Oregon Coast Fall Events

Monday, September 15, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves begin to change, the temperatures cool down, and life gets a little simpler. If you are planning to spend some time this fall on an Oregon Beach vacation, check out some of the following events that are sure to make for a pleasant getaway for you and your family.

16th Annual Dog Show on the Beach, Oct. 18, 2014
Found on Cannon Beach, right in front of the Surfsand Resort, is a community event perfect for all dog lovers. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories. For a fun day at the beach with your best friend, check out the dog show. Proceeds benefit the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. For more information, click: here.

Stormy Weather Arts Festival, Nov. 7-9, 2014
A collection of talent congregates for this annual art festival on Cannon Beach. While on vacation on the Oregon Coast this fall, make sure to check out this festival if your timing is right. Stop by the galleries and shops to view a collection of local art or pop into one of the hotels or restaurants that host an assortment of writers, singers, composers, painters, sculptors, and more. Amplify your coastal vacation with culture and art from the locals themselves. For more information, click: here.  

Artober Brewfest, Oct. 4, 2014
A festival featuring some of the best in local art and craft beer, the Artober Brewfest will be a family-friendly event that also offers great food and entertainment to celebrate the people and accomplishments of Lincoln City. Located at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, the Artober Brewfest would make for an enjoyable afternoon for the entire family while vacationing on the Oregon coast. For more information, click: here.

14th Annual Oyster Cloyster Festival, Nov. 1, 2014
If you like oysters then you’re going to love the Oregon coast in the fall…especially if you find yourself in town during Newport’s annual Oyster Cloyster Festival! Join in an evening of fun, food, and…you guessed it…oysters! Also offering clam chowder, appetizers, desserts, rich coffees and a selection of Oregon wines and micro brews, this festival is one that is sure to please your palate and your appetite. Proceeds from the event go towards the Oregon Coast Community College’s Aquarium Science Program and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. So if you find yourself in the area on November 1, make sure to check out the Oyster Cloyster festival in Newport to help support local organizations while enjoying a plethora of good food and beverages. For more information, click: here.

There are many festivals and celebrations along the Oregon Beach coast this fall, so if you and your loved ones decide to take an autumn getaway, make sure to check them out, and one of the above if the timing is right, for an truly enjoyable, and local experience. 

The Best Places to Fly a Kite on Oregon Beach

Thursday, September 4, 2014

If you’re looking for a peaceful yet exciting way to spend a day at the beach, taking a colorful kite to the sky might be the perfect adventure for you, especially while on an Oregon Beach vacation. The wide open beaches and continuous wind coming in from the Pacific Ocean make the Oregon Coast an ideal place for flying a kite. While on vacation, head to the beach with a kite for a great family activity or check out one of the area’s many kite festivals every year. The following are three of the best places along the Oregon Beach coast that are ideal to taking to the highest heights with a kite.

Lincoln City
Soaring high above your head, in all shapes and sizes and in every color of the rainbow, kites at Lincoln City’s three yearly kite festivals are a must-see in person! With two annual festivals held outdoors and one indoors, the impressive kites, kite flyers and spectators that flock to these festivals deemed Lincoln City one of the best places to fly a kite in North America, according to Kitelines Magazine. In addition to the world-class festivals, Lincoln City also offers kite building workshops and kite flying lessons, as well. No matter what time of year it is, it’s always a good time to fly a kite in Lincoln City!

Rockaway Beach
Another perfect place to take your family to fly a kite is Rockaway Beach. Ideal wind conditions and plenty of space to freely fly make this 7 miles of beach a great place to take to the sky with your kite. Rockaway Beach also holds an annual kite flying festival that has been going on for more than 25 years, and is geared towards helping children build small kites and learning how to fly them. For more information about the festival, click: here.

Cannon Beach
The large open space of Cannon Beach makes it an optimal choice for flyers looking for a fun place to exercise their kites! Without any obstructions, the wide-open beach allows for steady, smooth winds off of the Pacific Ocean to keep kites flying high for hours of favorable fun! The natural scenic beauty of the area will rival even the most magnificent kites, for a truly enjoyable experience.

