Oregon Coast Beach Connection - lodging, dining, news, events and more

Oregon Coast Travel and Entertainment News


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, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.

It's Fall on the Coast: Summer is Here Again.


Is the Oregon Coast Affected by Global Warming?


(Newport, Oregon) - The effects of global warming, as seen through Gary Braasch’s camera lens, are already visible. Braasch, an internationally renowned nature photographer, will present a slide show on “Viewing Climate Change: A Tour of Global Impacts in Words and Pictures” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, in the auditorium of the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach

If expansive ocean views, close proximity to golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families, couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. 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. The non-oceanfront rooms 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 or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

The free public event is sponsored by the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, as part of the group’s annual meeting. Also speaking, at 3:30 p.m., will be coastal geologist Roger Hart. His slide talk, “Where Has All the Sand Gone?: Oregon’s Beaches, Dunes and Buried Forests,” will survey the beach landscape and consider possible effects of global warming close to home.

Oregon Shores will hold its official annual meeting just prior to the presentations, 1 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. in Room 30-32 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Non-members are welcome to attend to hear updates on the group’s work throughout Oregon’s coastal region and learn more about current issues involving the shoreline and ocean, although only members can vote on business matters.

What's happening to sand levels on the coast? Roger Hart will ask those questions.

Gary Braasch’s presentation is a preview of his forthcoming book, Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World. Braasch is an environmental photographer who has documented natural history and environmental issues since 1975. He received the Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography from the Sierra Club this year, and has been named Outstanding Nature Photographer by the North American Nature Photography Assn. His images have ranged from the eruption of Mount St. Helens and the ancient forests of the Northwest to landscapes and issues throughout the planet. He has produced photographic assignments for a wide range of magazines, including National Geographic, Life, Scientific American and BBC Wildlife. His book on the impacts of global warming will be published by University of California Press in 2007.


STARFISH POINT is located on the Central Oregon Coast - in Newport - and offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. At Starfish Point, every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All of the units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks - surrounding you in soothing relaxation. We have a friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com

Roger Hart is a widely traveled geologist who has worked everywhere from Antarctica to Amazonia, but who specializes in the shifting sands of beaches and dunes. He is currently studying sand supply and erosion on Oregon’s coast. A resident of Seal Rock, he is also a photographer and the author of The Phaselock Code, drawn from his adventures as a field geologist and traveler. Hart will examine Oregon’s sandy shoreline as it has changed over the millennia, and discuss whether the sand supply to the state’s beaches is diminishing. His talk will also consider the possible effects of global warming on Oregon’s coast.

Oregon Shores is a 35-year-old organization which advocates for conservation throughout the coastal region. Its programs deal with land use planning, water quality, shoreline protection and ocean issues. The group’s CoastWatch program engages more than 1,200 Oregonians in monitoring the state’s entire shoreline.

For more information about the event or about Oregon Shores, contact Phillip Johnson, (503) 238-4450, orshores@teleport.com.


THE TIDES BY THE SEA, Seaside. For over 80 years, The Tides has been a favorite of Seaside visitors. History meets modern luxury here. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Find suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bedroom family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. There are wonderful oceanview cottages that sleep anywhere from two to eight people, with two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens.
Meanwhile, the heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds with picnic tables and location at the quiet southern end of Seaside make for some memorable means of play and repose. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.

Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent our entire property for 20-26. All units close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Enjoy comfy robes & slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. See us on The Travel Channel's "Great Escapes" show in August 2006. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

Lincoln 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. 541-994-8778.

Top Oregon Coast Travel Headlines

to JavaScript


Oregon’s Biggest Travel Secret: Summer Starts with Fall on the Coast Called the Second Summer, it means better weather and other surprises

Fall Camping in High Gear on Oregon Coast Crowds are less and weather is at its warmest

Oregon Coastal Village Wows with Mystic Vibe, Ghost Forest Neskowin is different in many ways, including its geologic features

Coast Abuzz Over Photos of Green Flash, Glowing Sand Coastal residents caught photos of glowing sands and the green flash

Hiking It and Roughing It on Oregon’s Coast A look at trails and rugged campgrounds

Sampling Wines and Wine Bars on the Oregon Coast Wine shops and wine bars are a growing part of coastal tourism



oregon coast mileage chart & map
day trips, suggested itineraries
Search BeachConection.net's 800 pages

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


For weekly updated info on lodgings and accomodation reviews, see the Travel News section