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.
Oregon Travel Site Offers Spring Advice,
By Ben Randall
|Hagestedt clowing around in Neskowin
(Newport, Oregon) – It’s almost spring break,
which means the phones are starting to ring off the hook at most hotels,
motels and inns up and down the coastline. It’s also a time of unusual,
often overlooked amenities and facets of nature, says one Oregon travel
website, and the site’s owner is bound and determined to let everyone
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.
It all kicks into high gear this coming weekend, starting
on Friday, March 23, with most Oregon schools getting out for spring vacation,
compounded by a rush of activity from the Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup,
put on twice a year by SOLV.
“It means that this weekend and the last weekend
of March will be the two biggies,” said BeachConnection.net editor
and owner Andre’ Hagestedt. “You’re going to want to
book for those weekends now, if you haven’t already. I’m hearing
a lot of places say they’re already booked up for both. And I’m
hearing a fair amount of people say they’ve had record winters for
business, and they’re expecting a huge spring break.”
Hagestedt said www.beachconnection.net
will be able to provide a solution to those who are searching for a last-minute
room on this typically hectic time on the beaches. BeachConnection.net
issues weekly room availability reports for what Hagestedt calls the “spring
break season” – a series of spring breaks from various school
districts around the northwest that last from this weekend until the middle
|Late spring brings a mix of sun and stormy waves
BeachConnection.net contacts some 300 lodgings from Astoria
to Florence and asks about availability for that coming weekend. They
contact vacation rental agencies, hotels, motels, B&B’s and
inns of all kinds, in that 180-mile range that includes towns like Cannon
Beach, Manzanita, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Newport
Yachats and everything in between.
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
Hagestedt said a core group of about 50 to 100 regularly
respond to these requests for information. He believes there are others
who have availability but do not return messages.
It’s a regular feature of BeachConnection.net’s
tourism coverage during any busy season.
|Lincoln City: look for many driftwood oddities on the beach this
“There are still plenty of rooms available for those
last two weekends,” Hagestedt said. “Although quite a few
are booked up or nearly completely booked. The first two weekends of April
have a big rush on the north coast too. That’s when the Washington
kids get out. The busiest weekend will be the last one in March, as there’s
overlap between the Washington schools and Oregon schools getting out.”
Hagestedt said BeachConnection.net will post the availability
reports late on every Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. “It
depends on how much I get done, with ‘Lost’ and ‘Medium’
both on Wednesday nights,” he quips.
site is also pushing travel advice for other parts of spring – and
some hints for demographics other than families. From mid-April through
most of May, Hagestedt said the coast experiences what is nicknamed the
“secret season,” a time when the weather presents some unusual
facets for coastal exploration, tides can be lower than usual, lodging
prices can be at their lowest and some weird science in nature comes into
play – like sometimes finding the sands glowing faintly at night.
But most of all, there’s no one on the coast at this time.
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 the penthouse restaurant and bar - for a casual meal or a candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Hotel include wi-fi, spa, saunas,
exercise room and a 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, gorgeous wedding
possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127
or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
“It’s the deadest season out there, but ironically
it’s got the most to offer,” Hagestedt said. “You have
this intriguing mix of wild storms and sunny days, sometimes within the
same day. You have deserted beaches. Lodging specials are going nuts in
late April and early May, and nature is doing all sorts of wacky things.
Like, did you know the lowest tides minus tides of the year happen in
|Empty beaches, like this one north of Florence, are plentiful in
Hagestedt also asserts there’s a whole segment of
the population who may be dissuaded from visiting the coast during this
decidedly family-oriented period. “I think there’s a large
chunk of couples without kids – or groups of young adults –
who get a little taken aback by the craziness of it all, with that rush
of kids. I think some do get alienated. That’s why we’ve got
a lot of coastal spring break for grownups stories in our spring break
Hagestedt added the “secret season” is also
a great choice for those without kids who want to get a taste of the Oregon
coast without the madness.
BeachConnection.net is found at www.beachconnection.net,
and features daily travel stories about the Oregon coast as well as virtual
tours and extensive lodging and dining listings.
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.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
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
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view
to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away from the sand – 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,
depending on the home: 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 are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with
complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home.
Most have the 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 with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
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 are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach.
(503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.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.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport
- and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish
Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly
staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140
NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com
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.
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