Oregon Coast Beach Connection - lodging, dining, news, events and more

Seafood, famous chowder, family friendly, exceptional ocean views, cannon beach, lincoln city, otter rock, newport bayfront, newport annex, florence

oregon coast lighthouses on dvd

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.

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

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



Back to Oregon Coast Beach Connection




Oregon Coast Gift Ideas: A Beachy Cyber Monday

Seaside Aquarium's gift shop is a non-stop kick in the pants.

(Oregon Coast) – Black Friday and Cyber Monday never had it so good – and yet so comfy.

If you're looking for truly individualized gifts for the holidays, the Oregon coast has some stunning and surprising options. Besides, it’s a grand excuse to head to the beach.

In fact, holiday shopping in the small coastal towns not only yields unique gifts, but it’s much more laidback. No major crowds to push your way through or road rage-inducing parking scarcities, and then you’re often within earshot of the waves and that lulling effect. That calm and calming aspect of gift buying sojourns is becoming a greater attraction every year around that region.

Still, it’s the cool stuff to find that’s the most interesting: DVD’s about lighthouses, fabulous books on coastal stuff, freaky lamps made from beach objects, the many surf shops, fine wines, and the opportunity to give a gift certificate that actually means something: a room on the coast.

Here’s a small handful of interesting possibilities for a kind of holiday beachcombing for gifts.

Wacky beasties abound at the aquarium, like its bunches of seals.

Everything's Beachy Keen at Seaside Aquarium

It's for the coastie at heart of any age.

There is, of course, the actual fun of the aquarium itself. But the Seaside Aquarium's gift shop may well be the north coast's largest collection of all stuff coastie, with tons of shells, starfish and other dried critters formerly from the sea that you can take home, along with interesting rocks. On top of that, there’s an enormous selection of north coast-oriented t-shirts, oceanic gag gifts, funky lights made from objects out of the sea and more – a nearly endless supply of interesting to simply fun keepsakes of your trips to the coast. There are also numerous books on coastal history, Oregon coast landmarks, and things you didn’t even know existed about the region.

There’s lots of kooky things for grownup tourists, but kids will have a ball – quite literally in some instances, as things like beach balls, Frisbees and other aquatic-oriented toys are featured. Many of their books are kiddy books as well – all with some marine theme or another.

They also provide gift certificates for the gift shop or the aquarium itself. 200 N. Prom, Seaside, Oregon. www.seasideaquarium.com (503) 738-6211

Buy your loved ones some time on a charter fishing jaunt around Tillamook Bay.

Charter Fishing Fun on the North Coast

Garibaldi Charter’s. For those who love deep-sea fishing, there’s a monster of an opportunity to make them happy: gift certificates are an even bigger catch here during the holiday season. The owners say they usually sell bottom fishing trips, but the certificates can be used towards any other type of fishing that are offered – you only need to pay the difference. 503-965-2238. www.garibaldicharters.com.

Wine on the North and Central Coast

Yummy wine is always welcome during the Christmas season, and two sister wineries have this sowed up in two different areas of the coast: Nehalem Bay Winery on the north coast and Depoe Bay Winery on the central coast. On top of it, they do this with a particularly looming sense of fun and flair, with kooky things to gawk at in both locations. This delightfully unusual place adds a fun, new slant to the whole wine tasting experience.

Nehalem Bay Winery, Nehalem.

For the holidays, they spotlight the slightly spicy "Santa's Elixir," as well as sweatshirts with that little, whimsical logo emblazoned on them.

Their ciders are a huge holiday hit as well. An Apple Jack hard apple cider is a top seller, and the Coastal Cranberry is a seasonal favorite.

At both Depoe Bay Winery and Nehalem Bay Winery, they’re featuring enchanting gift ideas with Cambodian handbags and winebags, made by a group of hard-working villagers. All the proceeds from these purchases go to help this impoverished little burgh. The handbags, backpacks and wine bags, made from a silk-like fabric of bright colors and a hint of iridescence. They run $15 to $25.

Check out www.nehalembaywinery.com or make sure you stop by on your next visit to the area. Nehalem Bay Winery is on Highway 53 - about two miles from Wheeler. 1-888-368-WINE. Depoe Bay Winery is in Depoe Bay, right on Highway 101 (541-765-3311).

You can also find Nehalem Bay Winery at the Christmas Bazaar in Portland’s Expo Center from December 4 – 6, and at the Washington County Fairgrounds from December 11 to December 15.

Oregon Lighthouses Under the Tree

Take Oregon's lighthouses home for the holidays.

Take your favorite lighthouse home with you.

"Oregon Lights" is a DVD from Oregon Coast Show cameraman and producer Scott Gibson and writer David Anslow, now available online at www.oregonlightsdvd.com. The award-winning show was aired on Oregon Public Broadcasting a few times in the early part of this decade, and made a splash then.

13 chapters of the video take you through all ten of Oregon’s lighthouses, including the private lighthouse owned by famed maritime author Jim Gibbs, as well as some other related subjects.

