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

Have a Whale of a Time on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The training opened strong. Apparently you can best tell if a gray whale is a male by waiting until he is “in the mood,” as put by Dr. Bruce Mate, world-famous marine mammologist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. To prove the point, he then put up a slide to show it. I’d expected a slide of a blue whale during... Read More

It's Time to Light Up the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, November 25, 2019
These days it seems retailers won't be satisfied until we are unwrapping Christmas presents while dressed in a Halloween costume and eating turkey with stuffing and cranberries. I've found that hearing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" coming through speakers when jack-o-lanterns are still around can kinda... Read More

Oregon Coast Welcomes Holiday Art Shows and Markets

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The further we get with improvements in manufacturing, the more value handmade gifts have. Unfortunately, we were not all born with crafty genes. I for one couldn’t make a handmade Christmas ornament unless a bunch of elves were helping me, and even then those poor little poppets would have their work cut out for them... Read More

Why Wait for the Weekend? Midweek Events on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, November 12, 2019
A few years ago I was writing about an event that featured an appearance from Ray Troll, a guy I only knew as the person who drew the graphic that adorned many a t-shirt in the '80s and '90s reading Spawn Till You Die” with a skull and crossbones with fish instead of femurs. I called Troll and found him to be a... Read More

The Central Coast is for the Birds (and the People Who Love Them)

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, November 5, 2019
When I was in college, there was an oil spill right off the coast just a few miles from campus. The school had fortuitously just put the finishing touches on a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and some instructors offered extra credit to students who volunteered to help affected sea birds. Though I had little... Read More

Trick or Treat on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, October 29, 2019
When Halloween falls on a weekday, many parties take place on the preceding weekend. But there are still fun activities for adults and monitored treat-amassing opportunities for costumed kiddos on all hallows eve.   You can start the holiday off right by giving before receiving and getting some laughs while you are... Read More