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CALL: 541-357-5491 (Eugene) or 458-201-8972 (Springfield)
WHERE: 3215 West 11th Ave – Eugene Google Map
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Sea Ranch Resort has horses available to rent for weekend rides starting Memorial Day weekend through June 7th, with daily rides beginning June 10th and running thru Labor Day from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The stables are in the rear of Sea Ranch RV Park. All rides are guided by competent, experienced guides who strive to make each ride enjoyable and memorable.
Call (503) 436-2815 for more information. Located at 415 Fir Street, Cannon Beach.
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The Friendliest Folks Around! The owners and guides truly care about your experience with Green Acres and are quite proud of the reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. Come by and meet the horses, help feed them carrots between rides. The younger kids can take a Pony Ride or just pet a horse for the first time. Folks are always welcome to come by for a free tour of the barn and meet the horses, or take a lesson year round. Safety is always paramount with Green Acres. All of the guides are FirstAid/CPR certified and experienced horseowners themselves, who actually care forthe horses year round. Only top quality saddles, tack and safety gear is used. Rides
with more than 2 people always have 2 or more guides. Enjoy the ride of a lifetime. Visit beach-rides.com or TripAdvisor for more information about Green Acres Beach & Trail Rides.
For more information, call 541-921-6289 or 541-603-1768
Come experience the Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area on horseback. The Pacific Ocean beach, sand dunes, coastal lakes and beautiful forest trails at C & M Stables offer one of the finest horse riding opportunities to be found anywhere in the world. For over 30 years, the wranglers at C & M have taken pride in matching riders at all levels of experience, from beginners to experts and from children to seasoned citizens, to the horse and
ride which will provide a safe, exhilarating, memorable adventure. All rides are guided and include suitable instruction. C & M offers a variety of riding experiences from 15 minute corral rides, to beach rides, trail rides, adventure rides, sunset rides, and even half-day combination beach and trail rides.
For more information, call (541) 997-7540 to reserve your ride.
Open to the Public, Forest Hills Golf Course, a member-owned, not-for-profit organization located in Reedsport, is the finest 9-hole course and the best golf value on the Oregon Coast! This beautiful green golf course, set amongst mature spruce and alders, is well wind protected (relative to other Oregon coast golf courses) and is an especially enjoyable course to play.
The course consists of 9 holes with four sets of tee boxes. The course is rated for several tee combinations for both men and women to meet the needs of all skill levels. Play 9, or play 9 more. This beautiful and affordable course with its excellent greens and friendly people make Forest Hills a great experience for all. A driving range and practice green are also available. For more information or to schedule your tee time, call 541-271-2626.
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WHERE: 1 Country Club Drive – Reedsport
Vineyards and winemaking have been a part of Oregon’s history since the days of the early pioneers in the 1840s, when precious starts were carefully brought overland on the perilous journey to the “Oregon Country.” It was just over 50 years ago when Richard Sommer established HillCrest Vineyards near Roseburg that Oregon’s modern wine industry and commercial wine production got its start. Sommer, like most of Oregon’s modern era wine
producers and winemakers, was a transplant from the University of California at Davis, who defied conventional wisdom and planted Vitis vinifera grapes in cool viticulture sites. He and like-minded modern pioneers were convinced that Burgundian varieties could have greater success in Oregon than in California. In addition to traditional wines, western Oregon is home to Honeywood Winery, the oldest producing winery in Oregon.
Honeywood Winery, originally called Columbia Distilleries, had produced fruit brandies, cordials and liqueurs. Eventually they settled on making premium wines and decided a name change was in order. They also specialize in producing a wide range of fruit wines from berries, apricots, pineapple, and many other fruits.
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You are welcome to visit Lincoln City Glass Center anytime they are open. The studio is open for appointments and making your own glass Wednesday through Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday, the artists explore their ideas and make glass for the Galleries. You are welcome to watch at any time, but on Mondays and Tuesdays you will be watching only, which is very entertaining! For about two months, the artists forego creating on Mondays and Tuesdays to making your own glass during the ‘high season’ between July and September (Labor Day) and for the three weeks around spring break.
For more information or to schedule an appointment for Glass-Making, call 541-996-2569.
WHERE: 4821 SW Highway 101 – Lincoln City
State highway 138, the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway, is commonly known as the “highway of waterfalls”, and for good reason. There are 15 waterfalls along this route, which winds its way alongside both the Umpqua and Rogue Rivers. The full scenic route covers 172 miles and takes about 5 to 7 hours, traveling from Roseburg to Diamond Lake and the north entrance to Crater lake, and then south to Gold Hill. Along the way, you’ll find well-marked trails leading to dramatic waterfalls and cliffs. Take a short hike to double-tiered Toketee Falls, which drops a total of 120 feet over columnar basalt and offers visitors an observation platform to take in the spectacular views. Or stop at Watson Falls, one of the highest in southwestern Oregon at a staggering 272 feet. Most hikes are easy to moderate and less than a mile, though there is typically some climbing involved to reach the best vantage point.
For more information, contact the BLM’s Roseburg District Office at 541-440-4930 or the Roseburg Visitor’s Bureau at 541-672-9731. Byway brochures, with detailed information on waterfalls and other features along the route, are available from the BLM and from area visitor bureaus, and can be downloaded online at:
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Bryce Dimitruk began creating art from hot and cold glass in 1998, while working at the internationally recognized studio Steven Lundberg Art Glass in Santa Cruz, California. During his five years there, Bryce had the opportunity to study under several masters with whom he worked on projects for many nationally renowned galleries throughout the United States, including the Corning Museum and Gump’s.
The dream of having his own studio came to fruition in the beautiful coastline town of Bandon, Oregon, and in 2004 Bryce and his wife Miyuki acquired Vines Art Glass. Together they are continuing the tradition of creating a high quality, innovative product line for which Vines Art Glass has been known and respected since 1982.
Bryce’s glass art produced at Vines Art Glass has been included in many collections, ranging from extremely delicate and personal work commissioned by private buyers to the exclusive 33 Club by Disney.
Bryce’s glass art is handcrafted, starting as a raw gathering of molten glass. This lava-like substance is carefully decorated with colored glass shards or chips, melted onto the surface and manipulated with a variety of hand tools to reflect unique artistic expression with texture and vibrancy. When cooled, every piece is carefully inspected and only the finest examples are signed.
Every piece sold by Vines Art Glass is a physical manifestation of the passion and heart Bryce has put into his business and a reflection of the devotion he puts in to each original piece of art.
Stop in and say “hello” and view the beautiful blown glass creations in person.
WHERE: 47074 Hwy 101 – Bandon
Nothing quite compares to the rustic charm of a covered bridge, and coming upon one of Oregon’s beautiful covered bridges is like walking into a bucolic watercolor painting. Beginning in the mid-1850s, close to 450 covered bridges were built in Oregon; today 51 of those remain, giving Oregon the most covered bridges west of the Mississippi River. Covered bridges can be found in abundance in Western Oregon, and in a variety of architectural structures, from converted railway cars to classic pioneer construction. Maps of covered bridge locations are often available from local chambers of commerce. Covered bridge books, calendars and postcards are typically available in local bookstores.
The Oregon Covered Bridge Festival is the only event of its kind on the West Coast. It gives residents and visitors alike a chance to enjoy these beautiful bridges and learn about their heritage.
For more information on the festival or to chat with a covered bridge historian, call 503-399-0436.
A popular point of interest is the Astoria Column. The tower, built atop Coxcomb Hill, stands 125 feet high, 600 feet above sea level. There is an inner circular staircase allowing visitors to climb the 164 steps to see a panoramic view of the town, the surrounding lands, Young’s Bay and the Columbia River as it flows into the Pacific. The Astor family built the column in 1926 to commemorate the region’s early history. Take a look at the hand-painted spiral frieze encircling the column which commemorate the migration to the west and settlement of the area. If the frieze were to be unwound, it would stretch more than 500 feet. The Astoria Column is one
of a series of 12 historical markers which were erected between St.Paul, Minnesota and Astoria.
WHERE: 2199 Coxcomb Drive – Astoria
The site is protected as part of the Lewis and Clark National and State Historical Parks, and is also known as Fort Clatsop National Memorial. The original Fort Clatsop decayed in the wet climate of the region but was reconstructed in 1955 from sketches in the journals of William Clark and lasted for fifty years. The replica was severely damaged by fire in early October 2005. A new replica, more rustic, was built by about 700 volunteers in
2006. The site is currently operated by the National Park Service. The park also features an interpretive center and an exhibit hall. During the summer months, there are park rangers stationed in the fort and at the trailheads who are costumed in period clothing and buckskin.
