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Visitors information on the Oregon Coast from Florence to Tillamook.

Visitors information on the Oregon Coast from Florence to Tillamook.


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Venture onto Heceta Head 7

Ride the dunes at Sandland 7

New adventures await Old Town Florence 9


The Crossroads for Brewing Coastal Culture 11

Trek to Devil’s Churn 13

Select the Prefect Accommodations 13


Find Fun and Excitement with Waldport’s Favorite Captain 15

Drift into the Salty Dawg 17

Reconnect with Nature at Alsi Resort 17


Stray Away from the Beach for a Bit 19

Get the Ball Rolling at Muggly’s! 21

Holy Toledo (Tavern and Spirits) 21


Join Charlie and Margie for Lunch or Dinner 25

Explore Newport’s Historic Bayfront 29

Brighten Your Visit with a Lighthouse Tour 29

Depoe Bay

Sometimes You Get the Bull, and Sometimes You Get the Horn 33

Catch Sight of a Whale or Two 35

Charter a Fishing Boat from Depoe Bay 35

Lincoln City

Perfecting the Art of Fishing 37

You’ll Fit Right in at Snug Harbor 39

Go for a Short Hike or Spend the Whole Day! Cascade Head 39

Pacific City

Rugged Adventure meets Sophisticated Comfort 41

Rise or Recharge with Stimulus Coffee + Bakery 43

Quench Your Thirst and Grab a Bite to Eat at Pelican Brewing 43


Standing at the Edge of the Earth 45


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Venture onto Heceta Head

eceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint is the perfect place to spend a few hours, the

whole day, or even the night. The highlight of the viewpoint is the 56-foot lighthouse that was

built in 1894, and still shines bright today. Just up the road from the lighthouse, the former

lighthouse keeper’s house now serves as a public bed and breakfast. In addition to the lighthouse and the

keeper’s house, the viewpoint also offers 549 acres of park, with trails running throughout the area and

connecting the structures to sandy beaches and tide pools teeming with life. Migrating gray whales, seals

and sea lions are often visible from the viewpoint and the beach. The rocky outcroppings below the park are

part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and are home to many kinds of nesting seabirds.


Ride the Dunes at Sandland Adventures

ake a thrilling ride through the Oregon Dunes with one of the professional sandrail drivers at

Sandland Adventures! You’ll speed across miles of dunes, racing up, down and around the edges

of the ever-shifting mountains of sand. A trip to the beach is also included in their one-hour tour,

and then you’ll zip back across the dunes. Sandland Adventures also offers a more relaxed trip through the

sand aboard one of their Giant Dune Buggies. In addition to the sandrail and Giant Dune Buggy rides, Sandland

Adventures has bumper boats, a miniature golf course, a Grand-Prix style go-kart track, and a train ride

along a half-mile of contained rail line.

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Independence Day Celebration

July 4, 2018

10th Annual Wings and Wheels

July 7, 2018

Annual Rods ‘N Rhodies Invitational Car

Show & Communitywide Garage Sale

Sept. 7-9, 2018

Wine & Chowder Trail and

Great Glass Float Giveaway

October 5-7, 2018

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, 2018

Florence Holiday Festival

November 23-25, 2018

Winter Music Festival

January 25-27, 2019

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April 26-28, 2019

112th Annual Rhododendron Festival

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New Adventures Await in Old Town Florence

Located right in the center of the Oregon Coast, the town of Florence is tucked around the mouth of

the Siuslaw River, and is perfectly situated between popular coastal visitor attractions like Heceta

Head Lighthouse, the Oregon Dunes and The Sea Lion Caves. Florence is also close to miles of open

beach, thick forests and little lakes, and is home to a vibrant and lively historic district known as Old Town.

Easily walkable, Florence’s first district dates back to the late 1800s, and was settled by farmers, fishermen

and loggers. Today, Old Town Florence contains a variety of quaint cafés, galleries, shops, an interpretive

center and a fascinating museum.

Old Town Florence is bordered by the Port of Siuslaw on the eastern side, and the historic Siuslaw Bay Bridge

and Highway 101 to the west. Bay Street parallels the bay, and is a great place to start your adventure. If you

arrive in the morning, pop into River Roasters (1240 Bay St.) for a cup of freshly roasted coffee, grab a bite to

eat with it, and sit on the deck overlooking the river. Next, visit the Siuslaw Bridge Interpretive Center (1252

Bay St.) right next to the coffee shop, and learn about the impressive Art Deco drawbridge that connected

both sides of the river for the first time when it was built in 1936.

Walk east a few blocks from the interpretive center to Backstreet Gallery (1421 Bay St.), a comprehensive

co-op featuring the works of over 20 local artists. Old Town Florence has nearly half a dozen other great

galleries that you should visit too, but Backstreet Gallery has an stunning display of artwork that includes

watercolor, fiber art, photography, mixed media, pottery, fabric art, jewelry, fused glass, wood carving,

paper art, supplies and much more all under one roof. Stroll over to the boardwalk at the Port of Siuslaw and

walk along the docks to see beautiful views of the bay, the fishing boats returning with the day’s catch, and

sea lions that come into the bay to eat and lounge.

Stop in for lunch at Bridgewater Fish House and Zebra Bar (1297 Bay St.) for fresh, local selections of seafood

and other incredible New American menu offerings. Bridgewater specializes in signatures cocktails and has

has an extensive beer and wine list, and you’ll love the bright zebra-themed decor. After lunch, visit the

Siuslaw Pioneer Museum (278 Maple St.) to take a trip back in time though the town’s history. Spend an hour

or two experiencing real settings that the early pioneers, loggers, farmers and fishermen lived and worked in,

artifacts that the early settlers left behind, and many other interesting photographs, displays and objects.

