Located on the central Oregon coast along Highway 101, Florence is a scenic and recreational paradise. A charming old town which was originally a mill town, Florence has a population of over 6200. Old Town boasts a number of interesting shops and restaurants, and there is a marina and RV campground on the waterfront. Along Highway 101, there are many new stores in this growing area of the Oregon coast.
Camping, fishing, dune buggy rides, sand boarding, shopping, crabbing, clamming, birding, hiking and golfing are but a few of the activities available in Florence.
Heceta Head Lighthouse
Named after Don Bruno de Heceta, a Spanish explorer, Heceta Head lighthouse is located north of Florence. This 56-foot tower was first lit in 1894. This lighthouse is 205 feet above the ocean and the light sits at the top of the 56' tower illuminated in 1894. A half-mile hike will lead visitors to this lighthouse, in addition to seabird nesting sites and nearby Bed and Breakfasts located in the assistant keeper's home. The short 1/2 mile hike to the top of the lighthouse from the parking lot is well worth the effort. The spectacular view makes it a great place to share a kiss or for a picnic. Open daily, May-September and Friday-Monday during March, April and October for tours.
Florence Events Center
Florence boasts a rare combination of scenery, cuisine and culture and the Florence Events Center is in the middle of it all! This 21,000 square foot facility annually hosts events ranging from ballet to blues and everything in between. The Events Center is home to the Last Resort Players theatre company and the Seacoast Entertainment Association's annual concert series. FEC also hosts three outstanding annual events: the Florence Festival of Books in September; the Celebrate Arts juried art show in November; and the Winter Folk Festival in January. Contact the Event Center to host your next event or private party. Planning something outdoors, or off site? No problem, the Event Center has a full rental inventory available to throw a world-class party or wedding including catering!
Vacasa - Florence
Vacasa is the Oregon Coast's largest vacation rental management, with over 400 privately-owned, professionally-managed rental homes located from Astoria in the north to Brookings in the south. Vacasa offers the perfect accommodation for every taste and budget, ranging from laid-back beach cottages to luxury oceanfront estates. Each vacation home is unique and amenities will vary, but many feature private hot tubs, full kitchens, fireplaces, WiFi, oceanfront or ocean views, and pet-friendly policies. Visit Vacasa.com for detailed descriptions and photos of each property, along with customizable search and easy online booking!
Comfort Inn of Florence
We are a 100% non-smoking hotel. Only a short drive away from the Pacific Ocean, Historic Old Town, Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area and Sand Pines Golf Course. Enjoy a free continental breakfast before a day at the beach.
Celebrate Arts – Juried Art Show
As a recognized achievement from the art community, a juried show offers artists opportunities for recognition, exposure and sales. Having one’s work selected and winning awards contributes to an artist’s reputation and resume. Awards include Best of Show, Young Artist Awards, and People’s Choice Award. First, Second and Third place ribbons will be awarded in the three categories (two-dimensional, three-dimensional and photography).
SEA – Portland Cello Project
Wowing audiences with edgy, extravagant performances featuring more than 800 pieces of music not normally heard from a cello, the Protland Cello Project headlines this amazing concert. With cello melodies that extend across a multitude of genres, including folk, rock, jazz, classical and hip-hop, this event is sure to surprise and delight it’s audience. Come early to enjoy a pre-concert talk at 6:15 p.m.