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or me, there is nothing quite like fall on the Oregon Coast. Crisp mornings and clear, cool afternoons combine to create the perfect conditions for drinking coffee on the beach while gazing out over the ocean. It’s possible that some other activities might make it on to my to-do list, but frankly unlikely. But if you want to pack more into your Oregon Coast visit, there is no shortage of options. If the delightfully rippled sands of Alsea Bay caught your eye on our front cover, turn to page 20 for the full scoop on what makes Waldport the perfect spot for a beach vacation. If your travels take you farther north, you’ll find another coastal gem in the form of Rockaway Beach, the ideal base for exploring the Tillamook Coast. Turn to page 12 for our feature on the adventures that lie within reach of your “home away from home.” The Tillamook Coast is also rich in culinary options, with fishers, farmers and restaurants working closely together to offer the freshest, most flavorsome ingredients. For a rundown on just a few of the varied options, turn to our food-lovers feature on page 4. And keep your eyes peeled for QR codes throughout the magazine offering the chance to win great prizes in the Great Oregon Coast Giveaway. We’ll pick the winners on Friday, Oct. 22. Best of luck. Patrick Alexander owner & publisher Oregon Coast TODAY

publisher PATRICK ALEXANDER marketing representative LARAYNE HIGGINS contributors GRETCHEN AMMERMAN NAN DEVLIN EMILY LINDBLOM BARBARA COVELL on the cover Sand ripples catch the light on Waldport’s Alsea Bay at low tide Photo by Barbara Covell published by OCT Media Company PO Box 962 Lincoln City, OR 97367 541-921-0413

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Schooner Restaurant & Lounge The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge in Netarts made some changes this summer, including a new executive chef, Pete Gibson, who has kept some favorite menu items while also showcasing new dishes made with ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. General Manager Lexie Fields said the restaurant continues to source as much as possible from local producers such as Josi Farms of Tillamook. “They are providing probably a third of our produce now, which is awesome,” Fields said. “In the last couple of years, we’ve struggled to find a consistent farm that could keep up with the volume of produce we needed, and with COVID last year it put a wrench in the farmers-buyers relationship. There was either an issue with supply chains, being able to produce or having a viable market to sell


to with so many restaurant shut downs and closures. It’s so nice to finally feel a small sense of normalcy again and to have Josi’s as a reliable partner.” New menu items include a roasted cauliflower dish, a vegetarian option made with a whole head of cauliflower from Josi Farms. After roasting in the wood-fired oven, the cauliflower is topped with lemon parsley aioli, toasted local hazelnuts and fried lemons. The Schooner has a focus on Northwest cuisine, including Columbia River steelhead served as an open-faced sandwich on Texas toast or as a filet option. The steelhead filet is drizzled with hazelnut brown butter, Lyonnaise potatoes and seasonal vegetables. “Both steelhead dishes have been very popular,” Fields said. “You see a lot of salmon on restaurant menus, but we went with steelhead. Who knew it would be such a hit? Well, Chef did, I guess!”

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The Schooner also added a locally sourced steak on its menu. And of course, the restaurant offers its famous oysters harvested daily right from Netarts Bay. “No one has bragging rights on those oysters like we do,” Fields said. Customers come for fresh, seasonal drinks as well. The Raspberry-Lime-Jalapeno Margarita, Blueberry-Basil Lemon Drop and the LowTide Lemonade all feature berries sourced from the Berry Patch Girls, and the Schooner Spicy Bloody is made with house-infused celerypepper Rose City Vodka and rimmed with locally sourced Jacobsen’s Salt. Beers on tap are from local breweries including Buoy Beer, Pelican Brewing, Fort George, Backwoods Brewing Co., Laurelwood, Widmer Brothers and Two Towns. For more information, go to

The Schooner serves smoked salmon dip with salmon roe. Photo courtesy The Schooner


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MacGregor’s has 239 brown liquors available Photo courtesy Broken Banjo

MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar After a tornado ripped through Manzanita in 2016, the owner of a wine bar there decided not to reopen. So Holly Lorincz-MacGregor and Chip MacGregor moved into the spot and opened MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar. “We knew we wanted a quiet, intimate space to offer cocktails,” Holly said. “We combined that with my knowledge and love for brown liquor and decided to open an upscale whisky bar with a huge selection,” Chip added. The bar currently serves 239 different brown liquors and clear liquors like vodka and most tequilas. Brown liquors start off clear but pick up their color during the barrel-ageing process. Chip said he uses the word “whiskey” like he would use the word “wine,” because there are so many varieties including bourbon, rye, Irish, Scotch and Japanese. The cocktails use fresh juice and housemade syrups. “Our bartenders know the products, so we try to hire people who are excited about the history and the making of the products,” Holly said. “We take the bottles out and talk people through what they’ve ordered, how it’s made and the different types.” They can also teach customers how to pair food with the drinks.The bar offers small plates like pot pies, pasties, soups, macaroni

with a gourmet white cheese, vegetarian options and a charcuterie board. Chip’s family is from Scotland, so the bar serves traditional Scottish desserts like shortbread and spotted dick. Other desserts include a flourless chocolate cake and a fresh pie made in Manzanita, including a bourbon chocolate hazelnut pie. “People are attracted to the quality of the product we have and that our staff is professional and kind to customers,” Holly said. The Manzanita location won a 2020 Traveler’s Choice Award from Trip Advisor. MacGregor’s has a second location in a big historic cabin in downtown Cannon Beach with two fireplaces. “We have the biggest selection of whiskeys on the Oregon Coast, so we have a lot of people come in to taste something new or different or hard to find,” Chip said. For more information, go to

Flavors on First With picnic tables, a covered eating area and a half dozen food carts to choose from, the Flavors on First food cart court has become a popular lunch spot in Tillamook. Allan and Stacie Kimmel bought the property and decided to develop it into a place

The Brat Brothers food truck serves grilled German food Photo courtesy Sab Thai where people would have a variety of food options. With a grand opening in 2018, the food truck pavilion came to include Sab Thai cuisine, The Brat Brothers German grill, Smokin’ Steve’s barbecue, We Be Tacos TexMex food and Mike’s Mac and Sanny Shack macaroni and cheese and sandwiches. Located at 1812 1st Street in Tillamook, the food cart court is handy for nearby businesses and city buildings, making it easy for people working in the area to stop by for lunch. Panitta Yeoman is the owner of Sab, which means “delicious” in Thai. Some popular menu items from Sab are the pad Thai and pineapple fried rice. Sab also serves soft drinks and Thai iced tea. Formerly located along Highway 101, Sab moved to Flavors on First in 2018. “When it started it was slow but now it’s busy and popular,” Yeoman said. “A lot of customers come here because we have six food trucks together, and I love that.” Yeoman said choice and comfort are the primary draws for the food cart court, which has well-spaced picnic tables in the center. “It’s comfortable for customers to sit and eat here,” Yeoman said. “There’s a nice variety. I like it.” For more information, go to the Flavors on First page on Facebook.


Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad Join us for a scenic excursion along the Nehalem River powered by a historic diesel locomotive. Behold fall’s vibrant array of colors firsthand and bear witness to the season’s breathtaking transformation — a sight to remember.

Chinook Winds Casino Resort, 1777 NW 44th Street,Avenue, LincolnGaribaldi City • 888-CHINOOK Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad, 306 American • 855-562-7711• •

Tillamook Air Museum This Word War II-era blimp hangar houses an impressive array of exhibits, including recreations of British wartime bunkers to aircraft including the Bell TH-57 Helicopter, the F-14A Tomcat, a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and the unmissable Aerospacelines MiniGuppy.

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Tillamook Air Museum, 6030 Hangar Road, Tillamook • 503-842-1130 •

The Fish Peddler Located overlooking Tillamook Bay, this is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood with the whole family. Watch the team as they express ship the freshest fish and shellfish anywhere in the country, belly up to the oyster bar for an oyster shooter or dive into a bowl of freshly made clam chowder.

The Fish Peddler • 5150 Hayes Oyster Drive, Bay City • 503-377-2323

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Schooner Restaurant & Lounge Though the view of Netarts Bay, either from inside the building or outside on the large glass-enclosed deck, is definitely something to write home about, the proprietors of The Schooner Restaurant & Lounge are equally proud of their farm-to-table menu. Sourcing their produce, meat, eggs and seafood as much as possible from local producers is one of the reasons the business is included on the North Coast Food Trail.

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Schooner Restaurant & Lounge, 2065 Boat Basin Road, Netarts • 503-815-9900 •

Blackfish Cafe The Blackfish Cafe is a mainstay of the Oregon Coast restaurant scene; featuring real, fresh seafood, local produce, seasonal vegetables, meats, salads, and a selection of Northwest beach favourites. Preparations are simple yet elegant, highlighting the natural flavours of the Pacific Northwest.