So if you find yourself on the Oregon Coast, I hope after reading this you choose to take part in a kite flying adventure, whether you are a beginner or an expert, and check out one of these three places to hit the open sky…because you won’t be disappointed!

Spend the Day at the Oregon Aquarium

Monday, September 1, 2014

Nestled in the alluring Yaquina Bay, located in Newport, Oregon, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is a world-class marine attraction, full of mysteries of the deep. One of the state’s most popular tourist stops, the aquarium’s top-notch educational resources bring more than 400,000 students to visit every year, causing it to be one of the state’s leading centers for ocean education and a must-see on any Oregon Beachvacation!

Perfect for all members of the family, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has a little something for everyone. With summer camps and educational classes going on every day for the kids, and exhibits including a giant Pacific Octopus that the adults are sure to enjoy, the aquarium is the perfect stop for any family vacation. Rain or shine, the aquarium is open, making it a perfect activity, even on a gloomy day.  

Often referred to as a living classroom, the aquarium’s vast reputation for excellence in hands-on education has landed it in Parents Magazine, Forbes Traveler, USA Today and Coastal Living, which named the Oregon Coast Aquarium one of the top ten in the nation! These accolades have people coming from all across the state, and the country, to visit the Oregoncoast beaches and experience what everyone is talking about at the state aquarium.

Featuring a 1.32 million-gallon “Passages of the Deep” exhibit, Oregon’s aquarium offers 5,000 different marine animals for visitors to view from a 360-degree vantage point. An acrylic walkway leads visitors right through a shark-filled tank that connects three large ocean habitats, connected by a 200-foot underwater tunnel.

One of the most famous creatures at the Oregon Coast Aquarium is the Giant Pacific Octopus. With the largest ever caught, weighing in at approximately 600 pounds, this massive creature of the deep can be found billowing over rocks and tunnels and hiding in the nooks and crannies of its tank. Said to be as smart as a house cat, but with an arm span of over ten feet, the aquarium’s own Pacific octopus can be seen swimming in and out of his underwater cave. These animals can be found along the western coast of North America, but you’re guaranteed a sighting when you visit this aquarium.

Oregon’s diverse wildlife is also proudly represented at the aquarium, displaying animals from the sea to the sky. With one of the largest outdoor seabird aviaries in North America, visitors can see tuted puffins, common murres, and graceful pigeon guillemots, among many others.

So next time you find yourself visiting the Oregon coast, make sure to check out the Oregon Coast Aquarium and for an unforgettable experience for the entire family. 

Best Breathtaking Views on the Oregon Coast

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Oregon Coast features many fascinating and breathtaking views you can view during Oregon vacations. There are beautiful beaches, lighthouses, hiking trails, viewpoints, and many more places to see while on Oregon beach vacations. Here are some places you might want to visit during your Oregon vacations.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock is a beautiful monolith in Cannon Beach. It is located approximately 235 feet over the beach. Haystack Rock is one of the best known landmarks to be found in Cannon Beach. The area is also a good place to see wildlife. There is an area under Haystack Rock called the Marine Garden. This area has marine life like crabs, seastars, and algae. Make sure not to disturb the marine life as you see Haystack Rock.  Also enjoy a walk on Cannon Beach while visiting the area.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse located in Oregon, is near Newport. The light in this lighthouse was first active in 1873, and it now has its own pattern. Make sure to check out this beautiful lighthouse when you are near Newport. There are informative guided tours of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Bob Straub State Park
The Bob Straub State Park is located in Pacific City. You can visit the beach and go on the horse trail at the park. You can also see the sand spit of the Nestucca River. The park is a great place to go for a hike and see the nice views of the Pacific Ocean while on your Oregon vacations. There are two different trails to take for a hiking adventure during Oregon vacations. One trail is located near the Nestucca River, while the other trail provides ocean views.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
There is a Three Capes Scenic route in Oregon, and the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is among these capes with a beautiful view. It is more than 200 feet above the ocean. You can see birds such as sea birds, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. While you are visiting, make sure to check out the park, which includes hiking trails and a walking trail. Also consider taking a tour at the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
The Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint can be found near Depoe Bay. This is a great place to see gray whales as well as many birds including pelicans, loons, albatrosses, grebes, and murrelets. Enjoy a nice picnic on the coast while watching the beautiful waves in this area. You can also walk along a trail to see tide pools.

