HEY, CRABBY! - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / December 29, 2009

It’s Dungeness crab season on the Oregon Coast, the perfect time to escape those winter doldrums, buoy your spirits and experience a feast of the senses.

End of the holidays have you feeling a little under the weather? Well, ‘tis the season to be crabby on the Oregon Coast! And there’s no better way to escape the winter doldrums than to feast on fresh-caught Dungeness crab amidst the bracing climes that await you here.

Whether you prefer your weather calm or tempestuous, your crab boiled over an open fire or co-mingled with linguine, the rhythm of the waves or the syncopations of jazz, The People’s Coast is serving up a feast for all your senses this month.

You’ll discover a number of “storm watch” specials to afford you a cozy spot from which to experience the might and majesty of the great Pacific. Taste the delights of the deep at a Jambalaya cook-off in Lincoln City or a wine, beer, seafood and music festival in Gardiner.
Delight in the rock and roil of the raging surf in Yachats. Abandon all your worries and woes in Bandon by the Sea. Uncover a chance to win $10,000 in gold coins in – where else – Gold Beach. Hear three days of tall tales and traditional songs of the sea by FisherPoets on the Edge in Newport. And talk about cutting edge – there’s even a barbershop cabaret show in Seaside.

So what good is sitting alone in your room when life is a cabaret waiting to be experienced? It’s all waiting for you right here, old chum, all this month on The People’s Coast! Come to the cabaret.


Share your tales of adventure on the People’s Coast and you could win one of TWO packages in the North Bend-Coos Bay area!

A friend of ours once cast her brand-new crab trap into the becalmed waters of Winchester Bay, where it promptly disengaged from her line and sank, becoming a mere curiosity to the ragged claws that scuttle the depths there. Got a similar story? Why not share it online and reel in an opportunity to win a free adventure in the Coos BayNorth Bend area of the People’s Coast.

What’s up for grabs? The Main Street Package includes two nights at Annie’s Cottage and two nights at Motel 6, complete with Oregon-crafted beer, crab ring rental package from Fisherman’s Wharf and burgers & bowling at North Bend Lanes! Or how about the Wall Street Package which includes two nights at Loft by the Lighthouse and two nights at Eva’s Ocean Retreat, with a bottle of Oregon wine and a seafood buffet dinner for two at the Plankhouse Restaurant at The Mill?

Whether its Wall Street or Main Street, don’t let this one get away! Submit your story and tell all your friends and family to post their comments. This month you’ve got two chances to hook a free getaway on The People’s Coast, and just think of the yarns you’ll be able to spin then.

Featured Events

5th Annual Jazz in January in Newport

1/23/2010, 7:00pm – 10:00 pm
An exciting night of music, food and drink benefiting the preservation and restoration of the Yaquina Lighthouses.
For more information visit www.yaquinalights.org or call (541) 574-3125

FisherPoets on the Edge in Newport

1/16/2010 – 1/18/2010
A three-day celebration of poetry, storytelling and songs of the sea and its harvest. Presented by Writers on the Edge and the Presenting Sponsor is the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
For more information visit www.fisherpoets.writersontheedge.org or call (541) 574-7708

25th Annual Barbershop Cabaret Show in Seaside

1/15/2010 – 1/16/2010
The Seaside Chamber of Commerce & Q.C.E.D. present the 25th Annual Barbershop Cabaret at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center, 415 1st Ave, Seaside. Tickets are on sale now.
For more information visit www.SeasideOR.com or www.SeasideChamber.com or call (503) 738-6391

Jambalaya Cook-off in Lincoln City

1/30/2010, 11am-2pm
Admission is free, with tasting sized portions available for a small fee. Featuring a live cooking demonstration. 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.
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/culinary/index.php or call (541) 557-1125

