Archive for February, 2018

  1. Why Dogs Love Astoria and Warrenton

    Posted by OCVA / February 27, 2018

    Headed toward the beach? If your dogs could talk, they’d express their adoration for Astoria and Warrenton, two nearby burgs ranking high among the Oregon Coast’s four-legged-friendly areas. Parks, beaches, hotels, cafes and even an outdoor market? Woof-woof! When you pair a pastry chef with a self-taught ice cream whiz, you get Frite & Scoop, a bustling ice cream shop on Astoria’s lovely six-mile-long Riverwalk,…

  2. Guides Encourage People to Look, Not Touch Tide Pools

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    Oregon’s rocky shoreline is a huge draw for tourists, many of whom travel from miles away to see the dramatic rocks, cliffs and islands sprinkled along the Coast. Of the more than 1,400 rocks and islands off the Coast, none is more famous than Haystack Rock. Jutting out of the Cannon Beach shoreline, the 235-foot rock is one of the most popular and most photographed…

  3. OCVA Offers Scholarships for Oregon Guest Service Trainings

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    Even the highest-rated companies make mistakes. Whether the culprit is an overcooked steak, a grumpy waiter or a weather-related cancellation, chances are, if you’re providing a service, things are bound to go wrong. You can’t control people’s moods or the weather. But you can take precautions to ensure that fewer mistakes happen and that when they do, your staff know how to respond. In 2018,…

  4. Lessons Learned From 2017 Fire Season

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    On July 12, 2017, the Chetco Bar fire was spotted by a commercial pilot from the air in a steep, remote area in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness roughly six miles west of Pearsoll Peak and 20 miles northeast of Brookings. The fire would eventually burn 191,125 acres and force 5,000 people to evacuate their homes. Like the 2002 Biscuit Fire, which burned 500,000 acres, the Chetco…

  5. Program Trains Hospitality Job Seekers

    Posted by OCVA / February 20, 2018

    Statewide, the travel and tourism industry directly employs 105,500 people, a number that increased 23 percent between 2003 and 2015, according to Travel Oregon. “Visitors to the Central Coast spent almost $700 million in 2017, a number that is expected to continue to grow as Portland’s population increases,” says Marcus Hinz, executive director of the Oregon Coast Visitors Association. Many hospitality businesses along the Coast…

  6. Take Care of the Coast at the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup, March 24

    Posted by OCVA / February 16, 2018

    Portland, Ore., February 6, 2018 – Kick off the spring season with SOLVE on Saturday, March 24! Oregonians will mobilize along the entire Oregon coast to remove tens of thousands of pounds of litter and marine debris washed in from winter storms. Presented by AAA Oregon, the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup welcomes families, schools, business groups, and volunteers of all ages to join together in…

  7. Newport Seafood & Wine Festival, February 22-25

    Posted by OCVA / February 16, 2018

    (Newport, Oregon) – The largest winter festival of the Oregon coast returns February 22 – 25 with the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, happening in the South Beach area of Yaquina Bay. The central coast town swells with nearly 25,000 attendees during these four days while the festival injects two million dollars into the local economy. Beyond that, it’s the main fundraiser for a variety…

  8. Guide to the Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor

    Posted by Outdoor Project Contributor Vanessa Ball / February 15, 2018

    Meandering 12 miles along the scenic southern Oregon coast, the Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor is a treasure trove full of beautiful little gems just waiting to be explored. Named in honor of the first Oregon Parks superintendent, the landscape protected here is stunning.

  9. An Artist’s Guide to Astoria

    Posted by OCVA / February 14, 2018

    A distinct artistic vibe soaks Astoria, a North Coast burg rife with communal, creative talent. That spirit comes alive for the venerated FisherPoets Gathering each February, and it lives on year-round. Exploring the vibrant visual arts scene provides a fitting introduction to why so many creators call the place home. For an inside scoop, we turn to longtime resident artist Judith Niland, who highlights some…