SHARE THE SPIRIT.

Posted by OCVA / November 23, 2009

Share your tales of adventure on The People’s Coast and you could win a free two-night stay in a charming coastal getaway.

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with your family and friends at one of the many traditional (or not-so-traditional) events planned up and down the Oregon coast this month. And don’t forget to Share Your Story of adventures past or present and tell all your friends and family to post their comments because, for one lucky winner, Oregon Beach Vacations is giving away 2 nights at one of their homes or condos on the Oregon coast. Even if you don’t win, be sure to keep them in mind for your next family reunion or holiday getaway throughout the entire year.

Remember: The People’s Coast belongs to all of us, and there’s always room for everyone.

Featured Events

14th Annual Starving Artist Faire in Astoria

The 14th Annual Starving Artist Faire is being held at the historic Astoria Yacht Club – 1555 W. Marine Drive, Astoria. The event showcases one of a kind arts and crafts from regional artisans. This holiday event will have such hand-crafted items as holiday wreaths and centerpieces, jewelry, pottery, wood items, fabric art, prints, cards and paintings, facial and body products, clothing, recycled-repurposed-reinvented items, and much, much more. Admittance is only $1.00 or a can of food. This event is a fundraiser for the Astor Street Opry Company and the local Food Bank. Santa will be there, too! This year’s sponsor for the event is Northwest Lending Group. Come join the fun. Please e-mail Cindy at dogwater@pacifier.com or call her in the evening for more information at 503-458-6250.
12/4, 7pm – 10pm; 12/5, 10am – 6pm & 12/6, 11am – 4pm

Holiday Open House & Craft Sale in Lincoln City

12/5, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments while visiting with Garden volunteers and friends in the cheerfully decorated Garden House. Local crafters will have unique gift items for sale, and relaxed shopping will add to the fun.
For more information visit www.conniehansengarden.com or call (541) 994-6338

Gift of Music at Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach

This is an annual event coordinated by Salishan for the Lincoln City Food Pantry. Guest musician is concert rock violinist Aaron Meyer of Portland. Join us in the Longhouse to enjoy guest musician Aaron Meyer of Portland. Guests can visit his web site www.aaronmeyer.com to review other information or call Salishan. Donated food item or cash (no checks) for Lincoln City food pantry is a requirement for entry.
12/20/09, 2pm – 4pm
For more information visit www.salishan.com or call 541-764-3631

A Whale of a Christmas in Depoe Bay

Amidst festive decorations and carolers, the Depoe Bay Christmas tree is lit. Join us at the Whale Watch Center (Hwy 101 at the north end of the Depoe Bay Bridge) for this truly magical event. This is a free event!
12/5, 5:00pm
For more information visit www.depoebaychamber.org or call 877-485-8348

Oregon Coast Aquarium Presents “Sea of Lights” in Newport

12/5 & 12/6/09 from 6:30 – 9:30pm
Ring in the holidays as the Aquarium becomes a winter wonderland surrounded by thousands of twinkling lights. Festive caroling, a Christmas village, visit with Saint Nick and photos by the big Christmas tree in the lobby. Hot chocolate and holiday treats. Many gift ideas in the Aquarium gift shop.
For more information visit www.aquarium.org or call 541-867-3474

Newport’s Lighted Boat Parade in Newport

12/5/09; begins at dusk
Watch the fishing boats in Yaquina Bay light up with their creative and decorative Christmas lights. Learn how you can be a passenger and see the lighted boat parade aboard one of the vessels in the bay. Contact Fran Mathews of Marine Discovery Tours for more details by calling 541-265-6200.

Heceta Head Lightstation Victorian Christmas Open House in Florence

Enjoy the majesty of the beautifully decorated Keeper’s House. Each evening local musicians will perform your holiday favorites. Enjoy warm drinks and goodies. Santa Claus makes a special appearance each evening between 5 – 6 p.m.
12/12-13 & 12/19-20, 4 to 7 pm
For more information visit www.hecetalighthouse.com or call 866-547-3696

Heceta Head Lighthouse Christmas Open House Tours in Florence

After visiting the Keepers House decorated for a Victorian Christmas, bring your flashlight and take the short hike up to the lighthouse for a night-time tour of the famous beacon.
12/12-13 & 12/19-20, 4 to 7 pm
For more information visit www.oregonstateparks.org/park_124.php or call 541-547-3416

