Winchester Bay

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May 262016

There are several reasons people choose Winchester Bay as their destination. It is home to Salmon Harbor Marina, Douglas County’s largest recreation area, where the Umpqua River – known for some of the best salmon fi shing on the coast – meets the Pacific Ocean. It is also a crab-lovers paradise. In this quaint fishing village outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities and adventure anytime of the year. Fishing, crabbing, clam digging, wildlife viewing, hiking, biking, kayaking, surfing, and ATV riding on the tallest accessible dunes in the country make Winchester Bay a favorite year-round getaway. This busy harbor and waterfront sports numerous restaurants and bars in which to sample the catch of the day, fresh crab, fi sh and chips, and fresh oysters. The docks are lined with bait and tackle shops, a cannery and markets. Shops can provide anglers with information, licenses and equipment along with T-shirts,
sweatshirts, souvenirs, unique gifts, salt water taffy, ice cream and much more.

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Uptown – Midtown – Downtown Reedsport

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May 262016

Heading west, at the junction of Highways 38 and 101 you will see the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area offi ce, available for information and permits. To the right (north) is the Umpqua River Bridge spanning the Umpqua River which is second in size to the Willamette River and is navigable by fairly large vesselsas far upstream as Elkton. It is also the state’s largest swing-span bridge and was designed by Conde B. McCullough. To the left (south) is midtown Reedsport where you will find plenty of shopping, several gas stations/convenience stores, restaurants, gift shops and much more. Oregon possesses a wide variety of beautifully colored and grain patterned myrtlewood, and is noted by many as being one of the world’s most beautiful woods.

Downtown, midtown and uptown are connected through beautiful landscaping, wayfi nding signage, and streetscape improvements that add to the community’s character. If you are passing through on your bicycle you can stop at our new Bike Stop Station to rest and learn about the area. If you are traveling with your furry, four-legged best friend be sure to visit our seven acre off-leash Champion Field Dog Park with waste stations, water, and access to Schofield Creek. A small 60 by 100 foot area has been fenced off for use by smaller dogs who are not ready to be off-leash in the larger area. To savor the local cuisine be sure to visit one of the restaurants in midtown for a hearty meal and refreshments. As you cross over the Schofield Bridge (south) and enter uptown Reedsport be sure to stop and explore Lions Park with one of Oregon’s best skateboard and inline skates only parks, because it is an excellent blend of street and tranny. It has a big bowl, an element of pool, a fl uid street section, and of course the funnel. Nearby Highland Pool is open to the public and available for events. A friendly andenjoyable experience awaits you at Forest Hills Golf Course, one of the finest courses on the Oregon Coast. Open to the public and nestled in a beautiful valley in Reedsport, surrounded by many hills, the Oregon Coast wind is not a factor here. This 9-hole course has just the right amount of variety to appeal to every range of golfer, from beginner to expert. And be sure to stop and check out the stores and restaurants before continuing south to Winchester Bay.

So enjoy the spectacular sunsets, harbor lights glistening off the bay in the evenings, some of the best winter storm watching along the Pacific Northwest Coast, beachcombing, crabbing, fishing or just relaxing with a good book and a favorite wine. Enjoy the possibilities, they are nearly endless! For more information, call 541-271-3495 or visit

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Old Town Reedsport

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May 262016

In Old Town Reedsport, you will see the Main Street welcome banners on attractive old-fashioned lamp poles, beautiful hanging flower baskets (May through October) and chainsaw sculpted art lining the sidewalks that just make you want to stop and explore. After all, Reedsport is the Chainsaw Sculpting Capital of Oregon. With widened sidewalks, vintage storefronts and eclectic shops, visitors find a convenient and affordable base for exploration and discovery. The area’s rich landscape is a cornucopia of outdoor adventure and, because it is tucked just a bit inland, the wind is calmer here than in neighboring communities. The real difference between Reedsport/ Winchester Bay and other small beach towns is the friendly people who make this place “the heart of the dunes”. Reedsport is home to Fred Wahl Marine Construction (FWMC) a premier manufacturer of high quality commercial fishing vessels. Several of Fred Wahl’s vessels have appeared on “The Deadliest Catch”. And now that you are hungry, be sure to visit the restaurants, bakery and new Defeat River Microbrewery for a morsel in Old Town before you head to midtown and uptown for more shopping, more eating, more refreshments and enjoying all that Reedsport has to offer

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Find a Treasure at Laurel Bay Gardens

