Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Golf Courses on the North Oregon Coast - #23 of 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

 Golf Courses on the North Oregon Coast - Oregon Coast Activity #23 of 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

You won't find any world class golf courses on the north Oregon coast, but don't let that stop you. Some are quirky, some are historic and some are just plain fun.

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Chinook Winds Golf Resort
Chinook Winds Golf Resort - Lincoln City
The 18-hole Chinook Winds Golf Resort in Lincoln City, OR is a semi-private golf course that opened in 1926. Chinook Winds Golf Resort measures 4636 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 102 and a 62 USGA rating. The course features 3 sets of tees for different skill levels. The greens are bent grass and the fairways are winter rye.

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Alderbrook Golf Course
Alderbrook Golf Course -  Tillamook
Opened in 1924, Alderbrook Golf Course is one of the oldest courses along the Oregon Coast. 95 acres of dairy farmland were transformed into this scenic and challenging 18-hole layout. Originally a nine-hole course, the layout has undergone major renovations over the years, including its expansion to 18 holes. Despite the changes, Alderbrook has retained its classic character and still gives golfers a classic round. The mountains that enclose the course provide a stunning backdrop and the rugged terrain of the foothills is ideal golfing ground. Forests of mature cedar and fir trees blanket the landscape, which is also dotted with natural springs. Alderbrook's 16th hole is memorable for its extremely steep incline, but a panoramic view of the Tillamook Valley offers some scenic respite.

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Manzanita Golf Course
Manzanita Golf Course -  Manzanita
The golfer who likes to play different kinds of courses will enjoy the uniqueness of Manzanita Golf Course, located off HWY 101. The 2,192-yard, par-32, 9-hole layout is constructed on a beautiful hillside that faces the pounding surf.
The course has many majestic fir trees, lush fairways, and well-cared-for greens. Hole #5 is a particularly interesting hole. The tee area is 80' above the fairway and provides a wonderful view of the hole. Only 280 yard from the back tees will provide the golfer with a great opportunity for an eagle.
Steve Erickson, owner and manager, and his friendly staff will ensure your round is enjoyable and satisfying. The pro shop has the latest in golf equipment and apparel and the snack bar can provide you with your favorite foods and beverages.

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Seaside Golf Club
Seaside Golf Club -  Seaside
The 9-hole Seaside Golf Club in Seaside, OR is a public golf course that opened in 1921. Designed by H. Chandler Egan, Seaside Golf Club measures 2593 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 104 and a 33.3 USGA rating.

Gearhart Golf Links
Gearhart Golf Links -  Gearhart
Although records indicate that the golf course at Gearhart was established in 1892, tradition has it that several Scotsmen laid out four holes on the wind-swept dunes in the 1880s. Gearhart Golf Links is the oldest course in Oregon.
Originally a nine-hole course, Gearhart Golf Links was extended to 18 in 1913. Today the golf course is 6,218 yards, par 72 and stretches for about a mile from north to south, with the width equal to about three fairways. The elevation is fairly constant, but the up-and-down roll of the sand dunes over which the golf course is built, makes a flat lie a rarity. Gearhart Golf Links' sand base makes for excellent drainage, and the encircling condo-motel units provide considerable shelter from the coastal winds. The golf course is generally wide open, easy to walk, and a pleasure to play.

 Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Oregon Coast Activities #23. From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Astoria Column - #22 in the 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

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Astoria Column

Astoria Column - Oregon Coast Activity #22 of the 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

Astoria Column Day trip from Sandlake Country Inn
Panoramic views from the top of the column

Oregon Coast Activity # 22 of 101 Oregon Coast Activities:

This Oregon coast activity was built in 1926. The Astoria Column is a unique work of art that was built with financing by the Great Northern Railway and Vincent Astor, the great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, in commemoration of the city's role in the family's business history.

The 125-foot tall column stands atop 600-foot Coxcomb Hill and includes an interior spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck at the top.The column has 14 25-foot long scenes commemorating important historic moments in the Northwest. The view from the top offers panoramic scenes of the Pacific Ocean, Oregon and Washington coasts, the Columbia River and the city of Astoria.

The park is open from dawn to dusk. There is a $1 parking fee. For more information call 503-325-2963 or visit the website at www.astoria-column.org

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Josh Turner to Perform At Chinook Winds Casino June 21 & 22, 2013

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Josh Turner to Perform at Chinook Winds Casino June 21 & 22, 2013
Double-platinum-selling singer, songwriter and disciple of traditional country music, a mentor to up-and-coming artists —and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, don't miss Josh Turner at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City, Oregon. 

Don’t miss your chance to see John Turner, when he makes a tour stop at Chinook Winds Casino Resort on June 21st & 22nd

Tickets are going fast, so be sure to reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.

Reserved Seating Tickets: $45 - $60. Must be 16 or older to attend.

Chinook Winds Casino, Lincoln City, Oregon  is located approximately 30 minutes from Sandlake Country Inn.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
8505 Galloway Rd
Cloverdale, OR 97112

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hug Point - #21 of 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

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Hug Point - Oregon Coast Activity #21 of the 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast .

What a great Oregon coast activity this one is! Before the completion of highway 101 was finished in the late 1930, travelers driving down the Oregon coast, whether on horseback, horse and carts, stagecoaches or later motorized vehicles, the main road was actually the beach! Imagine how difficult it was when confronted with one of our many headlands.

Hug Point got its name because travelers wanting to get from Cannon Beach south to Arch Cape had to wait for low tide and hug the point to get past it. It’s a steep, rugged ridge of the Coast Range that thrusts right out into the surf, to its very edge. Stagecoaches could maneuver on the sand, but when automobiles entered the picture, something had to be done. Sometime after the turn of the century, there was a small 'road' blasted into the rock which made transit from one community to another much easier.

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Today, you can still see the remains of the blasted road into the rock.

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Hug Point is a great place to explore sea caves and a seasonal waterfall.

Hug Point and Hug Point Falls is found in Hug Point State Park, which is found a little less than 5 1/2 miles south of Cannon Beach and the turn off for Ecola State Park. From the parking area, follow the stairs down to the beach, then head right towards the headland jutting into the crashing tide. If the tide is high, the ocean will lap up against the headland, preventing access to the falls. When the tide is low, simply walk around the headland to the falls.

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 Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
Oregon Coast Activity #21, From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Comedian Billy Gardell at Chinook Winds Casino

Comedian Billy Gardell will perform at Chinook Winds Casino July 12th & 13th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

Star of the CBS comedy hit "Mike and Molly", Billy Gardell has performed his standup comedy and has been the opening act for performers such as George Carlin and Dennis Miller, later appearing on Miller's show Dennis Miller on CNBC conducting "man-on-the-street" interviews. His comedy specials, "Billy Gardell: Halftime," premiered on Comedy Central and "Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs" premiered on Showtime.

Tickets go on sale April 12 at 8am! Reserve your seats by phone at 1-888-MAIN ACT (1-888-624-6228), in person at the Chinook Winds Box Office, or online.

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Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
8505 Galloway Rd
Cloverdale, OR 97112

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Looking for Tillamook Hotel, Motel or Lodging? Try our Tillamook area Bed and Breakfast!

Sure, the Tillamook, Oregon area lodging options include Tillamook Hotels and Tillamook Motels, but why not consider our Tillamook area Bed and Breakfast, Sandlake Country Inn. Many Tillamook hotels and motels say they give you a bed and breakfast 'feel' and offer a B&B package, but there's nothing like staying in a real Bed and Breakfast. Watch the video above to see what would happen if bed and breakfasts offered a 'Hotel Package'.

As members of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, we feel that B&Bs are "The Better Way to Stay".

Tillamook Hotel alternative, Bed and Breakfasts are a Better Way to Stay
Tillamook's Better Way to Stay
If you think that a bed and breakfast has shared baths, paper thin walls and everybody has to sit around a breakfast table talking to each other, THINK AGAIN. At our Tillamook hotel and motel alternative of bed and breakfast, you can enjoy in room jacuzzi bath tubs for 2, luxury bath products such as bubble baths, body lotions, glycerine soaps, fluffy towels, a 24 hour beverage area with a bottomless cookie jar, snacks and PRIVACY! And the best part? We deliver a complimentary hot 4 course sumptuous breakfast and your hot beverages to your door each morning! You never have to get up early, put your smiley face on and eat with strangers. We'll even delivery our add-on relaxing dinner to your room. There's nothing like room service after a long day of hikes and beach walking.

Just a short drive from Sandlake Country Inn and you can be in Tillamook, visiting the famous Tillamook Cheese Factory, the Blue Heron French Cheese Company and the Tillamook Air Museum. After exploring the Tillamook area, you can come back to your private, romantic room at Sandlake Country Inn.

Another way we are different from a hotel or motel experience in Tillamook or any other town, is you won't hear other guests running down the halls slamming doors, kids crying (children are allowed in our separate Cottage, only), toilets flushing from the room next door and you will never get a continental breakfast. Fresh homemade 'real' food hot from our oven and our hearts. 

When traveling to the Tillamook, OR area, choose "The Better Way to Stay" at our  Sandlake Country Inn.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
8505 Galloway Rd
Cloverdale, OR 97112

Fort Clatsop - 101 Oregon Coast Activities

 101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast

101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast - #20 Fort Clatsop

Fort Clatsop was the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition near the mouth of the Columbia River during the winter of 1805-1806. Located approximately 5 miles southwest of Astoria, the fort was the last encampment of the Corps of Discovery before embarking on their return trip east to St. Louis.

 A replica of the fort was constructed for the sesquicentennial in 1955 and lasted for fifty years. In 2005 a fire severely damaged the fort and it was reconstructed in 2006, using plans notated by Captain William Clark. The original camp site was selected by Captain Lewis and construction took place over the month of December, with the expedition moving in by Christmas Day 1805. They remained at the fort for three months, until March 23, 1806, when they departed on their return trip home.

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 The center features ranger-led programs, costumed rangers in the fort (summer months) and trailheads for the Fort To Sea Trail and Netul River Trail as well as restrooms and a picnic area.


Once the fort was built, the Corps was able to explore the area which took them to Sunset Beach and Seaside.  A 6.5-mile trail now runs much of the same forest, fields and dunes that the Corps traveled. The Fort To Sea Trail wends its way through the woods south of Fort Clatsop to Sunset Beach on the Pacific Ocean, covering land that once was home to the Clatsop Indians who helped the Corps.

Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Croissant French Toast From Sandlake Country Inn

Croissant French Toast From Sandlake Country Inn

When choosing where to stay along the beautiful Oregon Coast, consider choosing a bed and breakfast if you're interested in a fabulous breakfast. I'm sure you've driven and seen the signs in front of all those nameless hotels and motels touting their "Free Breakfast". Most of the time their "free breakfast" includes foods in plastic wrappers, weak coffee and maybe some reconstituted scrambled eggs. Try finding a place to sit and eat in their 'breakfast room'! You won't find that at any bed and breakfast on the Oregon coast, or anywhere else in Oregon For help finding a quality bed and breakfast, just go to the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild website (obbg.org) where you'll find some amazingly wonderful b&bs that have been inspected and approved by the Guild, and all with complimentary breakfasts you won't soon forget.

Here at Sandlake Country Inn we do breakfast a little different than most B&Bs. Our 4 course breakfast and home roasted coffee or other hot drink of choice is delivered outside your door! We're the Oregon Coast B&B for those people who crave a bit more privacy in the morning. The great thing about B&Bs is they are all different and you can choose one that suits your own personal style.

If you can't make it to a Bed and Breakfast, but want to indulge in a fabulous breakfast, just make this easy recipe for your loved one or family and they'll feel as spoiled as if they were at a bed and breakfast!

Croissant French Toast with Berry Sauce

4 Large Croissants, cut in half
1 Cup 1/2 & 1/2 or Milk
2 Eggs
Splash of Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Butter 
Sweetened Whipped Cream

 Make Berry Sauce in advance. Sauce keeps well in refrigerator for a week.
Heat oven to 250 degrees
  1. Slice croissants in half lengthwise.
  2. Whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into a shallow dish. Dip croissant halves into egg mixture, coating well. Let soak in mixture for several minutes. I poke small holes in the bottom and top of the croissant to help absorb more liquid.
  3. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four croissant halves, and cook about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place cooked croissants on baking tray and keep warm in oven while cooking remainder of the croissants.
  4. Repeat procedure with remaining butter and croissant halves. 
  5. Place bottom of croissant on plate, spoon berry sauce over bottom, place top croissant over berries and top with whipped cream.

Berry Sauce

1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Water
4 Cups Berries of Choice (frozen or fresh)
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch mixed with 2 Tablespoons Water

  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil.
  2. Add berries to water and bring to boil
  3. Cook until berries cook down, approximately 5 minutes
  4. To thicken sauce, pour cornstarch/water mixture in saucepan with berries and bring to a boil. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes. If you prefer a thicker sauce, use more cornstarch/water.
  5. Use hot or refrigerate sauce which will thicken more when cold.    

 Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Whale Watching - Oregon Coast Activities

101 Oregon Coast Activities - #19 Whale Watch on Cape Lookout
    Now is the perfect time for a trip to the Oregon Coast for whale watching! One of the best places to view whales is Cape Lookout which is located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop in Tillamook County. The Cape Lookout trail is an amazingly beautiful 2 1/2 mile hike  (5 miles round trip) where you'll be in rain forest along with stunning ocean views. The best place to whale watch is at the end of the trail which is right at the tip of the cape. This trail is so stunning, you won't even be disappointed if you don't spot any whales because the hike is so worth the time and energy.  
10 minutes from Sandlake Country Inn
Stunning beauty on the path to whale watching

The Cape Lookout trail is located along the Three Capes Scenic Loop, less than 10 minutes from our B&B Sandlake Country Inn!
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From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast". Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn      

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Clamming on the Oregon Coast - Oregon Coast Activities- #18 Clamming

101 Oregon Coast Activities- #18 Clamming

Clamming is an activity available all year on the Oregon Coast. The above video features clamming via kayak, but there are many areas you can reach just by car.

The best area near us at Sandlake Country Inn is less than 10 minutes by car at Netarts Bay. 

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Nehalem Bay:     Softshells

Tillamook Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells

Netarts Bay:   Gapers, Butters, Cockles, Littlenecks, Softshells

Nestucca Bay:     Softshells

Siletz Bay:   Softshells

You must have a shellfish license from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. There are also limits on the clams, depending on the variety and you can check the limits HERE

Currently, the cost for an annual shellfish licenses is $7.00 for an Oregon resident or $20.50 for a nonresident. They also offer a 3 day nonresident license for $11.50

Don't forget to bring a shovel and have a bucket or pail for each person in case an ODFW agent checks your limit and license. 

Another important bit of information to know before you go clamming is the tide table.
If you plan to start clam digging starting with the ebb tide (receding tide) , and you'll have plenty of safe time to dig to your hearts content before having to worry about the tide coming back in.

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Diane Emineth,
Sandlake Country Inn
From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
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