Is your dog bored with that same old walk in the park? Has all the squeaky joy been squeezed out of her squeaky toy? Is your whole family just drooling at the door, itching to get out? Then it’s time to stop barking up the wrong tree, because it’s Four-legged Family Fun month on The People’s Coast. And we’re here to help you, your family, your friends and your Fidos get a new leash on life!
Before we get going, let’s talk about where to stay. In Lincoln City, both the Coho Oceanfront Lodge and Inn at Wecoma are offering special pet packages, including doggie beds, treats and bowls. At the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, the “K-9″ package will fetch a pet blanket, doggie treats and a Frisbee for your pooch, and two bottles of award-winning Pelican brews for you. How ruff is that?
Your pet stays free at the Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach and the Fireside Motel in Yachats, where they’ll also throw in a complimentary gift package of toys and treats. Pets are also welcome at Edgewater Cottages in Waldport and in the family cottages at Windermere on the Beach in Bandon. And for humans with an interest in a different kind of dogleg, Salishan Spa & Golf Resort in Gleneden Beach is serving up a bed and breakfast special this month.
Speaking of going for the green, this month Florence is hosting its annual Green Fair promoting sustainable products and services to help you maximize a “green” lifestyle, as well as their Early Rhody Show and Plant Sale for all you green thumb types out there.
And if all the tweets and twitters in your life have been coming from your smart phone, maybe it’s time to explore the South Slough Reserve in Charleston, where an interpreter will guide you in a search of winged wildlife. Or join the flocks of your fellow birders for guided hikes and kayak expeditions at the Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City, where you’ll also find great music, informational seminars and a children’s workshop on bird-themed art. Sounds like a smart move to us.
Feeling moved yet? Then shake a leg and head for Florence for the DelTango Cielo concert or the classic sounds of the big band era with the Harry James Orchestra. Swing over to Coos Bay and raise a commemorative glass to your good taste at the First Friday Wine Walk or stroll over to Brookings for the Second Saturday Art Walk.
You wouldn’t want to pass up this month’s Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed & Ducky Derby in Depoe Bay; the Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival in Astoria; or a chance to sample the culinary wonders of guest Chef Jon Newman at the Spring Brewers Dinner at Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City. Because that would be a doggone shame.
It’s Four-legged Family Fun Month on The People’s Coast, and wherever you go, you’re sure to have a ball!
A TAIL TO REMEMBER?
If you’ve experienced a particularly fetching moment on The People’s Coast with your best friend, share the tale with us online, on Facebook or on Twitter. Because everybody loves a good dog day afternoon.
You don’t need a bloodhound to sniff out a trail to an excellent family adventure on The People’s Coast. Just dig into The Official Oregon Coast Visitor Guide. It’s full of useful information and you never have to beg, because it’s always free for the asking! So speak up.
PETS ON THE BEACH
There are three considerations to take into account when you walk your pet on Oregon beaches.
- Beaches that are within the boundaries of an Oregon state park must have all pets on a leash not more than six feet long and kept under physical control at all times. (OAR 736-010-0030)
- If you are on a beach outside of the boundaries of an Oregon state park, Ocean Shore rules apply. Ocean Shore OAR 736-21-0070 states “the owner of any dog, cat, or other animal brought into or kept in the ocean shore recreation area shall be responsible for the animal’s behavior and physical control while in the ocean shore recreation area.” Leashes are not specifically required, but physical control must be maintained.
- Where beaches have been designated Western Snowy Plover nesting sites or wildlife habitat areas, all beach pedestrians must stay on the wet sand and all pets must remain on a six foot leash and be kept under physical control. Pet control must be maintained in all wildlife habitat areas and apply to both Oregon State Park and Ocean Shore areas. Designated areas are well signed to warn beach visitors of wildlife habitat areas.
Oh, and here’s a little common-sense reminder: If your pooches do their business on the beach or pathway, make it your business to pick up after them, and leave no unpleasant discoveries afoot for your fellow explorers.
South Slough Birding in Charleston
Join a South Slough interpreter and venture into the Reserve in search of winged wildlife. $1 per birder. Held the first Saturday of each month.
