180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
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Oregon Coast Travel Tips: Depoe Bay's Trollers
|The view from Trollers Lodge, where the sea constantly puts on a
(Depoe Bay, Oregon) - For a fairly small motel, there's
a lot going on at Trollers Lodge, in tiny Depoe Bay. It’s one of
those Oregon coast discoveries that give reason for pause and the occasional
sense of wonder - and even a chuckle here and there.
And it's one of those rare places for tourist to rest their
beach-weary bones that actually feel more like home.
Trollers Lodge sits on a bluff above Highway 101, and a
little ways behind the cliffs that drop abruptly into the thunderous,
cantankerous sea here. There are wondrous views of the ocean, and the
rooms and suites in the motel section are impeccably maintained, with
a personal touch in the décor (partially through some whimsical
handmade items created by owner Rick Leoni). You’ll find a lovely
garden area, a porch with an engaging view, gas grills with a picnic spot,
phones, cable TV and some rooms that look out to the ocean.
|Samantha goofs for the camera
It's also very dog friendly, and this green-themed charmer
has its own ambassadorial lab: a kooky, energetic canine nutball named
Samantha. Rick’s wife, Peg, and I have had numerous silly moments
with that pup. A few years ago, this website was a print publication,
and we did a little blurb on Sam (who looks a bit like a seal). I brought
the issue by to show Peg. As she read it, Sam jumped up on the counter
to check things out herself – as if she were reading it as well.
She actually looked over the newspaper.
I explore this place in early January, when storm season is in full swing.
I check in around 7 p.m. in the pitch black and ferocious winds. It’s
spectacular, albeit a little spooky. This makes it all that much more
|Depoe Bay's Spouting Horn - one hell of a dynamic feature
I snag dinner at a Chinese spot in town called Wing Wa,
where the wind continues to batter the restaurant, making all kinds of
rattling noises as I’m waiting for the grub. Once I get it, it’s
really quite difficult to make it back into my car, as the winds seem
intent on either pushing me around the parking lot or preventing me from
closing my car door.
at the motel, I’m not finished grabbing my belongings, and still
somewhat wrapped up in work on my computer. I zip outside in a hurry to
get the rest. All of a sudden I’m possessed by this need to stand
and pause in reverence at my surroundings. The winds are flailing at everything
around me. The sea is a distant, black blur, but an impressive display
of foamy madness nonetheless. I can’t help but stop and check it
all out. My type-A personality of work-work-work only gets me so far on
|Interesting and fun decor created by co-owner Ric Leoni
I sit the rest of the night at my laptop, writing. The
winds shyly slam against this beautiful oceanfront room I have (although
it’s nighttime, and I can’t see anything). Some people spend
such times just reading. I need to create the stuff other people read,
occasionally peeking out to spy on the waves and wind going bonkers.
About 1 a.m., I start to get really sleepy, and decide
I need exercise. This endeavor becomes a trip to the basalt walls of Depoe
Bay’s downtown, where I encounter incredible winds, a freaky spouting
horn that’s shooting high into the air, and absolutely frightening
waves slamming into the basalt rocky ledges of this area. Meanwhile, the
wind is insane, nearly knocking me over several times. I dart back into
my car after two minutes, fully awake, and zip back to my computer and
my ever-growing nerdy TV habits.
|The interior of one of the rooms, featuring Ric's lamps for sale
Strangely enough, as I stand on the porch of my room, staring
out into the black/blue and faded whitecaps, I notice it’s much
warmer and humid here, with sizably less wind. Yet this place is barely
a quarter mile from the center of Depoe Bay. Why the difference in conditions?
It hits me like a brick at some point: There are several
buildings in front of Trollers, shielding it from the wind. The result
was quite a difference in conditions between where I was staying and the
rest of town. Very interesting – and that much more inviting.
In the morning, I tour some of those buildings – vacation rentals
that are also managed by Trollers. These are truly remarkable and stunningly
decorated, starting at $150 a night. The Gardner House is right above
the ocean and has two apartments – one with two bedrooms and the
other with one. There’s a stairway to the tide pools just below.
The Pelican Cottage boasts panoramic ocean views from each room, a full
kitchen, large living room and dining room, plus a patio on the first
floor and a stunning deck on the second. The Cummings House has a fantastic
view of the waves, one bedroom, full kitchen, living room and all the
At one point, I’m loading my things back in my car,
and Samantha appears out of nowhere, running at full speed, then disappearing
behind some building. She does not respond to my calls I can’t keep
my hands off this lovable dog). She’s on her own frenetic doggie
agenda, and leaves me far behind. I never did get a chance to give her
a goodbye pat.
Conference rooms are available and Trollers Lodge
is within close walking distance to all of Depoe Bay’s many attractions
and eateries. 355 SW Hwy 101. (800) 472-9335 or (541) 765-2287. www.trollerslodge.com.
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.
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end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
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strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
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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
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Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
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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.
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