FLOWER POWER! - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


Posted by OCVA / May 1, 2012

Breaking News! A mysterious and irresistible force has emerged on The People’s Coast, and its power is growing with every passing day. Already it has dramatically altered the natural landscape, changed our customary viewpoints and transformed our collective mood. It has created a frenzy of activity, setting the flowers abloom, the birds atwitter and the bees abuzz! Hereabouts, we call it “Spring,” and we assure you that any attempts at resistance are futile. Come experience its transformative power for yourself. And may the force be with you.

Let’s get this party started by reminding you of this month’s perennial favorite, the Annual Rhododendron Festival whose theme this year says it all: “Nothing Short of Wild!” Take a leisurely two-mile walk on the wild side exploring the rolling dunes and beautiful beaches on an Oregon Dunes Family Hike. You’ll also experience a wildly good time celebrating the first day of sand boarding season at Sand Master Park. It’s all happening this month in Florence, where you’re always the master of your domain!

We know, we know. Sometimes you just feel like getting the kids out of your hair and shipping them all off to Camp Plenty Poison Ivy or some such place. But here’s a better option: Take the whole family to Coos Bay, book passage on an Adventure Sail on the Tall Ships excursion and feel the wind in your hair! Or head off to Lincoln City for a treasure hunt for handcrafted glass floats, sand dollars and crabs on the beach. It’s Finders Keepers, losers – well, how can you lose with a walk on the beach?

Don’t forget, this month is also the date of the annual Brewers Memorial Ale Fest in Newport featuring microbrews and music galore, plus musical chairs and celebrity look-alike contests for your pooch. Whoa, doggies! Newport will also be honoring the memory of our Vietnam veterans during its annual Loyalty Days celebration with a traditional hometown parade, a carnival, a fun run and more.

Expose yourself to art and local artists at the Spring Unveiling of new works at the Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach. If quilting is your thing, Toledo has you covered with their annual Quilt Quest, where more than 300 quilts will be on display. Develop your leadership skills at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast simulcast in Newport.

Vote your choice for the leader of the pack at the Fish Taco Cook Off in Lincoln City. Experience the Taste of Home Cooking in Florence. Discover just how sweet life can be by sampling the delicious varieties of fudge available daily at the Tillamook Cheese Factory.

You say your plans are still up in the air at this time? Perfect! Driftwood Shores in Florence is offering a Land, Sea & Air Package that includes an oceanfront room and a half-hour helicopter tour of the coast. Stretch your legs and enjoy a picnic in Pacific City with a Three Cape Escape Package. And you won’t have to stretch your budget with this month’s third-night-free special at the Garibaldi House in Garibaldi, the $30 Off Special at the Whaler Motel in Newport or the 20 Percent Discount at Overleaf Lodge & Spa in Yachats.

Come and stay you will, because on The People’s Coast the force is always with you.


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Featured Events

Newport Loyalty Days in Newport

Along with our traditional hometown parade, held Saturday May 5th, Newport Loyalty Days festivities include the Queen’s Coronation, Davis Show carnival, car shows hosted throughout town, Coast Hills Running Club’s Fun Run, Vietnam Veteran’s remembrance with our annual Memorial Reading of the Names and the Field of Flags….just to name a few of the many activities you will find in Newport.
May 3 – 6, 2012
For more information visit www.loyaltydays.com or call 541-961-1466

Bronze Coast Gallery – Spring Unveiling in Cannon Beach

Every Spring the members of the Cannon Beach Gallery Group look forward to the weekend when they unveil the newest work by their featured artists. This has become one of the most anticipated annual arts events in Oregon, because it gives the art lover an opportunity to meet the artists, watch many of them at work, attend the receptions, enjoy a wide variety of food and music…and take in everything this postcard-perfect town, nestled between the wild Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, has to offer. Bronze Coast Gallery is proud to announce two esteemed artists will be participating in Spring Unveiling. Scott Peck, acclaimed for his photography of florals, & wildlife sculptor Don Rambadt. For more information call or visit the website.
May 4, – 6, 2012
For more information visit www.bronzecoastgallery.com or call 503-436-1055 or 800-430-1055

