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Posted by OCVA / February 25, 2010

As spring breaks on the horizon, it’s time to bring your family to real life on The People’s Coast.

Is your family spending way too much time interacting with their individual electronic communication gizmos and not nearly enough with each other? Then why not access a vast social networking site unlike any other? The People’s Coast, where the birds all Twitter and Tweet, and there’s absolutely no limit on characters! You’ll discover unlimited access to miraculous views, experience real life in real time and maybe even reconnect with the true nature of your family.

With 363 miles of spectacular shoreline open to all, feel free to wade right in. It’s easy to find a family adventure all your own.

If your teen is finally getting bored with surfing online, try board-surfing the sand dunes at Sand Master Park in Florence. Or catching the ocean breeze on the vast stretch of dunes gracing the shore in Reedsport and Winchester Bay. Learn the skills of windless flight at the Indoor Kite Festival in Lincoln City. And if you start feeling all sentimental and mushy about this family stuff, learn how real team players pull together at the dog-sled Dune Mushers event in North Bend.

In the mood for a really big family reunion? The gray whales are migrating back north with their 2000-pound babies, and whale-speaking volunteers at 26 sites up and down the coast will help you spot them. Make a big impact by volunteering the whole family to help rid Oregon’s beaches of debris at the SOLV Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup.

Looking to enjoy s’more for less? Check out the beach campfire and s’mores family packages available this month at The Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City and The Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City. And talk about a great escape from the ordinary! Kids stay for free as part of the spring break family fun packages from Escape Lodging in beautiful Cannon Beach.

More mature tastes will be well served at Beach Bite & Brew event in Seaside or Cougar Crest Winery’s Winemaker’s Dinner in Cannon Beach. If that doesn’t sound playful enough for your tastes, consider this: The South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival in North Bend features 11 bands playing Dixieland, Big Band, Jump & Jive, Rock & Roll, Zydeco, Blues and Doo-wop.

The People’s Coast. From the salty characters in Brookings to the lollygagging sea lions at Cape Arago. From the gem that is Yachats to the fishing charters in Depoe Bay. From the Cape Meares lighthouse near Tillamook to the historic character of Astoria, we’ll give you plenty to tweet about.

Featured Events

Florence Home & Garden Show in Florence

Explore a variety of vendors, exhibits and demonstrations related to home improvement, garden, landscape design and furnishings. Florence Events Center. $2, $1 children 12 & younger.
March 5, 2010 – March 7, 2010 – Fri. 2pm-7pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-3pm
For more information visit www.eventcenter.org or call (541) 997-9136

Beach Bite & Brew in Seaside

Learn the pairing of excellent food with compatible craft beers. VIP tasting and our chef’s “Cooking with Beer” competition Noon to 4 pm – $35, General tasting with a variety of food vendors 5 to 9 pm. $20 and all tastings include souvenir glass. Wine station also available.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
For more information visit www.seasidechamber.com or call (503) 728-6391

Berry Cook-Off at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City

Admission is free, with tasting sized portions available for a small fee. Located at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City at 801 SW HWY 101, on the Fourth Floor. Above the Driftwood Public Library, and Lincoln City’s City Hall.
March 13, 11am-2pm
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/culinary/index.php or call (541) 557-1125

Cougar Crest Winery Winemaker’s Dinner – Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach

March 14, 2010
The Stephanie Inn winemaker’s dinner features a 5-course prix fixe menu paired with wines from Cougar Crest Winery. Seating is community style at 7 p.m. Dinner is $129 per person which includes selected wines (gratuity and additional alcoholic beverages are not included) by reservation only.
For more information email info@stephanie-inn.com or call (800) 633-3466

Lincoln City Half Marathon in Lincoln City

March 7, 9:00 am
Lincoln City will hold its 2nd Annual Half-Marathon and 10K on March 7, 2010 at 9a.m. at Taft High School, 4040 SE High School Drive. Last year more than 130 runners and walkers participated. New this year: an early start for half-marathon walkers and a 10K race for a shorter, but still challenging, event! Race support will be provded by high school sports teams and several other local non-profit goups. In exchange, these organizations will receive a share of race proceeds.
March 7, 9am
For more information visit www.lincolncity.org or call (541) 996-1273

Indoor Kite Festival in Lincoln City

Indoor windless flying is skill, extraordinary kite design, and grace in motion. It is painting, concert, dance, and theater—all in one act. And the experts will show you and your family how to do it. The March indoor festival is a unique activity to enjoy with your kids and your parents every spring break.
March 27 & 28
For more information visit http://www.oregoncoast.org/kite-festival/indoor-kite-2007.php or call (541) 996-1273