April 7, 2012
For more information visit oregonsadventurecoast.com or call 541-888-5558
9th Annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City
The 9th Annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival, held in Pacific City features bird related seminars, good music and activities for the entire family! Seminar topics include bird conservation, the natural history of seabirds, beginning birding and gardening for birds. For the outdoor minded the festival offers 14 hikes led by experienced birders in a wide variety of local habitat, and for a different vantage point opt for one of the festival’s 2-hour kayak expeditions on the Little Nestucca River. Or take an all-day birding journey on the Three Capes Scenic Tour, a 60-mile round trip that features stops along the Pacific Ocean, Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares Forest and Tillamook pastures.
Kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great hall in a children’s workshop on bird-themed art led by Kim and Mark Cavatorta of Slug Soup. Additional fees apply to add-on excursions. For more information on the 2012 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit the website.
April 13-15, 2012
For more information visit birdingandblues.com or call 503-965-6247
Del Tango Cielo Concert in Florence
The passionate music of Tango meets the ethereal romance of the harp in this concert at the Florence Events Center. Enjoy a creative blend of Argentine Tango, Spanish Flamenco and smooth Latin jazz by harpist Anna Maria Mendieta. Friday, 7 p.m.
April 13, 2012
For more information visit florencechamber.com/chamber/sea-antonio-pompa-baldi-concert or call 541-997-1994
Early Rhody Show & Plant Sale in Florence
Enjoy the beautiful blooms at this early spring flower show and sale. Saturday, 1 – 5 pm at the Florence Events Center.
April 14, 2012
For more information visit florencechamber.com/chamber/early-rhody-show-plant-sale-0 or call 541-997-1994
Second Saturday Art Walk in Brookings
The Second Saturday of every month the town of Brookings hosts an art walk from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Delectable food and drink, amazing live entertainment, brilliant people and, of course, fabulous artwork may be found up and down Chetco Avenue (Hwy 101) in downtown Brookings.
April 14, 2012
Spring Brewers Dinner at Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City
We are excited to announce Chef John Newman of Newmans at 988 and FISHES Sushi & Japanese Cuisine in Cannon Beach will be our guest chef at the upcoming April 21st Spring Brewers Dinner at Pelican Pub & Brewery. Space is limited, get your tickets early!
April 21, 2012
For more information visit yourlittlebeachtown.com/store/event-tickets/
Wooden Boat Show, Crab Feed & Ducky Derby in Depoe Bay
Enjoy local, succulent crab and watch master craftsmen build and show off their wooden boats. Take part in cheering your “ducky” to the finish line during Sunday’s Ducky Derby. Located at Depoe Bay Harbor and Depoe Bay Community Center.
April 21 – 22, 2012
For more information call 541-765-2889
3rd Annual Florence Green Fair in Florence
An annual fair promoting sustainable products and services at the Florence Events Center. Maximize a “green” life and work style. Plant sale open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
April 28, 2012
For more information visit florencegreenfair.com or call 541-997-3441
Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast
First Friday Wine Walk in Coos Bay
Visit various downtown businesses to wine taste and shop. Commemorative wine glasses and maps will be sold for $10 each at the Coos Bay Visitor Center. For more information, contact Cindy Rawlings at The World.
April 6, 2012
For more information visit oregonsadventurecoast.com or call 541-269-1222 ext 289
Harry James Orchestra in Florence
Come out for an evening of great music at the Florence Events Center. A gala presentation on the flat floor. Songs of the big band era for one swinging evening of dancing and music starting at 7 pm.
April 13, 2012
For more information visit florencechamber.com/chamber/sea-harry-james-orchestra or call 541-997-1994
Lincoln City Spring Learning Feast in Lincoln City
Lincoln City Spring Learning Feast is a two-week program featuring an interesting collection of classes and seminars where you can come to Lincoln City and learn something new. For more information, call or visit our website.
April 14 – 28, 2012
For more information visit oregoncoast.org/spring-learning-feast or call 800-452-2151, 541-996-1274
Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival in Astoria
The 30th annual Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival gets things boiling April 27-29. In addition to tasty cuisine and wine, the weekend features a host of musical talent from around the region, including the musical sounds of Hawaii, jazz, rock and indie-pop. Artists and craftsmen will show their work, and local breweries will be on hand for hop lovers.
April 27 – 29, 2012
For more information visit oldoregon.com/events/entry/astoria-warrenton-crab-seafood-wine-festival or call (800) 875-6807
Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast
Land’s End Motel – Pets Stay Free in April in Cannon Beach
Oceanfront suites and studios in downtown Cannon Beach. No charge for pet fees in the month of March. A savings of $15 per night.