The museum also offers a self-guided walking tour that starts at the museum and takes you to 21 different

buildings and locations that are significant to the history of the town. If you choose not to take the selfguided

tour, poke your head into the many other small shops that call Old Town home, but don’t forget to

head over to Books ‘N’ Bears (1255 Bay St.) to browse their large selection of new and used books. Just a

few doors down from the bookstore, you’ll find 1285 Restobar (1285 Bay St.), an ideal spot to relax over

an amazing Italian dinner. This little trattoria has a cozy patio, specializes in sensational dishes from the

Campania region of Italy, and provides an impressive list of Italian and Northwest wines to complement your


This itinerary should help you find new and interesting places in Old Town Florence, but you’re sure to find

even more on your own.



The Crossroads for Brewing Coastal Culture

here’s no question that Yachats Brewing crafts some of the tastiest beer on the market today,

but their vision delves much deeper into a sense of purpose than that. The philosophy behind the

brewery focuses on creating a junction for local farmers, fishers, makers, artists, and crafters to

share ideas and collaborate on projects for the greater good of the community, while also growing markets

to showcase and distribute their products. The evolution of Yachats Brewing adds physical space to the

equation by constructing and expanding a place for people to gather together, relax, exchange ideas and

enjoy great beer.

Founders Nathan and Cicely Bernard developed a plan to open a place that would bring all of these elements

together under one roof. With backgrounds in building and farming, the Bernards wanted a physical location

where they could use their skills and sell their products, as well as network with other like-minded people.

Nathan explains, “From the beginning, the idea was to create and curate an intersection point where good

things could come together. We have all of these very creative people in our community, but they are often

unknown to one another and we wanted to change that.”

Established in 2013, the brewery was originally opened as Yachats Brewing + Farmstore, and provided area

residents with locally grown and produced food, craft beer, sustainable living supplies, organic soils, and

other farm and garden products. The farm store and indoor farmer’s market became a popular place for

residents and visitors to shop and come together in search of fresh farm-to-table produce, techniques, and

materials. At first, the store primarily provided fresh produce, meat, and supplies, but soon began offering

meals made of local ingredients and a growing selection of regional craft beer. The store’s physical shape had

to be expanded as well.

The remodel of the 50-year-old building reflects the eco-conscious ideas behind the business; massive,

100-year-old old-growth Douglas fir beams where repurposed throughout the structure, the cabinetry

was built from local alder and milled on the Bernards’ small farm, and much of the furniture was built using

reclaimed wine barrels. The brewery itself was under construction during the first few years that the farm

store was in business, and didn’t begin producing beer until a few years later. With the completion of the

brewery, the Bernards realized that they needed to restructure the business into a taproom and restaurant

to showcase their food and beer.

Since May 2017, Yachats Brewing has created a wide variety of beers that are of such high quality that they

have been recognized and sought after along the coast and throughout Oregon. Head Brewer Aaron Gillman is

constantly developing amazing Pilsners, Ales, Saisons, Sours and other kinds of craft beer. The brewery offers

15 taps of their brew in the tap room and distributes bottles, cans, and kegs to stores, bars and restaurants

throughout Oregon and beyond. In addition, Yachats Brewery has produced collaboration brews with over a

dozen breweries located around the state.

Yachats Brewing is also well known for their delicious locally sourced salads, shared plates and entrees.

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Keeping with the underlying premise of the brewery, Chef Rachel Heeden carefully selects local pasture-raised meats, organic vegetables,

fresh wild fish, and seasonal ingredients to create a diverse and high-quality menu. Another component of their local, sustainable, farm-totable

mission is the close relationships they have developed with area farmers. Nathan describes the symbiotic relationship as, “identifying

the gaps in what is not being grown here locally and encouraging farmers to add that to what they produce. We guarantee that when they

grow it, we’ll buy it, and they can add extra farm space and even employees to their operation.”

The brewery is committed to environmental stewardship and incorporates renewable energy, process efficiency, system resilience, and

restorative action into their operation. They compost 100% of their food waste and provide local farms with spent brewing grain for livestock

feed. Their 7 Barrel brewing system and delivery vehicles run on biodiesel, and a wind turbine generator further reduces power grid electrical

consumption. Passive Solar and Thermal Mass design eliminate the need for furnace and AC, and the heat recovered from their chiller provides

hot water for the building.

Yachats Brewery has become what the Bernard’s had first visualized; a place for the community to gather and network and relax with great

beer and food. Regular events happen often at the brewery, where a variety of musicians perform, artists exhibit and writers and other

creatives give workshops and readings. People travel from near and far to be part of the fellowship that the brewery offers; it’s not hard to

find, the brewery is located in the heart of Yachats.

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Trek to Devil’s Churn

ake a short hike down the south side of Cape Perpetua to the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and watch powerful waves crash into Devil’s

Churn, swirl around, and flow back out to sea. Devil’s Churn is a wave-carved inlet that started as a narrow fracture or collapsed

lava tube in the surrounding volcanic bedrock. The opening of the inlet is now 80 feet wide, and has been continuously eroded for

thousands of years by the pounding force of ocean waves. You’ll be able to witness the relentless waves as they carve into the deep chasm,

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Select the Perfect Accommodations

hatever you have planned for your trip to the coast, it’s always nice to have lodging options to meet your individual needs.

