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We’re interested in renting a home on or near the beach in Oregon for a few weeks this summer. We have kids ages 5, 6, and 12 and are looking for a sandy beach, relaxed quiet community with great fishing, biking and playgrounds. What areas do you suggest? – Lauri

In order to enjoy boating and easy docking, you’re going to have to find a place that is not oceanfront, but more like a bay, inland lake or river. I’m picturing a few places like that on the Nehalem River, and on the Nestucca River, both in Tillamook County. I just did a quick search and found a few on Mercer Lake, near Florence. But, I don’t know of any small, non-touristy communities that are also good for biking and playgrounds — those just don’t seem to go together. But I’ll bet the kids will think the beach is a pretty good playground.

Answered by Niki Price on April 19th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

If I plan to do the coast ride by myself, what would you recommend to prepare for the trip from North – South on Rt. 101?

The Oregon coast is a pretty fantastic stretch of coastline, complete with a ton of off-bike adventures and amenities to make the whole thing enjoyable. Late September/Early October would be a nice time–after the summer rush, but before the weather really starts to get inhospitable to long days of pedaling.

I’ll say right off I had a hard time finding info on a company that just offers gear shuttling for a ride like yours. There are certainly many companies that offer guided, supported trips, but as far as a shuttle service, this was the only one I found. It comes highly recommended.

For lodging, you’ll do best to look at your route first, estimate your daily mileage, and focus your searching on the towns you want to stay in. It’s worth looking at VRBO.com to see if there are some smaller, private rentals that might be available, since that’s always a nice way to go, but can also be impractical for single night stays.

Here are some recommendations for coast lodging, dining, and things to see/do.

From an overall planning point of view, here are a few great links you might find helpful:

Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Bike Routes (note the link to Oregon Coast Bike Route)

Great Oregon rides around the state (be sure to look at the resource links)

Answered by Otis Rubottom, Ask Oregon Cycling Expert on March 12th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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I’m looking to plan an anniversary trip for last week in July. Would like to stay somewhere near the coast that includes breakfast and would like to be close to horseback ride options. Other interests would be wine tasting and zoos/aquariums. Any Ideas?

One great trip is to fly into Portland, and drive through Oregon wine country (look around Yamhill County, and Hwy. 18), do a few tastings and maybe stay one night on the way. Try this site.

Then, arrive at the coast and head south, to Newport, which is home to the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Here’s one B & B I’ve heard great things about. About 10 miles south of there, near Waldport, is a great little spot called the Cliff House. The owners’ names are Bud and Sharon.

Answered by Travel Oregon Staff on March 7th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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I am getting married in late May, and would like to find an Oregon Coast beach that is a little more private than the average state park, as well as offers a little protection from the gusty coastal winds.

A lot of people get married at the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, because the pub has a special room that opens into their own “beach” adjacent to Cape Kiwanda State Park. It’s not secluded, but it does have great food and an easy place to duck into, in case the weather is terrible. And very good beer.

Outside of that, I would suggest:

  1. Oceanside — a small village, with a nice restaurant called Roseanna’s nearby. A few small hotels and vacation rentals nearby. There is a small oceanview community clubhouse there.
  2. Short Beach — This is a small, secluded beach with a lot of stairs, but it’s very scenic. My story about it here , and here’s the website by the man who created the groovy stairs.
  3. Tierra del Mar — This spot just north of Pacific City is not tightly protected, but it is in the lee of Cape Kiwanda, so it can be less windy (sometimes). What it does have is easy access. Unlike Short Beach, with lots of stairs, at Tierra del Mar you can drive right onto the beach, and even if you park on the highway it’s an easy, low beach access.

Officially, you are supposed to have a permit. If you want one, contact the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation at 800-551-6949 or 541-265-8179 for permits.

Good luck!

Answered by Niki Price on February 16th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Planning a trip through the west coast. From Portland to San Francisco. What we must not miss?

I’d check out Astoria and Canon Beach, see this blog entry. I would take I-5 to Hwy 38 to the coast and down to San Francisco.

Answered by Dave Strom on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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In my research on Oregon, over the last couple of years; I came across a story about one of the coastal sites, setting out glass globes…hiding them like easter eggs. Where does this take place, or does it anymore?

You’re definitely thinking of Lincoln City, where they set out more than 2,000 colorful blown glass “floats” between October and May. The program began in 1999, to celebrate the millennium, and now the “Float Fairies” are at work every year. The floats are modeled on the traditional Japanese blown glass fishing floats, in green and blue, that used to wash up on these beaches. They’ve expanded the program to include a “blow your own” glass foundry, and local galleries also specialize in these floats. Happy hunting! http://www.oregoncoast.org/glass-art-blowing/

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

When does the crabbing season start and when does it end?

The ocean crabbing season (the commercial season) is officially closed from Aug. 15 until around Dec. 1. In the fall they are likely to be light and stringy, as they fill in their new shells. By the winter, they are usually full and heavy. That being said, it is legal to crab in the bays and estuaries here year round. And I’ve seen people haul up quite a few, off the dock in September and October. I would wait to get your shellfish license, and first ask at the marina, to get the latest on bait, tides and the like. If the crabbing has been poor, then you won’t have wasted your money on licenses, traps, boat rental, etc. Good luck!

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Headed to Rockaway Beach. Any recommendations?

I always stop at the Morning Glory Cafe for baked goods and sandwiches. Also, you can stay at the Silver Sands Oceanfront Resort.

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

My friend is fixing to get married in the next year or so, and she needs help finding a venue. I believe she wants it to be in Central Coastal Oregon. Ideas?

Tell your friend that she couldn’t have picked a better place to get hitched! Oregon is perfect! Check out some of these B & B wedding locations! If I had a larger group (100 or more) I would consider the Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City. They have a banquet room that opens onto a sandy area right off the public beach (like getting married on the beach without all the walking) and great food and brews made on-site. On the quirkier side, my friend Kip Ward is starting a new event center in Lincoln City. It’s a former mortuary turned into a restaurant and event center — the working title is “The Eventuary.” Good luck!

Answered by Niki Price on February 3rd, 2012 - Post Your Answer

Any suggestions for Oregon Coastal towns? Taking a drive from Seattle to Portland.

If you head west after Portland, I recommend Newport (fishing town) and Yachats (scenic, small, coffee).

Answered by Zachary Collier, Ask Oregon Rafting Expert on January 4th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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