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Secrets of the Season


Unusual Culinary Finds on the Oregon Coast

(Oregon Coast) – One of the biggest tourist attractions on the Oregon coast is the area’s restaurants. In fact, tourism authorities report the average visitor to the coast will spend a greater percentage of their travel dollar on food.

There have been some intriguing, new eateries popping up on the beaches in recent months, and then there are some stalwarts that are legendary delights. Some are high-end and upscale, others are in the fast food realm but have some true distinction one way or another.

Tasting the Oregon coast is a vacation all its own. Here are some out of the ordinary examples.

Tavolo Restaurant and Lounge. Located in the new clubhouse at Sandpines Golf Links, Tavolo offers breathtaking views of the golf course. The dining experience is unique and will appeal to both golfers, coast travelers and of course the local population.

In Italian, Tavolo means “table,” and the menu reflects that aesthetic with an appealing presentation of Italian favorites. It also features many of the specialties the Oregon coast is known for, such as crab, fresh salmon, tender and juicy filet mignon, creamy New England Clam Chowder and fresh, warm homemade breads.

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.

The chef here creates healthy alternative choices for any dietary need, without sacrificing flavor or quality. Try the house signature dish, the "Rees Jones Beef Bourguignon,” a golden puff pastry on top of garlic mashed potatoes with Scottish-style beef stew.

Daily specials vary, but always include fresh, exciting pasta and seafood choices. The décor at Tavolo is reminiscent of a Scottish lodge with vaulted ceilings, wood paneling, a rock fireplace, soft accented lighting and all of the special touches you would expect of an upscale environment. The lounge features a cozy sports bar, with a wide variety of local and seasonal brews, fine scotches and liquors, an extensive wine list and full menu service.

The Fireside Room offers private dining with a rock fireplace; perfect for that special sunset dinner, meeting or family occasion. Lunch and dinner is served daily. Special menus available for your holiday dining experience. 1201 35th St., Florence, Oregon. (541) 997-4623 for reservations or directions. Website here

Newman’s At 988, Cannon Beach. Call the fare here “New York-style Italian and French,” with the atmosphere provided by a lush table layout, candles, a beautiful, muted paint job on the interior walls and music often by Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra wafting through the background.

There are pastas or fish selections which change daily, a lamb rack with mire poix rague, a steak that comes either tenderloin or New York-style with tomato, spinach, polenta and pancetta, among other selections – all around $24.


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.

The menu of appetizers is truly amazing, with famed chef John Newman’s signature crab cakes topping the list. Another stunner is the pasta with fois gras with truffles, which is a condensed duck liver sizzled and browned to absolute perfection, tasting more like the most perfectly done steak you’ve ever had.

Desserts are also notable and full of delicate, artfully created surprises. Newman’s runs a rather long list of specials each night. 988 Hemlock, Cannon Beach. (503) 436-1151. www.newmansat988.com.

Tidal Raves, Depoe Bay. Views to die for; food to die for. That's what you'll find it at this truly ethereal classic that's been wowing folks for years. Soups include frighteningly good chowders in the clam, smoked salmon and spinach oyster bisque veins. Their specialty entrees range from $14 to $21, and include things like a grilled salmon with rockshrimp risotto and a smoked tomato broth, a crab casserole with an Alfredo sauce and white cheddar, a hearty cioppino, a Thai version of tiger shrimp - and a maniacally good mélange of fish and pasta called the "Pasta Rave" in your choice of tongue-levitating sauces. For around $15, there's another set of seafood concoctions like crab cakes, a platter mix of seafood with basmati rice, top sirloin or a salmon and shrimp in pecan butter. There's a lighter menu for around $10 that includes smaller versions of these dishes. And then there's that incredible view, where whales are more likely than not to hang around. Hwy 101, Depoe Bay. (541) 765-2995.

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach

If expansive ocean views, close proximity to golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families, couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Muchas Gracias, Seaside (and Lincoln City and Newport). For fast Mexican food, these guys rule supreme. It's nothing short of hearty and seriously inexpensive. Huge burritos come around $3.50, with some intriguing combos that can't be missed. Tacos clock in around $2. Large entrees with a huge variety of delights are between $5 and $7. Enchiladas, tostadas and incredible cheese quesadillas are also cheap and substantial. It's so filling it's scary. Cruise through the drive-in for goodies to go. They’re often open late. 1313 Roosevelt Dr., Seaside. (503) 738-7360. There is also one in Lincoln City, and the one in Newport is actually called Oscar’s.

Bell Buoy of Seaside/Bell Buoy's Best Fish House, Seaside. That ancient sign - that quaint bit of old time Americana on the roadside of 101 in Seaside - is also a sign of great grub. It's famous for as a fresh seafood market, but in recent years Bell Buoy added a much-lauded restaurant: Bell Buoy's Best Fish House. There, you can grab all manner of seafood melts, cocktails, shooters and baskets of yummy stuff. Let your tummy bask in the warm glow of excellent melts with local Dungeness crab, shrimp, smoked salmon and oysters, as well as delicious seafood cocktails of a large variety. All is quite reasonably priced. One of their crowning achievements is their lush and tasty tuna melts, filled with a monstrously delicious rush of tuna delirium. 1800 S. Roosevelt Dr., Seaside. (503) 738-6348.

Marzano's, Manzanita. The idea of "gourmet" takes on new levels at this pizza hotspot. Highlights include the Spicy Italian, which includes provolone, pepperoni, pepperoncini and whole cloves of roasted garlic. There's The Greek (mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, olives, feta, artichoke hearts and topped with herbs) and the Smoked Prosciutto Ham, (with garlic herb olive oil sauce, smoked prosciutto, red onions, roasted red potato and montegrappa). Particularly stunning is their homemade Italian sausage, which includes garlic and fresh herbs - about four or five different ingredients. The result is a truly powerful taste. There are also calzones, soups and salads. You can get stuff to go as well. 60 Laneda Ave. (503) 368-3663.

Chowder Bowl, Depoe Bay. Great views, great food and that cute little choo-choo train running around the entire length of the room: this is what greets you at this little charmer facing Depoe Bay's famous crashing waves. Their famed chowder is a must-try as well. Burgers, sandwiches that are hot and cold and, of course, fish sandwiches abound. For major dinners of lunches, grab their copious portions of fish & chips with either cod, scallops, clams or shrimp for around $11. There's the enormous Seafood Platter, with fish, clams, scallops and oysters for $19, and other dishes that include sautéed tiger prawns or Yaquina Bay Fried Oysters around $13. Their chili, however, is a serious monster. Made with top sirloin, the Chowder Bowl has created something with an impressive array of layered delights – especially for such a simple comfort food. Highway 101, Depoe Bay. 541-765-2300.



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


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 our entire property for 20-26. All units 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. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes" show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com


D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. Every room is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach, next to the D River. Each room, comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some have gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players with movies available for renting (and movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's a heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation and see a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.


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