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Editor's Oregon Coast Travel Picks - Week of Sept. 15

By Andre’ Hagestedt

(Oregon Coast) – A new feature at BeachConnection.net is this roundup of detailed suggestions for fun and repose on various areas of the Oregon coast – most of it stuff the average tourist probably isn’t aware of. These travel tips vary in size and scope, from the most minute aspect of a place or business, events to some new angle from which to view the entire coastline, or just a small section of it. Dining, hotels, beaches, shows, attractions and plenty of beach secrets are what you’ll find in these editor’s picks. But mostly, it’s something you won’t really be aware of. Plus, there will be the occasional freaky fact, like some interesting statistic, little known trivia, strange history, or even something otherworldly, like a ghost story or legend.

Outdoors at Fultano's

Outdoor Dining: I recently discovered that Newport has the highest number of outdoor restaurant spots on all the coast. You’ll find at least 12 of them, if not more: 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, Blu Cork Wine Bar and Nye Beach Scoop. The last four are in Nye Beach, where the sands are just a few steps away.

Cannon Beach has probably the next largest number: the Driftwood, Warren House and Gower Street Bistro are just a few. But my fave there has always been Fultano’s Pizza, right on Second Street (just off Hemlock). This place has fabulous pizza, outstanding homemade lasagna, and a unique pasta sauce that is nothing short of delirium inducing.

Cleaning up in Manzanita

Oregon Beach Cleanup, Sept. 16: Try your hand at giving a helping hand anywhere along all of Oregon’s 360 miles of coastline with the Great Fall Oregon Beach Cleanup, put on by SOLV. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., thousands of volunteers gather at designated beach spots, grab bags and then go scouring the beaches of manmade debris and litter. Beside the usual garbage and unpleasantries, oddities are always found. Every one of these has reports of really strange stuff plucked from our sands, like refrigerators from Korea, entire cars that were inexplicably buried, boats - and yes – even kitchen sinks. www.solv.org.

Tide Pool, Depoe Bay

The Tide Pool, Depoe Bay: In this central coast town, the Tide Pool is a major jewel – albeit a somewhat secret one - with excellent drinks, super friendly locals and tourists, and a thoroughly entertaining staff. During the day it’s a fine place to take your family and munch on great grub. The enormous chiliburger is highly recommended.

Then, at night, the place becomes a nifty night spot.


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com

The front half of the bar is wooded and rustic, but the totally trippy and loungy lounge in the back is the real star. They’ve got a varied and interesting jukebox that kicks the asses of most jukeboxes in Portland, and the décor is maritime retro – a glorious, slightly oddball mix of “Finding Nemo” and that “Cocktail Nation” icon flick, “Swingers.” 502 NE Hwy. 101, Depoe Bay. (541) 765-4346.

Manzanita Art Walk, Sept. 23: The Manzanita Merchants Association has been sponsoring a "Third Saturday Art Walk" during the summer months, and the last is coming up during “second summer.” Parts of the main street (Laneda Ave) will be closed – only a couple of blocks - to provide pedestrian access. This includes their four-legged friends for this pet friendly event. You’ll find musical groups of all genres, art, food, children’s chalk art and more. It’s simply a fun time.

DragonFire Gallery, Cannon Beach

Dragonfire Studio & Gallery: A pet friendly art gallery? Indeed it is. So much of the very colorful art here espouses the wonders and pleasures of having dogs and cats, and there’s lots that whimsical, fun and simply stunning. From beautiful landscapes, figure studies, and photography to much that is amusing, this place is a wonder in a wonderful little town. To top it all off, they have an intriguing coffee and tea house that features eco-friendly items and foodstuffs from very conscious companies, including cups that are made from natural substances which are very biodegradable once they hit the landfill. 123 S. Hemlock St., Cannon Beach. 503-436-1533. www.DragonFireStudio.com.

