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  1. The Oregon Coast's Best Places for Whale Watching

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / December 1, 2017

    While whales can be seen year round on the Oregon coast, the winter and spring months are the best times for seeing these enormous creatures. Migration in December and again in late March means higher numbers and a higher viewing success rate. For some of the best sites to spot spouts, we’ve gathered together adventures that will give you the perfect viewing opportunity, as well as some handy tips. 

  2. 3-Day Itinerary for Astoria, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / December 1, 2017

    Located on Oregon’s northwestern tip, Astoria makes for the perfect long-weekend getaway town. With a historic waterfront and a variety of activities for all ability levels, there’s no lack of things to do. We’ve gathered together a range of places to see and vistas to enjoy. We guarantee you’ll be making repeat trips to this special city. This itinerary can be done in either direction, depending on where you are coming from.

  3. Holiday Lights and other Don’t-Miss Winter Events on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

    Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park Charleston, Nov. 23-Dec.31 Young or old, who isn’t enchanted by thousands of twinkling lights in the shape of animated orcas, leaping frogs, herons, seals and dozens of other creatures in an undersea garden? More than 50,000 visitors flock to Oregon’s South Coast each year to see the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston, one of…

  4. Destination Nye Beach

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

      Imagine settling in with your favorite book on the Oregon Coast, watching the waves roll in from your third-story room. This isn’t just any cozy nook — the J.K. Rowling room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel is made for Harry Potter fans, complete with velvety drapes, Gryffindor scarf, sorting hat, plush Hedwig owl to cuddle and the whole magical book series in your personal…

  5. Winter Wine Tasting on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

      There’s nothing like sipping wine on a damp, chilly day — the sea breeze in the air or a warm fire nipping at your toes. When you visit the North Coast this winter, where do you go to drink wine? Here’s our roundup of some favorite local spots:   Shallon Winery Astoria Have you ever tried cranberry wine or chocolate orange wine? Owner/winemaker Paul…

  6. Exploring Oregon's Coastal Waterfalls

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / November 2, 2017

    While the Columbia River Gorge holds an incredible number of gorgeous Instagrammable waterfalls, you’ll find less crowds and big views if you shun the herd and head toward the coast; what’s more, the Gorge continues to blaze from the persistent Eagle Creek fire and favorite waterfall trails are closed until Spring 2018, and the coast offers the perfect respite form the smoke and opportunity to still get outside and experience one of Oregon’s most renowned attractions.

  7. Sanderling: A Winter Migration Visitor

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / November 1, 2017

    This article is provided courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

  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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