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  1. Florence and Gold Beach win Main Street grants

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    In May, the Central and South Coast towns of Gold Beach and Florence won 2019 Oregon Main Street Revitalization grants from Oregon Heritage, a division of Oregon Parks and Recreation. Gold Beach was awarded $166,695 toward its Historic Ellensburg Avenue Exterior Preservation Project. Florence won a matching grant of more than $69,000 to be used to rehabilitate the historic Kyle Building in Old Town Florence.…

  2. Wheeler’s Salmonberry Saloon lands James Beard certification

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    The Salmonberry Saloon has a lot to celebrate. This spring the Wheeler-based restaurant saw its first anniversary along with an award from the James Beard Foundation. Salmonberry Saloon is the first restaurant on the Oregon Coast and the only Oregon restaurant outside of Portland to be named a “Smart Catch Leader” by the national culinary organization. The James Beard Smart Catch program, a national educational…

  3. Partnership explores spreading Washed Ashore message Coast-wide

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    Teaching visitors who love the Coast how to love the Coast better. That’s the goal of an exploratory effort between Bandon-based Washed Ashore and the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA). Launched this spring, the initiative is looking to expand Washed Ashore’s mission for educating visitors about the impact of marine debris into a Coast-wide initiative. This spring the two organizations held meetings in several coastal…

  4. OCVA bids farewell to South Coast RARE member

    Posted by OCVA / June 14, 2019

    As she wraps up her second term of Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) service for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) this month, Elizabeth Gronert leaves behind success in tourism development and takes with her an abiding love for Oregon Coast cuisine. “Fish tacos from Tony’s Crab Shack in Bandon — I could eat them at least once a week,” says Gronert, OCVA South…

  5. Oregon Coast Receives Trio of Governor’s Tourism Awards

    Posted by OCVA / April 22, 2019

    Destination development initiatives from the North, Central and South Coast were recognized at the 2019 Oregon Governor’s Conference in April. South Coast Regional Tourism Network was awarded the Oregon Tourism Innovative Partnership Award. The cities on the Southern Oregon Coast – from Brookings to Reedsport and inland through the Oregon Coast Range – are breaking new ground when it comes to partnerships and collaboration.  They are doing…

  6. OCVA builds capacity in the Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA / April 17, 2019

    A native of Waldport, Oregon, Jesse Dolin knows firsthand how the Coast’s natural areas are at once its most valuable and vulnerable assets. “There is a delicate balance to be struck between destination development and sustainability,” says Dolin, Central Coast destination development coordinator for the Oregon Coast Visitor Association (OCVA). “This means inspiring travel while preserving the environmental, cultural and historical integrity of this amazing…

  7. South Coast Paddle Guides Focus on Fun and Safety

    Posted by OCVA / April 17, 2019

    What do the Umpqua, Coos, Coquille, Rogue and Chetco rivers have in common? In addition to all terminating at Oregon’s South Coast, they offer year-round paddling, wildlife viewing, birdwatching and fishing opportunities. Each one is featured in a new series of free paddle guides produced by the Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) and Outdoor Project. “Each of these waterways have a lot in common, but…

  8. Wallets on Wheels: Catering to People Biking the Oregon Coast Bike Route

    Posted by OCVA / April 17, 2019

    Every year, an estimated 10,000 people come from around the state, around the country, and even around the world to ride some or all of the Oregon Coast Bike Route, a 370-mile journey along the entire length of the Coast from Astoria to Brookings. The route, which follows U.S. Highway 101 and other roadways, includes easy access to campgrounds and other lodging options, restaurants, shops and…

  9. Tsunami Safety Certificate Builds Awareness Along the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / April 17, 2019

    The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, which occurred on March 11, 2011, and was shared with the world in real time via social media, sent a shockwave to all corners of the Earth. For West Coast communities that are at a high risk of losses from tsunami waves generated by the next great Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, the Japan earthquake amplified the message that…