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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.

Seals Frolic and Entertain for Generations on North Oregon Coast

Published 03/29/2011

(Seaside, Oregon) – The Seaside Aquarium has been around a little more than half the time the town of Seaside has been a resort destination on the north Oregon coast, but it's synonymous with the area's beach vacation experience, a kind of staple for generations of visitors. Over 75 years ago the facility opened, in the early 1930’s, a few years after the natatorium that built the building folded. Photo above: Vivian, from Seaside Aquarium.

Greta does her slap thang - photo Seaside Aquarium

Shortly after it began, it started featuring harbor seals, and their wacky antics have entertained and amused for decades. It's the festival of insane cuteness that never ends. They’re not the only exhibit at the aquarium, but they're probably the centerpiece.

There are eleven harbor seals at the Seaside Aquarium. The oldest is Drexler, at 27 – named after the Trailblazer player. He’s the oldest male the aquarium has ever had, although they did have a female named Clara who lived to 35 back in the 70’s. There are still signs inside the aquarium referring to her and her not-so-intact eyes. As she got older she had more and more eye problems.

The two youngest seals are four years old: Vivian and Shireen.

Part of the fun here is getting a little box of fish for a buck and then tossing them to the seals, who do any number of things to get your attention. Each does a different trick to catch the eye of those feeding them fish.

Regan - photo Seaside Aquarium

All these slippery critters have their own personalities, and they react differently to different employees. From loud, barking noises that sound a little like zombies to their bouncy antics in the water, they are an endless kick in the pants to watch.

Seaside Aquarium educator Tiffany Boothe said these are not trained into these wacky mammals, it’s just something they learn to do on their own.

“These hams really enjoy what they are doing and have developed their tricks on their own,” Boothe said. “Each seal has a distinct personality.”

Cosmo, a rolly polly delight - photo Seaside Aquarium

There’s Cosmo, born in ’99. If she was named after the Seinfeld character it's unclear, but she’s about as amusing at times. She’s known for nodding her head towards food as if to instruct the public, and for twirling.

Greta was born in 1996 and utilizes different ways of getting attention. “Two of her favorites are clapping her side and slapping her chest against the ramp,” Boothe said.

Reagan, born in 2004 and named after the former president, is the firebrand of the bunch, known for soaking visitors to get attention by making really big splashes. She's referred to as a troublemaker.

Scully was born in 1998 and is of course named after the X-Files character. “Scully will open and close her mouth continuously in an attempt to grab your attention,” Boothe said.

Vivian was born in '06 and likes to splash the water and smack her sides to get attention. She apparently lacks the precision Reagan has with this, but still soaks visitors at times.

Seals are actually fed on a regular schedule, so this begging is not how they get their main sustenance. And unlike many humans, they know when they’ve had enough – they simply stop eating. It means they may not always be in a fish-munching mood when you show up.

Scully in a smiley mood - photo Seaside Aquarium

At night, they’re herded out of the main tank in the front and into the back, where they rest or party like seals do into the dawn – whatever they want. They prefer a dry area for sleeping at night, so they have both a pool and dry area in the back.

All the seals were born there at the aquarium and not brought in from anywhere around the Oregon coast. It's hard to gauge with certainty, but it appears as if the Seaside Aquarium was the first to successfully breed them in captivity, sometime in the 50’s.

They live around 20 years in captivity, and less in the wild.

Seaside Aquarium is on the Promenade in Seaside, Oregon. 503-738-6211. www.seasideaquarium.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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