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Oregon Coast Notes
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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Escaping the Summer Heat at the Oregon Coast!

NEWPORT -- Hannah Wynn describes the Oregon coast with a short shriek:  “I love the beach!”

The 15-year-old was dashing into the waves at Newport, on the central coast, with her sisters, 11-year-old Gracie, and 19-year-old Hannah.

They drove the short distance from their Lebanon home just to cool off this weekend, while much of the state was roasting in record temperatures.

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4th of July on the Oregon Coast

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The 4th of July is just around the corner!  That means hot dogs, frisbee, and fun in the sun on the Oregon Coast (hopefully!). But, most of all it means some great fireworks displays.  You can find a list of Oregon Coast fireworks shows and other activities on our Calender of Events.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July holiday.

 
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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Room with a View - Bandon Beach Motel

BANDON -- When does a small motel win praise for location, location, location in Oregon?

When it’s surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean.

The Bandon Beach Motel may be modest, yet it has one of the most spectacular locations of any hotel on the Pacific coast.

Few coastal hotels -- including large, luxury places with big price tags -- boast ocean views from three sides. This motel is poised perfectly at Coquille Point, overlooking haystack and arch rocks.

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At less than $100 some nights, the Bandon Beach Motel also boasts a spectacular beach, with everything from tidepools to sea caves. Puffins are nesting on the rocks in front of the hotel right now, as are seals and their new pups. Migrating whales are also in full view this season.

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Brookings Party at the Port
"Party at the Port" (Held at the Port of Brookings-Harbor)
This event features live bands, local talents, a beer garden, artisans/vendors and a host of other May Day celebrations. Please continue to check both this Website or the Ports facebook page for updates.
Don't miss the 20th annual Championship Slug Races held on the boardwalk at 1pm on Sunday. Registration for this event begins at noon at Slugs and Stones. This is a benefit for the Humane Society.
The Curry County Cruisers will be set up on both Saturday from 11am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm in the parking lot in front of The Boardwalk. Please be sure to check out their website for specific details. (http://www.currycountycruisers.com)
NEW this year is an all hands fun event called the Cardboard Regatta! This is both a participant and spectator sport. The race starts at 230pm ,the participants and their team have up to 3 hours to construct a boat out of duct tape and cardboard.  The object is to be the first boat to make it to the finish line without sinking.  There will be awards for 1st,2nd, and 3rd place as well as the sinker award.  This award is for the boat that sinks in the most spectacular fashion.  You do not want to miss this! If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact Jean at 541-661-1899.

 

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May 24-26, 2013

"Party at the Port" (Held at the Port of Brookings-Harbor)


This event features live bands, local talents, a beer garden, artisans/vendors and a host of other May Day celebrations. Please continue to check both this Website or the Ports facebook page for updates.


Don't miss the 20th annual Championship Slug Races held on the boardwalk at 1pm on Sunday. Registration for this event begins at noon at Slugs and Stones. This is a benefit for the Humane Society.

 

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Wings and Wheels

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This is the 5th Annual Wings and Wheels aircraft fly-in and car show at the Florence Municipal Airport.

 

The show is open to anyone with a show worthy car.
All years, makes and models welcome.
Gates open at 7 a.m. for show participants.
Helicopter rides will be available, weather permitting.
Food concessions provided by Ada Grange #570 and the Lions Club.
Proceeds benefit the Lions Club and the Siuslaw High School wrestling team.
Featuring displays by:
Rhody Cruisers Car Club
Central Oregon British Car Club
Oregon Central Coast Military Vehicle Group
Oregon Coast Military Heritage Museum
Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue
Central Coast Amateur Radio Club
United States Coast Guard
Northwest Ravens Group- “The West Coast Ravens – NW has been invited to join us this year. This group does static display of RV experimental airplanes, and specializes in formation flights with seven to eight aircraft and is quite exciting to watch.”

 

The show is open to anyone with a show worthy car.

All years, makes and models welcome.

Gates open at 7 a.m. for show participants.

Helicopter rides will be available, weather permitting.

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Chainsaw Sculpting Championship in Reedsport

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June 13-16, 2013

The Oregon Division Chainsaw Sculpting Championship is held every year since 2000 on Fathers Day weekend. The Theme for 2013 is open. You will see large Sitka Spruce logs transformed into works of art by world Class Pro and Sem-Pro Chainsaw Sculptors all over the United States and the World.

This championship captures the amazement of everyone that attends. Quick carves and carving auctions will take place daily. In addition there is a beer garden, food and craft fair and live entertainment.

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