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Oregon Coast Travel and Entertainment News: Annual Holiday Events Bring Sparkle - and Secrets - to Oregon Coast


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Annual Holiday Events Bring Sparkle - and Secrets - to Oregon Coast

Lincoln City's twinkle

(Oregon Coast) - Every year, November means the beginning of the holidays on the Oregon coast - and the start of that cozy, warm feeling and sense of Americana that only this region can provide. From Coos Bay to Astoria, the lights begin twinkling on the trees and in the eyes of those traveling to the beach.

And then there are those 'secret celebrations' - those hidden gems no one seems to know about, but are unforgettable and charming.

Events here are part of a roundup of annual festivities, so exact dates are not included. More About New Year's Eve on the Oregon coast

The city of Cannon Beach launches that warm, fuzzy Christmas spirit early, starting its renowned Haystack Holidays in late November. One highlight: come to the Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall, at 2nd and Spruce, to engage in a bit of Wreath Making, in preparation for your festivities.

Cannon Beach

Lincoln 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. 541-994-8778.

Then, in the first few days of December, at 4 p.m., there's the lamp lighting ceremony at Sandpiper Square. You'll find carolers from the Coaster Theater's production singing traditional favorites, children's choirs and local musicians. To the delight of tourists and locals alike, the city hires members of the Portland Opera to entertain on the streets as well.

You can get your picture taken with Santa Claus at the Chamber Hall. Cost is $10, which includes a 5x7 print and two 2x5 prints. And at the Chamber, join in "Child's Play," where you can create your own holiday crafts and ornaments at no charge. Holiday refreshments will be served both days at the Chamber Hall. (503) 436-2623 ext. 4. www.cannonbeach.org


Seaside will host its Annual Christmas Gift Fair at the Seaside Convention Center every year, usually the last few days of November. Only handcrafted items fill this monster of a gift fair. $2. Seaside Convention Center. 415 First Ave. 800-444-6740.

The whole town of Seaside begins to get lit up with a host of decorations in late November - especially ones in sea star shapes. The Yuletide at Seaside competition starts, with various businesses around town getting really decked out. A bus will drive visitors around town on weekends to observe the twinkling. (800) 444-6740. www.seasideor.com

Lincoln City features a stocking full of glittering events. There's the Lincoln City Chamber Holiday Showcase, presented by the chamber in late November, (541-994-3070).

Early in December, the Chinook Winds Casino Resort features the Angel's Anonymous Tree viewing, and the Ice Carving Competition, while the Angel's Anonymous Ball happens there as well. At the north end of Lincoln City. 888-CHINOOK. See www.oregoncoast.org for more.

Lighted Boat Parade, Newport

In Newport, the Oregon Coast History Center oozes holiday warmth (and yummy aromas) with the festive Holiday Heritage Cooking, usually around the middle of November. This fun event often features local chefs cooking up a storm. Visitors can taste the results too. 545 SW Ninth St., Newport. (541) 265-7509.

Tradewinds 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

In the first few days of December, Newport’s Yaquina Bay hosts the Lighted Boat Parade, which features a small armada of boats all gussied up in colors and lights, creating quite the holiday display. Marine Discovery Tours at (541) 265-6200 or visit their office at Anchor Pier, 345 SW Bay Boulevard - on Newport’s Historic Bayfront. www.discovernewport.com

Depoe Bay begins to get lit up with its huge Christmas lighting ceremony the last Saturday in November. The whole town gets together, sings carols and gets full of frivolity as they fire up the Christmas lights. 877-485-8348.

At The Mill Casino in Coos Bay, holiday dinners, the "Festival of Trees," and holiday lights begin to take over the hotel and casino. Enjoy a Thanksgiving or Christmas buffet at the Saw Blade Buffet. 800-953-4800.

Village Market & Deli

Secret Celebrations

There are a surprising amount of holiday secrets on the coast – festivities most people just don’t seem to know about.

In Newport - the town with two lighthouses - the town gets gussied up in a variety of ways, especially on the historic Bayfront.

In the Nye Beach area, you can celebrate with more than a little finery at the stunning, bistro-style eatery Village Market & Deli. The Village goes into overdrive with its legendary cuisine, offering special holiday dishes to its partial ocean view, sometimes to the shimmering sounds of guest musicians. This pleasure, and the owners' sister business, Blu Cork Wine Bar, are one of Newport's hush-hush holiday knockouts. Blu Cork will feature a stunning sourdough bread pudding and chocolate cake for the season that contains a multitude of taste layers, as well as specialty holiday meats, spreads, terrines, pates and champagne - all surrounded by its famous wine-themed décor and selection of memorable northwest wines. (541-574-9393 for Village Market & Deli).

Arch Cape House

Other celebrations at Blu Cork Wine Bar include a steady roster of live music and wine tasting events throughout the season. Plus, keep an eye out for their usual New Years Eve blast, which always causes a stir. 613 SW Third Street, Newport. 541-265-2257.

This year, Newport hosts the mother of all New Years Eve parties, stretching over four days, from December 29 – January 1, with the Jazz for the Holidays festival.


THE 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.

This event is anticipated to be a regular one. It features dozens of musicians and singers over the four days, climaxing with gigs by Nancy King and Bobby Torres on New Year’s Eve and on New Year’s Day. www.jazzatnewport.org.

For something different on Thanksgiving, stay in a castle on Oregon's coast and enjoy a truly unique feast.Arch Cape House is a stunning beauty built to look somewhere between a medieval structure and a Swiss ski lodge, and it's a perfect place to get all cozy for the holidays.

Every morning means gourmet breakfasts made by the able hand of owner Barbara Dau. On Thanksgiving, Dau's talents will create a special traditional dinner with her artistic flair. It's open to in-house guests only, and cost is $65, including fine wines as well. The highlight here, aside from the food and wondrous surroundings, is the engaging, convivial atmosphere created by gathering to dine with others you haven't met before. This, and Arch Cape's special New Year's Eve traditions, are becoming an increasingly popular addiction for Oregon and Washington residents.

On New Year's Eve, Dau puts together a six-course gourmet bash, which features dishes from around the world and matching wines for each. It's a culinary and wine-tasting trip across the globe. It all ends with champagne by a beach bonfire. www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848.

More About New Year's Eve on the Oregon coast


STARFISH 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


Weiss' 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. www.SeasideSuites.com


D 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 www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.

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