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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.

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

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.

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.

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

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

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

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

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.

Fire Beneath the Oregon Coast: The Science of Underwater Volcanoes

Published 2006

Research vessel from New York University docked at the Hatfield in 1998

(Newport, Oregon) - The Oregon coast isn't always a peaceful place, as a series of undersea earthquakes in recent years illustrated, everything from the tsunami warning of June, 2005 to those that rattle off the north and central Oregon coasts periodically – sometimes getting publicized widely and sometimes not. There's a heck of a lot more brewing down there than people realize, with a whole host of cracks and vents spewing lava from the ocean floor just off our coast.

This is why the Vents Program at Newport's Hatfield Marine Science Center exists. Some 20 or so scientists work on the program there, studying and measuring these intricate events. It recently acquired a jolt of interesting publicity when one expedition spotted an enormous plume of underwater volcanic activity and caught it on film – one of the rarest sights in this field of research.

Hatfield's public marine educator, Bill Hanshumaker, says the program focuses on a variety of things related to undersea volcanic and tectonic activity. Tsunamis, volcanoes, mapping of the ocean floor, studies of other geologic features and the strange life forms there that thrive only in the intense heat of water hotter than 100 degrees Celsius are all under their microscope, so to speak.

At one time, scientists at Vents were also interested in the now-submerged coastline that was once above water some 14,000 years ago, looking for signs that people lived along these shores at that time.

These scientists-in-residence - some from OSU, some from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other institutions - pile onto various research vessels over the course of the year, primarily in the summer. They hit the seas for two or three weeks at a time. "The cruises are a mix of scientists, including biologists," said Hanshumaker.

Approximately 300 miles off Oregon's shores, to the northwest, lays the Axial Mount, an undersea volcano that's about a mile high, although its tip is still a mile below the ocean surface. Much closer to our shores is where two plates meet - one holding the U.S. and the other is the Juan De Fuca Plate beneath the Pacific. This area is then called the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and it’s the likely source of any nasty tsunamis that will eventually come our way someday.

These are (literally) hotspots for many Hatfield scientists, who regularly venture out there to place measuring equipment. "They deploy these instruments, then leave them for a whole year," said Hanshumaker. These instruments record data about movement, seismic activity, temperatures, etc.

Hanshumaker said the instruments are covered with markers and anchored down by a very low-tech railroad wheel. Some carry a giant tube filled with batteries so they can last a year. When it comes time to retrieve them, an acoustic signal is sent to drop the wheel and they float to the surface, with the markers allowing them to be spotted by scientists.

That doesn't always work like clockwork, Hanshumaker said. Once, an instrument got stuck in a lava flow during the course of its year's tenure beneath the waves. So a robotic sub had to aid in retrieve it.

Enter serendipity. That incident has helped create a fascinating and fun Vents exhibit in the public sector of the Hatfield - a sort of video game. Visitors can grab a joystick and take a robot to the deep on a choice of three missions. One of those is to retrieve the lava-jammed instrument. "It's a simulator called 'Dive & Explore," Hanshumaker said.

That mission contains actual video footage from the retrieval mission, augmented by computer animation that allows the visitor to move the robot around and do different things.”

Currently, one of the highlights at the Hatfield features the wild and amazing geologic discoveries made recently by staff in the world of underwater volcanoes. Footage from one of these expeditions spread around the news like wildfire earlier this year, with video of a spectacular underwater eruption featuring the shrieks of glee of scientists in the background.

No one had ever videotaped such a large event before. It was a landmark moment – and the Hatfield’s staff was part of it.

You can view all this at OceanQuest Cruises, a special multi-media talk and presentation given by Hanshumaker every day until Labor Day, starting at 1:30 p.m. These brain-tingling talks cover the recent cruises to what is called the “ring of fire” – three scientific expeditions to underwater volcanoes. Hanshumaker was on two of these to Antarctica. The third expedition, to the Mariana Islands, includes the recent stunning find that made it all around the world media. See astounding, rare deep-sea life as well.

Hatfield Marine Science Center. 2030 S. Marine Science Drive, Newport. (541) 867-0100. hmsc.oregonstate.edu/visitor or http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/.

Below: parts of the Oregon coast at night look a little like the undersea volcanoes.

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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.

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.

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.
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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

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
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.


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