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Blackfish Cafe, 2733 NW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City • 541-996-1007 •

Mangia Italian Deli Mangia has taken years to perfect the best Italian food on the Central Oregon Coast. The food is prepared to order and the sauces, dressings and even ravioli are made on site. Save room for dessert — most are made fresh daily.

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Mangia Italian Deli, 7755 Hwy. 101 N., Gleneden Beach • 541-764-2501 •

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Black Squid Beer House

This hopping watering hole has taps featuring some of the best craft beer, mead, cider, wine, and kombucha you can find on the Oregon Coast. Swing by and make yourself comfy — chill out on the cozy couch, post up at a table, or even bring your dog and relax outside in the enclosed patio.

Black Squid Beer House, 3001 SW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City • 541-614-0733 •

88 Grains Asian Fusion Bar At 88 Grains Asian Fusion Bar we offer meals of excellent quality and invite you to try our delicious food. The key to our success is simple: providing quality consistent food that taste great every single time. We pride ourselves on serving our customers delicious, genuine Asian Fusion dishes.

88 Grains Asian Fusion Bar, 4660 SW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City • 541-418-5361 •

Output Records The core of Lincoln City’s music scene, Output Records offers a wide variety of vinyl, turntables and electronics as well as live shows and events. Don’t forget to check out the clothing and housewares selections as well as music related books, pins, patches, art and more.

Output Records, 1747 NW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City • 541-614-1015 •

Hearth & Table Events Your event, our pizza. Wood fired catering for your occasion, at your location. We are a mobile catering business serving the Oregon Coast and the Willamette Valley. With a wood fired pizza oven in tow, we are ready to wow your guests with live flame and scratch-made pizza, salads and other thoughtfully prepared dishes. We are excited to bring our passion for food and fun to your event

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YOU CAN DO THEM A SERVICE, TOO Travel makes us feel normal. And while the Oregon coast isn’t back to normal just yet—our hospitality workers are excited to welcome you back. So as you plan a trip, please remember: Many restaurants, hotels, small businesses and food suppliers are short-staffed. As a result, you can expect longer waits, more lines, and modified menus. Hospitality workers have a tough job right now. Please treat them with respect and patience. If you have the flexibility, dine during non-traditional times, visit in the middle of the week and be prepared to be flexible. Your business means a lot to us and so does your kindness. We look forward to seeing you!

Rockaway Beach: A coastal home away from home W


hen a national organization recently surveyed travelers about what they seek most when making vacation plans, the top three desires were 1) rural area, 2) near water and 3) enjoying local experiences. Welcome to Oregon’s Rockaway Beach, where visitors get all three in one coastal village. There is lots to do in this area, so it’s no wonder this destination is a favorite for multiple generations of Oregonians and Pacific Northwesterners. A big, wide beach, fresh ocean air and scenic views are all at your doorstep, as well as eclectic shopping and eateries featuring fresh seafood to Pronto Pups. But Rockaway Beach also makes a great home base for exploring and taking part in coastal activities.

Start your activities in Rockaway by exploring the new raised boardwalk at the south end of town. The Old Growth Cedar Trail takes you through ancient wetlands filled with native plants and nesting birds. The ADA-friendly boardwalk leads to a 1,200-year-old cedar tree that, as a recent visitor said, “is a spiritual experience, a feeling of witnessing history.” Given the tree has survived earthquakes, tsunami, floods, fire and development, it truly is a gem to behold. The beach is seven miles long, so lots of room to stretch your legs on the sand and chase waves. For another adventure, rent a fat tire bike or kid’s beach scooter from Troxel’s, a gem store and themed putt-putt golf course in the heart of downtown. You can also reserve a beach wheelchair from Troxel’s.

Exploring the region: head north on Highway 101

Just a few miles north from your home base, Kelly’s Marina and Jetty Fishery in Brighton are the places to learn to crab, from a dock or boat. When you catch your limit of Dungeness Crab, both places will cook and pack it for you to take home for days of delicious seafood meals. A few miles north of Brighton, the small village of Wheeler is a boater’s and fisher’s mecca. Rent a kayak or boat at Wheeler Marina, along with a personal floatation device for safety, and explore beautiful Nehalem Bay and Nehalem River. If you didn’t bring fishing gear (or you want to learn to fish), there are several local guides that can help. A list of guides is available at what-to-do/charter-fishing.


