Bluegrass Fest Livens Up Oregon Coast This Weekend
(Nehalem, Oregon) – One of Oregon's largest bluegrass festivals happens near the tiny town of Nehalem, on the Oregon coast. Nehalem Bay Winery's Bluegrass 'n' Barbecue takes place August 15, and draws in hundreds for an outdoor concert filled with families and lots of toe-tappin’.
This year’s roster of bands is locals Floating Glass Balls and Small Towne Bluegrass Band. Admission is $15 with dinner; $5 for music only. Food begins at 5 p.m. Music starts at 6 p.m.
In previous years, the Bluegrass ‘n’ Barbecue was held in conjunction with a bluegrass summer camp in Manzanita, but since that was dismantled two years ago the festival is now a stand alone event.
Floating Glass Balls is a Cannon Beach staple, playing a combination of traditional bluegrass mixed with tunes that meld different genres. They’ve nicknamed it “beachgrassy.” Along with the more straight ahead numbers, Floating Glass Balls throws out surprises like a little bit of reggae, or tunes from big names like Chris Hillman, Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan.
They recently released their third album. www.floatingglassballs.com
Small Towne Bluegrass Band hails from Astoria, and is comprised of Randy Weese, Brad Griswold, Dave Elliott, and Tygh Trachsel. http://www.myspace.com/smalltownebluegrassband
At Nehalem Bay Winery. Highway 53 (a mile from Highway 101), between Wheeler and Nehalem. www.nehalembaywinery.com. 503-368-9463.
Places to Stay Near the Festival
Beach Break Vacation Rentals, LLC. Rental houses in Manzanita, along Nehalem River, Falcon Cove, Neahkahnie Mountain, Rockaway Beach, down to Cape Meares. Extremely varied styles: large homes to small, romantic cottages; oceanfront townhomes to unique. You may find large decks, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, Jacuzzis, barbecues, crab cookers, fire pit or home w/ boat moorage or a sauna. Plenty are ocean view, but also numerous mountain views available. Office in Nehalem, on 101. 503-368-3865. 877-655-0623. www.beach-break.com
Sunset Vacation Rentals. About 70 homes to choose from in north Oregon coast hotspots like Manzanita, Neah-Kah-Nie, Rockaway Beach, Nedonna Beach and the secretive Falcon Cove. These beauties sleep anywhere from two to 20 and many are pet friendly. Cozy bungalows to large homes with vaulted ceilings – beach funk to cutting edge. Huge array of amenities, such as vintage appliances, woodstove, DSL, wraparound deck, fireplace, soaker tub or wet bar and more – depending on home. 186 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, Oregon. 503-368-7969. 800-883-7784. www.ssvr.com.
Meredith Lodging in Manzanita. More than 70 homes on the beachfront of Manzanita, near the golf course, or on Neahkahnie. Large, modern homes or classic beach cottages w/ character may have hardwood floors, light knotty wood walls, open beam ceilings, skylights or lots of windows. Some pet friendly with a fee. Full kitchens and other features. Pay for six nights, get the seventh night free. Office in Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-996-2955 or 1-800-224-7660. Web Site Here
OceanEdge Vacation Rentals. Nearly 30 ocean front, ocean view homes, or across the street from the beach. Homes for 2 or 12 people. Over half pet friendly w/ free Internet. All w/ basics like kitchens, TV, VCR, DVD, CD player, BBQ, dishwashers and washers/dryers, and often a garage. Some may have large decks, sauna or hot tub, open lawn, stone patio, outdoor furniture, a loft, or maybe even a piano. 330 Laneda Ave. Manzanita, Oregon. (503) 368-3343. www.oceanedge-vacation-rentals.com
Nehalem River Inn. (just down the street from Nehalem Bay Winery). Quiet country inn a few miles from beaches of Manzanita, surrounded by lush forest, soothing river. 4 luxurious rooms, 1 cottage highlight this romantic experience. Wi-fi, TV w/ DVD/VCR. Queen or king beds, kitchenette, antiques, private balcony, electric or wood-burning fireplace, full-sized sofa. Cottage sits by river; spacious interior, Jacuzzi. Adjoining upscale restaurant. On Highway 53 - just 1.3 miles east of Highway 101. 34910 Highway 53, Nehalem, Oregon. (503) 368-7708. www.nehalemriverinn.comWheeler on the Bay Lodge and Marina. Front door access to kayaking, fishing on your own private dock. Each unit uniquely decorated. Affordable family-oriented rooms to luxurious, cozy rooms for romantic getaways. All come with fireplace, microwave, fridge, TV with DVD player, free movie rentals and coffee maker (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider). Some suites w/ hot tub spas, with in-room massages available. Highway 101, 580 Marine, Wheeler, Oregon. 503-368-5858. 800-469-3204. www.wheeleronthebay.com
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