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 Storm Brings Wild Sights, More
|Stormy waves at Cannon Beach
(Oregon Coast) – Thursday’s brief storm on
the coast created a spectacular array of moments and sights along the
shoreline, and it brought more than a few tourists around to watch the
tidal madness as well as the confused animals.
Wind gusts were reported in the 90’s in some spots,
while many others received them in the 70’s or 80’s.
Although the big winds are gone, the stormy conditions
haven’t quite disappeared, possibly bringing in some oddities like
lightning or funnel clouds.
In Yachats, Marsella Charron runs Yachats Wine Trader,
which overlooks the already dramatic bay in the tiny town. “Yesterday
we had some storm watchers in,” she said. “A few of them heard
about the big storm and came over from Eugene to see it. One customer
was a writer who is writing a novel that takes place during a hurricane.
He was coming over to experience the storm and use it for inspiration.”
|Big waves slam into the rocks near Depoe Bay
Carole Barkhurst of the Depoe Bay Visitors Center took
it all in stride, and was more amused by the sights than anything. “We
locals usually find the storms are not as great as we had hoped they would
be,” Barkhurst. “This one gave us great wind bursts and periods
of heavy rain, but all in all it was only just a medium storm. The birds
were really fun in this one as they seemed quite perplexed and were frequently
flying back and forth instead of south. The pelicans especially were confused.”
|Moody clouds near Manzanita
In Seaside, Mike Exinger of Zinger’s Homemade Ice
Cream was also amused as he watch the Seaside High School homecoming parade
slink down Broadway. “We were outside watching just as the skies
emptied,” Exinger said. “All the kids were riding in open
trucks and floats - which took on a new meaning - and were totally soaked.
Since the team hasn’t won a game all year, this could be an omen.”
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Brian Hines, owner of San Dune Inn in Manzanita wasn’t
sure how the weather pundits got gusts up to 90 miles an hour.
“It was pretty much a non-event here,” Hines
said. “Power flickered off for about two seconds, and that’s
about it. "No hordes showing up to watch the storm. There were sun
breaks today coupled with showers on and off.”
There’s more nuttiness on the way, and the weather
is already bringing more surprises to the region.
National Weather Service has issued some unusual warnings for western
Oregon, including the coast and coast range, partially because of a small
tornado that touched down near Hubbard on Friday.
An unstable air mass over southwest Washington and northwest
Oregon is still quite unstable on Friday night, posing the risk of a funnel
cloud or tornado, as well as dangerous lightning. Flashes of lightning
have already been seen all evening in the Portland area and to the west,
near the coast range. The NWS says the “risk of a funnel cloud will
continue there” throughout Friday night.
|Wild waves typical of Yachats
Hail is also possible, as well as gusts up to around 30
mph. The NWS also urges the public to watch out for lightning that ends
up directly above them.
continued blustery weather and rain, a high surf warning has also been
issued for the Oregon coast, which means enormous swells and officials
telling people to stay off the beaches.
“Storm-watchers need to be very cautious about
where they go to observe, remembering that winds with big gusts could
send pieces of the beach toward one and/or one's vehicle,” said
Newport beach expert Guy DiTorrice. “Smart to stay off the beach,
opting for a higher, safer point for observing. Remember that we lost
a couple tourists last year who were sitting on a sandstone headland undercut
by huge waves taking them out to sea.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. 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. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.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.
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.
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