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

Fishing for the Best on the Central Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, June 17, 2019
For fans of seafood, coming to the coast and not eating locally caught fish and shellfish would be like going to Las Vegas and not interacting with at least one Elvis. Whether you buy it or catch it yourself, the Central Coast is one of the best places to get fresh or smoked seafood, and it doesn’t have to cost a claw... Read More

Paddle Up and See the Coast by Boat

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, June 10, 2019
There’s something wonderful about talking to a person who loves their job, as I got to do recently when I called Lila Bowen at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For visitors who have their own boat, Bowen takes them on free kayaking tours. Tours explore both the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge, just south of... Read More

Summer is the Season for Outdoor Music

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, June 3, 2019
More summers ago than I care to admit, I was riding in a car that was being followed by a rather erratically driven Porsche, as if the driver were way more important than we were and had somewhere prestigious to be. I finally glanced back to get a good enough look at the rascal, who turned out to be Steve Perry of... Read More

Racing for Thrills on the Central Oregon Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, May 27, 2019
On June 8, I’ll be lining up for the Oregon Dunes Triathlon, a fun and scenic multi-sport race that ends at the top one of Florence's nearby impressive sand dunes. Taking place at Honeyman State Park where you can camp the night before the race, this particularly scenic event includes lake swimming and trail running... Read More

An Abridged History of Waldport

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, May 20, 2019
Regular readers may notice that I will occasionally dip my toe into the same stream, the one that holds general Oregon history, but in particular, central coast history. So when I find someone with long ties to a community and a love of lore, I’m in heaven.  I recently found two such chaps, Buster Pankey and Dale... Read More

Help Your Kids Burn Energy Without Burning Your Budget

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, May 13, 2019
Though I’ve no children of my own, it hasn’t escaped my notice that quite a few other people do. And I've also noticed that, especially within a certain age span, these children have enough energy to make off-the-grid power if only we could harness it. It’s not always easy for parents to find places to let their kids... Read More