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Bell Buoy Crabs - A Tasty Seaside Landmark

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SEASIDE -- Want fresh seafood on the Oregon Coast?  Look for red neon.

 

That’s the Bell Buoy sign on Hwy. 101, signaling that the catch is in.

 

It’s been a beacon in this resort town since 1946.

 

The current owners -- only the third in 65 years -- are brothers, Terry and Jon Hartill.

 

Terry’s life sounds like the original “World’s Deadliest Catch”:  He fished out of Bristol Bay, Alaska, for 15 years, so knows the rough end of the business.

 

He also spent five years in Russia, teaching fish processing.

 

The Hartills are about to celebrate their 10th anniversary as partners in Bell Buoy of Seaside, and they’re optimistic.

 

“It’s a better-than-average season all over,” Terry says.

 

Dungeness crab?  They sell 2,000 pounds on a Friday night.

 

Spring salmon?  “Better-than-average” from the Columbia River, he says.  “The numbers are better.  There are going to be more ocean salmon this year too.”

 

Oregon shrimp?  It’s a sustainable product for the Oregon Coast, so is popular from spring through fall, Terry emphasizes.

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Wood Fired Stills and Craft Brandy - A Gem of the Oregon Coast

There are wood-fired stills so deep in the Oregon forest that they’re a secret to many.


But those two stills are legal, and they’re producing international award-winning brandies and liqueurs.


Brandy Peak Distillery is one of those rare gems that has put Oregon on the world map for craft distilleries.


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David Nowlin, a former yacht broker in San Diego, moved with his wife Georgia in 1993 to a 57-acre patch of Douglas firs and blackberry bushes just north of Brookings.


They fell in love with the place, not far from the Pacific Ocean and Brandy Peak, the highest mountain top in Curry County.

 

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Cozy Ocean Lodge Serves Up a Prime View of Haystack Rock.. and Cookies!

CANNON BEACH -- Wendy Higgins grew up with a cookie jar in the kitchen -- her dad was a missionary in Guam, so her mother kept the jar stuffed with goodies for parishioners.

When the family left the island, a cookie jar was left as a gift for the next family, with a note “to keep it full.”

It’s a lesson Higgins hasn’t forgotten. She keeps a cookie jar in the lobby of the Ocean Lodge, filled with fresh-baked treats for guests all day long.

The cookies are so popular “people call ahead to make their requests,” Higgins says, with a laugh. “We try to have the kind they like waiting in their room.”

We ate our oatmeal chocolate chip treats on the balcony of our luxurious room, watching the ocean on a sunny, warm day and asked: What’s better? the view or the cookies?

The view is unmistakably one of the best on the entire West Coast. Ocean Lodge is perched above the dunes-line, with a clear view of Haystack Rock.

 

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History Meets Romance at Heceta Head Bed & Breakfast

FLORENCE -- One of the most romantic places to stay on the Oregon Coast has a special light -- the Heceta Head Bed and Breakfast is a former lighthouse keeper’s home.

We slept well in the Captain’s Room, facing the ocean and the light, which was originally a five-wick kerosene lamp, when it was lighted in 1894.

Yet the peace and quiet of this place is not its only appeal.  It’s the sumptuous, seven-course breakfast.

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The best of the Oregon coast, from fresh fruit to fine breads, is served in one course after another at a table set for a 90-minute meal.

Chefs Melissa Morgan and Michelle Korgan (who also does catering for weddings here), make such fabulous breakfasts that guests linger for hours at a big table in the antique-filled dining room.

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Newport Oregon Favorites

NEWPORT -- Locals like to brag that summer doesn’t start on the Oregon coast until July 5.

That’s when the weather is usually the best -- clear and warm enough for beach walking, kite flying, and all the other stuff families do on a coastal getaway.

In Newport, the weather is mild year-round, so it’s especially popular in July, when school is out, and fresh seafood and produce is in full abundance.

Fishing boats are busy, and the line-ups for clam chowder at Mo’s get longer.  Mo’s is so popular here, there are two locations -- the original on one side of Bay Blvd., and Mo’s Annex, facing the bay.  http://www.moschowder.com/original.php

Here are 10 of our favorite things to do during a weekend in Newport:

 

1. Walking the beach.  This is one of the best beaches on the entire coast for easy walking.  Steps and a ramp at Nye Beach provide easy access, and parking is free.

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