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Quirky Oregon Coast Winery Announces Year's
|Nehalem Bay Winery
(Nehalem, Oregon) – The deliriously delightful and
offbeat Nehalem Bay Winery, on the north Oregon coast, has announced its
lineup of festivals for the coming tourist season.
Nestled in the middle of bucolic farmland and small, Alpine-like
mountains, and with an architecture that smacks of Europe, it’s
not hard to imagine this vino hotspot is somewhere in France or wine-yielding
fields of southern Germany. But take a closer look at this elderly building
and it’s filled with a very American sense of humor and the goofy.
Eclectic, joyful drawings of Ken Keasey (a regular here later in life)
and other famous figures line the exterior, while the interior is a mish-mash
of wacky photos and people behind the tasting bar who joke with patrons.
There’s nothing snobby about this winery.
So it follows its summer and fall season is filled with
festivals that evoke a sense of family fun and rollicking good times,
while also being starkly unusual for a winery. Reggae, blues, bluegrass
and a diverse, even kooky festival of open-mic sets are coming up for
|Laurie Lewis performs at the winery
All events are family friendly and dog friendly, although
they will be strict about ID’s should you choose to buy adult beverages.
You’ll find the Nehalem Bay Winery along Highway
53, near Wheeler, one mile from the junction of Highway 101 and 53. 1-888-368-9463.
Monday, May 26: Memorial Weekend Blues Festival.
The annual celebration is a combination of music, luscious barbecue and
beverages – open to the whole family. This now-legendary festival
has featured such luminaries as Paul DeLay in the past, This year it features
Norman Sylvester, the Portland artist known as the “boogie cat”
for his infectious mix of soul, funk and gritty blues. Also on the bill
is the Astoria favorite Bond Street Blues.
Cover is $10. Food and drink are available for purchase.
|Family crowds gather at Nehalem Bay Winery events each summer
June 14: Juneteenth Reggae Festival. The
big one is back this year, featuring the dreadlocked polyrhythms and world
beat influences of Portland band Rhythm Culture, as well as Red Stripe
beer to go with your Rasta.
Cover is $10. Food and drink are available for purchase.
The show begins early, at 4 p.m.
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
Fourth of July: Independence Day Celebration.
BBQ with live music in the afternoon following the parade in Manzanita.
A great time for the whole family. Free.
July 14: Day of the Muse. That quirky,
eclectic little festival of just about anything performance-oriented is
back. It all got started in the 90’s with a visit by author Ken
Kesey. You’ll see music, readings, performance art, and possibly
theater. It’s always a potpourri of surprises.
16: Bluegrass N’ BBQ. This year, it falls on a Saturday
– not on a Wednesday, as in past years. This one-of-a-kind, downhome
festival has featured David Grisman, Laurie Lewis and numerous other big
names, as well as up-and-comers. Bands this year still to be announced.
Cover TBA. Food and drink are available for purchase. 6
Monday, September 1: Labor Day Weekend. Live music and
Nehalem Bay Winery can also be found at some outdoor markets
around the state.
Every Sunday: Astoria Sunday Market, May through October.
Most Weekends: Portland Farmer’s Market, Park
Blocks. Portland. June through December (present intermittently during
some summer months because of berry season).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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