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.
'Tis Season for Air Rides and Thrills on North
|Aerial views of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, via Aviation Adventures
(Seaside, Oregon) – How would you like to take an
airplane ride over the famed Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, or see the Columbia
River mouth and its many features from over 1,000 feet in the air? Or
how would you like to hover over the top of Haystack Rock, Seaside’s
cove area or the top of Tillamook Head in a helicopter?
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside
visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated.
Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two
bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor
pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern
end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
Two magnificent aerial joy rides await the tourist to the
Oregon coast – both with different, startling angles on fun in the
skies. Now that the clear weather months are here, you can find some unforgettable
moments at the airplane ride Aviation Adventures or the helicopter extravaganza
of Seaside Helicopters. They are both operating in full swing, showing
off aerial views of landmarks you can’t see anywhere else or any
other way in some cases.
|Above the ocean in Seaside Helicopters
Aboard Seaside Helicopters, pilot/owner Gary Turel zips
you around the shores of Cannon Beach, the peaks of Tillamook Head and
above the resort town of Seaside at about 100-plus miles an hour. Various
plans take you to various places. They start at $35 per person for the
Seaside tour, $69 per person for the Cannon Beach tour to a stunning Sunset
tour for $175 per person. Other options include wildlife tours and other
combinations. All flights have at least a two-person minimum.
With a bubble window to the world below, you feel yourself
ever so gently lift upwards, a sensation similar in some ways to easing
up in an airplane, but in a helicopter there's definitely that spine-tingling
feeling of rising faster. It's exhilarating to say the least, with the
tilt of the aircraft pulling you against its quick upward ascension.
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Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
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
Depending on the flight, in no time, you’re up over
the back of Tillamook Head – a 1300-foot-high, forested headland.
Gary points out its sheer cliffs from this side, spots where elk congregate
and even the small bald spot on top of the mountain that is a Lewis &
Clark monument. It was here – some two hundred years ago –
that William Clark, Sacagawea and a few others hiked over the headland
to catch sight of a beached whale in what would become Cannon Beach.
|Seaside and the Turnaround from Seaside Helicopters
Most incredible is approaching the tip of Tillamook Head
as Gary points out a rocky arch sitting offshore called "Goonies
Rock," which was featured in the movie "Goonies." Remember
that scene near the end where the kids took a key and matched it to a
rock structure with a hole in it? That rock is now named after the movie,
visible from Indian Beach.
From there, you may swing around again, head north over
Tillamook Head, and he’ll show you that rocky shoreline beneath
the headland that can't be seen any other way. At this point, Seaside
is in full view, as are the shores of southern Washington and hints of
Astoria. Then it's back to the landing pad, with a zoom over the adjacent
Seaside Family Fun Park and its numerous fun-tastic possibilities (www.seasidefamilyfunpark.com,
|Goonie's Rock - from Seaside Helicopters
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
Seaside Helicopters is just south of Seaside. Hwy 101,
S. Seaside. www.seasidehelicopters.com.
At Aviation Adventures, longtime Navy pilot Allen Sprague
not only takes passengers on a whirlwind tour of the north Oregon coast,
but he lets you take the wheel for a bit as well. That’s right.
You briefly get to fly the aircraft.
Flights begin at $35 per person and run as long as 30 minutes
in some cases. He even offers beginning flight instruction at $59 per
session and intermediate flight instruction at $140 an hour.
Aviation Adventures gives you the option of flying around
Seaside and up to the Columbia River; or south, around Cannon Beach and
Nehalem Bay. He’ll ask you what you want to see and take you accordingly.
|Above Haystack Rock in Aviation Adventures
Often, Sprague says, people take the northward tour, which
takes people up beyond Astoria, to Dismal Nitch, Young’s Bay and
then back to the beaches of Seaside, for a quick swing around Terrible
Tilly – the legendary lighthouse that sits a mile offshore. Other
tours involve extensive, detailed looks at the varied and nearly endless
nooks and crannies in the cliffs and beaches of Cannon Beach, Hug Point,
Arch Cape, Short Sand Beach, Cape Falcon, Neahkahnie Mountain and Manzanita.
You also get extensive glimpses of the shoreline along six-mile long Tillamook
Head – which are, of course, never visible to the average tourist.
|Hidden sea caves visible around Manzanita, from Aviation Adventures
witness enormous sea caves you can’t see otherwise, or hidden cliffs
and structures lurking around landmarks that are normally familiar to
you, things unseen except from this vantage point. Especially remarkable
is when Sprague swings around Tillamook Rock Lighthouse several times,
and you can glimpse this ancient beauty – now a bird sanctuary and
columbarium – from an unusual and unforgettable angle. You actually
get a good look at details and features that generations of beachgoers
have dreamed about when gazing at that mysterious figure in the distance.
You can find Aviation Adventures at the Seaside Municipal
Airport, on the northern border of town. 503-717-9393.
Both Seaside Helicopters and Aviation Adventures
run seven days a week during the high season months, depending on clear
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.
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.
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.
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atmosphere & history
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lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries
& an art mecca
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Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside,
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