BOUNTIFUL OPPORTUNITIES! - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / October 3, 2011

October is Oregon Bounty month on The People’s Coast, and we have a bumper crop of food, fun and festivities to fete the arrival of fall and help you forget any forecast of frost on the pumpkin. We’re talking mushroom, chowder and blues festivals; canine competitions; brewpub BBQs; murder mysteries; historic celebrations; and, honey, don’t you dare forget the cornucopia of fresh produce, flowers and, yes, honey available at local farmer’s markets up and down the coast.

We admit it: there’s a fungus among us. And it’s delicious! This month you can learn how to identify and cook, take a foraging expedition for and stuff yourself to the gills with Oregon’s fungal delicacies at the Annual Village Mushroom Festival in Yachats and the Wild Mushroom Cook-off in Lincoln City. Or how about digging into fried Pacific calamari or tempura avocado fingers during the “Happiest of Hours” at the Wayfarer Lounge in Cannon Beach?

If that gives you a case of happy feet, you can kick up your heels at the Chowder, Blues and Brews Festival
in Florence or the Twisted Snout Brewery’s Oktoberfest Celebration and BBQ in Toledo.

Harvest a bountiful helping of fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers at farmer’s markets up and down the coast. Take a kite-making class at the Kite Festival or learn something completely different at the Fall Learning Feast in Lincoln City. Hop over to Florence for a taste of the Wakonda Brewing Company’s brews or to take a stab at solving the hilarious “So Long Saloon” murder mystery over dinner. Hunt for hidden hand-blown glass floats on the beach in Lincoln City.

You’ll find an arresting opportunity to show off your old dog’s new tricks at the Annual Dog Show at Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach, where the competitions include Best Frisbee Catch, Cutest Puppy and Best Owner Look-alike. And, yes, we’re looking at you, buddy.

You won’t need a bloodhound to sniff out the hefty, 25-30 percent discounts at Coldwater Creek, Columbia Sportswear, Le Gourmet Chef and other outlets participating in the Tanger Pink STYLE Campaign in Lincoln City, where the money you save will also help support the fight against breast cancer.

Join the community-wide birthday celebration of the historic Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport and be a part of history in the making. Tour the Historic Western Art Exhibit at the Yaquina River Museum of Art or hobnob with the artists at the Michael Gibbons and Ivan Kelly galleries during the First Week Event in Toledo.

Looking for some distinctive offers? The Razor Clam Package at Distinctive Beach Lodgings in Gearhart includes complimentary “clamguns” so you can dig up your own catch of the day and cook up the bounty in your own fully equipped kitchen. The Inn at Spanish Head in Lincoln City if offering an Oregon Bounty Package complete with a complimentary bottle of Oregon wine and a hand-blown glass float. And the historic Lighthouse Inn one block from Old Town in Florence is offering special Fall rates in October.

In Cannon Beach, you’ll find a Kids Eat Free special at Surfsand Resort, Hop Skip and Jump Into Fall specials at The Stephanie Inn, a Three for Two special at The Ocean Lodge and mid-week special rates at Lands End Motel. Also this month, Ashley Inn and Suites in Lincoln City is offering 25 percent discounts and complementary breakfasts as part of its Girlfriend Weekend Package. You go, girl!


If you’re a dedicated foodie looking for a fresh experience, excursion or farm-to-table restaurant, travel on over to the Oregon Food and Drink site at Then share your moments of gastronomic bliss on The People’s Coast with us online, on Facebook or with a brief tweet on Twitter. Ciao!


Autumn is bringing out the local color on The People’s Coast, and you can find up-to-date information about our fall foliage at the blog. And don’t forget to leaf through our free Mile by Mile Guide for everything you’ll need to plan an outstanding “Adventurecation” on The People’s Coast. Then head out and rake in the scenery.

Featured Events

Wild Mushroom Cook-Off! in Lincoln City

The Wild Mushroom Cook-Off will be held at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City. Enjoy live cooking demos, a wild mushroom identification booth, wine & beer, food vendors, mushroom books, and wild mushrooms for sale. Admission is free. Samples will be available for 50 cents and portions available for $3.
October 1, 2011; 11am – 2pm
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

Yaquina Bay Bridge 75th Celebration Weekend in Newport

The Yaquina Bay Bridge was designed by prolific architect Conde McCullough and completed in 1936. The Community of Newport invites you to celebrate the 75th Birthday of the Yaquina Bay Bridge. Planned festivities include a Bridge walk, Re-dedication Ceremony, 1930′s Classic Car promenade, live music, food, vendor booths, 1930′s style Community Picnic, on Sunday, October 2, 2011, and more! Visit the website for a complete list of events. Come be a part of History in the Making!
October 1 & 2, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-265-8801

