Oregon Coast Beach Connection - lodging, dining, news, events and more

oregon coast lighthouses on dvd

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

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.

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

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.





More Bizarre Oregon Coast Adventures

Stormy conditions begin at Manzanita

By Andre' Hagestedt

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) - It's the kind of expedition to the Oregon coast that's like a wild spy novel: filled with so many twists and turns in the plot, and so many exotic locales and situations, it leaves your mind reeling by the end. Like the coastline itself – where the landscape can change abruptly from hour to hour - it’s four days of nothing you’d expect from minute to minute. Bizarre weather, frightening storms, bad and excellent food, scary road conditions, clam digging, a mind-bending discussion of cutting edge physics and some crazed, drunken locals all typified this particular sojourn to the north part of Oregon’s coast.

It's late November, a few weeks before the abominable snow monster attacked the Portland area and trapped me in my neighborhood on the border of Beaverton and Portland, cutting me off from the coast as well. But that’s a different story.

At this point in time, some floodwaters are hitting the north coast, and there were erroneous reports running rampant on the radio that the north coast was cut off from traffic coming from Highway 26. Naughty media folk: yes, Seaside was cut off for a bit, but not the entire north coast.

No odd structures are uncovered at Hug Point, but a bevy of sneaker waves are making the beach a little crazy.

However, zipping over late at night to the beaches proved bizarre. An unexpected snow flurry in the coast range summits elongated my journey with blizzard-like conditions at times, and then a bundle of flood waters were haunting the end of Highway 26, just before the 101 junction. You could get through, but my poor little Toyota Camry objected strenuously. The waves my car created reached up to my window. Yikes.

Later this evening, I had an unbelievably bad dinner at a north coast restaurant. It’s one of those fancy ones with an outstanding reputation, but apparently living on desperate fumes of a word of mouth that could by no means exist any longer. My dining pal actually got sick on his meal, and I can’t say I blame him. The meal was so atrocious I can’t even bring myself to write the eatery’s name here, out of a sense of feeling so badly for them. I couldn’t dash someone’s business so publicly.

Over the next few days, the weather pitched and yawed in freaky ways. The next day was exceptionally sunny, even warm. I followed Seaside Aquarium manager Keith Chandler down to the ocean in a huff, as he rushed to grab some clams from the sand in the last remaining rays of sunlight.

Seaside Aquarium's Keith Chandler is digging deep for clams.

Apparently, these were at an extraordinary high, I was to later find out. The ODFW estimated some nine million clams were lying just below the sand and just this side of the surfline, enabling folks on the north Oregon coast to simply go nuts for the year. They are only sitting from Seaside up to Warrenton, however.

That night I chowed down to heavenly grub at Pizza Garden in Nehalem: my distinct favorite of a pizza made with meatballs (they make their own – watch out), artichoke hearts and several other toppings I always forget unless I have the menu in front of me. The artichokes add an interesting bite to this otherwise silky blend of meats, veggies and cheeses.

This night ended with a tour of north coast bars, from Seaside down to Cannon Beach, and encountering all sorts of boozed up madness. Especially in Cannon Beach, where one particularly crusty, surly local has it in for me, and hurls insults left and right at me when he’s all liquored up. Eventually, he apologizes, but in the same breath inevitably slams me again in some surreal manner.

Exquisite pizza creations at Pizza Garden, Nehalem.

It’s actually quite amusing to watch. My friends have followed me to this bar in hopes of catching him in action, and I frankly get quite a kick at the nasty side of this poor, mean little man. It’s so hilarious he’s become a bit of a twisted attraction himself.

The night also ended with a long battle against alien forces on whatever video game obsessed me this night, keeping me up until the wee hours of the morning.

I awoke in my Manzanita pad to gray skies looming and a growing wind. The weather folk were predicting a storm. The sea looked quite churned up at times, which I immersed myself in by having breakfast in my car, overlooking the beach. Manzanita’s Bread and Ocean provided the grub for this feast for the tongue and the eye. I can’t rave about their antipasti sandwich enough, which is like a small avalanche of Italian taste layers in your mouth.

Hardy souls brave the winds and rain at Manzanita.

The day is spent on a mix of business and beachy laziness, trying to see if any ghost forests or other unusual structures have poked their heads out of the sand. Nothing. But the sea is captivating. You can tell a storm is coming in.

Dinner is found at the Riverside Barbecue in Seaside – a place which still kicks the ass of any barbecue spot I’ve found in Portland.

By nightfall, the winds have kicked in and they are howling. It’s captivating beyond belief, especially as I type away on my laptop while torrents of rain slam against the window and you can hear things getting knocked around by the wind.

