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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

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.

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



Sneaky Oregon Coast Restaurant Reviews: Lincoln City's Kernville Steak and Seafood

By Secret Reviewer #2

(Lincoln City, Oregon) - Three and A Half Stars Out of Five. Just south of Lincoln City, between Taft and Gleneden Beach, you’ll find a slightly off the beaten path treasure called Kernville Steak and Seafood House, where exceptional food rules in the comfort food vein and the atmosphere is somewhere between the upscale yet dreamy and relaxed. Scores of innovative metallic fish art adorn the deep brown wooden walls, often lit up in intriguing ways. And there’s a wondrous view of the Siletz River, which is calming and lovely any time of year.

There’s a bit of history here, too. This building sits in the spot where another once stood back in the 70's - one which was used for the filming of the movie “Once a Great Notion.”

The comfort foods here have a decidedly upscale slant, sometimes executed better than others, but altogether quite delicious, and a good value for the bucks you shell out. Portions are plentiful, service is fairly efficient (though a bit slow sometimes), and the surroundings are definitely lovely, with a view that’s perhaps among the best on the coast without being an ocean view.

My meal - their legendary chicken cordon bleu - began with some homemade bread, an introduction upon which you can often judge the experience to come at most restaurants. What happens here, when it comes to the quality of butter and the bread itself, is so many times telling of the rest of the eating. Luckily, the Kernville excels here. It doesn’t hurt I’m starving off my ass, so I may like just about anything now. But I don’t think I’m easily impressed here. The bread is a well-done, freshly baked delight, with yum-o-licious butter (probably the real stuff) waiting to grace it.

Then comes the chowder. It’s soft yet peppery, with a dab of paprika. There are hints of carrots. It’s deliciously unfishy, creamy and no aftertaste to muck things up. Light as a cloud, it is thoroughly satisfying, yet it leaves you wanting more.

Eventually comes the cordon bleu.

A small mound of rice is done well, just the right space between soft and hard. To spice things up, there’s a small hint of jalapenos, creating a pleasant surprise and jolt.

The alfredo sauce is like a fine, imported cheese, melted gracefully over the dish, and damned good.

The cordon bleu itself is, well: wow. Covered in a thick layer of Parmesan and crumbs, there’s almost a pizza vibe as you initially bite into it, with the cheeses and the crust providing this interesting effect. The Swiss blends wonderfully with the alfredo, with its depth, a tiny tang and a fine Euro vibe.

The inside chicken is insanely juicy, providing a lovely balance to the hard crust on the outside. It’s infused with many herbs, and together with the parm crust, the rice and the cheese blends, it all makes for a vivid combo of tastes.

As for the veggies: they are a nice touch of the naked. They’re pretty natural, with a very fresh vibe and only a bit of butter adorning their gloriously nude, untouched little tidbits. Often, restaurants do strange things to their veggies in vain attempts to make them more interesting and fun, and the poor greeneries crash and burn with a disturbing culinary rancor. Sometimes, as at the Kernville, less is more delicious.

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.

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.

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.

On another visit, I indulged in the smoked salmon fettuccine, a silky, creamy, striking creation – although it’s a bit heavy-handed and thus not as good as the chicken cordon bleu. There’s something a bit bulky about this dish, with perhaps too many prominent, powerful tastes involved. But it is still quite good, nonetheless.

There are hints of mustard with the capers, which is perhaps a bit too much, and possibly part of the problem. Then it is piled on with little tomato slices, as well as sizable chunks of onions, yellow peppers and garlic.

The salmon are fairly light and smooth in their smoky flavor, but also not quite light enough, preventing it from becoming an exceptional dish. Altogether, this quite a powerful mouthful: enjoyable, well done, and creative, but possibly not rising to the level of the Kernville’s usual high bar of delirium. Still, this is all nitpicking and I can still only recommend this dish as well.

One of Lincoln City's many beach attractions

There are a lot of seafoods, steaks and pastas on the menu, along with chicken dishes as well. The menu states that if you don’t see something you want, they may still have it – and they urge you to ask.

Steaks are around $20 to $40. Most pasta dishes are in the $15 vicinity. Oysters are local, and these and other big seafood dishes are market price. Things like pork chops, ribs, crabcakes and the chicken cordon bleu are around $15 to $20.

The bar downstairs is a nice one, and it’s actually where I prefer to dine. They have live music on the weekends, which can bring in the throngs. Kernville Steak & Seafood House. 186 Siletz Highway. Lincoln City, Oregon. (541) 994-6200. www.kernvillesteakhouse.com

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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

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.

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

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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