180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Waldport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Best of Awards for the Year
|A run of dead sharks washing up along the
Oregon coast gets the "Freakiest Natural Event" award of
2007 (photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium)
(Oregon Coast) – It’s the First Annual Oregon
Coast Beach Connection Best of Awards from BeachConnection.net, spotlighting
the most intriguing and glittering of the Oregon coast (with an occasional
nod towards the most crappy).
Here, we salute the best restaurants, lodgings, coastal
promoters, science organizations, and the most intriguing events of the
year in nature – all in a diverse range of categories.
These categories will likely not remain static throughout
the coming years, either. They probably will change with the year, depending
on what transpires and what emerges over that time.
It’s an award that’s as malleable as the march
of time itself.
|The Bistro, Cannon Beach
Best Fine Restaurant: The Bistro, Cannon
Beach. An old favorite on the coast continues its innovative stylings
and consistent high quality. You could easily spend $100 for two in Portland
for food of this stature, but here it’s maybe half that cost.
Best Family Restaurant: Landmark Restaurant,
Yachats. Best damned Italian cuisine outside of Portland – maybe
even New York.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Dessert Heaven: Village Market & Deli,
Newport (would’ve been Zinger’s Homemade Ice Cream in Seaside,
but they were closed for a long while). Expand your palate with masterful
creations imported from around the world and California wine country.
In Nye Beach, at the end of NW 3rd.
|Italian food and a stellar view at the Landmark, Yachats
Best New Eatery: Yummy
Wine Bar & Bistro,
Seaside. Stunning tapas-style dishes and a truly interesting wine
Best Ethnic Restaurant: Thai Talay, Newport.
Better than any Thai place we know of in Portland.
Best Wine Spot: Yachats Wine Trader. It
was really cool with the view it had (until it moved), but now that it’s
attached to the fab restaurant Yachats River House, there’s something
like 100 wines to choose from.
Most Magnificent Single Dish: Penne pasta
with meatballs at Cannon Beach Fultano’s.
Just off Hemlock, Cannon Beach.
Best Seafood: Bell Buoy of Seaside and
Buoy’s Best Fish House, Seaside. A wondrous collection of seriously
fresh seafood to take home and cook, or the nifty little fast food fish
house next door: whatever you do, don’t miss their insane tuna melts.
|Pasta to die for at Fultano's in Cannon Beach
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Most Anticipated Development: A new restaurant
will show up in the old Currents spot in Nehalem, run by north coast pizza
guru Phil Kaufman. It will be outlandishly good, to be sure.
Best Bar: Maxwell’s, Lincoln City.
A fab place to watch tourists go bonkers on booze, unfettered by the illusion
that since they’re not at home they can run amok. It’s also
got the coolest karaoke book on the coast – and better than any
we’ve seen in Portland.
|Yachats River House
Most Innovative Drinks: the bar at Yachats River
House, Yachats. Some wildly colored and delicious concoctions
are rather magically called into existence by wizard-like mixologists.
Best Microbrewed Beer: The dark stuff
from Bill’s Tavern, Cannon Beach.
Best Coastal Bartender: Shalom at Maxwell’s,
Lincoln City (who takes an unbelievable amount of crap sometimes, but
remains exceptionally cheery).
Best New Lodging: Rivertide
Suites in Seaside. An interesting idea for lodging on the coast: you
can own one of these lovely units as a timeshare, and actually receive
revenue for it being rented out as a hotel room when you’re not
around. Stunning views, as well.
|Seaside Aquarium is more than just a pretty place to
see really cute seals: they educate the public about once a month
by wiggling themselves into the news via the creatures it snags from
Best Lodging Renovation: Beachfront
Manor Hotel, Lincoln City. Somewhere near midtown Lincoln City, this
kind of nasty old building was magically turned into a glittering, upscale
hotel with serious style and class. It’s almost the Oregon coast’s
answer to Portland’s Jupiter Hotel.
Best Old Lodging: Whistling
Winds, Lincoln City. A wildly delicious display of artistic woodwork
on the interior of this historical little spot on the north end of Lincoln
City. Woodsy, rustic and yet sublimely upscale.
Best Public Science Education: Oregon
Coast Aquarium and Hatfield do the best job in person, but Seaside
Aquarium wins for the most public display of science education, by
carefully getting everything they do on TV, all over print and Internet
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Most Fascinating Science Person of the Year:
Guy DiTorrice, Newport. He’s known as Oregon
Fossil Guy, giving tours of central coast beaches to help people find
dead things from millions of years ago. Plus, he’s constantly showing
up in magazines and other media around the country. Now how cool is that?
|Iron towers at Hug Point (photo Tom Horning)
Biggest Scientific Revelation of the Year:
Seaside geologist Tom Horning discovered ancient stumps and weird iron
formations unearthed at Hug Point last winter, when sand levels were something
like six to ten feet below normal. Awe-inspiring and mind-bendingly weird
Biggest Hot Button Issue of the Year:
Beach erosion and how and when to shore up cliffs with raprap, or prevent
further erosion. There’s a lot happening here, and it’s kind
Weirdest News Item: Anchor Inn in Oceanside
hosting strippers. This normally quaint, tiny town is kind of spooky these
days, with a civil war breaking out over various issues with this inn.
Oceanside needs a visit from Dr. Phil.
|Brown goo on the waves at Seaside this spring
(photo Tiffany Boothe, Seaside)
Most Outstanding Tourism Promotion: Lorna
Davis, Tourism Development Director at the Newport Chamber, spent considerable
time in England promoting the town – as well as across the country.
Coolest Environmental Event: all that
brown goo on the waves at Seaside in April. It was caused by a huge amount
of phytoplankton, meaning the ocean is pretty healthy. But it caused people
to ask if it was pollution.
Freakiest Natural Event: That run of dead
shark strandings up and down the entire coast in summer. There were three
or four a month for a while. In fact, it was happening along the California
coast as well.
|Boy getting kissed by sea lion at Oregon Coast Aquarium,
or the cartoonish ratfish found by Seaside Aquarium - which is the
cutest photo to you?
Most Adorable Promotional Photo: It’s
a toss up between the sea lion kissing a kid at Oregon Coast Aquarium
and the whimsical fish found by Seaside Aquarium staff – a ratfish,
which looks like something out of a Disney cartoon.
|Emma the Ambassadorial Lab is featured in the Cannon Beach Chamber's
Cutest Coastal Business Pet: Emma, the
ambassadorial lab at the Cannon Beach Chamber.
Single Event: Portland electronica group Dahlia played Wateringhole
in Nehalem during the summer. One of the coolest bands in the country
played some small bar here. That’s quite a feat.
Best Festival: Pirate Days at Depoe Bay.
Pirates and Depoe Bay: now how cool is that?
Biggest Heart on the Coast: Ray Shackelford,
Nehalem Bay Winery/Depoe
Bay Winery, wins the award for philanthropist of the year. He’s
been building schools in - and selling merchandise from - a village in
Cambodia, among other beautiful acts of kindness.
Sad to See This Go: Treasure Café
in Wheeler. One of the most astounding coastal restaurants ever just died
because owner health issues.
Special Thumbs Down Award for 2007:
the big storm of December, all its damage, and subsequent damaging media
coverage of it.
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
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 entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium
lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.
City Vacation Homes
Something for everyone: smaller homes
with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront
or just a few steps away – 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: 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 allowed in some homes
– ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have
seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230
per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a
double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck.
Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person
romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate
oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family
reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect
to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly.
523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938.
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south
end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by
the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach
strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering
gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms.
Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly.
Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine
and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At
Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
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