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Oregon Coast Tourism Industry Glad Snow Days
|Snow in Newport (courtesy Danielle Emerick, Star Fish Point)
(Oregon Coast) - It was a rough winter for coastal businesses,
especially after the big windstorm of early December created more PR damage
to its tourism industry than actual physical damage, not to mention the
run of snow-packed days along the routes to the coast, which also cut
down the flow of tourists. There was a brief spike in massive publicity
for the region – and lovely weather – when low sand levels
revealed all sorts of interesting oddities. But the spring snow, hail
and wacky weather left many business people on the Oregon coast exasperated.
Now, they’re looking back with lots of relief that
spring is finally here and the freak snowstorms have stopped.
Danielle Emerick, manager of Starfish
Point in Newport, said she logged six days where snow occurred during
this so-called spring: March 26, 28, 29, and April 18, 19 and 20. Although
she admits there might’ve been more.
"It was kind’a hard to tell the difference between
that and the sleety stuff," Emerick said.
Portland TV newscasts were filled with tourists delighted
by the stuff, especially those bouncing around Seaside’s beaches
that were covered in white. But no where on the coast did it last very
"It snowed several times, but it never stuck past
9 a.m.," said Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside
Aquarium. “Certainly by 10 it was all gone.”
When the snow dustings hit during the beginning of Oregon’s
spring break, Chandler maintained students from this state got the better
end of the deal, getting to see something quite rare on these beaches.
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.
During the SOLV Spring Beach Clean-Up on March 22, volunteers
had to deal with a whirlwind and mishmash of wacky weather, including
dustings of snow, hail, rain squalls – and lots of sun, especially
on the central coast.
|Snow in Seaside
In Manzanita, Brian Hines, owner of San
Dune Inn, had to deal with numerous cancellations on snow weekends,
especially if the news media reported snow possibly impacting Highway
26. “Everyone I talked to never had a problem getting over,”
Most of the time, he wound up even-Steven, however. Walk-ins
and other people who called in reservations made up for the loss.
Chandler also heard about some cancellations at local lodgings
"I think media coverage hurt us sometimes, when they
talked about the roads to the mountain passes having snow,” he said.
“People often get Highway 26 confused with the one going to the
mountains. They hear about snow on that highway and they’re mixing
it up Government Camp with the passes to the coast. It’s unfortunate,
but people do confuse them."
Danielle Emerick’s husband, Roy Emerick, who also
runs the inn, said some talked about canceling.
|Snow made spectacular sights in the winter of 2007 (photo Tiffany
Boothe, Seaside Aquarium)
"We had one person concerned about the snow and the
passes," said Emerick. "But our policies about cancellations
don’t include inclement weather. When people hear about the snow
on the passes they’re more hesitant to come out."
Neil Patel owns and runs Tradewinds
Motel in Rockaway Beach. He said the snow sometimes wreaked havoc
with his business. He said it snowed at least three times in recent weeks
“It didn’t stick here, but they had almost
four inches in Tillamook,” Patel said. “That stuck around.
"We had a bunch of cancellations. Some just didn’t
want to come. They were wary of coming out here when traveling was bad,
the weather was bad, coming over the passes. It wreaked havoc on my reservations.
Luckily, I filled back up sometimes with walk-ins and other reservations.
But at times things were really up in the air. Am I going to do any business
today? Am I not going to do any business?
"The first thing out of a lot of people’s mouth
was ‘you wouldn’t believe what we just drove through. It snowed,
it rained, it hailed.' And I’d say, 'Yeah, I know. I know.' "
|Fogarty Beach, near Depoe Bay, in the white stuff
Patel was getting a bit tired of it all, even when last
week yielded just a little snow in the passes to the coast.
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
"Even now, in the higher elevations, they’ve
got a dusting of snow in the coast range,” Patel said on Thursday.
“It’s a little disconcerting. It’s almost the end of
April and we’re still having temperatures in the 40’s."
Still, there was a lot of wonder at the spectacle.
"It was pretty interesting for some people to see
snow on the beach," said Roy Emerick. "It’s pretty unique
to them, very special."
Some even took a little extra time to enjoy the morning
exhibition of white.
"They were saying ‘Hey, wow! There’s snow
on the beach,' "Patel said. “They’d never seen snow on
the beach, so it was something wonderful.
"One guest put off his departure date until
traveling was better. He stayed here an extra night because of the snowy
passes and didn’t want to go over them. They said ‘We’re
not in a mad rush to get home anyway.' "
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.
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.
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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