SPRING BREAK ON THE PEOPLE’S COAST
Whale Watching and More! The People’s Coast Newsletter for March, 2009.
Spending time with your family and friends is what spring break on the Oregon coast is all about. Walking the beach, browsing quaint shops, eating great seafood, and watching a sunset from oceanfront lodging are just some of the things you can do on the 363 miles of The People’s Coast this spring break. To help plan your next visit, here is some coastal information that will make you a coastal trivia whiz!
The largest population center is Oregon’s Bay Area including Coos Bay and North Bend with a total population of 25,000. Brookings–Harbor follows with 14,000, then Astoria and Newport each about 10,000, and Lincoln City and Florence each just over 7000.
Garibaldi, Winchester Bay, and Charleston continue to be small fishing villages offering deep sea fishing trips for halibut and tuna. Other towns have their specialties too. Lincoln City has the most lodgings, Depoe Bay is known for its whale watching trips, Reedsport is the Heart of the Oregon Dunes, Gold Beach is home base for the Rogue River—famous for fishing and jet boat rides and Tillamook for its Tillamook Cheese and ice cream.
Favorite sights include Seaside’s 2-mile beachside Promenade; Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock; Pacific City’s dory boat fishermen launching directly into the surf; Lincoln City’s 65-store Tanger Outlets; Newport’s historic Nye Beach and Bayfront; Florence’s Old Town; Bandon’s scenic offshore rocks; Port Orford’s boat lifts lowering and raising boats in and out of the water and Yachats for the scenic views from the Cape Perpetua area.
Casinos also count as longtime favorite places to visit: Chinook Winds Casino and Convention Center in Lincoln City, The Mill Casino Hotel in the Coos Bay Area, and Three Rivers Casino in Florence.
Featured Events on The People’s Coast
Culinary Center in Lincoln City
Part 1 – Teens in the Kitchen is a special class for teens 13-16. In this hands-on class teens will be guided through making the classic macaroni and cheese, then Teena from the Driftwood Public Library will entertain them with reading selections. Do you have youngsters 8-12? Have them join Part 2 to learn how to make homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Each class is only $15.00 per person. Classes Limited to 16 participants.
For more information visit www.OregonCoast.org/culinary or call (541) 557-1125
2009 Spring Beach Cleanup – 40 locations along The People’s Coast
Want to have a more hands-on experience? Why not be part of the Spring Beach Cleanup that is scheduled for March 28, 2009. To learn more about how to be involved and the locations check out the SOLV website. Be sure to dress for the weather, some years we have sunny days, other dry and overcast but still other years have had wind, rain and yes even snow. But as hardy Oregonians we still show up to make sure our beaches get cleaned up twice a year. So why don’t you come and join us.
For more information visit SOLV or call (800) 333-SOLV
Whale Watching Week – 26 locations
March 21 through 28
The spring Whale Watching Week is scheduled for March 21 – March 28. While the whales will be traveling during other times this week is set aside to have trained volunteers at 26 sites along the entire Oregon coast to help you spot their spouts, see them breach or catch them spy-hopping.
If you are not able to get here during this whale watching week don’t worry there are around 200-400 gray whales that hang around the central coast from July through October. For more information about the fun of watching whales, how to find the best places to spot them and where the volunteers will be for this fun activity check out Click here to learn more or call (541) 765-3407.
Here are just a few of the places to check out for this next adventure. To check out even more go to www.oregoncoastalfishing.net.
Captain’s Charter – www.captainsreel.com – 800-865-7441
Marine Discovery Tours – www.marinediscovery.com – 800-903-2628
Newport Tradewinds – www.newporttradewinds.com – 800-676-7819
Newport Marina Store and Charters – www.nmscharters.com – 541-867-4470
Garibaldi Crab Race at the Old Mill Marina in Garibaldi
March 14 and 15
The Garibaldi Crab Race is simple. Get six crabs, place them on an angled track, and see which one gets to the bottom first. When the starter’s pistol fires, the crab coaches’ pound on the wood, yell at the top of their lungs and otherwise encourage their crab to move.
This is a fun, knee slapping event that is not to be missed. Bring your family for some good food and lots of good fun.
For more information visit www.oldmill.us or call (503)322-0322
Oregon Coast Chamber Orchestra in Florence
Enjoy selections from Strauss, Beethoven and Schubert by this regional community orchestra of musicians united by a love of music.
For more information visit www.eventcenter.org or call (541) 997-1994
Home & Garden Show in Florence
March 6 through 8
Quality vendor displays and demonstrations related to home improvement and gardening on the coast.
For more information visit www.eventcenter.org or call (541) 997-9136
Dune Mushers Annual Mail Run in Florence
March 14 and 15
Teams of dogs run on the sand up the coast from North Bend to Florence. Afterward, teams parade into Old Town. They’ll offer for sale the commemorative envelopes their dog teams have carried from North Bend to Florence. Free Admission.
For more information visit www.winchesterbay.org/dune_mushers.htm or call (541) 677-8393 or (800) 726-3386
Blessing of the Fleet in Newport
All types of boats from fishing vessels, charter vessels, pleasure crafts and research vessels who would like to have a blessing said by ministers of local churches said over their boats can participate. Or maybe you want to cheer on teams who don survival suits, enter the bay and swim out to a raft? This is a timed event so cheer loudly and help them get to their raft anchored about 50 feet away.
For more information visit www.newportfishermenswives.com or call (541) 574-5555
Indoor Kite Festival and Children’s Carnival in Lincoln City
March 27 through 29
This unique event will feature some of the best indoor kite fliers from not only the Northwest, but also the US, and Canada. The festival will also feature an AKA competition for indoor kite flying on Saturday, March 28. This year we will be adding events for disabled children. All events will be in a “Children’s Carnival” format and will be fun for the entire family. Revisit those old memories of the school carnivals you attended when you were a child be it the puppet show or the fishpond, there will be something to do for everyone!