Both the Fireside Motel and Overleaf Lodge & Spa are perfectly situated just above the beach and offer incredible views of the

Pacific Ocean. The properties have been owned by the Roslund family for three generations, and their focus has continually

been to make guests feel at home and comfortable. The Fireside Motel provides casual comfort, is dog friendly, includes continental breakfast,

and has one of the most unique and eclectic gift shops on the coast. The Overleaf Lodge & Spa offers guest rooms, suites and cottages, an

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Find Fun and Excitement with Waldport’s Favorite Captain

ameron Rauenhorst is really excited to share his love and knowledge of coastal ecosystems, native

sea life, and nautical artifacts with you! It’s hard not to notice his overflowing enthusiasm as soon

as you meet him, and before you know it, he’ll begin weaving a narrative of your excursion that’s so

descriptive you’ll wonder if his story is actually part of some illusive memory that’s difficult to recall. With

a quick transition from background information to expedition, Rauenhorst will expertly guide you into an

abundance of clams, crabs, treasures or whatever experience you are seeking.

Although his guided tour service, Captain Clameron’s Excursions, is a relatively new offering to the Waldport

area, Rauenhorst has been cultivating his craft for over a decade as park naturalist, thematic interpretive

guide, and park ranger with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Rauenhorst spent the last twelve

years as “the face of the park,” creating interactive programs and educating the public about many of the

amazing things that are readily available on the Oregon Coast, and then he decided it was time to expand

beyond the boundaries of the park. When I embarked on a clamming expedition with Captain Clameron’s

Excursions last winter, I learned far more about clamming and the area than I had anticipated, and had an

unforgettable experience.

Our excursion began in Waldport’s Alsea Bay Historical Interpretive Center, where Rauenhorst told us about

the history and natural cycles of the Alsea Bay and the surrounding coastline. He explained how natives had

gathered clams by using large shells to dig into low-tide mud flats where air bubbled to the surface indicating

clams below. Along with gloves, buckets, shovels and a homemade suction gun, Rauenhorst provided my

group with some of those large shells so that we could dig for clams as the natives had. After demonstrating

how to use the tools, Rauenhorst built a fire under the Alsea Bridge as we scrambled about filling our buckets

with harvested clams.

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Once we had gathered our limit, we stood around the fire and examined our bounty. I asked Rauenhorst about the name Captain Clameron, and

with a laugh he told me the story of a little girl who was so happy with her freshly-dug clams that she called him “Ranger Clameron.” His boss

and Parks and Recreation colleagues thought the name was so awesome that Rauenhorst became known to everyone as Ranger Clameron.

“The name just stuck,” Rauenhorst remembered, “and when I turned the interpretive guiding over to the younger guys at the park last year,

Ranger Clameron died, but Captain Clameron was born, like the Phoenix rising from the ashes.”

As the name Captain Clameron suggests, harvesting clams is an important part of the excursions that Rauenhorst provides, but his offerings

are much more expansive than that. “I’m trying to make people happy by introducing them to the coast,” Rauenhorst explains, “people often

leave their brain at home when they are on vacation, and I want to help them find their brain for a little while, and show them how much

fun learning about the coast can be.” In addition to guided tours that focus on clam and mussel harvesting, crabbing, fishing, ghost shrimp

pumping, tide pool tours, crawfishing, fossil and mushroom hunting, historic bridge walking tours, professional disc golf clinics, tsunami debris

and beach booty discoveries, Rauenhorst has recently added Ikebana (Japanese floral arrangements) and detailed driftwood art craftshop

to his list of available excursions.

Choose from the extensive variety of Captain Clameron’s outings, or ask him to customize a tour just for you and he will happily design one.

Rauenhorst’s eagerness and passion is contagious, and you’ll be as excited as he is when you begin your adventure. Captain Clameron’s

Excursions are not only inexpensive and readily available, but are inclusive of all age groups and can be modified for those with limited mobility.

Rauenhorst will have you finding your brain as you learn about the fascinating coastal ecosystems and the abundance that the Alsea Bay and

the Oregon Coast provide. Visit Captain Clameron’s Expeditions at captainclameron.com or call (541) 654-1633 for more information or to

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Drift into the Salty Dawg

enture into the Port of Alsea, and you’ll find one of Waldport’s best kept secrets. The Salty Dawg Restaurant and Bar has been

serving locals and visitors alike for over 25 years, and is a favorite stop for crabbers coming in off the bay. The Salty Dawg offers a

diverse menu, which includes seafood, sandwiches and Mexican entrees – they boast the best burgers and clam chowder on the

coast. You’ll enjoy the 8 beer taps and full bar that compliments their great food and service, while gazing at the breathtaking view of Alsea

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Reconnect with Nature at Alsi Resort

The Alsi Resort is perfectly situated at the mouth of the Alsea Bay, and is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast.

The bayfront rooms afford stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Alsea Bay and the bay bridge, and will give you a sense of peace and

serenity. In fact, this is where the Alsi Natives settled for thousands of years, and their name “Alsi” literally means “Peace.” The Alsi

Resort was originally built by famed American singer Pat Boone in the 1970s as a retreat from the busy pace of modern society. The Resort

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Stray Away From the Beach for a Bit

f you travel just seven miles up the Yaquina River from Newport, you’ll discover the quaint little town of

Toledo tucked into the wooded foothills of the Coastal Range. Once a busy timber town, Toledo’s history

tells the collective story of early Oregon, and the downtown still retains much of that small town feel.

Because of the depth of the Yaquina River, Toledo is the only inland coastal community with a deep-water

channel and bustling seaport. Toledo’s weather is also sunnier, warmer and less windy than the Oregon Coast,

as it is far enough inland to escape much of the stormy climate that makes landfall from the Pacific Ocean.

The fastest route to Toledo from Newport is the drive east on Hwy 20, and only takes about 10 minutes, but

the most scenic journey is along the Yaquina River. Drive or bike from Newport’s Historic Bayfront on the

Yaquina Bay Road, and you’ll see the breathtaking scenery and the incredible wildlife that live in the estuary

and river. You’ll see brants, brown pelicans, whimbrels sandpipers and many other waterfowl that call the

river home, or that pass through during annual migrations. Make sure to stop at Oregon Oyster Farm (6878

Yaquina Bay Rd.), and sample a variety of fresh oysters just pulled from the bay, and try their house-blended

seasoning that adds a touch of flavor.

Toledo was founded in 1866 during the days of the Homesteading Act’s land grants, and (like many places in

the west) was named after another American city, Toledo, Ohio. By 1920, Toledo had established itself as a

prosperous mill town, with a railroad line that brought Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and Western cedar to the

mill. In the 1950’s timber production had begun to slow, and the mill was repurposed to produce paper, which

it still does today. The Port of Toledo was used to transfer timber and other goods throughout the 20th

century, and still offers a variety of shipping services, supports the fishing industry, maintains a boat yard

and is home to boat repair businesses.

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Toledo’s downtown has the distinction of the only coastal city in Oregon that is situated on a city street instead of a throughway or highway.

The easily walkable four blocks of Main Street is lined with restaurants, specialty stores, art galleries and gift shops, and affords a beautiful

view of fishing vessels docked at the waterfront down the hill. The downtown is also brightened by colorful murals and dozens of overflowing

flower baskets in the summer, and a public patio beckons passersby to rest for a moment and enjoy the view.

Before strolling down Main Street, enjoy a hearty home-cooked breakfast and a mug of coffee at Cup of Sass Café (297 N Main St.). Stop

at Timbers Restaurant and Lounge (181 S Main St.) for brunch or lunch if you are a late riser, and order a Bloody Mary to accompany their

signature biscuits and gravy, or to compliment your sandwich or burger. Take the kids to Cobblestone Pizza Co. (300 S Main St.) for the best

pizza on the coast, with fresh dough and sauce made daily, and loaded with toppings and cheese. Finish the day with dinner and drinks at Holy

Toledo (155 N Main St.), where nightly menu specialties are paired with your choice of cocktails or craft beers on tap.

Toledo is home to many artists who take inspiration from the small forested town on the river, and much of their work is on display downtown.

Local painters, printmakers, woodworkers, fiber artists and others contribute to the town’s thriving art scene. You can view much of their

work in the downtown galleries and studios, or plan to attend Toledo’s annual art walk (held every Labor Day Weekend) to access all of the

local art at once. The Yaquina River Museum of Art (140 NE Alder St.) exhibits the work of Oregon’s favorite oil painter, Michael Gibbons, as well

as a variety of paintings and sculpture by other local artists, and nationally-known landscape artist Ivan Kelly invites visitors into his studiogallery

(207 E Graham St.). You can also discover your own artistic abilities at Toledo Clayworks (305 N. Main St.), an open pottery studio and

workshop space where you’ll learn how to work with clay and other mediums.

Toledo’s Historic Downtown has many great things to do and see. Come inland from the beach for a bit, and visit the great restaurants, art

galleries, antique stores and small shops that this small Oregon town has to offer.

Get the Ball Rolling at Muggly’s!

f you spend any amount of time in Toledo, you’ll find out that Muggly’s is much more than a bowling alley; it’s a local hub. Muggly’s familyfriendly

atmosphere is not only a great place to bowl, but also has a diverse menu featuring a variety of appetizers and snacks, burgers,

pizza, hot dogs, submarine sandwiches, tacos, and salads. They also offer a wide range of domestic, imported, and craft beer, wine and

spirits. In addition to affordable bowling rates, Muggly’s features cosmic bowling, a Monte Carlo night, and is happy to customize parties and

events for any special occasion. Stop in with your friends and family for an exciting night of bowling, food and fun!


Holy Toledo (Tavern and Spirits)! It’s a Bar! It’s a Restaurant!

hen locals exclaim “Holy Toledo!” they are most likely referencing Toledo, Oregon’s favorite bar and grill, although sometimes

callers are looking for a bar with the same name in Toledo, Ohio! A popular hangout of both residents and visitors, Holy

Toledo has been serving customers since 1995, but the tavern has only recently added spirits and food. Renovations to the

establishment were recently completed, doubling the space of the tavern and adding a dining room and kitchen. The restaurant offers daily

specials throughout the week, and the tavern features weekly 9-ball tournaments and offers 18 taps dedicated to craft beer. Holy Toledo is

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hen you first enter Ove Northwest, you’ll know you’re in the right place for the perfect meal.

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I’ve eaten lunch at Ove Northwest twice, and have struggled with that question both times. I’ve decided that the

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daunting task. It is constantly changing to represent the availability of the very freshest local ingredients. I have also

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and discuss them at length throughout the meal.

Owners Charlie and Margie Branford helped me come to that conclusion, that sharing a variety of dishes was the

best way to enjoy their food. In fact, sharing and community are very much the driving philosophy behind Ove

Northwest. Ove (pronounced ov-ee) is a traditional Norwegian family name passed down from Charlie’s father’s side

of the family, and although it literally translates into “the edge of a blade,” for Charlie and Margie it means “family.”

The Northwest part of their restaurant’s name refers to the region in which they choose to live and raise a family,

and also describes the uniquely New American cuisine that guests can expect to experience.

The Branfords manage the restaurant as a team. Margie designed the décor and atmosphere of the dining room

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components of the kitchen. Although the restaurant has only been open since

December 15, 2017, the two work very well together and give the impression

that they’ve been in business for years. Ove Northwest started as their

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When I recently spoke with Charlie about his life and the restaurant, his

enthusiasm, excitement and love of good food was always at the forefront of

our conversation. Charlie grew up in Newport, and after a stint in the Marine

Corps, he returned home with his new wife (Margie was an intern in Los

Angeles where Charlie was stationed when the two met and fell in love). Charlie

had developed a love of cooking as a child, and realized that he wanted to make

it his career after he moved back to Oregon, so he enrolled in and completed

a culinary arts degree at Western Culinary Institute. He then introduced his

new skills to Newport at Rogue Public House, where he worked for several


Charlie was asked to help Newport favorite, Local Oceans restaurant open in

2005, and although he planned to leave after the first year, he stayed on for

almost ten. The Branfords moved to Australia in 2014 to help Margie’s mother

recover from a medical procedure, and Charlie joined the staff at George’s

on Weymouth, one of Australia’s finest restaurants. Charlie’s new position

as sous chef there allowed him to work with a chef who had worked with

Michelin-starred chefs in London, and he was able to learn a variety of Michelin

chef tricks and secrets.

These strong culinary experiences have allowed Charlie to put together a

menu that he describes as “vegetable forward, seafood focused in season and

as local and sustainable as possible; dishes that pull together international

tastes that weave elements of one culture into the whole menu.” Whether

it’s the Middle Eastern dukka (or duqua) seasoning that compliments his duck,

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infused in many of his meat and vegetable dishes, or the robust tellicherry

peppercorns he grinds for the house pepper, various international elements

are prominent throughout the menu.

In addition to offering international influences and ingredients, local and

sustainable food is also at the heart of Ove Northwest’s core values. Through

his relationship with Local Oceans, Charlie purchases wild seafood directly

from local fishing vessels, preferring fishing techniques that use best practices

in the industry as opposed to farmed fish. He explains that “wild is the way to

go. Instead of giving up on the species and eating unnatural fish, it’s better to

manage the fisheries as naturally as possible. When I look out the window at

the fishing boats working, I think of them as my grocery store. ”

Charlie strives to purchase only 100% grass-fed Oregon beef, or “the kind

of beef that we should all be eating.” And he also acquires as many kinds of

vegetables and micro-greens from local famers as possible. In addition to

his local and sustainable food choices, Charlie attempts to waste as little as

possible of the animals that he is using, like rendering the fat from beef or

using the offcuts in other dishes. Recycling and composting are also important

steps in running his restaurant, as they are both good for the environment

and are economically smart choices.

While we were talking, I asked Charlie how he would describe his restaurant,

and he explained that “it should be for everybody, a comfortable destination

for everyone, whether it’s a couple on a date, people wanting to enjoy a meal

with family, or parents just coming off the beach with the kids.” It is the kind of

place where people can get together over a meal, enjoy each other’s company

and have fun. No matter how you arrive at Ove Northwest, you’re sure to feel

welcome in this causal and comfortable eatery, where your only challenge will

be selecting one thing over another on the menu.

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Dungeness crab. Shop and dine in an atmosphere largely forgotten by time, visit the resident sea lions on the docks, and enjoy all of

the family-friendly attractions offered at Mariner Square. You may also want to buy fresh seafood right of the docks, or charter a fishing boat

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ewport is home to two historic lighthouses; one is perched on top of Yaquina Head and the other is at the edge of the Yaquina Bay.

At 93 feet, the historic Yaquina Head Lighthouse is Oregon’s tallest and is surrounded by the amazing wildlife preserve, Yaquina

Head Outstanding Natural Area. The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is in the Yaquina Bay Recreation Site next to the northern entrance

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Sometimes You Get the Bull, and Sometimes You Get the Horn

f you’re in Depoe Bay, it’s far better to get the Horn than the bull! Often referred to by locals as the

center of town (because it’s the tallest building in the city and is located near the only stoplight), The

Horn Public House and Depoe Bay Brewing Company has something for everyone. Although the business

has only been open for less than a year and a half, The Horn has a very comfortable and welcoming feel, and

seems as if it’s been around much longer. When you visit, you’ll find a comprehensive lunch and dinner menu,

a well-stocked bar in both the upstairs dining room and on the ground floor, a full-service game room, and a

gift shop stocked with mostly-Oregon offerings.

The building where The Horn is now located had

been the home of a Depoe Bay institution named

The Spouting Horn, which had been operated as

a restaurant since 1927. Three unique photos of

the building from the 1930s and 40s adorn the

walls of the upstairs dining room, and provide a

window into the restaurant’s past. The Spouting

Horn was named for the “blowhole” on the

Pacific Ocean seawall, in the middle of town, that

shoots seawater 40 feet into the air when rough

high tides pass through a fissure in the rocks.

Not only does the building provide an excellent

view of that spouting horn blowhole, and the

Pacific Ocean to the west, but it is situated just

above the bay, which has the distinction of being

“The World’s Smallest Navigable Harbor.” You’ll be able to see the fishing boats come into the harbor, and if

you watch closely, you might see a whale spout or breach out in the ocean.

When owners Jerome and Clary Grant bought the building in 2014, it was in extremely rough shape and needed

to be entirely rebuilt. Jerome explained that it took nearly a year to demolish, “and was then completely

transfigured (as opposed to renovated) from joist to frame.” In many places, a new foundation had to be

poured, and all of the support beams in the building had to be reset. The kitchen was also remodeled to

include all of the necessary equipment for a 10-barrel brewing system, and a bakery was added. When they

had rebuilt the structure, the Grants were able to redesign the space with high-quality, classic materials

that came primarily from the original building, around the state of Oregon and throughout the Pacific

Northwest. Jerome explains, “We redid this place to make Depoe Bay proud. We rebuilt with as much of the

original material as possible, and tried to source the rest locally whenever we were able.”