WHERE: 92343 Fort Clatsop Road – Astoria
The Columbia River Maritime Museum provides a passage back in time for guests of all ages by combining history with cutting-edge technology. The Columbia River Maritime Museum was founded in 1962 by Rolf Klep, a native Astorian. Klep, a longtime collector of maritime artifacts, along with a group of his colleagues envisioned a museum of national distinction which would preserve the rich maritime heritage of the entire Columbia River region. The Columbia River Maritime Museum has a reputation for the quality of its exhibits and the scope of its collections, making it one of the finest maritime museums in the nation. The Museum has been designated the official state maritime museum of Oregon. In 2002, the Museum celebrated its 40th anniversary with the completion of its expanded exhibit space.
The Museum houses interactive exhibits that combine history with cutting-edge technology and numerous Museum acquisitions. Visitors of all ages will find the opportunity to experience what it would be like to pilot a tugboat or to participate in a Coast Guard rescue on the Columbia River Bar. Visitors may also find out what it’s like to live in Astoria during the height of salmon fishing. The Columbia River can be seen from the huge windows on the north wall, serving as a majestic backdrop
for the exhibits. Six galleries, the Great Hall, and the Lightship Columbia interpret the Pacific Northwest’s rich maritime history.
WHERE: 1792 Marine Drive – Astoria
Enjoy family friendly fun in this Inverted World! Use your phone or camera to take one-of-a-kind pictures. Pose alone or with a group! Do a handstand on a bar stool in the Inverted Saloon, hold on tight to a light pole so you don’t get swept away at the Promenade, take a wacky ride on a tandem bike on the beach, or choose from many more fun inverted scenes. Group rates are available, so plan a reunion, birthday party, or other special occasion at Seaside Inverted Experience. Unlimited photos for one low price: adults $6, juniors $5. Hours vary by season. Call 503-470-8040 for more information.
WHERE: 111 Broadway, Suite 11 – Seaside
When you’re visiting the North Coast, there is so much natural beauty as well as so many scenic landscapes to take in you may not notice all of the fine shopping you can do, all at once! To get that special swimsuit, jogging shoes, sundress or practically anything else, head to the Seaside Outlets.
Just minutes from the beautiful beaches that Seaside is famous for, Seaside Outlets has something for everyone who loves to shop. Remember, when you shop at Seaside Outlets, you pay no sales tax! Another reason why visitors love to shop in Oregon!
Seaside Outlets offers the finest selection of internationally known stores, with deals on items you won’t find anywhere else in the area, like Nike,Van Heusen, Famous Footwear, Rack Room Shoes, Eddie Bauer, Helly Hansen, Pendleton, OshKosh, Carter’s, Bath and Body Works, Rue 21 and many more! If you’re thirsty, stop by for libations at The Wine and Beer Haus, or grab a meal at Tokyo Teriyaki Japanese Restaurant, or a delicious sandwich at Daisy May’s Sandwich Shop.
Whatever it is that makes you want to shop, Seaside Outlets is fun for the whole family. They’re located at 1111 N. Roosevelt Drive (Hwy 101 & 12th Street) Seaside, Oregon.
WHERE: 1111 N. Roosevelt Drive (Hwy 101 & 12th Street) Seaside
For hours of operation & more information, call (503) 717-1603.
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Nestled in the coastal trees, just off the Pacific Ocean in picturesque Cannon Beach, you’ll find Sea Ranch Resort, a relaxing villa by the sea, where you can easily fill a few days full of activity and fun for the whole family.
Their cabins are fully equipped with all the conveniences of home, or pitch a tent at one of their tent sites, or stay at their full hook-up RV park in your own rig. So many ways to stay! Plan a family horseback riding trip right from Sea Ranch Stables, where you will have a knowledgeable and friendly guide to take you to view world famous Haystack Rock, as you ride horseback with your family on the beach! After the fun, mom and dad can treat themselves to the on-site spa and wellness center with a sauna, massage, and all the amenities. They have a general store where you can pick up anything you may need. How about relaxing at their organic tea and coffee bar while you use their on-site laundry facilities? Also, if you plan ahead, you can use their beautiful event lodge for your family reunion party or friendly get together. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll on the beach at sunset, a full day of fun in the sun building sand castles, horseback riding, massage, or specialty shopping within walking distance, the friendly folks at Sea Ranch Resort will make your stay comfortable, relaxing and enjoyable! Sea Ranch
Resort is open year round. Proceeds from Sea Ranch Resort support the Children’s Music Camp, Easter Egg Hunt and horses rescued by Sea Ranch Resort.
WHERE: 415 Fir Street – Cannon Beach
Looking for the ultimate Oregon Coast experience – look no further than Kelly’s Brighton Marina. Fresh Dungeness Crabs, Chinook Salmon and a variety of bay clams await your arrival – rent a boat to catch your bounty, crab on the dock for the casual approach, or simply choose from their well-stocked live tanks – the end result is the same – dining on the freshest, MOST DELICIOUS SEAFOOD you have ever tasted!! The riverside deck with communal fire pit is the perfect hang out spot for the day. See river otters, harbor seals, blue herons and bald eagles in their natural environment. With 23 years of crabbing experience Kelly, along with his wonderful staff, will ensure that your fun filled day of family friendly entertainment will be a favorite vacation memory for years to come. Whether you come for the day or stay overnight in one of the water front RV and tent sites – Kelly’s Brighton Marina is a must stop destination for any trip to the fabulous Oregon Coast! Call (503) 368-5745 for more information – or visit their website to view the live camera. Come and spend your day on Nehalem Bay.
WHERE: 29200 Hwy 101 N – Rockaway Beach
Enjoy Oregon’s premier ocean fishing with Garibaldi Charters Deep Sea Fishing. Take a half day trip on one of their three charter vessels to fish for Rockfish, Lingcod, or Salmon. They even add free crabbing as a bonus on select trips when the ocean conditions are favorable! Looking for an extreme adventure? Try one of their 12 hour offshore Halibut or Tuna trips – it’s sure to leave a smile on your face. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced fisherman, Garibaldi Charters has something for everyone! Fishing not your thing? They offer Whale Watching and Eco-Tours of the beautiful Oregon Coast as well. Locally owned and family operated, Garibaldi Charters has been fishing the waters off the Oregon Coast for over 40 years. Their captains are experienced Coast Guard Certified skippers who live and work on the ocean every day. They have courteous, knowledgeable deckhands who are eager to please, and their boats are Coast Guard inspected and fully equipped with modern safety and fish-finding equipment. Garibaldi Charters can also accommodate large groups, making them a great choice for family reunions, work parties, bachelor parties and more. A fishing trip with Garibaldi Charters is an exciting adventure, and truly an unforgettable experience! The office is located in the heart of Garibaldi at the corner of 7th street and Highway 101 (about 15 min North of Tillamook). The fishing season in Garibaldi runs from March to October.
You can find out what they are fishing for now, and book your adventure by calling 1-800-900-HOOK or by visiting www.garibaldicharters.com
Near the shore in the channel leading from Garibaldi to the North Jetty and the Pacific Ocean is a picturesque rock formation known as the Three Graces. The rocks are a favorite of birds and photographers. At the base you will find tide pools and excellent beach combing. These rock formations are composed of sandstone and were likely formed between 20 and 30 million years ago. According to George R. Priest, a geologist with Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, at that time the entire area, including what is now the Coast Range, was an under-sea marine environment and part of the continental shelf, just as the ocean floor off the coast is today. Over time and under pressure, this sand consolidated into sandstone. Then, as the earth’s tectonic plates crashed into each other, they pushed up the coastal mountains and fractured and tilted up a ridge of sandstone along the coastline. Over time, the tides and surf wore away the softer portions of this sandstone, leaving behind the rocks we see today. To get to the beach near the formation, drive a little over a mile north from Garibaldi on Highway 101. The highway hugs the cliffs and there are no parking areas or wide shoulders making it difficult to park near the rocks themselves. It is best to drive past the formation and park near the intersection at Harborview Drive. Then walk back, crossing the railroad tracks to get to the beach.
Birding is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities in the country, and Tillamook is rich with sighting opportunities with more than 356 species recorded in the county checklist, making the area a bird watching paradise. The coastline areas are home to or visited by all manner of sea and shore birds and inland forests shelter migrating songbirds. Eagles are often seen, as are hawks. Among waterfowl, it’s common
to see American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Surf Scoters and Buffleheads. Brown Pelicans use the Bay from May to December and peak in September. Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Black-bellied Plovers, Semi-palmated
Plovers, Whimbrels, Sanderlings, Dunlins and Short-billed Dowitchers are also seen. There are two rookeries around Tillamook Bay that host Great Blue Herons. One in Garibaldi is quite large (up to 50 nests). The herons are year-round residents. The Bay also provides an important habitat for many birds migrating on the Pacific flyway. Bird watching can be done from the shore or the water. For water viewing, you can get close to more remote areas in a kayak or a canoe. Either way, beginners are advised to bring a good pair of binoculars and a field guide to help identify what you see. The Oregon Coast Birding Trail lists 173 birding hot spots, and close to 20 of those are in Tillamook county, including the Barview Jetty Park, on the north end of Garibaldi, and the Garibaldi Boat Basin, just a short walk from the center of Garibaldi.
