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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.

A castle on the coast. Fine antiques, gourmet breakfast, luxury w/ ocean views, pet friendly. Social hour in the eve. Have to see to believe. East Ocean Rd., just north of the Arch Cape Tunnel. Arch Cape, Oregon (s. of Cannon Beach and Seaside). www.archcapehouse.com. 800-436-2848

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

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.

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.


A Bit of Star Trek, Half Life 2 on Oregon Coast

Published 07/20/2011

(Oregon Coast) – If you've ever wandered some of those really dramatic rocky shelf areas of the Oregon coast, or the pock-marked sandstone chunks of places around Bandon and Pacific City, it's likely you not only thought these were stunningly beautiful spots – but perhaps a little alien looking as well. Some of the most remarkable places along the coast look like landscapes from another planet at times (above: what's nicknamed "Star Trek Beach" because of the arch - although the arch is now gone).

Sometimes, they can resemble such otherworldly things in a most interesting way. Like the hidden beach at Oceanside that at times looks like a certain famous Star Trek episode, or the parts of Highway 101 near Florence that would grab the eye of a fan of the sci-fi video game “Half Life 2.”

Oceanside now: the arch is gone, but the other structures remain.

Then there’s also the visual nuggets that could appeal to fans of Stargate, Star Wars, the original Twilight movie and others.

That’s right. There’s an element to this coastline that would appeal to serious sci-fi nerds.

At Oceanside, beyond the tunnel through Maxwell Point, sits a hidden beach with loads of unique qualities. Tide pool life, an odd cave or two and plenty of agates are a lot of the big attraction here. But there are a couple rock structures that  resemble some landmarks in two major original Star Trek episodes – and they have actually started to attract the odd Star Trek fan here and there because of increasing internet chatter about this. In fact, more than once it’s become nicknamed “Star Trek Beach.”

Oceanside back when the arch existed - at a low tide event

One of the big reminders of Star Trek is actually no more: there was once an arch here that looked strikingly similar to the time portal in the episode “City on the Edge of Forever” (which was penned by famed sci-fi author Harlan Ellison). In the mid-2000’s, the arch fell, leaving two small sea stacks just a ways into the surf.

There is still, however, a curious rocky slab or two – including one that forms a ramp – that are slightly reminiscent of that episode where Captain Kirk fought that wheezing lizard creature known as the Gorn. The same rocky area for that episode was also used in the “Roswell” series and one of the “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” movies in a hilarious Star Trek parody.

In any case, others out there seem to be calling the Oceanside spot “Star Trek Beach” – and it may catch on.

A scene from the Half Life 2 video game: Look out for ant lions.

For those addicted to the video game Half Life 2, with its sleek look and chilling post-apocalyptic view of a future where huge alien bugs have taken over the beaches, parts of Highway 101 between Florence and Yachats will remind you of Highway 17. You may even be tempted to scream “Combine at the lighthouse!” when you come across the Heceta Head Lighthouse.

There’s a section in the video game where you go wandering along a coast road under a blue sky and slightly misty conditions, sometimes driving next to cliffs with sheer drops, up bluffs with winding roads and past large basalt structures – all of which can look like that section of Oregon coast.

Near Florence: cliffs here can resemble the video game - but no ant lions here.

The look of the video game’s graphics has that same feel as this part of the coast, and some of the landmarks will definitely delight hardcore fans of this video game.

If you’re a fan of the Stargate franchise or even Star Wars, are you looking for outdoor moments that resemble the original Stargate movie’s planet of Abydos? Or even Luke Skywalker’s home world? The Oregon Dunes Recreation Area just south of Florence or the dunes next to Cape Lookout and Sand Lake provide a metric ton of otherworldly moments that can have similar vibes. All that’s missing are a couple extra moons in the sky, but if you’re lucky enough you may get to spot a striking moonrise above a dune during the daylight, like this one at the dune behind Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City (at bottom).

At left: near Yachats in real life. At right: Half Life video game scene

"Goonies Rock" at Ecola Creek State Park

Just south of Yachats and within town, there’s a whole starship full of esoteric, alien-looking landscapes. Those basalt rock structures meander and twist in strange shapes, and at times it makes you think of various Star Trek or Stargate episodes – like the one where Spock fought off primitive Sasquatch-like tribes from that Galileo craft.

And for serious movie nerds who like to visit spots where actual films were made, Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach was the site for scenes in Twilight, the famed “Goonies” flick and more.

Moonrise over the dune at Cape Kiwanda

Alien-like lanscapes near Yachats


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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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