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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

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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

A cuddly pet- and family-friendly beauty that boasts a host of complimentary fun stuff like beach games, beach chairs and bikes for carousing around town on, among other things. Immaculate rooms - great sense of fun and quirkiness. Free wi-fi. There are also free movies. Small pet fee.

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

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.

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

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.



Oregon Coast Locals Admit Their Faves of Second Summer


Covering 180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.


Secrets of the Season

Oregon Coast Locals Share Tips of Second Summer

Manzanita in early September: temps in the upper 70's on the beach brought out water recreationists in great numbers to cool off.

(Oregon Coast) - There's little doubt the famed "second summer" of the coast is in full swing. Warmer temperatures, bluer skies and less winds are the mainstay these days on the ocean shoreline, living well up to its expectation of being the nicest time of the year in this area.

There are plenty of locals who'd like to keep the secret to themselves, but some are more than willing to relay a few tips about this warmer season - of course they’re often in the tourist industry.

Some say this is the reason they live out there: as the crowds have dissipated quite a bit, and September and early October create these California-like conditions on the Oregon coast. It's an irresistible combo, and still fairly unknown to many tourists - although each year this rush of lovely weather draws more and more visitors and makes it a little more like the summer tourist season, rather than the near-off season it almost is.

The Cannon Beach area saw high temperatures this past weekend, while slightly wild seas made for a dramatic show at Hug Point, and a cloud formation lurked offshore.

Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside Aquarium, said this season is typified by older tourists now that the kids are back in school. "They’re not in such a hurry," Chandler said. "It's a more laidback north coast."

“The Oregon coast has great weather in September and October,” said Oregon Beach Vacations CEO David McElveen. “In addition to great weather and less people, many lodging companies, including us, offer up to 50 percent discounts.

“If you don't visit the Oregon coast during the fall, you will never experience the true beauty and essence of our wonderful coastline. The days are typically sunny, warm and the beaches have very few people on them, so finding treasures on the beach is always easy.”

There’s a fair amount of a flood of tourists to the beaches, but even the locals are excited. Some who aren’t afraid to tell the valley dwellers about their somewhat clandestine bit of Eden are more than willing to impart their tips about this rather unusual season.

Depoe Bay bathed in a warm sunset.

“I can’t believe the weather here,” said Sarah McDonald, owner of Sea Sweet Vacation Rentals in Oceanside. “It’s gorgeous. If you want peace and quiet it’s here in Oceanside. Seems like after the busy Labor Day weekend it’s turned off completely. If anyone wants to get away from it all this is the place, and it’s gorgeous.”

Jeanne Clark, with the Seaside Chamber, is also one of those ecstatic locals.

“The beach is sunny, the water warmer and evenings are mild,” Clark said. “Local people who work hard during the tourist summer can kick back at a beach fire and cookout, take some time to go skim boarding, rake some crabs, harvest mussels and wait with anticipation for the opening of fall razor clam season. It's a time to enjoy.”

Coastal weather has been living up to its second summer promise this year. Temperatures have been in the 70’s and 60’s most of the time this month, and the clouds have done a good job of staying away a lot of the time. Extreme low tides at the beginning of the month also helped drive out more tourists.

Big Creek, between Yachats and Florence

Clearer skies at night have given way to incredible stargazing possibilities, and tonight’s (September 15) harvest moon should be especially spectacular on the beaches.

Kay Christianson, owner of Manzanita Rental Company, talked about her favorite aspects of the season.

“Everything is still wonderful - especially less crowded,” Christianson said. “But the best thing is that by mid September there seems to be less wind on the gorgeous beach in Manzanita. Looking south from Neahkahnie Mountain along Manzanita, all the way to Tillamook Head, with the waves cresting and rolling onto the sand, is just the beginning. Actually strolling the beach at dawn or sunset is breathtaking.”

Even with thicker than usual weekday and weekend traffic this September, Peggy Rippen-Kroeger – manager of Bella Beach and Olivia Beach in the Lincoln City area – said she’s able to relax more on the road and elsewhere.

Newport's Nye Beach

“It is the freedom of traffic as well as the quiet that makes the fall at the coast so special,” Rippen-Kroeger said. “We have some year round whales that are fun to watch any time. Nye Beach is easy to access and is very beautiful and quiet throughout the year. Hunting for agates in minus tides is exciting and competitive.”

Guy DiTorrice, a beach expert and naturalist in Newport, also noted the traffic and a few other tidbits about enjoying this season.

“Traffic isn't as heavy in September and October," he said. “But you'll be moving a bit slower on the major highways to and from the coast as well as Highway 101, because the sun-birds and snow-birds are migrating in their huge motor homes towing vehicles that aren't in as much a hurry to move about as the summer-jamming vacationer.”

Lincoln City has been sunny and warm most of the month.

“This is the time of year that more nature lovers are hitting the beaches because of all the bird activity. Great photo opps for birding folks.”

In Seaside, the city’s Director of Tourism is especially fond of the promenade and some aspects of hiking this time of year.

“I like strolling leisurely on our famous 1.8-mile Promenade, enjoying a sunny day or beautiful sunset,” said Mikaela Norval. “Hiking on Tillamook Head when the fog is hovering at the tops of the trees adds dimension to an already breathtaking scene. Sitting at The Cove, watching the brown pelicans swoop and dive for their dinner is enjoyable. We’re less crowded during this time, making shopping, dining and area activities even more pleasurable.”

Mike Exinger, owner of Zinger’s Homemade Ice Cream in Seaside was especially fond of what such warmer weather does for his business. But it wasn’t all about the almighty dollar.

“Have always liked fall as a season,” Exinger said. “Born then, married then, and the second summer is a better version of fall. Warm days without the fog or wind; sunny yet longer fall-like shadows in the afternoon. Cool and crisp evenings. And did I mention ice cream tastes better then? No? Well, ice cream certainly tastes better in the second summer.”


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.
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.

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.


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Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

17 lavish, beachfront suites feature Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub, gas fireplace, luxury robes & linens, TV, two-headed showers. Three large suites have kitchens. Private deck w/ BBQ available. No smoking or pets. Perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon.

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


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.