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The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad is a registered 501(c) 3 non-profit museum organization. It is a mostly volunteer based organization that operates over the former Southern Pacific and Port of Tillamook Bay Railroads. Regularly scheduled trains are operated daily between Garibaldi and Rockaway Beach in the summer months and special event trains throughout the year over the rest of the line. The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has grown from its humble beginnings dodging freight trains in Garibaldi on weekend runs to Rockaway Beach and Wheeler, the sole operator of 46 miles of the railroad between the Tillamook airport and a point 2 miles east of the railroad siding of Enright in the Oregon Coast Range with breathtaking views of the Nehalem and Salmonberry River canyons.
As a Museum Railroad, OCSR is currently making way to expand their Garibaldi Station. Intending to preserve such historical essence by constructing a replica of the Southern Pacific depot style No. 11. A matching office building with public restrooms and a fully functional water tower will accompany the depot. The existing engine house will undergo renovations such as adding energy efficient windows and lighting.
Purchasing tickets is easy when visiting the train schedule via their website. One can do so in advance and avoid making the trip only to fi nd out the train has been sold out! Of course you can still buy tickets onboard the train in the caboose that doubles as ticket office and gift shop. Gifts include shirts, hats, sweaters, toy trains, pins, and much more. While the freight trains are gone, the scenery is second to none.
Depots in Garibaldi, Rockaway Beach and Wheeler are small covered shelters next to the tracks built by the Port of Tillamook Bay. They support a basic tourist operation known as the Oregon Coast Explorer prior to the founding of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. The depots are decorated by each of the communities and offer public restrooms nearby. Each depot and community has plenty of activities to offer between train departures.
The Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has also saved the original Pacific Railway and Navigation Depot (later bought by the Southern Pacifi c) in Tillamook from demolition and moved it to the Blue Heron French Cheese Company in Tillamook, Oregon where it will once again serve rail passengers for departures out of Tillamook in the future.
Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad has an extensive equipment roster that includes numerous historic steam and diesel locomotives along with a growing fleet of passenger cars, freight cars, and maintenance of way equipment. All of the equipment and track is operated and maintained by the volunteers of the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedules, ticket sales, special excursion details and more can be found online.
The Garibaldi Museum is located between the base of Captain Robert Gray Mountain and the Tillamook Bay. The museum is chartered to preserve the maritime heritage of the Pacific Northwest by collecting information concerning Captain Robert Gray and Captain Robert Gray’s historical vessels, the Lady Washington and the Columbia Rediviva. The museum displays the 18th century sailing world by telling the story of Captain Robert Gray and the trade with native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Among the museum displays are models of the Columbia and Lady Washington, an eight foot tall reproduction of the Columbia’s figurehead, a half model of the Columbia showing how the ship was provisioned for the long voyage, as well as reproductions of the clothing of the seafarers and musical instruments. One wing features the history of the City of Garibaldi, displaying pictures and artifacts from the turn of the century. The museum is open April through October, Thursday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment during the winter. Located at 112 Garibaldi Ave.
WHERE: 112 Garibaldi Ave – Garibaldi
CALL: (503) 322-8411
The Tillamook County Pioneer Museum allows the public to reflect on the diverse people who have called Tillamook County home in the past. From the Tillamook Indians to Captain Gray’s 1788 voyage into Tillamook Bay, the living memorial of those who came before exists on this stretch of the North Oregon coast. All of this rich history is preserved for all to enjoy at the Tillamook Pioneer Museum. There are 35,000 items, plus 10,000 photographs included in this current collection, including prehistoric specimens to modern day. Tillamook County Pioneer Museum is located at 2106 Second St. and open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
WHERE: 2106 Second St – Tillamook
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Have you ever looked down a railroad track and thought to yourself, “I sure would like to ride down there and see where it goes”? Now you can. In their third year of operation, Oregon Coast Railriders gives you an opportunity to legally pedal your railrider from Bay City to Tillamook and back. They are the first company in the nation to offer such an opportunity on an inactive rail.
Kids from infants to 84 years of age have traveled the two hour round trip journey. Anyone who can reach the pedals is expected to do their own pedaling. Very few people return without a big smile on their face and a feeling of accomplishment.
On your excursion you will be guided by the OCR staff that will help ensure road crossings are clear, though the final decision will be yours. On one of the crossings you will even get to wave at cars as you cross the gate with the crossing bells ringing! Your guides will also answer any safety questions you may have as well as questions about the railroad or the area in general.
People have seen coyotes, deer, elk, herons, and eagles. You will definitely see cows since the Tillamook area is one of the premier dairy locations in Oregon. We pass near two cheese factories, the Tillamook and Blue Heron. You will go by an estuary that has more bird sightings than any other spot on the coast. Many try to count the bridges and trestles, but keep losing count. It is known that the longest bridge is over 300 feet long and you will cross both the Kilchis and Wilson rivers. In short, the scenery is incomparable.
To book online this totally unique experience, go to Oregon Coast Railriders, ocrailriders.com. While you are on the site watch the video that Grant McCombie and crew made for Travel Oregon and Grants Getaways. After you have experienced pedaling your railrider, try one of the excellent eateries in the area or ride the Oregon Coast Scenic Railway seven miles north in Garibaldi. They guarantee an excellent experience on the Oregon Coast. See you soon! Check out more railroading opportunities at JBRAILRIDERS.com and just new this year VCRAILRIDERS.com.
For Online Registration and Information, visit www.ocrailriders.com
With a unique experience of Hangar B, take off on an adventure through aviation history at the world-renowned Naval Air Station Tillamook known as Tillamook Air Museum. Housed in one of the nation’s last remaining World War II blimp hangars, and one of the largest wooden structures in the world, the Tillamook Air Museum is an unforgettable experience for both young and old alike.
Visitors will be astounded by the museum’s display of over 20 aircraft, such as the F-14 Tomcat, A-7 Corsair ll, Mig-17, Aero-Space lines Mini-Guppy and many more. Experience life as a jet pilot by climbing into the cockpit of the museum’s many aircraft trainers, and find out more about aviation history in the museum’s free theater. Explore what life was like in a British Air Raid Shelter from World War II. Take a walk through the Exhibit Hall, with rare wartime and aviation themed artifacts from WW l to the present. Kids will enjoy the new kids play station area. The museum is handicap accessible, visitors are welcome to drive or fly in (by private aircraft where you can land and park nearby), and there is ample parking for RVs.
WHERE: 6030 Hangar Road – Tillamook
The Devil’s Punchbowl is named after a unique rock formation that really looks like a punchbowl. Especially during stormy weather when the ocean slams into the hollow rock formation—the surf churns, foams and swirls into a violent brew. It was most likely created by the collapse of the rock roof over two sea caves, then shaped by eroding waves. After viewing the punchbowl, take advantage of the great picnic area and its phenomenal views. Look just off the coast for Otter Rock, a large seabird rookery, or to catch a glimpse of a whale. The park is exceptional in its rugged and scenic beauty. Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area can be found approximately 17 miles south of Lincoln City, west of Hwy 101. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
For a truly delightful treat, visit the Connie Hansen Garden in Lincoln City, where more than an acre of color and fragrance await. Visitors on the many garden paths are surrounded by an extensive collection of unusual plants including more than 300 rhododendrons, azaleas, Japanese and Siberian iris and geraniums. The rich variety of plants makes a visit at any time of year a treat. Flowers add fragrance to the air and birds provide the music. This sensational coastal garden was developed by well-known botanist Connie Hansen, with her own hybrid and exotic plants, creating an oasis of blooms, ponds and trees. A volunteer conservancy has maintained the garden since Hansen’s
death. The garden, located at 1931 NW 33rd St., is open daily from dawn to dusk. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Hosts are on site Tuesday and Saturday, and tours are available upon request. For more information, call (541) 994-6338.
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Prehistoric provides a unique shopping and learning experience with an opportunity to explore the world’s finest fossils, minerals, and meteorites. It is filled with amazing museum quality pieces to hang in your home or business. Every unique piece at Prehistoric has an amazing tale to tell.