Chick-fil-A Leadercast Lincoln County in Newport

Chick-fil-A Leadercast Lincoln County is a one-day leader development event broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Newport. This year, Chick-fil-A has put together an unprecedented speaker line-up featuring renowned leaders from virtually every circle of influence who will come together to share their personal leadership experiences and wisdom. Touch up your leadership skills as you listen to information on Making Choices That Matter.
May 4, 2012
For more information visit www.coastvisitor.com/chick-fil-a or call 541-265-2064 or 800-767-2064

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City – Fish Taco Cook Off in Lincoln City

At this annual event Professional chefs will determine the best fish taco on the Oregon Coast, and you get to vote for your favorite for the People’s Choice Award! Admission is free, with tacos available for $1 each. There will be a live cooking demonstration by Chef Graciella Polley, beer and wine from Nelscott Wine Shop, and sweet treats from Captain Dan’s Pirate Pastry Shop. The event will even feature a caricature artist doing quick sketches of guests for FREE! 11am – 2pm
May 5, 2012
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/fish-taco-cook-off

Special Glass Art Drop in Lincoln City

During the Finders Keepers season the Lincoln City VCB places extra pieces of glass art on the beaches for beachcombers to find. One hundred additional glass floats and fifty sand dollars or crabs will be placed along the 7.5 miles of Lincoln City beaches, weather and ocean conditions permitting.
May 5 – 6, 2012
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers or call 541-996-1274 or 800-452-2151

Taste of Home Cooking Show in Florence

Get ready to savor the joy of cooking through this event, an experience that will leave your hands full of goodies and mouths salivating for some of the delicious food prepared right in front of you. The event is from 4 – 8 pm at the Florence Events Center located at 715 Quince Street. Admission is $15.
May 08, 2012
For more information visit www.florencechamber.com/chamber/taste-home-cooking-show or call 541-997-1994

Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City

Howie Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum, including television, film and stage. From his work on the Emmy-Award winning “St. Elsewhere,” to the international animated children’s series “Bobby’s World,” Howie has become a mainstay of the American comedy scene. Howie is set to perform two outrageous shows Friday & Saturday night at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Chinook Winds Box Office.
May 11 – 12, 2012
For more information call 888-MAIN ACT

Rockaway Beach Kite Festival in Rockaway Beach

Thirty-eight kite-flying professionals will take over the skies of Rockaway Beach the second weekend in May. Come join in the fun – there will be kite flying, kite making and maybe even a chance to dance in the sand! The weekend is about kites, large and small. There will be ballet kites dancing to music; box, dual line and multi-line kites; quick, maneuverable sport kites; fighting rokkaku kites and kites the size of a school bus (so we are told)!
May 12 – 14, 2012
For more information visit www.rockawaybeach.net

Quilt Quest MMXII in Toledo

Quilt Quest MMXII promises to be a fun, engaging event for quilt enthusiasts. Featuring local quilter, Linda Anderson, over 300 quilts will be displayed all over the town of Toledo . Meet local vendors’, find quilt supplies, patterns & equipment and much more. For more information, contact Monica Lyon at the Quilter’s Cottage.
May 12, 2012
For more information call 541- 336-2877

Celtic Cultural Festival in Coos Bay

A Day of Traditional Irish & Scottish Music, Dance & Culture. The day includes workshops, musicians, buffet dinner and an evening concert. Takes place at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts located on the Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC).
May 12, 2012
For more information visit www.southcoastfolksociety.wordpress.com

Oregon Dunes Family Hike in Florence

Spend some time exploring rolling dunes of open sand, islands of pine forests, wildflowers, animal tracks, and beautiful beaches with your family this Mother’s Day. Hike a 2 mile trail for fun afternoon at the coast. Call for more information to join the carpool from Eugene. 9 am – 5 pm. With a $10 suggested donation.
May 13, 2012
For more information visit www.oregonwild.org/about/hikes_events/oregon-dunes-family/ or call 541-344-0675

