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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.

Generously appointed rooms or spacious two-room suites. Continental breakfast. Heated salt-water pool and spa, fitness room, high-speed Internet, some Jacuzzi spas and ADA accessibility. Some pet friendly. Business and meeting facilities. Catering services available.

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

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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.

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

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

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



The Indoor Oregon Coast

Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium tries to nurse a shark back to health.

(Oregon Coast) - As winter sets in and the coast becomes a colder, more rainy place where it sometimes seems there's as much wind as there is ocean, it's often only the most hardiest of souls who can be found on the beach. Indeed, at this time of the year, the coast can easily shift between torrential downpour and mellow, semi-sunny day in minutes.

And what if you’re caught in nature’s onslaught on a weekend jaunt to the coast?

Don’t worry; there are still plenty of places to hide from the weather and plenty to see there. Here’s just a few up and down the coastline:

Photo courtesy Tillamook Air Museum.

History in Tillamook

This town swells with two major repositories of history: the Tillamook Pioneer Museum and the Tillamook Air Museum.

At the Pioneer Museum, you can explore an old courtroom converted into an enormous natural history display featuring insects, animals, eggs, nests and fossils. There’s a blacksmith shop, a replica of great-grandmother's kitchen, cheese making equipment, everyday objects from the past like old washing machines, and much on the fascinating history of the region. 2106 Second Street. Call: (503) 842-4553.

You can’t help but notice the Air Museum when you travel on 101 just south of Tillamook: the big jet plane perched on a pole at the corner of Hangar Rd. is the first major giveaway. Take that road, and inside you’ll find such awe-inspiring items as a PV-2 Harpoon, a 1934 Bellanca Air Cruiser, a PBY-5A Catalina and even a Bf-109 Messerschmitt.

Also on Tillamook Bay is the resplendent grub of Pacific Seafood, which has some outdoor seating should the weather cooperate.

But as if that wasn’t enough, you can see the last of two wooden hangars that housed blimps as large as 252 feet long. The two were finished here in 1943, and then the blimp patrols (called K-ships) were decommissioned in 1948. The second hangar burned down suddenly in 1992.

The aviation wonders here never stop. And the Museum is the site of numerous special events for pilots during the year. 6030 Hangar Rd. Call: (503) 842-1130.

For more indoor fun - but the kind you can eat in the end - don’t pass up the Tillamook Cheese Factory. Here, you can see why this area (nicknamed “Tillamoo” County) is known for its dairy products firsthand. From the viewing platform you can see how cheese is made in various stages. After this informative and fun tour, you can take some of these goodies home with you at the gift shop, or check out the ice cream parlor (where, during the summer, they serve some 2800 ice cream cones a day). 4175 Highway 101 North. Call: (503) 815-1300.

Big starfish at the Seaside Aquarium.

Seaside Aquarium

The big aquariums in Newport are no secret: the fabulous Oregon Coast Aquarium and its glass tunnel underneath the sea, as well as the impressive, sprawling Hatfield Marine Science Center which allows you to really dig into the scientific side of things.

But did you know Seaside has one of the oldest aquariums on the west coast?

At the Seaside Aquarium, check out a 20-ray starfish, a wolf eel, the deadly moray eel, a sand shark prowling the seabed, or the big octopus lurking in a large tank, with its many freaky limbs and its giant, pulsating head. There are numerous kinds of crabs on display, along with Pacific and Atlantic lobsters and the Chinook Salmon. Explore an intertidal zone complete with tide pool life, see a Tiger Rockfish search for prey, or check out the enormous whale skeleton out front. There are numerous skates that were raised here, after being found as mere eggs washed up after a storm.

Something colorful and strange in the sea slug world makes an impression at Seaside Aquarium (photo Seaside Aquarium).

Loads of freaky, often colorful and even spiny fish inhabit these tanks.

Plus, playing with the seals has been a favorite here decades. You can feed them and watch them do kooky tricks.

Plenty of old historic signs and ancient articles about the facility dot the building, adding to the levels of mind-expanding fun.

Talk about a family operation: the Seaside Aquarium is still run by descendents of its founders back in 1937. On the Prom, Seaside, Oregon. 503-738-6211.

Newport's stunning bay has something happening all the time.

Newport's Bayfront

Often, it’s shopping that comes to mind when the weather turns on you. And there are few better places to go treasure hunting than Newport’s historic bayfront district.

Here, it’s easy to go darting in and out of the rain between shops and eateries. And if things let up for a while, you’re within a few steps of the beautiful Yaquina Bay and numerous docks where you can take in the view. In the meantime, tons of galleries, clothing shops, curio shops, food stops and various attractions fill this seemingly endless street of fun.

But for a really interesting time that’s completely indoors, check out the world-famous attractions at Mariner Square: the Undersea Gardens, Wax Works and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

Each of the three museums keeps their own hours and different admission charges, but you can fork out a certain amount for all three. And if you go that route, where else can you take a walk beneath the waves, see startlingly real wax replicas of various movie stars and historical figures and get an eyeful of some of the weirdest factoids in the world? 250 Bay Blvd. Call: (541) 265-2206.

Loads of barking residents of the Sea Lion caves sometimes gather outside the facility on the large basalt cliffs nearby.

Sea Lion Caves

If you’re in the Florence area, there’s a legendary place where you can descend 208 feet to the world’s largest sea cave and observe loads of Sea Lions in their natural habitat.

Sea Lion Caves, a few miles north of Florence, is home to wild stellar sea lions during the whole year, but more during the fall and winter. During the summer and spring, they breed their young outside the cave on the rocks surrounding the area.

The cave itself is a fascinating trip back in time. It was formed some 25 million years ago when a lava flow cooled into the basalt rock that is now the cave. At one point, a weakness in the rock turned into a crack, then allowed the sea to eat its way into the basalt over the millennia and make the cave. You can still see the original fault running through the cave that started it all. 91560 Hwy. 101 N. Call: (541) 547-3111.

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.
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.

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach. 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. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Arch 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 sea.
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 866-436-1607.


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The 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. www.theoceanlodge.com

Inn 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.

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.