Time Picks for Oregon Coast, Week of Nov. 6
fun in Yachats
– From Celtic fun to wine tasting, this week promises to be
an especially delicious one on the Oregon coast. Sure, the storms
may still be raging, but the area’s tourism industry often
gets an extra boost from such weather madness, and the coming week
promises at least a few atmospheric and oceanic fireworks.
Also, here’s a
few suggestions for fun places to stay during the manic fun, and
at least one other culinary secret on the Oregon coast.
Annual Yachats Celtic Music Festival, Nov. 10. Three days
of music and workshops. Five featured concerts this year with over
60 musicians performing. Groups include Kell’s Irish Pipers
and Circled by Hounds. Tickets are available along with a complete
event guide at website. https://www.ycmf2006.com/
Nov. 10 – 12. Admission $25 - $40.
|Blu Cork Wine Bar
Tasting Heaven at Blu Cork Wine Bar, Newport. On Friday,
Tom from Galaxy Wines hosts a tasting of fine wines from A to Z
Wineworks. Newport folk ensemble The Sons of Beaches will perform
as well. Free. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Then on Saturday, November
11, Blu Cork hosts a special wine dinner with A to Z Wines, with
a special five-course meal. $45. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The evening
starts off with their 2005 Oregon Pinot Blanc and a pear and apple
salad. It’s followed by the 2005 Oregon Chardonnay, paired
with an artichoke stuffed with cheese. Following that is A to Z’s
most surprisingly quaffable wines, their 2005 Oregon Rose, with
a three cheese and fig plate. Next is a pomegranate-infused pork
loin with roasted red pepper and pumpkin puree served with the popular
2005 Oregon Pinot Noir. This wine has garnered the most attention
for A to Z Wineworks, including a recommendation on “Queer
Eye for the Straight Guy” as well as Joshua Wesson on the
national food radio show, “The Splendid Table.”
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides
has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern
luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and
decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with
fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units
with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful
oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people,
with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with
picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside
make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach
Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
is a stunning Blu Cork specialty, braised buffalo loin served with
scratch gravy, smoked duck sausage and white beans. It will be accompanied
with a 2005 Night and Day Oregon Red Wine, a blend of cabernet and
merlot from Southern Oregon. Reservations only. Blu Cork Wine Bar
is at 613 SW Third Street, Newport. 541-265-2257.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals Unique Luxury Accommodations
in Seaside. One or two bedroom suites, houses with three
bedrooms or units for two to eight people – this tiny flowered
wonder in Seaside has it all. Or you can rent the entire charmer
and host as many as 26 people.
They’ve got suites
designed for two adults or vacation rental units for families: it’s
a place for romance, family reunions or just family getaways. All
units have kitchens and many have fireplaces, decks and jetted tubs.
Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality
linens and more.
Suites include daily
maid service and complimentary coffee (beans), teas, cocoa, popcorn,
cookies, snacks and more - all restocked daily. Stay a week in any
unit and receive a tote bag filled with goodies.
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to
golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of
pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty
in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families,
couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. 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. The non-oceanfront rooms 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 oceanfront Jacuzzi suite
that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those
wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large
gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create
two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
They were featured
on the Travel Channel "Great Escapes" Show this year.
741 S. Downing St. Seaside, Oregon. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
Lodge, Depoe Bay. Here's a fantastic place to watch some
of the most insane oceanic drama in the world.
this collection of charming rooms and awe-inspiringly beautiful
vacation rentals overlooks the wowing waves in this area. The rooms
and suites in the motel section are impeccably maintained, with
a personal touch in the décor. You’ll find a lovely
garden area, porch with a wonderful view, gas grills with a picnic
spot, phones, cable TV and some rooms with incredible ocean views.
It’s also very pet friendly – as the presence of the
adorable ambassadorial lab named Samantha can attest to. Three truly
remarkable vacation homes are available, starting at $150 a night.
355 SW Hwy 101, Depoe Bay. (800) 472-9335 or (541) 765-2287. www.trollerslodge.com.
Oyster, Bay City. It's hard to get fish fresher than this,
as it's processed right here after coming in from the sea. At the
end of the dock here, it's probably Bay City's only recognizable
feature, with piles of shells near the landward side. But it's also
a famous little family eatery, where the seafood practically gets
shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth.
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.
Soups and salads
include many seafood specialties, of course, including cioppino,
chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads (from $3 to $14). Fish 'n'
chips come in various incarnations, like oysters, halibut, cod,
rock fish, prawns or chicken strips (about $8). Find seafood sandwiches
with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers, around $9. Finally,
a small but tempting selection of dinners includes pan fried oysters,
fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops and other
goodies around $12. 5150 Oyster Drive. (503) 377-2323.
Downtown Wine Walk, Nov. 18. Oregon wineries have partnered
with local downtown businesses for a stroll through Seaside’s
historic sections and the chance to enjoy a little “la dolce
vita.” Live entertainment will be featured in many of the
winery locations, as well as "to die for" appetizers served
by the many business participants.
For only $5, guests receive
a commemorative wine glass to use as they glide through more than
20 stops tasting the best northwest vineyards have to offer. A small
tasting fee may apply for some of the wines featured. 3 p.m. to
Wine glass sales
and ID check stations will be open from on the event day and will
be located at Seaside Carousel Mall (300 Broadway - Noon to 6 p.m.),
Salmonberry Square (810 Broadway - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Ernst &
Ernst Collectors Galleries (15 Broadway - Noon to 6 p.m.). (503)