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Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
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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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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.
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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.”
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.
“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
“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
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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,”
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.
“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.”
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
“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
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.
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
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
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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