Holiday Events Bring Sparkle - and Secrets - to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boat Parade, 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.
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.
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.
Market & Deli
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
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).
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
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.
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
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.