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It’s no secret, Cloverdale got its charm back

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on It’s no secret, Cloverdale got its charm back

Thirty-five years ago when Tom Goodwin first discovered Cloverdale, he found a bustling little town with quaint storefronts and its own rolling river. It was, he thought, the very essence of charming. Locals liked to say it was “Oregon’s best kept secret.”
But then Cloverdale changed. Shops closed. Buildings sat empty. Visitors dwindled.

“I saw this charming little town basically getting tired,” said Goodwin, a painter and owner of the Thomas Goodwin Gallery in Cloverdale. “It was like the tide went out in Cloverdale.”
Not, however, for long. Today, Cloverdale again bustles with an eclectic collection of new shops along with shopkeepers happy to be here, and eager to show off their little town to newcomers and old.
The Rusty Cow
There’s the new riverfront Noble Wayside in the works, the Dory Restaurant is once again thriving, and Menefee’s Feed Wagon just down the street offers hearty breakfast and lunch options. The Rusty Cow in the heart of town features vintage and new items; there’s a hair salon and licensed masseuse, and a historic soda fountain that has been a much loved stop for decades. Housed under the same roof as Goodwin’s gallery, The Bowsery specializes in antiques for dog lovers. Even BJ’s Fabrics and Quilts, which has drawn fabric aficionados from all over the world for at least two decades, has moved from its old location in the countryside to a storefront in downtown Cloverdale. And that’s just a sampling of the galleries and shops visitors will find.
Menefee’s Feed Wagon
“I personally love the old storefronts right on the Nestucca River,” said Goddwin. “To be able to have frontage on Highway 101 and backage on the river, and the architecture of the old buildings, I find that all really charming. And the people are friendly and relaxed; they take the time to talk. Having spent most of my time in the city, it’s refreshing to be here.”
Clover’s Day

The annual parade, led by Clover the Cow, is a big day in town with a car show, beer garden, entertainment and vendors.
“There’s lot of participation from farmers, kids and businesses,” Goodwin said.
“There will be a thousand people on the street watching it go up Highway 101.”
This year’s event is set to happen July 1, opening at 8 a.m. with the parade set to wind its way through town at 11 a.m. The fun continues until 4 p.m.
Cruise-In Cloverdale

Now in its fourth year, Cruise-In Cloverdale will be hosted August 23 – and, by design, it’s not the usual weekend event.
“It’s on a Wednesday and that’s very unusual,” said Goodwin. “We get a lot of people because it is a Wednesday. We usually get 100 hot rods, motorcycles, cars and pick ups. The cruise-in is very casual. No fees, no forms, just show up.”
The cruise-in starts at 5 p.m., but visitors will see cars showing up hours earlier, and staying until nightfall.
There’s no doubt Cloverdale is once again bustling, or as Goodwin likes to say, “I think the tide is coming back in.”
Located along Highway 101 in Tillamook County, Cloverdale is 22 miles south of the city of Tillamook, and 10 miles north of Neskowin.
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Top five children’s playgrounds on the Tillamook Coast

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Top five children’s playgrounds on the Tillamook Coast

