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A Month of the Paranormal and Strange on Oregon Coast


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Secrets of the Season

A Month of the Paranormal and Strange on Oregon Coast

(Oregon Coast) – October – for obvious reasons – will be full of ghosts, paranormal legends and the weird science of the region on tourism and entertainment website Oregon Coast Beach Connection. Between now and the end of the month, a variety of strange and tall tales will published on the site, partially to gear up for the talks on the subject in Seaside and Newport, given by editor Andre’ Hagestedt.

For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern end of Seaside.

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.

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Hagestedt will speak about Oregon coast ghosts and other strange stories at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on October 27, and again in Seaside at Beach Books on October 29. Click here for more.

In preparation for this feast of freaky facts, Hagestedt has been slowly discovering more weird stories about the region lately and will publish these in detail over the weeks leading up to the talks.

Stay tuned to BeachConnection.net for the following wild yarns, which includes not just paranormal stuff but the freaky, even shocking scientific facts about the region.

Bandage Man: A favorite north coast legend that centers around Cannon Beach, he is something like a cheap version of the mummy, wandering around on stormy nights, dressed up in bandages often dripping with blood. BeachConnection.net has dug deeper into this myth and discovered more that’s both chilling and amusing.

Haunted Lighthouses: There are numerous tales of spirits meandering around the sentinels that have lit up these shores for about one hundred years now, but some of them aren’t what they seem.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

One tale is especially scary, about the ghost of a lighthouse keeper at Newport’s Yaquina Head lighthouse that supposedly had died a gruesome death there, causing his still-living coworkers to fear going into the place at night, lest they be accosted by him in spirit form. But this one has quite a weird ending.

The lighthouse at Heceta Head, near Florence, is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world, but it’s also been named one of the nation’s top ten haunted lighthouses by Coastal Living Magazine. You’ll find out why this month, and why the family who runs the B&B there simply shrugs it off after freely admitting the ghost is real.

A1 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.

There is the longtime, famous ghost story of the teenaged chick who haunts the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport – but there’s an unusual twist here too.

Particularly scary, however, is the real life yarn of a Hollywood film crew who left the other lighthouse a shambles – the tall one, on Yaquina Head. Probably the scariest part is that they were Hollywood folk, with the wanton attitude of Lindsey Lohan and Britney Spears.

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse sits on a large basalt structure about a mile away from shore

Getting Spooky at Tillamook Rock Lighthouse: It’s perhaps the most mysterious of lighthouses in the nation, as it’s not accessible at all by the public, teasing us by lurking a mile offshore, barely visible and creating a bunch of self-sustaining myths about itself.

There are a couple creepy tales about this enigmatic icon that’s seen from Cannon Beach and Seaside – one of which involves the death of an entire ship that crashed near it. Now, some say you can hear the ship’s only survivor – a dog – howling in the night.

However, the truth behind this dark, mystifying place is the strangest part. Find out what happened during its extremely hazardous construction, and how the Native Americans tried to warn people.

The upper floors of the Seaside Aquarium were once apartments, and now said to still house some tenants

The 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. www.theoceanlodge.com

Sleepless in Seaside: The north coast town is full of little tales here and there, involving ghosts that throw stuff, creep out restaurant owners, appear fuzzily from behind doors, and ghosts that move with employees to haunt another building.

Then there’s the mysterious soldier who appeared once on the promenade to a local man, or the whispers of something in the nether regions of the upper floors of the Seaside Aquarium.

The Non-Living of Lincoln City: The central coast town has plenty of wild tales swirling about it, some of which include testimonials from a local man who did a small film on the ghosts of that area.

Witness the hairs standing up on his neck as he discovers the uncanny facts behind a ghost experience he filmed at a firehouse there.

Siletz Bay is known to have a ghost ship – both real and legendary, which adds particular strength to the tales of a schooner that appears from the fog and then disappears. There’s also a number of buildings haunted in the area.

