HOW SWEET IT IS! - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / January 26, 2011

Love is a many-splendored thing, and this month there’s no sweeter spot for sweethearts than here amongst the splendid views and charmed climes of The People’s Coast! You’ll find romantic getaway packages. Soul-stirring festivals. Hand-crafted glass floats. And, naturally, mile upon mile of many-splendored views. What’s not to love about that?

Let’s get things going with a few proposals about where to stay. Spectacular ocean-view rooms and cozy fireplaces are always a good start to a romantic getaway, but add handmade chocolates, complimentary champagne and commemorative flutes, votive candles, candlelight dinners and in-room massages to the mix and you’ll really set the flames of romance aglow! They’re all part of several Romantic Getaway Packages or Add-Ons available at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Shilo Inn & Suites in Newport, the Inn at Wecoma in Lincoln City, or the Inn at Cannon Beach and The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach.

Want to settle in and cozy up as a winter storm rages outside your window? Then check into the sweet deals available with the Winter Storm Watching Specials at Sea Horse Oceanfront Lodging in Lincoln City, Driftwood Shores Resort in Florence and Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach. Or enjoy the calm before the storm by celebrating your wedding nuptials with a Romance Special at Nordic Oceanfront Inn in Lincoln City.

Of course, sooner or later you will have to leave your room. And you can rejuvenate your spirits at the Confluence 2011 Wine, Beer, Seafood & Music Festival in Gardiner/Reedsport, the Rogue Ales Celebration of Love & Chocolate in Astoria, the Winter Art & Chocolate Festival or “Cocktails for Couples Sunday” events in Brookings, the Emerald City Jazz Kings concert in Florence or the Earthbound Beauty Day Spa couples special in Newport.

Experience the fine arts at Gallery Briseno in Toledo and, good grief, don’t miss a live performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” or the Second Saturday Art Walk in Brookings. Or create your own masterpiece at the Watercolor & Collage Workshop in Cannon Beach. And if you’re feeling a little creaky these days, you’ll feel right at home during this month’s Antique Week or Third Annual Classic Car Show in Lincoln City.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Then keep your eyes open for one of the hundreds of hand-crafted glass floats placed along the beach in Lincoln City and Gold Beach. It’s finders keepers and a memory to treasure! How sweet is that, sweethearts?


Share Your Stories of romance on The People’s Coast with us online. You could win a Romantic Escape Package for two at the Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City, including a candlelight dinner, champagne and keepsake glasses! And that means never having to say you’re sorry you missed the opportunity. Just ask Joe Cravens of Roy, Utah, who entered his “Honeymoon Hopefuls!” story in our Facebook/Twitter contest and won two free tickets on SeaPort Airlines and a luxurious stay at Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria. What’s not to love about that? You can read Joe’s story and the runners up here. Thanks to all who entered and contributed, and be sure to keep your eyes open for future Facebook & Twitter contests.


Wondering where to look for a good time on The People’s Coast? Look no further than our “Mile By Mile” guide! It’s chock-a-block with photos, travel info and useful tips – and it’s free for the asking! And if you happen to find yourself in Portland between February 9 and 13, be sure to look for our Oregon Coast booth (#1016) at the Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show in the Expo Center. You’ll meet Actual Coastal Residents dressed in their Authentic Coastal Garb and have a chance to win a groovy gift from The People’s Coast. Follow us on Twitter @ThePeoplesCoast for real time information.

Featured Events

Emerald City Jazz Kings presents Night & Day in Florence

A program on the theme “Three Little Words…or What Do You Say With 32 Bars?” Songs featuring the heavens: the sun, the moon, the stars…and everything this side of those celestial features: weather rain, rainbows, snow, clouds, wind, breezes, storms. Florence Events Center, Friday, 7:30 pm, admission is $26.
February 04, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-434-7000

Gallery Briseno ~ Five Years & Five Dozen Artists & Events in Toledo

Celebrating Five Years & Five Dozen Artists & Events on First Weekend. Guest artist Henry Manning, “Natural Abstractions” minimalist landscape paintings in acrylic and oils exhibit will continue through February. Saturday, Feb.5, from noon to 5 pm, Gina Fanucchi, owner of Fanucchi Oils, will be returning by popular demand to present gourmet food wares to sample, savor and shop.
February 5 & 6, 2011
For more information call 541-336-1315

Antique Week in Lincoln City

Featuring in-home appraisals, guest appearances by Harry Rinker, city-wide antique sales and more!
February 11 – 21, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Special Finders Keepers Event in Lincoln City

