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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

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.

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

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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



Unusual Oregon Coast Discoveries Include Green Flash, Ghost Stumps

17 million-year-old bedrock shows itself near Seal Rock, along with plenty of agates.

(Oregon Coast) - It's an extraordinary time on Oregon's coast again, as it often is in mid-winter, when wacky stuff appears on the beaches because of storms or low sand levels. This time, however, it's compounded by some unusually high temperatures – some of them summer-like. These clear conditions also gave way to plenty of whale spotting and the ability to photograph the somewhat rare "green flash at sunset."

Low sand levels have allowed some ghost forest stumps to pop up (in some unexpected places as well), they've revealed plenty of agate-rich spots on the central coast, and the north coast is still experiencing some stellar, record-setting clamming.

Green Flash at Sunset. January 16, at Bayocean, near Tillamook, the clear skies give way to a staggering green flash at sunset. The first picture here shows the very last slivers of an orange disk just before it drops away. The sliver gets smaller and suddenly turns green – the most common incarnation of the green flash.

BeachConnection.net also caught one in Manzanita the evening before, but these pics are much more spectacular.

This phenomenon occurs because of the many layers of atmosphere between the viewer and the sun as it’s setting. Those layers knock out all the color bands except the green, leaving only that color to show briefly. More about the Green Flash here

Ghost forest stumps at Rockaway Beach.

Ghost Forests. They are showing up around Newport and Seal Rock, but the surprise was finding a small trio of them at Rockaway Beach. These examples of a 4,000-year-old forest are quite rare: the ones at Rockaway hardly ever show themselves.

At the Curtis St. access just north of Seal Rock (near Newport), the bedrock being exposed may be as old as 20 million years. Also at this beach access is the slow emergence of the mysterious ghost forests. These are stumps about 4,000 years old, the result of being immersed in soil or sand, thus hidden from oxygen and never decaying as wood normally does in the open air.

Neskowin has a stunning ghost forest that is visible year-round. More about ghost forests here.

Manzanita on an almost balmy evening this week, where the winds are so calm there are no breakers offshore.

Near-Record Temperatures. While the Portland area is freezing in the 30’s and 40’s, in spite of beautiful, sunny conditions, the coast is basking in the warmth of spring-like temperatures. Much of the north coast had highs around 53 on Friday (January 16), but Pacific City and Lincoln City reported highs around 63.

The real shocker was one thermometer east of Pacific City that reported in well into the 70’s.

It’s a real weather freak show out there right now, and these conditions are expected to last at least ten days. Sunny skies and temps in the 40’s and 50’s are predicted for the coast throughout that period. See the Oregon Coast Weather page for details.

Keith Chandler of the Seaside Aquarium gets elbow deep in the sand to grab one of the plentiful clams.

Record Razor Clams on North Coast. The recent assessment by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) for Clatsop Beach estimates them at more than nine million.

“In 2007, the Clatsop Stock Assessment estimated that there were 1,481,000 clams on Clatsop beaches,” said Tiffany Boothe of Seaside Aquarium. “In 2008 they estimated 9,257,000 clams.”

Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside Aquarium, called it a record number. “It’s certainly the biggest set in a decade,” Chandler said.

It’s only on the stretch of beach from Seaside to Warrenton – almost 20 miles of coastline.

You need a license to go clamming, and there are number restrictions. Regulation books are available free of charge where angling and hunting licenses are sold. For more information contact the Marine Resource Program (http://www.dfw.state.or.us/). 2040 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, Oregon; or (541) 867-4741.

The extreme northern end of Agate Beach is a fantastic place to find agates where few go looking.

Agates Abound. Agates have been more common at Newport’s Agate Beach in recent years after the creek moved almost a mile north of its usual spot. “Follow the creekbed,” said Guy DiTorrice, president of the Oregon Coast Agate Club. “They’re in the creek.”

DiTorrice said some beaches are full of them, and he’s seen the full range of colors.

Almost a mile north of the big access to Agate Beach is the smaller city access, close to the bottom of Yaquina Head. There, a large patch of rockbed has been exposed by rains. While the main access to Agate Beach gets picked clean rather quickly, there’s hardly a soul wandering the northern part of the beach.

They can also be found in fairly big numbers at the Curtis St. access just north of Seal Rock. To see more click here.

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.

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

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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Watching Transformations of Oregon Coast Beaches Seasons change and so do beaches, revealing different sides and a variety of eye-popping sights

Staggeringly Cool Ideas for Oregon Coast Romance Be it the season of Valentine's or be it any time of the year, Oregon's coastline has essentially cornered the market for cuddle-inducing possibilities and gushy activities for the hand-holding set

Day or Night Mysteries and Merriment on Oregon Coast It's more than just nightlife that comes to life, but the beaches offer major opportunities

The Twists and Turns of Oregon Coast Winter Weather Winter on the coast isn't all it seems, even with its notoriously crazed storms

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Where the Columbia meets the Pacific, Land of Lewis & Clark and loads of atmosphere & history

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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.


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

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