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  1. A Paddler’s Paradise on the Tillamook Water Trail

    Posted by OCVA / May 25, 2017

    It’s something out of a dream: 250 miles of navigable waterways on Oregon’s North Coast that meander through dense forest, green pastures, marsh-like estuaries and small towns. It’s known as the Tillamook Water Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail comprised of five separate watersheds — Nehalem, Tillamook Bay, Nestucca, Sand Lake and Netarts. A handy set of fold-out maps denotes easy access points, guidelines and…

  2. Chasing Adventures in Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / May 8, 2017

    By Michael Kew You may not often hear the words “action sports” said in reference to Astoria and Warrenton, more famous for rich maritime lore and Victorian charm. But, set snugly at the mouth of the Columbia, these twin towns have wide waterways for paddling, crisp air for zip lining and plenty of rustic trails for trekking. That’s not all, of course. Oregon’s North Coast…

  3. Top Art Festivals in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / May 8, 2017

    By Michael Kew It’s quite logical for an Oregon Coast gem to host art-related events, and no season bests the lovely greeny-blues of Cannon Beach in late spring. Thanks to the Cannon Beach Gallery Group, May and June see two artsy affairs in town, which was named “One of the Top 100 Art Towns in America” by author John Villani, and “One of the World’s…

  4. 5 Secrets Spots on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / March 28, 2017

    What’s a trip to the Coast without an ice cream cone or little samples of squeaky cheese at the Tillamook Cheese Factory? Millions of  visitors flock to this palace of dairy worship while adventuring on the North Coast, but often overlook other sites just as engaging. Here’s your guide to five of those secret spots on the North Coast, all of which are less crowded…

  5. On the Water in Seaside

    Posted by OCVA / March 10, 2017

    Oregon’s classic beach resort, Seaside continues to delight locals and visitors alike with diverse natural beauty stitched into its dense urbanity. Aside from the usual amenities, this proximity is convenient and useful for fans of wildlife and water — a wide beach, two rivers running through town and a large estuary lend a load of leisure for those of all skill levels, whether you seek…

  6. Off-Season Family Adventures With Oregon State Parks

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    The winter-spring shoulder season is a stunning time at the Oregon Coast. Fewer people are out and about, leaving the 363 miles of often sunny and sparkling beaches — as well as trails, parks and rivers — clear for all sorts of exploration. Much of it, in fact, is managed by Oregon State Parks, which offers a bounty of natural, cultural and educational resources for…

  7. Destination Reedsport

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    Sand and water are the lifeblood of every coastal beach town, but Reedsport, on Oregon’s South Coast, is truly defined by its near-island-like geography. Situated at the heart of the iconic Oregon dunes, Reedsport sits at the confluence of three rivers: the mighty Umpqua, Smith and Scholfield. There are also 17 nearby lakes, offering plenty of prime fishing — especially small-mouth bass — as well…

  8. Everything You Wanted to Know About Sea Lions

    Posted by OCVA / January 30, 2017

    They can be loud and raucous, or adorably lazy. They’re both goofy and intelligent creatures. Visitors to the Oregon Coast go out of their way to spot sea lions, for good reason. They’re fun to watch as they lounge on the docks, interacting with each other and sliding in and out of the sea with a surprising grace. But how much do you really know…

  9. Romantic Getaway to Cannon Beach

    Posted by The Oregon Coast / December 22, 2016

    The Oregon Coast, with its rugged shoreline and misty intrigue, has long wooed romantic souls. This is especially true of Cannon Beach. Here are a few essential ingredients for a weekend escape to this sophisticated but laidback village by the sea. A stay at the Stephanie Inn is sure to add a dash of passion to your stay. Many guestrooms offer breathtaking, panoramic views of…

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