From the massive polished slab of big leaf maple that serves as the bar top on the ground floor and the

redwood slats that side it, to the sections of old wooden bowling alley lanes that were repurposed into the

top of the upstairs bar and all of the restaurant’s tabletops, it’s easy to see that the Grants put a lot of love

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into their restaurant. Handmade wooden chairs compliment the tables and bar, and are built high enough so guests can properly take in the view of

both ocean and bay. You’ll also notice the inlaid compass rose, consisting of five different kinds of marble that greets guests who enter the restaurant

through a large custom pivot door, complete with beautiful etched glass panes.

The lunch and dinner menu consists of burgers, sandwiches and an assortment of pizza choices, and includes favorites like cod fish and chips and grilled

oysters. In addition to the Depoe Bay Brewing Company beer offerings of Depoe Bay IPA, Sea Witch Porter, Moby Red, Golden Ale, Harry Allen’s Russian

Imperial Stout, and Walvus Bruin, there are also a large variety of local and regional beers and ales. Depoe Bay Brewing Company supplies kegs to more

than 50 offsite taps throughout Lincoln County, and the brewing company is producing barrel-aged beer with barrels that held Crater Lake Rye, and

are now filled with Imperial Red Rye IPA.

The Horn also has a gift shop that shares space with the first floor bar and restaurant, and specializes in products that are mostly sourced from Oregon

and the Pacific Northwest. In addition to the gift shop, restaurants and bars, The Horn has a game room tucked away on the third floor, complete with

pool, foosball, shuffleboard and darts. The beautiful pool table is a classic 1946 Brunswick anniversary edition, and the Tornado T3000 foosball table is

ranked as one of the world’s best. All of the games are free to adults over 21, and you just have give your driver’s’ license to the bartender on the second

floor in exchange for the balls, pucks and darts.

When you visit The Horn, you’re sure to enjoy all of the great things they have to offer, like the local gifts, great food, craft beer, and games surrounded

by the best view in town. Take the time to explore the whole building, and make sure to look out into the bay and out at the ocean from the many great

viewpoints. We think that you’ll agree with Jerome when he says, “The Horn provides an extraordinary experience because we believe in excellence.

We hire the best people and create an excellent product, so that people want to tell their friends about us; they want to come back again and again.”

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Catch Sight of a Whale or Two

id you know that Depoe Bay is the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast”? Visitors come from all over the world to catch

a glimpse of whales blowing, breaching, diving down and rolling up and out of the waves of the Pacific Ocean. Winter and spring are

the best time to see the massive mammals on the Oregon Coast, as 20,000 grey whales annually migrate from Alaska to Mexico

in December and January, and then travel back to Alaska in late March. Uniquely in Depoe Bay, great whale watching happens beyond winter

and spring, because a pod of grey whales live just off the rocky shore of the town from March through December. One of the best places to

see whales from shore and learn all about their migration pattern and behavior is from the Oregon State Parks’ Whale Watching Center (at

119 NW Hwy. 101), or charter a whale watching tour out into the Pacific Ocean with one of these local providers:



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Charter a Fishing Boat from Depoe Bay

epoe Bay is home to a couple of excellent sport fishing charter companies. Both Tradewinds Charters and Dockside Charters have

safe and comfortable fishing fleets with experienced captains and crew ready to embark on daily deep sea angling excursions. Tuna,

salmon, halibut, lingcod, crab, and a variety of rockfish are available (when in season), and these local charter captains will skillfully

guide you to where these fish can be found. Sometimes the big one’s do get away though, and catching fish is never guaranteed; that’s part

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Perfecting the Art of Fishing

hen you meet Ben Soeby, one of the first things you’ll notice is that he’s always busy doing

something constructive. Whether he’s drawing or painting on scraps of wood, carving a fresh

sculpture, or casting salmon bait into the river, Soeby’s complex methods are scattered

yet meticulous, and fascinating to watch. His artwork is uniquely Oregon, and clearly influenced by fishing

the coastal rivers and creeks around Lincoln City. Soeby will tell you that these interwoven passions flow

together naturally for him; that they are the direct result of hard work, good fun and “following his dream.”

Having grown up in Lincoln City in the 70s and 80s, and returning to the coast after earning a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts

from Oregon State University, Soeby is not just an integral part of the town; he’s a local fixture. If you’ve spent any

amount of time here, you’ve probably seen, and maybe even chatted with him. You might have spotted him at Pacific

Grind Café drawing the greeting cards he sells, at one of the area restaurants gathering organic vegetable morsels

for the pigs he raises, or at the edge of the water fishing, clamming or crabbing.

Soeby’s expression of life through art goes all the way back to his childhood and teen years; his father is a

coastal potter and his mother sold and promoted local art in her gift shop and beyond. In high school, Soeby’s

art compositions were focused on his love of skateboarding as he began developing the unique style still

evident in his work today. After mastering a variety of mediums and further honing his artistic technique

in college, Soeby discovered fishing as a way to cope with a painful breakup and to be “lost in the moment.”

Beginning in the mid-90s, Soeby went to work seasonally for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife,

where he spent twelve years studying all of the stages of life for salmon and steelhead in coastal rivers

along the Pacific Ocean. In addition to advocating a better environment for Oregon’s fisheries, Soeby began

to integrate the lives of fish into his artwork, and

they became a major inspiration for his artistic

vision into the future. As he continued to polish his

signature craft, Soeby added seabirds, shellfish

and the rugged landscapes around Lincoln City to

his drawings, paintings and sculpture.