Weird sights above the Nehalem Bay

Tradewinds Motel, 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. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Happy and Creepy in Nehalem Bay: Something is very different about this particularly engaging section of the north Oregon coast, with a rather insistent local population talking about a phenomenon where odd, serendipitous coincidences happen with startling regularity. It’s called the “Wheeler Moment,” and it sometimes means if you make a wish there, it just may come true.

On the other side of the coin, find out about the legends of hauntings there, and some of the new information recently uncovered about them. Also, the town of Manzanita has a past that is especially bizarre and creepy – one which strangely mirrors a horror movie released in the last few years.

Not only is Neskowin purportedly a strange "spirit spot," but it contains one of the strangest geologic features with its "ghost forest"

Spirits and the Spiritual of the Central Coast Ghosts: The village of Neskowin is another one of those “spiritual” spots, not unlike Nehalem Bay, and the Nye Beach area of Newport also has a similar spirit spot legend.

Find out more about the ghost of a man who may haunt the bars in Newport, and then there’s that chilling recount of the upset spirit that haunts the upper floor of a restaurant in Depoe Bay.

The Ghosts of Astoria: Here’s a town that it so atmospheric and ancient that it practically has no choice but to be a center for those from beyond. The Liberty Theater, the Firefighter Museum and a variety of buildings here – many of them Victorians – have an abundance of ghost tales. One involves a ghost nicknamed “Handsome Paul” who just looks dapper and hangs out. Meanwhile, the town has a gruesome history of people getting shanghaied, which lends plenty of reason as to why someone of the departed demographic would want to haunt the area.

Cape Falcon, near Manzanita: how it came to be dwarfs the scare element of any ghost story

The Fiery Truth About the Coast: How much of this region was formed is one bizarre, truly frightening saga. Many of the headlands and major rock structures you see, which give the coast its distinctive look, were formed by a lava flow so large it’s hard to imagine. Picture massive lava, as high as 20 feet and hundreds of miles long, scorching its way through the prehistoric Oregon – many times over.

17 lavish, beachfront suites feature Jacuzzi or outdoor hot tub, gas fireplace, luxury robes & linens, TV, two-headed showers. Three large suites have kitchens. Private deck w/ BBQ available. No smoking or pets. Perfect for romantic getaway, honeymoon.Then, fast-forward millions of years later, to about 10,000 years ago. Oregon during the ice age was caught up in a flood so big it scoured out the valley we know as the Columbia Gorge.

Weird Science Wonders: Discover the strange wonders of glowing sand and sand that sings. Find out about meteor showers that are more spectacular on the coast. Find about the elusive and still controversial “green flash at sunset.” Truth is even stranger than science fiction on the coast.

All these are coming up in greater deal, throughout the weeks, until October 27.

Arch 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 sea.
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 866-436-1607.

D 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.

STARFISH POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
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. www.starfishpoint.com

Weiss' 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 St.
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

Lincoln 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. 541-994-8778.

Inn 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.


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. Prepare for Freaky, Creepy Mole Crabs on Oregon Coast Beaches The little critters make the tideline bubble and feel really weird as they run across your feet

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Newly renovated, 30 upscale rooms, on north end of Lincoln City, close to everything. Spa-like feeling, w/ luxury linens & robes, pillow top mattresses, flat screen TV's, granite counters and more all add to pampering. Oceanfront and ocean view units w/ gas fireplace. Hot Tub units. Romance packages. Luxury Room for every budget: meeting and wedding spaces too.

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

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

Condo-hotel that offers the amenities of a fine hotel, but also includes ownership of a vacation home on the north Oregon coast. It is a unique opportunity, as condo owners have an opportunity to share in the revenues of their unit. All have either spectacular, nearly aerial views of the ocean and city, or they gaze out at the lush forests of the coast range mountains. There are private balconies in all rooms, which come as studios or units with one bedroom or two - as large as 850 square feet. Each is fully furnished. $189,000 to $449,000, (with most in the $300,000 range.) When owners are not using their units, they may be rented out as hotel rooms, and owners may share in those revenues.