Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Enjoy Breakfast, and then some Meat Loaf?

Meatloaf performs at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, January 14 & 15, 2011

Some people think big. Some people think huge. And then there's Meat Loaf.

For the past 35 years, the man born Marvin Lee Aday has been a towering monument on the musical landscape. His legendary 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell transformed this former high school football player, nightclub bouncer and stage actor into one of the great American rock 'n' roll icons. That record, with its staggering operatic sound and impassioned vocals, has sold more than 43 million albums worldwide - still one of the biggest-selling records ever.

Meat Loaf's reputation as one of music's greatest artists was underlined by such masterpieces as Dead Ringer (1981), Bad Attitude (1984) and the Bat Out Of Hell sequels Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993) and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006). Other artists might have tried to match his scale and copy his sound, but no one has come close.

Now, more than 30 years after he exploded onto the world stage, Meat Loaf is back with a new record, Hang Cool Teddy Bear (a title taken from a line in the classic Russ Meyer trash movie Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls). From opener Peace On Earth to closer Elvis In Vegas, its 13 tracks drag the classic Meat Loaf sound kicking and screaming into the 21st century. You won't want to miss your chance to experience Meat Loaf in concert when he makes a tour stop at Chinook Winds for two great shows on January 14 & 15, 2011!

Don't miss this oregon coast entertainment! Chinook Winds Casino is an easy 30 minute drive from Sandlake Country Inn. Make your reservation with us, then enjoy dinner and a show at Chinook Winds. Get your tickets early since it will probably be sold out!

Tickets are on sale now at the Chinook Winds Box Office, by phone at 1-888-MAIN-ACT (1-888-624-6228) or online.

Reserved Seating Tickets $70 - $85 Must be 16 years or older. Buy Tickets

Chinook Winds Casino is about a 30 minute drive from Sandlake Country Inn.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Covered Bridges Near the Oregon Coast - #27 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

Did you know that Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridge in the West? There are 4 covered bridges south of us in Lincoln County!

The covered-bridge-building tradition in Oregon dates from the 1850s. Out of necessity, pioneers built with the materials at hand. Douglas fir was abundant in western Oregon and well-suited to bridge construction. To increase their useful life, houses were constructed over the timber trusses to protect them from the damp western Oregon climate.

The heyday of covered bridge building in Oregon occurred between 1905 and 1925 when there were an estimated 450 covered bridges in the state. By 1977, this number had dwindled to 56. This focuses on covered bridges designed or built for vehicular traffic. Based on this criteria, Oregon currently has 50 covered bridges.

The closest covered bridge to us here at Sandlake Country Inn is the Drift Creek Bridge.

Originally, this covered bridge was erected over Drift Creek in 1914. After years of deterioration, the bridge was closed to even foot traffic. The area around the bridge was excavated in an effort to isolate the structure and limit access. This bridge was dismantled in late 1997. The County gave the timbers to the Sweitz family who owned land only eight miles to the north of the original site. Laura and Kerry Sweitz had envisioned the house being rebuilt over their concrete bridge that provides access to their property across Bear Creek. In the pioneer spirit that this bridge represents and through hardship and strife, their monumental efforts resulted in the resurrection of the bridge which now stands in a small, beautiful park-like setting.

The Sweitz family has given the public easement for heritage purposes for all time.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Sandlake Country Inn, travel south on 101 to Hwy. 18. Travel east on Hwy. 18 to milepost 3.96. Exit Hwy. 18 and travel south on Bear Creek Road 0.9 mile. The bridge is located on the left.

Chitwood Covered Bridge

Not much activity occurs at Chitwood anymore. The Chitwood Bridge was once surrounded by several stores, a post office, a telephone office, and several houses. The boarded up remains of the Smith store nearby is a dim reminder of the vitality the community once had.

Logging in the area once boomed enough to support not only the stores, but also contributed to rowdy times in the Chitwood Dance Hall.

In the early 1900s Chitwood became an important rail stop for the steam locomotives from Yaquina to Corvallis, as the town was where the engines took on water and fuel, as well as passengers and freight.

The rails near the bridge are still used, but the train no longer stops at Chitwood. In 1982, Lincoln County officials announced that the bridge had been seriously damaged and would ether be replaced or repaired. A public hearing concerning the future of the bridge influenced the commissioners to completely rehabilitate the structure.

Following environmental studies and engineering reports, a contract was awarded the following year to Aubrey Mountain Construction for the rehabilitation work. Supervision was provided by John Gilliland, who had helped build the covered Belknap Bridge in Lane County in 1966.

By December 1983, work had been completed on the roofing, flooring, siding and approaches, costing in excess of $240,000. Dedication ceremonies in January 1986 included a recitation of history of the area and a parade of vintage cars.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Highway 101, travel east from Newport on Highway 20, 17 miles to Chitwood.

Fisher School Covered Bridge

This 72 foot bridge once helped student make their way to Fisher School, which is no longer standing. It was built by George Melvin, with help from local farmers and using Howe Trusses. Condemned in 1998, it was completely renovated and rebuilt by the Lincoln County Public Works Department., with help from the Oregon Department of Transportation and a federal transportation grant, and expertise by the Covered Bridge Society of Oregon.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Waldport, drive east on Hwy 34. Turn south at Milepost 20 onto Five Rivers Rd. At milepost 9.4 turn east on Crab Creek Rd. The bridge is located a few hundred feet from the turnoff.

North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge

The rustic covered bridge spanning the North Fork of the Yachats cost the county only $1,500 when built in 1938, and was the last covered span constructed by veteran bridge builder Otis Hamer.

Located just seven miles from the salt water of the Pacific Ocean, this trim little bridge is one of the few to escape the "graffiti artists" so common in many other covered bridges.

Since the covered span is the only access for families in the area, the bridge roof was removed to allow a mobile home to cross in the early 1980s.

In 1987, a loaded fuel truck crashed through a weakened approach on the bridge and the accident ruptured a fuel tank. Luckily, no fuel reached the river, and county crews soon repaired damage to the bridge.

The bridge was rehabilitated in 1989 when work crews replaced the trusses and approaches. A new roof and siding were also added.

A dedication in December 1989 officially re-opened the bridge to traffic. The engineer who designed the remodeling stated the bridge, with proper maintenance, should last another 50 years.

The nearby community was established in 1880 as Ocean View, and was changed to Yachats in 1916 in salutation to a local tribe. The name "Yachats," according to the tribe, means "at the foot of the mountain," an appropriate nomenclature for both the bridge and the community.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Yachats travel approximately 7 miles east on Yachats River Road to N Yachats River Road. At the intersection turn north and travel approximately 1.5 miles.

Sandlake Country Inn Gift Certificates

The holiday season is here and we're all wondering what to buy for our loved ones. Think about a Sandlake Country Inn Gift Certificate! Give them a gift they can use any time to enjoy the beautiful Oregon coast.

It's easy to do right from any page of our website Sandlake Country Inn

You can also click right here on the gift certificate picture. Don't worry about the security of putting your credit card info online, the company we use for our online reservations and gift certificates offers a very secure site.

We look forward to making your loved one's stay memorable!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oregon Artist Featured at Stimulus Gallery in Pacific City

On Saturday, November 27, Stimulus Espresso Cafe located in the Inn at Cape Kiwanda building in Pacific City will exhibit a new mixed media art exhibit by Michael Loney. The public is invited to see these works and meet the artist at an opening reception, 6:30 to 8:30pm at the cafe.

Michael Loney, a lifelong Oregon resident, graduated from Milwaukie High School in 1969. Having been chosen "Most Artistic" by his classmates, Mike continued his art education at the Advertising Art Institute of Portland as well as the welcome tutelage of several renowned Oregon artists.

For over thirty years, Mike has worked in several art mediums, including oils, watercolors and woodcarving, gaining the attention of many collectors of fine art. Originally inspired by the way Norman Rockwell portrayed everyday people, as well as the beauty of all of Oregon's wildlife, Mike has developed his own unique style characterized by his attention to detail.

Click here to view some of Michael Loney's work.

Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn
Pacific City, OR

Friday, November 5, 2010

Seafood & Chowder Cook-off at the Culinary Center

Seafood & Chowder Cook-off at the Culinary Center in Lincoln City
Saturday, November 13, 2010 11:00am - 2:00pm

Admission is FREE for this Oregon coast event! A token amount is charged for the tastes.

One of the first things most people think of ordering when on the Oregon Coast is chowder. Here's an opportunity to taste chowder and seafood by some of the best chefs in the Pacific Northwest. After tasting the delectable offerings, you'll be able to vote for your favorite.

The awards are the People's Choice Award Best Clam Chowder and Best Seafood Chowder favorite. First, second and third place awards will be given in each catagory.

Some of the participating restaurants include: Bay 839, Tidal Raves, Vivian's Restaurant, Ice Axe Grill, Fathoms, A Posto, Baked Alaska, Nelscott Cafe, Rogue Ales Public House & the Pelican Pub and Brewery.

The Culinary Center in Lincoln City is located at 801 SW Hwy 101, on the 4th Floor, North. They're above the Driftwood Public Library, and City Hall. Lincoln City is a lovely 35 minute drive from Sandlake Country Inn

See you there!
Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Judy Squier - An uplifting message

As innkeepers, we have the privilege of meeting and hosting amazing people from all over the world, all walks of life & professions. Most of the time you enter a B&B as a stranger and leave as a friend.

Judy and David Squier first stayed with us at Sandlake Country Inn in Spring 2010
and Judy was just finishing her book "His Majesty in Brokenness". They now have returned, the book has been published and it's my honor to share it with you.

If you have or are facing struggles in your life and need a little encouragement and strength, pick up Judy's new book and I'm sure you'll start reading as a stranger and end up a friend. You can purchase Judy's book from her website

Meet Judy Squier, ‘the old lady with no legs’

By Kathleen Alaks of the Daily Courier

Judy Squier pulls no punches when she talks about herself.
“I’m the old lady with no legs,” she says with a wide grin.
Born with several birth defects that left her with a webbed left hand and two undeveloped legs with no thighs or knees and a total of five toes, Squier, now 65, is quick to point out that, despite her disability, she’s not all that different from anyone else.

“I deal with self, shame, failure, inferiority, that whole emotional package,” she says. “But everyone goes through that. I’m missing legs, but other people are missing what? Financial security, emotional stability, good health, good relationships? We’re all broken in some way.”

Squier addresses that idea in her book, “His Majesty in Brokenness,” subtitled “Finding God’s Masterpiece in Your Missing Piece.”

Not an autobiography in the traditional sense, the book is divided into 30 short stories about different aspects of Squier’s life.

“They are stories of how God showed up in a broken person’s life,” she says.

The second child of a pastor and his wife, Squier grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Ill. She was 10 when she had corrective surgery and was fitted for artificial limbs.

“The Shriners did all the surgeries and prosthetics,” she says. “I walked on artificial legs from the time I was 10 until I was 60. I was ambulatory and walked with a cane and the legs came off at night.”

At 13, she started giving speeches about walking with artificial legs to church groups and other organizations. At 16 she learned to drive a car with hand controls.

She graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in speech pathology and worked in that field for 10 years.

She and husband, David Squier, raised three daughters in the San Francisco Bay area and moved to Grants Pass four years ago.

“I have a husband who, I don’t think, even knows that I don’t have any legs,” she says with a laugh. “He’s always been more interested in who a person is on the inside than on the outside.”

Judy Squier in Front of her Home in Oregon

In their retirement, Judy and David have traveled to Romania, Thailand and Brazil.

“When I finally realized that it’s not about me, we started going on mission trips,” Judy says. “We delivered wheelchairs to third world countries, encouraged parents with disabled children.”

Squier bases that encouragement, in part, on the spiritual perspective on disability she finds in Psalms 139, which says that God oversees what goes on in a mother’s womb.

“For a person born broken, that passage says that it’s not an accident but a purpose, a higher design,” Squier says. “That’s the bulwark, the foundation of being me.”

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“His Majesty in Brokenness” sells for $10 at Evangel stores in Grants Pass and Medford and through Judy Squier’s website,

Saturday, October 2, 2010

3 Capes Scenic Route

Here is a video I created to show off our beautiful 3 Capes Scenic Route.
When staying with us, we will share with you our turn by turn itinerary
so you can find all the great secret areas!

Whether it's Fall, Winter, Summer or Spring, the coast has a magic all it's own.

Friday, September 10, 2010

North Coast Seafood Festival

Are you a seafood foodie? Give your taste buds a workout at the North Coast Seafood Festival in Tillamook, Oregon on October 2 & 3, 2010. The international food court will be held at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds. Along with wonderful selections of local seafood will be local Oregon wines and microbreweries, music and dance.

The festival takes place Saturday, October 2nd 11:00am-8:00pm & Sunday, October 3rd 12:00pm-5:00pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 fir seniors and students ages 6 to 17. Proceeds for the festival fund grade school art literacy programs. 503-398-5223

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Three Capes Scenic Loop & Oceanside Tunnel

Just a 20 minute drive from Sandlake Country Inn are a couple of our favorite places. Oceanside is a charming little town located in Tillamook County along the beautiful Three Capes Scenic Loop. This little town doesn't have touristy shops or fancy restaurants, but it's home to one of the most beautiful beaches with a very unique Oceanside tunnel. When the tide is low, explore the tide pools then dine at our favorite restaurant Rosanna's Cafe. I'll do a separate post in a few days about Rosanna's.

Our Three Capes Scenic Loop bed and breakfast is centrally located along this stunning part of the Oregon Coast. For a sneek preview of the Oceanside Tunnel, check out this video shot by

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Oregon Romantic Getaway-Breakfast in Bed

If you are looking for an Oregon Romantic Getaway, then we just may have the perfect place for you. Experience breakfast in bed, at your table in your room or on your own private deck after we deliver a delicious, hot, 4 course breakfast and our home roasted coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to your door each morning! Why stay in a boring hotel when you can have this and so much more on your romantic Oregon Coast getaway.

Breakfasts change each morning.
Here's what what delivered this morning:
Orange Strawberry Banana Juice
Fresh Fruit (cantelope, pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, kiwi
Homemade Granola with Milk
Sausage Links
Blueberry Croissant French Toast

Our Oregon Romantic Getaway has been honored with the highest rating in the popular book "Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest", Voted "Most Romantic Hideaway" by Inn-Traveler Magazine and has the highest rating on TripAdvisor.

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway on the beautiful Oregon Coast or just a place to go to for relaxation, make Sandlake Country Inn your hotel alternative along the Three Capes Scenic Route.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Oregon Coast Hikes

Along the 3 Capes Scenic Loop is one of the best Oregon coast hikes. Just 10 minutes from Sandlake Country Inn is the trail head to the Cape Trail and Cape Lookout.

This 5 mile round trip Oregon Coast hike is rated easy to moderate and will take you through the rain forest with spectacular views and will bring you to the tip of Cape Lookout. You might even see a whale!

After your hike, come back to our Oregon Coast B&B with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Soak your muscles in our luxurious tubs filled with bubble bath, enjoy a glass of wine or cider and gaze into your private fireplace in your suite.

Diane & Ron Emineth-Innkeepers
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Oregon Coast Getaway

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tillamook County Fair Entertainment 2010

Unlike the state fair, there is no additional charge for seeing the headline act at the fair! This year is a great lineup.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 COUNTRY SINGER, CRAIG MORGAN

Craig Morgan is one of country music’s best-loved artists who made a name for himself with his signature hits “Almost Home,” which was named Music Row Song of the Year in 2003, and the chart-topping summer anthem "Redneck Yacht Club," and the #1 hit for 5 weeks "That's What I Love About Sunday."

Thursday, August 12, 2010 COMEDIAN - BILL ENVALL

Bill Envall is a comedian best known for his work as a stand up comic and a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Group. In 2007, TBS began airing his sitcom "The Bill Envall Show. He has released multiple comedy albums as well. Engvall began his career on the sitcom Designing Women. He hit his first big break when he went on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and from there won the American Comedy Awards Comic of the Year. He then joined the cast of Delta Burke's self-titled series Delta, which lasted for one year. He then began producing his own albums. Before becoming a well-known comedian, Engvall joined the popular talent show Star Search. He has appeared on The Jeff Foxworthy Show alongside best friend and fellow comic Jeff Foxworthy, with whom he starred in the hit film Blue Collar Comedy Tour (as well as its sequels and spin-off TV show). In the films and TV shows, Engvall performed his standup alongside Foxworthy, Ron White, and Larry the Cable Guy


Eddie Mahoney made his first splash with the Berkeley California band The Rockets which included future Eddie Money band members John Nelson and Chris Solberg. After changing his name to Eddie Money he released his first album, the eponymous Eddie Money, in 1977. It reached #37 on the charts, and contained two of his most memorable hits, "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise". Both songs entered the top 40. The next year he followed up with his second album, Life for the Taking, which had more of a pop/disco sound. The album charted higher at #17, but neither of its two singles, "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" and "Maybe I'm a Fool", entered the top 20.

Two years later in 1980, Money released his third album, Playing for Keeps. The album only reached #35 in the United States and yielded no Top 40 singles. Two years later, he released No Control, which included the hits "Shakin'", "Think I'm In Love", and "Take A Little Bit". The album hit #20 in the United States.

Tillamook County Fair Aug 11-14 2010

The World Famous Pig-n-Ford Races

Pig n what???? Yup you read it right. It's the World Famous Pig-n-Ford races right here at the Tillamook County Fair. Ron and I really enjoy going to the Tillamook County Fair each year. It's a slice of Americana which is so rare these days.

The highlight of the fair are the preliminary heats as well as the finals of the Pig-n-Ford race. These Model T Fords aren’t buffed and shined, they’re built for speed. And carrying small pigs. Their souped-up jalopies are the stallions in the World Famous Pig-N-Ford Races, the highlight of the annual Tillamook County Fair. Aug. 11 through Aug. 14th, people from all over the state will converge on this pastureland to enjoy horse racing, talent shows, country music stars, 4-H exhibits and carnival rides. For many, it’s all just a warm-up to the Pig-N-Ford, in which competitors grab 20-pound pigs from a pen, crank up their Model T’s, jump in and race around the track, with dust, gears and laughter flying.
This crowd-favorite event has been featured on Good Morning America and KATU’s Spirit of the Northwest, and in publications like National Geographic. But the standing-room-only crowds are just part of the allure.

If the Pig-n-Ford races aren't exciting enough, hang on to your hats, because the final Saturday night has the demolition derby. Ok, so I was only able to sit through half of it! Not my cup of tea, but hey, I just couldn't sit on that hard bench for another minute. Here's a hint.....bring a stadium cushion!!!Come and celebrate the 85th year of this Oregon Coast tradition.

We have limited rooms available, so make your reservation at Sandlake Country Inn soon!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Family Vacation Pic



For our anniversary in May, we decided to go visit our friend Sally up on San Juan Island, WA. Sally owns San Juan Souveniers, a great little souvenier shop near the boat dock. If you’re ever on the island, stop in and say hello to Sally and her wonderful chocolate lab Scooby!

On the island, there is a beautiful sculpture park. It looks like this artist was using us as models! Even Sandy our dog was there with us.


Many of our summer guests make their way all the way up to the San Juan’s. It’s a great place to go whale watching for orcas. Unfortunately, the two times I’ve tried weren’t in the summer and I haven’t seen a single one. Oh well, it’s fun to try.

The Origins of Pacific City's Haystack Rock

This is an article reprinted from Beach Connections

Haystack Rock is located just 8 minutes from our Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast, Sandlake Country Inn!

Freaky Oregon Coast Facts: Geology of Pacific City's Haystack Rock

Published 06/01/2010

pacific city's haystack rock

(Pacific City, Oregon) – It's been an Oregon landmark for - well, millions of years - scores more decades than Euro-descended tourists have been around to gawk at it or consider it a favorite.

There are two Haystack Rocks along the Oregon coast: one at Cannon Beach and a slightly less famous one at Pacific City. They both have their mysteries, but the one at Pacific City is finally seeing the light of day as Oregon Coast Beach Connection went digging for answers with Oregon geologists.

One local tourism entity has claimed the Pacific City seastack is one of the largest in the world. That, if you’ll excuse the pun, is still up in the air.

But just how tall is Pacific City's Haystack Rock?

“The rock has an estimated height of 340.6 feet (103.8 m) as determined from Lidar data collected by our agency last year,” said Jonathan Allan, Coastal Geomorphologist and Coastal Section Team Leader with Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries, in their Newport office.

And what is the origin of this grand structure?

Geologists aren’t completely sure – but about 95 percent sure – that it’s part of a massive lava flow that came searing through the northwest millions of years ago. This was the Miocene era, about 23 million years to five million years ago.

They call this the “Columbia River basalts,” which means it’s essentially the same basalt flow that created the Gorge.

“The lithology of the rock is definitely basalt and is probably part of the Grande Ronde basalt formation that is characteristic of Cape Lookout,” Allan said. “However, since we are not aware of any chemical analysis having been done on the basalt, I am not completely sure."

Seaside-based geologist Tom Horning said it’s the “same as nearly all other sea stacks and mountains south of the Columbia River.”

Horning adds:

“I personally believe it is the remains of a canyon-filling lava that followed the ancient Nestucca River to the ocean.”

In other words, there was a canyon in this spot at one time, and the lava flow was so huge it filled it. Eventually, the area that formed that canyon was eroded away, leaving just structures like Cape Lookout and whatever basalt formation was once connected to what we now know as Haystack Rock. Eventually, all that was worn away to leave Haystack and Lookout in their current forms.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is actually known as an “instrusive,” meaning the lava flow that it’s a part of shot its way back into the ground, probably in softer ground like mud or such, and then re-erupted again a ways away. This left blob structures that were eventually worn down into shapes we know today like the ones around Cannon Beach.

There may be further investigations into Pacific City’s intriguing monolith, and some more answers.

“I have proposed getting a permit to boat out to the rock and scope it or climb it,” Horning said.

Friday, May 28, 2010

North Coast Land Conservancy Coast Train Trip

Riding the Coastal Edge

Saturday, August 7, 6 P.M. - 9 P.M., Garibaldi Train Depot

Does a train ride on the scenic water's edge sound like the perfect way to spend a summer evening? Make plans to board the train on Saturday, August 7 at 6 p.m. when the North Coast Land Conservancy and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust join together to offer their second annual popular educational and fun excursion for the whole family. Tickets go on sale June 1 for this open-air railway round-trip from Garibaldi to Wheeler to experience the sights and sounds of the sweeping coastal edge lands.

Stewart Schultz, author of "Northwest Coast, A Natural History" will be the guest interpreter on the trip as the train travels past such notable viewpoints as the Garibaldi Bar, Nedonna Beach, the Nehalem Spit, Fishers Point and the Nehalem Bay Estuary. Along with being the author of the quintessenial book on north coast natural history, Schultz is a professor of biology at the University of Zadar in Zadar, Crotia. For those fortunate enough to own a copy of his book, he will be available to sign prior to boarding the train.

"We are so pleased that Stewart will be joining us this year for our trip," said Katie Voelke, executive director of NCLC, "his in-depth knowledge of our coastal edge is unprecedented and his interpretation is not to be missed."

The $40 fare for adults and $20 fare for children 12 and under includes the train excursion, a box picnic dinner catered by Parkside Cafe in Garibaldi and an opportunity to experience this scenic corridor from a new perspective. Seating is limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Last year's "Ride The Coastal Edge" sold out quickly so plan to reserve your ticket early by calling the NCLC office beginning June 1 at 503-738-9126, Monday-Friday, 8 A.M. - 5 P.M.

Directions: Take highway 101 to Garibaldi -- the train depot is off third street in the center of town [click here for map].

The North Coast Land Conservancy and the Lower Nehalem Community Trust are non-profit organizations that own and manage land for ecological and cultural values. These two organizations are offering this excursion as part of their ongoing education and outreach activities for the community.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Summer Reservations on the Oregon Coast

Taking a trip to the Oregon Coast in the summer without a reservation, especially on a weekend, is like playing Russian Roulette. I can't tell you how many times I get call after call from desperate travelers nearly in tears trying to find a place to stay at the last minute. Many times my response is "don't go north, don't go south, but you'll have to go east"! We try to help travelers as much as possible, but sometimes there just is not a room to be had on the coast.

Whether you choose to make a reservation with us or some place else, please do yourselves a favor and make a reservation for your summer trip BEFORE you leave home.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Tillamook County Fair Pig and Ford Races - #29 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

Tillamook County Fair 'Pig and Ford Races' - #29 of 101 Things To Do on the Oregon Coast

When making your summer plans, consider coming to stay with us in August during the "World Famous Pig-N-Ford Races" at the Tillamook County Fair.  This is an Oregon Coast event you shouldn't miss!

If you've never experienced this, come and join us! Each year, we do our best to go to the Tillamook County Fair. Since we are located in the middle of dairy country and farm country, this Tillamook County Fair shows off the best of this community. Hob nob with the cows, pigs, llamas and locals. It's a great time and we try our best to attend each year.

The Pig-N-Ford races have been featured on the Today Show, many news outlets and here's a picture from National Geographic!

Drivers use stripped model T Fords with stock mechanicals. Five cars are lined up with the engines off at the start line of the horse racing track. Drivers stand next to the grandstands. When the starter pistol fires, the drivers run to the opposite side of the front straight, grab a live 20-pound pig from a bin, then must hand-crank their car and drive it one lap. They then stop, kill the engine, get a different pig, and race another lap. The first driver to complete three laps in this manner without losing their pig is the winner. The race was first run in 1925. The "official" story is that two local farmers were chasing a runaway pig in their Model Ts and were having so much fun, they decided it should be a race at the next county fair. The Pig-N-Ford Races have been run every year since 1925. Drivers belong to the Tillamook County Model T Pig-N-Ford Association, and membership is often a life-long affair. Cars and memberships are often passed down through families or sold to close friends. Some of the cars that first ran in 1925 are still on the track today

Now, who would have thought that Pigs could fly on the Oregon Coast?

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Oregon Coast Activity #29, From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dungeness Crab Mac and Cheese with Hazelnut Crust

Last year, the Best Places to Kiss Cookbook came out. Sandlake Country Inn for many years has been listed in the book Best Places to Kiss in the Northwest with the highest rating of 4 lips (Simply Sublime). We were very fortunate to be featured in this new cookbook!

A couple of days ago I was browsing through the cookbook and I came across a recipe that I can't wait to try. Our breakfasts here at Sandlake Country Inn are based on real comfort food. This new recipe, while not for breakfast, screams real comfort food to me! I haven't tried it yet, but I thought I would share it with you. It uses local ingredients and if you try it before I do, let me know what you think! We would use Tillamook aged white cheddar, local dungeness crab & Oregon hazelnuts. It's Oregon's Bounty!

Recipe from Sybaris Bistro, Albany, OR

2 1/2 Cups uncooked penne pasta
2 Cups heavy cream
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 Cup grated white cheddar cheese
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
1/2 Lb Dungeness crabmeat (from a 2 lb crab)
Dash of Tabasco
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground white pepper
1/2 Cup hazelnuts, roasted and finely chopped
Lemon wedges (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cook the pasta in boiling water, following package directions, until it is not quite al dente. Drain and let cool.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the cream to a boil over high heat. As soon as the cream boils, add the cooked pasta. Bring back to a boil and stir in the cheeses and mustard. Bring the mixture back to a boil and add the crabmeat, Tabasco and salt. Remove from heat and season to taste with pepper.
  3. Put the crab-pasta mixture in a greased casserole dish and sprinkle with the hazelnuts, Bake until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes.
Variation: Fpr am attractove [resemtatopm. bake the crab macaroni and cheese in clean crab shells. Ask your neighborhood fishmonger to save four crab shells for you to clean and bake in. Preheat the oven to 400 degress F. Place the shells on a baking sheet, carefully fill with the crab-pasta mixture, and sprinkle with the hazelnuts. Bake until hot and bubbly, 15 to 20 minutes.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Our Home Roast Rocks!

Here at Sandlake Country Inn, we take coffee seriously! Ron has been roasting our green beans about 4 years now. The beans we purchase are organic, AAA & free trade! Even our home roast decaf is chemical free using the Swiss water system.

Enjoy Ron's home roast which we deliver to your door before breakfast, and for the rest of your day if you ever want a great cup of coffee, just help yourself to our 24 hour beverage table. There we have a Flavia beverage system with a variety of coffees. We also have a large variety of Stash Teas which are a local Oregon company.

Sandlake Country Inn is a certified "Green Lodging" property and we are proud of being able to offer luxury accommodations which are able to meet green standards. Whenever possible we purchase products made in Oregon. Not only does it help stimulate our state's economy, but it's a great way to lower our carbon footprint. The least distance a product has to travel the better it is for the environment.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Earth Day, April 22, 2010

Earth Day and Being Green

It's been encouraging to see how going "green" has become mainstream. We still have a long way to go as a society, but Oregon businesses have really been in the forefront.

We have been using green practices for many years here at Sandlake Country Inn, but now with the help of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild's partnership with the group Sustainable Travel International, we became a certified "Green Lodging Establishment"in 2008! Be careful of those businesses who are "green washing"! That's the practice of just claiming they're green but are not able to provide proof.

Going "Green" doesn't have to mean that you can't enjoy luxury! In fact, most of our guests over the years have no idea that when they stay with us we are a "green" property.

Since we purchased the inn 9 years ago, we have made a commitment of our business practices to promote the sustainability of our planet's natural resources. Here are a few things we have done to help
  • Compost
  • Recycle
  • Buy locally when possible
  • Use environmentally friendly cleaning products with all natural ingredients
  • Use durable products instead of throw away
  • Use e-mail for most all business communications
  • All bubble baths, soaps & lotions are environmentally chemicals, all natural products
  • Purchase our lotions & bubble bath in bulk & provide each guests room with reusable glass containers instead of disposable travel bottles
  • When an appliance breaks, we've replaced it with an energy efficient appliance.
  • Purchased a TerraPass for each of our vehicles to eliminate it's carbon footprint
  • Replaced light bulbs wherever possible with florescent or LED blubs
  • Encourage our guests to reuse their towels if they feel comfortable doing so
  • Reusable grocery bags when shopping (Costco has great ones 3 in a pack for $4.00)
Come celebrate Earth Day 2010 with us! We'll show you how our Oregon Coast Lodging mixes green practices and affordable without any hassles or attitude!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Restaurants!

I've got 2 new restaurants to tell you about.

Whiskey Creek Barbeque & Grill
Last night we decided give this new place a try. It's been only open a couple of months and it's located on Whiskey Creek Rd (along the 3 capes scenic route). It's only a 15 minute drive from Sandlake Country Inn on your way to Netarts.

The decor is Texas BBQ and quaint. Our waitress was very warm and hospitable and gave us great service. I had the BBQ pork ribs dinner. Their dinners come in 2 sizes, regular and Texas. We decided to get the Texas size so we would be sure to have enough to take home with us for the next days lunch. Ha! There was so much food, I'm sure that even the regular size would have given us enough to take back with us! The ribs had great flavor, but frankly were a little tough for time I'll try the brisket or sausage. You get several choices of sides with your dinner and on the waitress' recommendation I chose the onion rings and coleslaw. Both were wonderful. Ron had the brisket and it was juicy and tender. His sides were fresh homemade french fries and cowboy beans. He gave a thumbs up to both of those.

Their prices are very reasonable with sandwiches in the $7.50-$10.50 range and huge dinners in the $17.00-$20.00 range

We're looking forward to going back to try more!

Ben & Jeff's Burgers and Tacos

We haven't tried this brand new place out yet, but the buzz around town is we're going to be in for some good food. Ben & Jeff's Burgers and Tacos is located in Pacific City, right next to the Pelican Pub. It's a fabulous location and will be a great alternative to the Pub which gets insanely busy and tends to be pricey for pub food. The menu is just as the name says...Burgers and Tacos. Nothing on the menu is more than $6.00 A place like this is definitely much needed in Pacific City. Just a few feet from the beach and Haystack Rock, it would be fun on a sunny day to take your burger & tacos with you, get your toes in the sand and enjoy the amazing view of Haystack Rock.

We're looking forward to trying their food and wish them a lot of success!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Unfamiliar with Our Area? Use our Interactive Map!

Are you someone who is not familiar with our area of the Oregon Coast or where our Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast is located? Check out our Interactive Google Map on our website.

This Google Map allows you to see not only where we are located, but where all our favorite hikes, outdoor activities, beaches, whale watching sites, restaurants and museums are. You can zoom in and out to view the different areas. Make sure you check out the satellite view!! You can see exactly what kind of area we are in, how close to the beach we are and what an amazing area this section of the Oregon Coast is. Our location is perfect to explore Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares, Tillamook and the Three Capes Scenic Route.

Since this map is personalized just for us, we've added all of our favorite spots, shopping and restaurants. It doesn't mean that you'll find every single restaurant or store on our map and we've only concentrated on areas that can be reached by car within a short period of time.

Once you are on our map and you want to see where all the restaurants are, just click the "on" button in the white "Dining" box. There are separate boxes for "Activities", Dining", "Shopping" and "Museums". The museums category also includes our local art galleries.

If your idea of a getaway or trip is to explore nature at it's finest and get away from the traditional touristy large towns, then Pacific City and Sandlake Country Inn is a perfect fit!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Birding and Blues Festival

Birding and Blues Festival - For three days discover secrets about the intriguing bird life and wildlife along our spectacular Oregon coast. There will be morning guided field trips and interactive daytime seminars. Then, each evening after an ocean sunset, try some fine restaurant fare, check out the art galleries, and warm your soul with blues in the night. Expect dancing and concerts both Friday and Saturday night plus music around town.

The festival will occur the weekend of Friday, April 9, Saturday April 10 and Sunday, April 11th 2010 in Pacific City. April sits at the front door of the migratory season when birders ready themselves for the wildlife’s seasonal awakening. The weather is starting to include many spring-like days and the birds are become more lively.

Stay with us at Sandlake Country Inn , your Oregon Coast Hotel alternative, and be only minutes from the action. Click here for a complete program guide to the Birding and Blues Festival

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tillamook Medium Cheddar Wins Best Medium Cheddar in the World!

Cheesemakers from 20 different nations united in Madison, Wisconsin from March 16-18th for the 2010 World Cheese Championship Cheese Contest. Tillamook Cheese, traveling cross-country from Oregon, took home the gold medal for “Best Medium Cheddar in the World,” beating a whopping 59 other entries.

Here at Sandlake Country Inn bed and breakfast on the beautiful Oregon Coast, we exclusively useTillamook Medium Cheddar. Located just 20 minutes from Tillamook means that we have amazing locally produced milk, cheese, yogurts and ice cream produced at the Tillamook Creamery. Our commitment to using local, fresh products whenever possible is certainly made easier by having the Tillamook County Creamery Association Cooperative farms nearby.

When your travels take you to near the Tillamook Cheese Factory, consider staying in one of our romantic, luxurious and affordable rooms where we will deliver your 4 course hot breakfast to your door each morning. Unless you're sensitive to dairy foods (let us know if you are), you'll be delighted each morning to taste the unparalleled quality of Tillamook products!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Congratulations Jason & Rachel!

We first met Jason and Rachel in 2003 during their stay with us at Sandlake Country Inn. We have had the pleasure to see how their lives have changed over the years. During one of their stays with us, Jason proposed. Rachel of course said YES!

Then came the wedding...

After the honeymoon, Jason and Rachel shared with us pictures of their trip to Jamaica and it sounded wonderful. Ron and I decided we wanted to go to the same resort, so for our next vacation we went to Couples Swept Away in Jamaica. We had a fabulous time!

Now the next phase in Jason & Rachel's lives is they just had a baby!

Isn't baby Jack adorable?!?!?!?!

Congratulations again Jason & Rachel and we can't wait to you again. If you want to bring baby Jack, the Cottage is perfect for you, but if you want some alone couple time, the Timbers Suite or Starlight Suite are waiting for you!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's Ron's Birthday!

Today is Ron's Birthday! We've been away for a couple of weeks recently so I haven't done any birthday shopping. I'm thinking I'll probably take him out to dinner in Lincoln City, then give him a $100 to go blow at the casino.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Honeymoon & Anniversaries

We're always so honored to play a small part in couple's milestones. Today, we have guests celebrating their new marriage (married Saturday), another couple celebrating their 1st Anniversary, and a couple who have been staying at Sandlake Country Inn since 1993 celebrating their 30th Anniversary!

Congratulations to all!!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Food Challenges

We get many guests staying with us who are vegetarian, vegan, egg restricted, etc.. Whether it's an ethical choice or a medical one, we do our best to always prepare a delicious 4 course breakfast for all. Here is a delicious recipe for our vegan guests. They are so delicious, our non-vegan guests are enjoying them too!

If you are challenged with dietary restrictions, don't be afraid to come stay with us! Our Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast can be a romantic retreat knowing that we'll take good care of you by cooking a special vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or other unique breakfasts for those whose diet usually limits their eating in restaurants.

Vegan Peanut Maple Cookies


* 1/2 c real maple syrup
* 1/4 c canola oil
* 1/2 c chunky peanut butter, natural, no-sugar added
* 1 t pure vanilla extract
* 1 c unbleached flour


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix maple syrup, oil, peanut butter and vanilla in a medium bowl. Add flour and mix until combined well - do not over-mix. Drop generous teaspoons of mix onto a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press a fork across the top of the cookie to flatten, both directions.

Bake for 20 - 23 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the cookie sheet.

You may need to add a bit more flour if mixture is not stiff enough to hold together - I made these on a humid day and they need a little extra flour help.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

It's a Beautiful Day in Pacific City!

Grant's Getaways - Three Capes Scenic Drive from Travel Oregon on Vimeo.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming (they're a bit confused, they think it's spring!) and there's no Tsunami on the Oregon Coast! Check out the video about the Three Capes Scenic Route.

Sunday's weather should be another spectacular day, so if you're able, come and see what Pacific City and the Three Capes Scenic Route is all about. We have 2 rooms still available, so spend the night and wake up to our 4 course hot breakfast & home roasted coffee.

2010 Looks to be a Great Year!


Congratulations to John & Jessica! Last week John proposed to Jessica as they were enjoying the spectacular vistas along our Three Capes Scenic Route.

This is the 2nd proposal we're aware of this year. We are honored that we were able to help in a small way, create a romantic, private atmosphere to help make their proposal weekend memorable.


Monday, February 8, 2010

Congratulations Daragh & Leanne!

Our first
Sandlake Country Inn proposal of 2010!

Having a long distance relationship is difficult, but Daragh & Leanne are making it work. We first met this lovely couple at the end of December 2009 when they stayed in the Starlight Suite. They tell us that after a few years apart, they were able to reconnect and during their stay in the Starlight Suite, they decided that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

We are so priviledged to play a small part in their engagement. To make their engagement "official", they decided that another stay at our B&B for the official proposal and exchanging of engagement rings was in order.

This time they stayed in the Cottage where Daragh proposed to Leanne, and of course the answer was YES!

We want to wish Daragh and Leanne many years of happiness and of course are looking forward to seeing those wedding pictures!