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  1. Holiday Lights and other Don’t-Miss Winter Events on the Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

    Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park Charleston, Nov. 23-Dec.31 Young or old, who isn’t enchanted by thousands of twinkling lights in the shape of animated orcas, leaping frogs, herons, seals and dozens of other creatures in an undersea garden? More than 50,000 visitors flock to Oregon’s South Coast each year to see the Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park in Charleston, one of…

  2. Destination Nye Beach

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

      Imagine settling in with your favorite book on the Oregon Coast, watching the waves roll in from your third-story room. This isn’t just any cozy nook — the J.K. Rowling room at the Sylvia Beach Hotel is made for Harry Potter fans, complete with velvety drapes, Gryffindor scarf, sorting hat, plush Hedwig owl to cuddle and the whole magical book series in your personal…

  3. Winter Wine Tasting on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / November 30, 2017

      There’s nothing like sipping wine on a damp, chilly day — the sea breeze in the air or a warm fire nipping at your toes. When you visit the North Coast this winter, where do you go to drink wine? Here’s our roundup of some favorite local spots:   Shallon Winery Astoria Have you ever tried cranberry wine or chocolate orange wine? Owner/winemaker Paul…

  4. Festive Family Fun in Seaside

    Posted by OCVA / October 31, 2017

    Looking to escape the city life and unwind at the coast during these cooler months? Seaside isn’t just a summer destination, which you can tell by the variety of family-friendly Yuletide events the city offers each holiday season. At 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24, Seaside’s annual Parade of Lights and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree will officially launch the 2017 holiday…

  5. Relive Astoria With ‘Astoria’

    Posted by OCVA / October 31, 2017

    In early 2018, whisk your mind back to the early 1800s by catching a performance of “Astoria Part One” (Jan. 13-Feb.17) and “Astoria Part Two” (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) at The Armory theater in Portland. The play is based on Peter Stark’s best-selling book, “Astoria,” which detailed the ill-fated Astor Expedition. It was John Jacob Astor’s quest to found the West Coast’s apex of world trade…

  6. Beginner’s Guide to Mushroom Hunting on the South Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    The way we think of birds and sea lions and whales on the Oregon Coast, Kathleen Dickson thinks of mushrooms. “They’re some of the most beautiful living things out here,” she says. Since moving to Brookings from Colorado with her husband 15 years ago, the couple harvest and sell mushrooms most of the year. Dickson is also president of the nonprofit Wild Rivers Mushroom Club…

  7. 4 Thanksgiving Getaways on Oregon’s Central Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    Whether you want to curl up fireside, eat fresh seafood or take an invigorating walk in the sea mist, Thanksgiving weekends on the Coast are a classic Oregon experience. We’ve rounded up some of best bets for holiday weekend eats and activities on the Central Coast — just three hours from Portland and two hours from the Willamette Valley, whether you’re coming from Salem, Corvallis…

  8. Craft Whiskey on the North Coast

    Posted by OCVA / September 27, 2017

    There’s nothing quite like sipping a glass of whiskey by the fireplace — cozy and warm from the inside out. On the Oregon Coast, a must-visit for whiskey lovers is Cannon Beach Distillery’s new mid-town tasting room on South Hemlock Street — just two miles from their original tasting room downtown at North Hemlock Street, which also still welcomes visitors. Here in the new spacious,…

  9. Autumn Festivities in Cannon Beach

    Posted by OCVA / September 19, 2017

    By Michael H. Kew It’s hard not to fall for Cannon Beach — especially in autumn, when the skies are wetter, the air crisper, the shadows longer. Declared “One of the World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” by National Geographic and located a mere 90 minutes from Portland, this romantic beachfront burg of 1,700 is big on post-summer pleasure. On October 21, 2017, the 20th annual Dog Show…

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