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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.

Stargazing from an Oregon Coast Perspective - Tips, Discoveries

Published 02/23/2011

(Manzanita, Oregon) – Part 1 in this two-part story.

With its windy conditions and often cloudy skies, it’s not what people normally think about when considering a spot to set up a telescope and gaze at the universe. But the Oregon coast is not windy every day, and the clouds do disappear – with more frequency than you may realize. And when these conditions happen at night, the possibilities for stargazing and astronomy are, well, out of this world (above: stunning star trails at the overlooks above Manzanita).

The overlooks at Manzanita during the daytime.

When clear conditions present themselves, and the wind dies down, the nighttime skies are much clearer than inland spots like Portland, Seattle or Eugene because of less pollution and no light interference. This is why the coastline is an exceptional bet for watching meteor showers – really any time of the year – because you can see so much. It doesn’t take an actual meteor shower event for you spot some amazing shooting stars.

The fact is, shooting stars hit the Earth’s atmosphere all the time.

“We get around 20 million a day, 24/7/365 - on average,” said Jim Todd, astronomer with OMSI in Portland – referring to 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. It’s a shocking statistic indeed. But, he adds, it’s not a constant rate: this fluctuates. And we don’t see all of them.

These meteors that happen outside of the known, regular meteor shower periods are called sporadic meteors.

More nightscapes above Manzanita

“Go out on a dark night away from street lights and you'll see more,” Todd said. “Faint ones don't show up with city lights around. You might see six or more in an hour, sometimes a lot more, sometimes – a bad night.”

A case in point: the overlooks at Manzanita. These are exceptional spots for checking out the stars at night. Most of this is because you are cut off from any light interference whatsoever, as there are no street lights nearby, and the lights of Manzanita below – while exceptionally pretty – don’t mess up the sky at all, except for perhaps immediately east of the village.

Another factor is the height of the overlooks, which helps cut off light even more. Other awesome spots to get away from light pollution on the coast are Gleneden Beach near Lincoln City (especially the state park), the overlooks just north and south of Depoe Bay, Cape Foulweather, the overlooks at Silver Point just south of Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, and parts of Pacific City, Oceanside, Rockaway Beach and plenty of beaches and overlooks between Florence and Yachats.

Cape Foulweather at night: a bright moon does interfere with the clarity of stars, but it's still awesome up here

“No light is the main factor for being able to see the shooting stars and other celestial objects,” Todd said. “Plus, Manzanita is on the coast and there are no light pollution sources to the west and minimal to the east directions.”

With the overlooks of Manzanita some 600 feet above sea level, does this help in seeing celestial stuff? The spot is remarkable for spotting shooting stars, but Todd said no to this idea, and hinted about the atmospheric conditions that do like to get in the way on the coast.

“Not so much the altitude makes a difference but how transparent the skies are in terms of amount of moisture or humidity present,” Todd said. “Viewers would see more stars in the dessert than from the ocean because of the transparencies of the sky.”

Newport at night

So while not the most ideal place in Oregon to see things bouncing around the night sky, the coast is pretty awesome – but again, given the right conditions.

Todd offers tips on spotting these.

“It's better in the early morning well after midnight, but you can see them any time when it's dark enough,” Todd said.

There will be a part 2 to this article, pointing out some interesting facts about star trails and other unusual things you can catch while photographing the sky.

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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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