Exploring the region: head south on Highway 101 Just four miles south is the fishing town of Garibaldi, with its active port and marina. Want to try ocean fishing? This is the place. Garibaldi Charters and Siggi G Charters, both located at the port, will provide an exciting local experience — and your dinner of freshly caught salmon, steelhead or tuna, depending on the season. Garibaldi is also a good place to dig for clams. At low tide and armed with a license to dig, you can fill a bucket with clams ready to steam and slurp. Best place is along the Bayshore next to the 700-foot pier that leads to the historic Garibaldi Boathouse, once the home of Coast Guard emergency rescue crews. A few short miles south beyond Garibaldi is Bay City, home to Kilchis Point Reserve. This ADA-friendly interpretive trail has three routes, all leading to Tillamook Bay and a cedar gazebo perfect for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. The three trails are themed: native history, pioneer settler history, and flora and fauna information. Take all three in one day? Very doable.

Head back ‘home’ to Rockaway After your adventures, settle in for your foraged meal, or enjoy dinner at one of the several restaurants and food trucks in Rockaway Beach. To celebrate your adventurous day, sit back and savor the sunset. From this beach, your home away home, it’s the best gift you can receive.

ABOVE LEFT: Rockaway Beach at sunset. Photo by @mysticalfootsteps ABOVE: Seven miles of sands make Rockaway Beach the perfect place for a stroll BELOW: Littleneck clams


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BIG PROPS to the coast’s maritime museums

Story & photos by Gretchen Ammerman


Oregon Coast TODAY

our ship has come in. Go down with the ship. Ship of fools. There are a boat-load of expressions stemming from what amounted to a relatively short period in the history of the human propensity to not stay still for very long. And I’m sure there are more that you, gentle reader, could add to the list to get it truly shipshape. Before weight-bearing bridges could be efficiently built, roads were either rocky, impassable to more than a group walking in single file or were so muddy that wheels would simply disappear, ships opened up trade and allowed for supplies to come to the people instead of the people having to always go to the supplies. This was especially true for the Oregon Coast. “Maritime trade was so important in the late 1800s and early 1900s because our area was not reachable by train,” said Faith Kreskey, executive director of the Pacific Maritime Heritage Center in Newport. “There were stagecoaches, but for example the trip from Mapleton to Gardner took 48 hours and involved multiple ferry crossings.” Today, the roughly 33-mile trip will take less than an hour, barring traffic or seasonal issues. “There was a stagecoach route from Corvallis to Toledo and a ferry that continued on to Newport, but basically the only way to get goods anywhere was by ship.” But as with most man-made things, there were limits to their


effectiveness. Spoiler alert, pre-modern ships sank. A lot. “The Umpqua and the Columbia River bars were the most dangerous crossings on the Oregon Coast,” Kreskey said. “The mouth to the Yaquina was actually not that bad but we have had our share of wrecks, mostly from before the jetty was put in and navigation equipment improved.” Information about Yaquina Bay shipwrecks is now on display at the recently re-opened museum, and will soon be supplemented by a map showing the locations of each known wreck. The museum’s main display hall features a large roll-top desk salvaged from one of those wrecked ships. “The Yaquina City was a steamship that wrecked in 1887,” Kreskey said. “This desk was salvaged that year and was in really great shape. It was in a local machine shop until the 1960s or 70s. The fact that this was owned by someone not associated with the boat is interesting to me. It helps you picture how things could be so chaotic during a wreck that people would just be rowing out and grabbing whatever they could.” Not all of the wrecks whose stories are told at the museum are from the heyday, though. “The Blue Magpie went aground on the north side of the jetty in 1983,” Kreskey said. “It dumped about 92,000 gallons of oil in the bay.” With some prompting, Kreskey next leaked a story to me about one ship who truly seemed cursed, if such a thing exists, though the issues with the Condor were likely due more to an inexperienced captain than it being hit with an evil eye.