More recently, Soeby has incorporated the rugged

history of the area into his work, with an emphasis

on logging and the kind of Oregon lore that Ken

Keasy’s influential novel Sometimes a Great Notion

celebrates. Soeby’s philosophy depicts the beauty

and struggle inherent in nature through the pieces

he creates. When asked about the connection that

his art makes to the greater world around us and the unrelenting pace at which he produces new work, he

explains, “art celebrates life; it’s another chance to live, and because time is too short to waste, you never

know how many more tides you may have left.”

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Although Soeby’s artwork has been extremely popular on the coast for over a decade, it’s been steadily gathering recognition and acclaim

more recently throughout Oregon and beyond. You can view his work currently on display in Lincoln City at Black Squid Beer House, Zuhg

Life Surf Shop, Red Cock Gifts, Scout Northwest Trading Company, and the gift shop at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, and catch regularly

reoccurring exhibits at Blackfish Café, and in the main gallery of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Soeby also shows his work further south on

the coast at Cafe C’est La Vie in Lincoln Beach, Restaurant Beck in Little Whale Cove, and at Sorella in Newport, and he has a booth twice a

year at Crafty Wonderland in Portland.

You might also run into Soeby fishing the banks of Salmon and Siletz Rivers, or crabbing or clamming around the Siletz Bay. His advice for

successful fishing is to, “get up early, get out in the cold, get your bait into the water – fishing will always lead you to something else even if

you don’t catch any fish – maybe you’ll meet a new friend or find a glass float or some other special treasure.” Inspiration can always be found

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You’ll Fit Right In at Snug Harbor

Said to be the oldest continually operated bar on the Oregon Coast, the Snug Harbor has been serving the Taft area since the early

1930s. You’ll love the rough-hewn cedar and fir furniture, and the siding that was milled on site from local old growth timber! It’s the

perfect meeting place for both locals and visitors alike, featuring a full bar with a variety of great beers on tap, and offering a large

breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Live music or karaoke is performed every night of the week, and The Snug also has a cool back patio and

even an outdoor rooftop seating area.

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Go for a Short Hike or Spend the Whole Day Exploring Cascade Head

Located just to the north of Lincoln City, Cascade Head offers an amazing hiking experience through the Siuslaw National

Forest. Maintained by both the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, three main trails access old-growth

Sitka spruce rain forests and beautiful wildflower-filled meadows. These hikes offer breathtaking viewpoints of Lincoln City

beaches, the Salmon River estuary, steep cliffs, jagged islands, and numerous coves. The lower trailhead is closest to Lincoln City, and is open

year round, while the two upper trails are closed from January to mid-July. Cascade Head hikes vary in length, and range from easy to difficult.




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Rugged Adventure meets Sophisticated Comfort

he Oregon Coast’s newest luxury resort challenges guests to test their own boundaries with a

variety of outdoor experiences, while simultaneously providing a soothing environment with

opportunities for solitude and self-reflection. Pacific City’s Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa has

been carefully designed and constructed to combine the raw beauty of nature with the most modern,

relaxing and tranquil accommodations.

The impressive 33-room lodge recently opened in January 2018, and offers onsite dining and drinks at

Meridian Restaurant & Bar, relaxing treatments at Tidepools Spa & Wellness, 18 self-contained private

cottages, and a variety of other amenities. Additionally, the lodge has a team of experienced “Adventure

Coaches” to skillfully guide guests through a series of activities and excursions that can be selected or

individually created. The resort also caters to dogs by supplying beds, blankets and dishes, and even includes

a dog-wash station to clean off sand and dirt after a trip to the beach.

Offering breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Haystack Rock, Headlands takes inspiration from

the crashing ocean waves, shifting sand dunes and thick Northwest woods that define Oregon’s untamed

coastline. Founding Partners Mary Jones and Jeff Schons spent nearly 20 years visualizing and designing

their newest property to incorporate stunning views of Cape Kiwanda, with both beach and tide pool access

and within close proximity to the area’s iconic sand dune. Portland’s Scott Edwards Architecture and Bay

Area EDG Interior Design were tasked with turning Jones and Schons’ vision into reality, and their exceptional

work is obvious throughout.

The spacious, yet cozy lobby of the lodge features amazing views of the ocean, a massive wood-burning

fireplace, relaxed seating with woven lampshades, and even a “live wall” of mosses and ferns. Two meeting

areas are available for group activities, and a gift shop provides customized products that highlight a stay

at the lodge. Expansive oceanfront guest rooms integrate sweeping vistas of the ocean with luxurious

furnishings, complete with a pillow menu for selecting the perfect cushion for the night’s sleep. Each floor

has its own well-stocked pantry, and an outdoor hot tub is perfectly positioned facing the beach, while also

providing shelter from the wind.

Surrounded by ocean and waterways, and with access to miles of open beach and forest trails, Headlands

is perfectly situated to offer a vast selection of excursions. Adventure means different things to different

people, and the lodge’s Adventure Coaches are readily available to help visitors select from a wide range of

activities or design individualized expeditions. Guests are invited to charter a dory boat fishing trip, take a

surfing lesson, go horseback riding, hike through the forest, dig for clams, explore the Three Capes Scenic

Loop, learn how to cook a new dish, kayak a river, ride a bike, give sandboarding a try, or choose from a list of

other locally-based activities. The Coaches will also combine adventures, or help create something unique.