Yaquina River Museum of Art – First Weekend Toledo Event in Toledo

The museum is hosting a Historical Western Art Exhibit featuring the work of Don Prechtel. A professional working artist since 1968, Don Prechtel is also a historian and an avid collector of antique western and military accoutrements. His studio in Creswell is filled with a large library and a collection of artifacts, which he incorporates into his paintings. The School House Exhibit and Office Building is located at 151 NE Alder Street.
October 1 & 2, 2011

Gallery Michael Gibbons – First Weekend Toledo Event in Toledo

While living in England some years ago, Michael Gibbons discovered his heightened awareness of Oregon and perceived voice in the State’s cultural artistic history. He did this through a series of paintings in which he painted an “English” Oregon concentrating on the wild untamed portions of the landscape. Just such a painting is “VIEW FROM THE BLUFF”;a small 12″x 9″ work painted from a viewpoint in a park high above the beach and surf 3 miles north of Pacific City. The weather was on and off raining. This painting expresses the quiet overlooked beauty of the coast Gibbons saw that day. The public is invited to come and see this and many more paintings by Michael Gibbons in his Signature Gallery in Toledo. Join us for an Oregon wine and cheese reception to meet and talk art with Michael Gibbons.
October 1 & 2, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-336-2797

Ivan Kelly Gallery-Studio – First Weekend Toledo Event in Toledo

Featuring Ivan Kelly’s on-location oil series of Ona Beach. Also showcasing “Sculptured by Pacific Storms”, an 8″ x 16″ juried into American Society of Marine Artists National Art Museum Exhibit Tour of 8 public art museums in 6 States which begins October 2011 thru July 2013. Light refreshments will be served during the gallery reception at 207 East Graham Street.
October 1 & 2, 2011; Saturday, 11:00m – 5:00m; Sunday 12:30pm – 5:00pm
For more information visit or call 541-336-1124

Chowder, Blue & Brews Festival in Florence

Enjoy award-winning chowder, the finest blues music and the best of the best Oregon microbrews at this annual fall festival, located at the Florence Event Center.
October 7 & 8, 2011; Friday, 5 – 11pm & Saturday, Noon – 11pm
For more information visit
For more information call 541-997-1994

Fall Kite Festival in Lincoln City

D-River State Wayside from 10AM – 4PM. Admission is free! Kite-Making for kids will be held from 10am – 2 pm and a Kite-Making Workshop with will be held from 10am – 11:30am. Please call Ronda at 541-994-8512 for more information on this workshop.
October 8 & 9, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151

So Long Saloon: How the West Got Dead in Florence

A hilarious new murder mystery dinner with a big Yee Hawww Howdy. Enjoy with ticket price: salad, bread, choice of entrée, two sides, dessert, coffee/tea, a lot of laughter and at least one murder. Located at the Florence Events Center
October 15, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-999-9281

Surfsand Resort – 14th Annual Dog Show on the Beach in Cannon Beach

Join the Surfsand Resort for this light-hearted dog show as they raise money for the Clatsop County Animal Shelter. Over the last 13 years, the Annual Dog Show on the Beach raised more than $13,000 to support the operations of the shelter. Pooches from around the Northwest and beyond will compete for top honors in various categories including Oldest Looking Dog, Best Frisbee Catch, Cutest Puppy, Best Bark and Owner Look-alike. For a complete itinerary, please visit the Surfsand Resort’s website.
October 15, Registration begins at 9am
For more information visit or call 800-547-6100

12th Annual Yachats Village Mushroom Festival in Yachats

This festival is packed with seminars, expert speakers, foraging expeditions, workshops, fungi exhibitions, guided walks and so much more! For a complete list of all the fungus focused events, please check out the website.
October 21 – 23, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-929-0477

Twisted Snout Brewery Grand Opening Oktoberfest Celebration in Toledo

On tap will be Twisted Snout’s Golden Ale, Wilbur’s White Wheat, Twisted Snout IPA, Red Headed Step Hog (a red ale), and Honey Oatmeal Porker (a porter). The event will feature live music, dancing, and award-wining barbecue from Pig Feathers BBQ. Twisted Snout is located right next door to Pig Feathers BBQ in Toledo. Owners Stu and Becky Miller and Doug and Dale Rider spent most of the spring and summer this year transforming what had for many years been an antique store into a classy, yet comfortable, brewery and public house at the end of Main Street in Toledo, right across from the marina. Stu and Doug both have many years of brewing experience and share a real love for the art of brewing.
October 22, 2011
For more information call 541-336-1833

Featured Things to Do on The People’s Coast

Fine Dining and a Fine Glass of Wine at the Stephanie Inn Dining Room in Cannon Beach

