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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

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.

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



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

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Those Sunny, Slow Simmering Oregon Coast Days of Late October


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, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.


Secrets of the Season

Those Sunny, Slow Simmering Oregon Coast Days of Late October

By Andre' Hagestedt
A lush and warm sunset in Manzanita

(Manzanita, Oregon) - It's the tail end of October, and the weather usually turns towards more stormy, cloudy conditions on the Oregon coast. But on this particular week, all over the coast, all of a sudden things go from drizzly to sunny, with warm days that feel like that Indian summer in the inland parts of Oregon, as well as stellar nights that shimmer with an intense vibrancy that’s mind-boggling.

It's the whole "second summer" thing gone mad in the latter half of the month on the coast, bringing with it a whole new set of surprises and epiphanies. Things move more slowly out here on the north coast, and things just happen differently than they do even in other small towns around the state.

The calming beach below Neahkahnie Mountain: many gathered by the roadside at lunchtime to simply chill out on the warm beach atmosphere.

All week, the weather dudes and dudettes on Portland TV stations have been predicting warmer conditions for the Oregon coast, and even showing off exceptional sunsets, wild colors and clear skies from their sky-cams in Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Newport, Astoria and elsewhere. Congratulations, guys: you’re getting it right more often these days. All four stations seem more careful and exact in the last year or two about weather predictions for the coast. Local authorities and tourism entities have made their voices clearer about that recently, especially after skewed, sensationalist coverage of the December ’07 storm wound up hurting the region’s economy badly in the early part of 2008. Plus, we here at BeachConnection.net know they’ve been paying attention to us and our more accurate coverage of conditions, and we believe we too have helped set the bar higher.

So it's no wonder the good stuff in Oregon coast skies is shown off a little more – partially because there’s more of it than people realize.

Manzanita at night is nothing short of magical - a place where shooting stars come alive with regularity.

This week wound up insane. Tuesday and Wednesday saw temperatures close to 80 in many spots, like Manzanita and Nehalem. Certainly the slightly inland towns of Nehalem and Wheeler were nearly sweltering at times. I actually turned on my air conditioning during my travels between Wheeler and Cannon Beach on Wednesday.

Late that night, the universe came to resplendent light with clear skies. It was another night of stargazing on the north Oregon coast. This time, not only are the stars in full bloom, but the shooting stars are screaming past about once a minute or two and the Milky Way Galaxy is again vibrant and prominent in the sky.

It’s something like 1:30 a.m., and I’ve again become restless from hours of toiling away at the computer and some wicked marathon of “Hellraiser” flicks on cable TV. I must get up and move around. In fact, a couple times I went out to my car in the deep darkness and heard the ocean a few blocks away, making massive crashing noises that sounded more like the rugged basalts shelves of Yachats than the soft sands of Manzanita. This is more than slightly curious, and I’m drawn to it intensely.


Eventually I hop in the car and drive down to that road that runs along the length of Manzanita’s beaches, stopping in an area where the street lights no longer have any reign over the night skies. I step out and go for a brief walk beneath the stars.

The mushy mass of the Milky Way is gargantuan, stretching across the sky at a grand diagonal. Neahkahnie Mountain, which looms over Manzanita, is lit up in spots, causing chunks of the basalt walls to show up as if glowing in the sky, like ghostly remnants of the unimaginably enormous lava flows that created this forested beauty.

Oddly enough, the ocean sounds normal once I arrive and appears to not be doing anything more insane than usual. It’s another curiosity of Manzanita: for some reason, sometimes the ocean sounds like it’s going bonkers and smacking all sorts of things around at night here. It’s another one of the town’s endless mysteries.

The southern jetty of Nehalem Bay, at Rockaway Beach.

It didn’t take long to see a magnificent shooting star zipping across the sky, Then another one, within the next 30 seconds. And yet another. It averaged two a minute for a while: some big and spectacular, some small and timid.

Thursday was exceptionally beautiful and strong on sun, but it was quite chilly. A solid wind was whipping things up, making even my buttoned up jacket not quite enough to stave off the cold. You can tell the tourists were coming out. There was increased traffic all day between Cannon Beach and Rockaway, though I was able to tool around a totally unpopulated beach next to the south jetty of the Nehalem Bay.

Saturday, I find myself in Lincoln City and Newport. Things have steadily warmed up. A misty, thin fog tries to hide the sunset in Newport, but all it succeeds in doing is add a fuzzy texture to astonishing colors that wash across the sky at sunset. There’s little breeze on this day, and it’s easily in the upper 60’s.

At the end of the beach at Road's End: nothing but warm weather and blue skies.

Sunday is more of the same in Lincoln City: bold, blue skies and not a cloud to be found. In fact, there’s a warm breeze blowing, heating things up even a little more. It’s definitely in the mid 70’s. You wouldn’t know it was fall by the feel of the air, nor its smell – it feels like early summer. The only thing giving the season away is the weakened way the sun shines this time of year, even in the warmest hours of the day.

A mild rush of crowds is hitting the beaches, and traffic has its moments of tension. But the place is still devoid of “no vacancy” signs.

At the extreme northern end of Lincoln City, something magical is happening. The Road’s End district has a new face where the cliff dead-ends on the beach. A mix of extreme low tide and apparently much lower than usual sand levels has created a vast garden of rocky slabs and wild shapes where Wizard Rock sits; normally there’s just a few rocks and a lot of sand surrounding them. Not anymore.

The secret cove at Road's end

Now, in fact, it’s apparently much easier to reach the secret cove behind this already slightly secretive area of Lincoln City. It sits bathed in the ebbing light of the day, a kind of soft mix of oranges and yellows.

At sundown, at the bottom of 21st Street, the ritual begins again, as various locals and tourists gather at this overlook some 100 feet high to watch the waning moments of the sun. I search for the green flash, but it doesn’t happen.

It seems some of this weather may last for a few more days. It’s yet another example of the things the coast cloisters close, waiting to spring one surprise after another on you.

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

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.

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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