Annual Holiday Bazaar & Gingerbread House Contest in Reedsport

Many fine Oregon crafters will be displaying and selling their best handmade wares at the Reedsport Community Building. The 14th Annual Gingerbread House Contest will be held during the Holiday Bazaar. There will be prizes for two age groups: 17 and younger, and 18 and older. Houses must be completely edible and delivered to the Reedsport Community Building no later than Saturday, December 5th before 10am.
12/4, 5-9 pm & 12/5, 9am – 5pm
For more information visit www.reedsportcc.org or call 541-271-3495

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park in North Bend

Fans of polyester, platform shoes, Halston dresses and The Hustle rejoice! On Thursday, Dec. 31, The Mill Casino * Hotel is stepping back into the 70s and throwing an all day/ all night Disco New Year’s Eve Party to celebrate the arrival of 2010. The party starts on Thursday at noon right on the casino floor where guests of The Mill Casino * Hotel can win bonus points and disco-themed prizes for having the best 70s costumes, most impressive Hustle and knowing their 70s trivia. The coolest party of the night is bound to be the casino’s Studio 54-style extravaganza in the Salmon Room featuring those masters of the disco beat, The Afrodisiacs. Tickets for The Mill’s 9 p.m. Disco Fever Party, which includes a midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, disco fever party favors and the chance to win a share of $600 in a series of dance and costume contests, are on sale now at Ko-Kwel Gifts for just $25 per person with a $5 discount for members of the casino’s player’s club, The Millionaire$ Club.
12/31/09
For more information visit www.themillcasino.com or call 800-953-4800

Snowflake Fashion Show “Star Studded Night” in Lincoln City

12/2, 6:00pm
Come join the fun at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
For more information visit www.chinookwindscasino.com or call 888-CHINOOK

Fantasy of Trees in Lincoln City

12/2 – 12/5
Wander among many beautifully decorated holiday trees at Chinook Winds Casino Resort.
For more information visit www.chinookwindscasino.com or call 888-CHINOOK

Angels Ball in Lincoln City

12/5
Angels Ball at Chinook Winds Casino Resort
For more information visit www.chinookwindscasino.com or call 888-CHINOOK

Christmas Community Bazaar in Gold Beach

Annual Christmas Bazaar with lots of holiday gift items and lunch will be available. Before you leave the Events Center property, be sure to wander over and visit the Holiday Crafters Bazaar – two bazaars at the same location – How Bizarre!
12/5
For more information visit www.goldbeach.org or call 541-247-6550

Holiday Crafters Bazaar in Gold Beach

While your visiting this bazaar at the Events Center be sure to wander over to the Christmas Community Bazaar, they’re happening at the same location, just different buildings!
12/5
For more information visit www.goldbeach.org or call 541-247-7147

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

Hands-on Cookies and Candies Class – Part 1 in Lincoln City

12/12, 1pm – 4pm
Join Executive Chef, Sharon Wiest for the Hands-on Cookies and Candies Part 1 Class at the Culinary Center. Class cost is $50.
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org or call 541-557-1125

Hands-on Cookies and Candies Class – Part 2 in Lincoln City

12/19, 1pm – 4pm
Executive Chef, Sharon Wiest leads the Hands-on Cookies and Candies Part 2 Class at the Culinary Center. Class cost is $50.
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org or call 541-557-1125

Northwest EcoExcursions Guided Kayak & Hiking Trips on the Central Coast

Kayak with a Naturalist around Depoe Bay, in nearby lakes, creeks and estuaries. Our kayaks are sit-on-top style, very stable and very safe. Beginners are welcome. Training is provided. View wildlife and take in the flora and fauna the Oregon Coast has to offer. We also offer various hikes led by a Naturalist ranging in several difficulty levels, lengths and time frames. Let our Naturalist teach you about the birds, wildlife, botany, geology and history on the many hikes on the Central Oregon Coast. Email linda@nwecoexcursions.com for more details and prices.
Through the winter
For more information visit www.nwecoexcursions.com or call 541-765-2598

Edwin K Bed & Breakfast Christmas Light Display in Florence

A must to see during the holiday season. The owners really project the festive spirit of Christmas. The inside is decorated throughout the house, including a Christmas tree in the front room. The outside is decorated with thousands of lights and yard ornaments from top to bottom. Sections of lights will dance across the yard in rhythm to your favorite Christmas carols. Tall arches over the sidewalk are decorated with more Christmas lights. Come walk through the arches, or sit in the gazebo and watch the lights keep in time as the Christmas music plays.
December 5 – January 1
For more information visit www.edwink.com or call 800-833-9465

Dickens Christmas in Florence

Old Town hayrides, a Christmas choral event at the Playhouse, a Victorian costume dance at the Elks, Christmas readings at Port Hole Books, a gala Mutt Strutt on the boardwalk and more.
December 4 – 13
For more information visit www.oldtownflorence.com or call 541-902-9091

