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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

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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

A cuddly pet- and family-friendly beauty that boasts a host of complimentary fun stuff like beach games, beach chairs and bikes for carousing around town on, among other things. Immaculate rooms - great sense of fun and quirkiness. Free wi-fi. There are also free movies. Small pet fee.

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

 

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

 

 

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.

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.

 

Odd Oregon Coast: Castles, Carnivore Plants, Edible Beach Goo

 

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.

09/04/08

Secrets of the Season

Odd Oregon Coast: Castles, Carnivore Plants, Edible Beach Goo

Sea cucumbers: not only are they edible but they're almost cute (photo Seaside Aquarium)

(Oregon Coast) - If you think you've gotten to know the Oregon coast well, you're probably wrong. There's still tons to see, learn, taste and places to shack up for the night. But mostly, there's a lot beneath the surface you probably wouldn't have even imagined.

Did you know there are a couple of castles on the Oregon coast? Are you aware of all the edible things you can pick up from local tide pools or near-shore waters? What about the eco-friendly secrets about Cannon Beach, or which town has the most outdoor eateries? Then, of course, what freaky plant on the central coast likes to eat meat?

It’s time for another unusual journey around the Oregon coast.

Eco-Friendly In Cannon Beach

One of the marvels of Cannon Beach, Fultano's electric car

Two businesses there have an interesting head start on the rest of the world when it comes to saving its resources.

DragonFire Gallery recently started its own tea and coffee bar within the gallery space, called Inspired! Cafe. It creates more than a place to simply sit, sip and down truly inspired cuisine, with bright colors, a multitude of levels of things to look at and intriguing furniture. All this comes with a green slant and emphasis on local organic ingredients, including fair trade, shade-grown coffee.

They also have something else very unique going on in its Earth-friendly approach: their cups are particularly eco-friendly, all made of a biodegradable form of corn. They look like regular plastic cups, however. It’s a bit of “Star Trek” technology in an art gallery. 123 S. Hemlock St., Cannon Beach. 503-436-1533. www.DragonFireStudio.com

At Cannon Beach Fultano’s Pizza, owner David Johnson has acquired an electric car to use as one of his delivery vehicles. The Xebra is a three-wheeled beast that plugs in to get its juice, weighs under 1000 pounds and seats four. It travels up to 40 miles on one charge, and whirs along at up to 40 mph.

There’s no word yet from David how the kooky little contraption fares in stormy coastal weather, but it consistently causes people to stop and gawk while it’s parked in front of his scrumptious Italian joint. 200 N. Hemlock and Second Street. www.CBfultanos.com (503) 436-9717.

Giant Barnacles (photo Seaside Aquarium)

Eating the Coast: Stuff on the Beach You Can Munch

According to the Seaside Aquarium, there are lots of edible things you can find on the beach. It’s obvious that most things are edible - it's whether or not you like them,” said Tiffany Boothe. “You can eat almost all species of snails, clams, octopi and fish. Most aren't going to make you sick.”

Boothe said this list is stuff that is more commonly consumed, but most people aren’t aware they’re edible.

The table is set for quite the freaky feast. Here’s Tiffany’s list.

Sea Lettuce: a yummy salad it probably doth not make (photo Seaside Aquarium)

- Certain species of limpets. Limpets are related to snails and clams.

- Gumboot Chitons. These are the largest species of chitons in the world reaching lengths of 13 inches. On average, other species of chitons are about 2-3 inches long.

- Sea Urchin.

- Muscles (some people know that these are edible but some do not).

- Seaweeds such as Sea Lettuce and Bull Kelp.

- Water Jellies.

Clumps of clams

- California Sea Cucumber. This is the largest species of sea cucumber in our waters. An odd little tidbit: when threatened, the California Sea Cucumber will eject their internal organs. They are able to re-generate them in 6 - 8 weeks. Giant Barnacle. These are one of the world's largest barnacles. Individually they are five inches high and four inches wide. They are usually roasted and eaten.

- Giant Pacific Octopus.

Would you like a little Jelly Fish with your sea cucumber? (photo Oregon Coast Aquarium)

- Wolf Eel.

Of course scallops and other clams: Rock Scallop, Pink Scallop, Razor Clams, Cockle Clams, Goeducks, Butter Clams, etc.

Catch more at the Seaside Aquarium, on the Prom. (503) 738-6211.

Castles on the Coast

There is one real castle on the Oregon coast – and a crumbling, rather gothic looking structure that looks a lot like the ruins of a castle. One has an extraordinary history; the other is relatively new.

Interior of Arch Cape House

In Arch Cape, just south of Cannon Beach, you’ll find a B&B called Arch Cape House, built to look like somewhere between a ski lodge and a European castle. This is a remarkable and elegant construction, peppered with artistic details, containing seven striking guestrooms filled with antiques, beautiful furnishings and a sense of the Victorian fused with modern grace.

