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Oregon Travel Site Offers Spring Advice, Room Openings


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Secrets of the Season

Oregon Travel Site Offers Spring Advice, Room Openings

By Ben Randall

Hagestedt clowing around in Neskowin

(Newport, Oregon) – It’s almost spring break, which means the phones are starting to ring off the hook at most hotels, motels and inns up and down the coastline. It’s also a time of unusual, often overlooked amenities and facets of nature, says one Oregon travel website, and the site’s owner is bound and determined to let everyone know.

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.

It all kicks into high gear this coming weekend, starting on Friday, March 23, with most Oregon schools getting out for spring vacation, compounded by a rush of activity from the Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup, put on twice a year by SOLV.

“It means that this weekend and the last weekend of March will be the two biggies,” said BeachConnection.net editor and owner Andre’ Hagestedt. “You’re going to want to book for those weekends now, if you haven’t already. I’m hearing a lot of places say they’re already booked up for both. And I’m hearing a fair amount of people say they’ve had record winters for business, and they’re expecting a huge spring break.”

Hagestedt said www.beachconnection.net will be able to provide a solution to those who are searching for a last-minute room on this typically hectic time on the beaches. BeachConnection.net issues weekly room availability reports for what Hagestedt calls the “spring break season” – a series of spring breaks from various school districts around the northwest that last from this weekend until the middle of April.

Late spring brings a mix of sun and stormy waves

BeachConnection.net contacts some 300 lodgings from Astoria to Florence and asks about availability for that coming weekend. They contact vacation rental agencies, hotels, motels, B&B’s and inns of all kinds, in that 180-mile range that includes towns like Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Newport Yachats and everything in between.

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.

Hagestedt said a core group of about 50 to 100 regularly respond to these requests for information. He believes there are others who have availability but do not return messages.

It’s a regular feature of BeachConnection.net’s tourism coverage during any busy season.

Lincoln City: look for many driftwood oddities on the beach this year

“There are still plenty of rooms available for those last two weekends,” Hagestedt said. “Although quite a few are booked up or nearly completely booked. The first two weekends of April have a big rush on the north coast too. That’s when the Washington kids get out. The busiest weekend will be the last one in March, as there’s overlap between the Washington schools and Oregon schools getting out.”

Hagestedt said BeachConnection.net will post the availability reports late on every Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. “It depends on how much I get done, with ‘Lost’ and ‘Medium’ both on Wednesday nights,” he quips.

oregon coast lighthouses on dvdThe site is also pushing travel advice for other parts of spring – and some hints for demographics other than families. From mid-April through most of May, Hagestedt said the coast experiences what is nicknamed the “secret season,” a time when the weather presents some unusual facets for coastal exploration, tides can be lower than usual, lodging prices can be at their lowest and some weird science in nature comes into play – like sometimes finding the sands glowing faintly at night. But most of all, there’s no one on the coast at this 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’s the deadest season out there, but ironically it’s got the most to offer,” Hagestedt said. “You have this intriguing mix of wild storms and sunny days, sometimes within the same day. You have deserted beaches. Lodging specials are going nuts in late April and early May, and nature is doing all sorts of wacky things. Like, did you know the lowest tides minus tides of the year happen in May?”

Empty beaches, like this one north of Florence, are plentiful in late spring

Hagestedt also asserts there’s a whole segment of the population who may be dissuaded from visiting the coast during this decidedly family-oriented period. “I think there’s a large chunk of couples without kids – or groups of young adults – who get a little taken aback by the craziness of it all, with that rush of kids. I think some do get alienated. That’s why we’ve got a lot of coastal spring break for grownups stories in our spring break section.”

Hagestedt added the “secret season” is also a great choice for those without kids who want to get a taste of the Oregon coast without the madness.

BeachConnection.net is found at www.beachconnection.net, and features daily travel stories about the Oregon coast as well as virtual tours and extensive lodging and dining listings.

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.

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

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

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


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


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. 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. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.


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