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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.

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

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.

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.

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

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

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

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.

Oregon Coast Beaches Abound with Brown Bubbles, Other Wonders

Published 10/07/2011

(Oregon Coast) – It's beachcombing season again, and plenty is washing up along the Oregon coast to coax people into wandering the sands in search of funky treasures. On top of the wacky wonders washing up, the beaches of the north coast are again seeing tons puzzling brown bubbles and waves – which look like pollution to some, but it's actually a form phytoplankton (Above: Arch Cape on Thursday).

All of this is creating a spectacle of one kind or another, just in time for a three-day weekend where extra crowds are expected to hit the coast, as many will have Monday off.

Numerous lodgings along the coast are reporting extra heavy reservations.

Brown waves in Seaside

In the Seaside and Cannon Beach area, including Arch Cape, lots of brown goo has been popping up. This often causes at least a few calls to officials – usually in Seaside – with visitors wondering if it's pollution. So far, there are only reports of this happening in these areas and not on the central coast.

It's actually a form of phytoplankton called diatoms, which are microscopic plant-like organisms that are part of the bottom of the food chain in the ocean. A combination of currents and extra nutrient-rich conditions in Clatsop County causes a higher than usual population of these critters, largely because of the outflow of the Columbia River.

In Arch Cape on Thursday, just south of Cannon Beach, several spots were thick with brown waves – others not. One area, about 40 feet wide along the beach, was especially thick and had an abundance of brown blobs and bubbles.

This was the case in Seaside as well.

Keith Chandler, manager of the Seaside Aquarium, said there had been a lot of the brown waves in recent days.

“There have been a lot of the diatoms,” he said. “This is good for clams, helping them grow.”

At least partially because of the extra diatoms in this area, the beaches of Clatsop County usually have the highest concentration of razor clams under the sand.

Above Tubeworms in Seaside, courtesy Seaside Aquarium

All along the coast, however, big waves and high surges have meant plenty of nifty stuff for beachcombers. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has even reported some Japanese glass floats being spotted.

Among the oddities are what are called tubeworms. Tiffany Boothe of Seaside Aquarium found some bundles of them last week on the beach at Seaside. Indeed, they're common everywhere on the coast, such as Newport, Gleneden Beach, Oceanside, Pacific City, Rockaway or Florence – basically any beach or rocky area where stuff washes up.

“These large spaghetti-like things on the beach were tube worms,” Boothe said. “Strong waves knocked them off of the rocks they attached themselves to and cast them onto shore, where inevitably, they will be eaten by birds.”

Cannon Beach at night

With their smooth, rounded tips that look a bit like heads, they are frequently mistaken for seals bobbing in the water, but they are still just attached to whatever rock they've affixed themselves to.

Also visible now, depending on the beach, is the glowing sand phenomenon at night. Extremely faint displays were found in Arch Cape late on Thursday night. They too are a form of phytoplankton, but these give off a glow when disturbed or touched.

Usually they need a fair amount of sunlight to “charge up,” and that has definitely been lacking on much of the coast lately. However, with large amounts of diatom blooms often come other kinds of phytoplankton, like the dinoflagellates, which are the bioluminescent kind.

You need an extremely dark beach with little or no light interference from any sources to those. More on finding those here.

 

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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.

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.

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.

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.
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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

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
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.

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There is much to see on the Oregon coast right now, with whales still plentiful and pelican sightings up around the northern beaches
Razor Clamming Opens Back Up on N. Oregon Coast
Clatsop beaches (from Seaside to Warrenton) have been closed to razor clamming since mid-summer, but this week the fun opens back up
How a Shipwreck Became an Oregon Coast BnB
Near Pacific City, a tiny little bed and breakfast called Sandlake Country Inn is actually built from parts of a shipwreck. Lodging, history.
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Just north of Depoe Bay sits another bay named after the boiler of a shipwreck. Explore it in video, hear and almost feel the waves
Solar and Lunar Eclipses for North America, Oregon, the Coast
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Big Oregon Coast Weekend: Beer Fest, Cleanup, Glass Drops
A massive beer fest tickles the taste buds in Astoria, special glass art pieces will be set around Lincoln City, and all over it's the SOLVE Oregon Coast Beach Cleanup on Saturday

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