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.
A Week Full of Wild Weather and Storms on
|Storm waves near Depoe Bay
(Oregon Coast) – If you're looking for the first
major storm action and drama of 2008, this week will provide plenty of
Stormy weather, high winds and big sea swells are expected
to hit the coast Thursday and Friday with a pair of weather systems that
will plod their way along the coast, one after the other, with their storm
fronts actually creating three storms. They will bring gusts around 55
mph, while the northern half of the coast could get occasional gusts up
to 70 mph later on. Lots of rain and some thunderstorms are expected to
show up as well.
National Weather Service said the north and central coast should expect
windy conditions on the headlands and open beaches Thursday, with more
coming on Friday and early Saturday. The first storm will move in on Thursday,
with south winds of 20 to 35 mph, and gusts up to 55 mph on the headlands.
|Manic, windy conditions in Manzanita
That will ease up Thursday evening as that storm passes
and moves onshore. But there’s more.
The cold front from the second storm – the stronger
of the two – will arrive Friday morning, bringing winds again between
20 and 35 mph, with gusts around 50 or 55. Winds will then increase later
on Friday as the low pressure center passes just to the northwest of the
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.
Winds are then expected to be around 30 to 45 mph with
gusts as high as 70 mph. That storm will continue into the wee hours of
the morning on Saturday, finally subsiding in the middle of the night.
|Stormy scene at Newport
On the beaches, Thursday and Friday will see 20-foot swells,
which spell lots of danger. But it gets worse. Saturday will see 30-foot
swells in some areas of the Oregon coast, which means sizable erosion
in some spots and waves climbing up the beaches and creating hazardous
Ocean swells are expected to be quite high as well, with
Friday seeing 27-foot swells out on the ocean along with possible isolated
thunderstorms. There is a small craft advisory for hazardous conditions
on the ocean.
Those heading to the coast will be treated to the famous
winter storms on Friday night. Saturday and Sunday will provide some fascinating
beachcombing when beach conditions have calmed down.
|Storm debris is already filling this wheelchair access point at
Cannon Beach's Tolovana area
Coastal locals are again scoffing just a bit at the coverage
of this storm, like Winston Laszlo, owner of Old
Wheeler Hotel in Wheeler.
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.
“Gusts up to 55 mph?,” he said. “You
call that a storm? Seriously, the Old Wheeler Hotel came through the big
one last month without a problem. The building is made of concrete, after
all. Sounds like this one might make for some good storm watching.”
Michelle Franck, owner of Oregon
Beach House Rentals, said “coasties” are a tough breed
of cat. “We hang on, hang in and keep on hangin. Come to the coast
In Depoe Bay, Trollers
Lodge owner Peggy Leoni didn’t see much ado about this storm,
but said the ocean views at her motel will be especially inviting in the
always-engaging surf of this area.
Still, she’s prepared. “55 mph isn't all that
much,” Leoni said. “But we are preparing the same as always;
securing anything loose and checking our battery and candle supply.
We hope lots of storm watchers will come.”
|Odd things abound on the beach after storms, like this enormous
bundle of sea kelp near Newport. Many of the beaches already have
a variety of items covering the beach, and they'll have more this
However, these storms are cause for warnings.
storms, stay on accessible high ground when storm-agitated surf is on
the beach. Oregon State Parks maintains dozens of safe roadside parks
and campground access points right along Highway 101 where you can get
great photos of dramatic winter surf without endangering yourself.
While beachcombing after the storms, keep your eye
on the ocean and do not turn your back on it. Sneaker waves are common
and often catch people off guard while standing onshore. You can't see
them and they are impossible to predict. These occur when smaller waves
pile up on top each other to form one large wave – sometimes twice
as large as the previous sets. Also, they can carry large pieces of debris
with them such as logs, which present a whole set of other dangers.
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
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
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.
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 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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