Those who love to travel the Oregon coast will find this film intoxicating. The DVD is 72 minutes of glorious footage, beautiful scenery, and fascinating background information and history. It takes the viewer on a tour of all the lighthouses up and down the coast, through their history, and touches upon the legends of hauntings as well. It even features interviews with Gibbs, who not only served aboard the crazed Tillamook Rock Lighthouse until it was shut down in 1957, but created his own small lighthouse at his home in Yachats.

The DVD is $10, with free shipping and handling. It can be previewed and ordered at www.OregonLightsDVD.com.

Shop online for gifts from the coast that are Earth friendly at RegisterLocally.com (photo of lookouts above Manzanita)

One Stop Online Shopping for Coastal and Portland Gifts

A few years ago, north coast resident Rachel Sip started an idea that’s not only different but needed in the world of gift registries: RegisterLocally.com. Instead of signing up at one particular large store for your registry, why not have the entire coast at your disposal with its unique, handcrafted items? Sip also added another interesting slant by including the element of eco-friendly gift items.

She was inspired by noticing that at the bridal and baby showers of friends, the best gifts were the indie ones purchased from smaller shops on the coast. The site has been around for a few years now, and new places are added all the time. Also, you can buy with the good conscience of knowing you’ve supported local small business people as well as assisted the environment.

There are all kinds of gift ideas floating around this little gem of a site, not just bridal or baby shower ideas. There’s also a section for Portland gift ideas. This ain't your parents' online shopping spree. www.registerlocally.com.

Coastal Candles and Stuff for Surfers

Nelscott Reef Surf Shop. Owned by the director of the now world-famous surf contest, they have the latest contest t’s and sweatshirts: $20 - $34. Their website is advertising $100 off any new surfboard in the shop, and Nelscott Reef sweatshirts and spring vests are 50 percent off, so surfers can show off their state loyalty. 1800 SE Hwy 101 #E. Lincoln City, Oregon. 541-996-6122. www.nelscottreef.com/Nelscott_Reef/Surf_Shop.html

Newport Bay Candle Co. – in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport and Florence. Container candles, handmade on the coast. Also, a large selection of nautical, beachy gifts. They ship anywhere. 541-265-6111. www.newportbaycandle.com

Purchase a gift certificate for a fabulous B&B, like Shaw's Oceanfront in Arch Cape

Give the Gift of Lodging

Just about any lodging on the coast offers the possibility to put a nice oceanfront hotel room under the tree – well, figuratively speaking, that is. Gift certificates for vacation rentals, hotels or motels are a big thing, and growing in popularity.

For a good list of those lodgings offering gift certificates, see the Oregon Coast Lodging Guide. Or see the lodging guides for Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport and Yachats. All will send their gift certificates to you once you order over the phone.

Check the Oregon Coast Dining Guide for restaurants, as most or all listed will also sell you gift certificates.

AAA Members Can Save

For those AAA members, the organization wants to remind them that having a AAA card can get you savings on gifts at many stores.

You'll find AAA discounts at the mall, your favorite retailer and online.

AAA has thousands of partners, many on the coast or near it, including Target.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Shoes.com, Kohls.com, Banana Republic Factory Stores, Payless ShoeSource, Gap Outlet, Tanger Outlet Centers and Woodburn Company Stores. Visit AAA.com/discounts for a complete list of retailers

Last year, AAA's more than 51 million members used their AAA cards to save $2.1 billion, including discounts at consumer electronic stores, booksellers, clothing boutiques and other retail establishments.  That adds up to an average of $101 in savings per member.

If you're shipping your gifts, AAA members receive 15 percent off packaging and 5 percent off shipping at The UPS Store.

Oregon Coast Lodging
Cannon Beach Lodging
Nehalem Bay Lodgings
Manzanita Hotels, Lodging
Three Capes Lodging
Pacific City Hotels, Lodging
Lincoln City Lodging
Depoe Bay Lodging
Newport Lodging
Waldport Lodging
Yachats Lodging
Oregon Coast Vacation Rentals
Oregon Coast Lodging Specials

Dining Guide
Cannon Beach Dining
Manzanita, Rockaway, Wheeler Dining
Pacific City, Oceanside, Netarts, Tierra Del Mar Restaurants
Tillamook Bay Restaurants, Dining
Lincoln City Dining, Restaurants
Depoe Bay Restaurants, Dining
Newport Restaurants, Dining

Waldport, Yachats Restaurants, Dining
Restaurant Reviews

Coast Events Calendar
Seaside, Cannon Beach Calendar
Manzanita, Rockaway Events
Tillamook, Pacific City Calendar
Lincoln City Events Calendar
Newport, Depoe Bay Events Calendar
Yachats Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Oregon Coast Travel News

Coastal Bars, Lounges

Oregon Coast Complete Guides every beach access, attraction

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Explore Every Beach Spot

Secrets of the Season


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.

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

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.


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.

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