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 Snow Dazzles Tourists, Locals
Beach (photo by Tiffany Boothe)
(Oregon Coast) –
“Snow is a four-letter word,” said Seaside’s Mike Exinger,
after at least two inches hit the northern half of the Oregon coast Thursday.
From Newport to Astoria,
things got a bit icy and white, creating some havoc on Highway 101 and
closing schools, but mostly leaving everyone with a sense of awe or glee.
Some were cross-country skiing on the beaches or hilly streets, others
were snowboarding or riding around on ATV’s. Many enjoyed a day
off from school, at least as many complained about the cold – but
mostly people were amazed.
“As a former Midwesterner,
this ain’t nothing,’ “ said Exinger. “But unlike
previous snowfalls, this one is still here. I just shoveled my walk; I’m
on the shady side of the street so there was little melting. Took all
of five minutes. Big deal.”
Exinger, who owns
Homemade Ice Cream, is a little unhappy about the white stuff, however.
He’s been on vacation since December and will reopen his ice cream
parlor this weekend. “We reopen tomorrow, with temps in the 30’s,”
Exinger said. “What joy. Reminder: that’s why they call it
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Beach (photo by Tiffany Boothe)
Donna Weiss, owner
Paradise Suites in Seaside, awoke to quite a white surprise around
4 a.m. “I thought I was dreaming - more snow than I ever expected,”
Weiss said. “Seaside is still fairly cold but the main streets are
almost clear. It is starting to ice up and it will be very slick tonight
until it warms up tomorrow. I am staying inside by the fire tonight.”
is gorgeous," said Wheeler resident Ken Thompson, who snapped
were reported up and down the coastal highway, especially in Clatsop County.
There, traffic was around five mph for most of the morning, with icy roads
or thick layers of snow causing problems from Newport to Gearhart.
Tiffany Boothe, of the Seaside
Aquarium, was caught in that traffic between Cannon Beach and Seaside,
and found the going scary. She managed to snap many spectacular photos
for BeachConnection.net, however.
“We had a foot
of snow here this morning,” exclaimed Corinna Otto, manager of Spindrift
Inn, in Manzanita. “People were cross-country skiing on the
beach and boogie boarding down Laneda Avenue. We still have a lot on the
ground, it's melted off the trees and the roads are getting slushy.”
Aquarium (photo by Tiffany Boothe)
one to three inches and melts the next day,” said Brian Hines, owner
Dune Inn in Manzanita. “For the first time had to shovel our
sidewalk and have snow piled in the parking lot.”
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Hines also saw someone
skiing down Manzanita’s main road. Exinger caught sight of some
kids snowboarding on the dunes of Seaside.
Roy and Danielle Emerick
were surprised by all the snow in their hometown of Newport. The pair
runs Starfish Point there, but
had a friend from Seattle staying with them who reported seeing flurries
of big flakes in the wee hours of the morning.
“We had about one to
two inches and mostly everything was covered in a blanket of snow,”
Roy Emerick said. “The trees all had snow covered branches and it
was like a winter wonderland. Yaquina Head point was covered with snow
and all the driftwood was covered as well.”
Beach (photo by Tiffany Boothe)
from Seattle was very disappointed when she heard it was going to snow
there. It seems like every time she leaves the Seattle area they get snow,
and she does not get to see it. So, now she got to experience seeing snow
Lodge in Depoe Bay, owner Peg Leoni also had guests at the motel from
out of state. “Our guests with children really loved it,”
she said. “They are from California and don't see it often.”
Rockaway Beach. 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. Others 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
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Just south of Newport,
B&B was surround by snow. Owner Judy Joubert said she’d
been in the hot tub for a while in the morning and enjoyed the ocean view
below, with the bed and breakfast’s lawn covered in powder. The
roadway into the lodging, which faces 101, looked more like a mountain
cabin scene than Oregon’s coastline.
“There were lots of spinouts
on Highway 20,” Joubert noted, after riding that road for a while.
Bay (photo by Peg Leoni)
Dogs and nature took
the center stage much of the time. In Seaside, Boothe said a yearling
seal was resting on the snow-covered beach.
In Newport, the Emericks took
their Jack Russell Terrier - named Niles - out to run around on the beach.
“He ran all around and even made doggy snow angels,” said
Emerick. “He would run for a while and the stop, then lay on his
back and move around. It was hilarious.”
Leoni’s wiry black lab,
Samantha, wasn’t totally captivated, but the snow did have its benefits
for finding the energetic dog. “Samantha found it wet, cold and
uninteresting, but she was easier to find.”
Yachats had no snow,
but Yachats Wine Trader/Yachats
River House manager Marsii Charron saw plenty of interesting moments
Cellar B&B (photo Judy Joubert)
“I have heard
that it snowed north and south of us,” Charron said. “I hiked
up Cape Pepetua this morning and there is about two inches of snow on
the top of the cape, but nothing until three quarters of the way up. Seeing
the cape covered in snow with the waves crashing below was inspiring.
“In town, there
is no snow but the mountains surrounding us are beautifully dusted on
the tops. Actually, today has turned out to be one of the sunniest days
we have had in a long time. It's warmed up here: the sun is shinning,
the waves are calm, there have been people playing on the beach all day.
For this time of year, we couldn't have asked for a better day.”
photos of Oregon Coast Snow
of Stonecrest (photo Joubert)
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.
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.
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Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
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