Later on this Friday night, at Warren House Pub in Cannon Beach, it’s but anything you’d expect for a weekend night: dead and bereft of all but a few souls drinking and playing pool. But it’s here where the greatest surprise of the entire trip lays.

Storms often bring tons of beach debris up onto the Tolovana access of Cannon Beach.

After discussing the crazed meanderings and ravings of some of the kookier locals with bartender Kyle (sort of a Dr. Phil-like encapsulation of local gossip), I bump into a young gentleman named Mitch, an OSU student around 21 years old. For some reason, and I haven’t the foggiest notion how, the conversation turned to physics and string theory, and the resultant discussion from here turned into one of the more memorable conversations I think I’ve ever had.

Mitch bitched aplenty about the grading curves in some of his classes, quoting math equations and stuff my enumerate brain could not really grasp. But most of this discourse revolved around his ideas about putting down real numbers and calculations for the sliding of tectonic plates, essentially his theories about being able to predict some of this action.

Strangely, even though I was getting increasingly drunk on whiskey, I understood much of what he was saying. Although I did not retain much of it. But essentially Mitch said you could put these predictions of geologic events into terms of equations in the physics world. He had some elaborate formula that included time, maximum pressure, incremental increases of pressure and other elements, all of which should eventually lead one to be able to predict major seismic events – but only if you studied small chunks of land along a fault line and pumped the date from these areas into the equation.

There's nothing like an intense discussion of quantum physics over a bunch of drinks.

Absolutely mesmerizing.

Then, he gleefully understood what I was talking about when it came to my vague and inexact understanding of string theory: the massive theory that quite possibly unites the squirrelly world of quantum physics with the grand scheme of the astrophysical world. Heretofore, the two have been quite incompatible when it comes to physics. On the quantum level, things are strange, fuzzy, and elements seem to occupy the same space at the same time or seem to be at different places at the same time. Meanwhile, the laws of anything larger than an atom dictate that these things behave quite differently, like gravity, planets or galaxies. It’s been this frustrating paradox since around the time of Einstein, and it was his life’s work after his famed theory of relativity.

In order to unite the laws of physics between the extreme micro and the macro in the universe, there needs to be a whole bunch of different dimensions, interacting with each other in some cosmic way, and everything below the atomic level is comprised of vibrating strings of energy.

A strange moment of sun during a storm.

Mitch understood what I was talking about: so far, almost no one I’ve ever met has even heard of string theory. He (sort of) helped clarify a few things for me about the theory, like the whole idea of “membranes,” to which these energy strings are supposedly attached. I stress the word “helped,” because I’m still not there.

A delightful surprise if there ever was one: someone not only knew what the hell I was talking about but could help me understand it all a bit more. That doesn’t happen every day.

What does this long, self-indulgent discourse on physics have to do with the coast? Quite simply, this is the kind of delightful surprises the Oregon coast throws at you. It’s again proof this region can somehow just drop something you’ve craved or even needed in your lap in some sort of strange, serendipitous way.

After the storms you'll find many an oddball object, such as this large jellyfish at Arch Cape.

All the while, the storm is raging outside, and my way home to Manzanita is met with flying branches and my car getting tossed around a bit on the higher portions of the highway.

The next day, a Saturday, things are quite calm again. Yet the sea is still frothing and tossing around, creating this wonderfully dichotomous atmosphere of wild yet serene.

It’s time to head to my Portland office and get back to work again. Frankly, I don’t get much done when I’m out here. Ironically, the very thing I cover as a writer/editor – the Oregon coast – is such a distraction I have to ration my time here.

But who can blame me? Thank God I’m self-employed, or I’d have been fired long ago.

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

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


Unusual Travel Articles TravelParanormal.com allows you to submit your own creepy tale or debunk one - or see up-to-the-minute news headlines about travel and the paranormal.

Oregon Coast Best of Awards for 2008 It's the Second Annual Oregon Coast Beach Connection Best of Awards, spotlighting lodging, dining, natural events and nightlife.

Staggeringly Cool Ideas for Oregon Coast Romance Be it the season of Valentine's or be it any time of the year, Oregon's coastline has essentially cornered the market for cuddle-inducing possibilities and gushy activities for the hand-holding set

USFinanceNews.com Economic, Wall street, personal finance news, udpated constantly


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

Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway

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

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
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks

Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale

25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders

A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes

Secrets of the Season


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.


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.


Day or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major opportunities

News Headlines from All Over Oregon Need to scan Oregon headlines? Constantly updated news from all over Oregon: a comprehensive, up-to-the-minute display of news headlines from a variety of media.

Back to Oregon Coast Beach Connection