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Seeking Oregon Coast basics

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Seeking Oregon Coast basics

We are newbies to the OR coast and are thinking of renting a house on the ocean during Christmas week., but don't know which region is best. We are looking for (1) real crashing waves/rocks/cliffs, not flat unremarkable beach; (2) nearby hiking opportunities along the water or inland into a state park or similar; (3) nearby town with some restaurant options, but not a supercrowded area. Any suggestions? Are we asking too much?

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I'm don't know the home rental situation around there, but I think the Yachats area comes close to meeting your criteria. Another place that came to mind is Brookings, but that's a long ways from Portland, where I assume you'd fly into.

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Like misletoe, I'm not certain about the rental house situation in Yachats, but otherwise, based on your criteria, it should fit your desires quite well. The entire town is build on a basalt bench that juts out into the ocean. Large waves and blowholes are the norm. The Overleaf, Fireside and Adobe are three of the nicer resorts right on the ocean. If you decide on Yachats, you might consider flying into Mahlon Sweet (EUG) airport in Eugene. It may cost a few dollars more but will save 2+ hours driving time each way.

You could check www.vrbo.com for house rentals.


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Depoe Bay also may fit. we have spent a few winter days there watching the wavws crash on the rocks, but not sure of house rentals

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The Coos Bay/Charleston area might be a good fit for what you're looking for. You'll have to check on housing options--we usually take our camper over for the Christmas holidays, or rent a yurt in one of the local parks. You can't beat the crashing waves at Shore Acres state park during the winter season. It is probably one of the most photographed spots on the coast with huge waves--we've seen waves crash and burst on those headlands that send the sea spray AT LEAST 100' in the air. Wear rain gear--if the waves are really big the spray will soak you in minutes. The flower gardens at Shore Acres will be pretty dormant at Christmas, but the Christmas lights won't be! They have hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights, the caretaker's house is specially decorated and open for visitors (the only time of the year that it is), and it is quite a wonderful place to stroll through when the sun goes down. There is a great hiking trail that you can take for miles either south or north of Shore Acres, and some of it is right along the headland. Bastendorf Beach and the Coos County campground is just a mile or two away from Shore Acres (it's actually closer in to Charleston) and the jetty there can be quite dramatic, with some huge waves crashing in on those rocks. Boats in the Coos Bay harbor will also be specially decorated--it is a fun place to visit for the holidays. We either eat sushi at the local sushi bar in Coos Bay , or drive up to Florence for a nice Christmas dinner--several restaurants in Old Town have good meals. There is also a Thai restaurant on the north end of town that has great food--coconut milk soup is so pleasantly warming after a cool day of sightseeing or hiking (the Oregon Coast can be rainy and damp in the winter, but we still love it). If you were based in Coos Bay or North Bend, you could easily drive down to Bandon for the day--they have a wonderful old lighthouse that may have Christmas lights on it, and even though that is a flatter, mostly sand beach, it is a pretty cool place too. We like the Old Town in Bandon as well, because it has some great little restaurants and arts/crafts shops--I don't think any of these places will be very busy over the Christmas holidays.

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For the most incredible crashing waves, there is nowhere in the world that can touch ShoreAcres State Park, just west of Charleston on the southwest coast. At Christmas ithere also will be incredible light displays in the park's breathtaking formal gardens which are set amid towering firs. Hiking trails abound, and you also can rent canoes for the nation's first estuarine reserve, South Slough Sanctuary. Drive south from Charleston to Bandon over the Sevin Devils Road. In Bandon, pick from all sorts of options for lodging. Recommend the original part of the Inn at Face Rock, not too expensive and a commanding view of the ocean. Eat in Bandon - breakfast at the Old City Bakery (cranberry bagels are a speciality and be sure to take cookies to go, no one can beat them); lunch or dinner at La Fiesta (recommend the mole or chile verde) - lunch is an especially good value. Fish and chips at picnic tables on the waterfront. You'll find a great deal to discover for yourself on the Bandon beaches. Drive an hor or so to Port Orford and turn right to visit the place closest to Japan on the entire western U.S. coast: the historic Cape Blanco lighthouse with its operating Fresnel lense. Closes at 6 p.m. - do check ahead to be sure that it's open the day you plan to go. Have fun!

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If you take my advice and you love your vacation, you totally owe me a six pack. Neskowin: Check out Grey Fox Rentals for your rental house, eat at the Hawk Creek Cafe at least twice, hike up Cascade Head (there's a surprise at the end of that 6 mile trek), and eat at the inconsistent Bay House Restaurant in Lincoln City. If you're feeling adventurous, check the tide tables and climb Proposal Rock. The following link is not an advertisement, just a way to check tide tables:


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I would stay around the Yachats area. It will suit all your needs....even add some great beachcombing to the list. It's nearby to some good hiking at Cape Perpetua and for crashing waves it's hard to beat the brand new State Park at Devil's Churn. You can walk right out onto the rock in relative safety and the waves can crash a good 20-30ft above you. The actual 'churn' seems to always be active and is very impressive....just towards the ocean from the churn part is a little tiny beach which can also be a good vantage point for some great crashing waves.

I'll post a few pictures for you later

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Dear Newbies,

We're from DC but have a house on the Oregon coast! By far, we think the central Oregon is the most dramatic--anywhere from Lincoln City to Newport to Yachats. Christmas can be rainy, but we often have a respite over New Year's when it's perfect to walk on the beach. Lincoln City, Newport and Depoe Bay have lots of quite good restaurants such as Tidal Raves (Depoe Bay), Bay House (Gleneden Beach), or Sylvia Beach (Newport).

In this area, you'll get wonderful crashing waves on the beach. In terms of lodging, the Salishan Lodge which claims there's an ocean view but it's really minimal. The place is nice, but if you want ocean views, you'll probably have to go for less luxury and more scenery. The Salishan Lodge gives you more luxury, and access to the beach, but no real ocean view from the rooms.

Enjoy your stay!

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