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May 262016


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Come stop in at Laurel Bay’s Garden Center, located three miles north of Florence and just south of the Darlingtonia Botanical Wayside. Walk through the colorful outdoor pottery center, Oregon Coast Pottery, where you’ll fi nd hundreds of quality outdoor pots and statuary. Say “hello” to the koi in the fish pond. Wander the paths on over three acres, and enjoy a botanical paradise. From flowers to Japanese maples, from herbs to rhododendrons and azaleas, there are hundreds of different varieties of landscape trees and shrubs that are suited for many different climate areas in the Pacifi c Northwest. Laurel Bay Gardens carries over 60 varieties of bamboo, including a large selection of clumping bamboo. Have you ever tried an atomic frog ball? Come inside the gift shop and choose from a great selection of Oregon jams, organic shrubs and fruit preserves, along with their famous “atomic frog balls”. Shop for unique gifts such as hand woven myrtlewood baskets made on the Oregon Coast, or try the sea salt soaps. Create your own fairy garden with miniature garden statuary. Pick up a Tillandsia, air plant, for your interior plant spaces. Make a visit to Laurel Bay Gardens, just north of Florence on Hwy 101, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff always looks forward to saying hello!  For more information, call 541-997-5973.

WHERE: 88493 Highway 101 – 3 miles north of Florence

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The Legend of Face Rock

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Jun 302015

IMG_1971.WEBFace Rock, a unique rock formation off the coast at Bandon, is rooted in local Indian legend. Many, many years ago, the legend begins from the Nah-So-Mah tribe. Chief Siskiyou, from the far mountains, traveled with his family and clansmen to the coast to trade with the four tribes who lived by the great sea they called Wecoma.

In his honor, the four chiefs planned the greatest potlatch in all memory. They roasted bear, salmon, elk and deer. Huge quantities of clams and mussels were steamed. Cedar bark trays were filled with honey and red and blue huckleberries.

The local tribes were all in great fear of Seatka, the evil spirit who lived in the sea. It was feared that Seatka might cause trouble for the people and their guest. Armed warriors stood guard on the bluff. However Princess Ewauna, the beautiful daughter of Chief Siskiyou, and those in her tribe who lived in the mountains were not afraid.

Ewauna was enchanted by the sea. After the feast when people were sleeping, she slipped away from camp, carrying a basket with her cat and kittens nestled inside, followed by her faithful dog, Komax. She wandered down to the ocean where she danced and played with delight.

The moon was full and Wecoma ran silver. Ewauna, who did not fear Seatka, swam in the sea, farther and farther from shore. Komax barked a warning but it was too late. The evil Seatka had captured the beautiful princess. The dog, carrying the basket of kittens, swam to his mistress and buried his teeth in the hand of Seatka. Howling, he shook off the dog and threw the cats into the sea. Seatka tried to make Ewauna look into his eyes, but she refused to look away from the great round moon.

When her father awoke, he raised the alarm. Everyone rushed to the shore of Wecoma. There they saw the lovely face of Ewauna gazing skyward. Her dog was on the beach howling for the princess, and the cat and kittens were in the sea to the west. In time, they all turned to stone, frozen forever as they were that long ago dawn.

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Walk the Plank to Fishermen’s Wharf

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Jun 302015

The Charleston Sea Lions.WEBFishermen’s Wharf in Charleston, Oregon, is a whole experience for seafood lovers, and those who enjoy the picturesque scenery that the Charleston Harbor and Marina have to offer. Located at the foot of “D” Dock, you can walk down the plank to the dock where all the action is and talk to local fishermen who’ve been fishing here for years, some for generations. Charleston irenowned for the variety of fresh-caught seafood, like sweet Dungeness crab, and several varieties of bottom fish caught seasonally throughout the year, along with salmon, tuna and halibut, found in the deeper coastline waters. Ask the folks at Fishermen’s Wharf about the 250 gallon live tank, where you’ll see various seasonal live fish or Dungeness crab. Learn about the latest technology and procedures that preserve the catch in a frozen state, and challenges anyone to tell the difference from that “just-caught” seafood taste. Bring the family and have a picnic at the picnic tables! Watch the boats coming and going… you may even see some sea lions! Fishermen’s Wharf is located at 63534 Kingfisher Rd., “D” Dock in Charleston.

For more information call (541) 888-8862.

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Honor Our Veterans

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Jun 302015

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The Oregon Coast Military Museum, a 501c3 non-profit, opened its doorsin Florence on July 4th, 2015, after a seven-year effort by locals to build a museum to honor the more-than 20% of Florence-area residents who are Veterans.  Intended to honor all eras of military heritage and all disciplines of military service, it is a small museum in comparison to other military museums around the country. The 3,000-square foot display space is filled with life-sized dioramas depicting scenes from WWI to Vietnam, plus a scaled diorama of a typical Iraqi village depicting a US military convoy traveling through. In addition to other smaller artifact displays and military artwork, the Museum also displays a ‘half-jeep’ for great ‘photo ops’ enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

While small by museum standards, this facility is jam-packed with artifacts, mementos and experiences all in an effort to serve the Museum’s mission “To Honor our Veterans by Educating Our Public.” In addition to a small gift shop, the Museum also features a small theater showing military films, a USO Canteen, and a lending library.

