Articles by Gary Hayes

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Where’s a good spot to crab near Astoria without a boat?

You may find some crabbing charters out of the port of Hammond south of Astoria. In addition, the 12th Street bridge in Seaside is a popular non-boat location with crab rings dropped directly off the bridge. One of the best crabbing experiences on…

March 25th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where should we stay during our romantic honeymoon on the Coast?

There are 363 miles of options for romantic escapes on the Oregon Coast, so your decision will depend on the kind of experience you are after. I would list Cannon Beach, Yachats and Bandon as great small towns that offer options in luxurious resorts…

March 16th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Road Trip: Wild Rivers Coast Farm Tour

March 11th, 2016

While most travelers rarely linger along the 27-mile stretch of Highway 101 between Bandon and Port Orford, anyone…

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Are there charter services that will take us to Haystack Rock to spread our parents’ ashes?

The nearest charter boat services to Cannon Beach would be in Garibaldi, south of Cannon Beach, or to the north, in…

March 1st, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What day trips can bird watchers and active seniors take from Seaside in September?

At the top of my list would be Ecola State Park, just 15 minutes south of Seaside. It offers easy walking paths with…

February 26th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where can I look for fossils in Bandon?

Much has been written about finding fossils on the Central Oregon Coast north of Newport. I expect the focus on fossils…

February 14th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Where are the best places to see nature and the ocean while RV camping at the Coast?

My favorite campgrounds that put you close to the ocean and nature include Cape Lookout State Park on the North Oregon…

January 20th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What “characterful towns” can I visit up the Coast after detouring from Ashland?

I would recommend you start your coastal tour in Bandon, one of my favorite beaches and small towns on the Oregon Coast…

January 3rd, 2016- Post Your Answer
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Can you suggest a 2-day Oregon Coast itinerary beginning in Brookings?

The South Oregon Coast has many attractions that you could easily spend two days without traveling too far up the coast…

December 1st, 2015- Post Your Answer
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Explore Harris Beach State Park

November 6th, 2015

It’s famous for sandy beaches, scenic rock formations, colorful tide pools, outstanding bird watching and frequently…

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About Author Gary Hayes

Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Explorer Media Group, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. Now living in Cannon Beach, Gary is an extensively published photographer and writer focusing on the Oregon Coast and the Northwest's food and wine culture. He also serves as Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.

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