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.
Locals Take Refuge from Oregon Coast Storm
batter the cliffs in Newport (courtesy Starfish Point)
– The rain and wind has let up on Oregon’s coast, but
some spectacular images and wild stories have emerged from the storm.
Many roads are still
closed or closed to all but higher-sitting vehicles on the Oregon
coast, including Highway 6, parts of Highway 101 at Tillamook, Seaside
and Nehalem, and Highway 53 remains shut down due to a landslide
that is unclear when it will be taken care of.
Some homes at the Salishan
spit near Lincoln City are in danger of falling into the surf because
of extreme erosion, although at least one has been saved due to
the constant filling of rip rap by local authorities. There is some
reported damage of a home near Depoe Bay as well.
watches are still in effect for the entire Oregon coast. The waves
began smacking the stairway at the bottom of the cliff at Newport’s
Starfish Point hotel
Monday and kept it up Tuesday. Manager Danielle Emerick added there
was thunder and lightning at one point late Monday.
at Starfish Point
of hardships and humor have emerged from the atmospheric melee.
Many locals and visitors are taking refuge from the storm in hotels.
completely full with ‘orphans of the storm,’ ”
said Winston Laszlo, owner of Old
Wheeler Hotel, on Monday night. “We have had to turn away
people looking to get into dry shelter, or just to have a place
to go since they can't get to their homes. Of course, we have been
offering generous ‘stormy weather discounts.’ It's been
kind of fun - all the coming and going, and all the while watching
the drama of the storm unfolding out the windows.”
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to
golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of
pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty
in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families,
couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All
rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s,
VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts
all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog
fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with
all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up
to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with
a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those
on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite
that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those
wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large
gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create
two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
owner of San Dune
Inn in Manzanita, noted parts of Nehalem looked like they were
forming new bodies of water, where various lakes and the Nehalem
River were merging into something bigger and dangerous. His motel
also got filled with numerous refuges on Monday night.
one guest who has cancer of the lungs and liver and who is on oxygen,
but the supply house in Tillamook can't get thru due to the flooding
down there,” Hines said. “Luckily he has reserve capacity.”
guy just checked in and said a landslide closed Highway 53. He had
to back up with his big rig trailer a mile or so just to find a
driveway to turn around and head back to 26.”
Hines said he
had one couple check in who couldn’t make it out of the coastal
region who also said Miami Foley Road was closed as well. One Manzanita
woman has booked a room there because her basement is flooded, and
the owner of the Big Wave Café just booked her cooks into
the motel to make sure she can stay open. “Marcie from the
Big Wave was just in and booked a room for her two cooks for tonight,”
he said Monday night. “They didn't show up until 2 p.m. for
work due to floods in Seaside, so they didn't start any cooking
at the Wave until then. They don't want the same to happen tomorrow
here for more photos of a flooded Nehalem
some phone service at the Seaside Aquarium, and The
Tides manager Wayne Chase barely got through the flooded southern
area of Seaside. “Lots of water throughout Seaside,”
Chase said. “The rivers have crested their banks and filling
the low land areas. The Seaside Golf course has become a lake. I
headed out to the junction for Portland and Cannon Beach, south
of town, to find no cars were being allowed through - just log trucks
and vehicles with high clearance. It is two feet to the bottom of
my truck doors and the water was that high without wake. I was waiting
to see it seeping through the doors but must have a good seal, because
with the wake of other cars it was easily up half way on the doors.
Very spooky drive to say the least.”
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.
The storm filled
Ice Cream owner Mike Exinger with awe. “Wind is up and
down – actually had a calm moment earlier this afternoon,
and then it came back in torrents of rain and wind,” Exinger
“The water is on many roadways, and of course, US 101 south
of town is flooded - because of rain and the incoming high tides
pushing water over the riverbanks. The river is way up, almost touching
the underside of the bridges. Again, it’s the incoming high
tide that adds to the river’s rise.
There was a
fair amount of humor to be found in the storm scene in the Wheeler
and Nehalem Bay area. Peg
Miller, of Ekahni Books, said she and her neighbors have seen
some comical things washing past.
surges battered the Tolovana area of Cannon Beach last year,
leaving this debris
saw a beautiful red Adirondack chair floating down Nehalem Bay and
out to sea,” Miller said. Her boyfriend, Garry Gitzen, made
some other observations. “Garry just saw a boat going out
to sea attached to a dock. Shortly after that came another boat
chasing the first one to try and retrieve it. Personally, I'd just
call my insurance company. The bay is loaded with stray logs and
debris right now, so it's dangerous.”
In Cannon Beach, Chamber
of Commerce employees noted a group of teens running through the
flooded streets in only bathing suits and rubber boots. “It
was absolutely hilarious,” said one official.
on the central Oregon coast aren’t having as hard a time,
however. “It’s a great time to visit,” said Emerick.
“We really love the storms. They are way better than the normal
coastal weather alternatives we get, like fog, drizzle, gray something,
etc. It adds a bit of excitement and you feel energized.”
Sands Condominium Motel in Lincoln City, which is right on the
ocean, manager Kevin Winters touted the benefits of such a wild
display. “The wind and rain is making the ocean look great,”
Winters said. “There’s no better time than to come to
the beach to watch the storms roll in from the comfort of an oceanfront
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
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
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.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
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
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.
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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