Sometimes after that long car ride from Portland to the Oregon Coast, the first thing you need to do is just let the kiddos run off some energy. After all, they’ve been sitting (mostly-still) and somewhat quiet for a few hours in the back of a cramped car and they’re ready to feel that sunshine on their face and spin some magic on a merry-go round.
Since finding parks with decent playgrounds can be a bit of a challenge, here are a five of the best spots to remember for your next trip to the Tillamook Coast.
Manzanita Playgrounds
Manzanita City Park is a great choice not just for the little ones but even for the adults.
With two tennis courts, a full-sized sand volleyball court and a colorful playground structure inside a giant sand pit, it’s a match made in heaven for the most active of families. Located just blocks from the Pacific Ocean, you can enjoy the sound of the waves while you run up an appetite. And, with three covered picnic areas, it’s the perfect spot to stop for lunch too.
The kids will love the colorful, towering play structure, winding tunnels, two sets of monkey bars and swing sets suitable for all ages. Just be prepared to get a little sandy.
From Hwy 101, head west on Laneda Avenue. Turn left on Third Street and head down a quiet, residential neighborhood full of beach houses and coastal foliage, take a right on Pacific and the park is on your left. Public restrooms available.
Nehalem Playgrounds
Nehalem City Park is perched on the top of the hill in a residential neighborhood, and with no signs signaling where it’s located you can usually have the entire park to yourself. While it’s a bit of an older park, it’s well worth the drive up the hill – especially if you also brought Fido with you. There are two nice open fields great for tossing the Frisbee around and letting him stretch his legs. Nehalem State Park also boasts plenty of shaded picnic benches for a family picnic or just a chance to get out of the sun.
The nostalgic playground includes a merry-go-round, swing sets, a seesaw, and a towering slide that’s not for the faint of heart.
From Hwy 101/ Riverside Drive turn left on Tohls Ave. Take your first left on 8th Street. Take a slight right onto 9th Street. Turn right to stay on 9th Street. The park is on your left. Public restrooms available.
Two playgrounds in Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach is a fantastic place for parks and playgrounds that your kids are sure to love. With two fabulous options available, you can easily spend an entire afternoon at the park.
Rockaway Beach City Park is a favorite for family reunions and large picnics because of the ample covered picnic area right near the parking lot, making it nice and accessible for those who can’t walk far. And a long open field can accommodate even the most rambunctious of pets who have also been waiting patiently to get to the Oregon coast and have some fun.
The playground, while older, is a favored choice because of how unique it is. Sure you’ll find swing sets and monkey bars, but the pride of the park is the fairy-tale like castle that rises up from the ground. Children have to climb into the tree trunk and up the ladder with steps shaped like leaves to get to the covered top, where they can either slide down to the bottom or test their skills on the topsy-turvy monkey bars. For those particularly imaginative kids this whimsical take on a playground is sure to delight for hours.
From Highway 101, head east on Third Street at the post office and then north on Coral, following the signs for City Park.
Rockaway Beach Wayside is another spot you don’t want to miss. This one is right off the beach so it tends to be more crowded, but the nearly brand-new playground is contained inside a nice fenced area to keep the little ones from running out into the parking lot. It’s magically shaped like a pirate ship and you can even see the sails flapping in the wind as it sets sail for the great Pacific Ocean. Again, it’s perfect for those who are at home in the world of make believe and would enjoy pretending to be pirate for a day.
This playground is right in the heart of Rockaway Beach and adjacent to the Rockaway Beach Chamber of Commerce. There is tons of shopping and restaurants all just across the street or within a block or two. If you want a one-stop shop for family fun, then the Rockaway Beach Wayside is clearly calling your name. The kids can easily go from captaining a ship to playing in the surf and sand without you ever having to move your car. And when you’re ready for a bite to eat or a little shopping, it’s all right there too.
The Wayside is located off Highway 101 on First Street.
City of Tillamook
Coastville Park in Tillamook
Coatsville Park in Tillamook recently got a makeover that included a new parking lot, brand new bathrooms, a new swing set and refinished tennis courts. If your kids still want a park experience but are a little too old for climbing all over playground equipment, then this is probably the park for them.
Two fenced-in tennis courts, a basketball court and an outside gym that accommodates multiple exercises makes it a great pick for the really active family. A paved walking trail winds around the tennis courts and even the swing sets are built more for taller kids. It’s a great spot to just stretch your legs, play a friendly match of tennis, or get out the jogger and take the baby for a walk.
You won’t run into too many people at this park either because, while it was only just recently remodeled, there aren’t any signs to let people know where it is.
From Highway 101 in Tillamook, head west on 9th street. Follow 9th street for about seven blocks. The park will be on your right. Public restrooms are available.
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Sheltered Nook: Try your hand at disc golf

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Sheltered Nook: Try your hand at disc golf

Just north of the Kilchis Point Reserve sits the Sheltered Nook on Tillamook Bay. The Sheltered Nook itself is home to six fully furnished tiny homes that serve as a peaceful retreat amongst the trees, by the bay. The tagline “Stopping and smelling the roses isn’t a luxury around here, it’s a requirement,” tells you all you need to know. The Nook also just happens to be the site of the first, and currently only, public disc golf course on the Tillamook Coast. And it’s free.
The Sheltered Nook in Bay City features a 9-hole disc golf course.
Disc golf is similar to traditional golf in its basic concept. The primary goal is to get a disc into a bucket with the fewest number of throws. There are of course a number of official rules, but at its core, disc golf is easy to understand and easy to start playing. One big difference though – most disc golf courses are free or require a nominal fee. The start up cost is also low; discs start at around $8 new and can be purchased used for even less. Anybody capable of throwing a disc will immediately enjoy the game, while those unable or perhaps unwilling to throw can certainly enjoy the walk. Though the sport may be easy to play, it is difficult to master; giving those looking for a challenge plenty to contend with.
Disc golf is a game that can be enjoyed by people with all experience levels.
The game can also provide a good amount of “sneaky exercise.” Disc golf is like a hike with a purpose and it’s easy to forget how much walking you’re doing. The sport’s combination of accessibility and affordability make it a great outdoor activity to add to your repertoire. And you can play right here on the Tillamook Coast.
The well-groomed, 9-hole course has been opened for just under a year now and is a pleasure to play. While the space might not be as large in acreage as some other courses, the thoughtful design through native flora provides variety of play and plenty of challenges – low limbs, left and right approaches, and a need for technical shot making ensure that players of all skill levels will have an enjoyable outing. In addition, Sheltered Nook owners, Dee and Mark Harguth, plan on opening a pro shop in the near future that will offer discs to rent or purchase.
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Tillamook Coast Derby Dames bring hard hits to the coast

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Tillamook Coast Derby Dames bring hard hits to the coast

What do you get when you mix a handful of newbie skaters, half a dozen bruises, and cleverly scary nicknames like Carnage a Trois?
Tillamook Coast’s new roller derby team, that’s what.
If you didn’t know there was a roller derby league on the Tillamook Coast, you’re not alone. That’s because this baby league just recently applied for 501c3 nonprofit status, which is a requirement of competition, and is still training its skaters to pass minimum skating requirements – yet another competition requirement.
But these Tillamook Coast Derby Dames are closer than anyone has ever gotten to creating a roller derby league for Tillamook County. The nearest team, Shanghaied Roller Derby in Astoria, recently disbanded, and several of its skaters who live in Tillamook County decided to create a league closer to home.
It was with the Shanghaied Roller Dolls that Dawn Ahlers, aka Mz. D Meen’her, got her start with roller derby. A Manzanita resident, Mz. D Meen’her decided it was time that Tillamook get its own league.
“I tried several years ago to start a league in Tillamook, when I was getting tired of the drive to Astoria twice a week,” she said. “But back then we didn’t get a lot of traction or interest, so it was put on hold for awhile.”
Then in January of this year, with help from her former teammates, Shelly Imholt, Skid Vicious (Kerri Scott) and Skid’s husband Radd Pitstains, the group found some willing skaters and decided to try again. Since then, they have been training a gander of girls who are working hard to be Tillamook’s first derby team.
“We have about 20 girls, give or take, and most of them hadn’t been on skates since they were a kid,” Skid Vicious said.
Tillamook Coast Derby Dames
The Derby Dames have been practicing two nights a week at Tillaskate, learning everything from blocking, hip checks, proper ways to fall and of course the rules and regulations of women’s flat track roller derby.
Roller derby has been through several revivals since its creation in the 1930s as an escape from the depression-era. Back then, it was a men’s sport designed as an endurance race and played on a banked track. Audiences enjoyed the speed of each race and the occasional wipe-outs.
By the 1970s, women’s teams had become more popular to watch, due in part to fishnet stockings, witty derby names, dramatic rivalries and no-holds-bar brawling – most of which was choreographed for entertainment.
Then, in 2001, a group of women in Austin, Texas decided to reinvent the concept of roller derby into an actual sport. The biggest game changer of this most recent incarnation was the switch to a flat track. Suddenly, anyone with a flat surface, a roll of duct tape, and a pair of skates could start a roller derby league.
With help from other leagues (including Rose City Rollers in Portland) the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association was born, and remains the agency that governs the rules, sanctions, rankings and leagues, as well as the minimum skills each skater is required to pass before being able to “bout” against other leagues.
Derby Dames practice their skills at Tillaskate.
And while roller derby is a bonified, full-contact sport with more than 300 leagues across the U.S, some of the fun and flare of the older versions still exists – such as the dramatic alter egos taken on by each skater.
The Tillamook Coast Derby Dames are still in the process of becoming a sanctioned league through the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, and their goal is to host public scrimmages this summer and be ready to bout other teams by 2018.
“Bouts bring in people from all over,” Skid Vicious said. “Derby enthusiasts will travel to watch their favorite team, and we are excited to bring this type of tourism to Tillamook County. It’s just one more reason for people to visit the coast and get to know us better.”
Until then, the Derby Dames will be making appearances at this year’s June Dairy Parade and Festival on June 24 and Moonlight Madness in August.
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Tillamook Coast Activities for Families with Disabilities

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Tillamook Coast Activities for Families with Disabilities

ADA access, fun adventures along the Tillamook Coast
A mile-long hike may be easy for one person, but out of the question for another. Just as there are a variety of activities, people experience a range of mobilities. Perhaps you experience a disability, are looking for Oregon Coast ADA-friendly activities, or simply want an adventure that is easy to accomplish. Below is a list of Tillamook Coast activities that people who experience a variety of physical restrictions might enjoy:
Explore trails                                    

Kilchis Point Reserve: This 200-acre nature reserve along the Tillamook Bay features a 2-mile paved scenic loop that weaves through abundant native plants, interpretive signage, and plenty of wildlife. Numerous benches are available along the Kilchis Point Reserve interpretive trails.
Nehalem Bay State Park: The park includes a 2-mi. paved, flat trail that meanders past the little airport landing strip and then along Nehalem Bay. This trail is good for scooters, walking, biking and wheelchairs. There are restrooms along the route.
Munson Creek Falls: A short half-mile walk on a wide, flat, family-friendly trail leads to impressive 300+ foot waterfalls. Trail is not paved, but flat gravel on dirt.
Neahkahnie Mountain Summit Hike: Feeling adventuresome? Not in a wheelchair? If you’re able to take on a moderate hike, this one starts from the south trailhead and is about 1.5 miles to the summit.

Bum around on the beach

Pacific City: Believe it or not, you can drive on the beach in Pacific City! You may take your car on the beach or park in the lot by the Pelican Pub & Brewery and journey out to the beach; it’s a flat beach with easy access. Watch out for dory boat traffic on the beach. After this outing, you can sit and enjoy refreshments at the beachfront Pelican Pub & Brewery.
Manzanita: The beach access to Manzanita Beach is more gentle than most Oregon Coast beach access points. There are no stairs and in most cases, you go straight to the sand (as opposed to navigating through rocks). Head down to the end of Laneda Ave. to find that easy beach access.

Dan, Ashley, Henry and little brother Peter at Manzanita
Take a ride:

Fat-tire wheelchairs: Both Manzanita Visitors Center and The Rockaway Beach Visitors Center loan out free fat-tire wheelchairs for beach accessibility. In Manzanita, visit the Center at 31 Laneda Ave. At Rockaway, look for the Visitors Center in the red caboose off 1st.
Bahama Mama’s in Manzanita is a bike and surfboard rental store. They have everything from surfboards, paddleboards and boogie boards, to fat-tire bikes and sit-down cruisers.
Fat Tire Bike Rentals: Fat Tire Bikes are built for riding on sand and if you can pedal, these bikes are easier to ride on the beach than most. Shore Riders provides the bikes and gear, as well as delivery and pick-up, to several Tillamook Coast locations, including Tierra Del Mar, Bayocean Spit, Oceanside and Pacific City.


Nehalem North Fork Fish Hatchery: Access to a fishing platform for steelhead and salmon fishing is available for those with a Wheelchair License, Blind Angler’s License, Disabled War Veteran Angling License or Permanent Disabilities Permit.
Lake Lytle at Rockaway Beach: Stocked with rainbow trout from March through early May, this lake has an ADA-accessible dock and generally calm waters.

Lake Lytle Dock ADA accessible dock

Tillamook River Tidewater Access: You’ll find ADA level access, free parking and restrooms at this hidden gem. Take Third St. west from Tillamook, cross over the Trask River and then the Tillamook River, go ¼ mile past Bayocean Rd. intersection and you’ll find the access point on the left on the Tillamook River.
**COMING SOON!** Cape Meares Lake: The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife is working on a project to build an ADA-accessible dock on Cape Meares Lake, just off Bayocean Rd. This Lake is stocked with rainbow trout from March through early May. It’s possible to catch bass and bluegill there, as well. While the dock will be ADA accessible, parking is narrow and does not meet ADA criteria.


Crab from a boat: Small boat rentals, as well as all the gear for crabbing in Nehalem Bay, are available at Wheeler and Brighton Marinas. If you’re crabbing to the south at Netarts Bay, you can get your license and gear at the Big Spruce RV Park or at Netarts Bay Garden RV Resort. For information regarding best crabbing and “how to,” see ODFW’s website.
Crab from a dock: Claudia Maciel with The Port of Garibaldi shared, “We have a public dock in the Port on Commercial Ave. (between the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership and Ocean Charters buildings) that is wheelchair accessible and guests are able to crab and fish off of that dock. We also have picnic tables out there!”

The Annual “Fishing Day for Kids with Disabilities” event, held on the second Saturday of Sept. at the Whiskey Creek Hatchery, is the capstone event for the Tillamook Anglers Association (TAA). The TAA provides all the gear and bait to help hundreds of kids catch fish from the hatchery’s raceways. The event includes a generous barbeque including chicken, burgers and hot dogs. “Kids get to catch four fish each; we clean them,” says Jerry Dove, TAA founder and president. For more information, call 503-812-1572 or email
Fishing Day for Kids with Disabilities
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Tillamook Coast resident to thank for access to beaches

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Tillamook Coast resident to thank for access to beaches

Today, along the California coastline long stretches of privately-owned sand are enjoyed by the few who can afford their staggering purchase prices. The public beaches are congested with people and at peak seasons, securing a few feet of sand for a beach towel and umbrella requires planning and tactical coordination.
Travel north into Oregon and every one of the 363 rugged and breathtaking coastline miles is available to explore.
Tillamook Coast visitors and residents have the Oregon Legislature—including Pacific City resident and former Oregon Representative Paul Hanneman, 81, to thank.
Paul Hanneman
Oregonians’ official freedom to their coast dates back to 1913 when Oregon Governor Oswald West signed a decree making the wet sand on Oregon’s beaches a public highway.
In the 1960’s, large businesses began pushing to purchase and privatize the dry sand area of Oregon’s beaches. By that time Oregonians, however, staunchly and fiercely valued their public outdoor playgrounds. Consequently momentum to keep Oregon’s beaches open for public use became the center stage topic in the Oregon legislature in 1967.
Amongst many questions arising were: where did the public beach end and private property begin, and how could law makers determine a definitive boundary line for the tempestuous and ever-changing coastline?
In 1967 when Oregon Governor Tom McCall signed House Bill 1601, known as The Oregon Beach Bill, it was a crucial first step to preserving the public spaces and defining a boundary.
The original bill needed serious adjustments and was called a temporary measure, according to Hanneman in his book, “The Inside Story: Oregon’s Beach and Bottle Bills.”
Hanneman served Tillamook County residents for 26 years. In 1964 he was a 28-year-old, newly married Pacific City fisherman when he became a state representative. Hanneman’s wife and two young sons grew accustomed to moving to Salem while the legislature was in session, he wrote.
Hanneman’s mark on history includes in part authoring Oregon’s Bottle Bill—the first bill in the nation to require a deposit and refund program for recyclable pop cans—and two long years as the chair of the committee responsible for refining and perfecting the 1967 Beach Bill.
Of these bills and their passage, Hanneman said, “History records them as “‘Firsts in the Nation.’ They were on my watch!”
Clear water and bountiful tidepools on the Oregon Coast
Oregon’s coastline is incredibly diverse and finding legal definitions, “for determining the line between public and private ownership and the methods to be used to find a system that fit the entire ocean shore from Astoria to Brookings,” was a steep challenge, he said.
Hanneman and other state representatives from Oregon’s coastal counties had keen interest in passing legislation that would not adversely affect those who call the Oregon Coast their home. Legislators wanted to be certain to grant the public access to the beaches while preserving the businesses and livelihoods of the people living and working there.
House Bill 1601, Hanneman said, was problematic in part because it stated that the line between public and private land would be determined by elevation—16 feet, to be exact.
Hanneman wrote that he submitted photographic proof May 16, 1967 that using this definition would mean that several coastal cities, river deltas and tributaries would become public domain because they sat at near sea level.
It took two full years of studying maps, geographical coordinates and relying on engineering experts to finally determine the exact definitions and boundaries between Oregon’s public beaches and where private lands begin.
All Oregon beaches are open to the public
In the end, Hanneman wrote, “…the white sands of Oregon’s beaches would be preserved for the public, while private property would be protected as best we could.”
House Bill 1045, approved in 1969, is the version of the Beach Bill Oregonians know today. “The 1969 Beach Bill law has stood without significant amendments for 48 years!” Hanneman wrote.
Current day Oregonians are proud of their coastlines. Paul Hanneman is proud of his part to keep the beaches publicly accessible. Both the Beach and Bottle bills “are accepted as landmark legislation of the 20th century because they had, and still have an impact on such a wide spectrum of our population.”
Of his service during this critical time in Oregon history, Hanneman said, “I had the opportunity to be there! On the firing line!”
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