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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.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848

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.

Curiouser and Curiouser on Oregon Coast: Lightning, Glowing Sand, Meteors

Published 08/26/2011

(Oregon Coast) – Lights in the sky, strange light flashes in the sand, and a little bit of travel advice for those wanting to avoid traffic jams on the Oregon coast this weekend. Also, minus tides are still playing a role in the fun times on these beaches. This weekend on the coast is full of a variety of interesting and entertaining natural events that can be nothing short of jaw dropping (above: skies above Cannon Beach earlier this summer).

The still-secret glowing sand phenomenon is showing up on the beaches. It was seen last week in Lincoln City and last night on the north coast, but that could mean it’s anywhere. It was a little more prominent near Cannon Beach than on the beaches of Manzanita, although patches of sand there showed the flashing critters in great abundance.

Glowing sand looks a little like this: Seaside Aquarium got a shot of two of the microscopic creatures flashing faintly.

It manifests itself as tiny, blue-ish, green sparks beneath your feet when you walk at the tide line at night. It can be extremely faint, so many don’t even notice it – and very few people hit the beach at night anyway.

If you’re really lucky, you’ll find pools of sea water that have been standing awhile, and when you stomp your foot in these you see a sudden explosion of these tiny creatures – like a small galaxy was briefly created beneath you.

It’s been described as being “very Michael Jackson” – a reference to the lighted floor effect in one of his early 80’s music videos. Indeed, it looked like that last night in the dark of Hug Point State Park: as you moved your feet backwards they would flash into life.

This is caused by tiny, bioluminescent phytoplankton called dinoflagellates, which glow in a manner not too dissimilar from fireflies.

You’ll need a completely dark beach to see these, one with no light interference from streetlamps or homes, and no moonlight.

Lightning put on quite the show all over the state last night, including the coast. At Hug Point near Cannon Beach, where an extremely low tide and pitch black conditions prevailed last night, that glowing sand phenomenon was accompanied by the muted flashes in the east, behind the hills. This was a memorable and surreal sight: tiny flashes happened beneath your feet while larger sheet lightning-like flashes happened overhead.

Gleneden Beach: glowing sand has been spotted on this dark beach near Lincoln City fairly often this summer.

The sky flashes were much less visible from the Manzanita area. 

There does not appear to be any more lightning in the forecast for the region, although there remains enough humidity in northwest Oregon it seems a possibility in the future.

Some of the Perseid meteor showers are still visible at times. The latest seasonal session reached its height earlier this month, but some spectacular streaks were spotted in the wee hours of the night last week in really dark and clear spaces such as Lincoln City and Tierra Del Mar. There are still the last few traces of the Perseid meteor showers to be seen, but by now they’ll be few and far between.

As of late, coastal nights seem to be on the misty side, but some areas have been incredibly clear, allowing all sorts of stargazing possibilities. It depends on the night and location.

Some awe-inspiring minus tides continue to pop up, made even better by calm ocean conditions. Check the tide tables for your particular area as exact times and measurements will vary greatly, but this weekend they seem to be around minus two or three inches or so around 7 a.m.

More will show up at the end of September around September 28, as low as minus one foot at times.

Seaside will be slammed this weekend.

Some travel advice for the North Oregon coast this weekend: this is the Hood to Coast Relay, where runners and their teams will be spilling into Seaside starting Friday or Saturday. This will make the roads rather cluttered – and increase traffic hazards – but it will also result in no lodging openings in places like Cannon Beach and Seaside. For a more relaxed time, you may want to stay just south of there, from Manzanita southward.

The central Oregon coast will be unaffected by any such madness, except the usual refugees from the valley heatwave.

Wherever you are heading this weekend, make sure you have made lodging reservations well ahead of time. Do not wing it and just head to the beaches.

Seaside's cove area in a nocturnal mist

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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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