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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.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

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.

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.

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

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

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.


State of the Oregon Coast Agate Union: It Rocks Right Now

Published 04/02/2012

(Oregon Coast) – If there's one big hint about agate hunting along the Oregon coast, it's that storms are good for this endeavor. That's not to say you should go searching for agates during storms – as that's horribly unsafe – but rather that after a storm is when you're going to find them (above: photo by Joki).

And this season has had plenty of storms. Because of this, Lincoln City agate shop owner Laura Joki is gleefully proclaiming “This is agate hunting season!”

Joki, who runs Rock Your World in town, said recent spring storms have been keeping the agate-hunting conditions good. The last week and a half has seen lots of rocky action in sandy places.

“The gravel bars are shifting slightly but they are there more often than not, some days better, some days not so much,” Joki said last week. “I drove by Moolack beach and the D River wayside today and they both have good sized gravel beds.”

Above: the Cannon Beach area, such as here at Hug Point, can host plenty of gravel beds.

In late March, almost every beach in Lincoln City had a gravel bar exposed, Joki said.

“I would imagine that most of the beaches are starting to show good agate beds, from Cape Meares (on the Three Capes scenic loop) in the north, to Florence in the south,” she said. “This is, however, the gravel bar season. The spring ocean tides bring a lot of force to the shores and any storm in which the weatherman warns there will be minor coastal erosion is good news for rockhounds.”

On the north Oregon coast, gravel beds are also well known just south of Cannon Beach at spots like Hug Point and Arch Cape, at Oceanside and Tierra Del Mar.

These exposed gravel beds can be quite transitory, however, and some can appear and disappear in less than a day, literally coming and going with the tides (at right: photo by Joki).

For beginners, Joki suggested to walk into the sun and the agates should simply light up.

Other tips:

Wet rocks show their true colors better.

Walk into the sun for agates, look for the glow.

Big agates hang out with BIG rocks.

“Watch out for petrified wood, petrified palm tree, jasper, fossils and many more gems,” Joki said. “Sometimes even a piece of wayward jade or grossular garnet shows up.”

Agates come in all colors, but the rare ones are the blue-black, baby blue, pink, purple and green ones.

Check your agates to see if they are "clam bellies" - these are fossil casts made from agate of the inside of a fossil seashell. They will often have a bubble of carbon dioxide and water on the inside which produce a moving shadow when held against strong light. The bubble moves like the bubble in a level.

Joki said agates are just a rock, and like rocks they tend to congregate with other rocks.

Gravel beds at Tierra Del Mar, near Pacific City

“So your best chance to find an agate on the beach is to look where the highest concentration of rocks are,” she said. “The agates, jaspers and petrified wood, gem materials which are highly sought after on the Oregon coast, are all about the same 'Specific Gravity,' meaning they have a similar weight to mass ratio. When the ocean waves scour through the gravel, they sort the rocks. Sand and lighter rocks tend to float towards the top. Rocks like agate, Jasper and petrified wood are heavier and tend to be left in patches along with other materials of a similar specific gravity.”

She said it takes a pretty strong current to scour the beach enough to bring up gem material. But luckily for Oregon coast regulars, the storms have been frequent and powerful enough to do just that.

“If you are looking for bigger agates, they tend to hang out with other bigger rocks, you have a better chance of finding a whopper if you look amongst the courser gravel,” Joki said.

As always, keep beach safety in mind first. Stay away from the beaches during still-unruly tide conditions and never turn your back to the ocean. Sneaker waves are notorious for injuring people or even washing them away.


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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.

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.

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.
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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

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
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.


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Tidepool Experiments Yield Finds About Climate Change on Oregon Coast
OSU found ecosystems like tidepools are losing their resiliency. Weather sciences
Three Surprises of Oregon Coast History at Oceanside
Roosevelt and the refuge, a fallen arch, a goofy structure
Lincoln City's Exploriences Back with Varied Oregon Coast Adventures
Reignites its outdoor program Exploriences with crabbing, clamming, hiking, tidepools, agates, fossils. Lincoln City events
Curious Bits About Sand Dollars on Oregon / Washington Coast You Didn't Know
People know little about them: some surprising facts about the little critters. Marine sciences
Razor Clam Lovers Will Love This Week on Washington
Coast Clam digs for January 14 through 20 will go on as planned. Washington coast events

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