When you dine at the award-winning Stephanie Inn Dining Room (5:30 pm or 8:30 pm seatings), you will receive a complimentary glass of wine with each prix fixe dinner.
Featuring artfully prepared regional foods and an award winning wine list, The Stephanie Inn Dining Room is considered one of the finest dining establishments on the coast. Enjoy regional delicacies such as wild salmon, lamb, locally harvested produce and forest mushrooms. This special must be requested at time the reservation is made.
Now – September 30, 2011; at the 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm seating only
For more information visit or call 800-633-3466

Enjoy the “Happiest of Hours” at the Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge in Cannon Beach

Sit back and enjoy the Happiest of Hours at our beachfront lounge. You are sure to enjoy our new happy hour menu. Sample crispy Fried Pacific Calamari, the “Mini Wedge,” salad, featuring iceberg lettuce, bacon crumbles and Rogue Blue Cheese dressing, our popular tempura Avocado Fingers, Happy Burger, or Fried Rock Fish Sandwich served on a house made bun with lettuce, tomato and jalapeno jelly. These are just a few of the delicious menu offerings.
All menu items are offered in the lounge only from 3 to 5 p.m. daily for just $4.99 ($2 drink minimum). Drink specials include $1 off on all draft beers and $5 house pour wines. Look for our daily cocktail specials. Enjoy!
Year Round
For more information visit or call 503-436-1108

Fall Learning Feast in Lincoln City

The Fall 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. Please visit the website for a complete list of all the classes and seminars that will be available.
October 15 – 29, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274

Tanger Pink STYLE Campaign in Lincoln City

SHOP, SAVE & HELP FIND A CURE. Join Tanger Outlet Lincoln City in the fight against Breast Cancer, from September 15 through October 25th purchase a 25% off Pink cards for $1 each or get a 30% Off Powerful Pink Card that includes a chance to win fabulous prizes for just $5. Pink Card proceeds will benefit local and national Breast Cancer Research Foundations. Stop by Tanger Outlets Shopper Services to purchase your 25% Off Pink Savings Cards or 30% Off Powerful Pink Savings cards. Pink Cards can be used at participating stores like Coach, Columbia Sportswear, Coldwater Creek, Dress Barn, Jones New York, Le Gourmet Chef and many more.
Now – October 25, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-996-5000

Finders Keepers on the Beach in Lincoln City

Weather and ocean conditions 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.
October 15, 2011 – Memorial Day 2012
For more information visit or call 800-452-2151 or 541-996-1274

Wakonda Brewing Company in Florence

Wakonda Brewing Co. is located in Floence, on the central Oregon Coast and is the last brewery before the California border. Visit the new tasting room – “The Wakonda Room” at 1725 Kingswood St Ste 4. Open Wednesday and Thursday 5 – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 5 – 10:30 p.m.
For more information call 541-991-0694

Farmer’s Market Oregon Bounty Round-up

Astoria Sunday Market in Astoria

200 vendors each week offering locally-made products that have been hand-crafted, grown, created or gathered by the farmers, craftspeople and artisans. 12th Street from Marine Drive to Exchange Street.
Sundays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Now – October 9, 2011
For more information visit or call 503-325-1010

The Lincoln City Farmers’ Market in Lincoln City

Experience the tastes and talents of The Central Oregon Coast. The Lincoln City Farmers Market offers fresh produce, meat, eggs, cheese, fruit, honey, flowers, plants, crafts, & more! 540 NE Hwy 101.
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Now – October 16, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-867-6293

Newport Saturday Farmers’ Market in Newport

Local organic growers, market gardeners bring their fresh produce to the Newport Farmers’ Market. You can find vibrant flowers, herbs, and bedding plants and an assortment of items such as soaps, honey, breads, pastries, fresh eggs, local arts & crafts and much more! Located outside Newport City Hall, Hwy 101 & Angle Street.
Saturdays: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Now – October 29, 2011
For more information visit

Waldport Wednesday Market in Waldport

Waldport Wednesday Market is your quality coast market offering those items from fresh local Oregon coast produce to unusual gifts. Our Waldport Wednesday Market is the place to shop for flowers, potted plants, jewelry, flowers, tie dyes, glass art and so much more.
Waldport Community Center, 265 Alsea Hwy.
Wednesdays: 10:00 am – 6:30 pm
Now – October 19, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-270-0230

Yachats Farmers’ Market in Yachats

Offering locally grown organic produce and plants and locally made natural crafts. Watch for special events in conjunction with the market. Yachats Commons, Hwy 101 & W 5th St.
Sundays: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
May 22 – October 16, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-528-7192

Florence Local Organic Farmers’ Market in Florence

Corner of Quince and Hwy 126.
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 28 – October 29, 2011

