North Oregon Coast Winter Diversions in Nature,
|Seaside will be interesting in the coming weeks.
(Seaside, Oregon) – There's much to do on the north
coast in the coming weeks, especially as February arrives – with
several aspects of Seaside at their most inviting and a special wine dinner
in Cannon Beach.
Winter weather can make traveling to the beach a little
challenging at times, but it’s worth the drive. A number of manmade
events as well as occurrences in nature make Seaside an especially good
catch right now for the tourist.
Winter storm watching is at its peak right this time of
year, and the storms are washing up all sorts of treasures.
A record number of razor clams are on the beach, and the
gray whales are migrating past the Oregon Coast during the next few weeks
to their breeding grounds in Mexico.
The hotels all have low winter rates and the restaurants
are running great specials. Most of the retail stores also have clearance
sales going on at the moment.
Should the weather turn ugly on road conditions, officials
say there are several alternative ways to get to Seaside other than Highway
|Seaside is chock full of razor clams - approximately nine million
The City of Seaside says Highway 30 takes a little longer,
but the road is consistently more drivable and more scenic than Highway
26. Amtrak runs a bus to Seaside once a day for $34 round trip from Union
Station in downtown Portland. There is no need for a car in Seaside because
almost everything is within walking distance. Cabs are readily available
for a reasonable fee.
February provides two enormously popular reasons to come
to the north coast.
February 8 brings “A Sweet Affaire,” a wine
and chocolate festival featuring wine tasting and an auction of premium
wines. This event will be held at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center.
Tickets are $35 and available at Sunset Pool: 1140 Broadway, Seaside The
proceeds will go to the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District Scholarship
Fund and to Seaside Branch AAUW Scholarship Foundation. More info 503-738-3311,
February 20 – 22 brings the massive Oregon Dixieland
Jazz Festival to town. Numerous jazz bands play throughout Seaside. Ticket
prices vary and are available at the convention center and at the door.
Seaside, Oregon. www.jazzseaside.com. 800-444-6740
|Newman's at 988 in Cannon Beach.
In Cannon Beach, restaurant Newman’s At 988 brings
a bit of Italy to the north coast town with “Una Fest Italiano”
on February 7, as part of their anniversary celebration.
Chef Roberto Russo, author of cookbooks "Good Ciao"
and "Between Tuscany and Umbria" will join Chef John Newman
on this Saturday evening for a collaboration of Gastronomical memories.
The dinner celebration begins at 7 p.m.
Roberto is owner of the 16th century convent "Parco
Fiorito” in the Tuscan Umbrian Hills, which he uses as a working
farm and deluxe agriturismo where guests stay and enjoy his hospitality
and cooking classes.
There, he grows and bottles organic sangiovese and olive
oil, as well as organic sheep, pig and poultry. He will bring with his
own organic pancetta and proscuitto, which he cures himself.
|Watch whales drift by at high vantage points around Cannon Beach
or from the soft sands of Seaside.
The menu will consist of antipasti with cheeses, olives,
capers, smoked fish and marinated veggies. Following that will be a course
of Tagliatelle Pasta with Chick Peas and Shrimp. Then comes a roasted
lamb chop and leg of duck with lentils and organic mushrooms. The evening
will finish with an Italian tiramisu.
Each course will be paired with a different wine. The dinner
is $100 per person.
See more at www.parcofiorito.it
988 Hemlock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. Call 503.436.1151 for reservations.
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.
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.
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Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
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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
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