Winter Folk Festival in Florence

1/23/2010 – 1/24/2010; Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This annual event offers two days filled with top folk music talent from across the U.S., including Misty River and The Brothers Four, jam sessions, workshops, crafts, demonstrations and food featuring the Amateur Pie Contest.
For more information visit www.winterfolkfestival.org or call (541) 997-1994

G.A.L.A. Art Walk in Florence

1/9/2010; Saturday, 3 – 5 p.m.
Five Florence galleries full of fine art and gifts invite you to hop on the tour bus. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments along the way. Or visit the galleries on your own.
For more information visit www.florenceartists.com or call (541) 997-1994

Boyz Nite Out in Florence

1/16/2010, Saturday, 7 p.m.
An exciting a cappella program with tunes from the Golden Oldies of the 60s to the 90s and beyond. This five-member pop/rock group has shared the stage with everyone from Ray Charles to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.
For more information visit www.eventcenter.org or call (541) 997-1994

Artist of the Month: Russ Dixon in Florence

1/2/2010 – 1/28/2010; Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dixon shows his beautiful turned wood pieces out of a variety of hardwoods, delightful to see and touch. There are bowls, boxes, sculptures, vases, toys, pens and more. Opening reception January 9 from 3 pm to 5 pm.
For more information visit www.florenceartists.com or call (541) 997-8980

Third Annual Wine, Beer, Seafood & Music Festival- Confluence 2010 in Gardiner, Oregon at the old W. F. Jewett School Location

02/12/2010 – 02/14/2010
Events include “Wine Taster’s Dinner,” at 6 pm on Friday night, Saturday’s hours for Confluence 2010 are expanded this year starting at Noon until 10 pm and Sunday’s hours are also expanded from Noon to 7 pm. The music line up Saturday on the main stage is Hot Tea Cold, Mark Madden and the Ferguson Brothers, the Michael Tracy Band, and Paul Biondi and Band. Sunday’s main stage line up includes local favorites PBA and the Hot Flashes, the Young Bucs and then returning from Las Vegas are the Speaks Brothers, known as Wild Horse Theatre. Scheduled in the “Rogue Room,” include ice sculpture carving by Chris Foltz, art and crafts, and cooking demonstrations by area chefs. Sunday in the Rogue Room will offer chowder samplings during the annual Reedsport and Winchester Bay Chowder Cook-Off where locals compete to go on to the 2010 Coastal Chowder, Blues and Brews Contest. Returning on the main stage are Paul Biondi and Mark Madden as the Masters of Ceremony.
For more information visit reedsportcc.org/confluence or call (800) 247-2155 – Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce

Featured Things To Do on The People’s Coast

Northwest EcoExcursions Guided Kayak & Hiking Trips on the Central Coast

Kayak with a Naturalist around Depoe Bay, in nearby lakes, creeks and estuaries. Our kayaks are sit-on-top style, very stable and very safe. Beginners are welcome. Training is provided. View wildlife and take in the flora and fauna the Oregon Coast has to offer. We also offer various hikes led by a Naturalist ranging in several difficulty levels, lengths and time frames. Let our Naturalist teach you about the birds, wildlife, botany, geology and history on the many hikes on the Central Oregon Coast. Call or email [email protected] for more details and prices.
Through the winter
For more information visit www.nwecoexcursions.com or call 541-765-2598

Winter Whale Watch Week in Entire Oregon Coast

Trained volunteers at 26 “Whale Watching Spoken Here” sites help visitors spot gray whales during the winter and spring annual migrations. The volunteers are on duty 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. to help visitors see the marine animals and offer information about their migration.
12/26/2009 – 1/1/2010
For more information visit www.whalespoken.org or call (541) 765-3304 – Whale Watching Center, Depoe Bay

