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39 vacation homes around Pacific City, all fully furnished and beachfront, 20 of which are pet friendly.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.



Oregon Coast Storm Watch with a View

Published 11/24/2007

Storm waves lash at the stairway of a Newport motel (courtesy Starfish Point in Newport)

"Lines drawn in faint discord
As the stormwatch brews
A concert of kings
As the white sea snaps
At the heels of a soft prayer
Whispered" - Jethro Tull, 1982

(Oregon Coast) - It's likely no other rock song captured the imagery of an ocean storm better than that line from "Dun Ringill," by Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson. And while it was written about some place in Scotland, it's not hard to imagine Anderson had Oregon's rustic, moody coast in mind.

That's the season we're heading into now, with our own angry sea snapping and clawing magnificently at the seashore on a regular basis. So, if you're like many visitors to the Oregon coast, you could probably use some suggestions for prime storm watching spots.

The examples listed below are just a few of many, but with optimum safety in mind.

Typical wave action near Boiler Bay

Boiler Bay State Viewpoint

Between Boiler Bay and Depoe Bay lays the small headland of Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint – not to be confused with Boiler Bay itself. Getting into this spot is tricky, as the entrance is to the north and the exit is to the south (a little confusing if you're heading north on Highway 101). But once you get there, you'll find numerous picnic tables, plenty of grassy spots and full restroom facilities help add to the beauty and convenience on this mini-headland.

There are almost three different, distinct areas to this park. To its south are views towards Depoe Bay and a bundle of rocky structures that provide more than a few opportunities for large, stormy waves to crash upon and make an enormous spectacle.

Boiler Bay (in the snow, 2007)

Straight out towards the sea, there's a fenced area, which is leads closer to the tip of the headland, and is harder to deal with when the wind is going bonkers. It may knock you around quite a bit.

To the north, there's a sort of cove-like area, with views of more rocky slabs where stormy waves do incredible acrobatic acts. Also, from here you can watch waves sail into Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint and work their wintry magic.

Wherever you're standing, the views of winter storms are phenomenal, and will leave lasting memories on those who manage to catch them at the right time.


Big logs tossed onto a Yachats beach

There's not a bad view in the house when it comes to this tiny town between Newport and Florence. Aside from the small bay, the entire shoreline is made of large, craggy basalt structures, which makes for massive wave action the whole year round.

But come storm season, you'd better stay up on the crest above the rocky beaches. Big storms can toss major logs onto the area, and some winters turn the entire shoreline into something that looks like a devastated forest.

The road behind downtown Yachats runs along the shore, starting at the Recreation Area, just behind Yachats River House Restaurant. The road meanders almost a mile, through residential neighborhoods, and provides remarkable views of the walloping waves. There are even some benches along here.

Head to Smelt Sands State Park, at the northern end of town, and you'll find some incredible vantage points as well. You'll want to stay off the paved pathway, however, and stick to high spots well away from the waves.

Also providing great views is the Devil's Churn, a few miles south of town. Along the way, there are lots of spots to watch the Pacific go crazy. But once you reach the Churn, you'll find a long crevice stretching 100 or so feet, which squeezes the ocean's mighty energy into some fierce explosions.

Looking towards Oceanside: the viewpoints of Cape Meares put on quite a show during storms

Cape Meares

Just west of Tillamook, this is likely one of the safest spots to catch the action on the coast, as you're some 200 feet above it all. There are viewing platforms along the northern and southern sides of this small headland, and the tip - where the charming little lighthouse stands - provides a greater panorama.

What you'll see are enormous waves crashing into rocky headlands around you. Often, these winter storms mean you'll even see awe-inspiring waves approach you, appearing so huge it looks as if they might even get you where you stand on this high vantage point.

Also in the park, another short trail brings you to the Octopus Tree, a freaky, huge organism which has grown eight very large limbs (until one was whacked off during a storm in the early `90s). The tree was featured in Ripley's Believe It Or Not for years.

Near Cannon Beach, as a storm comes in

South of Cannon Beach

Amazing viewpoints abound along the 10-mile stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, providing many opportunities to catch the oceanic drama while remaining safe, far away from the waves themselves.

A few miles south of Cannon Beach you'll come to some amazing spots. After a few winding turns in the road and some forestland that blocks the ocean view, you'll come to a couple of pullouts featuring dramatic views. The northern one is huge and comes in three sections, allowing views north and south. The second one, only 3/10's of a mile away, provides beautiful views of interesting sea stacks offshore and a sandy beach below.

Neahkahnie Mountain, above Manzanita

A few more miles down the road, between Oswald West State Park and Manzanita, you'll come to the viewpoint and trailhead above Short Sand Beach (Smuggler's Cove) and the viewpoints beneath Neahkahnie Mountain. The world seems like it's opened up here, with the Pacific exploding in front of you and stretching as far as the eye can see. The turnouts are abundant here, with all sorts of interesting rocky cliff faces hovering over you from the landward side of the highway.

The turnouts themselves are interesting, with beautiful, black, basalt walls put there to keep you and your car from tumbling over the edge and one very fascinating, pyramid-like rock structure adorning one of the southern turnouts.

The biggest pullout provides views towards the north and south - allowing you to watch waves slam into Cape Falcon to the north and attack the shores of Manzanita to the south.

Waves at the Devil's Punchbowl

Storm Gazing Warnings

It seems like every year someone does something just shy of common sense and gets hurt during a winter storm. Always stay away from small beaches when the storms are doing their thing. Some sandy spots, like Seaside, are broad enough to go walking on, and they can give you room to stay away from the breakers. One rule of thumb for exploring even large beaches in this weather: you need to have a good 50 feet between you and the highest wave. Otherwise, don't go near the beach and stay up high.

Other spots aren't even good for watching from beyond the seawall, like Lincoln City's D River Wayside or the main wayside in Rockaway. If waves are slamming up near the wall, stay far back, because the ocean can easily toss huge logs over the wall.

Whatever you do, if officials have closed off an area because of high waves, don't go beyond it. In the early 2000's, a group of stormwatchers ignored such signs near Garibaldi, and found themselves swimming in a sneaker wave - along with their vehicles. One woman was seriously injured.

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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.

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.

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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