There’s an extensive collection of educational toys for all ages, including an array of excavation kits and other fun activities to enrich your child’s learning. Prehistoric 101 Kids Corner is a fun interactive space for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out the “break your own geode” machine, which will make lasting memories for generations to come. The fluorescent mineral room will wow you with spectacular colors. Prehistoric is proud to announce the arrival of our new hands on sluicing experience. Kids of all ages will enjoy panning for treasures. There is something for everyone at Prehistoric. Feel free to touch and experience the fossils, minerals, and meteorites!
Group tours and lectures for all ages are provided free of charge. Learn which fossils are found within each geological era. Enjoy the many real dinosaur fossils and be entertained by our audio animatronic baby Trex. There is a treasure trove of knowledge to be had within. Whether you want a quick general overview or a more in-depth experience, it is all here.
For more information, call (541) 614-1294.
WHERE: 1425 NW Highway 101 – Lincoln City
Let your heart soar in Lincoln City, where kite flying finds its ideal match in steady winds, clean ocean air and beautiful beaches. Lincoln City hosts annual Summer and Fall Kite Festivals each year. The festivals are held on the beach, in the heart of Lincoln City, at the D-River Wayside over the course of a weekend in both June and October. Send your own kite aloft or just stop by one of the festivals to watch professional and novice kite-flyers alike take advantage of the ideal conditions. Marvel at the amazing and colorful kites of all shapes and sizes, including some of the biggest and most colorful “show kites” in the world. The festivals also host an array of family events with competitions, parades, and children’s activities. Call 541-996-1274 for more information.
Visit the Depoe Bay Whale Watching Center, located on Highway 101 along the seawall in scenic Depoe Bay, and spot some whales! Park rangers are available to answer your questions and help you spot gray whales. The Center is a perfect spot for you watch whales as they blow, dive, spyhop and breach. Whale watching takes place almost yearround on the Oregon Coast. The whales migrate past on their way to and from the waters off Alaska and Mexico. Watch whales in the winter from mid-December through January. In March spring watching begins with the peak near the end of the month and finishes in June with mothers and babies traveling north. Summer brings whales that feed along our coast from July to mid-November. The Center is home to the “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteer program, which sponsors the winter and spring break Whale Watching Weeks.
For more information, call (541) 765-3304 or (541) 765-3307.
Fogarty Creek State Recreation Area is located just north of Depoe Bay and has been a favorite rest stop for several years. There are two paths on either side of the creek that lead under the highway to a small ocean cove. In the center of the cove is a rock formation commonly called Rabbit Rock. Walkers on the beach may enjoy seeing harbor seals resting on the rock. This formation provides spouting horns and may even be climbed at low tide. The park is carved from spruce, hemlock, pine and alder and is a great place for bird watching. Some of the species that have been spotted throughout the year include winter wren, song sparrow, dark-eyed junco, spotted towhee and hairy woodpecker. Migrant species include a number of warblers, such as the Wilson’s and the hermit. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
The D River is the world’s shortest river. It begins in sparkling Devil’s Lake and flows a mere 120 feet before dumping into the powerful Pacific Ocean. It is best viewed from a boat in Devil’s Lake. The D River is so small that it is contained entirely within the Lincoln City limits. The ocean tides can dramatically affect the length of this tiny river. The D River State Recreation Park provides a popular beach and excellent fishing opportunities. The D River flows under Hwy 101 and visitors love to brag about following the entire length of the river from the source to the Pacific Ocean. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
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Schedule your fishing or whale watching adventure with Dockside Charters, located in Depoe Bay. You will be comfortable in Dockside’s well-maintained vessels. Their skippers and their crews are professionals and take pride in what they do.Everything you need to catch fish is provided except desire and technique and they can even help you with that! At Dockside you can park right out in front of the office and walk right to your boat without any stairs to climb. All of their vessels are easily boarded through doors. The Samson, Tacklebuster and Kadaho are among the coast’s largest fishing and whale watching vessels, all three are wheel chair accessible. Dockside has a wide range of boats to fit your needs – three 50′ Deltas, two 43′ Deltas and four 6-pack vessels that range in size from 42′ to 32′. Group trips can be customized to suit your needs. Whether you’re deep sea fishing or on a whale watching excursion, Dockside Charters always has your satisfaction and safety in mind. To schedule your trip, call (541) 765-2545.
WHERE: 270 Coast Guard Dr – Depoe Bay
Visit the amazing Oregon Undersea Gardens and take a dive in the exclusive Undersea Theatre at the bottom of the sea. Descend into the magic submarine world of the Oregon coast – home of the largest collection of local marine life to be found anywhere. You’ll come face to face with the beauty, wonder, excitement and mystery of the underwater world. Beneath the surface, all manner of fish swim in their natural habitat. You’ll see the ghostly gardens of white and crimson anemones, where the ferocious looking wolf eel lurks and the largest species of octopus in the world glides the reef. The sea gives up its secrets in this unique underwater theatre. Continuous dive shows are filled with action, special effects and surprises. These tours are expertly narrated by knowledgeable tour guides and scuba divers equipped with underwater communications. You can get to know the underwater stars of this interesting and unique submarine drama. For more information, call (541) 265-2206.
WHERE: 250 Bay Blvd – Newport, Oregon
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Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport provides a unique opportunity to have fun while learning about marine life, with many interactive exhibits. The center describes itself as “part aquarium and part laboratory.” An enormous Pacific octopus greets visitors at the entrance. The center’s goal is to showcase scientific discovery through exhibits that display four different viewpoints: global, birds-eye, eye-level and microscopic. Check out the Tidepool Touch Tanks. Roll up your sleeves and reach into tidepool tanks and gently stroke fish skates and sea stars. The center offers a variety of different opportunities for all levels of education, from young children to graduate students. Hatfield Marine Science Center is located at 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-0226.
Mariner Square offers a chance to enter the world of the strange and the wonderful at the world’s last great sideshow – Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Since Robert Ripley’s first cartoon strip in 1918, Ripley’s has been collecting oddities from around the world. Ripley’s has been featured in books, fairs and Ripley’s famous “Odditoriums”. Anyone with a taste for the odd, creepy or just plain weird should definitely check out Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. You can experience all the wonder of the world’s most bizarre sights right here in Newport. Their “Odditorium” displays fascinating exhibits of the unbelievable, paranormal and shocking spectacles, from the “live” stage shows to shrunken heads to the magic harp. Be careful not to step over the edge of the universe in the deep space hall of mirrors. Visit the Odditorium and see if you believe it, or not! Ripley’s Believe It Or Not is located at Mariner Square in Newport’s historic Bayfront district, at 250 SW Bay Blvd. For more information, call (541) 265-2206.
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One of the greatest adventures visitors can have in Newport is a trip aboard the 65-foot Discovery, the spacious tour boat operated by Marine Discovery Tours. Endorsed by the Oregon Coast Aquarium as a “Floating Adventure,” this award-winning family-owned business was started in 1992 by a West Coast fisherman, Captain Don Mathews, and his wife, Fran, a marine journalist and storyteller. They, and their fun team of naturalists, love sharing their “close to shore back yard” – Yaquina Bay and River, and the nearby Pacific, with its abundant Oregon sea life. Their team’s mission statement says it all: “Share hands-on activities and information that lead to connections with the aquatic world. Have fun. Repeat the process!” They annually welcome aboard visitors – from local families to international travelers, students on field trips, special events, and motor coach groups from across North America.
Expeditions look for gray whales, seals, sea lions, porpoise, and sea birds tucked amidst the spectacular Oregon coastline. Guests are entertained with coastal stories ranging from the early lighthouse keepers to modern day fishermen with satellite-driven navigation systems. Hands-on activities include cruising sparkling inland waters, while pulling up Dungeness crab pots filled with Oregon’s official “State Crustacean”. Volunteers help tow plankton nets to view the microscopic base of all ocean food chains … favorite local seafood courtesy of these mighty microscopic wonders! Guests love grabbing new shots for Facebook albums, and, navigation lessons are a favorite feature with the captain – all ages welcome!
Safety & Fun are #1: the route is determined daily by the captain if the ocean is calm and safe, the Discovery heads out of harbor. If the conditions are found rough at the ocean crossing, no worries – the captain will re-route the experience to calmly cruise through 4,000 acres of salt water bay and freshwater river systems. Both routes include a variety of sea life, sights and activities, with matching stories.
Berthed conveniently on Newport’s Bayfront, the Discovery is the largest passenger vessel on the coast. Loads of one-of-a-kind features include comfortable seating for all in a heated cabin, two levels of spacious outdoor decks, a video microscope connected to monitors displaying plankton catches, radar and GPS activity, with the latest in safety equipment. Refreshments include organic coffee, plus Rogue Ales and Oregon wines for purchase. Special group event cruises are available for brunches, dinner parties, family reunions, weddings, and the scattering of ashes at sea.