Want more recommendations for interesting places to visit on the Oregon Coast? There are many great activities and places to see while in Oregon. Contact Oregon Beach Vacations today for help with planning your vacation. We have many recommendations on places for you to visit and to enjoy exploring during Oregon vacations.  

5 Must-Visit Seafood Restaurants on the Oregon Coast

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Oregon Coast is home to many great seafood restaurants. From the clam chowder and shrimp to the

crabs and local fish, there is a variety of seafood to choose from when you visit these restaurants. Here are five of the best restaurants you can plan to visit during your Oregon beach vacations.

1. Mo’s is one of the best known seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast. There are two of the restaurants in Newport, and the other locations are Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, and Otter Rock. The first restaurant opened in Newport. One of the best items to get at the restaurant is the clam chowder, and this clam chowder base can be shipped to you. There are other items like Mo’s chowder bowls and gifts to order online. Residents and visitors in Oregon enjoy having meal at a Mo’s location.

2. Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market can be found in Cannon Beach. The majority of the seafood at the restaurant is seafood from the Pacific Ocean. Seafood includes the fresh Oregon shrimp meat and the whole cooked crab. Many Cannon Beach locals enjoy the clam chowder at Ecola Seafoods. You can purchase items like fresh seafood, Oregon jams, and kitchen gadgets as gifts. Consider visiting the restaurant while vacationing in Cannon Beach.

3. Local Ocean Seafoods is a great restaurant in Newport. Enjoy beautiful views of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the bay, and the harbor while visiting the restaurant. The menu has a variety of items including fish tacos, crab cakes, oyster and spinach salad, black cod, and homemade ice cream. Make sure to check out the Local Ocean Seafoods’ fish market as well.

4. The Bandon Fish Market is located in Bandon in the southern part of Oregon’s coast. The Bandon Fish Market has been serving seafood for more than 28 years. The restaurant is best known for its Fish n’Chips. This meal has a custom batter and is served with fries and either coleslaw or garlic toast. Other menu items include the calamari basket, the jumbo prawns, the steamer clams, and the grilled salmon sandwich.

5. The Luna Sea Fish House in downtown Yachats is a great restaurant to visit on the Oregon Coast. Menu items include the wild king salmon, the halibut and chips, an oyster sandwich, and the breakfast items like pancakes. Canned items from the Luna Sea Fish House can be shipped. You might want to visit this excellent restaurant while staying in a Yachats vacation rental during Oregon vacations.

If you are interested in learning more about Oregon Coast restaurants, contact Oregon Beach Vacations today. We can provide you with more recommendations regarding restaurants on the Oregon Coast so you can decide which restaurants to visit during your Oregon vacations. Let us help you with your vacation planning needs, and you can enjoy your Oregon vacations near the beaches of Oregon!

Best Oregon Coast Hiking Trails

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Oregon Coast is one of the best places to go hiking. There are many areas along the coast for you to enjoy hiking and exploring the nature in Oregon during your Oregon vacations.
From the forests to the Pacific Ocean, you will see beautiful views while hiking in the Oregon Coast. Check out some of the best hiking trails you can explore while on your Oregon beach vacations.

Cape Lookout Hike
This trail is located on the northern part of the coast. It is about 5 miles for a round-trip hike. Consider hiking this trail to see the beautiful forests, including Sitka Spruce trees, and the Pacific Ocean at the end of the trail. This trail has been considered one of the best trails to go whale watching so make sure to look for whales while hiking.

