Oceanfront Cottage on the Oregon Coast: Windside Cottage
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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CALENDER IS DISABLED. PLEASE CONTACT FOR AVAILABILITY.Windside Cottage is an oceanfront, vacation home situated on Oregon’s central coast just south of Newport. Its strategic location provides visitors with a combination of scenic privacy and ready access to Newport’s maritime attractions. Pets are NOT allowed and No Smoking.
Enjoy the pounding surf from the master suite balcony or stroll down to the ocean from your own private stairway access just outside your door. The private beach access stairway is conveniently located fifty feet from the rear door of the house. For the “mobility challenged” and very young children, access via the walkway at Lost Creek State Park, ¼ mile to the north, may be easier. Ten miles of sandy beach awaits you! Some of the nearby attractions: The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Mark Hatfield Science Center, Newport's Historic Bayfront, Seafood and Wine Festival, numerous state and federal parks and scenic areas, diverse seafood dining, crabbing, clamming, etc.
Oregon: A whale of a vacation
'A world-class natural phenomenon'
CNN Wednesday, January 22, 2003 Posted: 11:36 AM EST (1636 GMT)
Oregon (AP) -- Bundled up against the wind and rain, Joan Lynch leaned against the fender of her pickup truck to steady herself and trained her binoculars on the Pacific Ocean in hopes of spotting a heart-shaped spout or a flash of flukes from a passing gray whale.
'There's a spout almost all the way out,' she said in measured tones from her vantage high on Cape Ferrelo, and immediately conversation stopped and four pairs of binoculars focused on the horizon. 'Somebody says 'Spout!' and everybody stops talking and starts concentrating.'
By an accident of nature, thousands of gray whale families migrate past the Oregon Coast each year on their annual 5,000-mile trek from the Bering Sea to Baja California just when human families are enjoying their Christmas vacation from school. The whales return north during spring break.
For 25 years, a network of volunteers like Lynch and her husband, Bob, has taken up their assigned posts on cold, rainy, wind-whipped headlands and in cozy, dry, beachfront resorts up and down the coast to take advantage of that happy coincidence to spread the word.
'It's a world-class natural phenomenon you might have missed just for lack of a knowledgeable person pointing in the right direction,' said Mike Rivers from his office in Newport, where he coordinates more than 200 volunteers in the Whale Watching Spoken Here program for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
'You get this feeling for the excitement of the migration,' said Rivers. 'They're going to Mexico. They're not bothering to stop or say, 'Hi!' They're going where the water is a little bit warmer and they'll mate and have babies, like they have their whole lives. This whole phenomenon is going on that is just awesome!'
40,000 people in two weeks
The volunteer effort was the brainchild of the late Don Giles, a Sea Grant extension specialist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. He noticed the migration-vacation connection in research on gray whale migrations by Oregon State University professor Bruce Mate.
'It's just phenomenal how many people, usually about 40,000 individuals, the program touches,' said Mate. 'Typically, they are reaching people from most states in the union, and very typically three dozen foreign countries.
The gray whale is one of just seven species ever taken off the Endangered Species List. That happened in 1994, 59 years after they were protected from commercial whaling, first by the League of Nations and then by the International Whaling Commission.
'There's a mystery to them'
On Cape Ferrelo, Joan and Bob Lynch ignored the wind and rain as they trained their binoculars on the ocean for the telltale heart-shaped spout, formed because gray whales have two blow holes. As many as 30 whales per hour will swim by.
Both retired -- he's the former sheriff of Hood River County and she's a former teacher -- they are in their 13th season as whale watching volunteers living out of their fifth-wheel trailer.
'They're big and they're beautiful,' Bob Lynch said of the whales that keep him coming back.
'And there's a mystery to them,' added his wife. 'There's so much we don't know.'
'One o'clock, there's a blow!' interjected Linda Carpenter, a computer technician vacationing from Foster City, California. All talking stopped and binoculars were trained on the ocean.
'Sleep in, watch the whales, then take the rest of the day off,' Carpenter said of her vacation routine. 'When you see them come out of the water and breech, it makes it worthwhile for a couple hours of doing nothing.'
