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It's Fall on the Coast: Summer is Here
Coast Travel Picks, Secrets, Week of 10/16
(Oregon Coast) – The weather is supposed to
be sweet and lovely this weekend, with temperatures in the 60’s
and sunny skies gracing the Oregon coast pretty much up and down
the shoreline. It’s a perfect time to explore a few hidden
spots, coastal nooks and crannies, stay at some of the region’s
most stunning lodgings, and indulge in play and repose at some intriguing,
unusual events – such as a wacky dog show in Cannon Beach
or a festival that worships (and scarfs on) the mushroom in Yachats.
Meares, just west of Tillamook. A lighthouse, a weird natural
anomaly and a few hidden trails all create a whole new world to
explore in this relatively small State Park – all a trifle
north of MP 4, along the Three Capes Loop.
has been closed a few days this week for some reconstruction, but
should be open at any time, probably by the weekend. This makes
this week a perfect time to visit this consistently stunning spot.
Here, you'll find an abundance of incredible panoramic
ocean views as seals, whales and other wildlife frolic below you.
Take the paved walkway to the Cape Meares Lighthouse,
where the ocean views become panoramic and really explode. This
stumpy specimen is probably the smallest lighthouse on the Oregon
Coast, standing only 38 feet high. But size isn't important here
as it stands on a 200 ft high cliff, more than making up for its
own lack of height.
Inside, this 1890 beauty sports a gift shop and
a wrought-iron spiral staircase which leads you to the lens - a
kaleidoscopic carnival of colors when the sun hits it just right.
It’s open during touristy times of the year.
short trail brings you to the Octopus Tree, a freaky, huge organism
which has grown eight very large limbs (until one was whacked off
during a storm in the early `90s). The tree was featured in Ripley's
Believe It Or Not for years.
From the Octopus Tree, more trails await. A trail
to the highway darts off toward the road, going for about a half
mile and passing several viewpoints. There are also long, meandering
trails snaking down to the beach and a hidden cove at the community
of Cape Meares (the village below the cliffs), as well as one which
ends up at the community itself.
Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest, October 20 - 22.
It’s a celebration of all things fun and fungi. This event
gives you the lowdown on this lowliest of plant-like thingy, where
the town goes bonkers with the wild mushroom cuisine. There’s
guided mushroom walks, lectures and talks, exhibits and identification
session, as well as Fungi products, music and entertainment. Mushroom-influenced
cuisine happens at restaurants Adobe Resort Restaurant, Drift Inn
Restaurant and Pub, Grand Occasions Gourmet Deli, La Serre Restaurant,
Landmark Restaurant, Leroy's Blue Whale Restaurant and Topper's
Ice Cream & Pizza. Numerous events happens all over, and it’s
the kind of blast that, well, it mushrooms…. $5 will get you
a weekend pass to all events. http://www.yachats.org/MFest2006.html.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. On the beachfront,
at Lincoln City’s most famous D River access, the D Sands
faces miles of stunning sand and surf. You get a free cookie at
check-in, and that’s just the beginning of the fun here. The
figure of a lighthouse - created by a set of lights and including
a beacon that actually works – sits on the side of the building,
and inspires you to check the place out. Once you do, you’ll
find the rooms come as a suite or mini-suite, including 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.
S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Show at the Beach, October 21. Cannon Beach really goes
to the dogs at the Surfsand Resort on Saturday, with this event
that is a benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. This canine
competition features the family pet in exciting categories like
best trick, the 25-yard doggie dash, cutest pup, biggest, fattest,
most handsome, “so ugly you’re cute,” fluffiest,
best costume, owner look alike, best handshake, longest ears and
the surf rider division, among numerous others. It goes from 10
a.m. to 5 p.m., with a parade of contestants around noon. Pre-registration
begins on Friday at 4 p.m. On the beach at Cannon Beach –
dependent on weather. 800-547-6100.
Unmarked Beach Access South of Yachats. And what an access
it is. A parking lot gives way to two routes to this varied and
rather amazing beach.
Walk the winding, twisting path over the bluff to
hop onto large basalt structures filled with cracks and crevices
that give glimpses of churning waves beneath you. They’ll
sometimes squirt water up at you. Wander here to find tide pools
and watch the sea knock logs around.
Or walk down a lengthy but smooth and paved trail
from the parking lot to the sandy part of this beach, which makes
for a cozy little cove, bordered by the cliffs of Neptune State
Park to the south.
You can probably
hop up and down the basalt structures from here as well, and part
of the rock forms an intriguing arch in the sand. At its northernmost,
there’s a small cove and tiny patch of beach which ends in
a large wall. It’s all just a tiny bit after the county line
between Lane and Lincoln Counties, almost at MP 168 – and
it has no name. You’ll just find only a parking lot.
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