John Dellenback Dunes Trail
This trail features a variety of nature settings that you may want to explore during your Oregon vacations, and it is near Lakeside. You will see the forest area, the dunes, a deflation plain, and the beach. There is an easy path as well as a hard path to choose from on this trail. There will also be plenty of sand due to the tall dunes, so be prepared for this hike! Explore the rest of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area before or after your hike.

St. Perpetua Trail
Yachats offers different trails, and the St. Perpetua Trail is among these trails. It is approximately a three-mile round-trip hike. By exploring this trail, you can see beautiful spruce woods and wildflower meadows including red Indian paintbrush. The Cape Perpetua area is one of the best places to go hiking during your Oregon vacations, so consider taking this trail.

Cape Blanco
Cape Blanco is located in the southern Oregon Coast. There are two different hikes from which to choose. While hiking, you can see the spruce forests, areas close to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, beautiful flowers based on the season, and the beach depending on which hike you take. You can take a shorter hike that is about a one-mile round-trip hike or a longer hike that is about a four-mile round-trip hike.   

Sweet Creek Falls
This creek is in a Pacific Coast Range gorge and is located in the Central Oregon Coast. The trail is approximately 2.2 miles for a round-trip hike. See the beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, and trees like Douglas fir trees. This trail includes parts of an early wagon road. You do not want to miss a chance to explore this nature setting in Oregon.

Need more information about hiking or vacation planning for your Oregon vacations? Contact Oregon Beach Vacations today. We are prepared to advise you regarding your Oregon trip and want to help you with your vacation planning needs. Come enjoy a hike on the Oregon Coast and relax during your Oregon beach vacations!

4 Fun Summer Events in Astoria

Monday, July 14, 2014

Astoria, Oregon is a historic town and a beautiful place to visit on the northern coast of Oregon. If you are visiting Astoria, the oldest American settlement that is located to the west of the Rocky Mountains, you can check out some of Astoria’s numerous summer events. Astoria provides historic locations, beautiful scenic views, and entertainment for the family. As you plan your Oregon vacations, consider visiting Astoria this summer.

Astoria Studio Tour 2014
Astoria and the northern coast of Oregon have a large art community. The Astoria Studio Tour 2014 will take place on July 26 and July 27. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists will allow visitors into their studios. If you visit the studios, you can see art that is based on features of Astoria, such as the Columbia River and the fishing, as well as art that is based on each individual artist’s lives. To learn more about the artists and their art, along with the Astoria community, attend the tour this summer. For great tips on how to arrange your tour, visit astoriastudios2014.org.

Clatsop County Fair
The 2014 Clatsop County Fair is an event with entertainment for the whole family. Visit the Clatsop County Fairgrounds from July 29 to August 2 for great entertainment. The schedule includes a petting zoo, a magician, dancers, bands, competitions, and acrobats. This year’s theme for the fair is “Ride the Tide to Fun.” Make sure to check out the great entertainment and events if you are in the Astoria area for your Oregon vacations.

Activities at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and Fort Clatsop
For a great educational tour by a ranger, join a Netul Trail guided walk near the Lewis and Clark River. You can learn about the river estuary, the wildlife by Fort Clatsop, and the history behind the river and the people who have lived near it. The guided walk takes place from June 23 to September 1 this year. If you are in the Astoria area this summer, make sure to check out this guided walk for an exciting and educational adventure. Other exciting summer events include guided kayak-canoe tours, Kid Corps with crafts and stories, and fort ranger programs. Visit the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park during your Oregon beach vacations.

2nd Saturday Art Walk
On the second Saturday of each month, there is a Second Saturday Art Walk in Astoria. If you are visiting Astoria during your Oregon vacations, you do not want to miss this event. It is held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown businesses in Astoria display different types of art during this event, and the businesses also offer refreshments and entertainment. Businesses that have participated include art galleries and jewelry companies.

Contact Oregon Beach Vacations for more information on Astoria. We are ready to help you plan your Oregon vacations today.