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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.

A cuddly pet- and family-friendly beauty that boasts a host of complimentary fun stuff like beach games, beach chairs and bikes for carousing around town on, among other things. Immaculate rooms - great sense of fun and quirkiness. Free wi-fi. There are also free movies. Small pet fee.

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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.

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

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

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.

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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


NOTE: for a later story on this, see Brown Breakers Mystify Oregon Coast Tourists; Shops Questioned Thick brown patches of foam are freaking out visitors, but it's a good thing

Brown Goo Spotted on Oregon Coast Not Pollution

Story by Tiffany Boothe and Andre' Hagestedt

Brown diatoms on the water at Seaside (photo: Tiffany Boothe)

(Oregon Coast) – It’s a question often asked by tourists to the area these days, especially those visitors new to the area. Is it oil? Is it sewage? No, it’s only diatoms: one of the most important food sources in the ocean.

The Oregon coast has lately been the recipient of a large amount of brown goo floating on top of the ocean waves, often washing up on the sand. This is not pollution, but tiny creatures called diatoms which are in such abundance right now they form some massive displays along the coast.

The brown stuff has been seen floating in massive chunks along portions of calmer seas, but often getting tussled around by waves as well. These then drift often onto shore in foamy masses, creating some interesting sights which leave many beachgoers scratching their heads or worrying about where they’re walking.

In Seaside, it’s spotted drifting between the crashing waves along normally very active surf. It’s quite obvious while just standing along the great, long sandy beaches of the north coast. Along the central coast, it’s even more visible and prominent in many spots, as there numerous bays and highpoints which allow viewers to look down and catch sight of the phenomenon. But also these natural structures create spaces of deep, calmer waters where the waves don’t break up the banks of brown stuff. It makes their presence even more pronounced and spectacular. Near Depoe Bay, both Boiler Bay and Whale Cove have been excellent vantage points from which to catch the diatom masses lazily drifting along, although the numerous high spots above Newport’s beaches make for great viewing as well.

Boiler Bay on the central coast: calmer sections of water and high vantage points allow better viewing of the brown stuff

Diatoms are at the bottom of the food chain of the ocean, but they create much of what you see visually on the beaches of the Oregon coast, or any other coast, for that matter. They are the tiny, microscopic plant-like creatures that are part of the phytoplankton family. They are about 100 micrometers long – or 1000 times the size of a virus. Still, they’re not visible with the naked eye.

In the spring and early summer, diatoms multiply at the rate of one hundred billion to two hundred billion in just 30 days. These “blooms” create such masses of them they appear in the surprising ways and curious formations that tourists have been seeing.

The diatoms eat large amounts of nitrates and phosphates and leave behind carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins. Their bodies also store oil to live on. If you look closely at the bubbles created by phytoplankton you will notice that they look as if they have oil in them, as in the photographs here.

Brown goo on the waves of Seaside (photo: Boothe)

Diatoms and other types of phytoplankton are also largely responsible for the regular sea foam you see on the coastline. Those bubbles that hit the beaches are from the breakdown of the skeletons of phytoplankton. High winds and heavy surf whip air into the water, and when combined with the dissolved organic matter from the phytoplankton, these help create the bubbles.

Another natural occurrence is contributing to the giant floating masses of brown foam: stormy waves that continue to throttle the beaches and headlands of late. The recent storms agitated the surf and brought this stuff up from the depths a bit more.

Morris Grover, head of the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay, said the storms of the last two weeks have made for a lot of big waves, even during calmer, sunnier days that have punctuated the spring weather lately.

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“If you put a lot of water into a blender and put it on high for a while, it’d be all foamy too,” Grover said. “But with all this phytoplankton out there, it’s like a big protein shake.”

Photo by Boothe

Officials at NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) say that waters have been quite cold this past winter, which bodes well for the spring and summer reproductive cycles of the tiny beasties. Phytoplankton has already begun blooming early this year, and the zooplankton have been reproducing earlier than usual. This makes for lots of the bubble-making stuff already. Add spring storms to that and you have a recipe for lots of large brown, foamy blobs on the ocean.

Everything in the ocean feeds on diatoms and other plankton, either directly or indirectly. Even the great baleen whales filter planktons and diatoms for part of their diet.

When diatoms get so abundant in the ocean, they may wash ashore during storms or westerly winds. This usually happens early spring, mid summer, and early fall.

When they do wash ashore, because they’re microscopic, they look like crude oil. If you look very closely at a thin layer of the stuff you will see it is dark green, and not a crude oil at all.

Close up of beach bubbles (photo: Boothe)

The brown stuff washing on the beaches also has a lot to do with something else often mistaken for oil or pollution. Tourists to the Oregon coast will undoubtedly vividly remember seeing dark, oily-looking patches on the beaches, often in great abundance. While occasionally this is an environmental problem, such as the oil along Waldport’s beaches during the New Carissa shipwreck debacle back in the late 90’s, it is rarely what it seems.

The brown diatom patches leave these dark stains on the beaches because of the materials in their bodies. “It’s not really so much of a stain as it is so much of the stuff accumulates on the beaches,” said Keith Chandler, manager of the Seaside Aquarium. “The stuff, like the brown bubbles, feels a little oily, but that doesn’t mean it is oil. It just comes from a lot of it piling on the beaches. The tide will come and clean it out. Just like a ketchup stain – it comes right out.”

Other wild sights are sometimes on tap because of another form of phytoplankton called dinoflagellates. These little creatures glow in the water at night, and on the beaches for a few hours after washing up on shore. It’s nicknamed “glowing sands” because they emit a faint, bluish, green glow when stepped on or disturbed. This is only visible in very dark conditions at night.

This exciting and somewhat rare event happens when large amounts of phytoplankton are present on the beaches, and high tides or stormy conditions wash them up. While this happens much more frequently during the warmer summer and fall months, seasonal occurrences like this one, with large amounts of phytoplankton blooms, may result in a sighting or two of these during the spring.

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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.
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