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A famous little family eatery where the seafood practically gets shuffled from the sea straight into your mouth. Soups and salads include many seafood specialties, including cioppino, chowders, crab Louie and cheese breads. Fish 'n' chips come w/ various fish. Seafood sandwiches with shrimp, tuna or crab, as well as burgers. Dinners like pan fried oysters, fillets of salmon or halibut, sautéed scallops.

Feed the seals! One of the oldest aquariums in the U.S. is here in Seaside, Oregon, right on the Promenade

Lincoln City’s only resort hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine in penthouse restaurant and bar, for casual meal or candlelight dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other Northwest favorites, including decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range from bedrooms to studios to 1-bedroom suites with microwaves and refrigerators to full kitchens. Also, wi-fi, spa, saunas, exercise room and year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive wedding possibilities.

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.

Inn at Wecoma Lincoln City.  Sleek, modern design w some partial ocean views, balconies and fireplaces. Spacious guestrooms w/ microwave, refrigerator, coffeemaker, free continental breakfast.  Indoor pool and a hot tub. W-fi, fitness room, business center, and located within walking distance to finest restaurants. 867-sq-foot conference room for business meetings or large social events. Some pet friendly.

the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

Suites, duplex units, houses for 2-8 people. Close to everything. All units w/ kitchens; many have fireplaces, decks, jetted tubs. Robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities and more. Award-winning flowers. Featured on Travel Channel.


Fun with Tiny Glowing Creatures on Oregon Coast

Published 09/09/2011

(Oregon Coast) - As if you need another reason to hit the coast this weekend and coming week with the uncomfortable temps running rampant inland, there is the phenomenon of “glowing sand” - along with some other oddball things that are happening on the beaches (above: Rockaway Beach on September 7 was foggy, dark and teeming with glowing sand in spots)..

Tiny phytoplankton called dinoflagellates have been hitting the beaches along the length of the Oregon coast lately, popping up periodically just about everywhere. They give off a faint bluish, green glow when stepped on, causing hundreds of tiny flashes at night – on very dark beaches with no light interference. Oregon Coast Beach Connection has had staff members see them and/or received reports from a wide variety of places in the last month or so, including Port Orford, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, Gleneden Beach, Rockaway Beach, Manzanita and more.

In fact, they've been seen all summer up and down the coast.

Hug Point as it looks now, seen from above

Conditions have been quite ripe for them to appear – but they're only seen at night.

It’s been a warmer than usual summer in many ways, which can cause weather conditions on the oceans that create “upwellings” – the upsurge of colder waters from the deep that bring the nutrients and thus make for larger blooms of dinoflagellates.

They are often mislabeled as “phosphorescent,” but that is quite incorrect. Phosphorescence is a chemical reaction akin to those glow-in-the-dark stickers you buy at the store and charge up by hitting them with light. Dinoflagellates are bioluminescent, meaning they are like fireflies, where they give off energy in the form of a glow, not a “charging up” situation in the strictest of terms.

These critters off our coast are reliant on sunlight for their glow, however, said Tiffany Boothe, of the Seaside Aquarium.

“Many dinoflagellates are photosynthetic and play a key role as producers in the food chains of the ocean,” Boothe said. “The luminescence of photosynthetic dinoflagellates is very much influenced by the intensity of the previous day’s sunlight. The brighter the sunlight, the brighter the luminescence will be.”

Nehalem Bay

Getting to the beach too late at night may prevent you from seeing the maximum effect.

“Bioluminescence in dinoflagellates reaches its maximum levels two hours into darkness,” Boothe said.

To see them, you need to find wet sand near the tideline at night, after dark. You also need a very dark beach with no light from street lamps or the moon. It's best to scuffle your feet backwards in the sand and keep your eye out for any tiny flashes or sparks.

They are so faint they cannot be photographed, unfortunately.

Where they sit in the wet sand can differ greatly. Often it's in the area that's the wettest – but not where the waves are constantly lapping at. Sometimes it's at the very outer edges of the wet sand, where the dry, fluffy sand meets the damp.

Some examples of how they looked recently:

Near Cannon Beach, during the run of lightning storms in the valley and coast range in late August, Hug Point was slightly misty and pitch black. They were brighter than usual there, shooting outward in a flurry of tiny sparks as you walked forward in the sand. This was accompanied by the occasional flash of lightning from those distant storms, which created an incredible and dynamic scene.

Down the road, in Manzanita, they were not quite as bright.

Above Manzanita at night

Also in mid-August, as the meteor showers hit their height, there were reports of the glowing sand in Port Orford accompanied by the shooting stars above.

On September 7 in Rockaway Beach they were very prominent at the edge of the wet sand, but disappeared as you got closer to the tide line. There was a bright moon out, but this was completely obscured by a thick fog, which made Rockaway Beach a prime place to catch sight of them.

Other spectacular ways to see them is to look for pools of sea water that have been standing awhile. These can create a sudden and massive “galaxy” that explodes beneath your feet.

They can also show up in bays and rivers near the sea, such as the Nehalem, Necanicum and others with low flows. If you put your hand in the water you may see an eerie, bluish glow behind it. Or if you're swimming in these waters and the plankton are present, it's been described as making your body look like a skeleton.

Do not swim in the ocean at all, day or night, to try and see this. And keep safety in mind if you wander into a river or bay at night.

No one knows why the dinoflagellates are bioluminescent, but other sea creatures give off such a glow because they are deep sea dwellers that live where there is no sunlight, and this attracts prey.

Meanwhile, sand levels remain abnormally high on the beaches around the Oregon coast, which is creating some interesting, fun effects. At places with rocky points that are normally not accessible – such as Arch Cape, Hug Point or Oceanside – these sand levels are causing a constant low tide-like effect which allows people to go around many of these places. Keep a watch for high tides, however.

Glowing sand was prominent on this night in early summer near Gleneden Beach

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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.

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 sea.

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.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.
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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

Sumptuous indoor pool heated year round. Lovely ocean views come with many rooms. All units big, extremely comfortable, w/ special touches. Each room contains a microwave, refrigerator, in-room coffee makers, cable TV, and larger kitchen units are available as well. Free parking, choice of smoking or non-smoking rooms. Within walking distance to all of Yachats’ various amenities; short walk to the beaches
Literally over 100 homes available as vacation rentals – all distinctive and carefully selected to be special. Find them in Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Nye Beach, Otter Rock, Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach, Lincoln Beach, Lincoln City, Neskowin, Pacific City, Tierra Del Mar and Rockaway Beach. Some pet friendly.


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