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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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Whale Week Begins on Oregon Coast with Gorgeous Weather

Published 12/26/2009

Whale watching above Manzanita

(Depoe Bay, Oregon) – That final week of December, from December 26 to January 1, brings the annual winter Whale Watch Week to high vantage points along the coast. With it come dozens of volunteers who help thousands of onlookers to spot gray whales on their winter migration head south for a few months, then returning this way in the spring.

This massive migration goes on much longer than a week, with more than 19,000 whales zipping past this coastline during this big migration. But the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) has designated this week for volunteers to sit at numerous spots to help the public see the cetaceans wandering by.

A whale plays around close to the Whale Watch Center (photo courtesy Whale Watch Center)

During this week, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., volunteers will be stationed at overlooks and parks all over the Oregon coast, helping the public learn about gray whales as well. Volunteers will be at the Whale Watch Center in Depoe Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While this year the sightings of whales seem to be down slightly – according to the Whale Watch Center’s own site, weather will play a large part in what people see this week. Luckily, weather forecasts seems to bode well for whale sightings.

Clear skies and a calm ocean offer the possibility of exceptional whale watching at this time of year, said Morris Grover, the head of the Whale Watch program.

Whale near Seaside (photo Seaside Aquarium)

"Good weather combined with our viewpoints and the expertise of our volunteers can add up to highly rewarding experiences," he said.

Whales are more easily spotted in calmer waters: big waves hide them from view.

Still, even if conditions don’t wind up cooperative the whole time, Grover said chances of seeing the whales during this week are greatly augmented by the volunteers at each of the 26 sites along the coast.

Even more excitement can be had if the weather turns wild and stormy, as those same viewpoints become prime for watching storm waves.

All but two of the overlooks are spaced along the Oregon Coast between Washington's Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center on Cape Disappointment and Crescent City, Calif.

Even in bad weather, Grover said visitors “always have a chance” to spot a whale by following these tips offered by volunteers:

Whale spouting (photo courtesy Whale Watch Center)

Have your binoculars ready, but watch with your eyes. "When you locate a blow, then bring up your binoculars for a closer look," said Grover.

Learn the diving and traveling habits of the whales. "Ask a volunteer, or go to our whale watching web site at (www.whalespoken.org) so you will know how often and where they may surface."

If possible, use the morning light, which helps a watcher spot blows. "Afternoon light reflects off the water, shining in your eyes and making viewing difficult. Also, the sea is usually calmer in the mornings because the winds are quieter at those hours." (see video of whale spouting)

While on the coast for either storm watching or whale sighting, Grover advises watchers to bring binoculars and clothing appropriate for these conditions.

Photo courtesy Whale Watch Center

"It's best to dress in layers that can be removed as the weather warms up," he said. "The top layer should be waterproof."

Some 18,000 Gray whales are estimated to wander past during this peak migration, and another possible 1,100 humpback whales may be seen as well. Most stay farther out to shore, but some come in quite close, even pausing to check out those whale watch tour boats that really get into high gear during this week.

Storms may affect your ability to see them, but it doesn’t affect the whales. They react more to their food sources, which may have been tossed around and jostled into hiding during heavy surf events.

Newport's Nye Beach is another hotspot for whale watching.

“The whales will migrate regardless of weather,” Grover said. “They are driven by nature to get to the Baja for birthing; pregnant females are usually the first whales headed south. Weather is just something they live with. It’s their ocean and they are used to it.”

OPRD coordinates the winter and spring whale watch weeks in partnership with Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center and Marine Mammal Institute, the University of Oregon's Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, and Washington State Parks, which operates Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.

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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.

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.

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.

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.
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
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

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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