Coast Travel Picks, Week of Oct. 9
– This coming week is jam-packed full of interesting and slightly
unusual fun on the coast. There’s an old ship from the “Pirates
of the Caribbean” movie coming to Newport, new adventures
in wine tasting, a wild and eccentric kite festival in Lincoln City,
and some other fun both esoteric and outdoorsy in nature.
The fall season
of classical music from the Neskowin Chamber Music begins on Sunday,
October 15, with Turtle
Island bringing its heady mix of classical chamber, bluegrass
and rock to the Camp Winema venue, off Winema Road, some three miles
south of Pacific City. 503-392-3189. And that’s just the beginning
of the fun.
Beach Park and Beaches (near Gearhart). Access to this
popular area is about a half mile west of the highway, lying about
a half mile south of MP 13. Look for signs to Sunset Beach and the
Astoria Golf and Country Club. There’s also a freshwater lake
here which is known for its swimming possibilities.
Just like the
park, access to this popular beach is about one mile west of the
highway along the same road. Vehicles are legal on the beach here
you drive along Highway 101 in this area between Seaside and Warrenton,
be on the lookout for small roadside stands selling the wares of
local farmers. Everything from flowers, eggs, honey and produce
seems to pop up now and then.
Nearby is Cullaby
Lake, which comes complete with picnic tables, boat ramps, a swimming
area, stoves and other amenities. Access to the popular lake and
a nearby park is via an eastward access, just a tiny bit north of
the Del Rey Beach access.
INTO LUXURY, HISTORY AT THE TIDES
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.
Me a Tenor,” Oct. 13, Cannon Beach. This uproarious
farce by the author of Moon Over Buffalo takes place in 1934 on
the biggest night in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company.
World-famous tenor, Tito Merelli, is to perform the title role in
"Otello" at the gala season opening. Unfortunately, Tito
arrives too late to rehearse with the company and through a series
of mishaps, a double dose of tranquilizers and mistaken identity,
the Grand Opera Company suddenly has two Otello's. A sensation in
both New York and London, Lend Me a Tenor leaves audiences teary-eyed
with laughter. 8 p.m. Admission $16 - $14. Coaster Theatre Playhouse,
Cannon Beach. http://www.coastertheatre.com
City Fall Kite Festival, Oct. 14 & 15. This coming
Saturday is the start of hordes of kites and other objects d’air
floating about and creating a visual raucous. You’ll find
kite buggies, kite surfers, a race of an unusual sort involving
doughnut-shaped kites, and a group called iQuad – an international
team of flyers who use quad line kites as the mechanism for madness
in the air. Then there’s the Mass Ascension, which the public
can participate in. Bring your own kite and see how may of them
the town can get airborne at once. Launch yours and you might get
a unique kite feather made by Deb Cooley. Everyone who signs up
and flies in the mass ascension will be entered into a drawing for
a glass float. Still, the standby here is the fantastical sights
created by some of these truly unusual kites, with some wild and
unforgettable designs. It happens at the D River Wayside in Lincoln
City, in the middle of town. 800-452-2151.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
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
Wine Tasting at Blu Cork Wine Bar, Newport. Each Friday
now, Blu Cork will feature a different winery from 6 p.m. –
8 p.m., with free samples of wine and a chance to learn much from
the wine rep from that winemaker. This week’s winery is Trinity,
happening on Friday, October 13. SW Third St., Newport. 541-265-2257.
Motel, Rockaway Beach. If you don’t like expansive
ocean views, close proximity to golfing, fishing tours and quick
access to seven miles of pristine beaches, the perhaps stay away.
Then the good things in life aren’t for you. Otherwise, this
quintessential beauty in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation
fun for families, couples or large groups. They have some intriguing
ways of connecting up their rooms to create larger facilities, perfect
for weddings, reunions or just gathering for good times.
Some rooms at
the Tradewinds are pet friendly, too. All rooms here come with TV’s,
VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. All oceanfront units
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. 523 N. Pacific
St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
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
Ships Visit Newport, October 12 – 15. One stately
spectacle is sure to be this visit by some famous faces in the maritime
world of old. The Lady Washington will be on hand – the ship
featured in the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” flick,
along with the Hawaiian Chieftain, all hanging out at Port Dock
3. The public can tour these ancient beauties, get some hands-on
training and demos on deckhand duties, and there’s a mock
battle between the two vessels that’s sure to get the blood
stirring. Tickets for the battle cruises are $50 adults, $30 kids.
on Oregon Coast Paranormal Stories, Seaside and Newport.
It’s called “Oregon Coast Ghosts and the Paranormal,”
an interactive talk about coastal legends and weird tales held on
two different ends of the coast, and given by BeachConnection.net
editor Andre’ Hagestedt.
will include spooky stories about lighthouses, the legends that
are simply laughable, and a host of tales that defy category, covering
ghosts, poltergeists, UFO’s, spiritual spots, conspiracy theories,
sea monsters and myths that were debunked, as well as unusual historical
tidbits and weird science that relate to the subject.
give two talks at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport on October
28, and then one talk at Beach Books in Seaside on October 30. The
Newport talk will be especially eerie, as the shark tank is nearby,
and the eyes of the sharks become especially bizarre when hit by
the nighttime lighting at the aquarium. https://www.beachconnection.net/news/gtalk1006_04111.htm
here to hear the funky radio spot for the event from Oregon Coast
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
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.