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

How do Our Gardens Grow?

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, August 19, 2019
Some farmers and crafters markets go year round, but nature's bounty peaks in August, when many fruits are nearing their season's end but vegetables are just getting started. There's no question that we're currently at peak popularity with these markets, where you can find hand-made crafts, personal health products... Read More

Rooms with More Than a View on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, August 13, 2019
One of the fun things about living in a popular destination area is having so many activities and attractions nearby. Although in general, accommodation offerings aren't a usual thing I take advantage of (for obvious reasons), I have done so upon occasion. One of my favorite staycation getaways is yurting. Staying in... Read More

Surprises Abound in Historic Taft

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, August 5, 2019
Lincoln City's historic Taft district boasts a beautiful beach, that's dotted with huge, driftwood trees that floated down the Siletz River, and the tons of sea lions basking in the occasional sunshine on the split across the bay. However, the place is known for much more than it's scenery.  It also has the longest... Read More

Join Tribal Celebrations and Ceremonies on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, July 30, 2019
It was almost midnight, just south of the Sea Lion Caves near Florence, when I saw the runner coming toward me lit brightly by the full moon. I took from him the wooden staff topped with an eagle feather and started my leg of the 234-mile, three day “Run to the Rogue” relay, which traces the route (in reverse) that... Read More

Book a Walk Outside on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, July 22, 2019
Just because it’s summer doesn't mean you want your kids to stop reading, but you also don’t want them stuck inside. Luckily some libraries have figured out fun and creative ways to get books outside, including laminating individual pages and putting them in locations like local trails or store windows. I discovered... Read More

Small Town Serves up Summer Fun on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, July 16, 2019
It's hard to describe how hilarious it is to watch your boss and your husband furiously attempt to paddle a boat – made from cardboard – back to shore as it slowly disintegrates. The boys were piloting the boat during a cardboard boat race in the charming town of Toledo, OR, a welcome alternative summer destination to... Read More