DOG DAY AFTERNOONS - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / March 29, 2011

April is Four-Legged Family Fun month on The People’s Coast, and it would be a doggone shame if you turned up your nose at all the fetching opportunities awaiting your attention here. So stop scratching at the door begging to be let out. Collar the whole family and head for the coast. You’ll have a ball!

Before we unleash the full run down of all the pet-centric possibilities you can explore this month, let’s pause for a moment and ask you to read the regulations at the end of this newsletter regarding leash requirements in Oregon’s state parks. You wouldn’t want to be a heel, now, would you? Good boy!

Sniffing around for a rollicking good time? Head over to Newport for live music, microbrews and special doggie events at Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest or lap up Halibut Chowder at the grand opening of the Ch’Boogie Jazz & Wine Bar. Try Florence for a performance by the Emerald City Jazz Kings or “The Stars of Beatlemania” show at Three Rivers Casino. You’re sure to hold a winning hand!

Hungry for something different? Then Lincoln City’s the place to be! For starters, there’s the Fish Taco Cook-Off and a wide range of hands-on cooking classes where you can hone your culinary skills. Or how about the “Redhead Roundup” photo contest for most redheads on the beach? (We don’t know if they count Irish Setters.) And not to sound dogmatic, but even if you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, it doesn’t mean you can’t learn something new at this month’s Learning Feast. They’re all happening in Lincoln City this month.

You can also help others get a new leash on life at the “Yappy Days” Benefit in Pacific City or earn a 20 percent discount by donating a can of food to the Spring Food Drive at the Fireside Motel in Yachats.

Hunting for more? This month, there’s a Special Drop of Handcrafted Red Glass Floats in Lincoln City and still plenty of glass balls awaiting your discovery via GPS ‘Geocaching’ or old-fashioned ‘Treasure Hunting’ in Gold Beach. Your dachshund will wonder what you’ve been wading for.

If all that searching leaves you feeling dog tired, you won’t have a hard time tracking down a cozy, pet-friendly place to curl up and relax. If you’re in Pacific City, Inn at Cape Kiwanda is offering a “Calling All Canines Package” complete with a snuggly fleece blanket and doggie treats, or you can bark up the right tree with the “Man’s Best Friend Package” at Shore Pine Vacation Rentals.

You can dig up more tail-wagging deals at Rogue Public House in Newport, Edgewater Cottages in Waldport or the Coho Oceanfront Lodge in Lincoln City. And you’d have to be Goofy to pass up a cottage, cabin or yurt at Loon Lake Lodge in Reedsport, where this month pets stay free.

April is the perfect month to enjoy a perfect dog day afternoon on The People’s Coast, and remember, Rover, you’ll never have to hang your head out the car window to enjoy a breath of fresh air!


Have a tale of family adventure on The People’s Coast? How about a favorite pet-friendly lodging or hiking trail? Share your experiences with us online this month and you could win a free night in an oceanview room with a fireplace at the Fireside Motel in Yachats. Or just connect with us on Facebook or via Twitter. It’s what all the cool cats are doing.


Searching for a place to play or stay on The People’s Coast? Then get your paws on our Mile-by-Mile Guide to the Oregon Coast! You won’t have to beg for a copy; it’s free!


There are three considerations to take into account when you walk your pet on Oregon beaches.

  1. Beaches that are within the boundaries of an Oregon state park must have all pets on a leash not more than six feet long and kept under physical control at all times. (OAR 736-010-0030)
  2. If you are on a beach outside of the boundaries of an Oregon state park, Ocean Shore rules apply. Ocean Shore OAR 736-21-0070 states “the owner of any dog, cat, or other animal brought into or kept in the ocean shore recreation area shall be responsible for the animal’s behavior and physical control while in the ocean shore recreation area.” Leashes are not specifically required, but physical control must be maintained.
  3. Where beaches have been designated Western Snowy Plover nesting sites or wildlife habitat areas, all beach pedestrians must stay on the wet sand and all pets must remain on a six foot leash and be kept under physical control. Pet control must be maintained in all wildlife habitat areas and apply to both Oregon State Park and Ocean Shore areas. Designated areas are well signed to warn beach visitors of wildlife habitat areas.

Oh, and here’s a little common-sense reminder: If your pooches do their business on the beach or pathway, make it your business to pick up after them, and leave no unpleasant discoveries afoot for your fellow explorers.

Featured Events

Emerald City Jazz Kings presents Side by Side in Florence

Florence Events Center
Emerald City Jazz Kings presents Side by Side at the Florence Events Center. A program on the theme “Three Little Works.” Songs about togetherness.
April 1, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-3-434-700

The Stars of Beatlemania in Florence

Rock out with faux George, Paul, John and Ringo at Three Rivers Casino & Hotel. For ages 21 & older. Buy tickets now, this will sell out soon!
April 1 & 2, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-997-7529

Redhead Round-up in Lincoln City

Enter the photo contest and help break the record for most red heads on the beach! Enjoy a free souvenir, city wide discounts and promotions just for red heads!
April 2, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Special Drop of Hand-crafted Red Glass Floats in Lincoln City

Special glass drop of hand-crafted red glass floats will await discovery along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches, weather and ocean permitting.
April 2 & 3, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Hands-on French Cooking Intensive Class in Lincoln City

Master French cuisine at the Hands-on French Cooking Intensive Class at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City. Cost: $400 includes breakfast and lunch every day.
April 4 – 8, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Hands-on Ocean Harvest and Culinary Exploration Class in Lincoln City

Hands-on Ocean Harvest and Culinary Exploration class at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City with Chef Sharon Wiest. Cost: $500 includes field trips, breakfast and lunch each day.
April 11 – 15, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Two Doughs, Many Uses Cooking Class in Lincoln City

Two Doughs, Many Uses cooking class at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City from 1 – 4PM, cost: $50.
April 16, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Cinco de Mayo Fish Taco Cook-Off in Lincoln City

Join us for the Cinco de Mayo Fish Taco Cook-Off at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City takes place from 11AM – 2PM. In honor of “Cinco de Mayo” join us during this event where Chefs from throughout Oregon will compete to take home the title: Best Fish Taco. Free admission at the door with small tacos available for $1 each.
April 30, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-996-1274

Brewers on the Bay – Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest – Largest Dog and Beer Fest in the World in Newport

The festival was created in memory of Rogue Brewmaster John Maier’s faithful companion Brewer, who passed away on May 20, 2006. Brewer grew up in the brewery and eventually rose to the rank of CEO of Rogue Ales. The dog-friendly brew festival is held inside the Rogue Ales Brewery and includes 50+ Microbreweries, Live Music, Doggy Musical Chairs, Dog Wash, Dog Dancing and Celebrity dog look-alikes (Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benjy and of course, Brewer). Admission fee of $10 gets you a Festival Mug and 3 taster tickets. Ages 21+ Admitted Only.
May 20 – 22, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-867-3660

Inn at Cape Kiwanda-The 3rd Annual Yappy Days Event in Pacific City

The 3rd Annual Yappy Days Event will take place on Saturday, June 11th, 2011, in Pacific City.
We will be working together with the Tillamook Animal Shelter and United Paws raising awareness and money for animals in need, less fortunate and homeless in our area. Call or email [email protected] for more details.
June 11, 2011
For more information visit or call 888-965-7001

Central Coast Event Listings

To retrieve all the information about what’s going on along the central Oregon coast, follow your nose to the Central Oregon Coast Association’s events calendar at

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

Lincoln City Learning Feast in Lincoln City

The Lincoln City Learning Feast is a two-week program featuring an interesting collection of classes and seminars where you can come to Lincoln City and learn something new!
April 3 – 16, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Stone Crest Cellars B & B in Newport

Stone Crest Cellars B & B presents the Grand Opening of their Ch’Boogie Jazz & Wine Bar, located on the Historic Bay Front of Newport. Specialties such as Halibut Chowder along with other great entrees and desserts. Ch’Boogie is hosting Jazz musicians from around Washington and Oregon.
Open Wednesday-Sunday
For more information visit or call 541-265-JAZZ


It’s ‘Glass Ball & Geocaching Season’
From February 1st to the end of April each year, nearly 2000 glass balls are hidden along the beaches at Gold Beach …for you to find! This year, during the same time frame, Gold Beach has added another ‘Treasure Hunt’…Geocaching. If you are not familiar, go to For more information visit You will see that this area is truly ‘Geocaching Heaven’, with over 300 geocaches in Gold Beach’s 97444 zip code. Local lodging establishments offer special ‘Glass Balls and Geocaching’ rates, so be sure to ask when you reserve your room during this 3 month promotion!


