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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

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.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

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

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

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.

Lodging Review: A Suite of Gardens on the Oregon Coast

Published 2009

At night, Weiss' garden takes on new life as it's lit by strings of lights.

(Seaside, Oregon) - It's one of those groovy secrets in Seaside that sit tucked away in those suburban neighborhoods behind the beachfront homes that everyone admires. Wander along Downing Street, and you’ll encounter a sudden flood of color (especially in the summertime), between the summer houses, rentals and fulltime residents. It bursts suddenly into life, as an abundance of flowers and fauna simultaneously smack you in the head and massage your color receptors, while that heady aroma of mid-year bulbs lovingly floats its way into your nasal passages.

It is Weiss' Paradise Suites, a literal oasis of a small lodging, which also includes a handful of nifty vacation rentals. Around ten rooms make their own little waves a ways beyond the beach, built more like rustic little cottages that forgot they were rustic and went straight into the luxury category. Each of them comes armed with a garden hanging from its deck, while inside things like hardwood floors, classy furniture and vibrant color designs make for a feel that’s upscale yet not overbearingly so, in fact very much inviting and homey at the same time.

Weiss' Paradise Suites in full bloom.

This is all the brainchild of Donna Weiss, a firespark of a local woman of whom it could be said is Seaside’s “mad gardener.” Walking up to each unit is a bit reminiscent of that surreal scene in “L.A. Story,” where Steve Martin and his late 30-something love interest suddenly leave reality and enter some massive, lush garden, as stone lion statues bow their heads and the grand music of Enya sweeps you into the dreamy moment.

As you approach, the flower aroma hits you, like you’re walking into a wall of it. And on both sides, you’re surrounded by these most pleasant plants as you walk into your door. Enya never appears, nor any animated statues, but whatever. It is rather intoxicating. Hanging out on the deck is also a major kick in the pants.

Weiss knows it too. She said plenty of people slow down when they drive by and take photographs, and numerous folks will stop and chat with her about the bevy of flowers.

Interior of one of the suites

Weiss first bought the place in 1990 – but her roots in Seaside go way back, all the way to World War II.

“My too older sisters were born in Seaside,” Weiss said. “But the family moved to Portland in the late 40's, and I was born and raised in Portland. In 1986, I met my husband Art and moved to Encino, California. Being an Oregonian, I did not like California. When I showed Art Seaside, he said we are moving here.”

The rentals were purchased a few years into the 90’s, while all kinds of remodeling happened throughout that decade. At one point, the decks were built, but Donna thought there was something missing. Color – she thought to herself – and then started adding planters. When she discovered something a little more practical, called Granny’s Garden Socks, the mad gardener of Seaside was born.

A bedroom laced with vibrant colors.

“They were perfect to cover the railings and give privacy to the guests,” she said. “Each year I added more and more, constantly experimenting with different flowers. By 1998, I had reached the present flower display.”

Now there are approximately 1500 – 1700 bulbs lacing the property, consisting of dahlias, lilies and gladiolas. Another 1500 to 2000 perennials like wave petunias and verbena add their presence.

The inventory of material includes:

125-150 Hanging Bags (Granny's Garden Socks)
25-30 Hanging Baskets
75-100 Pots

If Weiss’ plant population were an army, they’d conquer anything in their path. In fact, she does take these to plant shows – and often kicks major plant-growing butt, snagging lots of awards.

One of the vacation rentals features this architectural nugget.

What’s her gardening secret?

“Extensive drip watering system helps, but with the ever changing weather at the coast I still need to spend several hours each day making sure plants are not too dry or too wet,” she said. “Caring for my flowers takes about three to five hours a day. Always pruning, clipping - a necessity to keep things healthy and looking their best.”

She uses a product called Messenger, containing a harpin protein that she says does wonders (made by Eden Bioscience in Washington State).

“Not only does it make the flowers larger and brighter, I almost never have a problem with disease or insects,” she said. “I also use their product called Mighty Plant.”

By the end of fall, they’re gone of course, and don’t show up again until spring. But that too takes lots of work.


“The process actually starts in March when dividing the bulbs takes place,” she said. “Then depending on the weather and growing season, starting baskets and bags takes about four to six weeks usually, late April to early May.”

She has another home, on the water, at the Portland Yacht Club in Portland. That too, she said, is covered in flowers.

The vacation rentals lurk just around the corner and cover about a block all their own. A series of duplexes, they include two floors, some awesome architectural nuggets and a backyard area that comes complete with barbecue stuff and play equipment for kiddies.

All of this is mere blocks to the beach itself, around two or three to be nearly exact. You can even hear the waves at night. It’s also close walking distance to Seaside’s downtown area. 741 S. Downing, Seaside, Oregon. (503) 738-6691. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com


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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.

Pacific City, Oregon

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.
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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.

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
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.

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