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Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Locals: Storm A 'Visual Symphony,' Good for
|Saturday morning will mean enormous swells of around 30 feet, which
will mean spectacular but dangerous conditions.
(Oregon Coast) – The Thursday and Friday set of storms
are brewing up some interesting visuals along the Oregon coast, and locals
are welcoming it with open arms while expressing a little frustration
with coverage of the event.
Thursday already saw some high winds, with peak wind gusts
around 50 mph in some areas of the coastline. The second and bigger storm
is poised to pounce on the region on Friday, causing the National Weather
Service to issue a high wind warning and possibly bringing gusts up as
high as 70 mph. To top it off, Saturday morning will likely see some of
the biggest surf conditions so far this season, with swells up to 30 feet,
creating some wild but dangerous moments on the beaches.
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.
It’s one of those glorious, tempestuous events that
literally sucks hundreds of tourists out to the beaches to see the melee
– normally. But misconceptions after early December’s storm
remain, causing an economic lull on the coast during the month that was
about as financially disastrous as anything Mother Nature had conjured.
So, coastal business owners are looking at media coverage of these storms
|Storm begins to boil near Cannon Beach
Angi Wildt works at the Depoe
Bay Winery, which faces the ocean and provides her with magnificent
views every day. She said this storm is a good thing.
“Anything that gives me huge waves and drama in the
ocean,” Wildt said. “I love it here. It's like watching a
Things were picking up steam on Thursday afternoon, said
Seaside geologist Tom Horning. “Our Thursday storm was a non-starter,”
Horning said around 5 p.m. “Just a band of rain with 30 mph winds
and a peal of thunder. Now it is clearing.”
Earlier in the day, Oceanside was stirring up a frenzy,
said Sea Sweet Vacation Rentals
owner Sarah Reeder.
|Oceanside in a calmer mood
“Oceanside is having awesome waves on at Three Arch
Rocks,” she said. “The waves are breaking over ‘Splash’
rock and crashing and spraying all over. It is awesome to watch. The wind
gusts have been quite big. Just a little hazy out, visibility is quite
good. The clouds are high but you can see them coming. There are breakers
all over. The beach is high.”
Down on the central coast, Michelle Franck is owner of
House Rentals, which has vacation homes in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay
and Newport. She’s getting frustrated by the normal storms of the
season apparently chasing people away, instead of coaxing them in.
|Waves lashing at Yaquina Head in Newport (photo Guy DiTorrice)
“We have to get people out to the coast for this,”
Franck said. “Storms are great for watching. The news media makes
it seem like such a traumatic event - and it is - but it costs us dearly
when people won’t come.”
In Seaside, Mike Exinger is still on vacation from his
ice cream store, Zinger’s
Homemade Ice Cream. Exinger spent years working behind the scenes
at various radio stations around the country and isn’t happy with
how storms play out in regional press.
“Winter storms aren’t really anything new,”
Exinger said. “They’ve just taken on an added dimension since
the big one. Major problem is that it tends to scare people off, and there’s
really no reason to delay or deny a trip to the coast because the weathercasters
throw up their hands and wave ‘em around and shout ‘oooooh…big
storm possible for the coast.’ Half the time it’s no big deal,
and the other half it’s not that big of a deal. Sure, we had a doozy
a while back. But that was then.”
|Storm surges hitting the beach access below Starfish Point (photo
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 Starfish Point
in Newport, reservations are abnormally down for January.
“We have way too many openings this month,”
said manager Danielle Emerick. “This isn’t that kind of storm.
People: the roads have been open for a month now.”
Mitch Tracy, co-owner of Blue Water Grill in Rockaway Beach
was quick to point out the benefits of his restaurant’s unusually
close vantage point to Rockaway’s tideline. The windows there are
quite large, too. “We have a front row seat for you,” Tracy
|After the storms, hit the beaches on Sunday to find oddities the
waves washed up, like this giant jellyfish
“The power of the Pacific Ocean is awesome and even
better from a cozy setting,” said Dianna Dunlap, who runs several
hotels in Lincoln City, including the Starfish
Manor Oceanfront Hotel. “Storms are a great reason to come to
the coast. Here, you can relax in the jacuzzi for two, overlooking the
huge waves and enjoy the gas fireplace at the same time. How romantic
is that? Beats sitting home watching the rain any day.”
Subsequently, some hoteliers are pushing their specials
for this coming weekend, including one at Franck’s Oregon
Beach House Rentals. “I see it as an adventure not to be missed,”
she said. “The surf’s are amazing, candle-light dinners are
wonderful and snuggling in front of an oceanfront fireplace is romantic.
“It’s a perfect opportunity to runaway
to the beach and pretend you never have to go home.”
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
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.
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.
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.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside
visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated.
Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two
bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor
pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern
end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
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