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Summer Cometh: Are you ready?

Hiding On Oregon Beaches On Labor Day Weekend

(Oregon Coast) – It's summer's last blast for many visitors to the Oregon coast. Labor Day weekend means one enormous, final rush for the tourism business on the coast, with hordes flooding the shoreline

So where to go if you want to experience the Oregon coast at its most pristine and solitary on such a mad weekend? The average tourist is not without hope. There are plenty of hidden spots, and plenty of strands less traveled – although even the most secretive of spots can have a few people.

Here are some suggestions for getting away from it all on the Oregon coast during the busy weekend.

Oceanside's Beaches and Treasures

The tunnel at Oceanside

During most of the year, there are often very few people here (although it’s gradually increasing in popularity every year as more and more make the discovery).

The beaches here are often shielded from the wind by the headland called Maxwell Point - about 100 yards north of the parking lot - looming above like a tall, dark, watchful god (which also boasts the noteworthy House On The Hill Motel). To the south, it's about three miles of sandy beach leading straight to Netarts Bay, with not much else other than rocks, boulders and driftwood piled up next to the vegetation line. About a mile down, you'll find some minor trails meandering through the brush underneath the Three Capes residential development, and if you're lucky, oddly colored slabs of rock become visible if the tide is low enough.

Rocky-scape of Oceanside

The real fun of Oceanside's beach lies inside Maxwell Point, however. The concrete tunnel here is a gateway to a stunning, secret world. Entrance into the tunnel is somewhat unadvisable in rainy weather, because of falling rocks from the cliffs.

But if conditions are calm, on the other side sits a stunning beach where enormous boulders and weirdly shaped sea stacks give the entire area a feel like something out of the old ``Star Trek'' series.

The entire area is cluttered with stuff to play on as well as a sense of the serene and the surreal.

Super Secret South of Yachats

Stonefield Beach

Between Yachats and Florence, you might as well be on the show “Lost.” There are no hatches, creepy people called “the others” or plane crashes, but it’s often hard to find a soul on these beaches. Even on high density weekends, this 25-mile stretch has many less beachcombers than the rest of the Oregon coast.

One such spot is near Ten Mile Creek. Just a stone’s throw north of Stonefield Beach and the small bridge over the creek, you’ll find a tiny, unmarked beach access lying behind a patch of gravel on the side of the road. Take this to find a small hidden beach featuring all sorts of bubble-like and craggy basalt shapes lying in the water and on the shore.

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Within a few feet sits the striking Ziggurat – an unusual bed and breakfast that looks like a Rubik’s Cube all twisted up into a strange but wonderful shape.

Secret beach spot beneath Cape Perpetua, south of Yachats

Just after the bridge you’ll find a spot of parking and access to a lovely little beach called Stonefield Beach, populated by stones and lots of logs. Once out there, you’ll find a long stretch of sandy strand.

Some goofy bits of roadside Americana lurk nearby in the form of whimsical wood-carved statues of whales and mermaids and such. (About MP 172.) Another unmarked path to the beach sits less than an eighth of a mile south, granting you access to a strand of sand and large basalt slabs.

For more clandestine fun, look for MP 175 and the Big Creek Bridge is nearby. There are unmarked beach accesses on either side, where creekside sandy spots give way to more cobblestones, large logs and small tracts of sand. The southern access is an easier walk as it’s less covered in driftwood obstacles.

Nehalem Bay and Beaches

Wondrous Nehalem Bay

What seems to be a bit of a coastal secret is the cozy, friendly, Nehalem Bay area. Often, it's overlooked because it's not exactly "the beach" in the most widely understood meaning of the word, but there's a little bit of paradise lurking in this corner of the coast with a backwoodsy, relaxed and slightly rugged feel. And while it has no sand per se, it is a hop, skip and a jump from some of Oregon's most beautiful and pristine beaches - and right in the middle of gorgeous forestland.