Ends: April 30, 2012
For more information visit landsendmotel.com or call 503-436-2264
Inn at Cape Kiwanda – “K-9” Package in Pacific City
Dogs are amazing creatures! They give you loyal unconditional love, faithful companionship and make your life so much richer. So . . . why not treat Rover to a trip to the beach! Just think of the seagulls to chase, sand and water to play in and enough exercise that they will curl up to take a nap once they wander into your cozy room. We have a barking exciting “K-9” package just for you and your 4-legged friend. Stay 2 nights and your pet will enjoy a comfy pet blanket, doggie toy & treats, Frisbee, and you (as the exhausted owner who will have spent hours playing alongside your pet on the beach) will enjoy a $10 gift card from Stimulus Café or 2 bottles of the award-winning Pelican Pub & Brewery core beers. Show your best friend just how much you care with a trip to the beach. ( Pet fee [for 1 pet] will be waived with 2 night stay. $40 value.)
Available Year Round
For more information visit YourLittleBeachTown.com or call 888-965-7001
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge – Pet Package in Lincoln City
The Coho Oceanfront Lodge accepts pets that are 25lbs and under in selected units. The $20 fee per night includes complimentary pet package and use of doggy bed upon request, 25lbs weight limit, one dog per room. The pet package includes plush doggie bed, food, water & bowl, yours to use upon request. The Welcome Amenity, which includes doggie treats, clean-up bags and a listing of local pet friendly parks, pet boutiques, and pet daycare services are yours to keep. TLC provided by our staff is free! *Any guests planning on bringing a pet must contact the Coho Oceanfront Lodge directly.
*Available Year Round
For more information visit thecoholodge.com/pets or call 541-994-3684 or 1-800-848-7006
Inn at Wecoma – Premier Pet Friendly Lodging Destination in Lincoln City
Just six blocks from the ocean, the Inn at Wecoma in Lincoln City is the perfect solution for your time away without worrying about where your furry friend will stay! The Inn accepts dogs under 25lbs for a $15 per night pet fee. All dog-friendly rooms are on the ground floor, so please call the hotel directly to reserve a pet-friendly room. Many feature patios with easy access to your car and the pet relief area. For guests reserving a Pet Package, your furry friend has their own doggie bed and bowl in the room as well as a gift baggie of treats! *Pets are welcome year round with advanced notice & availability.
*Available Year Round
For more information visit innatwecoma.com
Salishan Spa & Golf Resort – Bed & Breakfast in Gleneden Beach
Enjoy one or two nights lodging with breakfast for two in our Sunroom with each night of your stay. One Night: Mid-Week $169, Weekend $199. Two Nights: Mid-Week $289, Weekend $329.
Ends: June 30, 2012
For more information visit salishan.com or call 541-764-3600
Edgewater Cottages – Pets Welcome Here in Waldport
The Edgewater Cottages are individual ocean front cottages located just a “few feet” from the beach! Man & Woman’s “best friend” is welcome at Edgewater Cottages. Enjoy the sunset and relax in front of a cozy wood-burning fireplace (firewood provided) after exploring one of the longest sand beaches in the state. Each unique unit has an excellent ocean view, sliding glass door, sun deck, easy beach access, kitchen and fireplace. Located between the villages of Yachats and Waldport; the Edgewater Cottages have been family owned and operated for three generations. Let us share it with you. Reserve any four consecutive nights in April and get a fifth night free when you mention “visit the Oregon coast.”
Ends: April 30, 2012
For more information visit edgewatercottages.com or call 541-563-2240
Fireside Motel- Doggy Days in Yachats
Celebrate doggy days in April at the Fireside. Come on over to the coast and pamper your pooch! We have put together a wonderful gift basket just for your furry friends. Each one comes with a bowl, treats, and toys! When you visit with your pet in the month of April your pet stays free and the bowl, treats, and toys are complimentary.
Ends: April 30, 2012
For more information visit firesidemotel.com or call 800-336-3573
Windermere on the Beach- Family Beach Vacation in Bandon
Bring the kids for a perfect family beach vacation. Located right on the beach in Bandon, OR, every room at the Windermere on the Beach has an unobstructed view of the ocean. Our Family Cottages have fully equipped kitchenettes, ocean-view deck, sleep up to 6 people and include free WiFi, DIRECTV and complimentary in-room coffee. Pet friendly rooms are also available. In addition to Family Cottages, the Windermere also has Traditional and Deluxe fireplace rooms.
*Available Year Round
For more information visit Windermereonthebeach.com or call 541-347-3710