100 hand-crafted glass sand dollars and glass crabs, along with 300 glass floats, will await discovery along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches, weather and ocean permitting.
February 11 – 21, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274

Second Saturday Art Walk in Brookings

A free event where the public can stroll through downtown art galleries, shops and businesses that host local artists’ work. Some shops also offer musical entertainment and food. Art Walk Alley is located on Chetco Ave. & Oak St.
February 12, 2011, 4pm – 7pm
For more information visit or call 541-469-3181

Winter Art & Chocolate Festival in Brookings

Located at Brookings-Harbor High School and now in year 6, this winter art festival has become one of the most popular (and tasty!) on the south coast.
February 12 & 13, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-266-7687

Cocktails for Couples Sunday in Brookings

Bring your Sweetheart in to the Pine Cone Tavern, 629 Chetco Avenue, for a side-by-side cocktail class where you’ll make and drink cocktails together. We’ll cover drinks he likes, and drinks she likes, as we explore the more fun and frivolous side of cocktails. You’ll be welcomed with a champagne cocktail and a surprise Valentine’s gift. We’ll cover romantic cocktails as a theme, as well as aphrodisiac ingredients and even a playful cocktail that you can (oh, scandal) bring into your bed! Tickets sold in pairs for $100 and include drinks, class and treats. Please call for reservations.
February 13, 2011; 6pm – 8pm
For more information call 541-813-1551

Confluence 2011: A Wine, Beer, Seafood & Music Festival in Gardiner/Reedsport

Located near Reedsport in Gardiner. Taste some of the best wine, beer, & seafood Oregon has to offer while listening to various types of music in this festival, like none other on the Oregon Coast
February 19 & 20, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-271-3495

3rd Annual Classic Car Show in Lincoln City

Join us at the Lincoln City Community Center from 12 – 3PM. Registration is from 10AM – 12PM with People’s Choice judging from 12 – 3PM. Pre-registration begins Jan. 3. Cost: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
February 20, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151 or 541-994-2131

Watercolor & Collage Workshop with artist Mary Marquiss at The Ocean Lodge in Cannon Beach

With a playful approach, artist Mary Marquiss will step you through the
basic language of the watercolor medium with a series of warm-up exercises
and lead you through the creation of two finished paintings of Haystack
rock. On Sunday Japanese rice papers will be integrated into the grasses,
rocks and sky of the second watercolor painting to add interest, texture and
depth. Cost: Mary Marquiss 2-day instruction $150.00 & Lodging rates are $179.00 for an ocean front room or $149.00 for a non-view room.
To register for the workshop please contact The Ocean Lodge at 1-888-777-4047
February 25 – 27, 2010

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

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 or call 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274

Rogue Ales Celebrates Love and Chocolate in Astoria

Come in to the Rogue Public House and watch the sun set from the Columbia River. Share our Fermenter’s Platter and a Chocolate Stout… a match made in heaven. We are also celebrating the release of our decadent Chocolate Stout at our two Rogue outposts in Newport.
February 1 – 28, 2011
For more information visit or call 503-241-3800

Earthbound Beauty Day Spa in Newport

For every couple that comes in for any of our treatments “together” (couples massage, pedicures, facials etc…) They will receive complimentary champagne and chocolates and be entered into a drawing for a free dinner at Georgie’s Beachside Grill Restaurant at the Hallmark Resort. Drawing will take place on Saturday, February 26th and only “those” couples will be eligible! Need not be present to win and gift certificates are good throughout the year.
February 1 – 26, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-265-4232

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” – Live Theater Performance in Brookings

The Brookings-Harbor Community Theater presents “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” the Charles Schultz classic for the whole family. Located at Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Ctr. Ave., Harbor, OR.
January 28 – February 14, 2011; show times at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays
For more information visit or call 541-469-3181

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Inn at Cape Kiwanda – “Romance at the Cape” package in Pacific City

Cape Kiwanda is the perfect location to bring your “special soul mate” for a romantic getaway. Enjoy 2 relaxing nights in a beautiful ocean view room, choose a beverage of your choice (Oregon wine, chilled champagne, Pelican beer or sparkling cider) and savor a box of delectable Moonstruck chocolates. Included with this package is a $50 dining credit for the Pelican Pub, located across the street from the Inn.
Package available anytime
For more information visit or call

Shilo Inn Suites Oceanfront Hotel – Surf, Sand and Romance in Newport

Love is in the air at Shilo Inn Suites Oceanfront Hotel in Newport Oregon. Treat your sweetheart to a special night overlooking the majestic Pacific Ocean with our Valentine’s Day Package. This package includes one night in an Oceanview King room and a $45 dining credit with guaranteed oceanfront seating at Shilo’s on site restaurant. In the room you will find a couple’s basket including an assortment of locally made chocolates from Oregon Coast Candymakers and Newport Candy Shoppe. Also in the basket, you will have your choice of wine, champagne, or sparkling cider with two complementary engraved Shilo Inn wine glasses. Come and enjoy this once a year opportunity to treat your special someone to a coastal getaway. Please call for reservations or book online. Package Cost: $179 includes taxes, room rate, dinner credit, and couple’s basket. Package is not available February, 25th & 26th during Seafood & Wine Festival.
February 1 – 28, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-265-7701

Land’s End Motel – Romantic 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 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 or call 800-662-2101 or 541-994-2101

The Ocean Lodge – Ultimate Seashore Romantic “Add-On” Experience in Cannon Beach

Add this package to any room reservation and make your romantic escape extra special!
All of your senses will be heightened by this wonderfully romantic add-on package. Taste the delicious Verdun hand-wrapped chocolates melting in your mouth, the Domain St. Michelle Champagne bubbles, in commemorative flutes, tickling your nose, the scent of roses from you Pacifica bergamot candle lingering in the salt sea air and the steamy rose effervescence rising from your bubble bath. If this isn’t enough to entice you, prepare for your fabulous couples massage by a licensed massage therapist. Then, after reveling in your relaxation, it will be time to dress for a fabulous dinner at a local favorite and renowned restaurant, Newman’s @ 988. There will also be a wine & chocolate reception on February 12, 7pm – 9pm featuring live music by Shy Jazz. A late night stroll on the beach might just make this the most romantic beach getaway ever and when you return to your room, you will be delighted to find your bed has been turned down and adorned with fresh rose petals. All of the above is included in this $450 add-on package. Please remember, lodging is additional.
Available anytime
For more information visit or call 888-777-4047

Driftwood Shores – Winter Storm Watching Package in Florence

Romance you sweetheart! Package includes standard queen room, one dozen fresh baked cookies and cocoa. There’s nothing like watching a winter storm come in over the ocean while you are all warm and cozy inside sipping on hot cocoa and enjoy fresh baked cookies from our restaurant. Relax, 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 or call:
Driftwood Shores: 541-997-8263 (reservations)
Travel Lane County: 541-484-5307 (print coupon at TLC website above)

Stay & Play in Gold Beach with ‘Lodging for Lovers’, ‘Glass Balls on the Beach’ and ‘Geocaching’ in Gold Beach

Enjoy “Lodging for Lovers” specials and have fun with our ‘Treasure Hunts’, which include ‘Glass Balls on the Beach’ and ‘Geocaching’. Each year, during ‘Glass Ball Season in Gold Beach’, hundreds of glass balls are ‘planted’ on our beaches…to be found, by you! Find a glass ball, show it to the Gold Beach Visitor Center Staff and enter to win a monthly ‘Prize Package’ valued at over $200.00! This year, we’ve added a ‘High-Tech Treasure Hunt’ in the form of Geocaching. Again, there will be a monthly ‘Prize Package’ for successful entrants. ‘Stay & Play’ in Gold Beach during February!!!
Entire month of February
For more information visit or call 800-525-2334

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 a with 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 or call 800-452-3558

Inn at Wecoma – Romance “Add On” Package in Lincoln City

Romance “Add On” Package – $39 – This package includes Champagne, wine or sparkling cider on ice in your room upon arrival, Rose Wrap, Your bed adorned with silk rose petals, Locally handcrafted chocolates, Unlimited DVD rentals and extended 2pm check out. There are no black out dates for this additional package. However, we do require a minimum of 48 hour reservation prior to arrival.
Available anytime
For more information visit or call 800-452-8981 or 541-994-2984

The Inn at Cannon Beach – The Ultimate in Romance by the Sea “Add-On” Package in Cannon Beach

Add this package to any room reservation and make your romantic escape extra special! Your senses will be heightened and your body will be ready to slip into the relaxed pace of Cannon Beach life. Your package includes a couples In-Room Massage by licensed massage therapist – 1 Hour Each, a bottle of Domain St. Michelle Champagne with commemorative flutes, Pacifica Votive Candles for mood lighting and soothing aroma, Dresdner Essenz Wellness Bath Essence (our guest’s favorite) and decadent hand-made chocolate truffles. Package cost is $260 and may be added to any room reservation.
Available anytime
For more information visit or call 800-321-6304

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