Sand Beneath Our Feet and Paws

Posted by Bradley / August 25, 2008

The trip was a Special Birthday Gift my girlfriend, Heidi, gave me for my 50th birthday!

Heidi and I and my two Boxer dog’s, Meika and Gunner, headed for the Oregon Coast to stay four nights at the Ester Lee Motel in Lincoln City. It was the first of many vacations that we will take with the dogs, I hope, because this trip went so well.

We discovered the Ester Lee Motel through internet surfing via the www.oregoncoast.org website which was very helpful. The Ester Lee Motel has a wonderful website with a webcam of the cottages and grounds which definitely helped us make up our minds! Ester Lee advertised Pet Friendly—and they sure were! All of the staff was great and seemed to enjoy people and their pets. There is a very nice, down-home feel to the Motel and grounds. It was very clean and neat inside and outside. The Pet area was also very clean and well lit at night for pet walks. The view was amazing. We watched the sea and tide going in and out (and very little TV—grin). We also watched other people agate hunting, so we tried it and it was fun! More fun than we thought it would be, in fact. We found lots of keepers and the weather was great, too.

It was just a perfect vacation with everyone so very nice up and down the coast. I find people very interesting; you can learn so much from others. You could see that the home and business owners take a lot of pride in their town by the way everything was kept up – very nice yards especially. We enjoyed the little shops and the Tanger Outlet, particularly the Big & Tall store for me and a Shutter Bug camera store.

We enjoyed meals in some of the Oregon Coast’s best restaurant and here is a list of the ones we liked the most:
Jasmine Thai Restaurant in Lincoln City

Kernville Steak & Seafood Restaurant with the very nice view along the Siletz River

Avanti Italian Cuisine Lincoln City

Sip & Sand Lincoln City Shirley Welton, owner and cook made the best seafood omelet I have ever had

Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant & Bar Depoe Bay

The Little Antique Mall had the very best fresh homemade cookies and great coffee

WE HAD SO MUCH FUN and then after looking at the Oregon Coast magazine Mile-by-Mile Guide to Highway 101 we made up our minds to drive 101 north to Astoria. This was a great decision; there is so much more to the Oregon Coast than anyone could ever see! We took the Three Capes Scenic Loop to Pacific City which was another great drive with the view of Cape Kiwanda. WOW! Another must see! And the photo’s I shot. I think I have over 300 photos of the Oregon Coast and most of them look like magazine photos – it’s pretty hard to take a bad photo of the Oregon Coast Ocean.

We have already shared the details of our wonderful trip with family and friends and we let the Vet’s office know about the Ester Lee’s pet friendly atmosphere. We all miss the feel of the sand beneath our feet (and paws!) and the smell of the salty sea air…so fresh and clean, crisp and invigorating! I was wondering if the locals who live there – year in and year out – ever get tired of the Ocean? – the sound of the waves??
With such ocean beauty all around, I wanted to write it down before the vacation was over. Heidi read in a magazine or book while on the coast that “The one who needs a vacation the most is the one who just came back from a vacation”. We’re planning our return trip!
Brad & Heidi, and the two boxers, Meika & Gunner Kennewick, WA

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