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.
Film Crew on Oregon Coast with Duvall, Theron
|The wreck of the Peter Iredale, which will apparently be seen in
the new movie featuring Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortensen
(Warrenton, Oregon) – The beaches of the north Oregon
coast, parts of Portland and the Gorge will again get the Hollywood treatment
this spring, as a company called 2929 Production is filming “The
Road” in those areas.
“The Road” stars Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises),
child actor Kodi McPhee, actress Charlize Theron (In The Valley Of Elah,
Monster), Robert Duvall (The Godfather, We Own The Night) and Guy Pearce
(The Proposition, Memento). The film is based on the post-apocalyptic
novel by Cormac McCarthy, written by Joe Penhall and directed by John
Hillcoat (The Proposition). It’s about a father and son –
played by Mortensen and McPhee – who traverse a desolate world where
most plants, animals and food were destroyed or plundered in a nuclear
war, one where most survivors have turned to cannibalism.
|This rock structure in Cannon Beach is known as "Goonies Rock"
because one key scene from "Goonies" was filmed here using
“This epic adventure follows the duo’s quest
for survival as they make their way toward the sea in the hopes of finding
safety and other surviving ‘good people,’ “ said 2929
in a press release. “The story explores hope in the face of hopelessness,
the ephemeral nature of our existence and the vanishing worlds we all
carry within us. As we watch these two travelers, a father and son who
carry our humanity, we can’t help but feel the world hangs in the
balance of their quest.”
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.
The Astoria Chamber of Commerce said crews will be filming
on the beaches of Warrenton, around the wreck of the Peter Iredale in
early May. They will then move on to Portland and to the Gorge for some
Margot Wilson is the costume designer, and Chris Kennedy
and Jon Gregory from The Proposition serve as production designers. Cinematographer
Javier Aguirresarobe (Talk To Her, The Others) is photographing the film.
The Road is executive-produced by Todd Wagner, Rudd Simmons, Mark Cuban
and Marc Butan.
Other movies made on the Oregon coast include:
The first was “The Fisherman's Bride” in 1908,
made back in Astoria. The town didn't show up again in the annals of film
history until 1981, with “California Mix.” Shortly after,
it grabbed the lion's share of films produced on the coast. "Short
Circuit," both installments of “Free Willy,” “Kndergarten
Cop,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III” and of course,
“Goonies” are part of this town's history now. Parts of “Goonies”
were made in Cannon Beach as well.
|The beach and dunes of Fort Stevens: appropriately post-apocalyptic
looking for film?
“Cthulhu” was filmed in Astoria and nearby
beaches two years ago. The indie film is based on the spooky story “The
Shadow Over Innsmouth” by horror vanguard H. P. Lovecraft.
Seaside had parts of “The Great Race” in 1965.
City experienced Ken Kesey's “Sometimes A Great Notion” in
1970. In 1975, the Central Coast also hosted part of Kesey's “One
Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” (though the lion’s share was
filmed at the state mental facility in Salem).
In Newport, “Hysterical” was filmed there in
1981, as well as in Depoe Bay and Cannon Beach. “The Hardy Boys”
filmed a Halloween episode inside the Yaquina Head Lighthouse. You'll
also find 1991's "Frameup" and the first "The Ring"
with tidbits of this area. “Fahrenheit 9-11” had a bit filmed
The erotic “Claire of the Moon” has chunks
of the northern coastline in it. Parts of “Point Break,” starring
Keanu Reeves, were made in Cannon Beach and Wheeler. “The Temp”
came out of this area in the early 90's as well.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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