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.
Sun, Fun and Nice Temps for Vacation Week
on Oregon Coast
|Cape Meares Lighthouse: it's a good time to check an old friend
in such weather, if you haven't been lately.
(Oregon Coast) – The weather is predicted to be absolutely
perfect for traveling and for tourism this weekend on the Oregon coast,
typified by sunny skies, little or no wind and somewhat warm conditions.
Although the highs will be in the lower 50’s, with
the clear skies of the coast and windless conditions, it often feels a
little warmer than it really is on the beaches. In fact, if you want warmer
conditions, it will be more cozy on the coast than in the valley this
Those traversing the roads to the coast or Highway 101
will encounter no problems, all conditions that are expected to boost
the flood of visitors to the region and pack the hotels even more.
The nights will be plenty chilly, however, clocking in
around the mid-30’s.
|Manzanita: excellent weather is expected all week, especially Friday,
when it may feel like near 70 degrees because of the lack of wind
The forecast calls for no clouds on Thursday and Friday,
with some clouds moving in on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a chance
of rain. There is a chance Friday will be up close to 60 degrees during
the day, which will translate to a near tropical feel for the area, as
a lack of wind in such temperatures on the coast seem to amplify the warmth.
It may be time for sunscreen that day.
It’s been lovely like this for the last couple of
days, say coastal residents, who’ve been basking in warm conditions
and a mesmerizing, still surf.
“The ocean is flat, so it is easier to spot the whales,”
said Peggy Leoni, owner of Trollers
Lodge in Depoe Bay. “Actually, the weather here is always perfect
- at least for someone.”
|Whale watching will be prime in such calm
surf conditions (photo courtesty Depoe Bay's Whale watch Center)
Connie Barradas, group sales coordinator at the Liberty
Inn in Lincoln City was getting ready for a rush of customers. “The
weather here in Lincoln City is beautiful, but cold,” Barradas said.
“It’s busier this year than last year. We are pretty close
to being full for that night.”
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.
Down the street, at the D
Sands Condominium, manager Kevin said he’s bracing for the masses
as well. “We do still have a few rooms left to sell,” Winters
said. “We generally are busy on Thanksgiving Day because all of
our rooms have full sized kitchens in them, making it handy to have a
home cooked Thanksgiving dinner at the beach.”
|Lovely, calm surf at Bayocean, near Tillamook
Driving conditions on major coastal routes are expected
to be quite full of traffic, say experts, as are all the major highways
in Oregon. Last year’s holiday was a record for fatalities and drunk
driving arrests, so state officials are urging motorists to use caution
while traveling over the weekend.
Once you’re at the coast, Highway 101 is also expected
to be full of traffic. This could mean slow going in bigger towns, especially
Lincoln City, where traffic jams often occur on peak visitor times because
of the sheer number of people and the fact the main road changes from
four lanes to two in several places.
Cannon Beach will experience clogs, as will 101 through
Seaside. Newport is likely to stay fairly easy going, however, because
of its large, four-lane system.
|Be careful along Highway 101, with its winding turns and extra traffic
(pictured: Sea Lion Caves, near Florence)
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.
Officials urge travelers to leave their destinations a
bit early and watch out for other hazardous drivers on the road. Some
will try to speed through these uneasy jams.
Police patrols are expected to be out in full as well.
As Leoni mentioned, flat waves make for better whale watching.
This is especially true in the Depoe Bay area, with its whale regulars
often feeding around those waters. Other great vantage points to spot
whales include Neahkahnie Mountain overlooks near Manzanita, the pullouts
just south of Cannon Beach, the cliffs north of Florence, Cape Meares,
and even slightly higher vantage points that are fairly close to the ocean,
like some of the back roads of Lincoln City, Gleneden Beach, Yachats,
Newport’s Nye Beach and Oceanside.
|This beach access, just south of the Lane/Lincoln County
border, will be great for watching whales and for avoiding possible
The state of Oregon has issued a warning for sneaker waves
this week, however, as high tides are expected to be bigger than normal
– up around 10 feet. This means that the surf will be unusually
high on the beaches, and many smaller, cove-like beaches may not be accessible,
or certainly will be a bad idea to traverse. With such otherwise calm
conditions, the public may be easily lulled into too much confidence in
the safety of the tides.
around the beaches will be highly suggested this week, but you may have
to avoid accesses where the beaches are not broad and sandy, and some
beaches may not even be accessible. Always keep your eye on the surf.
Like the big tides that are predicted along with the gorgeous
weather, there will be a flood of people. Brian Hines, at San
Dune Inn in Manzanita used the term “flood” when he described
what he’s expecting at his charming, quirky, 14-room inn. “Just
a vacancy or two,” Hines said. “Its always busy this weekend.
Lots of calls.”
Click here for lodging
availability for the holiday weekend, and here for a list
of restaurants open for Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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