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.
Oregon Coast Seafood-Wine Fest Offers Special
Oregon) – At the last weekend of every February, the central Oregon
coast resort town of Newport swells with well over 17,000 visitors, who
come to the annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival for a weekend of
wine, wonders in the culinary world, seafood and arts & crafts.
This year, the dates are February 22, 23, and 24, 2008
- adjacent to the Rogue Ales Warehouse, 2320 OSU Drive, just south of
Entry fees at the door range from $5 - $13, depending
on the day. Advance group tickets have now gone on sale, allowing larger
groups a special entrance. Groups of 15 or more can call the Chamber office
(800-262-7844). Advance e-tickets will go on sale in late December, allowing
pre-purchase online. There will be an “e-ticket” line at the
entrance of the festival. More information about e-tickets will follow
More than 140 exhibitors - more than ever - are on hand
at this festive and energetic event, which includes wineries, dishes prepared
by some of the finest chefs in the western U.S., and arts & crafts
booths. Wines from Washington, Oregon and California are spotlighted.
|Newport's Yaquina Bay
The culinary fireworks include an exotic selection of seafood,
such as the Oregon coast’s renowned salmon, oysters and Dungeness
crab. Other items will also include Hawaiian teriyaki chicken, yakisoba,
egg rolls, fresh baked pies, barbecue beef or shrimp, meatball sandwiches,
dragon ears, funnel cakes, lobster gumbo, mini-doughnuts, keilbasa dogs,
tacos, tamales, seafood croissant melts, Spanish omelets, grilled asparagus
with butterfly shrimp and jambalaya, to name a few.
|Wondrous sights around town, at Yaquina
Over 70 wineries from around the northwest have signed
on so far, including the Noble Estate Vineyard, Chateau Benoit, Sake One,
Silvan Ridge, Hinman Vineyards Winery, Hauer of the Dauen Winery, Orchard
Heights, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Spangler Vineyards, Pheasant Valley
Winery and Nehalem Bay Winery.
A large variety of craft items will be sold, from articles
of clothing, jewelry, art glass, metal sculptures, works of art and hand-painted
ceramics to handcrafted wine accessories.
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.
The festival takes place along the stunning tranquility
of Yaquina Bay, with its bustling bayfront across the way from the facility
hosting the Newport Seafood & Wine Festival. Also for the enjoyment
of the visitor are two lighthouses, miles of pristine beaches, the charming,
historic Nye Beach area, numerous other legendary dining and wine establishments
and some innovative and beautiful lodging possibilities, along with the
world-class Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Being the early bird is the key more than ever these days
for lodging, as rooms fill up to 100 percent in the area, including in
outlying towns like Depoe Bay, Lincoln City and Yachats.
“Lodging occupancy usually is 100 percent for the
weekend, and bookings several months out or even a year out are common,”
said Lorna Davis, Director of Tourism Development for the Newport Chamber.
“Those who wait until the last minute to book may be out of luck
– unless there’s a last-minute cancellation.”
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.
impact of the festival in the area is huge as well, said Davis. “There
are around 17,000 that go through the gate each year, though the population
of Newport can and does swell beyond that,” said Davis. “Lodging,
dining, retail, grocery and other businesses all look forward to the surge
of business this event provides in the dead of winter. It is estimated
anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 million dollars come into the community during
this time, which is significant given the time of year that the event
You must be 21 years or older to attend this event. You
must also show valid picture ID or you will not be able to enter the event.
The site is handicapped accessible and smoke free, with a special outdoor
smoking area. Parking at the facility is $5. Shuttle buses will run for
free from Newport, and a shuttle schedule and map will be available on
the chamber’s website as well as the chamber center.
Friday, group tickets are available for $15 each. Saturday, they are $25
per person. Sunday $10 per person. All group tickets are limited availability,
first come first served, prepaid.
Festival hours & costs:
$9 on Friday: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
$13 on Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$5 on Sunday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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
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.
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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