Week of Sunshine for Oregon Coast
(Oregon Coast) – "Bring it on – 'cause we didn’t really get a summer in the first place," said Brian Hines of Manzanita. (Pictured above, near Yachats this week)
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Hines owns San Dune Inn in the sleepy north coast town, and he’s hoping the good news for weather will help make a dent in an otherwise unremarkable October.
Hines, like hundreds of other business owners on the coast, and probably thousands of folks living inland, are looking forward to nearly a week full of sunny skies and decent temperatures on the beaches.
The weather pundits are touting abundant sunshine through the weekend and into the week, up until maybe Thursday. Temperatures will be around the low 60’s during the day, and there will be some very light breezes.
Indeed, the coast is showing its “Second summer” colors this week, where the past week featured numerous days that were downright hot. This really pleasant surprise is directly related to the lack of winds, which allow the sun to reflect off the ocean unimpeded, and thus make things really warm.
It may be in the 60’s during the week, but conditions are ripe for things to feel more like mid-70’s (although that’s not guaranteed).
In any case, plenty of sun means – well, plenty of sun – on the beaches. This also increases the chance of seeing things like glowing sand at night on the beaches, and if the horizon is clear, even the famed “green flash at sunset.”
These conditions have left a good first impression for one traveler. Rodney Keating of Victoria, Australia is visiting Neskowin, staying at the Proposal Rock Inn.
"The scenery is spectacular and I'm surprised how nice the weather is," Keating said.
There’s a lot going on for Lincoln City beside the weather, said one hotelier. “October sunsets can be some of the best with deep vibrant colors,” said Susan Burr, general manager of Inn at Spanish Head. “The season's first glass floats will be hidden on Lincoln City beaches beginning this Sunday. Plenty of oceanfront rooms available in town at value season rates, and as a bonus the weather matches a fine summer day.”
Sandy Shook, owner of By the Sea Vacation Rentals in Seaside, said there are some interesting nature aspects happening in town right now.
“The Seaside estuary is chock block full of fall Chinook, and Crabbing is great,” Shook said. “Clamming is open and at it's best, and the hills of Clatsop County are full of elk and deer. Aside from that the ocean is flat and gorgeous, bonfires allowed on the beach and the sunsets have been neon pink.”
Places like Oregon Beach Vacations (which has rentals up and down the coast), Starfish Point in Newport, Ocean Inn in Manzanita and Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach report a lot of phone calls. Ocean Lodge said it had many last-minute walk-ins on Friday evening and eventually filled up.
Others, like Ona Beach BnB near Newport or Weiss’ Paradise Suites in Seaside are saying the phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook there, so you know who will still openings.
Hines was a bit more practical, looking at his books. He, like many, are worried about what the winter may bring, given the economy. Runs of nice weather like this help shore up the bank account for the off season.
He also approached the sunny conditions with some business humor.“With weather like this, we should charge a 20 percent sun tax,” Hines said.
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