“I like this story in particular because the media coverage at the time was so hilarious and it was this little underdog of a boat,” Kreskey said. “It primarily ran from the Yaquina Bay to the Alsea, which wasn’t that lucrative a route. They started building her in 1897 and from the beginning things went wrong, like the funding kept drying up. It was kind of a cursed ship by the time they were finally able to begin running it around 1910 and, by then, she was already a bit outdated. They would get stuck a lot if the weather was rough and the media was always roasting them: ‘Oh, the boys are stuck again’ that kind of thing. They got tangled in a fishing net in Astoria, then ran out of gas on a run to Portland. They ran out of gas again then went adrift in Coos Bay, then trying to leave Coos Bay they got tangled in a chain attached to the dock. In 1912, they dropped the propeller in the Yaquina Bay and that was it for the unlucky little ship. I don’t think anyone was particularly surprised when it finally wrecked for good and, luckily, nobody was injured which would have made the story less amusing.” There are many more stories to see and hear in the museum’s large theater, which has a self-serve selection of historical videos called the “Ebb and Flow” series, not to mention a beautiful view of the Yaquina Bay. “Our history videos were created from our archival photos and are very well-made,” Kreskey said. “They cover a lot of different topics, like the formation of the Nye Beach area, the timber industry, the tribal history of the area and the Copland Collection.” Clarinda Copeland moved with her husband to the Siletz Reservation in 1883. He served as trader to the Confederated Tribes and, when he died in 1884, she became the only woman in the United States granted a license to trade with Native

Americans. She left the area in 1889. “She ran the reservation store and left behind an amazing collection of local artifacts,” Kreskey said. “We now have a massive amount of photographs because of her that document a time that has unfortunately been largely un-documented.” Kreskey took her position at the helm of the ship-shaped museum in the fall of 2020, coming from the Lane County History Museum. She has a Master’s of Art from the University of Oregon. “Our funding is from the county special budget,” she said. “It’s great to work for a county that is so supportive, and the community is very enthusiastic about local history, so they are also very supportive.” The museum’s re-opening means locals and visitors alike can again peruse the various historical displays, more of which are in the works. “We are trying to get more integrated with our content, like the Native American cultural information that we are weaving

through all of our displays,” Kreskey said. “We have a new introduction to maritime history exhibit that will be opening September 16, and a new Coast Guard exhibit too.” If you are trying to sink deeply into research about a Newport area maritime topic, the archives are available by appointment. “Basically, you can submit a request and we’ll let you know if we have something on the topic you are looking for,” Kreskey said. “We do charge a fee but you won’t waste your time and money trying to find something we don’t have, and we can help with researching something thing like a particular wreck.” The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center, located at 333 SE Bay Blvd., Newport is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information, go to or call 541-265-7509.

Mari-time for something completely different Roughly 69 nautical miles up the coast sits the Garibaldi Maritime Museum, anchored by a large statue of Captain John Gray, the American explorer credited with “discovering” the passage up the Columbia River in 1792. The museum is currently considering public comments about alternatives to the statue, as it represents westward expansion but also the aggressive eradication of the Tillamook area indigenous populations. With a particular penchant for entertaining kids, the museum organizers have set up a “Kids Korner, with replica antique toys and nautical outfits to try on, and a scavenger hunt.

Displays range from tiny models of historic boats to the eight-foot tall, 400-pound replica of Lady Columbia, the figurehead on Captain Gray’s ship, Columbia Rediviva. Most figureheads were carved from a single block of wood, but the model, sculpted by Gary Anderson in 2005, is made up of 40 pieces of basswood in a variety of sizes. The Garibaldi Maritime Museum, located at 112 Garibaldi Avenue, is open Thursday through Monday from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information, go to or call 503322-8411.


FALL FOR THE ARTS Make a date with Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery October 2021


he Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center, features all of the antique charm of this former schoolhouse, with high ceilings and picture windows facing west. Named for Phyllis “P.J.” Chessman, one of the founders of the cultural center, the gallery now presents 12 shows a year, and is dedicated to the presentation of local and regional artists. The Lincoln City Cultural Center is located at 540 NE Hwy. 101. For more information, go to

October 2021

Journeys with Wood

Renowned wood and fiber artist Monica Setziol-Phillips, a longtime instructor at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, will exhibit her work alongside eight of her former students. This exciting and skilled line up will demonstrate the compelling qualities of art with wood. Featuring works by Setziol-Phillips, Ian Gelbric, Edward Running, Jeff Lorence, Hilary Pfeifer, Dan Allen, Whitney Vogel, Milt Ritter and Jim Gryte.