Make reservations for a unique must-do Newport experience that’s available from March through October with Marine Discovery Tours at (541) 265-6200.
WHERE: 345 SW Bay Blvd – Newport
Explore the history of the Northwest with Bigfoot and be careful not to fall off the hanging bridge. Where else can you see Hollywood legends and sci-fi creatures just by turning around?
Each figure is created with incredible attention to detail. Sculptures can take months to build and can cost tens of thousands of dollars!
Meet the crew of MASH and see Marilyn Monroe in her dressing room. Watch Darth Vader try to bring his son to the dark side, gangsters and even Frankenstein! Let the kids enjoy our new tech room with fun games and projects including blow tubes and a cool gear box to let their imaginations grow (parents love it too…shhh).
The Wax Works is located at 250 SW Bay Blvd in Newport’s Historic Bayfront area. Call (541) 265-2206 for more information.
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No visit to Newport is complete without a stop at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, overlooking scenic Yaquina Bay just south of the city’s iconic bridge. The Aquarium strives to be a center of excellence for ocean literacy and fun, and it plays an active role in conservation, education and animal rehabilitation efforts. The Aquarium’s world-class indoor and outdoor exhibits have earned the facility consistent recognition as one of the top ten aquariums in the country. This year, the Oregon Coast Aquarium celebrated its 25th Anniversary as one of Oregon’s premier attractions.
The Aquarium kicked off its 25th year with the debut of the exhibit, “Big Bites”, which showcases creatures with incredible feeding adaptions. Visitors are introduced to the dazzling variety of fishes’ jaws and teeth, featuring piranha, barracuda, parrotfish, sheepshead and other toothsome species. A wander through 1.32-million gallons of seawater in Passages of the Deep immerses visitors into the world of local marine life – including over 100 sharks. The series of tunnels feature 360 degree views of three different kinds of landscapes an underwater explorer might find off the Oregon Coast.
For fans of fuzz, the Aquarium’s sea otters’ and their playful antics provide endless entertainment. Keep an eye out for pups Nuka and Oswald, the most recent additions to this all-male raft of rescued otters from California and Alaska coasts. Guests can view their training progress during three daily public feedings.
Meet the Aquarium’s seals and sea lions through the submerged and above water viewing windows that let visitors peer into their world. Daily feeding presentations are a favorite of guests who delight in viewing the California sea lions’ athleticism at work. Particularly fun to watch are the Aquarium’s youngest sea lions, Catalina and Rosa, who were both rescued in California. For an unforgettable behind the scenes experience, book a whiskery kiss delivered by one of the Aquarium’s seals or sea lions!
The Aquarium boasts the largest walk-through outdoor seabird aviary in the United States. Tufted and horned puffins, common murres, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots and black oystercatchers all call the craggy cliffs and clear water home. Daily feedings at 2:30 p.m. delight visitors of all ages as each bird larks about to eat the fishes of their choice. You can also catch our talented rescue brown pelican, JoJo, during daily presentations at 11:30 a.m.
Two turkey vultures and an opossum also call the Aquarium home. Guests are often surprised by the size of the brother and sister pair, Ichabod and Olive, who busy themselves with toys and other enrichment items. Flower, our Virginia opossum, was a recent and welcome addition to the Aquarium family after a car accident left her with one eye. Flower will occasionally meet visitors in the lobby while nibbling on a snack of fruits and veggies.
A nearby underwater cave is inhabited by a Giant Pacific Octopus. Viewers sometimes need to stretch their powers of observation to spot the creature, which can camouflage with its environment and squeeze its soft body into dark crags. Researchers now believe that octopuses are as smart as house cats, capable of navigating mazes, using simple tools and recognizing individuals. Guests may schedule an octopus encounter to feed and shake suckers with one of these intelligent, seemingly alien animals.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium opened its doors in 1992 to inspire the public to better understand, cherish and conserve marine and coastal ecosystems. Built on an abandoned industrial site, the Aquarium did a lot of work to transform the grounds into an expansive naturescape for guests to explore. The north end of the property is dedicated to a nature trail that skirts an estuary – a unique feature for an aquarium. This wild exhibit features over one hundred native plant species, many of them labeled to continue the Aquarium’s education program for guests.
The Aquarium is open daily in the summertime (beginning May 28), 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org. Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.
To check for discounts, purchase tickets and learn more, visit www.aquarium.org.
Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport. For more information, call (541) 867-3474.
The Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center in Waldport is operated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department with help from the Waldport Chamber of Commerce. The center was created as part of the bridge replacement project in the 1990s. A park naturalist leads daily bridge tours at 2pm during the summer which cover the story of the bridge replacement. Inside the Interpretive Center, there are interactive displays and models of the reconstruction and timeline of the historic bridge. You’ll also find interesting brochures in the Center along with friendly rangers to guide you to activities in the Waldport area. Learn how to go clamming and crabbing when you attend a demonstration led by guides from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Look for a schedule posted in the Interpretive Center during the visitor season. Locations and times vary with the tides.
For more information, call (541) 563-2133.
A few miles south of Waldport and north of Yachats on the central coast, this small, exquisite destination campground is right alongside miles of broad, sandy beach that makes the park perfect for kite flying and whale watching. Every campsite is mere seconds from the beach, which makes the park perfect for watching storms and sunsets.
Beachside is an excellent mid-point stop as you take a jaunt on the coast. Within 30 miles in either direction, you’ll find visitor centers, tide pools, hiking and driving tours, three lighthouses, crabbing, clamming, fishing, aquarium and science centers.
This is a seasonal park and campground that is open from March 15 – November 1, weather dependent.
Please call the South Beach office for more information during the off-season: 541-867-7451.
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The Cape Perpetua Scenic Area is part of the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest. This forest is actually a temperate rainforest that has more dense vegetation than the Amazon jungle. A good place to start is to take the steep road up to the Cape Perpetua Visitor and Interpretative Center, located two miles south of Yachats off Hwy 101. There are many guided hikes and educational programs available, or set out on your own. Hiking trails lead through the forest and allow for encounters with spotted owls, marbled murrelets, deer and elk. Follow the Giant Spruce Trail, which leads past trees as large as 10 feet in diameter, and at low tide, check out the marine garden. Visitors who take the Overlook Road to the West Shelter, just north of the Visitor Center, will be rewarded with arguably the most stunning view along the Oregon coast. For more information, call (541) 547-3289.
The Seal Rock State Recreation Site is a small but beautiful strip of coast that offers a variety of fun and relaxing activities. Seal Rock is part of a fascinating habitat for seals, sea lions, birds and other marine life. Seals and sea lions in particular love this large basalt rock formation – the younger mammals play and frolic on and around the rocks, while the adults simply sunbathe. The area is excellent for tide pooling or clamming. Some of the best littleneck clams in the area are harvested from this area. There are plenty of fishing opportunities in the area and many shady picnic areas. The Seal Rock State Recreation Site is located 10 miles south of Newport, directly adjacent to Hwy. 101. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
Discover wildlife at the White Wolf Sanctuary, where rare arctic wolves roam in 50 acres of enclosures. Observe these beautiful snow-white animals as they interact, and learn more about the history, ecology and preservation of these intelligent pack hunters. Join in a joyous howling chorus with the wolves, and learn how you can raise your voice in support of wolves in the wild. The sanctuary’s mission is rescuing and caring for arctic wolves which have been abused or abandoned. These animals were born in captivity and cannot be released into the wild. Visitors will hear the wolves’ individual stories, and learn more about the perils and mistreatment that can result from humans keeping wild animals as pets. The sanctuary also seeks to educate the public about the place of wolves in the ecosystem, and to work toward long-term recovery of wolves in the wild.
The sanctuary is located in Tidewater, about 10 miles east of Waldport and inside the beautiful Siuslaw National Forest. Call for an appointment to tour the sanctuary and meet the resident wolves, or inquire about volunteer opportunities, educational presentations and seminars: (541) 528-3588.
Over the years, the cross-shaped Little Log Church and Museum has become a source of pride for the residents. It was built from local timber and was dedicated for church use in 1930. The building now houses a museum and exhibits items of historical interest as well as traveling art exhibits. There is a framed map that shows the state of Oregon and the Washington Territory, which was printed around 1880. The museum also houses a 48-star flag that was used at the church before Alaska and Hawaii became states. There are also many other interesting items, such as books and artworks donated by local residents, which commemorate Yachats and the surrounding area. Anyone who is intrigued by history and heritage should definitely visit the Little Log Church and Museum at 328 West 3rd Street in Yachats. For more information, call (541) 547-3976.
