Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oregon Coast New Year's Eve Special

Sandlake Country Inn
 Are you looking for a quiet and romantic way to celebrate the New Year on the Oregon Coast? We might have just the thing for you at our award winning Sandlake Country Inn!

Our romantic rooms have Jacuzzi tubs for 2, fireplaces, private decks and a 4 course hot breakfast delivered to your door each morning.

You can enjoy a quiet celebration and unwind from all the holiday stresses. We'll do all the work.

Add on our room service dinner and enjoy an intimate, romantic New Year's Eve with your loved one.
When making your online reservation, simply click on the box for "Dinner at Sandlake" You will receive an e-mail back from us to get your dinner choices.
New Year's Eve Special
Dinner Delivered!
Dinner at Sandlake (En Suite Dining)

Cream of Potato Soup
Minnestrone Soup

Broccoli & Tillamook Cheese Soup

All entrees include vegetables & garlic bread
Baked Salmon (includes baked potato)
Lasagna (Diane's family recipe made with chi
cken Italian sausage)
Vegetarian Pasta Entree
Fillet Migno
n (includes baked potato)

Cheesecake or Tillamook Ice Cream (optional lemon or berry sauce)

 Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
8505 Galloway Rd
Cloverdale, OR 97112
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Whales Are Coming, The Whales Are Coming!!

The whales are soon to arrive along the Oregon coast!

December starts the beginning of the whale migration along the Oregon Coast. We mostly see the gray whales migrating from the cold waters of Alaska south, to have their babies in the warm, calm bays of Mexico. Gray Whale babies are 15 feet long and weigh 2,000 at birth! In the spring, they return up north with their young to spend the summer feeding in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

Since the Oregon coast is rich in phytoplankton (small marine plants) which are eaten by zooplankton (small marine animals) including bottom dwelling amphipods and mysid shrimp - primary food of the Gray Whales, approximately 200 whales don't continue the migration north, but choose to settle along the Oregon coast. That makes the Oregon coast a great area to spot whales all year around.

 Winter Whale Watching Week -
Dec 26-30, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Trained volunteers will be present at the "Whale Spoken Here" sites.
During Winter Whale Watch Week, trained volunteers will be present at 3 different locations near Sandlake Country Inn; Cape Meares lighthouse, Cape Lookout (at the tip of the Cape Lookout Trail) and Cape Kiwanda.

You don't have to wait for whale watch week to go whale watching, so plan your trip to the Oregon Coast any time in December or early January for the best chance to spot these amazing creatures.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast


Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic

It's time for the 14th Annual Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic
picture from 2009 Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic
120 participants will be competing in 20 minute heats on September 22nd & 23rd, 2012 at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City, Oregon.

Event Schedule
Friday September 21st
• Pig feast and Bonfire on the beach from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• Walk-up registration is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the beach
* Live music
* Beer Garden provided by The Pelican Brewery
 Saturday September 22nd
• Competition starts at 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in 20 minute heats
• 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. : beer garden, live band and dinner on the beach
• Product demo & display
Sunday September 23rd
• Competition starts at 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
• Awards ceremony from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information check out their website at Cape Kiwanda Longboard Classic

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

LeAnn Rimes at Chinook Winds Casino

Kick off the holidays with a concert by LeAnn Rimes at the Chinook Winds Casino December 1, 2012 at 8:00pm and December 2, 2012 at 5:00pm!

Rimes has won many awards, including two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music Award. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy this memorable holiday concert in the intimate setting offered by Chinook Winds Casino.

Spend a holiday evening with this unforgettable performer when she returns to Chinook Winds on December 1, 2012 at 8pm & December 2, 2012 at 5pm!

Tickets go on sale September 1, 2012 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.

Reserved Seating Tickets: $30-$45. Must be 16 or older to attend. Tickets go on sale September 1, 2012 at 8am

Chinook Winds is just a 30 minute drive south of Sandlake Country Inn.
Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Gerry Frank's Oregon Includes Sandlake Country Inn

It's hot off the press! "Gerry Frank's Oregon" in Partnership with The Oregonian.

We're excited and honored at Sandlake Country Inn to be included in this brand new guide book of Oregon, written by the "Premier Citizen" (by gubernatorial proclamation in 2000 named Oregon’s first – and only Premier Citizen), Gerry Frank.

This unique guide book to Oregon does not just include lodging and restaurants, but it's also full of places to see, where to shop, and also includes museums, wineries and fun things to do with the family.

As a long time contributor to The Oregonian, Gerry Frank has also chaired the Oregon Tourism Commission from 1996 to 2001, did weekly television gigs for Channel 12’s Northwest Reports and Good Day Oregon for eight years and also worked with Channel 2. He continues to write (for over 25 years) a wide-ranging (now focusing on travel) column for The Oregonian.

Gerry Frank’s Oregon is a must read for anyone who loves this state. Woven by Oregon’s first citizen and master story teller this book is a rich fabric of practical information and fascinating details about our state and its history. In many ways Gerry Frank has become almost synonymous with Oregon and has dedicated his life to public service and to enriching our state and its people. Gerry Frank’s Oregon is his latest contribution to the Oregon story.
John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

The Doobie Brothers are "Takin' it to the Beach" in Lincoln City

Come stay with us September 22 & 23, 2012 and join the Doobie Brothers with "Takin' it to the Street" at the beach!

With such hits as "Takin' It to the Street", "Listen to the Music", "Black Water" and many more, it's bound to be a rockin' time!

Don't miss your chance to see these legendary performers in person when they make a tour stop at Chinook Winds on September 22, 2012 at 8pm & September 23, 2012 at 5pm!
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: $45- $60. Must be 16 or older to attend.

Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Relax and Stay Awhile...It's Not Always About the Ocean!

Yes, the Oregon coast is amazing. It's beautiful, and it's very close by us at Sandlake Country Inn. But it's not always about the beach experience. It's time to take a break from the beach and the many activities the Oregon Coast has to offer and relax!

Take a deep breath. What's better than taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon snuggling up with your loved one?That's not a park you're looking at, it's our 'back yard'!

Relax and sit or lay a spell. You might enjoy yourself more than you expected.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

Friday, July 6, 2012

Vegan, Sugar Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free Maple Peanut Cookies

Especially when traveling, those folks with dietary restrictions can have a difficult time finding delicious foods they can actually enjoy. Here at Sandlake Country Inn, we try to find delicious alternatives that all of our guests can enjoy. Here's one I'd like to share with you!

Here is a great cookie recipe from the lovely Thomas Sheppard Inn  in West Virginia, that is dairy free, egg free, and vegan.

Peanut Maple Cookies

1/2 Cup real maple syrup
1/4 Cup canola oil
1/2 Cup chunky peanut butter, natural, no sugar added
1    Cup flour

Preheat 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.

Diane Emineth,
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Oregon Coast Trail Lodging Near Cape Lookout

Every year we get guests who arrive at Sandlake Country Inn on foot! They have been walking the Oregon Coast Trail. We all know how beautiful the Oregon coast is, but these dedicated walkers experience it inch by inch and mile by mile.

On the 382 mile Oregon Coast Trail, hikers experience sandy beaches, forested corridors and magnificent headlands. When walking the trail in Tillamook county, the Pacific Coast Trail leads you directly to Sandlake Country Inn. From Cape Lookout, the trail heads down to the beach just south of Cape Lookout. On that beach on December 25, 1890, the wooden full rigger clipper ship, The Struan ship wrecked with it's cargo of 3 x 12 bridge timbers, which became the building material for the homestead built by W.C. King, and is now the historical landmark building of Sandlake Country Inn.

The trail then takes you to the mouth of Sand Lake Estuary which is only passable at low tide and if you don't want to traverse the cold water to cross over to Whalen Island, you would then exit the park area onto Galloway Rd. In about 1 mile you'll be able to take lodging and dinner at Sandlake Country Inn. You can rest your aching muscles with a warm bubble bath in a whirlpool tub in one of our rooms or suites.  Don't worry about having to find a restaurant, because we also are able to deliver a delicious hot dinner to your room at an additional charge.

Oregon Coast Trail Map

In the morning, you'll receive a large 4 course breakfast delivered to your door so you can continue along the Oregon Coast Trail refreshed and ready for another day of spectacular beauty on your way south to Lincoln City.

If hiking the Oregon Coast Trail is on your bucket list, what are you waiting for! Make sure you make your reservation with us when you're planning your trip so we'll be sure to have room for you.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Oregon Coast Summer Event, The Tillamook County Rodeo

One of the Oregon Coast's wonderful summer events is the Tillamook County Rodeo. This annual event this year is June 22 & 23, 2013, at the Tillamook County Fairgrounds in Tillamook, Oregon.

Saturday June 22, 2013
June Dairy Parade
11:00 am
Downtown Tillamook

Western Barbeque
3:00 - 6:00 pm
BBQ Tri-tip Dinner

Tillamook County Rodeo
6:00 pm
Gates open at 3:00 pm

Country Western Dance
Music by Pristine Blue
9:00 pm
Beer Garden and Food
$5 at the door

 Don't forget to join in the small town fun at the 56th Annual June Dairy Parade down Main Street on Saturday, June 22, 2013 starting at 10:30 am!

Diane Emineth
Sandlake Country Inn
Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast
Sunday June 23, 2013
Rotary Ranch Breakfast 
8:00 - 11:00 am

Kid's Day
Stick Pony races
Kids 12 years and under Free with a paying adult on Sunday

Tillamook County Rodeo
1:00 am
Gates open at 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail - #31 of 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

Sandlake Country Inn
Day Hikes Near Sandlake Country Inn
Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail - #31 of 101 Oregon Coast Activities
Located just 25 minutes south of Sandlake Country Inn, this spectacular coastal headland owned by the Nature Conservancy is a haven for rare plants, wildlife and grassland and the rare silverspot butterfly.
Conservancy ecologists also monitor the populations of rare plants throughout the year. In spring and summer, teams of volunteers remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry, help maintain trails, assist with research projects and teach visitors about the preserve.
The Oregon coast hiking is spectacular. Please always leave only your footprints behind in these very sensitive areas. Be prepared for all types of weather conditions and path conditions.
There are two trails on Cascade Head. To reach the lower trail (a more vigorous hike to the top of the headland):
  • Head south from Sandlake Country Inn on US 101 toward Lincoln City. 
  • Just north of the Salmon River, turn west on Three Rocks Road.
  • At 2 miles, take the left fork and park in Knight Park.
  • The trailhead begins there. It crosses through private and U.S. Forest Service property and over a narrow winding road, so please use caution and respect private property.

The upper trail (a more level 1-mile hike to the upper viewpoint) is closed by the U.S. Forest Service from January 1 to July 15. To reach it:
  • Drive 2.4 miles north of the Salmon River, almost to the summit of Cascade Head.
  • Turn left on Cascade Head Road (USFS Road 1861).
  • Continue approximately 3.5 miles, bearing left when the road forks. (There is a U.S. Forest Service trail to Harts Cove at the end of this road.)
  • The upper trailhead is marked by a small parking lot and sign. At the upper viewpoint, the trail drops steeply 500 feet to connect with the lower trail.

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     Diane Emineth,
    Sandlake Country Inn
    Oregon Coast Activity #31, From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
    Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn

    Sunday, April 29, 2012


    Let your inner artist out at the Siletz Bay Sand Castle Competition! Bring your shovel, bucket and other non-power equipment and create your masterpiece in the sand.

    This is a competition for non-professionals, so all are welcome. Choice of sand sculpture is up to you at this family friendly event. 
    The SILETZ BAY SAND CASTLE COMPETITION is August 3, 2013 with registration open at noon.
      Open Categories
      Group: (or family)
      Pairs: (or couples)
      Individuals: (over 10 years)
      Kids: (Ages 1 - 10)
    Best Mermaid
    Best Chowderhead
    Best Sandcastle
    Best Tiki
    Best Dog
    Best Family or Group Masterpiece
    Best Pair or Couples Masterpiece
    Best Masterpiece by an Individual
    Best *Kids Masterpiece! (Under 10 years old, single, pair or group)

    *There will be 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place winners

    Diane Emineth
    Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

    Thursday, April 19, 2012

    Oregon Coast Crabbing

    When it comes to crabbing, Oregon does it right!  Oregon is often a leader in sustainable practices and crabbing is no different. Did you know that Oregon is the only certified sustainable state crab fishery? Oregon coast crabbing is one of the many activies natives and visitors love to do in our area. Just minutes from Sandlake Country Inn in beautiful Netarts Bay, you'll be able to try your hand at crabbing. These tasty crustaceans are prized by chefs. James Beard is quoted "'meal the gods intended only for the pure in palate" when describing the Pacific Northwest's dungeness crab, and it was also Julia Child's favorite!
    Dungeness Crab

    The Dungeness crab fishery in Oregon is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) using a simple system known as the '3 S's' - Size, Sex & Season.
    Size - Only mature male crabs measuring at least 6 ¼ inches across the back of the shell are harvested. Undersized male crabs are returned to the ocean to insure a healthy 'breed stock'.
    Sex - ALL female crabs are released unharmed and return to the ocean floor, where they continue the mating cycle to insure healthy stocks and future harvests.
    Season - The annual harvest begins each year on December 1, when the crabs are hard-shelled, full of meat and in their prime. The season closes on August 14th to minimize handling so that 'post molt', soft-shelled crabs can 'fill out' undisturbed.

    This management method has served the resource well for decades and insures that the Dungeness fishery is truly sustainable.

    To go crabbing on your own, just head to Netarts Bay and pick up everything you need for your adventure. You can get your license and supplies at Netarts Bay RV Campgrounds and Marina, approximately a 15 minute drive from Sandlake Country Inn

    Diane Emineth
    Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

    Friday, March 2, 2012

    Drift Creek Falls & Suspension Bridge

    The beautiful Oregon Coast is filled with spectacular hikes and scenery and activities. You can see a lot if you're driving along the coast route of Highway #101, but to really experience the beauty of nature, you must get out of your car and explore.

    No matter what season, a wonderful hike with spectacular views and an amazing payoff is the Drift Creek Falls Trail and suspension bridge.. A fairly easy 3 mile round trip hike through lush forest. You'll then find yourself on a 240 foot suspension bridge, 100 feet above Drift Creek. The suspension bridge is the longest suspension bridge in Oregon. Never fear, the bridge barely moves under you and can hold a massive amount of weight! After crossing the bridge, you can take a short hike down to the pool bed. In the summer, you might even want to take a swim!

    Directions from Sandlake Country Inn:
    • Go south on #101 from Pacific City
    • Take #18 east from Lincoln City.
    • About 4 miles on #18 you will see a brown park sign for Drift Creek Falls. Turn Left onto the side road.
    • Drive 9 miles to the paved parking lot and well marked trailhead.

    Please note: You’ll need a $5 Northwest Forest Pass, which can be purchased at 

    Drift Creek Falls & Suspension Bridge    Photo by Dee Brausch

    Click below to view the wonderful video from Grant's Getaways

    Diane Emineth
    Your Romantic Getaway on the Beautiful Oregon Coast

    Saturday, February 18, 2012

    Vegan Breakfasts at Sandlake Country Inn

    Breakfast might be "chef's choice" (me), but we always take into consideration dietary issues and are quite comfortable doing vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, non-dairy and lactose intolerant, etc. breakfasts. Don't worry, if you don't have any dietary restrictions, we'll make you our normal breakfast!

    Here is my favorite recipe that everyone loves and you would never know it's vegan! The recipe has no animal products of any kind. Try it, you'll love it!

    Sandlake Country Inn Vegan Pumpkin Bread

    Prep Time: 20 minutes/cooking time 1 hr 15 minutes/makes (2) 8"x4" loaves

    1 cup chopped walnuts
    3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
    2 cups packed dark brown sugar
    2/3 cup white sugar
    2 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    2 cups pumpkin puree
    1 cup vegetable oil
    2/3 cup coconut milk
    2/3 cup flaked coconut

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and sugar (just use sugar to line the pan instead of the typical flour) two 8"x4" loaf pans.
    2. Spread walnuts in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
    3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt nutmeg and cinnamon. Add the pumpkin puree, oil and coconut milk and mix until all of the flour is absorbed. Fold in the flaked coconut and toasted walnuts. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
    4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cover loaves tightly with foil. Allow to steam for 10 minutes. Remove foil and turn out onto a cooling rack. Tent loosely with the foil and allow to cool completely.

    Diane Emineth
    Sandlake Country Inn
    "Your romantic getaway on the beautiful Oregon coast".

    Monday, February 13, 2012

    National Hot Breakfast Month

    Bet you didn't know that February has been named National Hot Breakfast Month! Here at Sandlake Country Inn, everyday we celebrate a hot breakfast.

    Apple Pie French Toast Bake

    Here's what our guests woke up to yesterday. Our breakfast delivered to their door was:  fresh fruit with vanilla yogurt, Diane's homemade granola & milk, sausage links (vegetarian sausage patties for our vegetarian guests) and apple pie French toast bake. Of course, we also delivered Ron's home roasted coffee, tea &/or hot chocolate.

    What a way to start your day! Come stay with us and you can celebrate the most important meal of the without ever getting out of your robe and slippers.

    Approximately 60% of Americans each day never eat a hot breakfast. Maybe that's why the Jimmy Dean Sausage folks created National Hot Breakfast Month. You don't have to be a sausage eater to enjoy a hot breakfast. We can prepare a vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, low carb special breakfast for those who have dietary restrictions or food allergies. Just let us know when making your reservation with us and we'll work around most any dietary issues.  

    Diane Emineth
    Sandlake Country Inn
    Your Romantic Getaway on the Oregon Coast near Pacific City, Oregon

    Saturday, January 14, 2012

    Your Oregon Coast Bed and Breakfast Just Got A Little More Green

    They've finally arrived. Our new Sandlake Country Inn environmentally friendly water bottles! Now our "Certified Green" Oregon Coast bed and breakfast just got a little more green!

    For years, we've been supplying our guests with store bought plastic water bottles for their convenience. We've always told our guests that after they drink the water in those plastic bottles, just fill them up with our wonderful spring water right from the tap. We would then recycle the used bottles. Getting our own water bottles has been something I've wanted to do for a long time, but other projects seemed to take over. Not anymore!

    Each room at Sandlake Country Inn is now provided with 2 sanitized personal water bottles for your use during your stay. We opted to have clips on our bottles so you can take them with you on hikes and day trips. Our tap water is wonderful spring water. Our spring is located on Nature Conservancy land (originally part of the original homestead here) and we gravity feed it to our pump house. As a small water system, we are required to report to the Health Department and the State has us inject a very small amount of chlorine for safety. Our water is tested 5 times a year to ensure the quality. We've always had wonderful, clean fresh water for our guests. It just doesn't get any fresher than that!

    Diane Emineth
    Sandlake Country Inn 
     "Your Romantic Oregon Coast Getaway, near Pacific City Oregon"