For more information visit www.oregoncoast.org or call (800) 452-2151
South Slough Birding
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 8am – 10pm. Call 541-888-5558
Join a South Slough interpreter and venture into the Reserve in search of winged wildlife. $1 per birder. Held the first Saturday of each month.
For more information visit www.SouthSloughEstuary.org
Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival
March 12 through 15
The Mill Casino Hotel (headquarters) and various locations.
Friday Noon – Midnight, Saturday 9am – Midnight, Sunday 9am – 6pm. All event 3 day pass $65. (early bird $55 by Feb 1st). Eleven bands from surrounding states and Canada will play America’s original music: Dixieland, Big Band, Jump & Jive, Rock & Roll, Zydeco, Blues and Doo-wop.
For more information visit www.ClamBakeJazz.org
Run of Two Cities in Coos Bay
Sat. 9:00am Mingus Park (8th Terrace), Coos Bay.
5 Km, 10 Km, very hilly, challenging. Ribbons.
For more information call 541-269-5169
South Coast Striders
GOLD AND SILVER FALLS
3 mile moderate hike to upper falls and back with local history. 6 mile moderate hike to upper falls and homesteads above the falls. From Coos Bay- Follow signs to Allegany. Cross Bridge in Allegany then continue 7.4 miles on E. Ford Rd/ Hwy 241 then turn left on Glen Creek Road- 2.7 miles to trail head. Hikes leave at 10:00am sharp unless otherwise noted. Arrive 15 minutes early for sign in and hike information. Short hikes should average less than 1.5 mph pace and long hikes will average 2 mph pace. Our short hikes typically last 2-2.5 hours. Our long hikes can last from 3 to 5 hours.
For more information visit www.coostrails.com
Featured Things To Do on The People’s Coast
Marine Discovery Tours on Newport’s Bayfront
Family Fun 2 Hour Cruise Camp package
Families love cruising with Marine Discovery Tours on Newport’s Bayfront. Join a friendly team of naturalists with a boatload of storytelling and fun activities that guests are invited to experience. Your kids can help set and pull crab pots, pull “Sponge Bob” plankton samples and drive the boat with the Captain! Join the Official Cruise Company of the Oregon Coast Aquarium on a safe & calm route of ocean, bay and riverways. SPRING BREAK PLAY OFFER: Free Youth ticket ($17) with each purchased $35 Adult ticket. Please call for details & reservations at Marine Discovery Tours
For more information visit www.MarineDiscovery.com or call 1-800-903-BOAT (2628)
Salmon Run Golf Course in Brookings
Come enjoy this breath-taking course that enjoys warm, sunny days while there is snow in other places! Winter rates ensure a great deal, and when you bring a family member with you in March, the cart is free! (Just mention that you read this in The People’s Coast newsletter). March 1 through 31.
For more information visit www.salmonrun.net or call (877) 423-1234
Mail Boat Hydro-Jets in Gold Beach
Jetting around on the Rogue River – Spring break is fun. Jet boats are fun. One week of fun is not enough. Reserve your jet boat trip online with Mail Boat Hydro-Jets by May 1st and get our “All of Spring Should Be Spring Break Discount” of $10. Minimum of two adult fares per trip required. Limited to online reservations only. March 1 through May 1.
For more information visit www.mailboat.com or call (800) 458-3511
Spring Break means family fun at Chinook Winds Golf Resort
. If golf is your passion for only $65 you and a partner can play 18 holes of golf with a cart any available Monday through Friday. Call (541) 994-8442 for a tee time and more information.
Do you have kids ages 3 to 11 and want a safe and fun place for them to play for a few hours while you’re visiting the beach? Call the Chinook Winds Play Palace at (541) 996- 5790 to find out more.
Featured Places To Stay on The People’s Coast
The Surfsand Resort in Cannon Beach
Book 3 consecutive nights and we’ll provide seasoned wood, chocolate bars, marshmallows, graham crackers, and roasting sticks for s’mores and beach fire. As part of your stay, we will also include a $50 resort credit that can be used for massage treatments, special occasion packages or at The Wayfarer Restaurant & Lounge. Prices start at $179 per night plus tax. Excluding holiday and special events. “Memory in the Making Special” must be requested at the time the reservation is made. Based on availability. March 1 through 31.
For more information visit www.surfsand.com or call (800) 547-6100
Shilo Inn Suites Oceanfront Hotel in Newport
Escape to the Oregon Coast. Spring Break Escape package. Includes 2 night’s oceanfront lodging, beach ball, Frisbee, $60 dinner voucher good at our ocean view Shilo Restaurant and a $20 Shilo Café breakfast certificate. March 1 through 31.
For more information visit www.shiloinns.com or call (800) 222-2244
Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria
Take advantage of a Stimulus Package or Denial Package – Enjoy 3 days for $329 plus tax (good any Sunday Through Friday in March) and our “Join us in our Denial” package good any one night stay for $129 plus tax (available any night except Saturday nights in March) All packages are subject to availability and can be cancelled at any time without notice so book early to get the best chances at these special package rates. March 1 through 31.
For more information visit www.CanneryPierHotel.com or call (888) 325-4996
Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort in Reedsport
is celebrating it’s 5th Anniversary and would like to share their resort with you. Reserve 1 night, and receive 1 night free*. During spring break, a 2 hour paddle boat rental is included.
For more information visit www.loonlakerv.com or call (866) 360-3116.