Take an easy hike along the coastline on the historic Yachats 804 Trail and view expansive ocean vistas beginning at Smelt Sands State Wayside south to the Yachats River. There are benches and picnic tables along the trail, so pack a snack and enjoy a sunset or watch the waves crash on the rocks. Sitka Spruce and Shore Pine forest, oceanfront meadows, riparian wetland areas and a small pebble beach can all be found along the trail. The Yachats State Recreation Area, located at the west end of 2nd Street in downtown Yachats, offers an excellent view of Cape Perpetua, the big mouth of the little Yachats River and the beautiful Yachats bay. The park includes a viewing platform for tidepools and other sea life, including gray whales during their migration period, as well as a grassy picnic area. Portions of the trail are wheelchair accessible. Pick up a copy of the Yachats Trails brochure at the Yachats Chamber of Commerce, located at 241 Hwy.101, or call (541) 547-3530 for more information.
Enjoy a beautiful drive off the beaten path to the North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. The covered bridge was built in 1938. It was the last covered bridge constructed by veteran bridge builder, Otis Hamer. The Yachats Covered
Bridge is one of the shortest in Oregon, measuring only 42 feet in length. It was rebuilt and rededicated in December of 1989. Though the bridge is open to vehicles, it is closed to large RVs and trucks. The weight limit is 15 tons.
Enjoy wild forest mushroom cuisine, expert-led mushroom walks, talks and exhibits, culinary and fungi arts workshops, culinary mushroom markets, wine tasting, and live entertainment at the Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Fest, held each October. This scrumptious and informative three-day festival has something for everyone. Friday night kicks off with the famous Fungi Feast featuring wild forest mushroom cuisine. There are usually five or six courses featuring multiple offerings – all hitting the heights of gourmet cuisine – showcasing the talents of local restaurant chefs. Mushroom lovers will find all the information, equipment and hands-on experience that they could ever hope for in their quest to uncover, cook and consume that perfect mushroom.
For more information, call (800) 929-0477.
Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is a 9,100-acre spot that features the only remaining old-growth Sitka spruce forest on the Oregon coast. While heavily forested, the area still offers stunning views, scenery and wildlife. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area ranges in elevation from 100 to 2,400 feet above sea level. The dramatic elevation changes allow the area to show off many different kinds of vegetation and animal life. Camping allows for longer stays and more exploration. The 6.5 mile long Cummins Ridge Trail bisects the wilderness, and is the only trail in the wilderness area. It passes through magnificent stands of western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir. In the spring and summer, the wilderness area springs forth with the color of rhododendron, elderberry, salmonberry, salal and thousands of wildflowers. The Cummins Creek Wilderness Area is located in the Siuslaw National Forest just north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information, call (541) 750-7000.
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There are few places in the world that can match the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast. You can drive the coast from Brookings to Astoria and never cease to be amazed at the beauty around each corner. But if you would like to see that scenery from the next level, you can’t imagine the beauty when seeing it from an open cockpit biplane in the air. Cruise low along the beach, wave to the hikers and smell the surf. View the sea lions in the ocean and see them entering the famous Sea Lions Caves from over the ocean. Cruise past the historic Heceta Head Lighthouse as only the sailors of old have seen it. Smell the fragrant, fresh Oregon pines as you descend into a pristine valley and soar over one of Oregon’s serene lakes. View the historic Siuslaw River and see the relics of past fishing and logging industries and the historic Siuslaw River Bridge. Soar over the vast Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and wave to the dune buggies below. And do all of this in a meticulously restored 1944 Stearman open cockpit biplane. The classic Stearman was first designed in the 1930’s and was such a reliable and sturdy design that it was chosen to train their pilots for duties overseas in World War II. Nearly 10,000 total aircraft were built – with thousands having been restored and still flying today. Your highly experienced pilots come from impressive US Air Force careers followed by airline and flight test experience – and they will entertain you with interesting historical facts and land you safely and softly in the grass at the airport – the way Wilbur and Orville would have wanted it! There are several ride profiles available that will fit any budget – or just tell them where you want to fly. Come Fly With Us!
Aerolegends is located at the Florence Municipal Airport.
For more details, contact Winette and Terry Tomeny at 541-991-3579
Only a few miles inland from Florence, you can find the Sweet Creek Trail, which follows the scenic cascading waters of Sweet Creek. You will encounter 11 waterfalls in all as you hike along the trail under a canopy of Douglas-
Fir, Alder and Big Leaf Maple. Homestead Trailhead, about 10 miles east of Highway 126 on Sweet Creek Road, is where you will begin your approximately 3 mile hike. You can make this hike year round, but making the trip in April or May might allow you to see woodland wildflowers, including big white trilliums and a rare breed of pink fawn lilies. You’ll also see columbines and wild woodland iris among the rocks in the sides of the trail. Ferns and mosses of various shades of green cover rocks, trees and downed logs. Metal catwalks have been built into the trail, making it an easy hike. For more information about Sweet Creek Falls, call (541) 750-7000.
Anyone interested in seeing an amazing one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon should take a trip to Sea Lion Caves, featuring the world’s largest sea cave. The cave was formed almost 25 million years ago and is now home to about 200 Steller sea lions. There is elevator access 208 feet down into the enormous cave. The cave is about 12 stories high and as wide as a football field. During the fall and winter months this amazing cave may be filled with fun-loving sea lions. The rock ledge below the lookout located just outside the cave is the sea lions’ home during the spring and summer, and is where they breed and bear their young. Great care is taken to maintain the cave as a natural habitat for the sea lions. Flash photography is not allowed in the cave. Sea Lion Caves is located 11 miles north of Florence.
WHERE: 91560 Hwy 101 North
CALL: (541) 547-3111
Camp at Heceta Beach RV Park and you can walk to the beach from your campsite. Find a treasure on the beach in Florence. Search for shells, glass floats, driftwood and agates. Investigate tidepools during a minus tide. Enjoy the numerous sea birds that inhabit the beach. Watch for pelicans gliding in formation over the surf. Bring a kite and let the fresh, coastal air take it high in the sky. After your walk, take a stroll over to Jerry’s Place and relax. The ocean is beautiful, but always be aware of the changing tide and watch for sneaker waves. Other locations to access the beach include the South Jetty, North Jetty, Sutton Creek, or Siltcoos Dunes. For more information, contact Heceta Beach RV Park at (541) 997-7664
Visit Sandland Adventures for a day of fun at the Oregon Dunes. View an impressive natural wonder of endless shifting sand, unique tree islands, various wildlife and the spectacular Siuslaw River. Choose an exhilarating dune ride on their Sandrails or a more relaxing tour on one of their Giant Dune Buggies. Professional drivers will show you a great time while you travel across miles of dunes. The one hour dune tour also includes traveling down the Pacific Ocean beach. Large or small groups can be accommodated on either tour. After your dune ride, you can have fun bumping and splashing on the Bumper Boats, race on the Grand Prix style Go-Kart track, play the Miniature Golf Course or take a ride on the Cloverline Railroad. Sandland Aventures is located less than 1 mile south of Florence on the central Oregon Coast. Look for the sign on thewest side of Hwy 101. See ad on the inside front cover of this issue. For more information, call (541) 997-8087.
WHERE: 85366 Hwy 101 – 1 mile south of Florence on Hwy 101
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Cleawox Lake is located next to Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park, about 3 miles south of Florence. This lovely lake is dammed by sand dunes providing a great place for swimming and canoeing. Drop a line in the water from the fishing dock or use the boat ramp and fish for largemouth bass, yellow perch, brown bullhead catfish, hatchery rainbow trout or coastal cutthroat trout. Have a picnic or go for a hike on one of the trails. Restrooms are available. No overnight camping by the lake, but nearby Jessie M. Honeyman State Park has camping facilities.
The Darlingtonia State Natural Site provides visitors with a very rare opportunity to see the Cobra Lily, a carnivorous plant. Though the Cobra Lily appears beautiful to humans, it is a treacherous predator for insects. The Cobra Lily’s magnificent reddish purple top leaves and sweet smelling nectar attract the bugs, but once inside the plant, life ends. The plant traps the insects, which slide down and get digested and absorbed by the plant. The 18-acre Botanical Park has a very nice boardwalk trail leading to the plants. It is also home to other lush vegetation and wildlife, and has a picnic area. It is free to use and located just five miles north of Florence off Hwy 101. For more information about the Darlingtonia State Natural Site and the carnivorous Cobra Lily, call (800) 551-6949.
Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center: Located in the heart of Old Town on Bay Street in Florence is the Siuslaw River Bridge Interpretive Center. Owned and operated by the City of Florence the interpretive center provides unobstructed views of the Siuslaw River Bridge, picnic tables, and a chance to sit and soak in the beauty of the Siuslaw River. More than a decade in the making, the interpretive center opened on June 28, 2013 as a collaborative effort combining federal, state, and local funds. Contributions were made by the Federal Highway Administration Scenic Byways Program, Florence Urban Renewal Agency, and the City of Florence.