Holiday Lights at Shore Acres in Charleston

Famous for its beautiful 7 acre botanical gardens and Japanese lily pond, the gardens shine with over a quarter million lights. Shore Acres State Park is located on the scenic Cape Arago Highway. Call Shore Acres for more information.
11/26 – 12/31, 4-10pm every night
For more information visit www.shoreacres.net or call 541-888-3732

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria

Celebrate an authentic Scandinavian New Year’s Eve at the Cannery Pier Hotel in Amazing Astoria! Join us for Finnish Folk music, Scandinavian Dancers, and the festive sounds of accordion, guitar, mandolin and percussion with Birgit and Phil Ages of FolkVoice. The Cannery Pier Hotel honors Astoria’s cultural diversity and Scandinavian traditions with Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish delicacies and music that will get you on your feet or intrigue you with tunes played on the Kantele. (Note: If you’d like us to make a reservation for an incredible New Year’s Eve dinner at The Bridgewater Bistro next to the hotel, we will be happy to do this for you. Visit their website online for details on this holiday dinner: www.bridgewaterbistro.com)

Packages: $369.00 plus tax per couple
One night New Year’s Eve only package includes a Deluxe King or Deluxe Double Queen room, special expanded wine and hors d’oeuvres (5pm to 7 pm), two drink tickets per person at the Cannery Pier Hotel Bar in our lobby or in the beautiful Bridgewater Bistro restaurant, all the music, Scandinavian finger foods and festivities listed above as well as a bottle of champagne in your room with party favors AND a signed copy of Greg Jacob’s “Fins, Finns & Astorians” book. (Suites are available for an additional $100)

Two nights: $518.00 plus tax per couple
Includes New Year’s Eve celebration and the night of January 1st with special wellness coupons and Casey Kellar’s “Natural Alternatives for You and Your Home” book to help start off your New Year in an uber-healthy way!
12/31/09 – 1/1/09
For more information visit www.cannerypierhotel.com or call 888-325-4996

Oregon Beach Vacations on the North – Central Coast

Book your Oregon Coast vacation now and save money on a three night stay. From now through February 2010, the third night is free with a two night stay. Choose from a list of our participating homes and condos located on the North and Central Oregon coast. Our reservation specialists are available to assist you 24/7.
Special rate does not apply to previous bookings or the following holidays: December 24 – 25, December 31 and January 1. Reservations must be made by phone. Stays must be completed by February 28, 2010.
Now – February 28, 2010
For more information visit www.OregonBeachVacations.com or call 800-723-2383

Land’s End Oceanfront Motel in Cannon Beach

Stay 2 nights for the price of one! Offer good Sunday through Thursday nights only
Now through April 30, 2010
For more information visit www.LandsEndMotel.com or call 800-793-1477

Shorepine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City

December Specials: Stay two nights anytime in December and receive the third night for free! This offer includes the holidays! Stay in our exclusive Shorepine Village this holiday season and begin creating memories your family and friends will never forget. Each home is fabulously outfitted with all the comforts of home; including enough towels, bedding, cookware and dishes for everyone in your party. Cozy up to a gas or wood fireplace and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa with your loved ones. Create the perfect dinner and a movie night by eating at the award winning Pelican Pub & Brewery followed by complimentary DVD rentals to take back to your home.
12/1/09 – 12/31/09
For more information visit www.shorepinerentals.com or call 503-965-5776

Sea Horse Motel in Lincoln City

Don’t miss this opportunity to save 50%! Stay two or more midweek nights, Sunday – Thursday, at half off of our Regular Rate. That’s two nights for the price of one! Planning a weekend getaway or just one night during the week? We’ll still give you a great deal; weekends at 10% off and one midweek night at 30% off. Cannot be combined with other offers, valid for a limited time only and some restrictions apply.
For more information visit www.SeaHorseMotel.com or call 800-662-2101

Overleaf Village in Yachats

Description: Do you long for a relaxing stay in a lovely beach cottage on the Oregon Coast with all the warmth and charm of the “old days”, yet encompassing every convenience “today” can provide? Overleaf Village offers cottages nestled among native plantings with a trickling stream meandering under a charming stone bridge. Several of the cottages have ocean views and all are only a short walk away from the ocean’s edge via a winding nature trail. Step back to a gentler time and celebrate life with your loved ones. Overleaf Village is perfect for your intimate retreat or reunion.
Winter Rates Available Now
For more information visit www.overleafvillage.com or call 800-338-0507 or 541-547-4880

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