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Looking Back: The Manzanita Tornado

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Looking Back: The Manzanita Tornado

Words like ‘quaint’ and ‘charming’ are often the first that come to mind when Manzanita. It’s a little coastal gem with inviting shops, restaurants and lodging.
After the morning of October 14, 2016, another word has moved to the top of the list: ‘resilient.’
A little after 8 a.m. that Friday morning, a tornado blew in off the ocean and made a quick, powerful run through downtown Manzanita.
After the initial shock wore off and the dust settled, residents got a look at what was left behind.
It looked bad. Trees and power lines were down and debris was everywhere. Several storefronts in the heart of Laneda Avenue were badly damaged.
Soon, the sound of chainsaws working to remove downed trees and trucks hauling away debris became a familiar, constant background noise.
Thanks to a quick response by Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay and city officials, information was easily disseminated and clean-up crews got to where they needed to be.
A photo from 2016 shows the aftermath of a tornado in Manzanita.
Amazingly, the majority of Manzanita’s shops, restaurants and lodgings were open for business within 24 hours.
Some Manzanita shopping staples – Salt & Paper, Toylandia, Manzanita Sweets, Cones & Coffee, Wisteria Chic, Vino Manzanita and Moxie Fair Trade – were hit the hardest and faced uncertainty about when they might be able to reopen. Owners began working in earnest to repair the damage or temporarily relocate.
One year later, little of the damage is visible. All of the shops have been repaired and are now reopen, some within a few days of the tornado (MacGregor’s Whiskey Bar opened in the space previously occupied by Vino Manzanita).
Shops damaged by the tornado are repaired and open for business.
Citizens are aware that it could have been much worse: no major injuries were incurred.
If nothing else, the tornado was a reminder of the need for disaster preparation.
The quickest path to recovery in Manzanita was having folks dining at their favorite restaurants or shopping at their favorite stores again.
Source: Visit Tillamook Coast

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Top 5 Spooky Places on the Tillamook Coast

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Top 5 Spooky Places on the Tillamook Coast

Top 5 Spooky Places on the Tillamook Coast
There is something incredibly spooky about the low-hanging fog and screeching winds that bombard the Oregon Coast this time of year. Strange noises and hazy images lead the imagination to consider what is real and what is not. Join us for some ghost towns, abandoned bunkers and forgotten cities here on Tillamook Coast.

#5 The Burnt Hanger at the Port of Tillamook Bay
In 1942, with World War II in full swing, the Navy commissioned the construction of two mammoth blimp hangars. Unfortunately, a devastating fire burned Hanger A to the ground. Just a short drive through the Port of Tillamook Bay, amidst the aging industry, you’ll find the former skeleton of Hangar A. To get a sense of its former glory, be sure to tour the Tillamook Air Museum, the largest clear-span wooden structure in the world!

#4 The Ghost Town of Idiotville
Idiotville is the ghost town of a former community, located 50 miles northwest of Portland, off route 6 in the great Tillamook rainforest. To access Idiotville, you must first cross Idiot Creek on the Wilson River. The town was formed after a logging camp, known as Ryan’s Camp, was established for salvage operations following the Tillamook Burn, which devastated 355,000 acres of timber. Due to its remote location, it was said that only an idiot would live and work there, hence the camp became popularly known as Idiotville.

#3 The Condemned Coast Guard Station at Pier’s End
To see Pier’s End standing on pilings in the distance as you drive the 101 through Garibaldi, lends itself to its folklore and mystery. Nothing is eerier than a walk on the pier in the low-hanging fog of October and November. Is it haunted? That is anyone’s guess, but with the Coast Guard servicing Tillamook Bay a.k.a. “Murderer’s Bay”, there’s a good chance it is.

#2 The Forgotten City of Bay Ocean
Bay Ocean, marketed as the “Playground of the Pacific Northwest”, would be remembered as the city that fell into the sea. The town held its Grand Opening in 1912 and boasted three hotels, a school, general store, bakery, dancehall, cannery, tin shop, machine shop, gas station, tennis courts, shooting range, and the largest indoor saltwater swimming pool on the West Coast, which included a 1,000 seat movie theatre. By 1939 the buildings began to slide into the great Pacific Ocean.

#1 The Hidden WWII Radar Station of Oceanside
Tucked away in the forest, just East of Radar Road, stands a monolithic WWII Radar Station; a piece of history lost to time and taken by the woods. You will find the all but forgotten WWII Radar Station. In it’s prime, the SCR-270 radar station was utilized to alert Navy officers of enemy submarines and approaching aircraft. Come and explore this rare artifact symbolizing the magnitude of a lost era.
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Antonette’s Kitchen: ‘Let them eat soup’

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Antonette’s Kitchen: ‘Let them eat soup’

Antonette Lamers slides the window open as a car pulls up to her food cart.
“Back for more soup?” she asks the driver.
“Yes,” the driver says with a smile.
This is becoming a reoccurrence as more people are hearing about Antonette’s Kitchen, and turning into repeat customers.
Antonette Lamers owns and operates Antonette’s Kitchen in Tillamook.
Lamers opened her cart back in March with great reception from the Tillamook community.
“They’re so happy that we’re here,” Lamers said as she watches over the toasting of her house-made croutons.
Lamers grew up in South County: a 2001 graduate of Nestucca High School. She went on to attend Western Culinary Institute in Portland to train as a chef.
“I always have baked cookies with my grandma,” Lamers said. “A chef has always been in the cards. I first wanted to do cookies, bake” Antonette recalled. But, she eventually decided that precision was not her cooking style.
“I like throwing things together,” she said.
Lamers gained much experience as a line chef at many prestigious restaurants in Portland including Portland City Grill, Sanborns, and Papa Haydn.
But, eventually Lamers moved back to the Oregon Coast and took a job at Sorella in Nye Beach.
“I wanted my son to grow up here,” she said. “It’s very family oriented and I still have all my family in South County.
“There’s so many outdoor activities you can do…it hasn’t evolved into a big city,” Lamers said of her love of the Tillamook Coast. “It has that small time feel. There’s so many communities. Go walk on the beach. Go walk in the woods.”
Lamers soon discovered that a small food stand across the street from the Tillamook Regional Medical Center was available and she started envisioning the idea that would become Antonette’s Kitchen.
First it was the soups. Then the build-your-own-sandwich-menu.
Build-your-own sandwich.
“I didn’t even realize I had a small deli until I started talking to people about what I had,” Lamers said.
But, Antonette’s is not your average deli.
“I have a different perspective with the sandwiches,” she said.
Grilled cheese is not just cheese between bread, but spinach artichoke dip with extra sharp Tillamook White Cheddar Cheese on Texas Toast.
Plain BBQ? Forget it. A recent Chef’s Choice consisted of BBQ pulled pork topped with cowboy candy (Lamers’ mom’s recipe for sweet and spicy jalapenos) and an apple slaw served on a ciabatta bun.
Antonette’s Kitchen menu.
And the unique perspective is not the only thing that puts Antonette’s Kitchen over the top.
“Good quality products, make good quality food,” Lamers said. “It’s the labor of love. It’s better when you make it yourself.”
Lamers makes her own spreads, which is where she says she can be creative, creates her own relish that can take 24 hours to prep, and is particular about each ingredient that goes into her food.
Including the side garnish.
“It took us a while to find the right dill pickle.”
And yes, it does matter, Lamers insisted. It has to have the right combination of flavors.
Jamm’n Ham (bacon jam, Swiss cheese and spinach), as well as the Reuben are popular orders. And customers can opt to order it with a side of pasta, potato, green salad; or a bag of chips.
“We try to make things as healthy as possible,” Lamers said.
Antonette’s Kitchen is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
“I just never thought I’d be able to make a living doing what I love,” Lamers said. “I’m so happy people are supporting me and have given positive feedback. I appreciate it a lot.”
To place your order ahead of time, or for information on catering, contact at Antonette, call 503-457-5164.
Source: Visit Tillamook Coast

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Harvest Festival at Alder Creek Farm

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Harvest Festival at Alder Creek Farm