Veterans Park: Overlooking the southern dunes of the Siuslaw River lies the City of Florence Veterans Memorial Park. Located at the intersection of Bay and Kingwood Streets, this 0.38 acre park includes a memorial wall, presentation area, parking, and beautiful views of the Siuslaw River. Be sure to check it out on Flag Day, Memorial Day, D-Day, and Veterans Day for annual veterans observances.
Antiques and antique stores abound on the Oregon Coast, and shopping for antiques in Florence is like taking a trip into the past, while you add to your collection. Whether you’re a casual collector, or a passionate lifetime antique enthusiast, there’s something for everyone, just waiting to be discovered in any of the fine dealers located in and around the Florence area. Start your hunt for that certain time piece, period furniture, jewelry or apparel that you’ve always wanted, but could never find. Talk to the friendly staff at any of the dealers about your quest, and if they don’t have it or can’t get it, they will lead you to another source.
For dealer locations, see the Florence Antique District Map above.
#1 Cindy Wobbe Estate Sales – 498 Hwy 101 – 541-999-0126 – www.cindywobbeestates.com
#2 Purple Pelican Antique Mall – 478 Hwy 101 – 541-997-2220 – email@example.com
#3 Thrifty Threads – 168 Maple Street – 541-991-6196 – www.Facebook.com/TTSSG
No snow? No problem. You won’t need winter weather to break out your board at Oregon’s famous coastal sand dunes. Sand Master Park in Florence — the world’s first sandboard park — boasts beginner to advanced slopes, bowls, a 40-foot ramp, jumps and rail slides centered on 40 acres of private sand dunes and surrounded by 200 acres of public dunes and forest land. The annual Sand Master Jam event is held the third full weekend of June, along with the popular Battle of the Bands series of free concerts throughout the summer months. Groups and parties are welcome to take a lesson from a world sandboard champion, and the pro shop offers board rentals and all of the necessary gear, including sandboards, sand sleds, boogie boards and skim boards. Sand Master Park is located on Hwy 101 at the north end of Florence. For more information, call (541) 997-6006.
Visitors are sure to find exciting things to do at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Over the years, winds have carved out the sand to form dunes of up to 500 feet above sea level. Located just south of Florence off Hwy 101, the dunes cover a 40-mile stretch of coast making it the largest coastal dune area in North America. Off-roading is allowed in three designated areas for ATVs and dune buggies. Visitors can take a self-guided tour by renting an ATV from Torex ATV Rentals (541) 997-5363, or by bringing their own. There are several companies in the area that offer tours, lead by experienced and knowledgeable guides, such as Sand Dunes Frontier at (541) 997-3544. Hiking trails and camping areas abound in the area as well. Those looking for a change should check out sand camping in dispersed sand camping sites. Vehicles accessing campsites should be capable of off-highway travel over soft sand in a dune environment. For more information, call Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (541) 271-3611.
Welcome to historic Old Town Florence, where a relaxing stroll gives the feeling of stepping back into a more simple time. It’s a perfect place for a leisurely day, a respite from the busy pace we all know. There is a bit of something for everyone – an eclectic variety of shops of all sorts, art galleries, dining options offering both local as well as international cuisine, and the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum to complete your journey back in time.
Surrounded by Victorian buildings, Historic Old Town Florence is one of the most beautiful and charming of the Oregon Coast communities. It has been a logging community and fishing village and active Port for over 150 years and retains much of its old-time charm today. Stroll down the Boardwalk, enjoy watching the river flow by from Gazebo Park, or enjoy the view of our 1936 art deco Conde McCullough bridge from the newly completed Siuslaw Interpretive Center. You’ll enjoy a relaxing experience while feeling like your’re stepping back into a more simple time to an all-American, small town.
You’re likely to find something going on whenever you visit. There are celebrations going on year round such as 4th of July with fireworks reflecting over the river, May’s Rhody Days with Vendor Fair and parades, September’s Rods n’ Rhodies Car Show where we line the streets with high-end hot rods, Festival and Wine Walk, and of course Florence Holiday Festival at Christmas where we light the Christmas tree and welcome Santa’s arrival.
Enjoy an uncurbed adventure back in time – Come See What We See! Call 541-997-3128 for more information.
Woahink Lake is a lovely place offering visitors a perfect place to relax, enjoy nature and have a lot of fun. The lake, just three miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and just south of Florence on Hwy 101, provides excellent opportunities for fishing, boating, swimming and other outdoor activities. The area is part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, so named because of the fantastic dunes that line the lake. Boats and a variety of watercraft are available for rent. The fishing is spectacular in Woahink Lake, and includes warm-water species such as yellow perch and largemouth bass, as well as cold-water species such as rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, and kokanee. There is a large public swimming area. For the hiker, explore any of the trails in the bordering 522- acre Jesse M. Honeyman State Park. The shaded picnic areas adjacent to the lake are especially pleasant. For more information about any of the activities on Woahink Lake, call (541) 997-3338.
If live theater is what you’re looking for, why not take in a show at the Florence Events Center, Florence’s own state of the art 457 seat, professional theater. Interested in art? Visit the year round art galleries located on the premises, featuring many local artists’ work. Something’s always happening at the Florence Events Center. Call (541) 997-1994 or (888) 968-4086 for more information.
715 Quince Street – Florence
The Heceta Head Lighthouse is as quaint and beautiful as it is powerful. The 56-foot tall lighthouse is rated as the brightest light of any of the lighthouses on the Oregon coast—its “first order” Fresnel lens is visible some 21 miles out to sea. The views from the lighthouse are amazing. Since it sits 205 feet above the sea on a jagged and rugged cliff line, its sightline is unobstructed. The Queen Anne-style Keeper’s House has been restored to its original splendor. By day the first floor serves as an Interpretive Center, and the home is a bed and breakfast at night, welcoming guests year-round. Guests are encouraged to visit the lighthouse after dark, a rare experience. A
seven-course gourmet breakfast is served each morning, and is included in the price of the room. For further information, contact the Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast, (866) 547-3696. During the summer months occasional night tours of the lighthouse start at the Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint at 9 p.m. and include a walk to the lighthouse to learn about the history of the area and how the lens works. Special Christmas tours are given on two weekends before Christmas. The area surrounding the lighthouse is well-known as an outstanding wildlife area. Common murres lay their eggs on the bare rocks, and can be seen by looking down, just over the railing near the lighthouse. Brown pelicans commonly fly by, as do bald eagles. May is an especially good time to look down on migrating gray whales as the mothers and their calves travel close to shore. Other natural attractions are natural caves, tidepools, and a very attractive sandy beach. In addition, there are plenty of hiking and picnicking areas. This is one trip that will definitely be fun for everyone. The park is located off of Hwy 101 just 13 miles north of Florence. For more information, call (541) 547-3416.
You’ll have plenty to see when you walk through the doors of Mindpower Gallery. The gallery is one of the largest on the Coast with room after room of a wide variety of art in the form of paintings, sculpture, blown glass, custom furniture, jewelry, and much more, as well as a frame shop, rustic gift area, retail wine section and more. There are some 26 Umpqua Wineries nestled in the Umpqua Valleys inland from Elkton to southern areas of Roseburg and Winston. It seems fitting that where the Umpqua River meets the sea there would be an outlet for the Umpqua Valley wines. Mindpower Gallery now hosts many wine tasting events throughout the year. Pairing Umpqua Valley Wine tasting events with select area specialty foods while showcasing local and regional artists’ works is a fantastic way to experience what the region has to offer! The gallery is a also a very popular coastal framing shop known for its innovative custom framing design and great prices.
Stop by,visit facebook.com/mindpowergallery or call (541) 271-2485 for wine tasting event schedule.
WHERE: 417 Fir Avenue – Reedsport
Bring your camera! As you approach Reedsport from the east on Highway 38, on the edge of town is the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area. This 1,040 acre preserve is home to a large herd of Roosevelt elk and other wildlife. This area is an important part of the state’s elk management program and provides plenty of opportunities to photograph and observe these beautiful animals. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to take some beautiful shots of some of the most majestic and interesting animals in Oregon. The herd of 60 to 100 Roosevelt elk roams freely in the protected pasture, woodland and wetland areas which are provided by the Bureau of Land Management and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife with public viewing and education in mind. The viewing area has a large parking lot as well as restroom facilities and handicap access.