6th Annual Brewers Memorial Ale Fest in Newport

The 6th Annual Brewers Memorial Ale Fest will be held in Newport and will benefit the Central Coast Humane Society & Oregon Coast Therapy Animals. The dog-friendly brew festival is held inside the Rogue Ales Brewery and includes 50+ Microbrews, Live Music, Doggy Musical Chairs, Dog Wash, Dog Dancing and Celebrity dog look-alikes (Rin-Tin-Tin, Lassie, Benji and of course, Brewer). $10 admission fee gets you 4 taster tickets. Ages 21+ Admitted Only.
May 18 – 20, 2012
For more information visit www.brewersalefest.com or call 503-241-3800

Sand Master Park – International Sandboard Day & Season Kick-off in Florence

The official first day of sand boarding season and international observance. Come out for an amazing fun day in the sand. From 5- 8 p.m. enjoy a season starter bar-b-que.
May 19, 2012
For more information visit www.sandmasterpark.com or call 541-997-6006

105th Annual Rhododendron Festival in Florence

Oregon’s second longest running festival! This popular Florence celebration officially begins on Friday evening with the Rhody Pageant to crown “Queen Rhododendra.” Activities throughout the weekend include parades, flower show, car show, arts and craft fair, 5K run, carnival and much, much more. This year’s theme is “Nothing Short of Wild.”
May 18 – 20, 2012
For more information visit www.florencechamber.com/events/rhody-festival.shtml or call 541-997-3128

Mutt Masters Dog Show & Olympics in Lincoln City

Mutt Masters Dog Show & Olympics includes dog competitions for all breeds, sizes and ages. Doggie vendors, prizes and more! 1545 SE 50th Street. For more information or visit our website
May 19, 2012
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/mutt-masters or call 541-996-1274, 800-452-2151

CDAO Clam Clinic 2012 in Lincoln City

Bill Lackner will lead a hands-on clinic on clam digging in Siletz Bay as a follow-up to his Tuesday evening lecture at Driftwood Public Library. The clinic begins at 9am in the gravel pullout north of the Bayhouse Restaurant in Lincoln City. Participants will dig limits of purple varnish and bay clams. Admission is FREE.
May 23, 2012
For more information call 541-265-5847

BBQ, Blues & Brews by the Bay in North Bend

The first ever sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society event to come to the Oregon Coast! Featuring judging classes, bbq vendors and a thrilling competition where the winner takes home $5000. Come sample great BBQ, beer, and cheer on your favorites.
May 25 – 27, 2012
For more information visit www.themillcasino.com

Featured Things To Do

Adventure Sails on the Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain in Coos Bay

Dockside Tours, Battle Sails, Educational Tours and passage are available for the annual Tall Ship days. This year’s event will be extra special as BOTH the Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain will be here. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. *Please note that tide conditions sometimes affect arrival date & times.
May 3 – 12, 2012
For more information visit www.historicalseaport.org

Finders Keepers on the Beach in Lincoln City

Weather and ocean permitting, every day colorful hand-blown glass floats are places 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 biography of the artist who made the float.
Through – May 28, 2012
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/finders-keepers or call 541-996-1274 or 800-452-2151

Tillamook Fudge at the Tillamook Cheese Factory in Tillamook

A stop at the Tillamook Cheese Factory in not just for cheese and ice cream ! Have you tried our sweet, creamy, delicious Tillamook Fudge? A wide variety of flavors awaits you, ranging from Chocolate and Vanilla, to Amaretto Swirl and Rocky Road and many more in between! Be adventurous and try one of our fudge maker’s own recipes, like Candy Bar Bliss or Marionberry Cheesecake. Tillamook Fudge is home-made every day, and you can choose from individual pieces cut from loaves or convenient ½ pound and 1 pound packages. The Fudge counter is open every day from 8am to 6pm.
For more information visit www.tillamook.com or call 503-815-1300 or 800-542-7290

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City in Lincoln City

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City is a great place to explore your culinary side. From cook-offs to classes there’s something to fit everyone’s experience level. Here are the classes being offered for May 2012. For more information or to sign up, contact Chef Sharon Weist.
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org/culinary or call 541-557-1125, 800-452-2151

Gnocchi One Hour Demo
Learn to make traditional potato gnocchi with a tomato sauce. Price includes a $5 coupon for regular class. Instructor: Chef Sharon Wiest Cost: $20, includes wine pairing and meal.
May 10, 2012