November 2021

November 2021

The Traveler

Painter and anthropologist John Oberdorf has created a magnificent body of oil paintings that dabble in the surreal while telling stories of days gone by; places that people have touched and are now being reclaimed by nature; and landscapes that are deeply rooted in memory. This exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, Nov. 12. A virtual gallery tour will be posted to Facebook@ LincolnCityCulture on Saturday, Nov. 13. “The Traveler” will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Mondays (and by appointment) through Dec. 5.

This exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, Oct. 8. A virtual gallery tour will be posted to Facebook@ LincolnCityCulture on Saturday, Oct. 9. “Journeys with Wood” will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Mondays (and by appointment) through Nov. 7. December 2021

December 2021 Connections

This exhibit explores the link between the urbane and the natural, the civilized and the wild, between the mundane and the mysterious, touching on the deeper meanings of intrinsic value and the spiritual. It investigates layers of artistic media and layers of relationships and develops this theme through mixed media, assemblage, color, collage and technology. This exhibit challenges the viewer with evocative and slightly uncanny imagery, featuring pieces by Debra Hovey, Barbara Wallace-Haake, Jennifer Norman and Jennifer Rose This exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, Dec. 10. A virtual gallery tour will be posted to Facebook@ LincolnCityCulture on Saturday, Dec. 11. “Connections” will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Mondays (and by appointment) through Jan. 9.


January 2022

Fiber in the Mix

January 2022

MIX is a Portlandbased group of artists dedicated to fiber art. This exhibit demonstrates the versatility, skill, creativity and fearlessness of this extraordinary group of artists. Featuring work by Kathy Blondell, Valri Chiappetta, Betty Daggett, Diane Losli-Britt, Annette McFarlane, Elaine Millar, Lynn Anderson and Hilde Morin. This exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, Jan. 14. A virtual gallery tour will be posted to Facebook@ LincolnCityCulture on Saturday, Jan. 15. “Fiber in the Mix, 2022” will be open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursdays through Mondays (and by appointment) through Feb 28.

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Lincoln City Archery At Lincoln City Archery, we focus on the benefits of instinctive archery when used to increase peace and a healthier outlook. At our indoor range, you’ll be able to practice your form and learn to trust that your eyes and mind will allow your arrows to hit the target.

Lincoln City Archery, 1500 SE East Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City • 503-409-8371 •

Chinook Winds Casino Resort Located on the beach in Lincoln City, this resort is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. Enjoy Las Vegas-style gaming, 18-hole golf course, headline entertainment from some of the industry’s most legendary stars, four full-service restaurants, and a 243room oceanfront hotel.

Photo by Blue Water Photography

Chinook Winds Casino Resort, 1777 NW 44th Street, Lincoln City • 888-CHINOOK •

Lincoln City Glass Center

Glass blowing is a big deal on the oregon Coast, and Lincoln City Glass Center has everything you need to experience this longtime local tradition. The new, COVID-safe Design Your Own option allows you to choose from designs including waves, starfish, paperweights, flowers, hearts and more, and watch from six feet away as a glass artist brings them to life.

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Lincoln City Glass Center, 4821 SW Hwy. 101, Lincoln City • 541-996-2569 •



The BIJOU Theatre

For 84 years a great film on the Oregon Coast is always playing at the BIJOU Theatre. Locals and guests have always known that if it is a “BIJOU Movie” no other questions are needed.

sorting through film below your standard of taste. Always eight or more films curated by the film fans of your BIJOU. No more wasted time and you help keep a small business going.

But what to do when you want an evening in with your own movie palace or you are out of town? Head over to www. This site is the smart modern way of watching great film at home. Avoid the time you’ll spend

Don’t be a guesser. Talk to your friends at the BIJOU when you want a great film. Online at or in our historic building. If it is a BIJOU movie, online or on the silver screen, it is the best show in town!

WWW.CINEMALOVERS.COM The BIJOU Popcorn Punch Card Ten large popcorns for $50! Also 20 for $100! In-house or to-go. Save 20% off regular pricing. The BIJOU Gift Card So attractive! Available in any amount. The perfect gift. Call 541-994-8255.

