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FlorenceThe Florence area was originally inhabited by the Siuslaw tribe of Native Americans and is located on the Oregon Coast at the mouth of the Siuslaw River about the same latitude as Eugene, Oregon. Florence is approximately midway between the other major central Oregon coastal cities of Newport and Coos Bay.

One tradition states the city was named for state senator A. B. Florence, who represented Lane County from 1858 – 1860; another is that Florence was named for a French vessel that was wrecked at the mouth of the Siuslaw River on February 17, 1875. Whichever is tru Florence is surrounded by some of the world’s largest dunes, 15 freshwater lakes, the Siuslaw River, one of America’s most dramatic coastlines and the most photographed bridge in Oregon - The Siuslaw Bridge.



History Meets Romance at Heceta Head Bed & Breakfast
Florence

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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Wings and Wheels
Florence

air_showJuly 6, 2013

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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The Oregon Coast’s 106th Annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence
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May 17-19 2013

The Florence Rhododendron Festival is the second-oldest flower festival in Oregon and third - oldest on the West Coast and is just one year younger than the Portland Rose Festival. The Oldest flower festival on the west coast is the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California.

The Rhododendron festival celebrates the wild rhododendrons that thrive along the Oregon Coasta nd officially begins on Friday evening with the Rhody Pageant to crown "Queen Rhododendra." The festival includes a wide variety of fun and events throughout the weekend include parades, flower show spotlighting specimen rhododendrons grown by coastal inhabitants. car show, arts and craft fair, 5K run, carnival and much, much more.

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Carnivorous Plants on the Oregon Coast? Yep, we got 'em
Florence

CobraPlantThe boardwalk trail is less than a mile long and as it winds its way through this prehistoric bog you expect to see a dinosaur around every corner. Instead of dinosaurs the boardwalk trail leads you into a fen that is home to Darlingtonia californica. Also called pitcher plant or cobra lily, the rare, strangely-shaped plant is the only member of the pitcher plant family (Sarraceniaceae) in Oregon.

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Winter Folk Festival on the Oregon Coast
Florence

The 11th Annual Festival will be held On The Beautiful Oregon Coast in Florence, Oregon at the Florence Events Center January 26-27, 2013


Two Days of top American Folk Artists

The festival helps to bring folk music into our local schools and provides free Kid's Koncerts for local school children. It includes craft demonstrations, art and craft booths, food, jam sessions and workshops. Admission to the craft fair is free. Daily performances (included in festival daily admission) include top folk performers from across the US.

Don't miss the Youth Folk Music Talent Competition (Saturday at 4pm) where NW youth compete for prizes and the chance to open for Chad & Jeremy Saturday Night...

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The Gray Lady at Heceta Head Lighthouse: An Oregon Coast Ghost Story
Florence

Lighthouse_oldThere is an Oregon Coast Ghost Story about Heceta Head and the Gray Lady.

Named for the Spanish sailor Don Bruno Heceta who discovered the location in 1755, the Heceta Head Lighthouse sits in a beautiful location on the coast of Oregon just north of Florence and is said to be the most photographed lighthouse in the United States.

Heceta Head Lighthouse serves as both a navigational aid to mariners and a popular tourist spot offering a 549-acre park of trails, viewpoints, tide pools, wildlife habitat and sandy beach formerly known as Devil's Elbow State Park. The area has since been renamed Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint known and includes the cove south of the lighthouse and the lighthouse itself.

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Oregon Coast Chowder Cook-off at the Chowder, Blues & Brews Festival in Florence
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September 21-23, 2012

Florence's signature fall festival jam packed with live blues music, the Oregon Coast Professional Chowder Cookoff, beer from Oregon's finest breweries, local food, dancing and people's choice chowder tasting.

If you like award winning chowder the finest blues music that Oregon has to offer and microbrews from some of the best breweries in the northwest this is the fall festival for you!

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Umpqua River Lighthouse Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow?
Florence

The U.S. Coast Guard, the owner of the Umpqua River Lighthouse, is evaluating whether the light is still needed for navigation. If not, the two-ton first-order lens and its 616 colored and clear glass panels that were cut by hand in Paris could be removed and placed in a museum.

lense-Umpqua_River_LightBy Lori Newman for the Umpqua Post,  August 18, 2010

While many are worried that the U.S. Coast Guard will decide to remove the handcrafted Fresnel lens from Winchester Bay's lighthouse, Friends of Umpqua River Light is going ahead with plans to host a 116th birthday bash for the lighthouse and its famous red and white lens next month.

The event is shaping up to be a major celebration of the lighthouse's 153-year history, and a special recognition of the first-order Fresnel lens that was commissioned into service on New Year's Eve, 1894.

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