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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Central Oregon Coast Bay Gets Festive with
|Lighted Boat Parade (courtesy Discovery Tours)
(Newport, Oregon) – The picturesque bay at Newport
will become the center of a massive holiday parade that’s actually
on the water. On December 1, Yaquina Bay will host the charity event known
as the 14th Annual Lighted Boat Parade, where about a dozen boats dressed
to kill with a bevy of lights blinking and twinkling with the spirit of
The event begins at 5 p.m. and goes until 6:30 p.m., featuring
local boats making a loop around the bay, from the Coast Guard Station
to the Embarcadero Resort and back, showing off a variety of colorful
These lighted boats make a distinctive impression, causing
cheers and sorts of commotion from both the water and the shoreline.
can actually be in the middle of it all and ride aboard one of several
passenger-licensed craft during the event. Marine Discovery Tours, Newport
Tradewinds, Sea Gull Charters and Yaquina Bay Charters will offer rides.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children (4-13), while three years
old and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased by calling 265-6200,
or by visiting Anchor Pier on the Bayfront by 3 p.m. on December 1. Space
is based on availability.
Watchers line the docks and fill the restaurants and shops
on the historic Bayfront to watch the glowing display, although you won’t
find parking or overcrowding a problem, because this time of year isn’t
as jam packed as the summer season. It’s the right mix of energetic,
holiday frivolity and easy access for the visitor.
The number of lights and designs have varied greatly over
the years, said co-founder Fran Mathews, who also owns Discovery Tours.
Her own Oregon Rocket made a splash in 2005. “It had a surprise
burst of lights as the passengers aboard pulled illuminated oars through
the water,” she said. “Other highlights have included live
bands on board, tall, masted sailboats with stars sparkling in the rigging,
and a spouting whale on top of the Discovery.”
said boats in the parade have run with as few as one perfectly positioned
strand of lights to thousands of lights on the larger vessels.
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Newport is home to the largest fishing fleet in Oregon
and the boat parade will feature a variety of watercraft, including charter
boats, fishing boats, sail boats and even sea kayaks. Mathews said this
event is different because while many similar festivities contain mostly
private pleasure craft, this one includes many working fishing boats.
there is the charity aspect of the event. The boat companies, in turn,
donate ticket sales to the Festival of Trees event, put on by Samaritan
Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation.
This year, the parade again has a popular feature for local
boaters: a decorating competition. All mariners in Lincoln County are
invited to enter and win a variety of prizes.
Fran and her husband Don thought it would add to the festivities
to include prizes for a decorating competition. “We have a beautiful,
protected bay for evening harbor lights,” said Don Mathews. “And
we have boats in this county - from pleasure craft and sail boats, to
charter and fishing vessels. Captains and crews love to work as a team,
whether it’s the family boat or a high-lining fishing crew.”
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: 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. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Coast Bank and Yaquina Bay Communications are co-sponsoring the festival,
which has other members of the local business community responding with
generous donations. The grand prize will be a hunting rifle, sponsored
by Oregon Coast Bank. Other prizes include deluxe lodging, dining packages,
marine hardware and gifts from the community. Prizes will be awarded to
the boats following the event.
is a fun way to launch this festive season of fundraising, joined together
by people from all over the coastal community while we showcase our beautiful
boats and Bayfront neighborhood,” said Fran Mathews.
For information on entering the boat-decorating contest
or to reserve passenger tickets, call Marine Discovery Tours at (541)
265-6200 or visit their office at Anchor Pier, 345 SW Bay Boulevard -
on Newport’s Historic Bayfront.
Call the Newport Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-262-7844
or visit www.DiscoverNewport.com
for more information or to request a free Destination Newport Passport
and a list of participating businesses. The passport may be presented
to participating Newport attractions for discounts and special offers
at restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions, tours and more.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. 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.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. 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. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
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
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
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.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. 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.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
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.
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.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. 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. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
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