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

Get Some Giggles on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, March 10, 2020
You may have heard that the central coast is a great place for comedy; funnily enough, the disbandment of a local Elks chapter contributed to that reputation. In 2015, the Lincoln City chapter of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks closed due to steady declining membership, leaving two properties for sale: a... Read More

A Close Up of the Central Coast's Beaches

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, March 2, 2020
I recently met a very cool woman who is helping us look to the stars by sifting through beach sand. Her research is called Project Stardust and has caught the attention of NASA, who have invited her to come and share her findings in person. What she is looking for are magnetic remnants of meteorites or stars that are... Read More

See the Coast on Two Wheels (Even if You Forget Your Wheels)

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, February 24, 2020
Last week my canine copilot Scout and I camped at Jesse Honeyman Memorial State Park, which is only about 3 miles south of Florence.  The morning dawned clear and mild, so we ambled though the expansive (second largest in Oregon) campground after our early morning run on the dunes. We happened upon a welcome center. ... Read More

See the Central Coast Through Rosé-Colored Glasses

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, February 17, 2020
As one of the biggest events in the state, and definitely the biggest on the central coast, the Newport Seafood and Wine Fest  might seem a bit intimidating. Personally, fathoming that this event regularly drew over 120,000 people in the past few years made me slow my roll a bit. If you're trying to find your why? ... Read More

Take a Vow to Visit this Coastal Gem

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, February 10, 2020
A Yachats tourist stop and vital piece of Central Coast history, known as a locale for annual vow renewals on Valentine's Day, is about to go through some major changes.  The Little Log Church, built in 1930 and now home to a museum, is finally succumbing to the elements. The eponymous logs, original to the building... Read More

Have a Ball in Lincoln City During Antique Week

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, February 3, 2020
One of my favorite pieces of trivia about Lincoln City is that it is named after, and even has a large statue dedicated to, a man who never set foot in the area. As a matter of fact, Abraham Lincoln was offered and turned down both the job of secretary of the Oregon Territory and the job of governor of the Oregon... Read More