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Puts Little Dampener On Oregon Coast’s Busy Weekend
|Newport's Nye Beach on Sunday
(Oregon Coast) –
It depends whom you talk to: Oregon coast tourism on this normally busy
three-day weekend suffered because of the snow, or it didn’t
Like the weather,
it was a mixed bag of responses. This MLK Day three-day weekend usually
brings people out in droves to the Oregon coast, unless the skiing is
exceptionally good. In that case, many head for the mountains.
businesses weren’t expecting a tsunami of activity in the weeks
leading up to the holiday. While the weather really put the skidmarks
on expectations, many in the tourism trade had a decent weekend and were
At the Seaside
Aquarium, manager Keith Chandler wasn’t at all surprised to
find attendance down. “I keep notes on how things go on weekends
like this, and usually if things are down on this holiday weekend, I have
it written that there was snow in the mountains,” Chandler said.
“This time, there was a lot of snow here.”
|Cape Kiwanda still had snow on the beach on Sunday
Indeed, driving was
precarious on much of the coast because of ice and snow. Everything from
Newport to Astoria was in a dangerously frozen state Wednesday, causing
accidents and drivers who were at a crawl. The roads on the central coast
cleared up within a couple days, but the north coast – especially
Manzanita, which received about a foot of snow – was like a slip
‘n’ slide most of the evening hours all the way through Sunday
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On Friday and Saturday,
the daylight hours were fairly easy to traverse between Tillamook and
Astoria. But at night, things were quite icy, especially in the stretches
between Wheeler and Cannon Beach, and parts of the highway south of Seaside.
Saturday’s rain warmed the roads considerably during the day, but
later at night the areas around Manzanita, Nehalem and just south of the
Arch Cape Tunnel were nearly unpassable as that same rain froze over.
|Wheeler in the snow (photo Winston Laszlo, Old Wheeler
On Sunday, most stretches
of 101 were clear, except for portions of the area just south of Tillamook,
Neskowin and stretches of the Three Capes Loop around Pacific City. Lincoln
County roads were all clear by this time.
Still, Kevin Winters,
manager of D Sands Condominium Motel
in Lincoln City, had a rough weekend. “Business was very slow this
weekend,” he said. “Weather was the biggest reason.”
In the same city, A1 Beach Rentals owner
Rose Knee said things evened out a bit. “We actually had a great
weekend with three last minute bookings,” Knee said. “So the
snow did not seem to affect us. But the holiday weekend did, in a very
In Manzanita, where
the worst conditions existed, San
Dune Inn owner Brian Hines was surprised it didn’t make a bigger
dent. “It evened out, between cancellations and walk-ins,”
he said. “Three room nights versus the five we wound up with, so
we did benefit a bit.
Rockaway Beach. 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. Others 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
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create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms are pet friendly.523
N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
“A couple of
hunters, one couple not wanting to go back down the hill tonight: no one
specifically mentioning coming to see the snow, although they took advantage
of it when they were here.
“Actually, January is shaping up to be better than last year. So
far its been our best winter so far, this being our sixth winter.”
|Fogarty Creek State Park on Sunday
Nearby, in Wheeler,
Winston Laszlo had plenty of nice surprises for the weekend at his stately
Old Wheeler Hotel.
“We were surprised that
we didn't get any cancellations,” Laszlo said. “I was bracing
for some. And it's hard to say if some folks were frightened away from
making a reservation by the weather reports and the thought of the roads.
But everyone who had made a reservation kept it. Maybe the fact that the
roads were promptly plowed and sanded by dear old ODOT had something to
do with it, but we ended up with a very strong weekend.
“I have to also think
that the incredible beauty of our little corner of the world all covered
with snow was a factor that inspired guests to make the journey - and
to hang in once they were here.”
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Laszlo snapped a particularly
lovely set of shots for BeachConnection.net that illustrated this point.
|Cape Foulweather early in the week (photo Scott Gibson,
Oregon Coast Show)
The same experience
was had by Danielle Emerick at Starfish
Point in Newport, though she didn’t think people were making
a massive exodus to see the snow either.
“It really didn’t
seem to affect us at all,” Emerick said. “We may have picked
up a few walk-ins during the week days, but no one mentioned that they
were coming over just to see the snow on the beach. It was more like normal
and they weren’t letting the snow stop their plans to come to the
How your business
did depended on your product, however. Ice cream vendors didn’t
fare so hot, like Mike
Exinger of Seaside’s Zinger’s Homemade Ice Cream.
|Snowy Agate Beach (photo Danielle Emerick)
“It was slow,”
Exinger said. “Folks don’t associate ‘colder than a
well-digger’s digit finger’ with ‘let’s get ice
cream.’ It’s kind’a ironic – since it’s
warm as toast inside, and many folks we did have chose to sit and enjoy
their ice cream, many with hot fudge.”
Exinger, like many
coastal folk, is of hardy stock, and doesn’t like to go down without
a fight – even if it’s a small verbal jab with a humorous
side. “Alaskans eat more ice cream per person than any other state,”
Exinger said. “So cold has nothing to do with it!
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.
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.
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. It's 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.
Enjoy dining in the penthouse restaurant and bar - whether you’re
in the mood for a casual meal or a candlelight dinner. They offer
an array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest
favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from
bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators
to full kitchens. Hotel amenities include wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise
room and a year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game
room and easy beach access. Full-service conference and meeting
rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive, gorgeous wedding
possibilities. Near the south end of Lincoln City at 4009 SW Highway
101. 1-800-452-8127 or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
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TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has
been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury
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Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic
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