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.
Nights, Stunning Days at Oregon Coast Resort
By Andre' Hagestedt
Coast) - This central Oregon coast wonder truly deserves the term
"resort," as it's a legendary travel landmark that is
practically its own self-contained city. Within the complex housing
your bayview unit, there's a swimming pool, sauna, crab ring rentals,
fishing boat guide, scenic docks to wander, a general store, a fine
restaurant (that also delivers to your room) with a lounge that
features live jazz music. There are even conference facilities that
could host and cater your wedding.
Resort sits at the inside of Yaquina Bay in Newport, with all units
looking out over the bay, in full view of all the wildlife and boat-filled
docks that inhabit this placid place, and that beautiful bridge
stretching across the horizon.
my first visit, I stay in one of the patio guestrooms in a complex
right up against the bay. The entire complex is made of a deep brown
cedar, with a labyrinth of walkways snaking throughout. I enter
my door, and a quick flight of stairs leads up to the actual room.
This lovely little studio pad comes with huge windows, microwave,
small fridge, and a couch facing the TV. Just outside the door,
a patio - slightly cloistered from the wind, and very private -
lets you walk out and look over the bay in person.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City.
It's 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. Enjoy dining in
the penthouse restaurant and bar - whether you’re in
the mood for a casual meal or a candlelight dinner. They offer
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 amenities 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 and meeting rooms for that
inspirational retreat; extensive, gorgeous wedding possibilities.
Near the south end of Lincoln City at 4009 SW Highway 101.
1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
On this particular
day in late October, I arrive well after dark and can't see all
the beauty. But at night, this bay is alive with the lights of Newport
shimmering gently in the slowly heaving water, and the faint sound
of the surf in the far distance. It's enchanting. I smack myself
for having to stay alone and not bringing a date.
the morning, I awake to a warm day of blue skies, with the sounds
of sea lions barking and gulls zipping around. It's noisy - but
it's a natural kind of noisy and positively heartwarming. It's the
best alarm clock I could've asked for.
open the shades and let the sun and blue of the bay and sky fill
the room. I then dart for the restaurant and indulge in a steak
and eggs for breakfast that was perfectly done and tasty. The view
here is engaging as well.
On another stay,
I'm in the stretch of buildings behind and above the bayside bunch.
The patios here still provide beautiful views of the bay. There's
not a bad view in the house.
time, I'm afflicted with a bit of a cold and utilize their 24-hour
store sometime around midnight. I manage to find what I need to
nod off and get some rest.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast
- in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty
of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer
kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s
and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation.
We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb
customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751.
(800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com
and in the next two or three times I spend the night at Embarcadero,
it's always breakfast at the restaurant: quick, convenient and delectable.
On this I can depend.
Rooms at the
Embarcadero all come with the private deck on the bay. Sofas in
the studio-style rooms pullout to accommodate more people if necessary.
The one-bedroom suites come with the same, as well as a fully equipped
kitchen and fireplace. You can combine the two kinds of rooms to
create a huge living space for a large family.
can rent movies, boats in the bay, bikes, kayaks or rent the equipment
to go crabbing from their private dock. There are two Jacuzzi's,
an indoor heated pool, and saunas for men and women. Right in front,
you can go on fishing trips or sea tours with Yaquina Bay Charters.
1000 SE Bay Blvd., Newport. 800-547-4779.
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to
golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of
pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty
in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families,
couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All
rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s,
VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts
all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog
fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with
all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up
to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with
a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those
on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite
that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those
wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large
gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create
two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has
been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury
here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find
suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere
from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic
tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for
some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846.
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 our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river
and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality
linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes"
show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free,
fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. Every room
is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln City's most
famous stretch of beach, next to the D River. Each room, comes as
a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some
have gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players with movies available
for renting (and movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's
a heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night.
Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer
special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation and see
a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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.
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stunning viewing of the wild waves of the season
Float Giveaway Begins on Central Oregon Coast Newport
starts its glass float extravaganza, with numerous other wonders
or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
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