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.
Sandcastle Fest on Oregon Coast Attracts Thousands
Beach, Oregon) – Ornate and intricate sculptures made of sand will
be the center of celebration in Cannon Beach, with the 43rd Annual Sandcastle
day Festival taking over the town on June 16. The event cajoles amateurs,
families, professionals and people of all ages to participate in this
wildly imaginative festival, with hundreds of sculptures, figures, scenarios
and creatures carved out of the sand near Haystack Rock..
Thousands hit the beach in the morning at low tide, to
either sculpt these jaw-dropping masterpieces or to watch them being created.
Participants compete in various categories, some by age or skill level
and some by how members are in the group.
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
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decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
In the more than 40 years since Sandcastle Day began, it
has become an arena for some of the finest sand sculpting in the world
and one the largest such events on the west coast. Each year approximately
1,000 participants and approximately 8000 spectators attend the event.
It all begins
at 6:30 a.m. with registration and building at the large entrance just
north of Haystack Rock (by the Wayfarer Restaurant). Cars are then allowed
to enter the beach.
There will be a wide array of contestants this year, ranging
from the Professional Master’s division to the Large Group Category.
The Sand Fleas category is for those who are the under 6 age group. Awards
will be given in all six divisions (Masters, Large Group, Small Group,
Sand Teens, Sand Juniors, & Sand Fleas). This year the awards will
be presented at the Radio Disney Tent.
Judging is ongoing throughout the event with staggered
end times that correspond to the age groups. All cars must be off the
beach by 12:15 p.m. due to high tide.
in the event include is the American Legion, which will be hosting a scholarship
fundraising breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Legion on Hemlock
Street, adjacent to the event ($7 adults $5 children). The Cannon Beach
Children’s Center will have a food court on the beach (breakfast
sandwiches, hot dogs, coffee and treats). Radio Disney will be live on
the beach – which includes an appearance by Mickey Mouse.
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.
The Sandcastle Day Festival began in 1964, not long after
a tsunami washed out the bridge between town and Highway 101. That scared
off many tourists, and once the bridge was rebuilt, Cannon Beach held
the first Sandcastle Day Festival to help get them to return to town.
first one was a low-key event featuring mostly local sand sculptors, put
together by Margaret Atherton and now-gallery owner Bill Steidel. It was
designed specifically for kids and families, and one of several efforts
to draw tourists back to town. It was usually planned around days with
the lowest tides, and would happen in May, June or July.
Since then, it has grown to enormous proportions and become
one of the pivotal events of summer on the Oregon coast. It still is based
on lowest tides, scheduled around that occurrence in May, June or July
– although it has generally happened in June in recent years.
The festival always makes for some especially memorable
and elaborate creations, said chamber member Gary Terranova.
year, the Master's team delivered another great performance with their
themed ‘Heard it through the Grapevine,’ “ he said.
“That was following 2005's extensive Smokey the Bear scene.
“There were a wide variety of clever ideas last year.
Like ‘Quicksand:’ a scene of a man grabbing at a rope as he
nearly disappears under the sand. Or “Couch Potato:” a scene
of a potato sitting on a couch. And there was ‘Bi-Polar,’
with two depressed polar bears.
director Kim Bosse says traffic isn’t as much a problem these days,
but finding lodging is. “They used to be booked up six months in
advance, but that’s not so much a problem anymore,” Bosse
said. “But most lodgings report being full a month or two weeks
ahead of the event, so be sure to make your reservations early if you
want to stay in town.”
Nearby towns like Manzanita, Nehalem and Seaside should
be able to provide lodging the night before as well, Bosse said.
To register, or for general rules and regulations
go to www.cannonbeach.org,
or call (503) 436-2623 ext 3.
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
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.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
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.
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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