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Oregon Coast Wacky Weather, Picks of the Week

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(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.

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Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

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 day.


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.

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 do.

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.

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.

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 soft drinks.

For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern end of Seaside.

Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

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 in Seaside

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 .

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

Call Jeanne Clark or Doug Barker at the Seaside Chamber for more information. 503-738-6391

Cool Place to Stay of the Week

Tradewinds Motel

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.

The 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

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20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

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.

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.

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

STARFISH POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
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. www.starfishpoint.com


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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

The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City

Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks

Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale

25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders

A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes

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.

Condo-hotel that offers the amenities of a fine hotel, but also includes ownership of a vacation home on the north Oregon coast. It is a unique opportunity, as condo owners have an opportunity to share in the revenues of their unit. All have either spectacular, nearly aerial views of the ocean and city, or they gaze out at the lush forests of the coast range mountains. There are private balconies in all rooms, which come as studios or units with one bedroom or two - as large as 850 square feet. Each is fully furnished. $189,000 to $449,000, (with most in the $300,000 range.) When owners are not using their units, they may be rented out as hotel rooms, and owners may share in those revenues.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.

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

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.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade