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.
Seaside May Be Best Prepared Town on Oregon
|Seaside from above (courtesy Seaside Helicopters)
(Seaside, Oregon) – The north Oregon coast town of
Seaside is famous for great beaches, family friendly attractions - and
recently it’s gaining notoriety as one of the best prepared beach
communities on the west coast for tsunamis.
The City of Seaside has been working for several years
to promote safety and help residents, and visitors alike, be prepared
for an earthquake or Tsunami. Congress appropriated funds for our Tsunami
PREP (People Ready with Emergency Plans) - a program that is educating
the public, distributing weather radios, creating neighborhood teams,
preparing caches of supplies in higher elevations and assisting businesses
to train their staff to help visitors.
|Seaside is one of the busiest resort towns on the Oregon coast
On the more practical, scientific side, Oregon State University
is featuring Seaside as the subject of their recent wave tests at the
O.H. Hinsdale Wave Lab. Seaside doesn’t have a Tsunami Museum (like
Hawaii does) – but they’re getting close.
Local geologist, Tom Horning, in cooperation with the Seaside
Chamber of Commerce, is offering “Geologic & Historic Tours”
of the Seaside area.
“Tom’s tour is so popular with locals, they
decided to offer it to visitors as well,” said Seaside Tourism Director
Mikaela Norval. “People find Tsunamis fascinating.”
tours, call 503-738-6391.
Some people fear that making visitors aware of an area’s
vulnerability and risk will drive them away. Evidence indicates otherwise.
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"Disney World in Orlando is in 'hurricane alley' and
Orange County has one of the highest incidents of lightening strikes in
the country," Norval said. "Yet, Disney World is one of the
top tourist locations of all time. Similarly, Disneyland in California
is located in a highly seismic region. Yet, it remains highly popular.
"The Hawaiian Islands are vulnerable to hurricanes,
volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, local tsunamis, and distant tsunamis
from all over the Pacific. Yet, everyone still wants to go to Hawaii."
said the education and attitude of local residents and businesses toward
these hazards sets the tone for how others respond. "We want visitors
to know that Seaside, Oregon is the best prepared beaches on the west
coast, and while we can not guarantee that a tsunami will strike during
your visit, as they are very rare, we do want you to know that Seaside
could possibly be the safest beach community due to our level of preparedness."
Seaside is the Oregon coast’s first seashore resort,
dating back to the mid-1800’s, and it remains one of the Oregon
coast’s most popular year-round destinations with timeless attractions
for all ages. Visitors delight amid dozens of specialty shops, art galleries,
antique stores, sweet treats, and restaurants that surround the downtown
streets where Broadway leads from Highway 101 to the turnaround in the
center of Seaside’s famous Promenade, where a sculpture designates
the end of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Families enjoy miles of sandy beach,
the carousel, sand biking, paddleboats, bumper cars and the arcade.
Seaside Civic and Convention Center hosts a variety of events through
out the year. Other attractions include the Seaside Museum, Gateway to
Discovery-Coastal Natural History Center, Lewis and Clark Salt Cairn,
and Seaside Aquarium, which is the oldest aquarium on the West Coast.
Seaside offers a wide array of lodging from bed and breakfasts,
hotels, motels, condos and vacation rentals. Seaside is more than just
a day at the beach! It’s the ideal place for quick get-a-ways, great
family vacations, romantic retreats and group conferences. For more information
contact the Seaside Visitors Bureau at 888.306.2326 or Visit@Seaside-Oregon.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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