Moroccan Small Plates Demo
Learn to prepare a variety of delicious Moroccan dishes. Instructors: Chef Sharon Wiest and Pati D’Eliseo, A Posto Personal Chef. Cost: $50, meal and wine included.
May 12, 2012

Latino Small Plates Demo
Learn to make a variety of tasty Latino dishes. Instructor: Chef Scott Neuman from Oba! in Portland. Cost: $50, includes beverages and meal.
May 19, 2012

Apple Pie 1-Hour Demo
Come Celebrate Memorial Day by learning to make an mouthwatering apple pie at the Lincoln City Culinary Center Instructor: Chef Sharon Wiest Cost: $20, includes pie and beverage.
May 24, 2012

The Chef’s Table at Oregon Coast Culinary Institute in Coos Bay

OCCI offers wonderful culinary lunch & dinners as part of their externship program. Creative & tastefully prepared, these future chefs delight diners every Friday at Noon and 6pm. Lunch is 3 courses for just $20 per person or two for $30. Dinner is 4 courses for $25.
For more information visit www.occi.net/programs/chefstable.shtml or call 541-888-1540

Featured Places to Stay on The People’s Coast

Garibaldi House- 2012 Spring Special: Stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night free!! in Garibaldi

Spring is a great time for a quick retreat to your home on the coast. Most spring days at the coast include some “sun time”, and the friendly atmosphere and great food at the Garibaldi House is always in season. For a limited time, you can get the third night free when you call us and book direct by phone. If you complete your stay by May 25, 2012, and stay two consecutive nights at our regular low spring rates, the third consecutive night will be our spring time gift to you. Our rooms fill up fast, so reserve early! Call us and ask for the spring 3rd night free special. We’ll have your room ready and the fireplace going when you get here.
*This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other offer and is only valid when you call and book direct.
May 1 –30 , 2012
For more information visit www.garibaldihouse.com or call 877-322-6489

3 Cape Escape Package in Pacific City

If this is your first visit to the Oregon Coast and you’re anxious to see some of the gorgeous sights the coast has to offer? Or have you lived in Oregon for years but have never taken the time to enjoy the beautiful 3-Cape Scenic route? Well we have a delightful 3-day, 2-night Oregon Coast lodging package, features the north Oregon Coast’s gorgeous 3 Capes: Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout and Cape Meares, waiting just for you. Enjoy at your leisure a self-guided scenic “tour to remember” that includes a sturdy canvas bag filled with picnic supplies galore: Tillamook cheese and sausage, fruit, salt water taffy, your choice of Oregon Pinot Noir, Oregon Chardonnay, champagne, sparkling cider or Pelican beer. Also included is a tour brochure complete with maps and highlights you won’t want to miss. There is so much to see and explore that you just might want to stay another night to take it all in!
May 1st – June 30th, 2012
For more information visit www.YourLittleBeachTown.com or call 888-965-7001

The Inn at Spanish Head – Aquarium Encounter & Spring Special in Lincoln City

Nestled securely against a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, The Inn at Spanish Head is Oregon’s only resort hotel built right on the beach! Each individually designed room is oceanfront with floor-to ceiling windows, perfect for whale watching.
Aquarium Encounter Package
Oceanfront Lodging & dinner for two. Two adult Oregon Coast Aquarium tickets and a special gift. One night package starts at $225.00 plus room tax.
Spring Special
Stay Sunday through Thursday and save up to 40% off. (Valid Sunday – Friday) All lodging offers are subject to restrictions and availability. Call to confirm special offers and details.
Now – May 30, 2012
For more information visit www.SpanishHead.com or call 800-452-8127

Whaler Motel- $30.00 OFF SPECIAL in Newport

Save $30.00 off regular rates Sunday-Friday on all room types, excluding Beach Houses. All rooms feature a private balcony overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Easy beach access. Warm hospitality and outstanding service!
Special rates start at $69 -$89 (regular rate $99- $119) + tax for a standard balcony queen room.
*Special excludes May 27, 2012 (Memorial Day Weekend). Special may not be combined with any other discount. For Reservations, call and ask for the $30.00 OFF Special!
May 1, 2012 – June 29, 2112
For more information visit www.whalernewport.com or call 1-800-433-9444

