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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

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.

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.



Surprises of an Oregon Coast Spring: Tides, Crazed Foam, Orcas, Intense Sunsets

Published 03/31/2011

Velella velella, one of the oddball finds of spring

(Oregon Coast) – Spring on the Oregon coast is probably the most interesting time of year, full of more remarkable discoveries than any other time, but it’s likely the most neglected. Some locals call it the “secret season” for all its wild riches, from empty beaches, beachcombing wonders, bizarre foam action, weather surprises, Killer whales, cute seals and funky critters to sunset light effects that put a rock concert to shame.

First, less people means more alone time on the beaches – you’ve got them to yourself. Even some of the busier beaches are devoid of others – no matter what the weather. This is no secret to lodgings on the coast, so they boast bundles of specials to entice you out there, creating a double whammy of attractive qualities.

Come April – and even in March – there’s an interesting mix of weather that kicks in, as the region bounces back and forth between sunny and stormy and everything in between, often within a half hour or so. Things change wildly several times a day on many days during this season.

Seal Rock

This means some monster, spectacular storms can still be found, at least in April, creating behemoth wave conditions. Great storm wave action is often found around rocky spots like Depoe Bay, Yachats, Seal Rock or Ecola Creek State Park near Cannon Beach.

Before the spring breaks kick in, March can still feature some wildly low sand levels. Even April can show this off, but during this month the levels have started to rise This translates to excellent agate hunting conditions, and sometimes the continued appearance of “ghost forests” (ancient stumps sticking out of the sand, somewhere between 2,000 to 4,000 years old).

Agate hunting conditions change wildly depending on what storms do to sand levels in an area. One day they can be great in a spot; sometimes just hours to days later the agate beds are gone. Places to keep your eye on are Oceanside, just north of Pacific City, Hug Point (near Cannon Beach), Agate Beach in Newport, beaches just south of Seal Rock and some parts of Lincoln City.

Gravel beds at Hug Point: possibly good for agate hunting.

The ghost forests haven’t been seen much this year, but at Neskowin they can be seen year round.

Another little known secret is that Japanese glass floats – now quite rare – will still show up periodically after the storms of February and March. However, you have to know what to look for along the beaches and the right conditions. It’s quite a skill.

Spring also brings lots of phytoplankton blooms, especially in April it seems. These, when combined with the right storm conditions, create some impressive oddities like crazy foam that does wild tricks. You may see it flying across the highway or flying upwards, looking like snow going the wrong direction.

Phytoplankton are actually responsible for much of the surf bubbles and foam you see.

Inside the Devil's Punchbowl

These storms will in turn cause interesting stuff to wash up. Sometimes because of storms, but often because of the currents and west winds, a rather odd little jellyfish known as velella velella – or Purple Sails – show up on the beaches. Usually it happens from April through June, if it happens (and it doesn’t occur every year). They will wash up in enormous numbers, covering the beaches.

Unfortunately, they wind up rotting in a day or two, especially in the warmer rays of June, and you get some pretty stinky beaches for a few days.

While March hosts the big Whale Watch Week, that’s only an official, manmade construction, as the whales continue migrating through the region for some time. However, You’ll need calmer conditions to see them.

Killer whales near Florence (photo Seaside Aquarium)

Every year, however, the central Oregon coast gets a little visit from Orcas – or Killer whales. It’s hard to spot them, but worth a try. They’ve been known to do some rather extraordinary things, as one actually chased a sea lion through Yaquina Bay once, and others have been seen munching on moving prey.

This is the reason they show up here: they’re following new-born whale calves up the coastline. The Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay has seen them partake in their favorite meal – rather violently, of course.

They usually start showing up about the middle of April and stay through most of May.

May and June bring some of the lowest minus tides of the year, partially because of calmer conditions. Mostly however, this is just the cycle of the moon interacting with the tides, sometimes creating enormous drops, like minus two feet or more. This will allow for some mind-boggling discoveries and tide pool explorations. It’s times like these that spectacular hidden spots become briefly accessible, like Crescent Beach at Cannon Beach, chunks of Oceanside not normally seen, and the Devil’s Punchbowl near Newport may become reachable.

Thick foam at Lincoln City

May not only brings in flowers but an increasing number of nice weather days, often more pleasant than June. Chilly weather and sizable winds will continue, but they’re interspersed with more sunny days, and gone are those big storms that still happen in April. Some really hot days on the coast are not unheard of either, though not necessarily something that happens every May.

In fact, to the frustration of the tourism industry, June tends to be rainier and less hospitable than May on the coast - in many years, anyway.

One thing you can also count on from April through early June is more dramatic sunsets than usual. The exact reason is unclear, but during this time of year you get a lot of mixed conditions, which results in big, fat puffy clouds and varied atmospheric layers of different humidity and such. This seems to give the last rays of the sun plenty to bounce off of and cut through, creating interesting patterns in how the light rays are split and coloring the sunset in a variety of different shades.

Baby seal (photo Seaside Aquarium)

Late spring and early summer also mean molting seals and baby seals showing up. Yes, the babies are exceptionally cute; and the molting seals, with their sores and sad looks, are heart wrenching. But the last thing you should do is interfere.

Baby seals always have a mother nearby, so you should stay away as you don’t want to scare her off.

Molting seals are on the beach for a reason – to keep dry and chill out with their nasty but temporary skin conditions. Leave them alone too.

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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.


Running and Yoga Events Enliven N. Oregon Coast Towns
Two events in Cannon Beach and Manzanita create some unique recreational happenin's. Cannon Beach events, Manzanita events
Hawaii Lava Flows are Look at Oregon Coast Millions of Years Ago
Heated masses explode upon contact with the sea water, which then in turn cool to become something you see here. Geology. Science
How Unusual is that Dolphin Stranding on Oregon Coast?
A look back at the only other documentation in 2008. Science, Seaside Aquarium
Oregon Coast Rarity: Stranded Dolphin Only Seen Four Times in 23 Years
A northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis) found on June 9. Science, Seaside Aquarium
Latest Oregon Coast: Star Party, Lighthouse Closure, Scenic Bikeways
An astronomy party in two parts of Oregon; a lighthouse near Florence under repair
Major Kite Festival for Oregon Coast Town, and Video / TV Premieres
Kites and beachy videos are on the menu in Lincoln City this month as well as actual menus on TV. Lincoln City events
Surfing and Fish Buying Events Return to Oregon Coast
Otter Rock n Roll surfing day and the yum-alicious Shop at the Docks. Newport events
Seaside's 'Sailors Grave' an Intricate N. Oregon Coast Mystery
Seaside's equivalent of a tomb of the unknown soldier, but in this case it's men who sailed the sea. History

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