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Oregon Coast Lodging Review: A Stately
Victorian in Newport
(Newport, Oregon) - It’s one of those deliciously,
slightly secretive spring days on Oregon’s coast. It’s early
March, just before the main spring breaks have sprung, so the big tourist
hubbub hasn't kicked in yet, and you feel like you’re part of the
in-crowd with the weather this way – like you’re in on something
special. The sun is beating down through a blue sky, albeit still a bit
chilly and windy. The nights are clear but cold, with an immense frosting
of stars splattered across the blackness. It’s like a teasing of
summer, with that crystalline beauty of winter mixed with a touch of those
things we all love about summer, giving the town of Newport an intense,
almost otherworldly feel, along with that bulging sense of energy that
on this kind of a week where I become reacquainted with a remarkable lodging
in the atmospheric and uber-charming neighborhood of Nye Beach, where
the architecture and street designs already bring you back in time as
the sea rolls in nearby. But this beautiful little B&B, with its affectations
for bygone eras, takes that vibe to another level.
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.
The Grand Victorian B&B is a striking beauty recently
built to look and feel like a time trippin' jaunt to the distant past.
Indeed, a graceful elegance fills this place, with hovering chandeliers,
an almost spiral-like staircase that wouldn’t seem out of place
in a gothic romance novel or classic film, and rooms filled with interesting
knickknacks that impart that sense of another age.
Terry and Eileen Obteshka run this place, having built
it a few years ago to not only fit in with Nye Beach’s historic-copping
architectural guidelines, but they’ve made you feel like you could’ve
walked onto the set of an old BBC show or the gushy fantasy Christopher
Reeve flick, “Somewhere In Time.”
Their Victoria Suite encompasses the entire third floor,
providing a panoramic view of the ocean. There’s a hot Jacuzzi bath,
private balcony, king bed, sitting area, walk-through closet and private
bath and shower. From here, the sounds of the surf and a whistle buoy
on the distant ocean lull you to sleep, while the décor will send
frissons through the parts of your brain that are activated by all things
romantic or tasteful. Martha Stewart ain’t got nothin’ on
of knickknacks in Sir Charles Room
The Lady Catherine's Room is on the second floor, also
overlooking the waves. It includes a queen bed, cable TV and VCR. Its
décor is a bit more Spartan, but there’s that distinctive
Victorian charm and coziness that permeates the place, as in all the rooms.
I stayed in the Sir Charles Room, which is also on the
second floor, but overlooking the bustling main street through this district
(well, as busy as Nye Beach can get), along with a handful of charismatic
little shops. The room has a bundle of little antiques dotted throughout,
imparting memories of my grandparents’ pads back when I was a wee
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. 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.
4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161.
It simply screams Old World elegance, and again reminds
me of Reeve’s character from “Somewhere In Time.” I
feel like I should be dressed in period garb from at least 1910 or further
back. I think about his character waking up, in costume, transported from
the 70’s into the early part of the century.
I kick myself for not having taken a date with me.
The staircase always mesmerizes me here. It looks so ancient,
yet is so obviously new and polished, exuding a sense of the posh on top
of the time travel thing. I’ve explored this place before, years
ago, and took numerous pictures of the complex stairway, which is easy
to make artful photographs of. Along the way, there’s a small maritime-like
window with a tiny game area next to it. Adorable details abound here.
breakfast table makes its first appearance
Downstairs, there’s a living room packed with books
and other knickknacks, where fat, comfy chairs create a seating area that’s
exceptional for lounging or chatting with other guests.
This place is also different in that you must remove your
shoes upon entering, which somehow brings everyone to the same level in
some small sense, giving all guests a tiny jolt of the unfamiliar they
must all share. Pretension is assuredly shed in this laidback coastal
paradise. Be you tycoon or typist, that hole in your sock will show.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. 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.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
The ocean is doing some intriguing things, with a bit of
occasional wild wave action. Low tides are exceptional, however, sneaking
way out and leaving a much larger than usual beach to play on.
At night, the stars are out in full force, and it’s
a taste of that in-crowd dynamic again as I get invited to a private after
hours celebration at a local business. Some friends are whooping it over
a particular triumph that week.
The other big highlight at Grand Victorian B&B is the
gourmet breakfast in the morning, where, if you leave the table walking
instead of rolling like Humpty Dumpty, you’ve done something wrong.
This incredible feast will hold you past lunch. The enchanting retro kitchen,
with its massive Aga stove, provides a bounty of delectable delights,
led by the able hand of Eileen. The other guests and I stroll in to discover
a carefully set table, with fresh fruit juices inhabiting some lovely
glassware, amidst these surroundings from another time. White, gauzy curtains
create a dreamy feel to the scene, and again I’m struck with a sense
of the cinematic about it all: this could be a movie about romantic time
French toast, eggs and organic coffee arrive at the table, where three
other guests have joined me to try and be chatty so early in the morning.
Some are better at this than others. In any case, the waffles were of
some stunning whole grain variety that left me scarfing them up rather
is a small state, and it’s hard not to bump into someone you know
just about anywhere – often with hilarious results. One man, it
turns out, was sort of indirectly my boss once at a photography job I
had for the community college back in Salem. I was kind of a screw-up
at the time, and he was one of the reasons I was fired. He doesn’t
remember me, and it took me a little bit of time to remember who he was,
but I had it figured out by the time the breakfast ended.
I could only laugh at this coincidence, especially since
I had a blast talking to him and his wife about other coastal areas. He,
too, had the same almost paranormal spiritual-like experiences I had with
Neskowin. It was nice to talk to someone else who understood what I had
sensed at that most special of Oregon coast beaches.
Nighttime brings out the cook again in Eileen. “Each
evening I make either cookies, brownies, or apple crisp for their dessert,”
she said. “We also give guests optional times for their breakfast
of either 9 a.m., 10 a.m. or 11 a.m.”
time is noon at the Grand Victorian, which helps people like me who like
to stay out late, whooping it up in whatever coastal burgh I’m in.
Obteshkas also have a vintage rental cottage next door, which also has
an old-world feel, although not quite as pronounced. This is more like
the 1920’s or 30’s, with old-style heating fixtures and architecture
mixed with the modern but cozy furniture. The front area is a sort of
atrium, created by a porch that’s enclosed, allowing you a view
of that mesmerizing, flat ocean horizon. It’s a perfect place to
take in the sunny surroundings or watch the melee of an ocean storm.
There’s a small dining room here, a full kitchen,
two bedrooms, and the living room is a beauty.
You’ll find the Grand Victorian B&B right
on Coast Street, which is the main drag through Nye Beach. It’s
about a half block away from the Newport Performing Arts Center, and like
everything in Nye Beach, a quick walking distance to eateries and attractions
like the center for the visual arts, Panache, Village Market & Deli,
Nye Beach Gallery, Nye Scoop and dozens of other attractive amenities
and shops. 105 NW Coast Street, Newport. www.grandvictorianor.com.
the vintage cottage rental home at Old Victorian
Cape Property Services.
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
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. 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. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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 entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
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 are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach.
(503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
at Cannon Beach. 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. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Ocean Lodge. 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.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
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