Featured Places To Stay on The People’s Coast

“Stay & Win $10,000 in Gold” in Gold Beach

Unique city-wide promotion gives visitors a chance to win $10,000 in gold coins now through Sept. 2010. Gold Beach offers a variety of very affordable lodging options and great seafood! While in Gold Beach this winter; whale & storm watch, take in a concert & theater performance, visit the fabulous ‘Gold Rush Center’ art exhibits and others.
Now – September 2010
For more information visit www.goldbeach.org or call (800) 525-2334 – Gold Beach Visitors Center

Distinctive Beach Lodgings in Gearhart & Arch Cape

Spend three mid-week nights at any of our four properties at an incredibly low price. Total for three nights starts at $210 for our studios, suites and cottages priced slightly higher. Offer excludes holidays and school vacations.
Available 10/1/09 – 6/15/2010, Sunday – Thursday
For more information visit www.distinctivebeachlodgings.com or call (800) 352-8034 or (503) 738-7373

Inn at Cape Kiwanda’s “The Perfect Storm” Package in Pacific City

A storm is brewing at Cape Kiwanda and we want you to have a front-row seat! The Pelican Pub & Brewery has brought back its ‘Perfect Storm’ beer . . . a bourbon-barrel-aged barleywine, for another stormy season on the Oregon Coast. Package includes a 2-night stay in any room type at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, a bottle of 2009 Vintage ‘Perfect Storm’ a complimentary DVD of the movie, ‘The Perfect Storm,’ a box of decadent Moonstruck Chocolates and the exciting possibility of experiencing one of our inimitable Oregon Coast storms. This package is best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph!
Thru 1/31/2010
For more information visit www.innatcapekiwanda.com or call (888) 965-7001 or (503) 965-7001

The Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City

We offer a Fireside Storm Package, which includes one night lodging in a fireplace suite, a bottle of wine, champagne, or cider, the use of binoculars, use of a snuggy or bathrobe, hot cocoa with marshmallows, unlimited board game and DVD rentals, and an extended check-out time of 2pm. This is the ideal package to curl up next to the gas fireplace and watch winter storms with our spectacular oceanfront view.
Thru 1/28/2010
For more information visit www.thecoholodge.com or call (800) 848-7006 or (541) 994-3684

Oregon Beach Vacations on the North – Central Coast

Book your Oregon Coast vacation now and save money on a three night stay. From now through February 2010, the third night is free with a two night stay. Choose from a list of our participating homes and condos located on the North and Central Oregon coast. Our reservation specialists are available to assist you 24/7. Special rate does not apply to previous bookings or the following holidays: December 24 – 25, December 31 and January 1. Reservations must be made by phone. Stays must be completed by February 28, 2010.
Now – 2/28/2010
For more information visit www.OregonBeachVacations.com or call 800-723-2383

Land’s End Oceanfront Motel in Cannon Beach

Stay 2 nights for the price of one! Offer good Sunday through Thursday nights only
Now through 4/30/2010
For more information visit www.LandsEndMotel.com or call 800-793-1477

Sea Horse Motel in Lincoln City

Don’t miss this opportunity to save 50%! Stay two or more midweek nights, Sunday – Thursday, at half off of our Regular Rate. That’s two nights for the price of one! Planning a weekend getaway or just one night during the week? We’ll still give you a great deal; weekends at 10% off and one midweek night at 30% off. Cannot be combined with other offers, valid for a limited time only and some restrictions apply.
For more information visit www.SeaHorseMotel.com or call 800-662-2101

Overleaf Village in Yachats

Do you long for a relaxing stay in a lovely beach cottage on the Oregon Coast with all the warmth and charm of the “old days”, yet encompassing every convenience “today” can provide? Overleaf Village offers cottages nestled among native plantings with a trickling stream meandering under a charming stone bridge. Several of the cottages have ocean views and all are only a short walk away from the ocean’s edge via a winding nature trail. Step back to a gentler time and celebrate life with your loved ones. Overleaf Village is perfect for your intimate retreat or reunion.
Winter Rates Available Now
For more information visit www.overleafvillage.com or call 800-338-0507 or 541-547-4880

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