Featured Things To Do on The People’s Coast

SOLV Great Oregon Spring Beach Cleanup in Florence (six local check-in stations)

Volunteer to help clear the entire Oregon coast of debris.
March 20, 2010, Saturday, 10am – 1pm
For more information visit www.solv.org

Spring Whale Watching Week on the Entire Oregon Coast

Trained volunteers will be present at 26 sites along the Oregon Coast as gray whales pass close to shore on their return trip north back to the Arctic Ocean with their new 2,000-pound babies.
March 20, 2010 – March 27, 2010; 10am – 1pm
For more information visit www.whalespoken.org

Featured Places To Stay on The People’s Coast

Sandboard Package – Driftwood Shores & Sand Master Park in Florence

Sand Master Park has partnered with Driftwood Shores to bring you a package that will be fun for the whole family. Depending on the weather, try the new wet sandboards or the original summer fun boards. Sand makes for a soft break, so don’t be afraid to give it a try. Driftwood Shores also has a new water playground and pool facility…for those days over Spring Break when the sun just doesn’t quite shine.
Check website for dates available
For more information visit www.driftwoodshores.com or www.sandmasterpark.com

The Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City

Spend your Spring Break at the beautiful Oregon Coast. The Coho Oceanfront Lodge offers a variety of packages to personalize your stay. Kid’s Packages for your family’s day at the beach, Celebration packages to celebrate spring birthdays or anniversaries, or even a bonfire package with all the essential S’more making tools.
March 15th – April 1st is Spring Break. Packages available any time.
For more information visit www.thecoholodge.com or call (800) 848-7006

“Campfire Package” – The Inn at Cape Kiwanda & Cottages at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City

There’s nothing quite like sitting around a crackling campfire, watching a beautiful sunset and enjoying yummy s’mores on the beach. This fun package includes: One night’s lodging at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda or the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda and all the trimmings needed to make sticky finger s’mores: marshmallows, Hershey chocolate bar, graham crackers, special keepsake roasting rods and a bundle of firewood for building that perfect campfire. You will treasure special moments like this for years to come.
This package is available year around – depending on the weather.
For more information visit www.innatcapekiwanda.com or www.kiwandacottages.com or call (888) 965-7001

Stay 5 nights and get your 6th free! – Shorepine Vacation Rentals in Pacific City

Looking for the perfect economical spring vacation this year? Stay five nights in Shorepine Village and receive your sixth night for free! Select the best fit for your family from our fully furnished vacation homes. All homes include a full kitchen, full size washer and dryer, all linens, towels, paper and soap amenities. Even bring the dog to one of our 20 pet friendly homes. Shorepine Village offers private beach access via our unique wooden board walk. Guests have access to our clubhouse which offers a fully equipped fitness room, pool table and entertainment center. Take a bike ride on miles of paved trails that go through Shorepine Village with the bikes and helmets included in each vacation home. Discover the quality of professionally managed vacation homes here at Shorepine Vacation Rentals!
Now – March 30, 2010
For more information visit www.shorepinerentals.com or call (877) KIWANDA or (503) 965-5776

“Spring Break Escapes” with Escape Lodging Company in Cannon Beach

With a variety of lodging options, from oceanfront to tranquil garden settings, Cannon Beach has something for everyone. Feel the sea mist and watch the breakers crash onto the famous Haystack Rock and pristine sands along the dramatic Oregon Coast. Cannon Beach is the dreamy resort town where simple fun and nostalgic pleasures come together to create new family traditions and memories. This spring, special offers include lodging packages with complimentary dinner gift certificates, or Family Fun Packs which include complimentary gift certificates for pizza. Plus, kids stay free! Check out the below links to these Cannon Beach properties – offering a range of choices for family and friends. Pets are welcome, too!

The Ocean Lodge
For families who want an oceanfront stay, with views of Haystack Rock, a crackling fireplace, and cozy second floor library.

Inn at Cannon Beach
For a quiet garden setting, just one block from the beach.

Lodges at Cannon Beach
For families or groups who want a fully-furnished condominium, with complimentary breakfast—just one block from the beach.

Van Buren Lighthouse Inn
Cozy bungalows one block from the beach and a short walk to town.
Now – April 2010 or call (503) 436-2480

Distinctive Beach Lodgings in Gearhart & Arch Cape

For your next trip to the beach with your four legged family member, visit one of our 4 boutique properties on the north Oregon coast, all of which welcome your well mannered pet; Gearhart Ocean Inn, The Gearhart Cottages, The Fitzgerald’s Cottages and the Inn at Arch Cape.
Always available
For more information visit www.distinctivebeachlodgings.com or call (800) 352-8034

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