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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.

 

Central Oregon Coast Winter: Whale Watching, Strange Stumps

Published 12/06/2011

(Newport, Oregon) – The central Oregon coast town of Newport has a few surprises up its sleeve for winter. Whale Watch Week at the end of December features a little something extra in this area, some of the best storm watching spots on the central coast are here, agates are starting to show up, and some very ancient and mysterious stumps are appearing right now (above: a ghost forest stump near Seal Rock).

Ghost Forests and Agate Hunting. The famed “ghost forests” have already begun to show in the Newport area, and some agate beds are beginning to show along the central Oregon coast.

Just south of Newport, near Seal Rock, ancient stumps that have been found to be around 4,000 years old are showing. Sand levels often drop considerably during the winter, unearthing these rather rare sights only every few years.

These forests come from a stand of trees that was somehow quickly buried in the sand, thus preserving them by keeping them out of the decaying effects of oxygen.

Geologists have two main theories about how this happened, and one scenario displays the power of massive earthquakes in and around the Pacific ocean, as well as the power of ancient tsunamis. That theory says this forest was part of land that was dropped abruptly by a severe earthquake, and buried in sand and ocean because of that.

The other theory says this was a bit more gradual, with the landscape changing over a few decades or years and then burying the forest.

Look for Curtiss Street about a mile north of Seal Rock.

Sand levels seem to be getting quite low at Moolack Beach just north of Newport, and gravel beds are beginning to show there. These are the sign to look for agates, as these are often uncovered as well.

There are also eerie ghost forest stumps lying beneath the sand at Moolack, and it's a good idea to keep an eye on that area as sand levels could reveal those as well.

Other ghost forests exist year-round at Neskowin, and other examples sometimes show up at Cape Lookout and south of Cannon Beach.

Whale Watch Week Expanded in Newport

Newport has the largest number of official whale watch spots during Winter Whale Watch Week, December 26 - January 1, and some extra activities happening. Volunteers are posted along the Oregon Coast to help visitors spot whales from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. that week.

Visitors can make Newport their base of operations with ready access to two Whale Watching Spoken Here sites: Don Davis State Park, in the historic Nye Beach neighborhood, and Yaquina Bay Outstanding Natural Area. The latter also features a lighthouse, tide pools and an interpretive center. Close by are a few other official sites: Boiler Bay State Park, Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint, the state’s Whale Watching Center in Depoe Bay, Cape Foulweather and Devil's Punchbowl State Natural Area (both about five minutes south of Newport), are a short drive away.

The state’s program takes place at the peak of the southbound migration of gray whales. Marine mammologists estimate that 18,000 whales pass by between mid-December and mid-January, as they head south from the Arctic to the Baja lagoons of Mexico. With a little help from a volunteer, you can watch them in transit, some just off shore (www.whalespoken.org).

You can learn even more by heading to Newport's Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center, which offers storytelling, interpretive programs and other events during Whale Watch Week, many of which center around local whale populations.(http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor/).

Safe Yet Stunning Storm Watching Vantage Points

The first rule of stormwatching is staying safe, so keep off the beaches or jetties. The second is that you'll find even more spectacular wave action at a spot with rock structures near it.

Here are some in the Newport area:

Nye Beach, by the Turnaround or on the cliffs above, the beach keeps you away from the waves while allowing excellent views of the action. The gazebo at Don Davis Memorial Park lets you hang out inside while winds and waves batter the beaches.

At the bottom of SW 11th, the parking lot above Jump-Off Joe provides not only complete safety but views of the waves whacking away at the rock structures jutting outward.

A few minutes drive north of Newport is Otter Rock and the Devil's Punchbowl, which can churn with massive oceanic wave action.

Less than a mile north of there is Cape Foulweather, and just north of that are several viewpoints with rocky areas that make for more spectacular wave energy and comfortable viewing from your car. Otter Crest Loop Road and Rodea Point, between Foulweather and Depoe Bay, allow you to watch big waves smack cliffs and rocks as well.

The north and south jetties at Yaquina Bay are also especially pummeled, although you have to stay clear of them. Luckily, the broad sandy areas on both sides of the bay mouth let you keep far from them but see all the action. Do not go on the jetties.

A few miles south of Newport, Seal Rock is chock full of large rocky structures that taunt the big waves, but parking spots above make for ultimate safety – and even the comfort of your car if the weather isn't nice.

Below: Rodea Point.

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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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