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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.

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

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.

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

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.

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.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848

 

 

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Amusing Tales from Oregon Coast Aquarium

Published 07/26/2010

Keiko the Killer Whale at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

(Newport, Oregon) - Animals do the darnedest things, and that includes fish, snakes and whales. Working closely with marine creatures in a facility like the Oregon Coast Aquarium forces handlers to not only know their critters rather intimately, but their behavior can have its goofy sides as well. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. Sometimes it’s just plain silly. At other moments, it certainly has its heartwarming elements, such as the anecdotes that go all the way back to Keiko the Killer Whale.

Jackie Anderson is a volunteer at the aquarium who had an interesting and very public encounter with a massive snake at their new Swampland exhibit.

“It was the first day that I was an animal handler in Swampland. I was showing the 12 ft long Albino Python. I took her out of the container and she started to explore my body. As I was explaining her to the crowd, she wound around my neck and into my bra. It was warm there. After a bit, I pulled her out and the trainer told me to put her head around my waist and under my elbow to hold her. 

Adorable otters at the aquarium

“I did this and continued talking to the crowd. It was now time for me to hand her off to my partner. The trainer took her by the tail and tried to untangle her. It was then that we realized she had crawled in the arm hole of my blouse and was totally wrapped around me.  The only way to get her out was for me to lift up my blouse and for the trainer to untangle her from my naked body. This was really a crowd pleaser.”

Cherie Whittington is the Visitor Services Manager, and she was rather awestruck by a visitor who once asked her: “How do you get the animals to come back in the morning?” 

Whittington said, “Excuse me?”

She said: “Yes, you know, the sea otters and sea lions and seals. What do you do to get them to come back in the morning before you open?”

Part of the Swampland exhibit at the aquarium.

Whittington said she kept a straight face and patiently explained these particular animals can’t be released in to the wild so they stay here in their pools all the time.

The woman said “Oh, thank you for the answer because I was really puzzled how you managed it.”

Donna Hyden, Administrative Assistant at the aquarium, for a while worked in a drug and alcohol rehab center. There was a locked door at the facility, and an intercom where those wanting to come in would announce themselves. Hyden would often answer that, and her question was always: “Is it someone drunk?”

This causes her some amusement when thinking about delivery announcements for oen of the creature handlers at the aquarium.

“It gives me a chuckle the first time I heard - here at the Aquarium - the announcement over the radio (like the intercom) that there is someone at one of the locked doors/gates, wanting in w/a delivery. Michele’s question to them is always ‘Is it alive?’ “

The halibut habitat at the aquarium

Kandy Smith is the Events Manager at the aquarium, and she had an amusing side of the famed whale Keiko to talk about, who resided at the facility in the 90’s. At that time, Smith was a security officer, and would be privy to his various quirks that weren’t evident to the public.

“Once the large crowds had left for the day, it didn’t take long to see Keiko got bored without the constant interaction and accolades of his adoring fans, especially small children,” Smith said. “So to this end, some creative person came up with the idea that perhaps a little TV watching might be the answer. After all, millions of children loved it; why not our own special ‘kid?’

“Each evening, one of the security staff would enter into his keeper’s office, roll the large TV set up to the underwater viewing window, turn it on and watch Keiko zip over to see what the night’s entertainment might be. Well it didn’t take a degree in whale psychology to observe just what shows kept our big guy occupied or drove him off  in a huff to the other side of the pool. Bottom line: Keiko preferred to spend his evening watching either action filled sporting events such as wrestling. Or when in a lighter mood, perhaps some old fashioned cartoons might be the ticket.”

Getting smooched on by a sea lion

Smith said Keiko liked action and movement, but he didn't like slow moving shows like the “Golden Girls” or soaps.

“This whale certainly knew his likes and dislikes,” Smith said.

Cindy Hanson, now the publicist and spokesperson for the aquarium, remembers the crazed media frenzy when Keiko first arrived at the aquarium in 1996. She was then the News Director for KSND radio, standing amidst the throngs of reporters and cameramen, including Jack McGowan (founder of SOLV) and now-conservative talk radio host Lars Larson, back when they were still TV reporters.

This was a time when the phrase “Free Keiko” was a kind of catch phrase regarding the whale, as the plan was for him to be rehabilitated and then reintroduced into the wild.

“Keiko's arrival was delayed and the masses of reporters and cameramen began to get restless,” Hanson said. “I remember a reporter yelling, ‘Free the media!!!’ Everyone laughed.”

At the time she thought the whole thing a little over hyped, until she watched him being lowered into the tank, and noticed how still the behemoth as divers swam around him to get him loose from the sling. He was clearly careful not to hurt them.

“That was the moment I saw what an amazing being he was,” Hanson said.

Keiko was moved to Iceland in 1998 as part of his rehabilitation. He died there in a fjord in 2003 from pneumonia.

 

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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.

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.

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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