Every week for 3 months a dedicated group of volunteers ‘plants’ (on average), 150 glass balls along a 3 mile stretch of beach. During February, they will all be red for the ‘lover’ in all of us. More balls are ‘planted’ around Valentines Day and Spring Break. Each ball is ‘tagged’ with a message that reads; “Show this glass ball to the Gold Beach Visitor Center Staff and enter to win a monthly drawing for a prize package valued at over $200.00 (local lodging, dining and jet boat tour gift certificates). One entry per person, per month.


All you need for this ‘Hi-Tech Treasure Hunt’ is a GPS and a sense of adventure. Volunteers have added special ‘Gold Beach Geocaches’ to the existing geocaches. These special caches contain ‘Gold Beach Geocoins’. Find one of these and bring it to the Gold Beach Visitors Center to enter the monthly drawing (approx. $100 value). The ‘Grand Prize’ at the end of the 3 month promotion will be a GPS valued at $450.00!! One entry per person per month.

There are many other activities to try in Gold Beach. Contact the Gold Beach Visitor Center.
Now – April 30, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-525-2334

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Inn at Cape Kiwanda – “Calling all Canines” Package in Pacific City

Why not treat your favorite 4-legged friend to a trip to the beach. The “Calling all Canine” package includes a sand bucket filled with healthy treats, tennis ball and Frisbee for a game of catch, pet toys and a bandana to tie around your neck. Dogs love the beach, whether they are chasing seagulls, playing in the surf or digging holes in the sand. We provide a warm water pet wash for sandy fur & paws, beach towel to dry off with, fleece blanket to nap on and doggie treats for all pets who visit the Inn. We treat our pets like members of the family – because they are!
Available year round!
For more information visit or call 888-965-7001

Shore Pine Vacation Rentals – Man’s Best Friend Weekend Package in Pacific City

Over 20 pet friendly vacation homes make our cozy beach neighborhood safe for all creatures. Enjoy our best friend’s package which includes an amazing gift basket for both Owner and Dog containing treats, toys, mugs, cocoa and more. Take a quick drive through scenic highway 101 and browse the local “Paws in the Sand” beach store with your $25.00 gift card. Call or reserve online today!
For more information visit or call 877-549-2632

Rogue Public House – Bed & Beer in Newport

Spend the night at our Bed n’ Beer, located above the iconic Bayfront Pub that has dog-friendly rooms. There is a two night minimum on Friday/Saturday from May 1 thru Labor Day. To make a reservation, call or email [email protected]
For more information visit or call 541- 961-0142

Edgewater Cottages – Pets Welcome in Waldport

Edgewater Cottages is a “pet friendly” ocean front lodging property located approximately 2 miles south of Waldport, on “Big Stump Beach,” between Yachats and Waldport on the central Oregon Coast. Family owned and operated for three generations, Edgewater is an ideal destination for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Each unique cottage features a kitchen, fireplace, sliding glass door, sundeck, excellent ocean view and easy access to miles of sandy beach. All of our cottages are non-smoking. Reservations are recommended.
For more information visit or call 541-563-2240

Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort – Pets Stay Free in Reedsport

Make a reservation to visit during the month of April 2011 for a Cottage, Cabin, Yurt or the Waterfront House and your pet stays FREE. Phone reservations only, not applicable with current reservations.
Ends April 30, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-599-2244

Fireside Motel – Spring Food Drive in Yachats

Bring a can of food for each night of your stay and receive 20% off your room rate. Canned meat and vegetables are preferred. Discount not valid with other offers and coupon must be presented at check-in. If you book your reservation online, please write FoodDrive in the Special Requests space when filling out the payment details.
Expires June 16, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-336-3573

Coho Oceanfront Lodge- Pets Welcome Year Round Package in Lincoln City

The Coho Oceanfront Lodge allows one to two pets, that are 25lbs and under, in our first floor rooms. The cost is $20 dollars a night and includes to use upon request: Plush Doggy Bed & Doggy food and water bowl. The Welcome Treats, Doggy clean-up bags and listing of local pet friendly parks, pet boutiques, and pet daycare services are yours to keep. Pets are allowed year round.
For more information visit or call 800-848-7006

Land’s End Motel in Cannon Beach – Pets Stay Free

During the month of April your four-legged friends can stay for free!  Great beach access and unlimited fetching are just steps from your door.
April 1 – 30, 2011
For more information call 800-793-1477 or visit

Central Coast Lodging Offers

You don’t have to be a Search & Rescue dog to find all the great lodging offers between Lincoln City and Yachats, just visit the Discounts & Specials page on the Central Oregon Coast Association website.

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