The apples are ripe and it’s time to celebrate the harvest! Sip fresh-pressed cider, take a turn at the old apple press, and enjoy the festivities at the 15th annual Lower Nehalem Community Trust’s Harvest Festival at Alder Creek Farm, from noon to 4pm this Saturday October 7, 2017.
With 30 vendor booths to peruse you may be drawn in to sniff the honey sweetness of the beeswax candles, sample a bit of goat cheese, load a basket with a bounty of fall vegetables, taste an herbal tonic, and learn a little something in a chat with one of the 10 local non-profits in attendance. Find facepainting and youthful fun and games in the Kids Zone behind the barn, beer and wine by the greenhouse.
The Kid Zone often features delightful fun with a huge parachute. Photo courtesy of LNCT.
Music from the poly-rhythmic jam band, Rhythm Method will liven the air. Wafts from the grill will give you a preview of CS Fishery’s surf and turf menu, featuring fish tacos and hamburgers made with local pasture raised meat from Nehalem River Ranch.
Under the high vaulted beams of the barn you’ll find murals on the wall, hot coffee, baked goodies and a place to sit for a pause.
Alder Creek Farm is a 59-acre conservation parcel bordering the Nehalem Bay that has been protected by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust (LNCT). The old farm buildings from the former dairy have been creatively repurposed and the site includes: a Native Plant Nursery, trails, wetlands, and a Community Garden with fruit trees, a permaculture garden, vegetable beds and a small troupe of ducks.
Candles, ceramics, jewelry, rugs, veggies, plants, food, and nonprofits are among the Harvest Festival vendors. Photo courtesy of Tom Bender, Nehalem.
Alder Creek farm is located off of Hwy 101 between Nehalem and Manzanita at 35955 Underhill Lane, Nehalem. Parking is available on site though cycling, walking, and carpooling is encouraged.
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Manzanita Radio hits the airwaves

Posted by on Sep 26, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on Manzanita Radio hits the airwaves

Ask a hundred people what retirement means to them and you’ll likely get many answers.
In the case of Manzanita’s Gary McIntosh, it’s a chance to dive into a new project.
Enter Manzanita Radio, a music and local news internet radio station that is gradually evolving from McIntosh’s retirement pastime to full-time gig.
Before this year, McIntosh’s experience with radio station operations didn’t go beyond being an on-air interviewee.
McIntosh, former State Elections Director for Washington State, had been having an ongoing conversation with a friend about creating an internet station focusing solely on the Manzanita-Nehalem area.
As the idea gained steam, McIntosh realized that the venture had broad possibilities.
“There’s a lot of interesting people living here,” McIntosh says. “We’ve got actors and actresses, authors, World War II veterans, a lot of different people who make up this community.”
Plus, he adds, the wide variety of local events means something worth talking about is always happening.
Housed in his condo unit above T-Spot on Laneda Avenue in Manzanita, McIntosh works out of what he calls “Studio A:” a spare bedroom with a small desk that holds a computer, soundboard, and two microphones.
“We haven’t gotten big enough for a Studio B yet,” he said.
There’s also a “Traffic Observation Deck” (a small window facing east up Laneda) and “The Weather Deck” (an outdoor deck attached to Studio A).
Manzanita Radio checks on the weather. Courtesy Gary McIntosh.
Traffic reports often consist of letting listeners know where the garbage truck is, when delivery trucks are parked at Little Red Apple, and if the nearby winery construction is blocking Laneda.
“Listeners love the traffic report: ‘Traffic is light in and out of the city, east bound and west bound,’” McIntosh said with a laugh.
Weather reports only require a quick glance out the Studio A window.
“There’s other things people want to know, like what restaurants are open on a Tuesday, things like that,” McIntosh said.
Of course, there’s also a variety of music programs and event announcements, including applicable links.
The broadcast equipment came from McIntosh’s son, who gathered together the various components for his dad. Local tech expert Tim Garvin helped set up the necessary software.
Music is streamed from McIntosh’s iTunes collection through a platform that handles necessary licensing fees and advertising, a process McIntosh admits was much more convoluted than he expected.
“Internet radio is in a bit of a flux with a lot of the various platforms going out of business or being purchased by other companies,” he says.
Manzanita Radio has only been on the air roughly three weeks and already McIntosh is looking for ways to expand the station’s accessibility: namely, expanding on-air hours and adding the ability to have the station mobile.
Manzanita Radio shares news, events, traffic reports, and a variety of music programs. Photo by Dan Haag.
For now, scheduling and travel prevent 24/7 broadcasting, but certain days are set aside for particular music programs: funk music on Mondays, blues on Tuesdays, Latin music on Wednesdays and so on.
The “Dancing on the Beach” program made its debut this summer.
“We play it by ear on the weekends, but people really seem to like jazz,” McIntosh said.
Manzanita Radio has the capability of conducting interviews – either live or recorded – and McIntosh has broadcast live at local events like the Manzanita Farmer’s Market and Muttzanita.
While listener numbers are steadily growing, McIntosh said he’s not highly promoting the station quite yet as he tinkers to perfect its on-air schedule and assorted technical issues.
Still, folks from as far away as Texas and Arizona have begun to tune in, a hopeful sign of things to come.
“People like me, who can’t be here all the time, want to find out what’s going on in the city they miss,” he said. “If you have internet access anywhere in the world, you can find out what’s happening in Manzanita.”
Source: Visit Tillamook Coast

