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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.

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




Oregon Weather Gets Icy and Dicey

Manzanita's San Dune Inn looks lovely but frightfully cold (photo Brian Hines).

(Portland, Oregon) - Snow and more snow, then lots of ice, accidents and the proliferation of chained vehicles.

This was all of northwest Oregon on Sunday and Monday, as a big blast of arctic air took hold over Portland, the coast range and the Oregon coast. And it's not expected to end soon - even expected to get worse.

In the coast range, on Highway 26, the heavy snow showed up early. Saturday afternoon saw major banks of snow along the side of the highway, and enough cold and wet slush on the pavement to make things slippery on the two summits along the highway. One is approximately 1200 feet and the other 1600 feet, but there were miles of stretches surrounding both that were covered in the slippery stuff.

Highway 26 looked much worse than this in many places on Saturday.

Hazardous driving conditions still exist in the coast range, along Highway 26, Highway 6 (to Tillamook) and Highway 18 to Lincoln City and the central coast. At 5 a.m., the Murphy Hill Summit reported a temperature of 19 degrees, and much of that road is as snow-covered as any you’ll see in Portland. The area climbed to a mere 21 degrees by 4 p.m. Monday.

The City of Portland made snow chains mandatory Sunday afternoon on all highways around the city. To most, this meant I-5, I-84, Highway 30 and 26, among others. But to the surprise of most Portlanders, many other main thoroughfares are considered state highways, such as 82 Ave., Barbur Boulevard, Powell, Lombard and more. That was later rescinded in the wee hours of Monday morning.

One dog in Beaverton was dressed as warmly as his human companion Monday.

The Sylvan Hill on Highway 26 experienced some of the biggest problems, being the highest point on any heavily traveled main arterial in Portland. Early on Sunday there were 45-minute delays, thanks to wrecks and extreme problems getting up that snowy, windy hill.

Consequently, most schools in the Portland area remain closed, as are most school districts on the coast.

With temperatures well below 30, most streets were frozen over fairly quickly. Even small inclines created major problems for motorists without traction devices. For example, Laurelwood Avenue in Beaverton created some big issues for some who braved the trip from nearby neighborhoods to Zupan’s Market. It’s a tiny hill where motorists must stop for a stop light, but even that caused some to slide backwards, sometimes never able to make it onto adjoining Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.

A frozen pond creates scenic splendor in the Raleigh Hills area.

On the Oregon coast, snow hit hard and things got icy later on Sunday as the arctic blast took hold there, freezing up streets before dark. Brian Hines, owner of San Dune Inn in Manzanita, said about an inch dusted the coastal town early in the day. But by 9 p.m., Pizza Garden owner Phil Kaufman said the streets in the Nehalem Bay area had become dangerous.

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.Still, many in north coast towns like Seaside and Cannon Beach reveled in the wintry wonderland on the sand, having snowball fights by the sea and snapping pictures of a rare occurrence on the coast.

Monday has seen conditions clear up considerably along Highway 101, as no new snow has allowed the temperate coastal climate to melt the roadways and dry them up. Lincoln City was completely clear on Monday afternoon, with only snow on the sides of the roads.

A Beaverton home blends in with its white picket fence.

Hines said the snow killed all traffic and business in the area Monday, and he felt “isolated.”

“About half the cars on the road have chains,” Hines said. “The rest are slipping and sliding everywhere. Everyone is just hunkered down. No phone calls. No walk-in traffic, obviously. Just laying back, catching up on the Christmas cards and playin' jazz.”

In Oceanside, Sarah McDonald co-owns Sea Sweet Vacation Rentals. She said the ocean was rough, and noted how usually the snow melts quickly – if it happens at all on the coast.

Wheeler, on the north coast.

At Arch Cape House near Cannon Beach, Cynthia Malkowski joked about the medieval vibe of having a castle in such weather, and about how the name of the place was once St. Bernard’s.

"I really do feel like St. Bernard," Malkowski said. "We are no longer called that of course, but it is the history of this place. We are here in this warm and welcoming castle, ready to help stranded travelers on their journey."

For more see the Oregon Coast Weather page.

The big freeze is far from over in Portland, although the coast will clear up. The weather forecast from the National Weather Service calls for conditions to worsen greatly, with more snow kicking in by mid-week. Weather pundits are warning that more, bigger storms are coming Wednesday and Thursday, and simple travel around the streets will be very difficult.

Cannon Beach's snowy Haystack Rock (photo Seaside Aquarium)

Tuesday: Sunny with highs around 27; east winds at 11 mph.

Wednesday: Some snow after 10 a.m., ending by 10 p.m. Highs near 29; SW winds around 21 mph.

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25 and a 60 percent chance of more snow, turning to showers later in the evening. Nighttime lows expected around 15 degrees, which means icy conditions on the road.

Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 25, evening low around 14.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 26 and another chance of snow at night.

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses

Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks

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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.

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.

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