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Reggae, Rock, Blues and Wine on Central Oregon Coast


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Secrets of the Season

Reggae, Rock, Blues and Wine on Central Oregon Coast

Yachats Wine Trader will host a wine tasting each Saturday in June

(Yachats, Oregon) - It's a summer of wine, dancing and song in the tiny town between Florence and Newport, a village already full of magic because of its extraordinary, even unusual shoreline. But little Yachats - on the central Oregon coast - is big on daytime and nocturnal entertainment with a summer packed with live music at the Landmark Lounge and plenty of vino tasting events at both Yachats Wine Trader and at The Wine Place.

All events are over 21 only. This listing begins with Yachats Wine Trader, then Landmark Lounge, then The Wine Place.

Yachats River House & Wine Trader is at 131 Hwy 101. Yachats, Oregon. 541.547.4100. All their tastings happen each Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

June 7. Patricia Green Cellars. This female wine maker has a cult-like following for her small production Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

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June 14: Beers of the World. Give Dad the gift that keeps on giving: Beer. A worldly selection from refreshing to bold.

June 28: Wines of Italy. They say Italians drink more wine than water. See you down the Dolce Vita.

July 5: Sineann. A lineup of crisp whites and bold reds from Oregon and Washington.

July 12: Wines of Greece. Making some of the most exciting wines today using heirloom varietals and new techniques. Lucky for us, our favorite Greek Importer of Domaine Selection, Dino will be conducting the tasting.

July 19th: Carlton Wine Maker’s Studio. A talented co-op of high quality, small production, Oregon wine makers.

July 26: Wines of Spain. Said to be "the world’s most fashionable and newest darling of wine consumers," Spain is bursting into the spotlight.

Aug 2. Zerba Cellars: Flashy Walla Walla reds that make the taste buds say yum.

Aug 9: Ewalt Mosler presents Wines of Germany. Hear it straight from a renowned German wine expert.

Aug 23: Wines of Austria. This nation produces fabulous, dry, food friendly wines that have been gaining esteem for their stellar 2006 vintage.

View from the restaurant portion of the Landmark

The Landmark Lounge is on Hwy 101 in Yachats. (541) 547-5459. All shows are at 9 p.m. and free, unless otherwise indicating a cover charge. www.landmark-yachats.com

June 6. Outpost. It’s urban reggae from a hot new Portland band. A blend of funk-hop and reggae for some organic dance music. Three members are college friends from the Northwest, with the sound rounded out by east coast transplants. This is a new band, only a year away from its debut album, Crack the Pavement. Since then the gigs have stretched from Arcata, Calif., to Moscow, Id., They closed out last year with a sold out Halloween show at The Fez Ballroom. The band members are: tmpILL: Vox, MC; P.Hill: Vox, MC; Chris Couch: Guitar, Vox; Oscar: Drums; Tyler Stauss: Bass.

June 7. Ray & the Shades. T. Ray and the Shades got a great shot in the arm last year with the addition of Matt Zekala, a guitar player from New York who learned his licks in the heady 1990s eastern jam atmosphere sparked by Blues Traveler. He provides a great counter-point to former South County resident T. Ray, the singer and shaker on the stage. And there is also Scott Johnston on the sax, transplanted from San Francisco. And pulling it all together is drummer Matt Murray, who grew up in Waldport.

June 13. The Marci Curtis Band. Originally from Pendleton, Marci Curtis has been singing since age 5, getting her start in the church choir. She has worked with many jazz groups, such as Amack Records’ vocalist, DyAnne, out of Oakland. She helped found Textuur, which played the Los Angeles jazz scene and was featured in the independent film, “LA Blues”. She moved to Salem in 2006 and was an immediate hit, winning “The New Voice of Salem” in a sing off at Lefty’s. Marci is backed up by guitarist Alex Curtis, bassist John Shaw and drummer Bongo Bob Pettit.

June 14. Jesse and the Night. Jesse Young is one of the New Orleans-to-Portland transplants who have managed to find the Landmark. Jesse lived in Mid-City, not far from the Mid-City Bowl, a hotbed of NOLA sound. Katrina, however, put a foot of water in his house and he accepted the invitation of the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival last year. And in Portland he still is, now playing with Steve Kerin, formerly of Lafayette, La., who went from jam to jam across the country before settling on the Portland scene. The band gives the rolling blues treatment to Muddy Water and Howlin' Wolf so that you're not sure if its a cover or not.

June 20. Phamous Phaces. Here is a band with a long story. Originally from different rock bands in Eugene the group started playing together in 1993, writing songs, making CDs and getting along in the local club scene. The brand of music was Beatlesque with the emphasis on the rocking power pop side, leading to a stint in Europe in 1998, then an appearance at the second annual International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival in Los Angeles. At this festival, there were over 100 bands from around the world playing pop music. Phamous Phaces found a warm and accepting audience there and proceeded to play the third IPO in 1999, leading to another trip to Europe. In 2005 in Liverpool, England, Phaces played the Beatles home ground -- The Cavern Club, The Cavern Pub, Lennon's Bar & Flannagan's Apple. After the event, Creative Flair UK conducted a poll that named Phamous Phaces the best band out of 120 groups that participated at the weeklong festival. Back in Oregon, the band drifted into some changes but is fully back together, with its original members, including Roger McConnell, back at the stand.