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The Pacific Northwest’s last remaining Coast Guard Lifeboat Station needs help

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Visit Tillamook Coast | Comments Off on The Pacific Northwest’s last remaining Coast Guard Lifeboat Station needs help

The harsh creak of rusty chains and tired groan of metal pulleys made from worn out mechanics fill the air as Kristen Penner yanks them back to life, opening the garage-like doors of the Pier’s End boathouse in Garibaldi. Sunlight floods the inside of the boathouse and echoes of suddenly-disturbed seagulls and cormorants escape on the breeze.
The old rail lines inside the Garibaldi Boathouse.
An old rail line that runs the length of the boathouse jets several more hundred feet beyond the open door before disappearing into the water. The rail lines allowed the boats to be rapidly launched fully-manned into the water – enabling the rescue mission to get a running start, if you will.
Opening the garage-like doors of the Pier’s End boathouse in Garibaldi.
“This is where the Coast Guard launched the lifeboats,” Penner explained.
The United States Coast Guard once housed two 36-foot life boats and one 26-foot oar-powered surfboat in what is now commonly referred to as “The Pier’s End.”
But, the boathouse was decommissioned in the early 1960s when 44-foot lifeboats became the norm, and eventually the Port of Garibaldi took over ownership of the defunct Coast Guard Lifeboat Station.
Now, the 80-year-old building just sits at the end of a 760-foot boardwalk, its windows covered in bird droppings, insulation drooping from the ceiling – and nothing but memories left of its former glory days.
Until now.
Penner is part of the Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative, a 501(c)3 non-profit aimed at – among other things – restoring and rehabilitating the boathouse and creating a cultural space that can tell the fascinating history of the area.
“As you walk out onto the pier, everything changes,” Penner said. “You get this brand-new perspective of the coastline, the winds change, even the weather is different out here. It’s a nice way to experience the bay without being on a boat, and it creates this opportunity to view the area and the industries here from a different angle.
The view from the Garibaldi Boathouse.
“We want to bring people out here to experience that and to tell them the stories of how Garibaldi and Tillamook Bay came to be what they are today.”
Recently, Rockaway Beach resident and photographer Mike Arseneault has taken an interest in the project and is spearheading endeavors with Penner to get the word out about saving this boathouse.
“People are drawn to it,” he said. “They walk out here to crab and fish and they want to know what it is and what its story is. This boathouse could be our vessel for storytelling.”
The laundry list of repairs and project needs are lengthy – from replacing the pilings to restoring the pier itself. It’s enough to make anyone think twice about getting involved, but it’s one of the most important projects happening on the Coast right now, Arseneault said.
The Garibaldi Boathouse is in need of serious repairs.
“It’s incredibly important that we preserve the pieces of our history that are left,” he said. “It’s important to this community, and it’s even more important that we realize when it’s gone, it’s gone. There are no more of these Lifeboat Stations left in the Pacific Northwest and we need to step up and take care of it, because if we don’t we will lose it forever.”
This urgency for action is why Arseneault coined the hashtag #savetheboathouse as a way to generate interest in the project and collect stories and photographs that will help preserve its legacy.
“We are actively looking for people who can share their memories of the boathouse and their photographs, so we can begin to compile those into a cultural center that tells the story of the bay,” he said.
The Garibaldi Boathouse is commonly referred to as “The Pier’s End.”
Ultimately, Penner and Arseneault dream of a living museum – a space that can keep the history of Tillamook Bay alive, and be a cultural meeting hub where groups can gather for events, meetings, educational opportunities and more.
“Not just another museum, but a place that still breathes and has life and where people can come and experience this place in all different kinds of ways,” he said.
There is even a kitchen and loft upstairs that could make catered events and additional group gatherings a possibility.
Until then, Arseneault and Penner, along with the rest of the Garibaldi Cultural Heritage Initiative, are planning a fundraising kick-off event in the fall to start spreading the group’s mission.
Source: Visit Tillamook Coast

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