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.
Escaping Memorial Day and Summer Crowds on
(Oregon Coast) - Memorial Day Weekend brings the kick-off
to the big tourist season on the coast, with legions of folks heading
to the region and filling up the beaches and rooms. Know that lodging
prices spike, traffic is much heavier, and your favorite beach will likely
be more crowded than usual.
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
So where to go to get away from it all? There's a mix of
beaches you may not know about, a list that’s usable when the crowds
flood your favorite tracts of sand, either on the big weekend or the massive
inundation that sometimes occurs on those fair weather weekends of June.
It steadily remains fairly sequestered, although each year
more seem to find this jewel on the north Oregon coast.
The tiny town of Oceanside sits just west of Tillamook,
a few miles from the Cape Meares Lighthouse, if you're traveling along
that back road with intermittent ocean views. The burgh itself hosts little
else than a bunch of interesting homes and about five businesses (including
two restaurants.) But the small headland there contains a wild and wacky
tunnel going through the other side, where a beautiful and slightly surreal
beach awaits, filled with an array of remarkable rocky boulders, walls
On that back road between Oceanside and Cape Meares, you'll
find another breathtaking veiled beach called Short Beach. Look for the
blob of a sea stack lurking just beyond a sign marked Radar Road. Walk
towards the cliffs of the cape to find a hidden cove-like area and to
witness a stunning waterfall.
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on the Central Coast
After the South Beach area, it's a host of winding, twisting
spots on the road and residential areas with no beach accesses.
But a set of truly hidden crescent-shaped dents in the
cliffs lay near a hidden beach access about eight miles south of Newport.
Look for Stone Crest Cellar Bed and Breakfast near MP 146, and about a
quarter mile south of that you'll see an unmarked beach access with a
gravel patch by the side of the road.
Once on this unnamed beach, you'll find a pleasant stream
and a lot of striking sandstone cliffs. But head maybe a quarter of a
mile to the south and there's a couple of these rounded-out areas in the
cliffs, one of which has a tiny waterfall. There is a tiny stretch of
climbable spots above the cliffs next to the beach access.
The Locked Away Treasures of Upper Lane County
even the most hidden of beaches will be more crowded than usual on this
high-density weekend, the area between Florence and Yachats still yields
many isolated wonders. Look for an unmarked beach access immediately south
of the line between Lincoln and Lane counties, and you'll find a parking
lot that gives way to two routes to a varied and rather amazing beach.
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.
Walk the winding, twisting path over the bluff to hop onto
large basalt structures filled with cracks and crevices that give glimpses
of churning waves beneath you. They'll sometimes squirt water up at you.
Or walk down a sizable but smooth and paved trail from
the parking lot to the sandy part of this beach, which makes for a cozy
little cove, bordered by the cliffs of Neptune State Park to its south.
You can usually hop up and down the basalt structures from
here as well, and part of the rock forms an intriguing arch in the sand.
At its northernmost, there's a small cove and tiny patch of beach which
ends in a large wall.
Around Pacific City
There's plenty here that's obvious: the wondrous cliffs
of Cape Kiwanda, tide pools at low tide, and the numerous quaint shops
and eateries. But for less populated fun and frolic, hit the unmarked
State Park one mile north of the Kiwanda's parking lot (a small road darting
down the hill on the west side of the highway.) There, you'll find a small
outcropping with basalt columns that look a bit like ruins, and a few
indentations in the rock to make for great cuddling or hiding from the
Then, for some real alone time, walk south, towards the
much less seen north side of the cape, and encounter more natural wonders
along this immaculate stretch of sand.
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.
Forbidden Cliffs of the North Oregon Coast
Just a few files north of Manzanita, you'll find Oswald
West State Park. But somewhere between that town and the state park, it's
impossible to miss the striking vistas of Short Sand Beach and the cliffs
that form half of this crescent-shaped cove.
Pull over on one of the gravel parking spots off the side
of the road, and there's the one-mile-plus hiking trail heading down to
Short Sand. Walk down this trail a bit, veer to the left - instead of
going down to Short Sand - and you'll encounter a totally different set
of inclines and cliffs.
basalt structures form the various headlands here, with craggy shapes
jutting up from the ocean and bundling together. In one area, the sea
boils and tumbles against a hidden cove, with black, jagged spires forming
something akin to a creepy, post-apocalyptic cathedral (sort of reminiscent
of the "Planet of the Apes" films).
Another spot visible from these dangerous cliffs showcases
more of the jagged shapes, this time with enormous holes and arches in
them. Through these, you can see other headlands to the north. Be extremely
careful here, however. The drop-offs here are sudden and deadly. In fact,
it was near here where a famed Hollywood writer and producer died a few
Explorations of Florence
This sizable town at the very middle of Oregon's 362 miles
of coastline boasts a vast expanse of pristine beaches, an awe-inspiring
bridge, a waterfront full of natural and manmade wonders, and it's the
gateway to 40 miles of insanely cool dunes.
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.
Begin at its Old Town, beneath the gaze of the stately
Siuslaw River Bridge, to find a myriad of historic buildings painted up
in funky, fun colors. It's like Americana with the contrast button turned
A highlight is Gazebo Park, which features a cozy little
gazebo and a small dock on the river behind it - perfect for a romantic
moment on nocturnal walk through Old Town.
Plenty of daylight fun can be had wandering the riverfront
and its abundance of old pilings, as well as exploring the area beneath
the famous bridge.
on its beaches, begin with the North Jetty and its enormous boulders.
From there, it's seven miles of sand and dunes to the cliffs south of
Sea Lion Caves, eventually melding into Baker Beach and broken only by
a stream or two. Some areas are heavy in sand dollars, and it's likely
you'll find a whole one around here.
If you love sand, sand and more sand, you'll be in paradise.
Heceta Beach Rd. will lead you down to this main
area, as well as to another dead-end at a beach access a ways north. There
are small trails in the brush near this northern access.
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.
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