Starfish Point

Starfish Point, Newport: If you haven’t yet stayed at this pretty piece of property, you’re in for numerous surprises. This grandiose beauty overlooks the cliffs of Agate Beach, where a large landscape of dunes populate the beach, creating a scenic labyrinth of sorts as the sand makes its way to the tide. There’s a little private path to the beach from this luxury condominium-style lodging. All the units point to the ocean, and all have multiple levels and a variety of amenities. Each of them boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks. The mists here drift up from the ocean and stick in the thick trees, creating a dazzling atmosphere. On top of it, they are pet friendly. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com.

Trippy Wheeler, on the north coast

Try Something Paranormal on the Coast: There’s an interesting legend in Wheeler, on the north coast, about the “Wheeler Moment,” where serendipitous things just seem to happen. It’s a little like you’re wishing for something and it – or some aspect of it - just falls into your lap. It’s about those weird coincidences where you’re thinking about something you need, and inexplicably, the answer appears out of the blue in some way. Those things happen to everyone every once in a while.

But in Wheeler and chunks of Nehalem Bay, the residents swear it happens more often than anywhere else. I can’t explain it, but I’ve had it happen there too. Some in Newport’s Nye Beach say the same occurs there, and I would have to also agree. I’ve had the same experience there, but it doesn’t happen as often. More here....

This wacky little paranormal legend makes people scoff and snicker at first. But those who are spending decent amounts of time in Wheeler and the bay area generally agree it’s true. Try it yourself: head to the Nehalem Bay and just make a wish. See what happens.

Secret Spot in Yachats: on the north side of the bay, a few steps down the hill from Yachats Wine Trader, you’ll find an unusual access to the bay. There’s a small, winding concrete stairway meandering down to the rocks just above the bay – a spot not easy to spot unless you know what you’re looking for. There’s something mystical, even magical about this place, as if it’s from a fairy tale or something, with loads of colorful fauna floating around it. The rocks are fascinating here at low tide, with a bundle of more colors provided by the starfish colonies visible in some spots. This labyrinth of basalt blackness makes for a lot of climbing and ambling fun.


Oregon’s Biggest Travel Secret: Summer Starts with Fall on the Coast Called the Second Summer, it means better weather and other surprises

Oregon Coastal Village Wows with Mystic Vibe, Ghost Forest Neskowin is different in many ways, including its geologic features

Oregon Travel Oddities: Sparks Above, As Below Proof that summer can yield the wildest, weirdest moments

Coast Abuzz Over Photos of Green Flash, Glowing Sand Coastal residents caught photos of glowing sands and the green flash

Hiking It and Roughing It on Oregon’s Coast A look at trails and rugged campgrounds

Sampling Wines and Wine Bars on the Oregon Coast Wine shops and wine bars are a growing part of coastal tourism



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In Awe of AstoriaASTORIA
Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history
Serenity in SeasideSEASIDE
The Promenade, Tillamook Head, family fun & broad, sandy beaches
Cavort in Cannon BeachCANNON BEACH
A mysterious lighthouse, upscale yet earthy, a huge monolith, fine eateries & an art mecca
Annihilating  Beauty of Nehalem BayNEHALEM BAY
Manzanita's beaches, Nehalem and Wheeler's quirky beauty; laid back Rockaway
Time Trip Around Tillamook BayTILLAMOOK BAY
Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
Triple the Pleasure in 3 CapesTHREE CAPES LOOP
The hidden secret of the coast: Cape Meares, a lighthouse, Oceanside, Netarts and Pacific City
Miles & miles of unbroken beaches, Cascade Head, Neskowin and many manmade attractions
Divine Depoe BayDEPOE BAY
A spouting horn downtown, freaky hidden cliffs and whales, whales, whales
Nature in NewportNEWPORT
Time-tripping Nye Beach, a bustling bayfront, marine science-central and two lighthouses
Staggering Seal RockWALDPORT / SEAL ROCK
Pristine, even secretive sands and wild geologic landmarks
Aargh, there's no alliteration with Yachats - but it IS unbelievableYACHATS
Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale
Unsurpassable Upper LaneUPPER LANE COUNTY
25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders
Fine Times in FlorenceFLORENCE
A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes





STARFISH POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com



Lincoln City Vacation Homes There’s something for everyone among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand – 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, depending on the home: 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 are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.


Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes" show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com