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Oregon Coast Lodgings Urge Book Fast for Holiday Weekend


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Oregon Coast Lodgings Urge Book Fast for Holiday Weekend

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(Oregon Coast) – You should’ve booked your holiday rooms a while ago for the Oregon coast, say numerous coastal lodging entities. But you may still find a place to stay hidden somewhere.

It’s a mistake tourists to Oregon’s beaches make over and over again: they wait until the last minute to try and book a room, or they just head out to the coast without reservations and hope to find them.

What many visitors don’t know is that there’s a sizable herd of people that have made their reservations far in advance for high-density weekends like Memorial Day or major holidays like Fourth of July. Reservations for such busy times are getting farther and farther ahead – a year ahead of time in many instances.


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oregon coast lighthouses on dvdIt’s why lodging businesses and vacation rental agencies on the coast are urging tourists to book now - or forever hold your peace.

Meanwhile, weekends like this one – just before the big summer tourist season kickoff – hold some distinctive surprises and delights, with nary a soul at many beach spots and hotels.

“For Memorial Day weekend, we have more reservations that were made in February, March and April than in May,” said Peg Leoni, owner of Trollers Lodge in Depoe Bay.

Spectacular beaches near Lincoln City

Carolyn Plummer, owner of Pacific Retreats Vacation Rentals in Lincoln City echoed that, but with numerous warnings – especially for the rather cut throat world of booking a vacation rental far in advance.

“For major holidays such as Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July, we recommend making reservations as far in advance as possible, especially for larger homes,” Plummer said. “We have, in fact, heard of people coming down to the beach at the last minute and ending up having to turn around and go home because there were no vacancies anywhere. Yes, we've also heard of people sleeping on the beach or in their cars! Many rental agencies, ourselves included, make the booking process easy with online booking or by calling a toll-free number.”

Lincoln 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. 541-994-8778.

“We usually get our advance reservations for the Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends around five to six months prior,” said Danielle Emerick, manager of Starfish Point in Newport.


In Seaside, Donna Weiss – owner of Weiss’ Paradise Suites - said northwesterners tend to look at the weather and then decide what to do.

“Many people wait until the last minute for Memorial Day weekend because they want to see what is happening with the weather,” Weiss said. “If it is hot in Portland or Seattle, then we fill up. But sometimes if the weather is bad, like rain, it is hard to tell what people will do.”

Terri Ferguson, manager of the Inn at Cannon Beach, said they’ve noticed a general increase at their upscale hotel in the north coast town, getting busier earlier in the year over the last ten years. She advises people to book at least six months ahead of time on major holidays like this one or Fourth of July.

“We have spent many, many nights on the phone calling from Astoria to Newport trying to find rooms for people,” Ferguson said. “We always advise them to have a reservation, do not just drive down.

“We call all the hotels in the area on busy weekends to offer hotel choices rather than having them drive around looking for one if we are full. We have sold blankets to guests because they were forced to sleep on the beach or in their car.”

The 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. www.theoceanlodge.com

The practice of booking far, far in advance is increasing. By February or March, Memorial Day Weekend is already booked fairly well at most lodgings. Spring break is usually all booked up by January at most vacation rentals.

Fourth of July, however, is the king of advance bookings, with most rooms gone a whole year ahead of time.


“My advice for both weekends: forget them,” said Brian Hines, at San Dune Inn in Manzanita. “They’re all done gone. Guests leave after the Fourth and book for next year as they check out, regardless of potential room rate changes. So about half the place is sold a year in advance. The remainder are generally gone by no later than March, and we generally end up with a two-page waiting list in case of cancellations.”

Booking Independence Day a year in advance is more common than not, according to most lodgings BeachConnection.net contacted.

17 lavish, beachfront suites feature Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub, gas fireplace, luxury robes & linens, TV, two-headed showers. Three large suites have kitchens. Private deck w/ BBQ available. No smoking or pets. Perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon.“We are completely booked,” said Amy Dunlap, with Sunset Vacation Rentals in Manzanita. “Oceanfront and ocean view homes book at least six months to a year in advance. So book now for next year.”

Dunlap said the trend has been a consistent one for years now, like Memorial Day. She said some smaller, non-ocean view homes may be available in the rental realm for the fourth, but she added, with some humor, the likelihood of where some will be sleeping. “Yes, they will pretty much be sleeping in sleeping bags or in a beach front driftwood fort.”

Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. 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. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com

Dianna Dunlap runs Beachfront Manor Hotel, Starfish Manor Hotel and a few other small rentals and inns in Lincoln City. She says summer means plenty of advance bookings a year ahead of time – but not always.

Lincoln City

“On our beach houses - the ones we have owned for more than couple of years - the holidays do book way ahead of time,” Dunlap said. “This starts almost when guests are here: this year they will reserve their time next year. We do still have our Sunset Cottage, which is oceanfront with a hot tub with plenty of summer openings, since we haven't owned it very long.”

In Seaside, summer means a lot of panicked travelers who didn’t prepare. “I get a great deal of last minute calls for summer dates and people can't believe there is nothing available,” Weiss said.

Leoni, in Depoe Bay, said most out-of-staters book well ahead of time, as do first-timers to the coast from Oregon.

There are other things to look out for when it comes to high-density weekends like Memorial Day, Labor Day or the Fourth. Gouging is one hazard the unwary tourist may have to put up with.

Depoe Bay

“Or worse they will have to stay in and pay for something they don't like,” Dianna Dunlap said. “Also the last-minute rates can be high. A lot of hotels adjust their rates up when they only have a few left and they know they will sell out. We do not do that.”

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the PromenadeHines noted there is often a kind of secret underground when it comes to room availability in many areas, much like what Ferguson at the Inn at Cannon Beach talked about.

“People may stumble across a last minute cancellation,” he said. “The vacancy ‘underground’ is pretty good here in Manzanita, and innkeepers keep each other posted when rooms open up for whatever reason. But forget any last minute stuff on the 4th.”

Not everyone is full for Memorial Day Weekend. In Lincoln City, Dunlap debuts a new hotel, which will likely make it a bit of a secret.

“With the Beachfront Manor Hotel just opening on Memorial Weekend, we will probably have openings for the Friday night,” Dunlap said. “But we will fill up for Saturday night and most likely Sunday too.”

A1 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.

Arch 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 sea.
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 866-436-1607.

D 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.

Weiss' 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 St.
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

Tradewinds Motel, 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. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Inn 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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