North Coast Stories

  1. How to Tour Seaside’s Timeless Charms

    Posted by OCVA / May 2, 2018

    Good old-fashioned fun never goes out of style, especially here in Oregon’s original beach resort. Seaside has charmed sightseers for more than a century, and it remains the North Coast’s see-and-do hub. You only need to stroll the city’s compact downtown to get a sense of what keeps beachgoers coming back year after year. Here is a stop-by-stop, east-to-west walking tour of the classic Seaside…

  2. Top Ways to Do Nothing At All in Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / May 2, 2018

    The neighboring cities of Astoria and Warrenton do not skimp on adventure. But let’s be clear: These aren’t the kinds of places where you merely tick a bunch of stuff off a bucket list. No, Astoria and Warrenton are conducive to slowing your roll, to easing your foot off the gas, to pressing pause, and to making it delightfully easy for you to do nothing…

  3. Can’t-Miss Spring Events in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / March 7, 2018

    Chances are most Oregon Coast travelers this spring and summer will find their way to Cannon Beach. For good reason: from celebrated art openings to a fat-bike festival, this scenic city’s fair-weather months offer an action-packed calendar. Here’s a seasonal preview. Fat Biking Festival Lately, fat biking has become sort of an outdoor sensation. What is it, exactly? Bikes with oversize (i.e., fat) tires help…

  4. Easy Spring Break in Seaside

    Posted by OCVA / March 7, 2018

    Stress should get nowhere near your family’s spring break plans. As Oregon’s original classic see-and-do coastal resort city and one of the West’s oldest waterfront destinations, Seaside knows how to make the fun flow. It’s a quick and favorite destination for Portlanders, and a top choice for your last-minute spring fling — loaded with indoor and outdoor activities. (And heaps of sweets: Phillip’s Candies, Seaside…

  5. Why Dogs Love Astoria and Warrenton

    Posted by OCVA / February 27, 2018

    Headed toward the beach? If your dogs could talk, they’d express their adoration for Astoria and Warrenton, two nearby burgs ranking high among the Oregon Coast’s four-legged-friendly areas. Parks, beaches, hotels, cafes and even an outdoor market? Woof-woof! When you pair a pastry chef with a self-taught ice cream whiz, you get Frite & Scoop, a bustling ice cream shop on Astoria’s lovely six-mile-long Riverwalk,…

  6. An Artist’s Guide to Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    A distinct artistic vibe soaks Astoria, a North Coast burg rife with communal, creative talent. That spirit comes alive for the venerated FisherPoets Gathering each February, and it lives on year-round. Exploring the vibrant visual arts scene provides a fitting introduction to why so many creators call the place home. For an inside scoop, we turn to longtime resident artist Judith Niland, who highlights some…

  7. Where to Eat in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / December 14, 2017

    From a celebrated cooking school to fine dining to seafood hot spots, Cannon Beach is cooking up a storm. One man who knows the how and why is Chef John Newman, owner of Newmans at 988, an intimate French-Italian bistro that Newman and his wife, Sandy, opened in February 2006. It remains one of Cannon Beach’s most notable eateries, and one of many, he asserts,…

  8. Festive Family Fun in Seaside

    Posted by OCVA / October 31, 2017

    Looking to escape the city life and unwind at the coast during these cooler months? Seaside isn’t just a summer destination, which you can tell by the variety of family-friendly Yuletide events the city offers each holiday season. At 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24, Seaside’s annual Parade of Lights and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree will officially launch the 2017 holiday…

  9. Relive Astoria With ‘Astoria’

    Posted by OCVA / October 31, 2017

    In early 2018, whisk your mind back to the early 1800s by catching a performance of “Astoria Part One” (Jan. 13-Feb.17) and “Astoria Part Two” (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) at The Armory theater in Portland. The play is based on Peter Stark’s best-selling book, “Astoria,” which detailed the ill-fated Astor Expedition. It was John Jacob Astor’s quest to found the West Coast’s apex of world trade…

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