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Coast Charmer Features Amusing Pup, Natural Wonders
By Andre' Hagestedt
clowns and poses
- For a fairly small motel, there’s a lot going on here in
tiny Depoe Bay. Trollers Lodge is one of those Oregon coast discoveries
that give reason for pause and the occasional sense of wonder –
and even a chuckle here and there.
sits on a bluff above Highway 101, and a little ways behind the
cliffs that drop abruptly into the wild and wooly sea here. There
are wondrous views of the ocean, and the rooms and suites in the
motel section are impeccably maintained, with a personal touch in
the décor (partially through some whimsical handmade items
created by owner Rick Leoni). You’ll find a lovely garden
area, porch with a wonderful view, gas grills with a picnic spot,
phones, cable TV and some rooms with incredible ocean views.
very dog friendly, and this green-themed charmer has its own ambassadorial
lab: a kooky, energetic canine nutball named Samantha. Rick’s
wife, Peg, and I have had numerous silly moments with that pup.
Once, when our publication did a little blurb on Sam (who looks
a bit like a seal), I brought the issue by to show Peg. As she read
it, Sam jumped up on the counter to check things out herself –
as if she were reading it as well. She actually looked over the
It’s early January
– and storm season is in full swing. I check in around 7 p.m.
in the pitch black and ferocious winds. It’s spectacular,
albeit a little spooky. This makes it all that much more enthralling.
|Depoe Bay's spouting horn
I snag dinner
at a Chinese spot in town called Wing Wa, where the wind continues
to batter the restaurant, making all kinds of rattling noises as
I’m waiting for the grub. Once I get it, it’s really
quite difficult to make it back into my car, as the winds seem intent
on either pushing me around the parking lot or preventing me from
closing my car door.
Back at the motel, I’m
not finished grabbing my belongings, and still somewhat wrapped
up in work on my computer. I zip outside in a hurry to get the rest.
All of a sudden I’m possessed by this need to stand and pause
in reverence at my surroundings. The winds are flailing at everything
around me. The sea is a distant, black blur, but an impressive display
of foamy madness nonetheless. I can’t help but stop and check
it all out. My type-A personality of work-work-work only gets me
so far on the coast.
|Decor items by Leoni (which are for
I sit the rest
of the night at my laptop, writing. The winds shyly slam against
this beautiful oceanfront room I have (although it’s nighttime,
and I can’t see anything). Some people spend such times just
reading. I need to create the stuff other people read, occasionally
peeking out to spy on the waves and wind going bonkers.
About 1 a.m., I start
to get really sleepy, and decide I need exercise. This endeavor
becomes a trip to the basalt walls of Depoe Bay’s downtown,
where I encounter incredible winds, a freaky spouting horn that’s
shooting high into the air, and absolutely frightening waves slamming
into the basalt rocky ledges of this area. Meanwhile, the wind is
insane, nearly knocking me over several times. I dart back into
my car after two minutes, fully awake, and zip back to my computer
and my ever-growing nerdy TV habits.
|Lamps by Leoni
as I stand on the porch of my room, staring out into the black/blue
and faded whitecaps, I notice it’s much warmer and humid here,
with sizably less wind. Yet this place is barely a quarter mile
from the center of Depoe Bay. Why the difference in conditions?
It hits me like a brick
at some point: There are several buildings in front of Trollers,
shielding it from the wind. The result was quite a difference in
conditions between where I was staying and the rest of town. Very
interesting – and that much more inviting.
the morning, I tour some of those buildings – vacation rentals
that are also managed by Trollers. These are truly remarkable and
stunningly decorated, starting at $150 a night. The Gardner House
is right above the ocean and has two apartments – one with
two bedrooms and the other with one. There’s a stairway to
the tide pools just below. The Pelican Cottage boasts panoramic
ocean views from each room, a full kitchen, large living room and
dining room, plus a patio on the first floor and a stunning deck
on the second. The Cummings House has a fantastic view of the waves,
one bedroom, full kitchen, living room and all the amenities.
At one point,
I’m loading my things back in my car, and Samantha appears
out of nowhere, running at full speed, then disappearing behind
some building. She does not respond to my calls I can’t keep
my hands off this lovable dog). She’s on her own frenetic
doggie agenda, and leaves me far behind. I never did get a chance
to give her a goodbye pat.
are available and Trollers Lodge is within close walking distance
to all of Depoe Bay’s many attractions and eateries. 355 SW
Hwy 101 * (800) 472-9335 or (541) 765-2287. www.trollerslodge.com.