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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.

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.

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 week.”

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.”

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.

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.

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 California.”

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.”

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

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 week

All that sort of stuff easily falls under DiTorrice’s expertise, who runs beach fossil tours under the name Oregon Fossil Guy.

“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.

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. “This 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.”

Leoni 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.”

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
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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.

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.
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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.

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

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.

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.

Tradewinds Motel, 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. www.tradewinds-motel.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.


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