Downtown Farmer’s Market in Coos Bay

Farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants and more. Downtown Coos Bay.
Wednesdays: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Now – October 26, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-269-0215

Brookings- Harbor Farmers & Artisans Market in Brookings

The Brookings-Harbor Farmers & Artisans Market is held every Saturday during the summer. Visit with local coast and valley farmers and vendors selling their produce and hand-crafted items. Most farmers accept the Senior Nutritional and WIC coupons. If you grow it, pick it, catch it, make it, or bake it, we want you for our market! Located on the Boardwalk at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.
July 2 – October 15, 2011
Saturdays: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
For more information call 541-469-9522

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Distinctive Beach Lodgings – Razor Clam Package in Gearhart

Best Razor Clam digging on the Oregon Coast! Come stay at any Distinctive Beach Lodgings property and use our complimentary “clamguns” to help you capture your dinner from the beach! Enjoy many of our amenities, including a fully equipped kitchen, to cook up your “catch of the day.”
October 1, 2011 – July 15, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-352-8034

Land’s End Motel – Mid-Week Special in Cannon Beach

Mid-week special – Stay 2 or more nights and receive a 25% discount on your stay, Sunday – Thursday.
Mid-October – April 2012
For more information visit or call 503-436-2264

The Ocean Lodge – 3-for-2 Special in Cannon Beach

Three-for-Two Lodging Special – Rates starting at $189 per night! Enjoy THREE nights for the price of TWO, Sunday – Thursday. Please call 888-777-4047 and mention ‘3-for-2” to take advantage of this promotion.
October 2, 2011 – June 14, 2012
For more information call 888-777-4047

Surfsand Resort – Hop Skip and Jump Into Fall in Cannon Beach

Reserve your stay in October during the month of September and enjoy a 25% discount on your October lodging at the oceanfront Surfsand Resort. Located just steps from the beach and Haystack Rock, our pet-friendly Surfsand Resort offers many special amenities; In-room fireplaces, LCD flat screen televisions, a sparkling indoor swimming pool, and much more. Excludes holidays and special events and may not be combined with any other discount or special promotion. Based on availability. Blackout dates may apply. This special must be requested at time the reservation is made. First nights lodging must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Contracted groups and negotiated rates excluded
October 1 – 31, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-547-6100

Surfsand Resort – Kids Eat Free Special in Cannon Beach

We know that family meals can really add up when you’re traveling. Come and stay at the Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach and your kids will eat free at the Wayfarer Restaurant or the Lumberyard Rotisserie & Grill. Our kids meals offer quality ingredients that are fun and delicious.
Now – December 31, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-547-6100

The Stephanie Inn – Hop Skip and Jump Into Fall in Cannon Beach

Reserve your stay in October during the month of September and enjoy a 25% discount on your October lodging at the Stephanie Inn. Your stay also includes our complimentary country style breakfast buffet, afternoon wine gathering, late evening nightcap service and the Pacific Ocean just steps away.
October 1 – 31, 2011
For more information visit or call 800-633-3466

Inn at Spanish Head – Oregon Bounty Package in Lincoln City

This package includes Oceanfront Lodging for two, Dinner for two, a bottle of Oregon wine in your room upon arrival and a beautiful Oregon, hand blown glass float. One night package starts at $225 + room tax; valid Sunday – Friday.
Now – June 2012
For more information visit or call 800-452-8127

Ashley Inn and Suites – Girlfriend Weekend Special in Lincoln City

Whether you are coming to enjoy the fabulous autumn weather, shop till you drop, or take in one of the special events that Lincoln City has to offer in the month of October, you will be ready to relax in the evening! What better place to do that than at The Ashley Inn and Suites. Sit a while and share your story of the day with other guests by the fireplace. Relax in our indoor salt water pool or spa. Have a great night’s sleep in one of our deluxe rooms and start your next day with a complementary hot, home made breakfast. What could be better? How about the 25% discount we offer any day of the month as part of the Girlfriend Weekend special? Rooms will go fast, so call ahead to make your reservation.
October 1 – 31, 2011
For more information visit or call 541-996-7500

Lighthouse Inn – Fall Special in Florence

Stay in authentic accommodations on the Oregon Coast at the family-owned historic Lighthouse Inn. Located only one block from Florence’s historic Old Town/Waterfront District with a marina, seasonal open-air market, restaurants, art galleries, shops, boutiques and the Siuslaw Pioneer Museum, you’ll be greeted by a large knotty-pine paneled lobby, warming fireplace and charming antiques. Stay in a Standard Queen Room for $59 + tax in October. (Dates excluded – Chowder Blues & Brews weekend)
October 2011
For more information visit or call 541-997-3221

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