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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Small Oregon Town Celebrates 'Festivus'
Oregon) – It’s where the Oregon coast meets “Seinfeld.”
The town of Seaside will celebrate “Festivus”
this year – their own coastal version of the goofy holiday depicted
in an episode of “Seinfeld,” where the Costanza family honored
a yearly tradition they proclaimed as “Festivus – a holiday
for the rest of us!”
Seaside’s version doesn’t involve a bare metal
pole, a wrestling match or the “airing of grievances” built
up over the year. Instead, Seaside’s Festivus involves a week of
extra shopping hours at retail shops, designed at giving locals who work
during the day more time to do their Christmas shopping, and tourists
to get to know another side to the famed north Oregon coast town.
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.
Created by the Seaside Downtown Development Association
(SDDA), Festivus happens during the week of November 24 – December
1. Downtown merchants will remain open until 8 p.m.
hopes are to create an inviting atmosphere for you to enjoy and shop local,
thus keeping the dollar within the community in which you live,”
said SDDA executive director Laurie Oxley. “Join in the spirit of
the season, stroll the streets, and look for our many downtown festivities.”
There will be events throughout the town, but the Carousel
Mall will host a variety of holiday entertainment during the week.
On November 24, the Faith Lutheran Church Children’s
Hand Bell & Chime Choir will perform at 6 p.m.
On November 28, at 10 a.m., it’s the Faith Lutheran
Church Pre-School Singers. They perform again at 10 a.m. on the following
day, November 29. November 30 has the North Coast Christian School singing
at 12:30 p.m.
You can drop off gifts for the needy at the Seaside Downtown
inside the Carousel Mall. Another feature: Mrs. Claus will be out shopping
downtown from 5 – 8 p.m.
is an annual holiday invented in 1966 by Reader’s Digest writer
and editor Dan
O’Keefe. It was later introduced to popular culture by O’Keefe’s
son, Daniel O’Keefe, a scriptwriter for the TV show Seinfeld. It
appeared in the episode “The Strike,” on December 18, 1997.
Like many Seinfeld lines and gags, the holiday actually
has caught on and worked its way into the general culture. It is celebrated
each year on December 23, but others celebrate it at other times, often
to avoid the Christmas rush.
Many people, influenced or inspired by Seinfield, now celebrate
the holiday, in varying degrees of seriousness: some carefully following
rules from the TV show or books, others humorously inventing their own
businesses include Above It All Kites, Artworks, Beach Books, By The Sea
gifts, Caffe Latte, Chez Scoop, Comfort Inn & Suites, Country Bungalow,
Dundee's Bar & Grill, Ernst & Ernst Collectors Gallery, Flashback
Malt Shoppe & Gifts, Fultano's Pizza, Gilbert District Gallery, Green
Leaf Thai, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Seaside, Isabell Ross,
Knotty but Nice, Mary Anna's $12.99 Store, North Coast Leather, Ocean
Front Motel, Oregon Coast Portraits, Pizza Harbor, Pudgys Broiler, Seaside
Mostly Hats, Shearwater Clothing And…, Shearwater Gallery, Signature
Imports, Sunrose Gallery, T. Anjuli, Tenth Muse Bookstore, TerHar's, The
Aspirin Shop, The Buzz on Broadway, The Golden Horse Chinese Restaurant,
The Jewelry Box, The Natural Nook, The Old Crab & Beach House, The
Turn Around Market, Under The Big Top Toys and We're All Ears.
For more information, call the SDDA at 503-717-1914.
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
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.
Cape Property Services.
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
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
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.
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.
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.
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.
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