Meridian, the lodge’s onsite restaurant and bar, specializes in ocean-driven cuisine. Brunch and dinner are

served in a comfortable setting, with amazing views of the ocean. Entrees feature the fresh catch of the day

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and other extraordinary dishes sourced from Northwest farms. Meridian also offers craft cocktails, microbrews, and an extensive list of local

and regional wines that complement a meal or can be enjoyed on their own. Reservations are not required, but strongly encouraged.

Tidepools Spa & Wellness offers treatments that cater to visitors’ individual needs, and a staff of skilled therapists perform massages, facials

and teach a schedule of classes that include body sculpt and yoga. In addition, Tidepools has a complete fitness studio, with Precor cardio

equipment, Peloton bikes, cable tower, free weights, and yoga props. The spa and wellness center has both men’s and women’s steam rooms,

showers and locker rooms.

The Headlands Coastal Resort & Spa is an ideal destination for an individual retreat, couples’ getaway, family vacation, or group gathering.

Their unique accommodations combine adventure and comfort in an all-inclusive environment, and provide unlimited potential for fun and

relaxation. The resort is located at 33000 Cape Kiwanda Dr. in Pacific City, and additional information is available by calling (503) 483-3000

or visiting headlandslodge.com

Rise or Recharge with Stimulus Coffee + Bakery

Long before most people climb out of bed, the chefs at Stimulus are busy baking an assortment of delicious pastries and breads that will

be ready when they open the doors at 6 am. The baristas at Stimulus brew rich, Oregon-roasted coffee and espresso drinks that pair

perfectly with the freshly baked goods and other scrumptious breakfast selections, and are sure to wake you up and help get you on

your way. In addition to delicious breakfast items, Stimulus offers a great lunch menu and keeps the coffee flowing until 6 pm, so that you can

stop in during your day to fuel up and recharge.

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Quench Your Thirst and Grab a Bite to Eat at Pelican Brewing Company

Once you’ve worked up a thirst and an appetite hiking the dune and exploring the beach at Cape Kiwanda State Park, stop in

to the Pelican Brewing Company for a glass of refreshing craft beer and snack or meal. Pelican Brewing Company is the only

oceanfront brewery in Oregon, and you’ll be treated to amazing views of the beach and Haystack Rock from one of the prized

seats on the outdoor patio. Try a sample of Pelican’s world-class beers or have a pint of Kiwanda Cream Ale, Silverspot IPA, or Tsunami Stout

(Silverspot IPA won a silver medal, and Kiwanda Cream Ale took the gold at the prestigious 2014 World Beer Cup). Order a delicious appetizer

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Standing at the Edge of the Earth

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint rises more than 200 feet straight up from the Pacific Ocean,

forming the north end of the Three Capes Scenic Route and preserving the histories of people and

ancient forest alike. The viewpoint is bordered by the 140 acre Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge,

and the area is home to one of the nine lighthouses that dot the Oregon Coast, the state’s largest spruce

tree, the state’s most unique tree, and numerous seabird species and various other wildlife. Cape Meares

has over three miles of hiking trails that wind through old growth forest, along many scenic viewpoints at the

edge of the cliffs, and lead to informative kiosks and the lighthouse. The viewpoint, wildlife refuge, and even a

small village below were all named for John Meares, a British naval officer and trader who explored the area

near the end of the 18th century.

Nestled within the headlands just above the ocean, Oregon’s shortest lighthouse (only 38 feet tall) has stood as a

beacon since 1890, lighting the jagged cliff base of Cape Meares for much of its history. Built of brick and iron, the

tower of the Cape Meares Lighthouse didn’t need to be very tall because the steep vantage point on which it is

located could be seen for miles from sea. The oil-burning light of the lighthouse was lit every night from sunset to

sunrise until 1934, when it was replaced with an electric light that was powered by onsite generators. The original

Fresnel lens was shipped from France when the lighthouse was built, and hauled up the steep cliff walls with a crane

built from nearby timber. The lens emitted a flashing pattern called a “signature,” where over 160,000 candlepower

was produced and could be seen for more than 21 nautical miles at sea. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1963,

and stood vacant for many years before becoming a visitor destination.

Standing at a height of 114 feet, “Big Spruce” of Cape Meares is the largest living Sitka spruce tree in Oregon.

Big Spruce is 576 inches in circumference, has a crown spread of nearly 90 by 90 feet, and is estimated to be

between 750-800 years old. The trailhead to Big Spruce is located just inside the entrance of Cape Meares

State Scenic Viewpoint, and the tree is visible after a short walk along a gravel path from a small parking

area. “The Octopus Tree” is perhaps Oregon’s most unique tree, and is also located within the Viewpoint,

about 600 feet above the main parking lot. This massive Sitka spruce has a 50-foot base, with more than a

half dozen large tentacle-like branches growing out of it. According to Tillamook tribal descendants and local

historians, The Octopus Tree’s strange shape is not naturally occurring, but was instead shaped as a native

ceremonial site to hold cedar canoes and other sacred objects.

Additionally, Cape Meares is the only site in the United States where you can see three National Wildlife

Refuges: Three Arch Rocks, Oregon Islands, and Cape Meares. The trail that follows the southern edge of

the cape offer breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, including Three Arch Rocks and Oregon Islands

National Wildlife Refuge, while Cape Meares National Wildlife Refuge occupies much of the cape north of the

viewpoint. The cape’s cliffs provide an amazing view of nesting seabirds, including Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic

Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers, and the most populous colony of Common Murres in North America. A

pair of Peregrine Falcon have nested there for over 30 years, and bald eagles are regularly spotted in the

area. Harbor seals and California sea lions are visible from the viewpoint, and grey whales are often seen

during periods of winter and spring migration.

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