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  1. 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…

  2. 4 Quiet Coastal Towns for Your Next Long Weekend

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    So you’ve got a long weekend to explore the Coast, but want to stay off the beaten path? Plan a road trip to Oregon’s low-key Central Coast, where the area’s pristine beaches, trails, waterways and quaint downtowns make for a rejuvenating retreat. Spend a day adventuring in each coastal village, but caution — you may never want to leave. Day 1: Shopping and wildlife viewing…

  3. Local’s Guide to South Coast Seafood

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    Dixie Boley knows seafood on Oregon’s South Coast. For 30 years, from 1978 to 2008, she and her late husband, Scott, were commercial salmon fishermen on the Rogue River, just north of their home in Gold Beach. In 1998, they worked with two other local fishermen to launch Fisherman Direct — a fresh fish market and processing center in an old cannery building in Gold…

  4. 3-Day Itinerary For Florence, Oregon

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 15, 2018

    On the Central Oregon coast, away from the crowds of SeasideAstoria, and the northern beaches, the small beach town of Florence sits at the mouth of the Siuslaw River. Well known for its proximity to the Sea Lion Caves, this quaint community offers an abundance of adventure for those willing to make the drive.

  5. Guide to the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / January 15, 2018

    One of the largest temperate coastal sand dunes in the world, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area was created in March, 1972, in order to protect the unique formations of shifting sand, coastal forest, and rugged beaches. At 31,500 acres, this is no small patch of sand! With everything from OHV access and mountain biking to challenging sandy trails and beautiful camping, you’ll see why this is a popular destination for Oregon coast visitors. We’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this large recreation area so that you can maximize the fun on your visit.

  6. Romantic Escapes on the South Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Dinner and a movie is nice for Valentine’s Day, but we have a hunch that what your sweetie really wants is a romantic adventure, no planning required. From its wild, secluded beaches to majestic old-growth forests, Oregon’s South Coast is made for dreamy winter road trips. So before you buy that gift card, pack up instead for one of these ready-made escapes.   Brookings At…

  7. Yurt Glamping on the Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Camping on the Coast can’t be beat. But in the wetter, chillier months, tent camping turns into an adventure sport. Enter the humble yurt — an ideal retreat after a day of storm watching, whale watching, beachcombing for agates and exploring the trails. The domed, wood-framed fabric tent can fit up to six people, and offers a unique glamping experience, with views of the trees…

  8. A Life and New Hotel on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / January 9, 2018

    Back in 1990, Mary Jones and Jeff Schons came from Portland to spend the winter in a tiny fishing cabin they’d bought by the river in Pacific City. They’d been lured in by the exciting sport of dory boat fishing — the town’s most revered tradition. Maybe it was the 24/7 access to the ocean, bays and rivers; maybe it was the small-town life. They…

  9. 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,…