient lava flows or from the inside of a fossilized
Starfish Manor Hotel. 17 lavish
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2735 NW Inlet Ave., Lincoln City, Oregon 1-800-972-6155.
Daily tides toss and turn the rock and sand, creating nature's
very own (and the world's largest) tumbler, working 24/7. Giving Oregon
agates those rounded, smooth edges and a crystalline clarity. Allowing
us to put a little bit of yesterday's sun into our pockets for that spot
on the windowsill back home.
But, this story's far from complete because, as all us
coasties know, Oregon beach agates just can't go home alone.
And, the "Agates We Seek" quest begins again.
Guy DiTorrice resides on Oregon's Central Coast where
he often saunters on sandy beaches with his wife and their two dogs. Feel
free to drop them a line at www.oregonfossilguy.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.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
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Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
City Vacation Homes
Something 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.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms
for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
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.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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