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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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



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

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.

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.



Nature Insider Tips for the Oregon Coast


Covering 180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.


Secrets of the Season

Nature Insider Tips for the Oregon Coast

Newport's Nye Beach district, near many of the big wildlife events of the summer

(Oregon Coast) - The second of two parts in BeachConnection.net's series on insider travel tips for the Oregon coast concentrates on the natural world - with some surprises about how to really take advantage of that irresistible beach environment. There are fossil tours, wildlife tours, tips on where to find fossils, events for birders, kayaking possibilities, hidden nature spots most don't know about and much more. Especially this summer, there's much to do.

See the first Insider Tips (covering gas prices and other travel advice) here.

Fossils on the Beach

Guy DiTorrice giving a fossil tour

Did you know the coast has its own "Fossil Guy?" Newport's Guy DiTorrice runs fossil guide tours around the area, helping you to discover the fossilized remains of ancient lifeforms that dot the beaches. Check out. www.oregonfossilguy.com or call 541-961-1762 for more information on costs and arranging a time.

DiTorrice offers up some interesting tidbits of his own, such as Oregon's "beaches are home to one of the heaviest concentrations of 15- to 30-million-year-old fossils in North America." He also says some of the greatest shell locations are at Charleston, north of Florence at Strawberry Hill, the small parking lot north of Seal Rock and the section of beach just north of Ona Beach State Park (near Waldport.)

Lincoln County's Secret Delights

Drive east along Newport's Yaquina Bay for some interesting scenery most aren't aware of

According to Newport beach expert Guy DiTorrice, the best beach access for getting a sunset shot or birdwatching in Newport is at NW 68th St. Plus there are great minus-tide tide pools there, he adds. You'll find that a bit north of Yaquina Head.

Both DiTorrice and Newport’s TC Caldwell pair up on advice for one heck of a scenic ride just outside of Newport: both tout the Yaquina Bay Road between Newport and Toledo. DiTorrice says it has excellent scenery, plenty of turnoffs, lots of birds and no crowds." While Caldwell notes the remains of the 1885 Oregon Pacific Railroad can be seen there, and that: "Oregon Oyster Farms is the state's oldest - established in 1907. They ship anywhere in world."

It can be found six miles east of the bayfront on Yaquina Bay Road. (541) 265-5078.

Caldwell adds that the largest concentration of waterfowl in Yaquina Bay is found at Sally's Bend.

Cape Perpetua, just south of Yachats

If you're look for more waterfowl, Lincoln City's Visitors Center says that Devils Lake has a greater density of waterfowl than "any other wetland habitat on the Oregon Coast."

They add that Lincoln City "has more motel and hotel rooms than any town on the coast between San Francisco and Seattle."

Caldwell also says that Newport's Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area has the only "handicap" accessible tide pools "west of the Mississippi, maybe in the US." You can find these concrete pathways meandering down around the manmade tide pool area, allowing close-up viewing by anyone in a wheelchair.

There's also a handicap-accessible viewing deck at the very edge of Lincoln County, just south of Yachats. You'll find the platform at Cook's Chasm, immediately south of the Devil's Churn.

Wildlife Tours

These are in abundance throughout the summer, especially on the central coast.

Siletz Bay, Lincoln City

Lincoln City’s Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge is offering kayak tours through the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Spend a half hour paddling through the Wildlife Refuge and learn about the natural history of some of the plants, wading birds, water fowl and other wildlife that inhabit the estuary. Each participant must provide his own kayak or canoe. Email Annie Kilby or call 541-867-4550 or 541-270-5606.

Wednesday, June 4, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, June 12 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 29 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday, August 1 1:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Saturday, August 9 7:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Between Yachats and Florence, the Audubon Society is hosting “Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary Tours” at that pristine beach access. Learn about restoration and coastal temperate rain forest with Manager Paul Engelmeyer, (541) 547-4227. Variable price for tour groups.

Each Wednesday through Sunday, there’s a roving interpreter at Yachats’ 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.

Strawberry Hill beach access, near 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.

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.

In Newport, OceanQuest ’08 brings daily guided estuary tours to the Hatfield Marine Science Center, as well as Antarctica auditorium presentations. These happen daily in June, July and August. 2030 Marine Science Dr., Newport, Oregon. Admission by suggested donation. 541-867-0100. http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu

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

The Yaquina Birders & Naturalists group is holding quite a few events for the summer. There’s lots for folks who are into coastal birds and marine critters. All events take place in or around Newport and are free.

Seal Rock

Thursday, June 19. Eric Horvath and "Birding Southeast Arizona." Eric will show photos taken from several birding trips to SE Arizona. He will talk about special birds of that area, from Elegant Trogon and Gray Hawk to Rufous-winged Sparrow. 7:30 PM at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center Education Wing Room 30/32. Please use the Staff Entrance (NOT the entrance to the Visitor's Center), follow the signs, and park near the Library. Cost: free.

Saturday, June 21: 7-9 a.m. "Birds of Mike Miller Park." Eric Horvath will lead this Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip. Eric writes: "We will look for Hermit & Wilson's Warblers, Purple Finch, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Wrentit, Bewick's Wren, Swainson's Thrush, and many other birds." Meet at Mike Miller Park, South Beach, just south of Newport.

Sunday, July 20. "Tidepooling at Seal Rocks." Cynthia Trowbridge will lead this Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip. Meet on the beach near the NW Cross Street pullout (about Mile Post MP 151.2) by 7:30 a.m.

Friday, August 22. “Birds of Newport Area.” Range Bayer will lead this Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip. Please meet at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center Visitor's Parking Lot at the Flagpole by 1 p.m. Duration: afternoon.

Contact Range Bayer for more info, at 541-265-2965.

Beach Discovery Days at Seaside

Discover the Beach in a New Way

The Seaside Aquarium will get really beachy with Beach Discovery Days each weekend in July and August. On Fridays and Sundays, these take place at the estuary at Quatat Park in Seaside, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. On Saturdays, they happen on the beach in front of the aquarium – 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.

You’ll see animals found on the beach and in the estuary. Each of the event days, aquarium staff will grab a sampling of critters found on the beach or the estuary – depending on where the event is that day. See and touch mole crabs, pipefish, perch, hermit crabs, clams, sand dollars and whatever else the marine environment presents.

There’s a tank that duplicates wave action, so you can see how sand gets washed away in the winter and brought back in summer. You’ll even find a sampling of beaches from 20 miles away, so you can see the difference between beaches.

Beach Discovery Days are free. Call the Seaside Aquarium for more info: 503-738-6211.

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


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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history

The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches

A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca

Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway

Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town

The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City

Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks

Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale

25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders

A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes

Arch 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 sea.
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 866-436-1607.

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.

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.


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