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.
It's Soon Clean-Up Time On Oregon Coast
By Guy DiTorrice
|Bob Straub State Park, Pacific City
(Oregon Coast) - Here on the coast we're heading into spring
breaks and annual migrations of luggage-laden visitors heading west, while
plump, full whales head north. Four-tire vehicles will move up and down
the coast bearing humans hoping to catch a glimpse of our denizens of
the deep. Large air-breathing machines will be paddling their way from
the warmer waters of the Baja to their frolicking grounds off-shore here,
or heading further up the coast and the treats of the chilly Aleutians.
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It's all an amazing sight: Whales finding their way unassisted
along a hemisphere-length trail of annual migrations, while many of us
can't leave town without checking MapQuest for directions. Less amazing
is the gas stations which manage to know exactly when we're doing our
recreational driving, and making sure the price-per-gallon we pay heightens
with our enthusiasm for travel.
|SOLV volunteers scouring the beach
The ocean is a globe-covering blanket of bright green and
dark blue water, currents moving and waves crashing in a never-ending
journey. Very low maintenance. Even generates its own weather of rain-drenching
clouds to make sure it never goes empty.
Large mountain ranges of layered sandstones and molten-formed
basalt climb from bottomless depths to eagle-soaring heights, providing
us rock-solid headlands and sandy beaches. In Oregon, we're blessed these
sanctuaries are always open to us so that we may spend our time in them
to forget the travails of work, to recreate with our families and to just
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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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
Pacific asks so little: A bit less mess. A bit more fish. A few less dumpsites.
A bit more cleaning.
True, we're doing a much better job and a lot more people
are doing it. I often see conscientious folks on their beach walks with
a recycling bag in one hand, carefully placing debris in it with the other.
There isn't a need to a major "call to arms." But I think all
of us need to be reminded about how little it takes to keep ocean waters
bright green and dark blue. And it's equally important to be reminded
how easy it is to turn them dark brown and oily.
|Look for cleaner beaches (Nehalem Bay State Park)
It's nice to see how many people who walk on the beach as
a regular part of their week include a plastic bag in their pockets. It's
amazing how many times the bag comes back to the parking lot or State
Park ready to be tossed into available garbage cans filled with beverage
containers, melted juice jugs and just plain trash.
a quick reminder about that invaluable twice-annual tradition from SOLV
- those folks who are always working to preserve this treasure we call
Oregon - for another tidying up of our most favorite recreational grounds.
The Great Oregon Beach Clean-Up, Spring Edition, is scheduled for Saturday,
March 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There's an info link on-line at www.solv.org/
(click the TO VOLUNTEER link) or call toll-free 1-800-333-SOLV.
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.
SOLV will line you up with a convenient coastal check-in
point. They'll supply bags and vinyl gloves. You bring a safety pick-up
stick (or rake), good walking shoes, clothes worn in weather-protective
layers and a smile on your face. It's a volunteer effort, supported by
all sorts of folks who take a little time to pick up debris on the beach,
tote it to an appropriate pick-up point, and help spruce up our beaches
- and ocean - for all of us.
You're invited to come alone, bring a friend or make it
a company- or family-affair. There's plenty of beach for everyone.
Whales and people are always migrating past, to and from
the Oregon Coast. It takes a little extra effort to migrate out the stuff
we leave behind in our travels.
Thanks for taking the time for grabbing the memorable shell,
the twisted piece of driftwood, that whole sand dollar, your very first
real agate and - most importantly - any thing you might have brought with
you that doesn't add to the beauty of the beach.
Guy DiTorrice is the former head of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association
and currently gives fossil tours of central coast beaches as “Fossil
Guy.” He lives near and walks often on the beaches of Oregon's
central Coast, and is proud to be among the ranks of beach walkers who
pack bags in their pockets to facilitate the removal of beach trash.
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.
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.
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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
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
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