180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Dealing with Late
Summer Travel on the Oregon Coast
|Secret trail just north of Florence
(Oregon Coast) - It's at this time of year when things
are really starting to warm up on the Oregon coast - most of the time,
Things on Oregon's shoreline in August can still be a mixed
bag in the weather department - a mish mash of sun, overcast, wind, drizzle
and fairly warm temperatures. Unlike the spring, conditions aren't puzzling
for the tourist with that season's abrupt changes from hour to hour, but
the region does have its stark differences during these dog days of summer.
You may be running from heatwaves in the valley, but arrive on the coast
to find things a little cooler than you anticipated.
Many a coastal jaunt has been ruined by someone in your
party who was all dressed down for summer in shorts and a t-shirt when
they left the sweltering valley, only to hit the cooled down coast with
no jacket or change of clothes at hand. Then they've complained or suffered
through their chills the whole time. Make sure you're prepared for drastic
changes in weather - especially if you're on the coast for more than a
|Hug Point, near Cannon Beach
The other aspect to look out for in late summer is the
massive crowds, traffic and lodging availability. At this time of year,
everyone has embarked on their vacations, often with a sense of urgency
having come from realizing, "Oops, summer's almost done and we haven't
taken our vacations yet." So mid-week is filled with beachgoers heading
to and from the beach on the highways, creating all sorts of traffic backups
and dangers. Make sure you leave early enough to give yourself plenty
of time to get where you're going so speeding or driving recklessly isn't
a temptation, because there's always a few people who didn't do that,
and you'll have to share the road with them.
It's advisable to leave the coast later in the day, perhaps
after sunset, to find the least traffic - even if nighttime driving isn't
as pleasant as daytime motoring.
Also, lodging availability, even during the mid-week is
a problem now. Countless motels are booked up even during the middle of
the week at this frantic time of year. Not to mention, finding a place
to stay on weekends is actually rare. So make sure you reserve yours ahead
of time. Luckily, BeachConnection.net provides a service each Thursday
morning with lodging availability for the weekend and even during the
week. See the news link for this, or check the front page Thursday morning.
Finally, the crowds are indeed an issue in other ways,
such as quality of your coastal experience. Here are a few spots where
you can either get away from the masses, or at least make the most of
|Oceanside, behind the tunnel
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.
Find this tiny village on the Three Capes Tour, about nine
miles west of Tillamook, and you've happened across one of the coast's
Wander the beach, slightly shielded from the north winds
by Maxwell Point, and you'll find an intriguing tunnel going through the
small headland. On the other side, you'll find a wondrous beach filled
with strange rock slabs and agate-combing possibilities.
the weather's been wet for a while, stay away from this tunnel, however.
The cliffs above often drop rocks and such.
In such dreary weather, a walk or drive along the steep,
hilly streets of this miniscule town will blow you away. The older homes
are stunning enough, but some of the more recent additions may drive you
mad with jealousy with their opulence and the amazing ocean view they
sit in front of. A few of these have delightfully weird shapes which will
delight you and maybe cause you to scratch your head.
This little burgh is often nice during those hectic summer
moments when everyone else seems to have gone out to the coast to get
away from it all as well. It's still enough off the beaten path that it
can be less crowded than other beaches.
|Jump-Off rock structure, in the distance
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.
This tiny section of Newport is more than a quaint place:
it's mesmerizing with its beauty and its architecture of old town America
mixed with old Europe in interesting ways. A recent refurbishing of the
district, complete with lanterns and brick streets, catapults the vibe
into high gear.
on the beach, after parking at the charming turnaround, you'll find a
long, sandy stretch in either direction that's highlighted by nooks and
crannies in the cliffs, as well as the interesting remnant of Jump-Off
Joe to the north.
Above the structure sit the spooky remnants of a condo
once naively built on this shaky sandstone foundation back in the early
80's. It faltered and began crumbling just weeks before its completion.
These days, this chunk of labyrinth-like concrete evokes castle ruins
To the south, there's the Vietnam Vet memorial, which features
a walkway meandering up into the cliff. It's lit up at night by a host
of lights embedded near the floor, with various benches along the way,
perfect for that midnight smooch session as the huge, Yaquina Head Lighthouse
blinks in the distance.
|Wheeler, on the bay
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
There's just something different about this delightful
little chunk of Americana, which extends a ways back inland between Rockaway
and Manzanita. Part of that is that the area presents an interesting way
of hiding from the moody weather of the coastline. It's not unusual to
find the beaches immediately south and north of the bay overcast and even
rainy, while the bay is basking in the sun.
enough, Manzanita is often known for being cloistered from inclement weather
itself. It's not unusual to find that beach warm and sunny, while Rockaway
(immediately south) or Cannon Beach (just to the north) are socked in
with drizzle and fog.
If the weather is acting up, explore the antique shops
of Nehalem or Wheeler. At Wheeler Station, there's some 10,000 square
feet of store to get lost in, crammed full of collectibles ranging from
chuckle-inducing oddball to beautiful. Explore the adorable storefronts,
which sometimes have an old west vibe or smack of the 1940's. And head
to the nearby Nehalem Bay Winery (888-368-WINE) to soak up the quirky
ambiance amid wine tasting. www.nehalembaywinery.com
|Battery Russel, at Fort Stevens
It's Time to Get Lost in History Near Astoria
at the north Oregon coast attraction of Fort Stevens, enormous gunneries
once guarded the mouth of the Columbia River, lodged in huge turrets which
rested in sprawling concrete fortresses - all empty and abandoned now,
with gaping holes like sad, hollow eyes, where guns, officers' quarters
and other war machinery once sat.
Around one bend, you'll find Battery Russell and its enormous
concrete bunkers. Built around the turn of the last century, the gunnery
eventually watched for invaders during World War II. There are other gunneries
as well - all perfect for rainy days when you don't mind getting a little
wet while darting in and out of these castle-like structures.
The park also features an incredible jetty stretching
out into the mouth of the Columbia River and the wreck of the Peter Iredale,
one of the world's most photographed shipwrecks.
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
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.
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.
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