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39 vacation homes around Pacific City, all fully furnished and beachfront, 20 of which are pet friendly.

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

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.

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.

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

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.

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.

Too Much Fun at One Oregon Coast Inn
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Published 2007

By Andre' Hagestedt

Front of the San Dune Inn, on the north Oregon coast

(Manzanita, Oregon) – It has been, hands down, my favorite place to stay on the north coast (before our home office in Manzanita existed, anyway). Manzanita's San Dune Inn (not to be confused with the fabulous San Dune Pub just down the road) is one fun-filled little bit of lodging on the Oregon coast. Set in the middle of Manzanita’s engaging forested atmosphere, the looming presence of mysterious yet benevolent Neahkahnie Mountain, and the up against the unbelievably gorgeous beaches of the town, the San Dune Inn is an oasis of pleasures in the midst of a tiny town that is already a roller coaster ride of pure amusement in numerous, often clandestine ways.

This cute motel is an unassuming charmer, tucked away behind some trees just a block over from the main road of Manzanita. Inside, the weary traveler will find a host of unusually interesting amenities, like a load of bikes to borrow for your beach jaunt, beach chairs, beach game equipment, beach blankets, indoor board games, an impressive library of free movies and dozens of other small touches that make the place even more endearing.

There’s a guest barbecue area with a covered tent, and each room comes with coffee, tea, TV, microwave and hairdryers.

The list of good stuff goes on. Plus, the place is very dog friendly.

It’s the bikes I’ve had particular fun with. The San Dune is very kid friendly as well. But since I have no kids, and in fact consider myself one big, nutty, kid, this serves me well. I’ve lived in the area part time on and off for the last few years, and thus I’ve got a load of friends in the area. I’m often out with them until quite late. So, more than a few times, I come home in the middle of the night and decided to zip around the streets of Manzanita and even the beach. This is truly a blast. Although, it’s not easy to ride on the beach for very long, with the soft, dry sand stranding you after a mere half second.

Greeting you out front is the kooky statue of a heron nicknamed “Ethel,” which is made from found stuff in a junkyard. Inside, the rooms range from one- to two-bed units, some with kitchenettes - all cute as a button and immaculately kept. Some have separate bedrooms and living areas.

The San Dune Inn is owned by the ever-jovial and sharp-witted Brian Hines, and his wife Billie. It’s Brian who usually greets you at the counter and is ready with one sort of joke or another. I’ve known him for a few years now, and we always end up in long conversations about all sorts of local and regional gossip in the coastal business world, and the periodic chuckle over some goofy local character or another (and there are plenty in every coastal town).

This is the kind of place where humor and a sense of fun rules, putting a lighter side to coastal tourism. Being a regular here, I’ve gotten to know the other staff as well, including Valerie, the red-haired jokester who likes to occasionally play pranks on me. Like the time I showed up way after hours, retrieved my key from the pre-designated spot, and found a giant note on my door with “Only Two Chickens Per Room, Please” scrawled on it. Part of that is a long inside joke, but the end result is it’s hilarious, causing numerous puzzled looks from passersby.

Above Manzanita

I left it up all night and the next morning, to purposefully freak out the other guests.

The dog friendly aspect has been another one of my favorite sides to the San Dune Inn. Since I have no dog of my own (I’m on the road way too much, unfortunately), I regularly live vicariously through the pups of others’. I spend considerable time playing with the dogs of other guests. Especially as some families come piling out of the car with the canine member of the clan, they sometimes come scrambling after family members and into the front office, where the dogs occasionally gleefully greet me as well.

This area is one where memories are made, and the San Dune provides a perfect launching pad and home base for exploring the Nehalem Bay and its plentiful pleasures. I certainly have made dozens of memories here, either living here or shacking up at the San Dune while in between second homes (my first is in Portland).

Discovery of secret cliffs near Manzanita

Wandering the beach at night is one seriously favorite pastime, and that has yielded some remarkable discoveries (click here for more on that). While staying here I encountered something I rarely find on the coast these days: a new hidden spot. I’ve pretty much thoroughly explored every single beach spot between Astoria and Florence. But one summer day, I chanced down a rolling hill just north of the Neahkahnie overlooks above Manzanita and happened across a set of rugged, jagged cliffs I’d never seen before. As Lewis & Clark put it: “O the Joy!”

The beach at Manzanita is one endless wonder, stretching from the bottom of Neahkahnie Mountain all the way to the end of the Nehalem Bay’s spit, some two miles worth of carousing. Near the tip, you can often spot seals hanging around. At Nehalem Bay State Park, which hugs the spit, you can go horseriding during the summer months.

Along the bay, you’ll find the entrancing tiny towns of Nehalem and Wheeler. Wheeler is the real treasure, with several adorable little antique shops dotting its six block-long length, and the incredible culinary feats of Treasure Café (which can give those Iron Chefs and other TV cooking pros a serious run for their money).

San Dune is a non-smoking lodging. 428 Dorcas Lane, Manzanita. Look for the big sign on Laneda Ave. pointing to the San Dune. (888) 368-5163. www.sandune-inn-manzanita.com.

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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.

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 sea.

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.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.
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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

Sumptuous indoor pool heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms. All units big, extremely comfortable, w/ special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. Free parking, choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Within walking distance to all of Yachats’ various amenities; short walk to the beaches
Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.

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