Find yourself By Barbara B. Covell


For the TODAY

f you are searching for the perfect travel destination, Waldport has it all. With miles of quiet, uncrowded sandy beaches, there’s plenty of opportunity for a solitary stroll or fun for the entire family. This is a place to relax and reflect, or treat yourself to a bounty of outdoor activities. There’s crabbing, clamming, fishing and abundant hiking and mushrooming trails in the woodlands of the Siuslaw National Forest. Meanwhile, the Woodland Trail offers a comfortable, roughly mile-long forested hike right in the heart of Waldport. If water sports are your thing, Waldport offers opportunities to kayak, canoe, paddleboard, sail or windsurf in Alsea Bay or the sloughs of the Alsea River. The newly renovated Port of Alsea features an accessible boat ramp, a fishing and crabbing dock, and slips for additional water activities. Tom Fullmer, director of the Waldport Chamber of Commerce, says that people


come from all over the country to discover the secrets of Waldport. “This place is a gem, nestled between Newport and Yachats, with its own unique identity,” he said. “People are looking for this kind of environment as a vacation spot or a place to live.” Alsea Bay’s dramatic tide changes put the best of nature on display. Low tides bring plentiful agates and shells, tide pools, and ample opportunities to dig or rake for clams. It is also sunbathing time for the 1,500 resident harbor seals that lay on top of the sandbars, best viewed from the majestic Alsea Bay Bridge. High tides are prime for crabbing, fishing, boating, or viewing the Pacific Ocean’s impressive surf. Fullmer believes that Waldport and the Alsea are just now being discovered in the Pacific Northwest. “This is one of the best kept secrets on the Oregon

Coast” he said. “There’s one stoplight, no strip malls or tourist attractions. It is an unhurried, charming village by the sea with no traffic jams and plentiful parking. There is a river, bay and ocean which offer a lot of recreational opportunities — everything you could possibly want for year-round outdoor fun. It’s the perfect place to avoid crowds and have space to yourself.” Other outdoor activities include the Crestview Golf Club, a family-friendly, ninehole course — the only such facility between Newport and Florence.

This feature was made possible by a generous grant from the Oregon Coast Visitors Association

in Waldport There is also the Red River Disc Golf Course, which is adjacent to the skateboard park on Crestline Drive. Bike rentals are free at the Green Bicycle Co-op. Each year, nearly 1,000 riders and guests gather for The Waldport Gravel Epic. This forested bike race offers two options, either a 37-mile ride or a 60-mile ride. Riders start above Eckman Lake Road in the Siuslaw National Forest and finish at Highway 101 just north of town. Festivities before and after the race include a vendor fair, food carts and a beach bonfire with games and live music. If birding is your fancy, opportunities abound for viewing herons, egrets, ospreys, pelicans, oyster catchers and bald eagles. Shopping at the beach always involves the discovery of treasures. Wander through town on Highway 101 and enjoy the unique shops and antique stores. There are amazing shopping spots offering everything from clothing, books, furniture, to locally made art. The Waldport Flea Market, Lil’ Joe’s General Store, or the eclectic Enough all feature unique, hard to find treasures, antiques, or collectibles. If you haven’t found what you want, there’s always the Wednesday Market, which has a bit of everything. There are more than 20 places to grab an espresso, enjoy eating from a food cart, have a casual meal, or a quiet dinner for two. And, there’s a diverse selection of restaurants. If you want Mexican, go to Azul or the Fresh Mexican, both in the heart of town. Seafood choices can be found at Salty Dawg, the Flounder Inn, or Waves Restaurant in the Alsi Bay Resort. The Radical Radish features delicious farm-to-table creations and seasonal

fruit and produce, too. You can find a wide variety of Burgers at Skosh and Hilltop CafeBistro, sandwiches at Crestview Golf Club, and pizza at Grand Central. Visit some of the local hangouts to play video lottery games, enjoy live music or sing karaoke. And no day is complete without beachside snacks like hand-scooped ice cream, salt water taffy or caramel corn. Waldport is known for being a casual place in a friendly community. Visitors come for the weekend, a week or longer to soak up the comfortable pace. And, there are plenty of options for places to stay. RV and camping facilities, such as McKinley’s RV & Marina, are plentiful by the ocean or up the Alsea River. State campgrounds dot the coastline both north and south of Waldport. The Waldport/Newport KOA has tent and RV camping and several rustic cabins right on the north side of Alsea Bay. There are dozens of vacation rentals available on the beach, bay, and in-town locations, including lodging options from Sweet Homes Vacation Getaways. The Alsi Resort and the Waldport Inn are hotel options and both are within walking distance to the heart of town. Longer-term rentals and AirBnB are also alternatives for visitors seeking the perfect place to stay. Waldport was once home to the Alsi Native American people, whose name translates as “peaceful place.” Now the mighty Alsea Bay and River are a tribute to the people who honored and respected this land. Be sure to visit the Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center at the south end of the of the Alsea Bay Bridge. Also home to the

historic Waldport Heritage Museum, the center is filled with artifacts and interpretive displays about the community’s heritage, as well as the majestic bridge which spans the bay. The new Waldport Chamber Welcome Center and Gift Shop is conveniently located at the corner of Highway 101 and Highway 34. With the theme “Find Yourself in Waldport,” the Welcome Center features glass, paintings, photography, jewelry and fabric items created by local artists. This inviting and innovative spot also offers Waldport-branded souvenirs and apparel for men, women and kids. “This small-town tourist village is actually home to a service area of approximately 5,000 people from Seal Rock to Tidewater,” Fullmer said. With the community’s growth comes progress. The Alsea Bay Center for the Arts, established in early 2020, is dedicated to artistic initiatives in Waldport and the Oregon Coast. A new 12-acre park being developed by the City of Waldport will provide children places to play, teams a place to practice, seniors a place to walk, and a gathering place for families. It is being named after Louis Southworth, a freed slave who donated land for the Alsea Bay’s first school. Come discover Waldport. Whether it’s winter storm watching or the chance to view an amazing sunset, there is something for everyone “WHERE THE FOREST MEETS THE SEA.”

For more information, call the Waldport Chamber at 503-789-9686 or email info@ or go to www.


This place is fab( fab(ric ric)) Get some fiber in your diet, with a trip to Lincoln City


he Fiber Arts Studio Gallery in Lincoln City showcases work by new regional and international fiber artists as well as offering a new venue to the well-recognized. The current show, JoAnn Ballantyne’s “Eccentric, Eclectic, Embellished,” is filled with colorful fabric expressions, appliqued collage art hangings and clothing incorporating her photography with embroidery embellishments. “I love to collage several fabrics and let them play with each other,” Ballantyne said. The show, subtitled “Projects My Way,” is on display through Oct. 31. More than 20 fiber artists will offer their best for sale during the Fiber Artisans’ Market, which runs from Nov. 12 through Jan. 2, 2022. In a gift shop setting, visitors will find baskets, wearable art, towels, rugs, bags, toys, home decor, wall hangings and more. From Jan. 7, through Feb. 20, 2022 the Oregon State Button Society will display buttons to awe, educate, excite and entertain. The exhibit, from the collection of Holly Derderian, features buttons from the 19th and 20th centuries, primarily worn in Europe and the United States. The simple buttons of today’s fashion were once symbols of power, influence, wealth, and political meaning as well as truly art in miniature. You will never take a button for granted again. From Central Oregon, Linda Gettmann and Charlene Virts will share the Featured Artist show from Feb. 25 through April 24, 2022, with a variety of function weaving, knitting, basketry, and natural dyed items for display and sale. Gettmann is an active leader in a number of guilds and is often published in “Handwoven Magazine.” Virts embraces her changing environments in her work adapting functional and art-filled techniques to the local materials and fiber niches. Oregon weaver Karen Gelbard will have her luscious woven and embellished scarves, jackets, vests, pillows and throws on show and


for sale from April 29 through June 19, 2022. Gelbard typically exhibits through established shows in the MidWest and East Coast, but has pulled back for health and safety so this promises to be a spectacular, overflowing show. Fiber arts can express more than an artist’s creativity. “Let Us Tell “Octopus “ by JoAnn Ballantyne You About Fistula” was designed and created by fistula survivors in Kenya. Fistula is a devastating injury that leaves women incontinent, socially stigmatized, and in great suffering. The exhibit’s quilt panels vividly show the causes of fistula, the emotional and physical suffering it creates, and the joy of healing. Using fabric collage, applique, and embroidery, these quilts tell a compelling story as fistula survivors have found a way to speak through the art of quilting. The exhibit, a partnership between Quilts for Empowerment and Fistula Foundation, will run from June 24 through Aug. 21, 2022. From Aug. 26 through Oct. 23, 2022, the center will present “Color of No” by Susan Iverson, whose work has been exhibited in the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC. Her body of work is the result of her endless fascination with the meaning of color, within our culture, around the world, and throughout history. The center, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101, is open Thursdays through Sundays, 10 m to 4 pm and by appointment. For an updated schedule, call 541-994-9994 or email

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