and Beach Secrets for Oregon Coast, Week of 10/30
– Weather, oysters, art and haunted lighthouses highlight
a week that is full of possibilities. Conditions could turn either
way for the region, with freezing weather hovering around amidst
sunny skies, plus the coming of storm season quickly approaching.
There’s some interesting secrets about coastal weather lurking
here. Plus, Cannon Beach overflows with fine art, Newport is flooded
with yummy oysters and incredible wines – and more secret
spots and other lodging tidbits abound.
Also, if you
want to know more about scary lighthouse tales, something big is
waiting for you on TV on the Oregon Coast Show.
week that will be remembered.
Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast, Arch Cape. Get ready to really
get away from it all in an extraordinary setting that screams romance
and/or relaxation, where you can have a stunning small home all
to yourself – and still get breakfast cooked for you.
Bed and Breakfast is on the north Oregon coast in beautiful Arch
Cape, just four miles south of Cannon Beach – about halfway
between Astoria and Tillamook. It is an achingly beautiful beachfront
property, where mystifying Castle Rock sits offshore and fires up
the imagination with interpretations of its shape.
Step off the
charming wooden deck, stroll through the seaside garden, and you're
on the beach. Recline on the deck and enjoy the sunshine –
which isn’t as rare as you might think this time of year -
or sit back and soak up the view while the sound of the surf relaxes
is one of those unforgettable places, close to the ocean, where
you can watch storms with a unique perspective, or bask in the sun
of those more-frequent-than-you-realize clear days of December,
November and especially in the tiny, “hidden summer”
of February, when the coast takes on about 14 days worth of balmy,
storms, thrill to waves exploding against Castle Rock, while a fire
crackles in the fireplace.
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to
golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of
pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty
in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families,
couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All
rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s,
VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts
all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog
fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with
all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up
to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with
a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those
on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite
that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those
wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large
gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create
two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
This place is
perfect is for the couple on a retreat or a family of four or so,
easily accommodating all.
cozy living room is furnished with easy chairs, skylights, a sofa
and more. Stretch out on the cushioned window seat and view the
surf up close. You can watch the beautiful ocean, hordes of local
pelicans and migrating whales, even from the dining area.
A garden patio
greets you at the entrance to Shaw's Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast,
and fresh flowers welcome you inside. 79924 Cannon Road, Arch Cape,
Oregon. 1-(888) 269-4483 www.shawsoceanfrontbb.com
Lookout State Park, west of Tillamook. At Cape Lookout
State Park, the road changes from Whiskey Creek Road to Cape Lookout
Road - hence the designation of MP 0 at this point.
The beach at
this popular park is mostly one immense, sandy stretch, going on
for nearly five miles to the north into Netarts Spit. Parts of the
beach dip steeply into the tide line, causing the waves to crash
loudly and abruptly, then quickly running out of steam and altogether
creating an intense, natural spectacle.
Hiking on the
Netarts Spit is no small feat, but you'll dig the solitude as much
as the opportunity for clam digging. A ways after the two-mile point,
look for paths onto higher dunes for more stunning viewpoints. Along
much of the way, green, mushy marshland follows you to the end of
the spit, where roses, wild strawberries and other plant life delectables
lie on the pathways.
you're hiking this entire sandy wonder and looking to make this
journey in a loop, this is sometimes a difficult undertaking. There
is no official Return Route around the spit. However, the bayside
is filled with thick vegetation, and if you're really willing to
rough it, you could trudge through the brush even without a real
Lookout boasts 191 campsites (two accommodating the disabled), one
electrical site, four group camping areas, a reservable picnic area,
a meeting hall, four yurts, 54 full RV hookup campsites (maximum
30 feet), full restroom and shower facilities as well as a waste
has a $3 day-use fee. Campsite reservations can be made at (503)
waves in Newport, late Oct.
Begin to Arrive, and Other Surprises. It isn’t exactly
storm season by any means, but the storms are coming nonetheless,
and you’re apt to see some spectacular wave action any moment
The Oregon coast
has been the recipient of a couple crazed storms already, although
mostly rain and wind have taken their swipes at the shoreline, and
not the giant paws of the Pacific. At least not a heck of a lot.
Some areas reported some mighty breakers here and there in the last
two weeks, and even sunny, apparently calm weather has produced
large waves that have been spectacular (such is as these Newport,
and calm at Nehalem Bay (Manzanita)
rather warm, sunny weather is not out of the question for the following
weeks. You’ll find plenty of cold, winter-like days where
the sun shines pretty heavy throughout November, but you’ll
encounter a few quite comfortable ones as well.
November can still be a mixed bag of pleasures – with magnificent
storms beginning to roll in as well as some very nice, pleasant
days. Keep your eye on the weather reports.
