TEMPEST TOSS’D? - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / December 27, 2010

Hold on to your hats, folks. No, seriously; hold on to your hats! It’s Winter Storm Watching month on The People’s Coast, and we’ve got a perfect storm of events, activities and special deals guaranteed to refresh your senses and lift your spirits.

Asking yourself how you can escape the winter doldrums? The answer is blowin’ in the wind. Try embracing the bracing weather with wild abandon in beautiful Bandon by the Sea. Rock your world with the sounds of the surging surf at Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. Or, hey, all you hangdog hound dogs consider this: Elvis may have left the building but he (or someone very much like him) will be rockin’ your stockin’s at a series of concerts this month at Three Rivers Casino in Florence.

Sound good? Then how about catching the syncopated rhythms of “Jazz In January” in Newport, or swinging by Florence for the harmonious sounds of the Newport Symphony Orchestra or the mellow vibes of the Winter Folk Festival? Got an eye for the visual arts? You’ll get an eyeful at the exhibits and receptions at the Ivan Kelly Fine Art Studio and Galllery Briseno in Toledo.

And talk about good taste! You can spice up your life with authentic Creole cuisine this month at the Jambalaya Cook-off in Lincoln City. How hot is that?

Let’s float you another idea for discovering hot fun in the wintertime: Every day between now and Memorial Day, astute beach combers can find (and keep) the colorful hand-blown glass floats that have been craftily placed on the beach in Lincoln City. You’ll have a ball!

What better way to weather the weather than from the safe harbor of cozy accommodations? This month, you’ll get more bang-for-your-buck with discounts of 25, 30 and even 50 percent at Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach, the Whaler Motel in Newport and Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging or Beachfront Vacation Rentals in Lincoln City. And not to blow their cover, but you’ll also find special winter deals in Seaside and at Seahaven Rentals in Lincoln City.

Driftwood Shores in Florence is throwing a dozen fresh-baked cookies and hot cocoa into the mix, and not to sound cheesy, but you’ll enjoy a slice of the good life with the Family Fun Package at the Inn at Wecoma in Lincoln City, which includes a $30 gift certificate at a local pizzeria. Here’s another proposal to consider. Nordic Oceanfront Inn in Lincoln City is offering a Romance/Group Special perfect for wedding nuptials and group gatherings.

There’s no better spot to ring in the first month of the New Year than right here on The People’s Coast.


Ever weathered a stormy stay on The People’s Coast? We can relate. So don’t let your memories fade away like a spray-on tan. Share your experience with us on Facebook and win a chance to win two free round-trip airline tickets and a two-night stay in Astoria or Newport! Submissions must be a minimum of 300 words, and you must be a US resident of at least 21 years old to enter.

Don’t dilly-dally. The Facebook contest starts December 21 at 7 a.m., PST, and ends January 3, 2011, at 11:59 a.m., PST. Go to facebook.com/thepeoplescoast to vote each day for your favorite essay. Winner will be chosen by judges from OCVA.

And remember, even after the above contest closes, you can still Share Your Stories with us at our website. You’ll bask in the warm glow of cyberspace, and might just win yourself a fabulous prize.


If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then your first step should be to get your hands on our Mile-by-Mile Guide to the Oregon Coast! It’s packed with tips, guides, attractions and beautiful distractions. And it’s free! So step right up.

Featured Events

Ivan Kelly Fine Art Studio – Gallery in Toledo

Ivan Kelly will be holding a studio-gallery reception and showing. On exhibit will be new Northwest Big Game oil paintings and miniature Oregon Coastal oils by Signature Member of American Society of Marine Artists, Ivan Kelly. New Year’s Special on all Ivan Kelly Prints. The gallery is located at 207 East Graham St. Light refreshments will be available.
January 1; 11am – 5pm & January 2; 12pm – 5pm
For more information visit www.ivankelly.com or call 541-336-1124

Elvis in Florence

Justin Shandor performs the #1 ultimate Elvis in the world at Three Rivers Casino, featuring music from the 50s, 60s, 70s & 80s. $5 free slot play.
January 6 – 9, 2011; Thursday 8pm, Friday & Saturday 7 pm, Sunday 5pm
For more information visit www.threeriverscasino.com or call 541-902-6609

Winter Folk Festival in Florence

Enjoy daily performances by the top folk artists from the across the United States at the Florence Events Center including Weavermania, Chad & Jeremy and the Trail Band. The 9th annual festival also includes art and craft booths, demonstrations, food, jam sessions, workshops and a youth folk music talent competition.
January 21-23, 2011; Friday 5pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am
For more information visit www.winterfolkfestival.org or call 541-997-1994

Jazz In January in Newport

This occasion is Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses Premier Fund Raising Event! Pacific Shores Motor Coach Inn is located at 6225 N. Coast Highway 101, Newport. This year’s live entertainment will feature “Past Forward Jazz Ensemble”, dancing, a raffle, auction and hors d’orvres. Your participation will continue the task of restoring and preserving our lights! This year’s proceeds will focus on Yaquina Head Lighthouse. A new front door to the Lighthouse and improvements to the oil room are the goals. Sponsors, donations, services in-kind and helping hands are appreciated! Gather your friends together for this event. Make a reservation now. There is a discount for reserving a table of 8.
January 22, 2011; 7pm-10pm
For more information visit www.yaquinalights.org or call 541-574-3129