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- High speed internet
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Deck / Patio
Location & View
- Water View
- Ocean View
- Beach View
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
Windside Cottage had a marvelous view and was great & clean inside. I would like to clarify some items though so future prospective visitors can plan for the best visit. The property has access only via about 12 steps. Beach access is down a very steep decline of about 30 or more steps. The property is not appropriate for children less than 2yr either indoors or outdoors and not convenient for elderly. Since we had both, the property was not appropriate for us & I wish that the description had mentioned these points. A picture of the inside stairs and the outside stairs & beach access would be more realistic and helpful. We did not access the beach @ the property, but had to go to public access sites that were more user friendly. Other than these points, it was very nice.
- Guest jevelyn (Aromas, CA)
- Date of stay 07/12/12
- Review Submitted 07/26/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: We are glad you enjoyed our property. The cottage is fully suitable and appropriate for young children and elderly. As with most oceanfront homes on the central Oregon Coast, the beach access is via stairs and rock steps. This may not be suitable for the disabled or people with real physical limitations. That is what the wheel chair ramp 1/4 mile to the north of the cottage is for.
I've stayed at Windside Cottage several times and had a blast. It's secluded just enough to make you feel like you have the entire beach to yourself, yet is only minutes away from wonderful restaurants, shopping and marina. The view from the kitchen over the patio and onto the ocean is spectacular at sunset, and the top deck has amazing views both ways. The vibe of Windside Cottage is very homey and welcoming. This the perfect spot for a family vacation, a girls getaway or a romantic holiday. I highly recommend it.
- Guest Amy (Los Angeles)
- Date of stay 02/16/12
- Review Submitted 05/08/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
Perfect Beach Getaway
Perfect Beach Getaway
My husband, son and I had a lovely stay at Windside Cottage recently. The house is the perfect size--not too large, not too small. The master bedroom upstairs was especially nice, and our two-year-old son slept perfectly in the room below. It was so peaceful. The place was immacutely clean, the kitchen furnished with everything we needed to cook our own meals. The view of the ocean was breathtaking. We also loved the private stairway right down to the beach. I had been here previously with a group of girlfriends, and we had a wonderful time during that visit as well. Newport has great shops, fun restaurants, deep sea fishing, crabbing, clamming and more. I would definitely recommend this property to a friend.
- Guest Melanie (New Jersey)
- Date of stay 02/22/12
- Review Submitted 04/12/12
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway, families with teenagers.
This lovely beach home provided an incredible getaway for myself as well as my family. The views are nothing short of spectacular, with complete privacy and full amenities. I found everything about our stay enjoyable; from the adorable ocean themed décor to the miles of virtually private beach – this was a vacation to remember. We loved sitting out on the private balcony that is connected to the master bedroom and watching the beautiful sunsets. There is also a large front deck that looks directly out onto the beach; in fact, there is a stunning view from practically everywhere in the house. We had hours of playing and exploring on the beach, and it was so nice to have our own private access. Unfortunately, we did not have time to visit all of the attractions the area has to offer, so we will be back next year for sure!
- Guest Rebecca (Philadelphia, PA)
- Date of stay 03/14/12
- Review Submitted 04/11/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, girls getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Week At The Beach
Week At The Beach
We had a lovely time at windside cottage, It was roomy, and very clean I would probably stay there again, But there are some things you should be aware of. First and foremost, there are no blinds on any of the windows, except in the one bedroom down stairs, this wouldn't usually bother me, but when we were there it was beautiful and sunny and at some point as the sun comes down to set, you have it glaring into the living area. It becomes hot and unable to see the TV annoying, it also make it very difficult to sleep in, and if there's anyone on the beach they get to see you get dressed in the morning from the room upstairs. The second is the stairs to the beach do not go all the way to the beach, they are about four feet short of the beach, and then you have to scale down about two and a half feet of boulders to land on smaller rocks and then the beach. I didn't find this very difficult to do it's just something you should know. The third and the last is the mattress up stairs in the loaf is none existent, totally flat and not fit to sleep on, so please bring a air mattress. These things are small, but they are things that knowing will make your stay less stressful.
- Guest leah (portland)
- Date of stay 08/13/11
- Review Submitted 08/25/11
Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Unfortunately "Leah" is a disgruntled party who has greatly misrepresented our cottage. Her entire review is inaccurate and in some respects completely false. In the 16 years we have allowed our beach cottage to be rented, we have never had such feedback from the numerous return clients.
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