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Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

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.

Sumptuous indoor pool heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms. All units big, extremely comfortable, w/ special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. Free parking, choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Within walking distance to all of Yachats’ various amenities; short walk to the beaches

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

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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.

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.

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.



The 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. www.theoceanlodge.com



Oregon Coast Restaurant Reviews: The Shouldn't, the Bad and the Ugly

By Andre' Hagestedt

(Oregon Coast) - 90 percent of the time, BeachConnection.net's restaurant reviews are largely positive. There's plenty of so-so restaurants out there that sort of fall under the category of either just not interesting enough to review or write about, and with a touch of "if we can’t say anything nice we won't say anything at all." See more Oregon Coast Restaurant reviews....

Luckily, there aren't too many seriously awful ones we've come across either - not yet. But there are three that stand out: so vile and wrong in one way or another they definitely deserve a literary pounding.

Pacific Way Café in Gearhart, the Pizza Hut in Tillamook and one eatery so wrong it will actually remain unnamed come under these 15 minutes of culinary shame. These are places I’d actually beg readers to stay away from, based on my own experiences.

At Pacific Way Café, I had an exceptional duck – but the worst service I’ve ever encountered. So bad, I wondered if they were perhaps being bigoted to some degree, treating me like dirt in a surreal way because of my spiky hair and beachy flip flops. Yes, I was a bit underdressed than the majority of the clientele, but not by much. And for heaven’s sake – it’s the freaking beach!

I’d heard much about the place over the years, and the food lived up to the expectations, although I wondered if some parts of the simple salad were in perfect shape. The duck was absolutely sublime and worth every penny of the 20-something bucks I shelled out.

However, the service was a monstrosity.

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848

It began with the seating “arrangement.” There were numerous tables throughout the entire establishment that were open, but they chose to put me at an old desk that served as a single seat or something. Now, this battered antique was a cute addition to the place, and under normal circumstances would be sort of humorous and enjoyable. The problem was I in a crowded room of other tables, with my back to everyone else. I felt like I’d done something bad at school and was being made to face the wall.

Luckily, there was at least a window to look out at, but nothing could make up for that uncomfortable feeling that you were the only person facing away from a room of about 20 people.

It was seriously uncomfortable, even disconcerting. Whatever you do, if you must dine here, don’t dine alone, for fear of being put in some awkward situation.

The staff was odd as well. Maybe it was my growing uneasy mood, but the young guy who periodically attended to me for silverware and such reminded me of the pock-marked teen caricature in “The Simpsons” cartoon, who is depicted with a cracking, mid-pubescent voice, annoying teen mannerisms and is often in some dead-end food service job.

There were two other female waitresses that occasionally attended me, one a little curt at times. This was confusing, as if they couldn’t figure out who the hell was my server. Bring me the nicer one, please.

I sat here and scribbled notes about my dining experience, and made snide remarks on paper about the service and the seating. When I got up to go to the bathroom, I left the notes sitting there, half-hoping they’d see them.

When I came back, that’s when the most memorable bad service occurred.

My pen, silverware, salad plate and napkin were gone. My piece of notepaper remained, but they clearly had started to clear me out. I hadn’t even had the duck yet.

I sat back down, in shock and utterly confused, and only later did it hit me they were cleaning my table off. I felt like they were trying to give me a hint the whole time.

After a few minutes, the “Simpsons” dude showed up again and began putting silverware back on the table. He sheepishly said: “Sorry, there was a misunderstanding. We thought you had left.”

Does no one else ever go to the bathroom here and leave their table? Can you not go to the can and have your stuff removed – including your very own pen?

What kind of joint is this? I was beyond appalled.

The “Simpsons” kid eventually brought the pen back, only after I asked with no small hint of disdain.

I wasn’t entirely convinced this was the situation he described – a misunderstanding. It was then it hit me perhaps these morons were trying to send me a message all along.

I ate my meal in a ticked off mood, but managed to savor the duck anyway.

I always leave at least a 20 percent tip when dining in – everywhere but fast food joints. This time, I left my business card and a measly buck for a tip for a $25 dinner. I was pissed.

Several years ago, I had the dishonor of dining at the Pizza Hut in Tillamook. It was the only thing open at this rather late hour, except Subway (which is where I wound up later anyway).

Now, granted, chains like this aren’t good fodder for food reviews. It’s pointless. But this one had service so moronic I was livid.

There was me, a table of three early twentysomethings, and one or two other tables. They were not busy by any stretch of the imagination.

I ordered some noodle dish, and asked – and then double-checked - if they could do it without cheese because I am horribly lactose intolerant. She assured me it that was fine.

Now, I’ve been to other Pizza Huts, and it doesn’t take a half hour to make one of those little noodle and spaghetti sauce dishes. They’re faster than pizzas (I worked at a Pizza Hut in high school).

Yet this took a good half hour. I never do this: I actually got up and asked about my food.

When it came, it arrived with – you guessed – the cheese that is deadly to my system. I scoffed “I can’t eat this,” and scurried out.

As I said, I wound up at Subway. I actually like them now.

The third and final installation of culinary horror tales is so bad that I’m not sure I can legally even say who it was.

One spring, about 2004, I’m along the Three Capes Loop and get a craving for chili dogs. I find a little roadside dive with some. Sure, it’s convenient store-like food. I’m not expecting any gastronomic fireworks by any means (well maybe from the chili, but that’s just a bad pun).

I grab two of these babies, and head for a favorite beach a few miles away. There, on a cliff over looking the sea, I start downing these junkfood, guilty pleasures. About halfway through the first one, I bite into something awful.

It’s vile and disgusting, and has a plastic texture. I can’t see it in the mass of stuff I’d spit out onto the ground, and I purposefully don’t look, because I just didn’t want to really know. It could’ve been a chunk of wrapper, or part of a plastic glove or something less disturbing. But honestly – and hold your mouth for this one – I’m pretty sure it was a bandaid.

If I had actually seen a bandaid in the food I’d spit out, I would’ve done a lot more with my throat and stomach than that. The truth, in this case, was just too hard to bear.

So, you see, since I don’t have proof of what it actually was, I can’t really tell you where I got this atrocity. Just beware of some of the roadside convenient store fare along deserted roads.

As to other culinary wrongs I’ve encountered in my many years of exploring the coast – there were surprisingly few. Honestly, all the others I’ve had have gone out of business.

The Muchas Gracias in Seaside, now defunct, got unbearably bad near its end. All the others I’ve eaten at – in Salem, Portland, Lincoln City and Newport – have been fab. In Wheeler, the last incarnation of Guido’s was bigtime bad, save for a couple dishes. I wasted my last meal of the year there one New Year’s Eve with a particularly horrible pasta dish. But it’s gone, so there’s no need to bash that dead horse.

I’ve had a lot of bad fish dishes, even in some nicer restaurants, but that’s largely because I don’t like seafood very much.

Still, I must give the Oregon coast some recognition for largely good service and a decent standard of food in most places. In actuality, I haven’t found any barbecue places in Portland I like much at all, while the coast has three fabulous barbecue spots I know of right off hand. They’re obscenely good.

Tradewinds Motel, 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. www.tradewinds-motel.com


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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history

The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches

A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca

Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway

Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town

The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City

Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks

Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale

25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders

A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes

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the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.


Arch 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 sea.
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 866-436-1607.


Inn 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.