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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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.



Constant Killer Views Abound Near Florence

Published 08/23/2012

(Florence, Oregon) – Between Yachats and Florence is a kind of exceptional no man's land on the Oregon coast, a 25-mile-long stretch of deserted beaches, niches and sandy or rocky nooks and crannies that never let up in their visual wow factor. From Yachats southward, about 12 miles or so, it's one soaring crest after another on the coast's Highway 101, when it suddenly flattens out a bit – for a while.

This is around Muriel Ponsler.Wayside, a tad south of Roosevelt Beach and Ocean Beach Picnic Ground. At Ponsler, things suddenly become flat and sandy, much like the majority of Florence. But head just a few more miles down the road, right up to about where Heceta Head happens, and you suddenly have a stretch of merely three or so miles crammed with some of the most dramatic views on all of the Oregon coast.

Heceta Head itself is downright captivating, with its magnificent lighthouse soaring into the air. You can see quite a ways around your from trails up above the famed light.

Take a right turn back onto 101 here, heading south, zip through the tunnel, and you'll find a few white-knuckled curves as the vistas literally explode around you. A series of pullouts along the road are guarded by rather charming stone masonry, looking a bit like a castle of sorts.

You'll immediately notice you are looking south towards the Heceta Head Lighthouse and down on some stunning, plunging cliffs.

On the southern face, a completely secret beach sits, closed off from any access, right next to Devil's Elbow State Park, which houses the lighthouse. You can never go there – just look down on it. In fact, it's a rookery for sea lions for the area.

Looking straight out to sea and it's nothing but incredible, distant horizons. Look down – a few hundred feet – and you'll see gobs of seabirds and sea lions living side by side. Get a powerful zoom lens and you'll be able to get a really good look below.

To the south of the viewpoints, soaring cliffs spill suddenly into the ocean, covered in a mix of green foliage and black basalt. They do so in interesting, wrinkly shapes.

Wander a curve or two and the Sea Lion Caves attraction comes into view. Nearby, a spot of forest land offers some wowing views towards more basalt cliffs just to the south, including this one that was torn apart by either erosion or some relatively quick geologic event.

For about a mile or so you continue curving along and really there aren't any viewpoint pullouts here – unless you know where to look. A couple of very secret pathways along these basalt cliffs show off some astounding new angles on those bubbly basalt cliffs that dive into the ocean.

From one vantage point – if you have a zoom lens – you can witness some mind-blowing wave action at the mouth of the cave that is Sea Lion Caves. In the photo here, you can see the sea lions loitering just above the sea cave entrance, probably a good 40 feet above the ocean. Take a quick look at that massive wave trying to crawl up the rock and you can do the math how big that probably is.

Also from here, parts of Florence come into view. The long, sandy stretches of the town's soft beaches and the lakes just inland can be seen in a kind of aerial view from here.

These views also dominate your sight along the highway as you cruise southward towards Florence, which sits in the exact midway spot on the Oregon coast.

From here, it is all downhill – not in terms of quality, but literally. The road suddenly dives downhill towards Florence, and you soon enter thick forestland and plenty of parks that offer lots of lakes, sandy stretches, horseback riding and even some freaky plants that eat bugs (at the Darlingtonia Wayside).

While there are no more official viewpoints, there's at least one sizable gravel spot to the side of the road, including this one, where a trail leads down to the beach.

You'll find Florence on the central Oregon coast, about 25 miles from Yachats and around 50 miles from Newport. It is about a three-hour drive from north coast towns like Cannon Beach or Seaside, and a perhaps a little longer from Portland if you take I-5 down to Eugene and then over to the coast.

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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