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.
November Turns the Seasons on the Oregon Coast
|Southern end of Cannon Beach
(Oregon Coast) - November is a pivotal turning point in
the seasons on the coast and an interesting mish-mash of conditions. It's
where the dreary overcast weather becomes prevalent, where storms really
begin to kick in, and yet where beautiful, mellow, sunny day surprises
are not uncommon.
So enjoying the beach is a bit more complex, and yet richer
in possibilities. Sure, you've got to get dress more warmly and be prepared
to get soaked occasionally. But you can find a place where you can both
duck for safety to watch the storms or wander the beach in calmer moments.
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.
Cannon Beach vs. Seaside
|Seaside and its promenade
Up on the North Coast, both Cannon Beach and Seaside -
separated by only Tillamook Head and six miles - provide an incredible
array of opportunities for playing around the beach in all kinds of weather.
The sand is only steps away from all the restaurants, shops, entertainment,
lodgings and other modern amenities of civilization you could ever want.
In Cannon Beach, the emphasis is on wood-tiled buildings
of a rather upscale charm, with a load of funky, unique shops, while the
whole place is an art mecca for the entire coast. The beach is a long
stretch of fluffy sand, which ends on the north side at a basalt headland
that hides a secret beach. Its center point is, of course, the magnificent,
well known shape of Haystack Rock (the third largest monolith in the world).
Seaside has a different character and charm – and
three distinctly different sides. Some of it is more about old-fashioned
Americana and a variety of carnival-like attractions. Cruise Broadway
- its "Million Dollar Walk" - to find dozens and dozens of opportunities
for play, dining and fun shops that run the gamut from fashion to funky
mementos. The Promenade represents its historical side, as does the rather
atmospheric Gilbert District, where old buildings are now inhabited a
growing number of upscale shops and diners.
|Seaside's atmospheric Gilbert District
On the beach, the sand gets more like dunes the farther
north you go. It’s at the very northern end where you’ll find
a seriously deserted beach that’s often chock full of whole sand
Going south, the beach becomes rocky until it dead-ends
at "the cove," a favorite for surfers.
|Manzanita, with mysterious Neahkahnie Mt. looming above
A large bay full of water sports possibilities, a towering
mountain smothered in mystery, miles and miles of immaculate sand and
a really long spit make Manzanita one non-stop tour of natural beauty.
Not to mention, the tiny town itself manages to boast a large helping
of culinary, lodging and shopping opportunities. All of these attractive
amenities are just a short walk from the beach, should the weather turn
beach begins at the end of Laneda Ave., but another road runs along side
the shore from that elbow until it dead-ends in the tree-smothered neighborhoods
beneath Highway 101 and looming Neahkahnie Mountain. On the way, access
to the sand is easy, with just a few steps down sandy or slightly rocky
passages to this endlessly fascinating beach.
on the highway, there are incredible viewpoints overlooking the ocean,
Manzanita and even glimpses of Nehalem Bay. Just around the corner (just
north of these viewpoints), you'll find more viewpoints, where mighty
breakers slam into the rugged, ancient basalt headlands of Short Sand
The Nehalem Bay Spit runs for a couple miles to the south,
with entrances at one hidden end of Manzanita, and a mile away - just
outside of the tiny town of Nehalem.
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.
Near Sea Lion Caves
|Grand cliffs north of Florence
As you pass from Yachats into dazzling beaches made of
rocky basalt, after about 15 miles the landscape turns to more soft sand.
Then, somewhere just after Carl Washburne State Park, you're traveling
above the ocean on high, dramatic cliffs, where a tumultuous sea churns
At various spots, rather atmospheric walls made of rock
line viewpoints that allow you to look at Mother Nature at her sometimes
most unbelievable. Look close, and periodically you can spot hordes of
sea lions lounging on the bottoms of these cliffs. Marvel as you try to
imagine how they got up those steep, sheer walls.
In this area - almost exactly halfway between Brookings
and Astoria - you'll find the Sea Lion Caves (541-547-3111), a longtime
tourist attraction in the region, where the great, barking beasts occupy
the world's largest sea cave. There's also Heceta Head and Devil's Elbow
State Park, which includes the magnificent lighthouse, the lightkeeper's
quarters (which is a B&B), and a unique beach full of captivating
rock structures and small sea caves (at lower tides).
Perhaps a quarter mile of town exists here, but it contains
numerous treasures. There's the famous Japanese cuisine of Yuzen, and
the kids will love Sea Gulch and its wooden, chainsaw sculptures inside
a mythical Old West town.
Seal Rock began its days as a budding resort town back
in the last century, but various failed business deals resulted in this
tiny town being surrounded by wondrous, unspoiled natural attractions.
Seal Rock State Park is one large chunk, with a variety of rock structures,
rock-dotted sandy beaches and weird grooves made of basalt (actually geologic
oddities and hints of fault lines) to climb around on.
The climbable chasm
in the rock
There's one section near the tide line where the basalt
rocks form a small channel that creates some fun climbing opportunities
at lower tides.
If you're looking for a hidden spot around here:
a tad north of the entrance to Seal Rock State Park sits a small path
down to the beach. Look for Grebe St. and it's nearby.
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.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
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
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.
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 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.
for Freaky, Creepy Mole Crabs on Oregon Coast Beaches The
little critters make the tideline bubble and feel really weird as they
run across your feet
Transformations of Oregon Coast Beaches Seasons change
and so do beaches, revealing different sides and a variety of eye-popping
Found on Oregon Beach May Be 80,000 Years Old - They
are the remnants of a forest apparently 80,000 years old, found at Hug
or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's
more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major
Coast Travel Site Goes Wireless Provides Lodging Reports
- Oregon Coast Beach Connection now has mobile lodging and dining listings,
along with weekly lodging availability reports