For more information, visit www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/site_info.php?siteid=31
Located on the Umpqua River, the Umpqua Discovery Center houses numerous award-winning exhibits. This interactive educational and cultural center provides fun for people of all ages and interests as its interactive exhibits and programs illustrate how land, water and people have shaped each other over time in this part of coastal Oregon. Travel back in time in the award-winning cultural history exhibit “Tidewaters & Time”. Listen as a woman from the Kuuich Indian tribe tells stories to the children. Learn about the early explorers, canneries and logging of the early days. Visit life in a tidewater town of the 1900s and hear stories from the past in “I Remember, I Remember”. Hike the “Pathways to Discovery” on an indoor trail through the natural history of the area. Slide into the bear cave where you will find the bears hibernating, then travel up the trail to the weather station and listen to storm stories. The Subterranean Education Room provides video viewing on Seashore, Weather, Animal Homes & Skeletons. The trail ends at summer sunset on the dunes. The wonderful murals throughout the Center were painted by artist Peggy O’Neal of WOW Arts & Exhibits. Find the unique and unusual in the Book and Gift Ship.
WHERE: 409 Riverfront Way – Reedsport
CALL: (541) 271-4810
The beautiful 65-foot-tall Umpqua River Lighthouse guards the entrance to Winchester Bay and offers magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the surrounding area. The current building was completed in 1894, and the lens remains in operation with its distinctive two-white, one-red pattern. The lighthouse is owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and leased to Douglas County. Guided tours are available from May through October. A small museum in the Coast Guard building adjacent to the lighthouse features historical displays. The Umpqua River Lighthouse is located 6 miles south of Reedsport off Hwy 101. For more information about the lighthouse tours and museum, call (541) 271-4631. Camping is available in the nearby Umpqua River Lighthouse State Park. The park offers overnight camping for RVs and tents as well as a variety of one-room cabins and rustic yurts. For more information, call (541) 271-4118.
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Whether you’re the captain of your own boat, or have never had a boating experience, the folks at Ringo’s Lakeside Marina can make sure that your day at beautiful Tenmile Lakes is fun, relaxing and safe! Tenmile Lakes is located 10 miles north of Coos Bay on Hwy 101 in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, and is known throughout the Pacific northwest as one of the best recreational lakes in the region. Excellent fishing, great water for swimming and boating, and mile of uninhabited shore line make it a perfect choice for a vacation or family getaway. If you love to go fishing, Tenmile Lakes is known for the big hauls of Bass, Trout, Steelhead, Catfish, and buckets of Perch, Bluegill and Crappie.
Treat the family to some fun on the water, and rent a boat by the hour or by the day! Ringo’s has everything you need for a safe and fun family excursion, even if you don’t have boating experience. Before every boat leaves their dock, the driver is thoroughly trained in safe boat operation. If you need more help, the folks at Ringo’s will take you out on the water and show you how.
Before taking the family out on the water, make sure to pick up your supplies for the day. Ringo’s has everything you need; from fishing licenses and life vests, to fishing tackle and bait, hats and other apparel, and snacks like pretzels, chips, coffee, beer and wine, and candy and ice cream.
WHERE: 325 S. 8th Street – Lakeside
Despite its close proximity to Hwy 101, Tugman State Park is relatively unknown — a private hideaway on the wondrous south coast. Located only about one mile from the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, this quaint and rustic area provides everything needed for a relaxing getaway. There is a picnic area that may be reserved, a public access boat ramp and a public fishing dock. The park boasts beautiful campsites tucked away in a strand of mature shore pine, and 16 yurts for lodging available by reservation. The park is located on scenic Eel Lake, excellent for boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming and sailing. The bushy shores provide areas for bass fishing and the lake is full of rainbow trout, steelhead, crappie and Coho salmon as well. You can also hike a great trail that follows the southern side of the lake and traces the many unique coves and inlets that shape the lake.
For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
The Community of Lakeside has just completed Wulfy Beach on the shores of South Tenmile Lake. Located within the Tenmile Lakes Coos County Park, Wulfy Beach gives both residents and visitors a new opportunity to enjoy the beautiful freshwater lakes. Featuring over 400 feet of newly sanded shoreline, Wulfy Beach now also has a roped swimming area, a swim dock, as well as an area for visiting boaters to park their boats and jet skis to have a picnic, play volleyball, swim, or simply relax on beautiful South Tenmile Lake!
Over 80 Palm Trees give Wulfy Beach a unique tropical feel. Visitors can also utilize the event grass area and beach volleyball courts as well as enjoy many of the 2015 summer events in Lakeside and Wulfy Beach! Upcoming Lakeside events include: Lakeside Crawdad Festival (Mothers Day Weekend), Lakeside Brewfest (Fathers Day Weekend), Fourth of July Fireworks (July 3), Lakeside Cardboard Boat Races (2nd Sat in August).
Pioneers first settled in Coos Bay in 1853. Less than 40 years later in 1891, the Coos County Historical Society was founded. The society operates the museum, where you can learn about Coos County and its industries of logging, shipping and mining. At the entrance of the museum is a “steam donkey,” which was used to haul logs cut down for industrial use. Inside the museum, you will find many artifacts from native tribes and a variety of displays showing how early white settlers lived. The Coos County Historical Society Museum is located at 1210 Front Street. For more information, call (541) 756-6320.
Regardless of size, waterfalls are wonderful attractions. Golden Falls and Silver Falls are no exception. Located northeast of Coos Bay, these two hidden wonders cascade 100 feet into crystal clear pools. The water crashes down onto moss covered rocks and numerous kinds of wildlife roam around in the heart of nature. There is a path that allows hikers to reach the top of Golden Falls for a view of the forest. Fishing is allowed. Have a picnic in the shade of maple, alder and Oregon myrtle trees. Then take a hike through scenic canyons filled with old-growth myrtle and Douglas fir until reaching the falls. The Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area may be difficult to find, but it is well worth the 24-mile journey northeast of Coos Bay. To get to the park, follow Hwy 241 east from Coos Bay, through Allegheny to the park. For more information, call (800) 551-6949.
The Oregon Coast Historical Railway in Coos Bay, Oregon is working to preserve an important part of the region’s history by providing a place to restore and display vintage railroad and logging equipment. Their signature piece is the 1922 Baldwin steam locomotive No. 104, which served in the region’s logging industry until the 1950s.
A 1949 Alco S-2 diesel switcher engine, a former Southern Pacific caboose No. 1134, a 1946-era wooden caboose, a former Burlington Northern caboose No. 11269, and “Old Yellow,” engine No. 099, a 16-ton “car mover” or yard engine built in 1928 by Plymouth Locomotive are also onsite for viewing.
Other equipment and large artifacts have been donated to the group, along with hundreds of photographs, newspaper articles and other material known in “train fan” lingo as railroadiana. Even two conductors’ uniforms!
These interesting and historical pieces can be viewed at the display area and museum at 766 S. First St., (US 101 northbound) in Coos Bay.
According to local residents, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the place to go ATVing or dune buggy riding. The Recreation Area stretches for 40 miles along the coast from Florence to Coos Bay and North Bend. The dunes vary in size, some even as high as 500 feet above sea level, and because of the wind, the dunes change from day to day to create some of the most amazing terrain. However, the Recreation Area is not just dunes. There are also forested trails and over 10 miles of exquisite beach that all can be accessed with an ATV. Your adventure can begin at Spinreel Dune Buggy & ATV Rentals, located at 67045 Spinreel Road in North Bend, (541) 759-3313.
The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve was established in 1974 to better understand what affects the health and productivity of the various habitats of the Coos estuary, and to determine a way to restore and prevent further habitat destruction. The Reserve contains over 4,700 acres of freshwater wetlands and ponds, salt marshes, eelgrass meadows, open water habitats and forested uplands. Visitors will see animals such as black-tailed deer, black bear, coyote, beavers, seals and bald eagles. There are also many varieties of plants, many of which are only found in this area.
Be sure to stop at the Visitors Center before heading out on the trails. Major activities at the reserve include K-12 and adult education, ecological research and monitoring and wetland restoration. The reserve is open from dawn to dusk every day and is located about four miles south of Charleston on Cape Arago Highway. For more information, call 541-888-5558.
Take Cape Arago Hwy south and in a few minutes you will find yourself in the paradox that is Shore Acres State Park. Here a rugged and pristine seashore contrasts with the cultivated beauty of carefully tended gardens. The dramatic and wild seascape is complimented by the orderly Victorian gardens. Stroll down the trail to Simpson Cove, a secluded inlet where turbulent waves crash into weathered rocks, or skirt the cliffs on the trail above and stop at the overlook to watch sea lions cavort. In season, the overlook also provides an observation point for migrating whales. Friends of Shore Acres sponsors a half dozen botanical events annually, from mid-April through late September. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve the gardens are ablaze in holiday lights. A fully enclosed observation building with excellent views of the sea offers a comfortable vantage point. Shore Acres State Park is near the end of Cape Arago Hwy, 12 miles southwest of Coos Bay, (541) 888-2472.