180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
It's Fall on the Coast: Summer is Here Again.
Float Giveaway Begins on Central Oregon Coast
|Glass found in Agate Beach (courtesy
Oregon) – Beginning November, Newport becomes a winter wonderland
for tourists - again.
next trip to the Oregon coast could be one of a kind, just like
the original commemorative glass floats given away by Newport merchants
this winter. No stormy beachcombing or wave dodging is required
to find one of these 200 luminous artisan collectibles, blown by
Pyromania Glass Studios.
rules for the sixth Glass Treasures giveaway are simple. Between
Nov. 1, 2006, and Jan. 31, 2007, visit one of the businesses listed
at www.newportchamber.org, or on a map available from the Greater
Newport Chamber of Commerce (800-262-7844). Fill out an entry form
and return it to the float display at the business; enter at any
– or all – of the merchants. Weekly drawings will be
held throughout the winter, with the remainder of the floats given
away Jan. 31, when each business will select two names from its
entry pool. Winners will be notified by mail.
floats are now in production at Pyromania Glass Studios, Newport’s
original source for the vibrant keepsakes that have become synonymous
with the Oregon coast. Visitors can watch the Schmitz family —
Dennis and Patricia, and their daughter Andrea — in action
from the gallery of their Aquarium Village studio in Newport’s
South Beach neighborhood. The ancient art of glass blowing is alive
and well, just a stone’s throw from the Oregon Coast Aquarium
and other family attractions.
with sea lions on the bayfront
The Glass Treasures
promotion is designed to introduce Northwest travelers to the busy
“value season” in Newport. In this cozy central coast
destination, families explore two historic lighthouses, exhibits
at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast
Aquarium, the sights and sounds of the vibrant Bayfront, the arts
of Nye Beach, and the shopping throughout Newport, all while enjoying
the best lodging rates of the year.
For more information
on visiting Newport during the “value season,” head
to www.newportchamber.org, or call 800-262-7844.
on Newport, Oregon and glass float balls:
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
Japanese glass floats were a big find on Oregon’s coastline,
having drifted thousands of miles after fishing boats lost these
smooth, crystalline balls, used to keep their nets afloat. It was
a tradition among coastal visitors to scour the beaches for them,
and many locals still adorn their cabins or porches with them. They
practically disappeared in the 80’s, and are extremely rare
finds these days.
Now, a new glass
float tradition is rising on the coast, with a few artisan glass
ball blowing shops showing up in the last couple of decades and
creating beautiful, ingenious works of art. They come in a myriad
of colors and unique designs, and are now considered one of the
more treasured finds on the coast – even if you can just buy
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast
- in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty
of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer
kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s
and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation.
We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb
customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751.
(800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com
find the ancient Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, only used for three years
back in the 1880’s and open for tours. Then there’s
the Yaquina Head Lighthouse, sitting atop a majestic basalt headland,
towering into the sky and blinking its signature flash still to
attractions include the awe-inspiring Oregon Coast Aquarium (including
its 360-degree view of the ocean from inside a glass-like tunnel),
and the famed Hatfield Marine Science Center with its cutting-edge
scientific research and displays for all ages.
|Blu Cork Wine Bar
a legendary wine bar in the charming Nye Beach District called Blu
Cork, regular wine tasting at Nye Beach Gallery, a heavily supported
art scene, and the streets of that neighborhood are made up to look
somewhere between America at the turn of the century and Old Europe.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting
a free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning.
Every room is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln
City's most famous stretch of beach, next to the D River.
Each room, comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has 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. To make a reservation
and see a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
is becoming famous for its many fine cuisine choices, such as the
stellar, Mediterranean-themed fine dining at April’s at Nye
Beach, the unique, stunning Thai cuisine of Thai Talay, and the
family-style gourmet of Café Stephanie. Or shop until you
drop at a dozen distinctive sellers of various interesting ideas
for yourself or for gifts, such as the surprises at Illingworth's
Gifts or the global fare at Jovi.
In the meantime,
you’ll want to explore the pristine beaches of Newport –
most of which are up against Nye Beach. You may still run across
a real Japanese glass float that has been wandering the oceans for
For a detailed
virtual tour of Newport and Nye Beach, see https://www.beachconnection.net/vtour_newport.htm.
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
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.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river
and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality
linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes"
show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691.
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.
Biggest Travel Secret: Summer Starts with Fall on the Coast Called
the Second Summer, it means better weather and other surprises
Camping in High Gear on Oregon Coast Crowds are less
and weather is at its warmest
Coastal Village Wows with Mystic Vibe, Ghost Forest Neskowin
is different in many ways, including its geologic features
Abuzz Over Photos of Green Flash, Glowing Sand Coastal
residents caught photos of glowing sands and the green flash
It and Roughing It on Oregon’s Coast A look
at trails and rugged campgrounds
Wines and Wine Bars on the Oregon Coast Wine shops
and wine bars are a growing part of coastal tourism
coast mileage chart & map
trips, suggested itineraries
BeachConection.net's 800 pages
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Where the Columbia
meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of
atmosphere & history
Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches
lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries
& an art mecca
beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside,
Netarts and Pacific City
A spouting horn
downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling
bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix
of the rugged & upscale
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles
and miles of fluffy dunes