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.
Oregon Coast Weather Ups Tourism, Business Numbers
Coast) – With temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s, Oregon’s
coast was the warmest spot in the state this weekend, and consequently
it was sizzling hot as a destination for travelers.
Saturday, visitors flooded
the central coast and created summer-like traffic conditions in towns
like Newport and Lincoln City. Newport resident Melissa Haines said she
saw something like 60 people cavorting around Fogarty Beach, which is
between the two towns.
Later that night,
many lodgings in Lincoln County sported “no vacancy” signs,
such as Ashley Inn, Ocean Terrace
or D Sands in
Lincoln City, as well as several in Depoe Bay and Newport.
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editor Andre’ Hagestedt noted some of the bars were extremely busy,
101 in Lincoln City. “They were overwhelmed and we actually
couldn’t get a drink,” he said. “It was one heck of
a party atmosphere though; a lot of fun.”
|Sunset at Village Market & Deli
a karaoke bar in Lincoln City - had a good, healthy dose of business,
said Hagestedt, but it wasn’t too crowded to handle the workload.
Meanwhile, some places just didn’t snag attention, such as the eccentric
Snug Harbor at the southern end of town. “They reported being slammed
on Friday, but no one was there on Saturday,” Hagestedt said.
Up on the north coast,
Keith Chandler, manager of Seaside
Aquarium, said the aquarium and Seaside did great numbers.
“It was a really good
weekend,” Chandler said. “There were a lot of people enjoying
To add to the spice of things,
aquarium staff had to deal with two seals that had wandered up onshore
on the north coast. One yearling decided to take a nap in Cannon Beach;
another hung out in Rockaway for a while.
“We know we’re
getting lots of people by the amount of phone calls we get on seal strandings,”
Chandler said. “We got a ton of calls.”
In Manzanita, San
Dune Inn owner Brian Hines said he was almost completely full on Friday
and Saturday, and the rest of the week looked good.
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Robert Burns night at the San Dune Pub down the street with haggis, lamb
stew and bagpipes,” Hines said. “We can attribute a couple
of rooms to that deal. Most people are making reservations three to five
days in advance, once the weather forecast firms up. Laneda looked busy
whenever I ventured out.
“It’s hard to anticipate
the mid week, but maybe the Buick set will light a fuse with all the good
Wheeler Hotel, just down the road from Manzanita, Winston Laszlo was
extremely pleased with business numbers this weekend and the entire month
of January. His hotel was full all weekend.
“These were all reservations,
except one gentleman who walked up on Thursday and loved the place so
much he extended two more nights,” Laszlo said. “We have been
getting a fair amount of walk-up - especially since usually most all of
our business is by reservation. The weather is undoubtedly a factor. The
entire month has been solid, though. Last January, we had a total of 50
room-nights of occupancy for the entire month (our slowest of the year).
This month, we are up to 80 room nights at the moment - and we still have
a couple days left.”
|Landmark Restaurant, Yacahts
Most bars reported
fantastic numbers throughout the weekend, as visitors and locals alike
looked to be entertained after the sunny days ended.
la January,” said Bruce Olson, owner of Landmark
Restaurant & Lounge in Yachats. His place is a live music hotspot
for the coast and was essentially rockin’ all weekend.
the restaurant all day Saturday and Sunday, and those in Saturday evening
were blessed with an A-plus sunset, with magenta clouds streaming across
the estuary, and the gulls and herons backlit by a full spectrum of color,”
Olson said. “We had Flat Mountain Girls Friday night and Jake Blair
Band Saturday, about as diverse a lineup as you imagine. Both nights were
full with plenty of dancing and cheering. We had one group of 12 who took
over a part of the bar and partied hearty all evening before filling up
a local motel.”
“It felt like
summer,” said Deb Trusty, co-owner of Village Market & Deli
in Newport. “I don’t necessarily mean in the weather, but
in terms of numbers of people. We did great this weekend.”
|Dozens exploring Nye Beach on Sunday
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While their sister
business, Blu Cork Wine Bar, did okay, Trusty said, the Village Market
was hopping with people who had stories of a busy weekend all around town.
“You could tell there was a big influx of tourists,” she said.
“One couple who came in said they got the last room at the Hallmark
Resort. Yesterday was one of those days where you’re asked to stand
in the photos of tourists. And I know there were a lot of people out enjoying
the beach because I swept up a cupful of sand from the floor at closing
Near Cannon Beach,
Arch Cape House owner Barbara
Dau was at capacity as well. Seventy percent of her guests at the castle-like
B&B booked at least a week ahead of time, the other thirty percent
a few days before. The big Murder Mystery Weekend took place in Cannon
Beach this weekend, but Dau said her guests appeared to know nothing about
|Arch Cape House
While things were
obviously busy, Dau said the north coast wasn’t so busy that it
“I had trouble
getting reservations for my guests at the best restaurants,” Dau
said. “I was in Seaside today. It was an amazing spring day in January.
And basically, there was no one there. It was all the pleasure and none
of the hassle. My guests had no trouble finding parking but Manzanita
and Cannon Beach were lively and active. It was the best of both worlds:
fabulous weather and space to breathe.”
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Not everyone reported
sky-high numbers, however. And some – like Dau - had a different
perception of how the weekend went. “Our town has been quiet,”
said Judy Joubert, of another castle-like B&B, Stone
Crest Cellar, near Newport. “We have had a weekend of no guests.”
|Stone Crest Cellar
Still, Trusty and
Chandler both believed the week would mean better than average numbers
for weekdays with the continued stellar weather. “I had two tables
today of locals who were to see what was in Nye Beach and take advantage
of the weather,” Trusty said on Sunday. “They don’t
want to come around here in summer when it’s packed, but they were
happy to find us and said they’d be back.”
The warm weekend also
meant some wild and unusual sights and events, as well as one scientific
find for some BeachConnection.net staff members. Also spotted was the
strange “green flash at sunset,” some enormous and atypical
wave action, and the remarkable discovery that some tide pool creatures
make noises. Click here
for more on this out of the ordinary story.
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Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting a free,
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Rooms sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
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