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Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.

A cuddly pet- and family-friendly beauty that boasts a host of complimentary fun stuff like beach games, beach chairs and bikes for carousing around town on, among other things. Immaculate rooms - great sense of fun and quirkiness. Free wi-fi. There are also free movies. Small pet fee.

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront or just a few steps away – 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: 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 allowed in some homes – ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have seventh night free.

Sumptuous indoor pool heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms. All units big, extremely comfortable, w/ special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. Free parking, choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Within walking distance to all of Yachats’ various amenities; short walk to the beaches

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

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.

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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.

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 penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and 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 wedding possibilities.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848


the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.


Great Oregon Coast Weather, Hazy Economic News

Some businesses, like Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals, are reporting being up for the year (pictured here, one of their homes - courtesy photo).

(Oregon Coast) – Last week's wild run of low tide events and this week's stunning weather seem to have made a surge in visitors, but it may only have made tourism numbers even with last year at this time. Some aren't experiencing a boost at all, and some are noticing more guests - but the analysis is a bit more complex.

Still, there’s a hopeful, optimistic mood emerging among coastal tourism insiders.

In most years, summer season on the coast doesn’t really start until the last week of June, sometimes not even until around July 4. Between then and early September is when coastal businesses make the bulk of their money. They’re dependent on good weather, or at least not terrible conditions, to get the tourists out and fill the restaurants, shops and keep the no vacancy signs up.

In most cases, business has been hit by these economic conditions throughout the year, making the lean months even leaner. So everyone along the beaches who owns a biz had kept their fingers crossed for a decent summer – not like last year’s horrific June, when big rains kept tourists away through all the month and really slowed summer down.


“All we need is really good summer weather on the coast and everyone will be happy,” said Donna Weiss, owner of Weiss’ Paradise Suites in Seaside. “If it is hot inland, then people swarm to the beach.”

That wish for decent June weather has come true, and some thought they might see a little early bump in their cash registers thanks to hordes of visitors who checked out the well-publicized extreme low tides of mid-June. But that didn’t necessarily translate into better numbers for everyone.

At Oregon Beach House Rentals in Depoe Bay, Michele Franck noticed more people on the beaches, but it looked like they were mostly day-trippers. This weekend was good, however.

“The beach is crowded, the streets are jammed and the houses are packed,” Franck said of this weekend. “A lot of what I hear speaks to one-day trips, one overnight stays - much shorter stays. Overall our numbers are down for May, June and July for current reservations.”

Recent low tide events made some wild landmarks like the Devil's Punchbowl look like this.

Mike Exinger, of Zinger’s Ice Cream in Seaside, said he’s actually up a little – about five percent. But being in the ice cream biz means you’re dependent on the sun, and recent drizzle days saw a drop in action for him.

“It’s been about the same as far as visitors in town, but it seems like it’s either real busy or real slow,” Exinger said. “Some of the events have been on different weekends - conventions and such. And there’s a little different feel to the flow of things, with the fourth of July on a Saturday. Well, once we get through that, I think summer will really take off.

“I still see some visitors come for the day with a picnic lunch or they bring sandwiches. So even though they’re coming to play, it doesn’t necessarily translate into them spending money while they’re here. But we can’t complain.”

Brian Hines, owner of Manzanita’s San Dune Inn, saw some decent turnouts. But it may just be evening out the effects of a bad economy.


“Summer started about the usual time around 15th to 20th of June,” Hines said. “A good surge, but nothing out of the ordinary for this time of year. Revenues for June will be about the same as last year.

“Hopefully if all is o.k., we will end up staying down about seven percent for the year. I had projected being down 15-20 percent at the beginning of the year, so that’s a plus.”

Dan Arb at Harbor at Depoe Bay said things have been slower at his set of condos, although the numbers at a glance look deceptively ok.

"May was up one percent from ‘08, but down from the five previous Mays,” Arb said. “Remember, last spring was slow also if you’re comparing May or June to last year.”

Others have reported being up for the whole year, such as Oregon Beach Vacations (with offices in Lincoln City and Cannon Beach) and Cannon Beach Vacation Rentals.

Nehalem River Inn, on Highway 53, inland from Manzanita

Nicole Hamic, of Nehalem River Inn and Restaurant near Manzanita, didn’t think there has been any surge lately at all, although she says things are at least steady at their upscale lodging and restaurant.

“There has seemed to be a fair number of people with children in town, but that doesn't affect our business,” she said.

For her, summer did not start yet.

“Historically the last week of June is better than it is shaping up to be,” Hamic said. “I think that the economy does still have a pretty decent hold on everyone. In the past, our nicest rooms have booked first, and this year our least expensive rooms are booking up first and our nicer rooms are vacant or booking last. Also the restaurant is really being slow to pick up business this year.”

Ona Beach B&B and Bunkhouse, near Newport.

That sentiment – of offering deals, incentives or folks going the less expensive route – is a theme among many coastal businesses. Like Whale Pointe Resort in Depoe Bay, which rolled back its prices during the winter and offered more specials.

“The economy is still bad, but some people who before would have booked a week are looking more for three to five nights,” said Weiss. “I have been giving great discounts for five- to seven-night stays. Reservations are coming in, so all in all, I am still optimistic.”

Many lodgings and even more restaurants depend on big profits during the summer to keep themselves afloat for the rest of the year, and then often have to borrow some during the winter months.

“We are in debt a little more than usual from winter and spring,” Hines said. “So hopefully things will stay on an even keel for summer so we can pay the debts off and start borrowing again in the new cycle starting around November.

“The crowds are good. But there is still this undercurrent in my mind that the fall in economy has slowed down but not stabilized yet. I expect summer to be around normal and won't really be able to get a real sense of any turnaround in the economy, for us at least, until the fall months.”

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates. Don Weller, of Ona Beach B&B and Bunkhouse was a bit more optimistic, saying they were on track to having their best June since 2006. He also thought the economy looked like it was improving a bit.

“It feels like people have some money in the bank now,” Weller said. “Even if it's just a little - it seems to be enough to put a smile on their face.

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All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and 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 pet friendly
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.
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.


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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history

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A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

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.