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Oregon Coast Events: Florence, Yachats in Spring, Summer


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Oregon Coast Events: Florence, Yachats in Spring, Summer

The cliffs near Florence

(Florence, Oregon) - The two towns, about 20 miles apart, will be going bonkers over the summer and spring seasons, with a bevy of events in the manmade and natural world. Ongoing to-do’s contain plenty of nature programs in Yachats and that rugged section of coastline just south of there, including looks at tide pools, nature sanctuaries and tours of the Heceta Head Lighthouse. In the entertainment department, you have ice cream socials, food fests, a psychic convention, Florence’s huge Rhododendron Festival, spirited fourth of July celebrations and music, art and theater shows at the Florence Events Center.

For more events on the Oregon coast, see the Oregon coast calendar.

Wednesday – Sunday. Roving Interpreter. Smelt Sands State Wayside and the 804 Trail (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Learn the trail's history and find native plants. Begins at Smelt Sand parking lot and heads north. Smelt Sands State Wayside, one mile north of downtown Yachats, on Hwy 101. At Yachats State Park, hear programs about tide pools and the whales seen from the park's platform. Find Yachats State Park at the west end of 2nd St in downtown Yachats. At Strawberry Hill, explore tide pools with the Roving Interpreter and hear about harbor seals resting nearby on the rocks. Find Strawberry Hill 5 miles south of downtown Yachats on Hwy 101. 800-551-6949.

Florence's Heceta Head Lighthouse

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

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

May - September: Heceta Lightstation Tours, daily. Check out the famed lighthouse up close and personal. Noon – 5 p.m. 14 miles south of Yachats on Hwy 101. Call to confirm (541) 547-3416.

Audubon Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary Tours. Learn about restoration and coastal temperate rain forest with Manager Paul Engelmeyer, (541)547-4227. Variable price for tour groups.

LIVE MUSIC AT LANDMARK LOUNGE, Yachats. Hwy 101, Yachats. (541) 547-5459. See the schedule here

Yachats Youth & Family Activities Program. Located in the Yachats Commons, offers a variety of after school activities. Call (541) 547-4599.

Every Third Thursday: Yachats Movie Night. Friends of the Yachats Commons offers free movies in the Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 5th St. For movie information, email movies@yachats.info.

Each Last Thursday. Yachats Lunch Bunch. Ages 55 and up. 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 4th St. Yachats, Oregon. (541) 547-4586.

June – August. Tidepool Discovery Days. Take advantage of some of the lowest tides of the year. Naturalists will be stationed at the tidepools in the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area. Exact dates to be announced. Check for low tides and call (541) 547-3289.

The ever-present, hypnotizing drama of Yachats' shoreline

May 7. Taste of Home Cooking Show. 4 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 9. Emerald City Jazz Kings, "Blowin'Up a Storm!" Jazz concert. 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

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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May 9. Art Walk 3 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 9. Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra. Music of Herb Alpert, Luis Bonfa, Durval Ferriera, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Ernesto Lecuona, Henry Mancini, Charles Perkins, Gonzalo Roig. Songs of Jobim, Johnnie Mandel, and Cole Porter. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Yachats Commons Auditorium, Hwy 101 & W 5th. Yachats, Oregon.

May 10. Author-Fest. Showcasing the literary talent of the central Oregon coast. You'll find a great variety of books - poetry, novels, cartoons - even accounts of Yachats history. Meet the authors who will autograph your copies. Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Yachats Commons, Rm. 8, Hwy 101 & W 5th. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3968.

May 11. Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra 2 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 16. Rhododendron Festival Pageant & Reception 7 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 16 – 18. Florence Rhododendron Festival. Over 100 entries; attracts over 15,000 visitors. Parade and a Rhododendron Queen, and each year beautiful wild flowers of Florence echo the theme of the first Florence Rhododendron Festival, “Watch Florence Grow." 800-524-4864.

May 17 – 18. Rhododendron Society, Rhody Flower Show 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 23. FPA's "Mozart Players" pre-concert talk 6:45 p.m. "Mozart Players" concert at 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.


May 24. Memorial Day Pie & Ice Cream Social, assortment of pies made from the favorite recipes of Ladies Club members. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Ladies Club House, W 3rd & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3205.

May 25. Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat pancakes with eggs, ham, sausage, coffee and milk. 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5171.

