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.
Sun and Fun To Remain on Oregon Coast
|Odd haze out to sea during sunset (Newport, late October)
(Oregon Coast) – “It's absolutely
gorgeous - this is like the last weekend of perfect weather before it
gets darker and colder and stormy,” said Danielle Emerick, manager
of Newport Hotel Starfish Point.
She echoes the sentiment of many watching the weather along
the Oregon coast, which has been stunning for over a week, and is predicted
to stay that way most of the time for the next week. Temperatures may
be a bit chilly at times – in the 50’s – but the sun
remains strong, winds at a minimum and the finds in the natural world
are amazing left and right.
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.
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The forecast calls for some possible cloudy and rainy periods
this week, but mostly it’s expected to remain the warm, clear conditions
that have been reminiscent of the usual second summer atmosphere that
the coast missed out on this September and October. On the coast are the
same kind of blue skies as in the valley and Portland area, but you’ve
got the added benefits of all the natural wonders that the coast can throw
at you. See
more at Oregon Coast Weather
|Strange haze on the horizon at Depoe Bay, just before sundown
“I would tell everyone to come on down,” Emerick
said. “Winter rates are in effect, restaurants aren’t crowded,
no lines at attractions, and with the weather the way it is, it’s
like summer without the hassles. Do bring a warm coat, it’s not
as hot as summer either.”
In Seaside, Chris Bendickson – who runs the Holiday
Inn Express Hotel & Suites – said the hotel has been quite
swamped. “Seaside has been getting a good number of walk-ins each
evening due to the nice weather,” Bendickson said. “Rates
have been fairly low which I believe is helping to keep folks here a bit
longer. The weather forecasts that I am seeing are certainly calling for
dryer days and only one or two evenings of light showers for the upcoming
Last weekend, some unusual conditions offshore were creating
an extraordinary amount of haze, perhaps 12 miles out or more. Some have
postulated it was smoke from the California wildfires or other fires in
the coast range drifting around the ocean. In any case, it caused some
extra wild sunset conditions, with more intense colors than normal.
|Depoe Bay's wild waves during sunny conditions
this past week
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Waves were also acting rather crazy, as if another storm
was headed this way. Big waves are created by large winds far out to sea.
But those circumstances changed later this week.
“We've had gorgeous red and gold sunsets,”
said Peg Leoni, of Troller’s
Lodge in Depoe Bay. “The ocean was calm earlier this week but
very active, very loud last night.”
Newport beach expert Guy DiTorrice echoed that. “Waves
have been mild to moderate,” he said. “Not seeing a lot of
surfers out there, from Beverly Beach to South Beach. But there are some
folks catching waves.”
Newport’s A.T. Ronan, who heads up the Oyster Cloyster
feast happening Saturday night at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, said it’s
perfect weather to visit the beach and attend the gala.
|Wild beach finds like this one could be possible: a Japanese glass
float found by Danielle Emerick of Newport two years ago
The weird sunsets have dissipated a bit, say locals, but
with clear skies like these, they’re still enormously spectacular.
“Sunsets have been absolutely color-filled - deep reds and purples,”
DiTorrice said. “But haven't seen any green flashes as we always
have some sort of partial cloud cover toward the west. Yes, we're going
to get some smoke from the California fires, but there are also some huge
slash burns east of Lincoln City/Siletz and Newport/Toledo that look like
huge fog banks at altitudes higher than the Coast Range that were heading
west this past weekend.”
Nature is putting on a show in other ways, said Bendickson.
“I have seen quite a few deer and elk along Hwy 101
just south of the Relief Pitcher Tavern,” he said. “It is
a beautiful sight every time I see the herds, and even though I have witnessed
it many times over the years, I still stop to take time to enjoy the view.
|Beaches are deserted but sunny this week (pictured: a secret spot
near Pacific City)
“I have also seen a lot of different birds in the
area over the past week. I’m not an expert in ornithology, but there
seems to be some species that I have not seen in the area in the past.
I wonder if they have flown north to get away from the fires in southern
It’s a little bit late to call it the famed “second
summer” phenomenon – which generally brings extremely warm
conditions to coast. But it didn’t really happen on time this year,
instead showing up in between big storms.
“This is what us coasties usually experience in early
October through mid-November,” DiTorrice said. “Those early
storms last month did two things: took the knees out of some of our regular
visitor business and got us serious beachcombers excited about sand moving
off the beaches.”
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front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
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burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
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Then there’s the whole beachcombing aspect of the
coast, which was in hyperdrive last week, after the previous week’s
storms scoured lots of sand away and left interesting debris everywhere.
|Seaside: things are clear and pleasant this
All that sort of stuff easily falls under DiTorrice’s
expertise, who runs beach fossil tours under the name Oregon
“Beachcombing is superb this time of year,”
he said. “No crowds. Sand is carpeted and covers many rocky areas
and gravel bars that make winter walking a little more cautious.
“This is the time of year when some driftwood collecting
takes place. The beach debris has had the whole summer to dry out and
the pieces at the high-tide areas and below bluffs have been tossed around
enough that there's a good supply of twisted, bark-free pieces folks find
so attractive to score.
is also the time of year where you'll find the last of the summer stuff
- empty plastic bottles, empty foreign-languaged shampoo or soap containers,
pieces of former Styrofoam coolers and some of the plastic floats. Oh
yeah, you'll also find an occasional plastic sand shovel - the ones that
usually accompany the sand pails younger folks use on the beach. Strange
thing, always find the little shovels - seven so far this year - but never
the buckets. I use them to stabilize my float shelf at home.”
has a less complex outlook on the coast, but just as pertinent.
“We think the coast is great no matter what
the weather,” she said. “Layers of clothing and something
water repellant is all you ever need.”
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.
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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
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.
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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