Jambalaya Cook-off in Lincoln City

A celebration of Mardi Gras, NW style! Jambalaya, one of the Creole Cookery’s hallmarks, varies widely from cook to cook. It always contains rice, however a variety of other ingredients may be found including tomatoes, onions, green peppers and almost any kind of meat, poultry or fish. Location is the Culinary Center in Lincoln City, 801 SW Hwy 101, above the Library in City Hall. Come sample some of the best Jambalaya, with the freshest ingredients the coast has to offer. Cost at the door is FREE! 50¢ charge for each sample. Watch as chefs go head-to-head in a LIVE cooking demonstration/competition with their signature Cajun/Creole dishes
January 29, 2011; 11am-2pm
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org or call 800-452-2151

Newport Symphony Orchestra Concert in Florence

The only year-round, profession symphony orchestra on the Oregon coast performs a musical selection at the Florence Events Center.
Sunday, January 30, 2011, at 2pm
For more information visit www.eventcenter.org or call 541-997-1994

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

Gallery Briseño Guest Artist Reception & Exhibition in Toledo

Gallery Briseño, 404 NE Main St, will host guest artist Henry Manning’s “Natural Abstractions” minimalist landscape paintings.
Artist reception will be on Saturday, January 1, 2011 from 1:00 until 5 p.m. Manning’s work will be on exhibit throughout the months of January and February.
For more information call 541-336-1315.

Finders Keepers on the Beach in Lincoln City

Weather permitting, every day colorful hand-blown glass floats are placed on the beach. If you find a float, bring it to the Lincoln City Visitors Center at 540 NE Hwy 101 to receive your certificate of authenticity and a biography of the artist who made the float
Now – Memorial Day 2011
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org or call 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Land’s End Motel – Winter Storm Watching Special in Cannon Beach

Winter Storm Watching special – 25% off two or more nights Sunday-Thursday
Now – Mid-March
For more information visit www.landsendmotel.com or call 800-793-1477

Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging – Winter Special in Lincoln City

Stay one night, any day of the week at 30% off our regular rate, or save 50% off our regular rate when you stay at least two midweek nights (Sunday-Thursday). Some restrictions apply, call us for details.
Now – February 28, 2011; excluding holiday periods
For more information visit www.SeaHorseMotel.com or call 800-662-2101 or 541-994-2101

Inn at Wecoma – Family Fun Package

Family Fun Package – $109*
Double Queen Studio (up to 4 people)
$30 Gift Certificate at Gallucci’s Pizzeria
25% discount at All-American Putt N’ Bat
Unlimited DVD Rentals
2pm extended check out
Available Sunday through Thursday, not including holiday/city festival dates. Based upon availability and is subject to change.
Now – March 13, 2011
For more information visit www.innatwecoma.com or call 541-994-2984

Driftwood Shores – Winter Storm Watching Package in Florence

Includes standard queen room, one dozen fresh baked cookies and cocoa. There’s nothing like watching a winter storm come in over the ocean all warm and cozy inside sipping on hot cocoa and enjoy fresh baked cookies from our restaurant. Relax, catch up on your reading, breath deep and immerse yourself in the magical sights and sounds of the mighty Pacific. Please give us 24 hours notice so we can start baking! $115 +tax.
Now – February 28, 2011
For more information visit www.travellanecounty.org/visitors/special-offers or call:
Driftwood Shores: 541-997-8263 (reservations)
Travel Lane County: 541-484-5307 (print coupon at TLC website above)

Seaside Storm Watching Packages in Seaside

Each year as the summer and fall season come to a close, residents and tourists alike prepare for the arrival of Mother Nature and her powerful and impressive storms. January can be one of our greatest storm watching months of the year and select properties are giving affordable deals to accompany this popular pastime in Seaside.
Most deals are valid through the end of February 2011 unless noted.
For more information visit www.seasideor.com

The Whaler Motel – January Surprise! in Newport

Come enjoy 50% OFF “Rack” rates for all room types during the month of January, 2011. Our rooms offer private balconies and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Special is not available on Beach Houses and can not be combined with other discounts. For reservations, call toll-free: 1-800-433-9444 and ask for the Whaler January Surprise/Code OCVA11 to receive this fantastic discount!
Offer is valid during the entire month of January.
For more information visit www.whalernewport.com

Seahaven Rentals – January Special in Lincoln City

Cozy up in a Seahaven vacation home this winter! Stay to storm watch in January for 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE!! Valid on select homes only.
January 1 – 31, 2010
For more information visit www.seahavenrentals.com or call 877-315-1138 or 541-996-8800

Nordic Oceanfront Inn – Romance /Group Special in Lincoln City

We welcome guests to make reservations with us for their nuptials or for any group gathering .We offer free use of our conference room when booking 10 or more units. Our Conference room seats approx 34 guests. Our hotel is an all oceanfront and view hotel. We have a private beach access. We also have a large recreation area with a heated pool set at a toasty 88 degrees, a jacuzzi for relaxing set at 102 degrees and double saunas to melt your cares away. We do have jacuzzi suites available for the ultimate in romance.
Available anytime
For more information visit www.nordicoceanfrontinn.com or call 800-452-3558

Beachfront Vacation Rentals – January Storm Watch Special in Lincoln City

Storm watch at the Beach! Relax in a Beachfront Vacation home in January!
Stay in January and receive 30% off your midweek stay or 25% off weekend stays!
Valid on select homes only.
January 1 – 31, 2010
For more information visit www.beachfrontrentals.net or call 877-224-7660 or 541-996-2955

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