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.
Storm Begins Battering Oregon Coast
of storm debris next to Cape Perpetua: storms left logs some
100 feet inland at the very corners of this cove (photo taken
– It’s a mixture of excitement and worry on the Oregon
coast as residents and tourists prepare for a bigger onslaught from
nature on Sunday night. Winds of 70 or 80 mph are expected from
the southern Washington coast down to the central Oregon coast,
with the potential to down trees, power lines and create landslides.
A wind warning and a
high surf warning are already in effect for much of the coastal
region, and reports are beginning to come in of downed trees, flying
debris, huge waves and excited hotel guests in the various cities.
The National Weather
Service says the warnings are in effect until around 4 a.m. As of
7 p.m., the NWS also said high winds have been reported all over
the coastal region, including Florence with a gust that clocked
in at 63 mph. Newport has seen gusts from 41 mph to 58 mph, and
Lincoln City has seen winds from 32 to 56 mph.
The NWS says a low-pressure
area has developed off the coast, bringing the heavy winds and storm
surges. The weather system has caused officials to warn hunters
in large forest areas of southern Washington and Oregon to leave
now, lest they get socked in by snow storms. A high wind warning
has also been issued for the coast range mountains.
|Huge incoming waves at Depoe Bay
Seaside Aquarium manager Keith Chandler said there was little action
there when he spoke to BeachConnection.net, about 8 p.m.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Getting
a free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the beginning.
Every room is beachfront, and it's all right up against Lincoln
City's most famous stretch of beach, next to the D River.
Each room, comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen
and balcony or patio. Some have gas fireplaces, while all
have a DVD Players with movies available for renting (and
movie rentals come with free popcorn). There's a heated indoor
pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms
sleep anywhere from two, four to six - including a deluxe
fireplace suite. Gift certificates are available, and they
offer special occasion packages as well. To make a reservation
and see a virtual tour of the rooms, visit our website at
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
owner of Arch
Cape House, just south of Cannon Beach, said things were blustery
there, but not severe. Still, she had taken in all the outdoor furniture.
“I grabbed everything that could possibly move out there,”
she said. “The guests are excited. They can’t wait to
see what this storm brings.”
at 35th St., Lincoln City
coast seemed to bear the biggest brunt early on Sunday evening,
however the system may move in later and stronger on the north coast.
BeachConnection.net’s Andre’ Hagestedt reports storm
surges had really picked up between Newport and Neskowin, but the
real winds didn’t hit until later in the evening.
some of the tidal madness in Lincoln City and Depoe Bay.
“When we got to
Neskowin, about 5 p.m., it wasn’t really raining,” Hagestedt
said. “It kicked in – along with the winds – minutes
later, while on the beach. The rain was so cold and so fast that
it hurt my face.”
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
he went to dinner in Newport around 7 p.m. and the winds were howling
loudly around town. Garbage cans had been knocked over, debris was
all over the forested areas of Highway 101, and the park overlooking
Yaquina Bay had toppled trees in and fierce winds.
surges bring waves up to the vegetation line in Lincoln City
to give up trying to take pictures,” he said. “The wind
really shoved me around.”
There are various
reports of large amounts of tree limbs littering the highway from
tourists around the coast, including one checkout clerk at a market
in Newport who said one visitor told her driving Cape Foulweather
was like “a video game” because of all the debris they
had to avoid in their vehicle.
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.
Nearby, at hotel
Starfish Point, manager Danielle Emerick said things were getting
quite adventurous at her oceanfront property.
are around 70 to 80 mph, with sustained winds around 50 to 60 mph,”
she said. “We are also getting a lot of rain - sideways rain.
We have given our guests Emergency Power outage kits just in case.
The lights have flickered on and off for a while now.”
Emerick said tree limbs
have struck the buildings, some as large as four feet long, and
two small flagpoles were snapped off. She said the fish bowls in
the office were shaking because of the wind, and employees had to
batten down recycling bins, take in garbage containers and anything
that might even have the remote chance of moving.
“One guest that
checked in said he could really feel the wind in the open areas
of highway and beach on the way here from Lincoln City,” Emerick
Hagestedt his car was
moved around violently in about two places.
say this storm will be one of the most significant windstorms seen
in the Northwest in recent history.
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
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.
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
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.
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the high road can yield the most stunning views of the storm
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Abuzz Over Photos of Green Flash, Glowing Sand Coastal
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