The initial membership drive to generate seed money, support and public awareness in the early days of our effort was the ‘Kilroy Corps’. Like the urban legend, ‘Kilroy Was Here’ borne of WWII, these Kilroy Corps members have the distinction of being there before all others and are named on a display in the gift shop.

Situated on Kingwood Street adjacent to the Florence Municipal Airport, the Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday Noon to 4. Admission is just $5.00. Be sure to visit this site when you’re traveling the Oregon coast.

For more information, call 541-902-5160 or visit

WHERE:  2145 Kingwood Street – Florence

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Enjoy a Horseback Ride on the Beach or the Trail

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Jun 302015

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Ideally located in the heart of Pacific City, Green Acres beach rides actually ride into Bob Straub State Park. The 484-acre park is dedicated to horseback riding and home to the largest Haystack Rock on the Oregon Coast. Because of the steep dunes and spectacular views, it is a popular destination for horse owners from all over the state. Their location is a two minutes horseback ride to the ocean and beach.

Call 541-418-2313 for more information.

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Find Fine Fabrics & Notions

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Jun 302015

Jane’s Fabric Patch has been serving the Tillamook area for many years. They have supplies for whatever your sewing needs might be, including fabrics, notions, McCall’s patterns, quilting supplies, books and magazines, craft kits, pillow forms, batting, and gift items for quilters. Quilting is their specialty. With their huge choice of fabric and over 800 books on quilting, you are sure to find what you are looking for.  Classes are conducted for beginners as well as more experienced quilters, and there are sample quilts all over the store for you to study. If you love making flannel quilts, they have a huge selection to satisfy all palates. Whimsicals, juveniles, sporty, floral, bright and bold. They have a great selection of wide flannels for your quilt backs. They offer a wide selection of 90” and 108” quilt backing in lights, brights and prints, and also offer polar fleece solids and prints in their fabric lines. For cross stitch and embroidery enthusiasts, they carry a complete line of DMC floss, cross stitch fabrics, patterns,
embroidery transfers, redwork and bluework, beads and specialty threads. Stamped cross stitch kits are also available. Stop in and meet Jane, or visit their website at, or call 503-842-9392.

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Savor Some Sausages

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Jun 302015

In an age of automation and mechanization, there is Debbie D’s. Tucked away in Tillamook County, she creates sausage using much the same process used by her pioneer ancestors in the 1800′s. Using superb quality, lean, ground Oregon beef, flavored with hand-blended fresh herbs, and her grandfather’s,  grandfather’s,  and great uncle’s recipe’s she has made a very special sausage line. Low in fat and sodium, with a minimum of preservatives, this is a sausage for the health conscious diets of today. With the exception of Teriyaki Beef Stick, all products are made with no M.S.G. They are lightly smoked in small batches to preserve their unique fresh qualities. Select a variety of products from hot and spicy to a very today teriyaki. Try chubs and sticks, links, or their notorious “cow pies”. Jerky is delicious and not just beef.

Also try the salmon jerky. Salmon is their specialty. Smoked salmon with the Debbie D label is spectacular in both flavor and texture. Debbie D’s will happily fill your orders in their retail store, or by mail. They ship all over
the US, or just next door. See their ad on this page or stop in and meet Debbie.

You can also visit their website at, or call 503-842-2622.

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Treat Yourself to Good Old Fashioned Ice Cream

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Jun 122015

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Experience the smell of homemade waffle cones mingled with fresh baked cookies and cornbread as you endeavor to choose between more than one of your all-time favorite ice cream flavors. The player piano tickles the ivories in the background amusing itself as you attempt to make a choice. Do you go with what you know or what you know you love, or do you get a double scoop! Welcome to Serendipity Ice Cream. Serendipity Ice Cream is an old fashioned ice cream parlor located in downtown McMinnville’s historic Cook’s Hotel, built in 1886. In 2000 Mid-Valley Rehabilitation, Inc. renovated the Hotel’s elegant entrance and lobby to its original turn-of-the century charm and opened Serendipity Ice cream. Serendipity Ice Cream’s purpose is to provide job opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities while bringing back the sights, sounds and tastes of small
town America’s simple pleasures. Wendi and her staff would love to have you enjoy not only our historic setting and fresh homemade delectable treats, but join us for lunch and free WIFI.

Bring in your ticket stub from any McMinnville attraction featured in the current issue of “101 Things To Do©-Western & Coastal Oregon” and receive a free regular ice cream cone.

WHERE: 502 East 3rd St – McMinnville

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CALL:  503-474-9189

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