Cloyster, Newport. November 4 means the famous “Oyster
Cloyster” in Newport, an event that brings an evening of elegance
and culinary decadence in the seafood world. This dazzling occasion
of fine dining, wine, atmosphere and live music takes place at the
Oregon Coast Aquarium after dark, and is a benefit for the Oregon
Coast Community College Foundation.
many as 15 chefs from the Northwest – mostly the coast –
will be on hand, challenged to create original culinary masterpieces
based on a main ingredient: oysters from the northwest. The décor
and presentation are stunning, and food is served as appetizers
in a smorgasbord style - although there is nothing small about the
pure enormity of edibles available. “No one goes home without
being really satisfied,” says A.T. Ronan, OCCC Foundation
Executive Director and Development Director for the college.
wines are spotlighted, there are raffles for elaborate gift baskets
for guests, and chefs will get some mighty wonderful awards for
their works of art. The award trophies given at the end of the night
are highly coveted art pieces in themselves: stunning blown-glass
oyster shells that are lighted from underneath.
at the door will be $75. 541 574-7141 or 574-7131. Tickets can also
be ordered through the college’s website at www.occc.cc.or.us/oystercloyster.
the full story here
Beach Picnic Ground
Sides of one Hidden Spot (between Florence and Yachats).
Ocean Beach Picnic Area and Rock Creek Campground share an interesting
structure that has two sides to its face.
is a quaint hidden spot that’s often overlooked because of
its size, but it’s well worth it. Take the tiny, paved –
but steep – road down to the parking lot and you’ll
find two picnic tables overlooking a lovely view of the sandy beach.
Beach access was apparently torn away by storms in recent years,
so that’s not easily done anymore.
At the beach’s
southern end is an intriguing, bubble-like headland with an indentation
that looks a bit like a cave. (Look for MP 174.)
To the immediate
south lies Rock Creek Campground and Roosevelt Beach. The Forest
Service operates this one, accessible by turning inland. 16 campsites
are nestled in the forest here.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast
- in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty
of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer
kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s
and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation.
We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb
customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751.
(800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com
But the real
discovery is the beach. If you’re not camping here, you can
find this gem by looking for a couple of unmarked dusty patches
on the side of the road immediately south of a small bridge –
and just the other side from the headland at Ocean Beach. You’ll
find a long stretch of bluffs which allow you access to Roosevelt
Beach at various points.
find this charming creek spilling into the ocean, and the other
side of that headland from Ocean Beach looks strangely identical
with a very similar indentation in it. The strand wanders on for
a while and disappears out of sight beyond the sandstone bluffs,
meanwhile dotted with intriguing rock structures and covered half
in stones and half in sand.
fascinating and enchanting spot, made more so by the fact it’s
largely hidden and very unpopulated.
Weather Arts Festival, Cannon Beach (Nov. 3 – 5).
Blustery weather cometh – at least to Cannon Beach (whatever
the forecast says). There, art galleries and performance venues
take center stage once again with the annual "Stormy Weather
Arts Festival." Each November in this sleepy little hamlet,
artists of every kind join together to create a festival filled
with music, theater, poetry and art. Writers, singers, composers,
painters, glass artists and sculptors will be on hand from November
3 - 5, to present and demonstrate their artistic endeavors to the
Puddlers Artist Group, who paint in all types of media, will hold
an art show throughout the weekend at Cannon Beach Elementary School.
3 p.m. Friday.
The Quick Draw
Event is where 14 artists will have one hour to paint, complete,
and frame a piece, while a rapt audience watches. The art is then
sold by auction to lucky bidders. This event is sold out, however.
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with
a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are
either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand
– 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, depending on the
home: 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 are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes
with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away
from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range
from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
The Art Walk
on Saturday is a wonderful way to see the galleries of Cannon Beach
and watch visiting artists from around the world demonstrating their
art. The Surfsand Resort will host about a dozens artists, all of
which are normally shown at local galleries. Plus look for many
musicians and artists doodling and noodling about town. http://www.cannonbeach.org/events/stormy.htm
Oregon Lighthouses on TV, Thursday and Friday. Halloween
may be over, but the fascination with the idea of haunted lighthouses
in Oregon isn’t.
Coast Show (Channel 22, KPXG), will spotlight these haunted
tales the following two Thursdays – Nov. 2 and Nov. 16 –
at 7:30 p.m. on channel 22, or on Comcast cable ch. 5. It will also
air Thursdays and Fridays on Nov. 2 - 3, and Nov. 16 – 17,
in Tillamook County and Lincoln County, on Charter cable ch. 18.
are partially footage from Oregon Coast Show producer Scott Gibson’s
DVD “Oregon Lights,” which will be released soon for
purchase. Other parts of the Oregon Coast Show segments on haunted
lighthouses come from BeachConnection.net editor Andre’ Hagestedt,
who acts as the on-air reporter, transitioning sections of the show
segments and sharing his own knowledge about the subject.