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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

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

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

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.



Looking Back: Oregon Coast Storm and Damaging Media Coverage

Fort Stevens this summer: still plenty of storm damage was visible in August.

(Oregon Coast) - A year ago this past week, the north Oregon coast saw the most devastating storm in decades. The central coast faired much better, but both were hit by gusts of 100 mph or more, suffered torn up roofs and commercial signs, forced to deal with closed roads, power outages, and then the major economic fallout that occurred afterwards. Towns like Lincoln City had problems for 24 hours or so; Newport, just 24 miles to the south, had almost nothing.

But farther up 101, at Bay City, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Seaside and Astoria, things were nightmarish for a while. Manzanita was out of power for a few days; Seaside and Cannon Beach longer. Bay City and Rockaway, however, had no power for about a week or more, and the top of one church in Bay City had been ripped right off. Meanwhile, Highway 26 was cut off for about three days because of downed trees, something that’s still evident today on the hillsides of the western slope of the coast range.

Now, a year later, the coast is looking back at those wild, crazy times and the heartwarming moments, and sometimes with a bit of anger at what happened afterwards.

It was among the roughest winters on record for tourism there, even though things were largely back to normal within a week. And many blame the media for that.

A downed fence (photo Jenny Maxwell).

Jeanne Clark, with the Seaside Chamber, remembered some scary moments.

“Three solid days of howling wind,” Clark said. “Lying in bed, hoping the trees in my yard wouldn't fall on my house. The big one went into the street. The Seaside Volunteer Fire Department was great about coming to saw it apart and reopen the street.”

Dave Johnson, owner of Cannon Beach Fultano’s Pizza, recalled his truck being picked up briefly by wind gusts.

“We were without power for four days, so couldn't really see any one coming to the coast,” said Brian Hines, owner of Manzanita's San Dune Inn.. “Manzanita was isolated for that period. No access in or out: north, south or thru Miami Foley to Garibaldi.”

For Wendy Higgins, manager of the Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach, her most frightening moment of the storm was realizing they had gobs of stranded people staying at the hotel and possibly no way to feed them.

Trees downed near Cannon Beach.

“I had two bags of meatballs from Costco and items I could make spaghetti,” Higgins said. “We let the guests know about dinner we were planning to serve in the lobby and they all pitched in and brought wine and bread. The Driftwood donated the salad. The evening was priceless.

“We fed over 40 people, staff guests and neighbors. When guests checked out the following day, people were thanking us for making what could have been a total disaster into a memorable time blessed with new friends.”

At the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, it was all a part of life for the resident aquatic mammals, said public relations manager Cindy Hanson.

Trees covered the sides of the road in Seaside in December.

“There was nothing too terrifying about the storm here,” Hanson said. “Even our animals, being native to Pacific Northwest waters, are adapted to Oregon coast storms in their natural environment. They just hunker down and wait for it to pass just like the residents. Also, we have state-of-the-art life support systems with emergency power backup. In the event of a power outage, our animals don't even know about it.”

Hanson’s sister was visiting at the time, and her reaction wasn’t so calm.

“It was her first one and she was totally freaked out,” Hanson said. “ ‘Shouldn't we call 911 or something?!’ " she said.

“I said, ‘Honey, this house has endured 28 years of storms, and this isn't really a big one.’ "

Roadsigns hit the road on the Nehalem Bay.

Hines said his most memorable moment of the storm was trying hook his computer up to the generator at the motel.

“I wanted to log on to the Daily Astorian, who weren't obviously putting out a print edition but had channeled all their efforts in to the web edition,” Hines said. “This was about our only source for what was going on locally as phones, cells, TV were out, and radio reception is limited even during the best of weather.”

Hines said quite a few travelers and locals were stranded in the area. “They stayed with us as they couldn't access their homes, because trees were down, etc.” Hines said. “No power, but our large water heaters held enough of the hot stuff to last for a few days.”

The Inn at Seaside lost its sign for a time.

Higgins said one couple at the Ocean Lodge needed to catch a plane in Portland but had no gas, so another couple drove them over.

For Hines, his most heartwarming moment of the storm was the Franz Bread truck driver who had a tree fall on his rig. “The police brought him to our place. He had no way to let his employer or wife in Portland know he was o.k., or where he was. Finally got a message to 911 in Tillamook who used the emergency system to contact them. He eventually got out of here two days later.”

Kim Bosse, executive director of the Cannon Beach Chamber, said the storm made two big imprints on her, as well as changed the way officials are looking at the coast.

A felled tree covers the road in Seaside (photo Seaside Aquarium)

“The two most lasting impressions of the storm here were how well people pulled together, helping each other out,” Bosse said. “And then after the fact, organization that has gone on for preparedness for future problems. Prior to the storm we seemed to be focused on tsunamis, but now the city has formed a group to oversee the shelters for any activity that disrupts the community.”

It was afterwards that angered many coastal residents and business people, who believed TV coverage of the storm’s aftermath seemed to hype the disaster-stricken scenery, but neglected to mention that the roads were open, the power was back on and the businesses were back to normal.

Business lagged badly through December and January, only picking up briefly in February when a flurry of publicity over unique finds in the sand coincided with excellent, dreamy weather.

Eventually, the big story for the coast became the bad economic conditions, where many of the reporters and on-air types acknowledged constant coverage of the storm may have left the public with the wrong impressions.

Ironically, this was Cannon Beach just days before the December 2 storm.

“Our business was off about 10 percent that December,” said Hines. “For months after, people coming in on US 26 would comment on the forest devastation. Business remained marginally for the norm for a couple of months after. But who knows, considering the prognosticators have just decreed that the current recession started in Dec 2007. But personally for this part of the coast think it’s just beginning to hit the last month or so.”

Deb Trusty, owner of Village Bistro and Deli in Newport was one who staunchly believed media coverage adversely affected the coastal tourism industry.

“The scariest day for us was the day we grossed $18 and we realized that the media was burying us,” Trusty said. “The reporters were painting the entire coast with a broad brush. Undoubtedly the media playing the drama card hurt us extensively.”

Hanson, who has been in the media business for decades, didn’t totally agree.

“The biggest reason some businesses suffered was the same as always - when a road at the coast is closed due to a slide or flood, people tend to think the entire coast is inaccessible,” Hanson said. “I don't blame the media coverage. It's just that the big stories are about the damage, not about the majority of the coast being just fine, but people don't realize that.”

Trees were knocked down bigtime in a forest near Cannon Beach (photo Turk's Lodging)

Newport beach expert Guy DiTorrice has also been in the media biz for decades, on and off. He feels economics has played a bigger role in hurting recreational travel activities this year. But he too believes there’s some over-generalization going on when it comes the medium of sound and visual bites.

“I’m always amazed at how highly-talented television weather people treat the Oregon Coast as one huge area weather location, yet they drill down Portland neighborhoods into individual micro-climates,” DiTorrice said. “Would be great for them to consider doing the same 'weather-bug' locales for four or five coastal locations, to more accurately paint a picture of potential weather and/or current conditions."

Secrets of the Season

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.

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.


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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

Garibaldi, Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town

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
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

Constantly dramatic wave action, a mix of the rugged & upscale

25 miles of deserted beaches & oodles of wonders

A lighthouse, ancient bayfront and miles and miles of fluffy dunes


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.

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.

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.


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

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