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Covering 180 miles of Oregon coast
travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler,
Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln
City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
to Light Up Oregon Coastal Bay in Dec
Yaquina Bay, as seen from Embarcadero
– Newport’s Yaquina Bay will get festive in a particularly
spectacular way in early December as about a few dozen boats take
to the water gussied up in a variety of lights – all for the
charity event known as the 13th Annual Lighted Boat Parade.
2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., a sizable fleet of local lighted boats
make a large loop around the bay, from the Coast Guard Station to
Embarcadero and back, showing off a variety of colorful designs.
actually in the middle of it all and ride aboard one of several
passenger-licensed craft during the event. Marine Discovery Tours,
Newport Tradewinds, Sea Gull Charters and Yaquina Bay Charters will
offer rides. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children (4-13),
while three years old and under ride free. Tickets can be purchased
by calling 265-6200, or by visiting Anchor Pier on the Bayfront
by 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. Space is based on availability.
parade (courtesy Marine Discovery Tours)
the docks and fill the restaurants and shops on the historic Bayfront
to watch the glowing display, although you won’t find parking
or overcrowding a problem, because this time of year isn’t
as jam packed as the summer season. It’s the right mix of
energetic, holiday frivolity and easy access for the visitor.
The number of
lights and designs have varied greatly over the years, said co-founder
Fran Mathews, who also owns Discovery Tours. Her own Oregon Rocket
made a splash in 2005. “It had a surprise burst of lights
as the passengers aboard pulled illuminated oars through the water,”
she said. “Other highlights have included live bands on board,
tall, masted saiboats with stars sparkling in the rigging, and a
spouting whale on top of the Discovery.”
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the beginning. All rooms beachfront.
Each 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; movie rentals come with free popcorn. Heated
indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night.
Rooms sleep two, four to six - including a deluxe fireplace
suite. Gift certificates are available, and they offer special
occasion packages as well. ww.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
boats in the parade have run with as few as one perfectly positioned
strand of lights to thousands of lights on the larger vessels.
Newport is home
to the largest fishing fleet in Oregon and the boat parade will
feature a variety of watercraft, including charter boats, fishing
boats, sail boats and even sea kayaks. Mathews said this event is
different because while many similar festivities contain mostly
private pleasure craft, this one includes many working fishing boats.
there is the charity aspect of the event. The boat companies, in
turn, donate ticket sales to the Festival of Trees event, put on
by Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital Foundation.
This year, the
parade has a popular feature for local boaters: a decorating competition.
All mariners in Lincoln County are invited to enter and win a variety
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Fran and her
husband Don thought it would add to the festivities to include prizes
for a decorating competition. “We have a beautiful, protected
bay for evening harbor lights,” said Don Mathews. “And
we have boats in this county - from pleasure craft and sail boats,
to charter and fishing vessels. Captains and crews love to work
as a team, whether it’s the family boat or a high-lining fishing
Bank and Yaquina Bay Communications are co-sponsoring the festival,
which has other members of the local business community responding
with generous donations. The grand prize will be a hunting rifle,
sponsored by Oregon Coast Bank. Other prizes include deluxe lodging,
dining packages, marine hardware and gifts from the community. Prizes
will be awarded to the boats following the event.
is a fun way to launch this festive season of fundraising, joined
together by people from all over the coastal community while we
showcase our beautiful boats and Bayfront neighborhood,” said
information on entering the boat-decorating contest or to reserve
passenger tickets, call Marine Discovery Tours at (541) 265-6200
or visit their office at Anchor Pier, 345 SW Bay Boulevard - on
Newport’s Historic Bayfront.
Call the Newport
Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-262-7844 or visit www.DiscoverNewport.com
for more information or to request a free Destination Newport Passport
and a list of participating businesses. The passport may be presented
to participating Newport attractions for discounts and special offers
at restaurants, shops, hotels, attractions, tours and more.
Coast Ghosts and Other Paranormal Legends Tales of
ghosts, UFO's, spiritual spots and more abound on these beaches
Vantage Points for Oregon Coast Winter Action Taking
the high road can yield the most stunning views of the storm
Abuzz Over Photos of Green Flash, Glowing Sand Coastal
residents caught photos of glowing sands and the green flash
Oregon Jazz Festival Heads for the Coast Jazz for
the Holidays features four days of music in Newport around NY Eve
Wines and Wine Bars on the Oregon Coast Wine shops
and wine bars are a growing part of coastal tourism
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TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has
been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury
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suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
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Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic
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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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