on Oregon's Coast: Four Cuddle-Inducing Lodgings
– There is much on the Oregon coast's menu of lodgings that
is the same-old, same-old, with pools, nice rooms, TV’s, blah
blah blah. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that.
But it’s the unique, even off-the-wall places that add the
real spice to a coastal trip – and most of the truly individualistic
lodgings are still a bit of a secret to many.
Night in Nye Beach
Nye Beach district is a sort of off-the-beaten path area for this
bustling port town, even though if you want to play on the beach,
you have to go here. With its historic ambiance, its slightly off-kilter
moments and its growing upscale contingent, Nye Beach has more than
a few things out of the ordinary.
One is the Sylvia
Beach Hotel, which already has this rather illustrious and oddball
history. Starting out as the New Cliff House in the 1910’s,
this was a time when Nye Beach was known as the “Honeymoon
Capitol of the World.” In later years, it became the Hotel
Gilmore. In the 70’s, this place got extremely strange, with
a host of roughneck residents and regulars who would gather to have
parties in the nude in the hallways.
the Sylvia Beach Hotel is still one of the wilder curiosities of
the Oregon Coast, with its kooky rooms all decorated like the lives
of famous authors. Named after the American expatriate literary
figure who dinged around Paris early in the century, it appropriately
features rooms all gussied up to mirror the lives of Dr. Suess,
Hemingway, Edgar Allan Poe and others. The Suess room features Horton
the Elephant poking out of your shower, as well as other little
fantasy critters inhabiting the room. The Hemingway room has that
swagger of the hunter and world traveler. And the Poe room boasts
a pendulum above the bed. Freaky but fun.
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
although not as whimsical, is open to everyone, although reservations
are required - and usually cost around $20 per person. The outstanding
fare changes nightly, set up like "chapter one," "chapter
two," etc. One recent night featured a salmon mousse appetizer,
with entrée choices like baked halibut in a sweet red pepper
sauce, rack of lamb in a pesto mint, roasted game hen, or black
bean cakes. Other additions included a sesame bok choy, parsley
potatoes and almond cakes with strawberries. Hungry yet? There's
more good news: breakfast goes from 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. 267 N.W.
Cliff. 888-795-8422. www.sylviabeachhotel.com.
Grand Victorian B&B is a striking beauty recently built to look
and feel like a time trippin' jaunt to the distance past. Indeed,
a graceful elegance fills this place, with hovering chandeliers,
an almost spiral-like staircase that wouldn’t seem out of
place in a gothic romance novel or classic film, and rooms filled
with interesting knickknacks that impart that sense of another era.
Suite encompasses the entire third floor, providing a panoramic
view of the ocean. There’s a hot Jacuzzi bath, private balcony,
king bed, sitting area, walk-through closet and private bath and
shower. From here, the sounds of the surf and a whistle buoy on
the distant ocean lull you to sleep.
The Lady Catherine's Room is on the second floor, also overlooking
the waves. It includes a queen bed, cable TV and VCR.
The other big
highlight is the gourmet breakfast in the morning, where, if you
leave the table rolling instead of walking, you’ve done something
wrong. This incredible feast will hold you past lunch. They're running
a special throughout April and May: rent one of the B&B rooms
or their vintage vacation cottage for three consecutive nights and
the fourth night is free. 105 NW Coast Street, Newport. www.grandvictorianor.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 and kitchens.
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. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
of the North Coast
Manzanita, a thick layer of woods covers the town and surrounds
it, while above, mysterious Neahkahnie Mountain looms and oozes
power and presence in many ways. Besides its visual prominence,
there are legends there of buried treasure, and some say its use
as a native people’s sacred place has left a spiritual imprint
on this area that is interesting and most pleasant – yet all
at once mysterious. Some say the area is a bit of a good luck charm.
For your slumbering
pleasure here, there is a real charmer of a motel called the San
Dune Inn in Manzanita. Upon first approach, there’s something
obviously quite cute about it, but apart from that, nothing extraordinary.
It’s a bit like the Manzanita and the Nehalem Bay area itself:
dig inside and you’ll find much more.
place is super dog friendly, and really caters to kids as well.
They have a large selection of movies, as well as other unique things
rather uncommon to motels, like bikes for use of guests, volleyball
equipment, beach balls and other beachy equipment. It isn't your
average little motel - but then Manzanita is not your average sleepy
coastal town, either.
currently hosting a special: dogs stay free during April. 428 Dorcas
Cannon Beach, just a few miles north of Manzanita, one wonder stands
like a combination gothic castle and ski lodge. On a bluff looking
out over the forested stretch just above pristine Arch Cape, the
Arch Cape House is a B&B with a world of difference.
Outside it is
grandiose and impressive. Inside, it’s rather jaw dropping
as well, with a giant chandelier over the white living room, and
a lovely white fireplace at the center. Part of the tower descends
through here, creating a little roundish space in one corner that
serves as a sort of game room.
vary in decadence, with cozy Jacuzzi tubs, enormous, super-comfy
beds, little nooks for reading (or cuddling), and at least partial
ocean views that are thrilling. Arch Cape House screams romantic
getaway at the top of its lungs. The Tower Room, at the top of the
feature that most gives Arch Cape House its castle ambiance, is
a sprawling place of fluffy white carpeting and dreamy atmosphere.
The garden is
a bit of fantasia come to life, and the gourmet breakfast in the
morning is legendary for good reason. East Ocean Rd. - S. of Cannon