Here, chandeliers and classy furniture inhabit the living room area, with a nifty little rounded nook in one corner - obviously part of the "tower." In the early evenings, they host "social hours" for the guests here, featuring wine and camaraderie in front of the fireplace.

Arch Cape House

The rooms at Arch Cape House are jaw dropping at the very least. The "Ginger" features blue and white fabrics, oriental ginger jars and a love seat, with a king size bed from Austria. In "Gaugin," there's a cozy window seat, a funky bathtub, muted pastels of the artist and a queen size bed. The stunning "Heather" is on the top floor and features a private deck, vaulted ceilings and a sitting area with a love seat. The "Parisian" comes with a window seat, a wingback chair, and has a Victorian vibe. The gorgeous "Tower" is in the tower and it's huge, with a sitting area, large soaking tub, various antiques, and it's draped in dreamy white lace. The "Provence" is on the garden level and is sequestered away from the rest of this small palace, with terra cotta floors, Jacuzzi and French doors opening into a private patio. Look for East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848.

In Newport, you’ll find the gutted remains of a condo spread over a rock structure called Jump-Off Joe, in the Nye Beach area (at the end of NW 11th). Empty floor foundations stare blankly into the sky, with no walls to protect you from plummeting over the side of the cliff. Periodic stairways go nowhere, or almost nowhere, and serve little or no purpose.

Jump-Off Joe condo remnants

Walk down the side trail to the bottom of the crumbling construction and you’ll a host of disgusting debris left by homeless people or partying kids, as well as a large swath of graffiti, which pretty much ends any imaginative leap to Europe in the mind. Walk around it and see other things jutting out of it or cracking, as if some minor fortress housed a much more minor dignitary once.

In fact, the history behind it is almost comical. In the late 70’s, someone began fighting to build a condo on this bluff, which was obviously – to all the locals, anyway – a jitter or two away from crumbling further. The cliffs here had done so periodically over the century. Locals fought long and hard, and finally the developer won the rights to begin some of the research and legal clearances.

First, they had to find a geologist who would sign off on the stability of the bluff. They went through numerous geologists – all telling them this wasn’t feasible here. Finally, they found one who did approve the project.

So after some more legal wrangling, it was built. Just before its completion, the ground shifted drastically and the condo foundation and building cracked. The “I told you so’s” went rampant, and the law forced the developer to raze the building.

The slightly spooky – but always intriguing – foundation is all that’s left now.

Freaky pitcher plants of Florence

Creepy Meat-Eating Plants of Florence

It’s called the Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside in Florence.

Venture someplace a little scary on the Oregon coast sometime, with this bit of weird science that will remind you of the movie “Little Shop of Horrors” and that giant plant’s cries of “FEED ME SEYMOUR!!”

The Darlingtonia Wayside features insect-chomping plants that mostly live between there and northern California. These rarities sit around, just waiting to catch bugs with their sticky parts, then slowly digest them. Insects get lured by the colors and smells that attract them, and they soon find themselves confused by clear areas that look like exits, only to get sucked into sticky parts that eventually cause their demise.

Picnic tables abound here, and this rainforest-like park features a wooden walkway which keeps you elevated and away from the protein-hungry plants.

The wayside is free, and you’ll find it just off 101, near Mercer Rd., Florence, Oregon.

Cafe' Stephanie, Newport

Who's Got the Most Outdoor Eateries?

There’s an interesting little secret about Newport. This central coast resort town has a lot of dining al fresco possibilities – a lot more than anywhere else. Newport has the most outdoor dining of any town on the coast. You’ll find at least 11 of them: Rogue Ales Public House, Gino’s, Lighthouse Deli (in South Beach), Kam Meng, Shirley’s, Port Dock One, Local Ocean Seafood, The Coffee House, Village Market & Deli, Café Stephanie, and Nana’s. The last three are in Nye Beach, where the sands are just a few steps away.

This makes the town especially inviting in those increasingly calm summer days or those stunning weeks of the “second summer,” found in fall.

Cannon Beach has the second most, although it doesn’t come close to Newport. In Cannon Beach, the list includes Warren House Pub, Gower St. Bistro, Bill’s Tavern, Fultano’s Pizza, Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill and the Driftwood Inn.

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

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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history


SEASIDE
The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches

CANNON BEACH
A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca


NEHALEM BAY
Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway


TILLAMOOK BAY
Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town


THREE CAPES LOOP
The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City


LINCOLN CITY & THE CORRIDOR OF MYSTERY
Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
DEPOE BAY
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
NEWPORT
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

WALDPORT / SEAL ROCK
Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks

YACHATS
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale

UPPER LANE COUNTY
25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders

FLORENCE
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes

Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

17 lavish, beachfront suites feature Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub, gas fireplace, luxury robes & linens, TV, two-headed showers. Three large suites have kitchens. Private deck w/ BBQ available. No smoking or pets. Perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon.

 

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.

 

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