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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.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

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.

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.

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

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

Lodging in Seaside

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.

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.

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.




Rocky Mysteries of the Oregon Coast

Published 01/18/2013

(Oregon Coast) – They are often hiding in plain sight. Other times, you've got to go exploring a bit to find these off-kilter treasures. You may not recognize what they are at first, or maybe you do, and you're surprised to notice these unique finds for the first time.

Often, the most interesting things about the Oregon coast are its most obscure. These delightful oddities fit both criteria of such surprises or discoveries. They impart some striking history about the region, sometimes going back millions and millions of years. And they are bound to make you scratch your head just a little bit.

Tunnel Cave at Oceanside (above).

The tunnel at Maxwell Point has proven a fascinating bit of mystery for generations coming here – and then it disappeared for a decade or two until the mid-80's. Oceanside's tunnel was blasted into Maxwell Point here early in the 20th century by a family of would-be resort makers called the Rosenbergs (their name still adorns some local businesses in Tillamook County). Things didn’t turn out as prosperous as they might have planned, but the tunnel is a magnificent little sojourn that’s part nature and history walk and part fun house thrill attraction.

It's essentially one big long cave, which heads to what is called Tunnel Beach (or some have called it “Star Trek Beach” in the last decade).

What's most interesting about this area is that early in the resort's history, around the 20's and 30's, there was a suspension bridge going around Maxwell Point, and another going around the next rocky dead-end. This went to a beach called Lost Boy Beach, complete with a cave called Lost Boy Cave – for obvious reasons.

You can't really get to that beach these days, but the pristine “Star Trek Beach” is readily accessible via the tunnel, although you have to heed the warnings about falling rocks during rainy weather and stay clear. Tidal conditions sometimes don't let you get near it either. So be extremely cautious. More on Oceanside.

Mysterious Steps of the Central Coast (Strawberry Hill seen above)

They are mostly seen around the Cape Perpetua area, such as at Neptune State Park or Strawberry Hill – all between Yachats and Florence. Though some are found around Depoe Bay.

If the schlocky crew of the “Ancient Aliens” TV show got word of this, they and their non-scientist charlatan pals would try to claim these were the product of ancient astronauts. They do look like the remnants of some long-forgotten civilization.

In fact, these mysterious basalt rock steps are not stairways at all but formations from ancient lava flows that got crammed inside another solidified lava flow. Essentially, these flows found their way inside some other basalt structure, and with all the pressure these sizzling rivers can muster they forced their way through various cracks and weaker spots.

It’s a little like pushing its way into a molding – except it knocks around the pre-existing structure inside to some degree. Once it cools, it shrinks, and these odd formations are left inside. Eventually, the exterior erodes, and the sea causes them to flatten out, and you're left with these ruts, grooves or steps.

These ancient lava flows in the Yachats area come from millions of years ago when there were still volcanoes here.

The vast majority of basalt structures north of Yachats (meaning all the way up to Cannon Beach) come from different lava flows that started about 300 miles to the east. More about these mysterious steps and more about Yachats.

Cube Rock, Manzanita.

A bit north of Manzanita, as you round the twisting road that briefly overlooks Short Sand Beach and its wild vistas, if you're quick enough you'll notice a mysterious structure poking up out of the indentations in these grassy but steep cliffs.

This is Cube Rock, faintly seen poking its head up over a dip at Cape Falcon, just a tad around the corner from the big overlooks of Neahkahnie. You can hike down the hills towards it, and as you do so it gets even more mysterious. Seeing it in its entirety means you'll notice it looks quite a bit like an old Roman column, or some massive structure left over from the ancient Greeks.

The name Cube Rock name actually goes way back to the beginning of the century, but it's unknown who coined it.

Look to the south a bit from here and you'll see the very secretive Pulpit Rock lurking below the tops of these cliffs. That name also goes back to the turn-of-the-century. Another startling find is Treasure Cove: essentially a chunk of the cliff that plunges to the sea rather suddenly, and looks somewhat conical-shaped from here.

This area is full of such remarkable sights, but requires a strenuous hike to get to.

See more about Manzanita and this part of Cape Falcon here.

Hug Point, Cannon Beach

Up until the early 30's, the only roads connecting the tiny Oregon coast towns were the beaches themselves. Almost nothing remains of this unusual and rugged arrangement with nature – except in the Cannon Beach area.

At Hug Point State Park, a few miles south of Cannon Beach, if the tide is low enough you can round one rocky bend and find the oddest thing: a rough and ragged road going around the point. Here, in the early part of the century, Oregonians blasted a road out of the small rocky promontory, and only small specks of its pavement still exist.

You may, however, notice the remnant of the old traffic light, which kept these ancient vehicles from smacking into each other.

More about Cannon Beach and Hug Point here.

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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.
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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

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.


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