A November 2000 trip
to Depoe Bay by Barb B
Quote: This is the last trip back--to bury my dad. He had a good life - 93 years - a tough old man who enjoyed it all! As kids, we fished the rivers and climbed the mountains. Now, dad's gone, but the coast will forever endure.
The seafood restaurants and craft shops in Newport, Depoe Bay and Walport are all worth a stop. Fish Camps along the Alsee Bay are a great place for campouts.
Hotel | "Westin Salishan Lodge"
As we drove up the road and entered the tree-lined parking area, it seemed we were returning to a more natural environment. This feeling continued when we reached our room with its modern rustic décor and private balcony. The ambiance reinforced my need for tranquility and a return to quieter times.
Our room over looked the beautifully manicured golf course, and even though there was a chill in the air, the plush bathrobes, inviting fireplace and a nice bottle of wine (ordered from room service) filled the room with warmth.
Salishan rooms are more than "just comfortable"; every effort had been made to make our stay pleasurable. Huge closets, soft fluffy linens and cozy comforters. TV, room service and telephone services all at their best, of course.
Located on Oregon''s Coast Highway 101 at Glenenden Beach between Lincoln City and Newport, Salishan is about a one-hour scenic drive from the Portland Airport. Salishan is actually a very good bargain considering the wonderful ambiance and the relatively low price of $150 - $200 a night.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000
Westin Salishan Lodge & Golf Resort
7760 N Highway 101
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97388
A comfortable, unpretentious place to stay. Large comfortable RV sites are available for a variety of camping styles. Large motor homes, fifth-wheels, trailers, van conversions and camping sites are all available. You have a choice of full, partial or no hookups and
Convenient restrooms and showers are very clean and readily available. Some rental units are also available. Rates depend upon the type of site you choose, current rates range from about $10 - $20 a night.
A cozy coffee shop is located on the floating dock; a great place to relax and sip a cup of coffee or enjoy a snack. A really comfortable place with TV, chess, checkers; card games and puzzles available for guests. Each afternoon and at about 4pm, campground guests gravitate to the dock to watch local crabbers return with their catch. Everyone usually ends up telling fish tales and perhaps catching some baitfish for the next days fishing.
A couple of words of warning, don’t fish without a license. Game wardens in Oregon do their jobs very well (as they should!) We liked this place so much, we came for a day--and stayed a week!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 23, 2000
Drift Creek Landing
3851 E Alsea Hwy
Depoe Bay, Oregon 97394
Depoe Bay has miniature harbor, formed about 16 million years ago when massive walls of lava coursed across Oregon from the Idaho border. Basalt rock later formed and the sea eroded the cracks resulting in its current bowl shape of the Bay.
Just a bit North of Depoe bay is the spot known as Boiler Bay. Years ago, a ship wrecked here and its boiler lodged in the rocks near the mouth of the bay. It can still see at low tide. We made the steep, rocky climb down to a tiny bay, which doesn't provide much security from the rough water and massive waves. Be Careful Here!
Depoe Bay, Oregon
Miles and miles of sandy beaches broken only by a few rocky monuments and man made landmarks, with areas for enjoying rugged shorelines and beautiful nearby forests. Things are a bit more laid back in this area with dunes, flat beaches and dramatic forests as the only real tourist attractions.
The bridge at Walport is a nice stop, with a small museum loaded with information and brochures about local sites. A pleasant beach waits for strolls but the bridge itself is an interesting site, but really not as impressive as the bridge at Newport.
We walked around the town: reliving old memories, past the no longer used one-cell jail house, the Schoolhouse which once housed grades k-12 all in one building and the Old Town Tavern.
Dad once owned a Sawmill on the Oregon coast, during a time when cutting trees was not politically incorrect. He and his mill workers frequently stopped at the Old Town Tavern for a few beers after a long day of hard labor. The place is still the same--but we had to stop by and knock one back just for Dad!
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