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50th Birthday Celebration!

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50th Birthday Celebration!

I would appreciate suggestions for our trip down the Oregon Coast the first week of September.

It is my 50th b'day and MDH booked the Hallmark (queen oceanfront). After seeing a few posts, the Ocean Lodge is looking more appealing. I am looking for the incredible view, but want a great room with fireplace and deck.

We are making our way down to the Dunes in Florence and we are taking our time spending 7 nights for the entire trip. We would like to spend a few nights in Depoe Bay and Yachats. Is this sounding good to you folks who have done this trip?

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1. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

You have seven nights total? So you are thinking how many nights in each spot?

Check the Overleaf Lodge in Yachats, it's highly recommended here.

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I have met several people recently from Oregon at the winery I work for here in the okanagan and they say that Yachats is not to be missed, as well as Newport. (I did not get a chance to talk for more than a few moments!) They are in such close proximity would it be best to stay in Yachats for 2 nights and Lincoln City or Depoe Bay for another 2? Our first night, and for my birthday, is in Cannon Beach. What would you suggest for our next night? We just want to see the ocean, beachcomb, tidepools, shop a bit and eat seafood until it comes out of our ears!

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3. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

You could easily pass 2-3 days at Cannon Beach, There are some great little beaches south of it, and including Indian Beach/ Ecola St. Park that will have what you are looking for.

Alternatively.. for stuff on the NW tip, if you are interested in fishing at all.. learning about it etc Astoria is the place to come, they have great seafood here as it comes right off the ships/boats here.

You could also do Salmon Fishing, or just a trip out into the Columbia here.

It is rich is history also, not just fishing but Lewis & Clark and WWII.

It is only about 40 minutes from Cannon Beach, so you could do a day trip up this way also. Same with Seaside area.

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4. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

The salmon fishing isn't that great right now, my husband, nephew and daughter's boyfriend went out on Mon. and came back with only one fish, maybe it will be better next month. Ocean Lodge is in a great location in Cannon Beach, right next to the Stephanie Inn. We have been loving our time at Indian Beach surfing, Ecola State Park is gorgeous if it isn't too foggy to see the views. The shopping is fun in downtown Cannon Beach, also.

Seaside where I am is a nice place to spend some time, walk the prom, grab some chowder at Norma's, shop at the outlets and wine taste at Yummy Wine Bar. Nearby Gearhart is also a fun place to spend time with a gorgeous golf course and a couple of great restaurants. We enjoyed nice meals the past few days at The Sandtrap and Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe.

Depoe Bay is a scenic little town on the central coast, you could make a stop in Tillamook to tour the Cheese Factory, the 3 Capes Loop is also a scenic drive. Cape Lookout State Park is also a great stop, nice beaches and lots of picnic tables here.

Have a great trip and let me know if you have further questions about the northern coast! :)

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5. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

We checked into Salmon fishing here on the British Columbia coast, but September isn't the best time. Next year we will plan that one in peak season.

Thanks!

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6. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

As I understand it, there is no salmon fishing season this year...anywhere along the northern California, Oregon or part of Washington coastline. If Syrahgirl's husband went salmon fishing off the coast, and caught one, that was probably one illegal catch too many.

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7. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

I do believe that applies only to *commercial* salmon fishing, oregonpoppa. As far as I know, there is still recreational sport fishing for salmon, although limits may be lower.

Okgirlatheart - I did wonder what an "Oklahoma" girl was doing in BC, but then I figured it out, lol!

Both Cannon Beach and Seaside are very busy and congested, but IMO Cannon Beach is much prettier and nicer than Seaside. Far smaller with less general commercialism.

Florence is tucked inland a bit behind the dunes, so you may want to consider Yachats and just drive down to the dunes, as it's only about 30 minutes or so. Very scenic drive along the headlands with several stopping points.

Newport is much much bigger than Yachats, but also with far more attractions and restaurants. But it too is only about 35 minutes north of Yachats, along a very straight fast road.

Here's some general info:

www.discovernewport.com

http://www.el.com/to/yachats/

www.spectacularoregon.com

www.101milebymile.com

http://www.el.com/to/cannonbeach/

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8. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

oregonpoppa--I wondered about that as well.

Syrah--There are two golf courses in Gearhart.

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9. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

Here are this year's rules for ocean salmon fishing in Oregon.

2008 Ocean Sport Salmon Seasons

Statewide Restrictions: No more than 2 single point barbless hooks are allowed to be used for salmon or if a salmon has been retained on the boat. No more than one lure or bait allowed when

fishing for salmon. It is unlawful to fish for or take and retain any legal

species while possessing on board any species not allowed to be

taken in that area at that time.

Leadbetter Point, WA to Cape Falcon, OR

Season #1: Chinook only. Open June 1 through

earlier of June 28 or 5,300 chinookBag Limit: One chinook.

Length limit: Chinook – 24” Notes: Open 7 days/week. Closed within the Columbia River Control Zone.

Season #2: Open June 29 through earlier of Sept. 30 or 10,180 coho quota or remainder of the

Season #1 guideline of 5,300 chinook.Bag Limit: Two salmon, but no more than one chinook, and all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.

Length limits: Chinook – 24”, coho – 16”, and

steelhead – 20”

Notes: Open Sunday through Thursday only. Closed within the Columbia River Control Zone.

Cape Falcon to OR/CA Border

Season: All salmon except chinook. Open June 22 through earlier of Aug. 31 or 9,000 coho quotaBag Limit: Two salmon, all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip, and

CHINOOK RETENTION PROHIBITED

Length limits: Coho – 16” and steelhead – 20”

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10. Re: 50th Birthday Celebration!

All that said. Even going out into the Columbia or across the bar is an experience that many, even locals have never done. That is why I added that.. It is not necessarily the actual CATCH, it is the being out on the ocean, or in the river.