180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Prepares for Spring Break Blast,
|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.
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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)
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
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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