Stories

  1. Drink to Stout Month in Astoria

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / January 31, 2017

    Locals know there’s nothing quite like a heady pint of stout — brimming with rich flavor notes of chocolate, coffee and toasted nuts — to warm your bones and raise your spirits during the chilly months. And this February, Oregon’s North Coast puts a different spin on this classic brew. The cities of Astoria and Warrenton — each positioned on Youngs Bay — charm visitors…

  2. Off-Season Family Adventures With Oregon State Parks

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    The winter-spring shoulder season is a stunning time at the Oregon Coast. Fewer people are out and about, leaving the 363 miles of often sunny and sparkling beaches — as well as trails, parks and rivers — clear for all sorts of exploration. Much of it, in fact, is managed by Oregon State Parks, which offers a bounty of natural, cultural and educational resources for…

  3. Destination Reedsport

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    Sand and water are the lifeblood of every coastal beach town, but Reedsport, on Oregon’s South Coast, is truly defined by its near-island-like geography. Situated at the heart of the iconic Oregon dunes, Reedsport sits at the confluence of three rivers: the mighty Umpqua, Smith and Scholfield. There are also 17 nearby lakes, offering plenty of prime fishing — especially small-mouth bass — as well…

  4. Everything You Wanted to Know About Sea Lions

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    They can be loud and raucous, or adorably lazy. They’re both goofy and intelligent creatures. Visitors to the Oregon Coast go out of their way to spot sea lions, for good reason. They’re fun to watch as they lounge on the docks, interacting with each other and sliding in and out of the sea with a surprising grace. But how much do you really know…

  5. Romantic Getaway to Cannon Beach

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / December 22, 2016

    The Oregon Coast, with its rugged shoreline and misty intrigue, has long wooed romantic souls. This is especially true of Cannon Beach. Here are a few essential ingredients for a weekend escape to this sophisticated but laidback village by the sea. A stay at the Stephanie Inn is sure to add a dash of passion to your stay. Many guestrooms offer breathtaking, panoramic views of…

  6. How to Spend a Rainy Day in Seaside

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / December 22, 2016

    Don’t let a little drizzle or stormy skies dampen your fun in Oregon’s classic resort town, where surf-and-sand seekers have retreated since Victorian times. Known as one of the premier beach destinations in the Pacific Northwest, Seaside is a great place to visit even with overcast skies — indoor fun abounds and the misty shoreline beckons. There’s no wrong way to do it, but here…

  7. Six Festive Coast Holiday Traditions

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    From sparkly lights to miniature trains, holiday tea to malty beer, wintertime at the Oregon Coast is full of cheery yuletide tradition. Here are some of our favorite ways to be merry at the Coast this season: Nibble on homemade gingerbread cookies, sip cider and cocoa and enjoy live holiday music at Seaside’s sixth annual Gingerbread Tea at Butterfield Cottage. Exquisite gingerbread houses up for…

  8. What Does it Mean to Speak Whale?

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    Every winter, about 20,000 gray whales (and the occasional blue, humpback and Orca) living in the north Pacific Ocean head south for the winter, much to the delight of visitors to the Oregon Coast. Visitors can catch the fascinating spectacle anywhere along the Coast, but there’s just one spot that focuses all of its resources on educating the public about the unique behavior of whales.…

  9. Top Spots for Independent Shopping on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    The owners at Purple Cow Toys in downtown Astoria don’t mind if you open the board game while you’re in the store. In fact, they’ll help you learn to play it. They’ll make sure everyone in the family stays and plays with their toys for as long as they like. That’s the beauty of shopping local — the merchants strive to build genuine relationships with…

  10. Treasure Hunting in Downtown Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / November 2, 2016

    Established by one of the early-19th-century’s most famous merchants, John Jacob Astor, this bustling small city at the mouth of the Columbia is appropriately one of the top shopping destinations on the Oregon Coast, especially when it comes to art, antiques, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Here are eight cool shops well worth checking out, whether you’re in full-on holiday-shopping mode or simply out browsing for souvenirs…

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