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Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

May 27. SHS Choir Pops Concert 7 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 29. LCC Dance Showcase 7 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

May 31. Habitat's "Box Show" Silent Auction 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

June 2. SHS Band Pops Concert
7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

June 5. Coastal Fitness Spring Show 6:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

June 7. FEC Community Indoor Yard Sale 8 p.m. - 2 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

June 14. Art Walk 3 p.m. Gallery Reception 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

Florence's Siuslaw Bridge

June 13 – 22. LRP production of "The Odd Couple," the female version. 7 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

July 3. Jim Curry's "John Denver Tribute Concert" 7 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

July 4. Yachats la de da Parade, Festivities & Fireworks Show. Fun-filled la de da Parade at Noon. Great food and music all afternoon and night at various venues about town. Spectacular Fireworks at Sundown over the Yachats Bay.

July 4. Fourth of July Pie & Ice Cream Social. Tuesday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Ladies Club House, W 3rd & Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-3205.

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.

Generously appointed rooms or spacious two-room suites. Continental breakfast. Heated salt-water pool and spa, fitness room, high-speed Internet, some Jacuzzi spas and ADA accessibility. Some pet friendly. Business and meeting facilities. Catering services available.

July 4. 3rd Annual Duck for Kids Race. Ducks will be launched at the Yachats River Bridge, just south of downtown Yachats. 1,000 Rubber Duckies will be dropped from the bridge to race down the Yachats River. Watch from the beach below the bridge at Yachats Ocean Road State Park. First ducks across the finish line will win fantastic prizes. You may sponsor a duck for $5 or 3 ducks for $10. Buy your chance to win at the Yachats Visitors Center, 241 Hwy 101, 541-547-3530; Chuck's Waldport Video, 520 Commercial St, Waldport, 541-563-4898, and area hotels and restaurants. 2:30 p.m. All proceeds will support Yachats Youth and Family Activities Programming. 541-547-4599.

July 4 & 5. FACA Arts & Craft Show. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

July 11-13. 28th Annual Yachats Music Festival. See the internationally acclaimed artists of FOUR SEASONS CONCERTS. Three-day music festival includes cameo performances by 20 to 30 major classical artists. Individual concert tickets for Friday, Saturday or Sunday evening or a Sunday matinee performance may be purchased beginning in June at Yachats Visitors Center (541) 547-3530. Concerts are held at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church, 360 W 7th. Yachats, Oregon. Additional information at Four Seasons Concerts, (510) 601-7919.

Heceta Beach, Florence

July 11. Misty River Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

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.

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

17 lavish, beachfront suites feature Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub, gas fireplace, luxury robes & linens, TV, two-headed showers. Three large suites have kitchens. Private deck w/ BBQ available. No smoking or pets. Perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon.

July 12. 38th Annual Yachats Smelt Fry. All you can eat smelt, with rolls, coleslaw, pickles, chips and drink. Sausage with soft drink and all the fixings will also be available, as will dessert. Entertainment includes Oregon's Old-Time fiddlers and a local German Umpa band. Saturday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 and W 4th St. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5171.

July 12. Art Walk 3 p.m. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

July 19. Van Fans Ice Cream Social. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

July 20. Army Band Concert. Florence Events Center. 715 Quince. Florence, Oregon. 888-968-4086.

There are wine tastings every Saturday afternoon at the The Wine Shop in Yachats

August 2 – 3. Pathways to Transformation. Holistic Health, Psychics, and Crafts Fair. Saturday 10 a.m. -7 p.m. Sunday 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Yachats Commons, Hwy. 101 and W 4th. Yachats, Oregon. St. (541) 547-4664.

August 23 - September 1. Whale Watch Week. Whale watch interpreters at Cape Perpetua Overlook, Cape Perpetua Visitors' Center, Devil's Churn Viewpoint and Cook's Chasm Turnout. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Information: Morris Grover, (541) 765-3304

August 30. 9th Annual Labor Day Pie & Ice Cream Social.
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Yachats Ladies Club, Yachats. 541-547-3205.

August 31. Yachats Lions Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat pancakes with eggs, ham, sausage, coffee and milk. 7:30 - 11:30 a.m. Yachats Lions Hall, W 4th St. and Pontiac. Yachats, Oregon. 541-547-5171.

September 12 – 14. Florence Rods 'n' Rhodies. $25 entry fee for each car, an invitational for all classes of 1972 model cars and older. Throughout town. (541) 997-8360.

Condo-hotel that offers the amenities of a fine hotel, but also includes ownership of a vacation home on the north Oregon coast. It is a unique opportunity, as condo owners have an opportunity to share in the revenues of their unit. All have either spectacular, nearly aerial views of the ocean and city, or they gaze out at the lush forests of the coast range mountains. There are private balconies in all rooms, which come as studios or units with one bedroom or two - as large as 850 square feet. Each is fully furnished. $189,000 to $449,000, (with most in the $300,000 range.) When owners are not using their units, they may be rented out as hotel rooms, and owners may share in those revenues.
the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

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.
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.
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.

Tradewinds Motel, 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. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Inn 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.

The 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. www.theoceanlodge.com


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