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 Wacky Weather, Picks of the Week
|High points above Manzanita are some of the most satisfying destinations
in any weather
(Oregon Coast) - This week's Oregon coast picks feature
some good old fashioned fun in the form of a barbershop festival in Yachats
and a massive food fest in Seaside. Then, for some bonus fun, there's
some tricky weather on tap for the week, which will later likely yield
some surprises on the beaches.
The weather on the Oregon coast is a mix of interesting
elements. There is a high surf advisory in effect until Wednesday afternoon,
while the coast range is under a winter storm advisory. The National Weather
Service (NWS) issued those alerts.
The high surf advisory warns of large swells generated
by a strong storm system in Alaska, with sea swells rising to 20 feet
late Wednesday evening. “A high surf advisory means that high surf
will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing rip currents and localized
beach erosion,” said the NWS in a bulletin.
|Seaside in the snow, last year (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium)
It can be very dangerous to venture onto the beaches in
such conditions. You can be swept off rocks or jetties, or sucked out
in a big sneaker wave.
However, after the storm, one of the picks of the week
will be the fabulous beachcombing this can result in. There are numerous
reports all over the Oregon coast of agates being unearthed or brought
in by the tide in great numbers, plenty of odd beach debris, and a bevy
of curious creatures have been shoved onshore by the winter wave action.
The coast range and routes to and from the coast are under
a winter storm warning through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, said the NWS. Snow
levels are dipping below 500 feet, and accumulations of three to six inches
are likely overnight.
Earlier on Tuesday, four inches of snow hit the Sunset
Summit of Highway 26 and seven inches were reported on hills west of Dallas,
on the way to the central coast. Strong winds are also possible, along
with ice, although the bulk of these problems should be gone by later
morning on Wednesday, allowing better traffic conditions throughout the
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
Best Beaches for This Week
Weather through the week and weekend calls for rain and
temperatures in the 40’s on the Oregon coast, which doesn’t
make for ideal beachcombing conditions. So, for this week, the beach picks
revolve around high vantage spots to watch any wave action, or simply
enjoy the rain and surf from your car.
Oceanside – just west of Tillamook - will be excellent
for this, boasting a big parking lot that practically makes up the largest
portion of this tiny town. Maxwell Point, the headland in the distance,
is often the cause and the recipient of some major wave pounding as it
juts out into the sea, daring the breakers to give it a wallop. And they
|Cliffs north of Florence
If you’re bouncing around the north coast, you can’t
miss the overlook above Manzanita. With the mysterious pyramid-like rock
looming above you, and you looming over this grandiose view of the surf,
you can’t go wrong under any conditions.
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.
The same goes for the massive cliffs just north of Florence.
There, numerous turnouts allow you to take in the vastness of the sea
from on high, surrounded by black, basalt brick walls that look a bit
like a castle. Especially at night, these are particularly atmospheric,
letting your imagination loose. It’s not hard to picture yourself
in some creepy, old B/W gothic movie, inside the prerequisite castle perched
above raging surf.
Barbershop Festival in Yachats
In Yachats, The Yachats Lions Club will host its 14th annual
Barbershop Festival this Saturday night, February 2, beginning at 7:30
p.m. at the Yachats Commons (Hwy 101 and W 5th St).
|Not far from the Barbershop weekend lies this dramatic oceanic madness
The festival will feature performances by the quartet Overtime,
who won the International Senior Quartet Championship title in 2000, the
Eugene Cascade Chorus, past Evergreen District Champions under the direction
of Coby Foster, and the fabulous voices of the Sweet Adelines and Coastal
Aires Chorus. Tickets are $15. Advance tickets are available in Yachats
at Yachats Village Market, Shirley’s, the Yachats Visitors Center,
from any Lion, or by calling Art Rotter, (541) 327-2801.
An “Afterglow” follows the show at the Lions
Hall for an additional $8, and will include plenty of singing, food and
Overtime registered as an official SPEBSQSA (Barbershop
Harmony Society) quartet in April 1999. Shortly thereafter, they entered
their first Division contest and won the Seniors Division. They then won
the championship title for quartets at the Evergreen District contest
in Spokane, Washington, and in January 2000 were named International Seniors
Champions in Tucson, Arizona. Although none of the quartet considers themselves
"old" their accumulated age is 260 years. This includes 172
years of SPEBSQSA membership.
Seaside Gets Sweet on You all Weekend
For those of the gluttonous set, the north Oregon coast
resort town of Seaside has the ultimate date idea: a weekend of sweets,
chowder and other comfort foods. It’s called “Chocolate ‘N
Chowder, The Coastal Comforts of Seaside,” and it happens all over
the lovely little town, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Think food: chocolate sundaes, chocolate chip bagels, razor clams and
crab cakes. Restaurants will be offering chowder, seafood or chocolate
and dessert specials. Candy stores will feature a variety of delectables,
from truffles and fudge to taffy. Nighttime entertainment spots will offer
chocolate martinis, other specialty drinks, chowder and brew specials.
Retailers will have specials and sales. Hours vary with individual businesses.
|Look for wondrous drink concoctions as well as sweets and seafood
On Saturday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., there will be free
tastings of various chowders and chocolate concoctions at many businesses.
This is also the First Saturday Art Walk, with hours extended from 2 p.m.
to 7 p.m.
Of special interest to women is the Seaside Sisters weekend
at the Civic & Convention Center, Friday through Sunday. The event
includes scrap booking “crops,” classes, exhibits, a shop
hop, fashion show and a benefit Bunco tournament. Some portions of the
event are free, or weekend and day passes are available. For Sisters information
on line see www.seasidesistersevent.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.
Call Jeanne Clark or Doug Barker at the Seaside Chamber
for more information. 503-738-6391
Cool Place to Stay of the Week
The Tradewinds Motel in Rockaway Beach. Sure they’ve
got expansive ocean views, close proximity to golfing, fishing tours and
quick access to seven miles of pristine beaches. But this place has a
charm that cannot be denied, as well as a practicality for anyone from
families, couples to large groups. Plus, some rooms are pet friendly.
All rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have
TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts
all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace
and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with all those amenities
but the kitchens. Both of those categories sleep up to four people.
non-oceanfront rooms come with a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker
– sizable for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for
those on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite that
has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace
and private deck, sleeping as many as six.
For those wanting bigger accommodations for family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific,
Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history
The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family
fun & broad, sandy beaches
A mysterious lighthouse, upscale
yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca
Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and
Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook
& an oceanfront ghost town
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Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden
cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling
bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged &
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy