Central Oregon Coast Blog

Outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, thrill-seekers, artists, musicians and more adore the Central Oregon Coast, and it’s easy to see why. The beautiful and varied wilderness, distinctive ecosystems, relaxing beaches, whimsical artwork and plentiful entertainment make it an attractive choice for residents, vacationing families and roadtrippers from around the world. There’s always plenty of entertainment, activities, attractions and events to check out. With whale-watching extravaganzas, kite-flying festivals, foodie events, sandcastle building competitions, longstanding traditions shaped by the Oregon coast’s culture and heritage – oh, where to begin?

Find out in this weekly blog for everything about the Central Oregon Coast! Each week our central coast blogger, Gretchen, gives you the scoop on a piece of coastal culture, fascinating feature of the area's history and the 411 on upcoming Central Oregon Coast events – the ones that locals know shouldn’t be missed. It’s like sitting down with your local friend who’s got the savvy on the best bits to Oregon’s central coast, and she’ll make you an immediate expert on the what-when-where-why. So grab yourself a cup of coffee, and join Gretchen each week for a new look at everything going on around the Central Oregon Coast.  

Featured Blog

Find Sanctuary on the Oregon Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, October 14, 2019
If you’ve never heard a wolf howl, it’s really something to experience. My first time was actually hearing an entire pack howling together. I was so unprepared for the experience I immediately broke into tears. Luckily, I was with Lois Tulleners, who founded the 50-acre White Wolf Sanctuary where I was having this... Read More

Get Spooked on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, October 8, 2019
More than 50 years ago, a Lincoln City volunteer firefighter had a heart attack while on duty. The city still owns the picturesque classic vehicle that was the site of the unfortunate incident, and stories persist to this day about creepy occurrences that follow the engine wherever it’s parked.  I was tasked with... Read More

Tombs with a View on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Ah, October. The month that starts with the turning of the leaves, smells like pumpkin spice and ends with the high holiday for lovers of costumes and creepiness.  Halloween actually started back with the Celts, who thought the barrier between the worlds of the living and the dead got really thin after the end of... Read More

Have Fun(gi) on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, September 23, 2019
It’s that magical time of year when a plethora of mushroom species start poking their saucy little heads out from under the duff. Mushrooming turns a hike into an adventure, whether you hunt for food or simply for the satisfaction of learning. I personally fall into both categories but admit to being a fairly fearful... Read More

Low-Cost Play Dates on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, September 16, 2019
Part of the fun of a new sport or activity is buying the new gear with it, but unfortunately some gear can cost as much as a used car. When I’m racing in a triathlon, I can generally tell you the price of the bike someone is riding by the smile on their face. A huge smile usually means a bike borrowed or gifted from... Read More

Stay on the Eaten Path on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, September 9, 2019
Though big grocery stores make life more convenient, they can lessen the relationship that a shopper has with their food unlike when you buy it directly from the people who produce it. But you can still find a few of those places on Oregon's central coast.  One of my favorites is River’s Edge Chevre. The goat milk... Read More