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

Wood Artists Collect on the Coast

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, January 13, 2020
One of the fun things about being a freelance writer is that for the adventurous one, you can end up trying all manner of things you wouldn't have otherwise considered, all in the name of writing your story. I’ve pole danced, practiced yoga on a standup paddleboard and was even on a roller derby team for a short... Read More

Drift Away to this Popular Central Coast Trail

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, January 6, 2020
I live very close to one of Oregon’s most popular outdoor destinations, Drift Creek Falls. And as often happens when something is in your backyard, I am quite blasé about it – the fact that I can visit whenever I want to means I rarely visit at all. But every time I do, (roughly once a year) I wonder why I don’t... Read More

Why Wait for the Weekend? (Midweek Events on the Central Coast Part 2)

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, December 31, 2019
There are songs about it, mugs adorned with puns about it and people start making jokes about it even when it’s days away; it’s the weekend, and you know you’ve lived for it at least once. But things are changing in the realm of the typical work week, especially with the increase in remote work capabilities. I used... Read More

Take Your New Year's Celebration to Lincoln City

By Hannah Lee Leidy | Thursday, December 26, 2019
The song on the radio wants to know and so do I: What are you doing New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re planning the bash of the decade, fine-tuning your quirky traditions or taking your pick of New Year’s Eve parties at local restaurants, casinos, resorts and recreation centers, there’s an abundance of festivities... Read More

Expand Your Range with a Guided Coastal Hike

By Gretchen Ammerman | Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The day started with a swim in a lake so cold I had to keep my head lifted out of the water and my breathing sounded like a baby squirrel with asthma. After the swim, I jumped on a bike and rode 12 miles during a hail storm. Finishing the ride, I ran a few miles on scenic trails only to finish by climbing straight up... Read More

Light Up Your Holiday at Central Coast Lighthouses

By Gretchen Ammerman | Monday, December 9, 2019
Oregon coast lighthouses are some of the best preserved and most photographed in the country. The smell of the ocean and sound of the crashing surf only adds to the magical experience of visiting one or more of these iconic pieces of our state’s history. When the holidays come around, the smell of hot apple cider and... Read More