Newsletter - Oregon Coast Visitors Association


  1. What Does it Mean to Speak Whale?

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    Every winter, about 20,000 gray whales (and the occasional blue, humpback and Orca) living in the north Pacific Ocean head south for the winter, much to the delight of visitors to the Oregon Coast. Visitors can catch the fascinating spectacle anywhere along the Coast, but there’s just one spot that focuses all of its resources on educating the public about the unique behavior of whales.…

  2. Top Spots for Independent Shopping on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 29, 2016

    The owners at Purple Cow Toys in downtown Astoria don’t mind if you open the board game while you’re in the store. In fact, they’ll help you learn to play it. They’ll make sure everyone in the family stays and plays with their toys for as long as they like. That’s the beauty of shopping local — the merchants strive to build genuine relationships with…

  3. Treasure Hunting in Downtown Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / November 2, 2016

    Established by one of the early-19th-century’s most famous merchants, John Jacob Astor, this bustling small city at the mouth of the Columbia is appropriately one of the top shopping destinations on the Oregon Coast, especially when it comes to art, antiques, and one-of-a-kind gifts. Here are eight cool shops well worth checking out, whether you’re in full-on holiday-shopping mode or simply out browsing for souvenirs…

  4. Perfect Pairings in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / November 2, 2016

    When it comes to choosing the right beverage to drink with your meal, there’s really just one rule to follow: go with whatever you enjoy. It’s easy to nibble and sip well in Cannon Beach, with its abundance of first-rate seafood restaurants, locavore-driven bistros and inviting cafes, many of them offering extensive menus of Northwest-made artisan coffees, craft beers, earthy pinot noirs and small-batch spirits.…

  5. Where to Find Great Beer on the Central Oregon Coast: Homegrown Brewpubs With a Beachy Vibe

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2016

    Just last year, Charlie Van Meter was brewing tiny 20-gallon batches of beer from his tap room in Yachats. Today, he’s producing about 200 gallons of experimental ales from the new seven-barrel custom brewhouse at Yachats Brewing + Farmstore, positioned midway between Newport and Florence on the Central Coast. “We’re busier than we thought we’d be,” says Van Meter, the brewmaster who came on board…

  6. Destination Rockaway Beach: Mini Golf, Pronto Pup, Cedars, Chowder and More

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2016

    As you stroll along Rockaway Beach’s laid-back main street — amidst the ice cream shop, candy shop, pizza shop and vintage treasure shops — don’t be startled when you stumble onto what looks like a circus. The bubble machine, sandbox, mini volcanoes and blaring punk music are part of the zany ambiance at the mini golf course designed in summer 2016 by the owners of…

  7. 5 Incredible Fall Hikes on Oregon’s South Coast: Find Riches on These These Trails Less Traveled

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2016

    There’s a whole lot of coastline out here, and it’s ripe for exploring on foot this fall — when the air is clean and crisp and the crowds of summer have gone. Specifically, there’s 101 miles of rugged coastline between Reedsport and Brookings on Oregon’s South Coast, dubbed the Wild Rivers Coast because of the pristine nature of the Umpqua, Coquille, Rogue and Chetco rivers…

  8. Go Clamming and Foraging Around Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2016

    Food is never fresher than when it comes personally harvested straight from the source, and autumn on Oregon’s North Coast offers opportunities from both the forest and the beach. Ninety-five-percent of all of Oregon’s clams can be found on the sandy shores of Clatsop County, between the city of Seaside and the Columbia River. “The long, broad and flat beaches are really good habitat,” says…

  9. Thousands of Volunteers Clean Up Oregon’s Beaches

    Posted by OCVA / September 15, 2016

    This year, 2016, marks the 33rd time thousands of volunteers will gather on Oregon’s beaches to give our cherished coastline a serious housecleaning with the annual SOLVE Beach & Riverside Cleanup. Volunteers can pitch in to help at 46 beach sites from Fort Stevens to Brookings, but few sites are as popular as one North Coast beach town. “Seaside has been a very popular site…