Manzanita, at the north end of Nehalem Bay

Cruise up 101 from Rockaway, past pastoral glimpses of the bay, the spit and a host of pilings and you'll soon come to the deceptively tiny town of Wheeler. Old saloon-like architecture and chunks of Americana populate this colorful place. In fact, some of these old buildings are decorated quite colorfully themselves, such as the wondrously fun and funky Guido’s Ristorante (503-368-7778) or the gorgeous Old Wheeler Hotel.


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com

This placid little place is packed full of a decent amount of delights. There's a train stop here, the full breadth of the bay sprawls out before you, and its array of shopping opportunities and restaurants is amazing for the mere four blocks that seem to comprise it fully.

It's also an antique treasure hunter's joy, with delightfully oddball shops featuring all sorts of interesting, sometimes kitchy and goofy finds.

Then, just a few miles away, you have the mysterious and stunning beaches of Manzanita. You’ll still find plenty of people inundating this comfy, atmospheric burgh on the big weekend, but you won’t find as many as in nearby Cannon Beach or Seaside. And there are some hidden beach accesses at the very southern end of town, in between some homes, where there are bound to be less folks than at the main part of Manzanita or at the Nehalem Bay State Park to the south.

Clandestine Cliffs of Lincoln County

If you're driving south on 101 just after Depoe Bay, you may notice a tiny, nondescript road called Otter Crest Road - one that may not peak your interest.


As it meanders below 101, it becomes a one way going south less than a mile down, at a spot just before where a big landslide tore the road away a few years ago. It's never been the same since - thankfully - as officials have turned it into a pleasant, canopied one-way road that hovers above beautiful, rather secretive cliffs.

The road ends up at Cape Foulweather, where you can also park to make this small but mesmerizing journey.

You can wander down to these secret cliffs just below the Otter Crest Loop’s one-way section and take in some incredible views.

The main entrance is where the one-way road starts, at a little gravel turn off. Hop the fence and you’ll find a steep trail meandering as you abruptly enter a dark forest area (which sometimes boasts really huge, wildly-colored mushrooms). The scenery explodes in front of you with a sense of the dramatic and grandiose as you step out of the forest to big ocean vistas.

It’s an amazing labyrinth of rocky cliffs, pointy things and smooth things. Parts of these basalt slabs actually form flat seats overlooking some incredibly dramatic wave action.

A trail running along side of the hill let’s you access a second cliff just south of it.


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Oregon Coastal Village Wows with Mystic Vibe, Ghost Forest Neskowin is different in many ways, including its geologic features

Oregon Travel Oddities: Sparks Above, As Below Proof that summer can yield the wildest, weirdest moments

Ghostly Tourism on Oregon’s Coast Hunting tales of ghosts is another fun pasttime on the coast

Hiking It and Roughing It on Oregon’s Coast A look at trails and rugged campgrounds

Sampling Wines and Wine Bars on the Oregon Coast Wine shops and wine bars are a growing part of coastal tourism



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In Awe of AstoriaASTORIA
Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history
Serenity in SeasideSEASIDE
The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches
Cavort in Cannon BeachCANNON BEACH
A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca
Annihilating  Beauty of Nehalem BayNEHALEM BAY
Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Time Trip Around Tillamook BayTILLAMOOK BAY
Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
Triple the Pleasure in 3 CapesTHREE CAPES LOOP
The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City
Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
Divine Depoe BayDEPOE BAY
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Nature in NewportNEWPORT
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses
Staggering Seal RockWALDPORT / SEAL ROCK
Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks
Aargh, there's no alliteration with Yachats - but it IS unbelievableYACHATS
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale
Unsurpassable Upper LaneUPPER LANE COUNTY
25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders
Fine Times in FlorenceFLORENCE
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes





STARFISH POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com


Lincoln City Vacation Homes There’s something for everyone among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand – 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, depending on the home: 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 are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.


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 our entire property for 20-26. All units 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. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes" show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com