June 21. Soulicious. Soulicious strolled into the Landmark a couple of months ago and lit up the place with an upbeat take on the blues groove. It delivered a fresh sound to old school funk and R&B, showing off years of experience in various Northwest bands. Led by Paula Vaden on vocals, rhythm guitar and percussion, the band includes Gerry Rempel on lead guitar, Sharon Greve on drums, Cheryl Camelio on vocals and percussion, JoAnne Lutz on keyboard and Jamie Porter on bass. The band calls it "Rock Mo' Funk.”

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't missJune 26. Eric Jerardi. This Ohio band has been featured on the Beale Street Caravan, Blues Delux and the House of Blues Radio Show. Jerardi’s last CD “Virtual Virtue” featured legendary keyboardist Chuck Leavell [Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton etc.] and he just released his first ever DVD simply titled “Troubled Places, Troubled Times.” Blues Matters magazine from England recently featured Eric on the cover and had this to say: “Well crafted pieces that take you on a ride of musical styles without fear, without genre, without prejudice...with style, with feeling, with talent, with joy, with funk, with guts and with awesome playing and variation" and the House of Blues said, "Eric Jerardi has exploded onto the national scene as one of this country's foremost blistering blues/rock players!"

June 27. Kolvane. In four years singer/songwriter Kolvane moved the Rose City Kings from obscurity to notoriety, winning Muddy awards, releasing three critically acclaimed albums; touring behind Chicago blues legend Jody Williams and gaining entry into the Top 50 Roots Music Report in the Roots Blues category. Last year the Kings morphed into the band Kolvane and this spring toured the West (from Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco to Highway 99 in Tacoma.) A new CD is due for release in May, so should be available for the Landmark gig. Kolvane is joined by Steve Kerin on keyboards and vocals and Thom Sullivan on drums. $5 cover.

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June 28. Tin Silver. The successor to Rustica, this band brings Tricia Rojas, Alan Bowen and Paul Prato back together with some new songs and renewed energy. Helped along by Texan Matthew Higgins on the drums, the band has a new badge as well as a new sound. More Texas than before with more originals, guitar/banjo/dobro player Bowen provides the bulk of the raw material. Higgins contributes the tight, bright, intricate groove he developed while cutting his teeth on Bob Wills country-swing standards. Paired with Prato’s bottomy electric and upright bass sound and punk-bred attack, Tin Silver’s rhythm section has uncommon fire and dynamic range. Rojas, the band’s other Lonestar State member, brings sweet violin and the aching, rafter-rattling vocals she developed singing in church choirs during her childhood.

The Wine Place is just a few doors down, at Highway 101 & W. 4th Street. Yachats, Oregon. (541) 547-5275. Their tastings are also on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will also be open late on Thursdays for live music on the deck with folk musician Richard Sharpless, 6 - 8 p.m., beginning June 12.

The Wine Place in Yachats

June 7. Phelps Creek Vineyards. Phelps Creek Vineyards is located in the Columbia Gorge. Grape growing takes center stage in production of their wines, and vines are restricted to low yields, ensuring quality over quantity. Meet Bob Morus, winery owner, and enjoy a sampling that includes unoaked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, “Hellfire” (a white blend) and “Brimstone” (a red blend).

June 14. Ribbon Ridge Vineyard. Ribbon Ridge Vineyard is a small, family-owned and operated vineyard and winery founded by Dewey and Robin Kelly. They planted their first 9 acres of Pinot Noir in 2001, with the first release being 2003. The estate vineyard is located 8 miles northeast of Carlton in the heart of Yamhill County’s newly designated Ribbon Ridge viticulture area. They make their wines at Carlton Winemakers Studio, and are one of nine resident boutique wineries who share the eco-friendly, cooperative wine-making facility. Meet Caryn Cook in her first tasting at The Wine Place. Caryn grew up in the wine industry and moved to Oregon to work at Carlton Winemakers Studio. She is now representing boutique Oregon wines.

June 21. Pudding River Wine Cellars. Pudding River Wine Cellars is a small home-grown venture, with every aspect of the grape growing and winemaking handled by family members. A four-acre vineyard overlooks the Pudding River and the winery utilizes state-of-the-art winemaking equipment. Wine Spectator has rated the 2006 Chardonnay with 87 points. During the June 21 tasting, meet owner/winemaker Sean Driggers and enjoy samples of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.

June 28. Sokol Blosser. Located in Dundee, they planted their first vines in 1971, and is family owned and operated. They strive to create wines of world-class quality that are produced sustainably and express the flavors of their distinctive hillside vineyards. Meet Lee Medina, a favorite guest at The Wine Place.

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.
the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
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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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history

The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches

A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca

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Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town

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Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

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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.

A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

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.


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


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.



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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.

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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.

Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.

Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

Generously appointed rooms or spacious two-room suites. Continental breakfast. Heated salt-water pool and spa, fitness room, high-speed Internet, some Jacuzzi spas and ADA accessibility. Some pet friendly. Business and meeting facilities. Catering services available.

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.

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.

Sumptuous indoor pool heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms. All units big, extremely comfortable, w/ special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. Free parking, choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Within walking distance to all of Yachats’ various amenities; short walk to the beaches

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


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.

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