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  1. Autumn Festivities in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / September 19, 2017

    By Michael H. Kew It’s easy to fall for Cannon Beach. Come autumn, the skies are wetter, the air crisper, the shadows longer. Declared “One of the World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” by National Geographic and located a mere 90 minutes from Portland, this romantic beachfront burg of 1,700 is big on post-summer pleasure. On October 21, 2017, the 20th annual Dog Show on the…

  2. Terrific Views of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse

    Posted by OCVA / September 19, 2017

    By Michael H. Kew Not all hiking trails host views of a mysterious rock-island lighthouse. Or mossy World War II bunkers. Or a north-facing vista that drove explorer William Clark to famously write: “I behold the grandest and most pleasing prospect which my eyes ever surveyed.” Where to Start Seaside and Cannon Beach are lucky to have the Tillamook Head Trail sandwiched between them, offering…

  3. 7 New Oregon Coast Eateries You Must Try

    Posted by OCVA / July 31, 2017

    We all have our go-to chowder or fish n’ chips on the Oregon Coast, those tasty stand-bys that never let us down. But every so often, it’s fun to change it up a little — and luckily there’s always something new in the Oregon Coast dining scene. Whether it’s local albacore tuna poke, grilled oysters, a killer burger or fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, you can find…

  4. Destination Manzanita

    Posted by OCVA / July 31, 2017

    From the epic summit at Neahkahnie mountain to the hot dogs and ice cream you can grab right next to the beach, Manzanita is a beloved spot on the Oregon Coast. Nearly a year after a powerful storm damaged 128 homes and several businesses, this dreamy outpost is back in full force and ready to welcome visitors. Here’s where to eat, drink, shop and play…

  5. Spend a Night at These Lesser-Known Coastal Lodgings

    Posted by OCVA / July 31, 2017

    The oceans and mountains, rivers and lakes along the Oregon Coast range are magical places to wake up every morning on vacation. But have you ever dreamed of sleeping in a working lighthouse, on a houseboat, at the base of an epic peak or at a secluded riverside tree perch?  Here are four inspired lesser-known lodgings for your next Coast adventure: On the lake If…

  6. Pack Your Oregon Coast Picnic

    Posted by OCVA / May 25, 2017

    Oregonians love to eat local, especially when it comes to the bounty of fresh-baked breads, artisan meats and cheeses, sweets and handcrafted beverages on the Coast. But often it’s way more fun to curate and pack your own homegrown picnic instead, and tote it to the beach, the campground, the bike trails or the mountain. Luckily, there are more than a dozen farmers markets up…

  7. 5 Easy Hikes on the Oregon Coast Trail

    Posted by OCVA / May 25, 2017

    If long walks on the beach are your thing, exploring the Oregon Coast Trail will soon be your new favorite pastime. Similar to the Pacific Crest Trail, the coast trail — with views of sea stacks and rocky headlands and other coastal wonders —  is a series of connected walking routes connecting Oregon’s North, Central and South coasts. About half is on sandy beach; the…

  8. A Paddler’s Paradise on the Tillamook Water Trail

    Posted by OCVA / May 25, 2017

    It’s something out of a dream: 250 miles of navigable waterways on Oregon’s North Coast that meander through dense forest, green pastures, marsh-like estuaries and small towns. It’s known as the Tillamook Water Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail comprised of five separate watersheds — Nehalem, Tillamook Bay, Nestucca, Sand Lake and Netarts. A handy set of fold-out maps denotes easy access points, guidelines and…

  9. Chasing Adventures in Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / May 8, 2017

    By Michael Kew You may not often hear the words “action sports” said in reference to Astoria and Warrenton, more famous for rich maritime lore and Victorian charm. But, set snugly at the mouth of the Columbia, these twin towns have wide waterways for paddling, crisp air for zip lining and plenty of rustic trails for trekking. That’s not all, of course. Oregon’s North Coast…

  10. Top Art Festivals in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / May 8, 2017

    By Michael Kew It’s quite logical for an Oregon Coast gem to host art-related events, and no season bests the lovely greeny-blues of Cannon Beach in late spring. Thanks to the Cannon Beach Gallery Group, May and June see two artsy affairs in town, which was named “One of the Top 100 Art Towns in America” by author John Villani, and “One of the World’s…

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