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Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

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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.

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.

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.

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

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.

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

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.

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848

Sand Levels Revealing Some Ghost Forests On Oregon Coast

Published 02/016/2010

A ghost forest stump south of Newport

(Oregon Coast) – Presumably because of El Nino conditions, winter has not conjured up much on Oregon's beaches this time around. Winter storms in recent years have scoured more sand than usual off the beaches, resulting in stranger finds. But this winter, like last year’s, seems to be pretty average and almost uneventful.

Still, the odd ancient treasures – like ghost forest stumps – are popping up now and again, even if nothing too strange is making an appearance, as in some recent years. It also depends on the beach, as some have lower sand levels than others, and some wacky stuff is showing up in a few spots they’re not normally seen.

“Pretty much the same old story; the sand is up one day and down the next,” said David Woody, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s head park ranger for the north and central Oregon coast. “The ghost forest at Neskowin is still visible at times, and the root wads near Beverly Beach are migrating up and down that beach with the tides. That's about it for now.”

Stumps at Cape Lookout State Park are extremely rare.

However, down near Florence, at the secretive Hobbit Trail beach, CoastWatch reports some significant loss of sand, resulting in a few ancient stumps.

The ancient trees in question are between 2,000 and 4,000 years old, depending on the beach. Those that show up around Newport’s Beverly Beach or farther south around Seal Rock are probably around 4,000 years old, maybe more. Those in Neskowin appear to be around 2,000 years old, according to carbon dating.

Others periodically show up at Cape Lookout State Park, and these are estimated at around 1,000 years old.

They are nicknamed “ghost forests” for their spooky look, and because they are remarkably preserved remnants of an ancient forest. Oregon geologists like Roger Hart believe they are the result of a rather quick inundation of salt water, sand or soil material that covered the forest, keeping them out of the air and thus maintaining them over the millennia. This seeping in of ocean water or other materials likely happened over a stretch of decades.

The stumps north of Newport have been making occasional appearances.

Some theories say these may be the result of a violent geologic event that abruptly submerged the forest when the ground dropped as much as 25 feet. However, this theory isn’t as well regarded as it once was.

Southern central coast beaches – between Yachats and Florence – appear to be farther scoured out than others. CoastWatch reports one beach near Bray Point as being right down to the cobblestone and bedrock, prime conditions for agate hunting.

Up on the north and central coast, little seems to be taking place. Arch Cape and Hug Point (near Cannon Beach), haven’t dropped much, although some stuff not normally visible can be seen on these beaches – including the giant mushroom-shaped rock at Hug Point.

Wild and eerie ancient stumps at Neskowin

In Newport, things simply seem to be evening out. Resident Terry Morse noticed the sandy dunes often collected at the jetty beneath the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse during the summer months has now dispersed a bit more over the beach. CoastWatch reports the sand dunes at Nye Beach are not as high.

If you’re looking for a touch of Jurassic Park in Oregon, the coast just may have what you’re looking for right now. Sand levels are low enough at many spots to allow some decent agate hunting and a handful of fossil finds. One such treasure trove can sometimes be Moolack and Beverly Beaches, just north of Newport.

The cliff walls periodically drop interesting chunks of fossils. It is illegal to take these off the beach or break open the clumps of them that are coming out of the cliffs.

Storm surges like this were not very common this winter, as here in Newport (photo Starfish Point).

The bottoms of these cliffs also boast the same soft, gray clay material that is found in Arch Cape when sand levels get extremely low. Often, you will see fossils embedded in these chunks at Moolack.

Still, things are not as exciting as they were two years ago when sand levels had dropped ten feet or more, revealing all sorts of wonders along the coast.

A beach can shift in height overnight by three feet, given the right wave conditions, so keep an eye out for abrupt changes. But storms aren’t as plentiful as they were in the winter of the big December 7 storm of 2007.

“There haven’t been all that many storms this winter,” Morse said.

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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.

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 sea.

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.

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.
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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

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
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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