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Oregon Coast Prepares for Spring Break Blast, Lodging Rush


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Oregon Coast Prepares for Spring Break Blast, Lodging Rush

Cape Lookout State Park, a favorite for camping on break

(Oregon Coast) – Oregon’s pristine sands and cozy beach towns are getting ready for what they think may be a banner spring break, while they simultaneously urge the public to start booking now for that tsunami of activity.

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

The fun has already begun a little bit on the coast, with a few scattered colleges already out on break. But the big bang will start on Friday, March 23, as most Oregon and a handful of Washington districts are beginning their vacations, along with some big events like SOLV’s the Great Spring Oregon Beach Clean Up on March 24 that are bringing in enormous amounts of people to the coastline. More busy frivolity is expected on the final weekend of March, as many Washington schools begin their vacations, overlapping with the tail end of Oregon’s spring breaks. The second and third weekends of April will bring a small surge with a handful of Oregon and Washington schools – including Seattle - letting the kids cut loose during those two weeks.

It’s been a great winter on the coast – a record for some tourism businesses – so many are predicting at least a good, solid spring break, while others are talking about possibly more records being set. Many lodgings are reporting heavy pre-bookings for the last weekend in March and the first weekend in April.

Manzanita is still a bit off the beaten path, but becoming a small boom town on the north coast

Most vacation rental agencies get booked full for spring break well ahead of time, with a rush of calls usually starting around the new year.

“You’ll want to start booking your weekend stays now,” said Lorna Davis, Director of Tourism Development for the Newport Chamber. “They do typically fill up, although not all the time.”

Inn At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. 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 the penthouse restaurant and bar - for a casual meal or a candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Hotel include wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and a 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, gorgeous wedding possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com

“It often depends on the weather,” said Joyce Stewart, with the Seaside Visitors Center. “They’ll really come out if it’s nice.”

Sandy Pfaff, head of the Lincoln City Visitors Center, said the central coast tends to be busier during the last two weekends of March. She and Davis both said that area gets more of the Oregon schools and not as much from Washington as the north Oregon coast does.

This makes the northern part of the coast, especially Manzanita, Cannon Beach and Seaside, hopping wild at the last weekend of March and the first weekend of April, along with a decent dose of Oregon schools on the weekend beginning March 23.

Cannon Beach is a small oasis for room openings on the north coast during spring break weekdays (pictured here the end of 2nd St.)

Officials on both areas of the coast agree that weekdays never get completely full, however. “They get about 75 percent full sometimes,” said Keith Chandler, manager of the Seaside Aquarium.

Davis, in Newport, echoed that sentiment, but added that’s a vague assessment since no one really accurately tracks availability during the spring break weeks.

"The kids may have the week off, but the parents have to work," Stewart said.

An interesting little secret about Cannon Beach lodging during spring break was given by chamber director Kim Bosse. “The weekends are pretty packed here, but if you’re looking for a place during the weekdays, this is it,” Bosse said. “It’s not as busy here during spring break weekdays as it used to be.”

Embarcadero Resort

oregon coast lighthouses on dvdJudy Kuhl, sales manager at Embarcadero Resort in Newport, said she’s nearing capacity for the final weekend of March. “But we’re not full yet,” Kuhl said. “We still have a lot of openings so far on the other typically busy weekends too. And that’s even with our gas card special. We’re offering a gas voucher with a stay here, because gas has gotten so high.”

But Brian Hines, at San Dune Inn in Manzanita, has most of his twelve rooms booked up for March 24 and Sunday, March 25, which both puzzled him and awed him. The following weekend has been pretty heavily booked ahead of time as well, although he’s not quite full. “I can’t figure out why they’re making a Saturday and Sunday of it, but it must be spring break,” Hines said.

Hines is one of those who have had record years this winter for business. Some businesses have complained to BeachConnection.net about a lackluster winter, but more seem to be proclaiming good economic times during this usually unprofitable season.

If you're looking for serious solitude during break, look for the area between Yachats and Florence (pictured: Big Creek)

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.

Hines said he’s greatly optimistic he’ll sell out quickly for most of the busier weekends of spring vacation, and he’ll do well during the weekdays too.

Chandler said he’s heard from other shop owners it’s been an “ok” winter, but sees some good signs ahead for numbers of visitors during the spring break season. Chandler said it’s not just Oregon and Washington folks who inundate the hotels and beaches, but he knows quite a few are coming from Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Montana and especially Idaho.

“I know that things were slow here this winter when the skiing got good,” Chandler said. “I talked to one hotelier today and it sounded like it will be busy. I think the gas prices are going to help, as they have before. When they’re higher, people don’t drive too far out of the state.”

BeachConnection.net will be providing lodging availability updates for spring break, starting Thursday, March 22. Each Thursday afternoon or morning, from that weekend through to the weekend of April 8, BeachConnection.net will have availability of rooms from Florence to Astoria.

D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. 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. www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.

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 entire property for 20-26. 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. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

A1 Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. 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. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.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.

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a 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 are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.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.


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


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