Fireside Motel – 20% Off Lodging Special* in Yachats

Bring a can of food to donate for each night of your stay and receive 20% off your room rate. Not valid May 27, 2012*. Discount not valid with other offers* and coupon must be presented at check-in. To print coupon visit our website and click on our specials button. Good Sunday – Thursday.
Now – June 21st, 2012
For more information visit www.firesidemotel.com or call 800-336-3573

Overleaf Lodge & Spa – 20% Off Lodging Special in Yachats

20% Off Lodging Special! Good Sunday – Thursday, Now – June 21st, 2012*. *Note: Bring a can of food to donate for each night of your stay and receive 20% off your room rate. Not valid May 27, 2012. Discount not valid with other offers and coupon must be presented at check-in. To print coupon visit our website and click on our specials button.
Now – June 21st, 2012
For more information visit www.overleaflodge.com or call 800-338-0507

Sandboard Package in Florence

Sandboard Packages – Sail down the sandy slopes at Sand Master Park, the world’s first sand board park! Beginner to advanced slopes, bowls, cliffs, jumps and rail slides are centered on 40 acres of private sand dunes and surrounded by 200 acres of public dunes and forest. Sandboard package includes:

  • Discounts on oceanfront rooms at Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center
  • Discounts on rentals of any sand board, sand sled, boogie board and skim board
  • Free board wax where applicable
  • Free access to Sand Master Park dunes and the ability to take boards off the premises

(*Note: There is a two person minimum for standard queen and double queen and four person minimum for the three bedroom suite. Rates are per night and subject to change.) Rates Start At $95/night +$9.50 Tax and $15/Sandboard Rental per Person. For more information on Sand Master Park, click call 541-997-6006. To book this package or for additional information call or go online and click on the lodging packages link.
Expires: June, 30 2012
For more information visit www.driftwoodshores.com or call 800-422-5091

Land, Sea & Air Package in Florence

Come experience the Oregon coast like never before. Stay one night in an oceanfront room at Driftwood Shores and you receive a one-half hour helicopter tour for two when you book this package. Your helicopter tour takes you over Heceta Head Lighthouse, the Sea Lion Caves and other breathtaking coastal sites. The return ride heads inland over the coastal mountains, back down the Siuslaw River and Old Town Florence. Upon your return to Driftwood Shores, relax in your oceanfront room, stroll miles of Oregon’s sandy beach and enjoy dinner at the Surfside Restaurant and Classic Cocktail Lounge. What a day to remember! You must call 800-422-5091 to book this package. One night lodging for two in a standard queen room, plus a 1/2-hour helicopter ride for two. Prices start at $340.20. *Valid any day of the week. Package price does not include gratuities. Helicopter tour is through Apex Helicopter, Florence, Oregon. Helicopter tour is booked when lodging reservations are made.
Now – September 30, 2012
For more information visit www.driftwoodshores.com or call 800-422-5091

Rhododendron Special at Bandon Crossings Golf Course in Bandon

Take in the beauty of wild pink Rhododendrons while enjoying great golf at a great price at Bandon Crossings Golf Course. Just ask for the “Rhodie Special” and get 10% off standard green fees. Bandon Crossings is a challenging and fun course. “Majestic coastal trees, classically sculpted bunkers and uneven terrain provide the main challenge” says GOLF Magazine, who called it an “Affordable Alternative” to Bandon Trails, and one of the “Top 10 New Courses of 2007”. It is fast becoming one of the Oregon Coast favorites, and a visit to Bandon is well worth the drive and a few days to enjoy the golf and beaches. Stay in one of our Stay & Play Homes and get an additional 10% off rent by asking for the “Rhodie Special” (2 night minimum). We’ll make sure you get the best deal, and have a wonderful place to enjoy the beaches, golf, and everything Bandon has to offer.
May 1 – May 31, 2012
For more information visit www.bandoncrossings.com or call for Golf: 541-347-3232 or 888-GOLFB18 for Lodging: 541-345-0537 or 800-429-9876

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