March, 2013

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Collecting collectibles

Collecting Collectibles:


Whether you’re looking for fantastic objet d’art or a new handle for your shovel, you’ll find it AND everything else you didn’t know you were looking for in this section of the North Coast. Books, furniture, Art Deco lamps, vintage jewelry, tools, fishing equipment, kitchen ware, and a lot more await the savvy searcher on this jaunt through the world’s largest garage sale.


Let’s start off with a hearty breakfast at Irish’s Mooring Cafe, right across the street from the Harborview next to the boat launch. Maighread and crew whip up home-made corned beef hash that is AWEsome! It’s kind of local hangout, so be prepared to be drawn into conversations all around you.


Having fed that need, let’s start our hunt! Room By Room is 4 miles North on 101 just as you enter Rockaway Beach on the right. They’ve recently switched over to all vintage jewelry of every sort imaginable.

The Little White House Antiques is next on the same side as Room by Room. Lots of period antiques and furniture.

Next we come to Trash & Treasures, right next to the Cow Belle. It’s exactly what the name implies. You make the decision as to which is which!

A block North of that is the Frugal Crow. Lots of old stuff that is actually useful adorns the shelves of this little shop.

Then make a right on Nehalem and go 3 blocks where you’ll find Wheeler Station Antiques, kind of an antique mall with very reasonable prices.



Go back to Hwy 101 and head North to Upper Crust Pizza, the best pizza on the Coast! Try the Garlic Shrimp Pizza; WOW! Gluten-free and vegan cheese options, too. Keep going North for another 8 miles and you’ll be in Wheeler, home of two of the most varied antique houses on the North Coast.


To call the other Wheeler Station Antiques an antique mall is a vast understatement. Each cubicle you walk into has something different from a different era. You will spend a LOT of time in this one.

Then right across the street is Old Wheeler Antiques, a former gas station that is home to the best collection of Art Deco lamps & decorations you’ll ever see. Truly amazing!

By this time you’ll be ready to head for home. Come back South on Hwy 101 to Garibaldi and explore both of our treasure marts, Antiques By the Bay and Hidden Treasures, both on the left side of the street about 2 blocks apart.

Hidden Treasures has an eclectic collection of everything from slightly used paperback books to real antique furniture, all at very reasonable prices. AND the 2 cutest dogs you’ve ever seen!



10559909_702985739773778_5323463144740407651_nAbout time for some sustenance before you head for the barn. Right in the middle of Garibaldi you’ll find the Garibaldi Hook, Line & Sinker. Really good chowder, the best burgers around, and some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Not to mention a good selection of local microbrews!


Time to head back to the Harborview and fortunately, you’re only about 3 blocks away!








Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Sea Harvest

Sea Harvest:



Collecting seafood is one of the many reasons people come to the Oregon Coast. Some of the freshest, best-tasting seafood in the world is found in close proximity to the Harborview.


Let’s start off with breakfast at Irish’s Mooring Café, right across the street from the Harborview. Whether it’s fresh pastries & coffee or a delicious home-made breakfast burritos, they are a great way to begin your day.

 Then we’re ready to go get some shellfish. We sell the licenses right here in the office. Whether you choose crabbing or clamming will depend on the tides. If we’re having a low tide in the morning, you’ll be off to collect some cockles from the Bay bottom just off the Harborview property.

If we’re having a morning high tide, your time will be best spent going after the wily Dungeness Crab off one of two

piers within walking distance of the motel & RV Park.

Either way, stop by the office and we can get you set up for your morning harvest. There you’ll find everything you’ll need: crab rings, bait, clam rakes, buckets, crab gauges, AND detailed step-by-step instructions, if you need them.



If you’d like, you can cook & eat your catch for lunch. Doesn’t take long to have a pile of steaming seafood in front of you either in our Clubhouse or at a picnic table out at our Crab Shack.

If you choose to save your shellfish for later, let’s head over to the Garibaldi Pub for lunch. Excellent clam chowder along with the best burgers in town, and, of course, the nicest people who ever ran a bar are what you’ll find there.


After lunch, we’ll head South on Hwy 101 into Tillamook. If you need a fishing license, you can stop off at Fred Meyer’s and pick one up at the customer service desk.  At the light at 3rd St. you’ll see a sign directing you to Cape Meares. Take a right there, go 1.7 miles and take another right on Bayocean Road. Just before you hit the ocean, you’ll find Cape Meares Lake, right after the turnoff for Bayocean Spit. There’s parking on the right and you can pick your favorite spot along the bank from which to cast your line.

If you need tackle, bait, or anything else for catching rainbow trout, stop in Tillamook at Tillamook Sporting Goods, on your left across from the Fred Meyer store. Tell them you’re headed for Cape Meares Lake to catch some rainbows and you’ll get exactly what you need, and probably a few pointers as well.

I recommend a slip sinker rig or bobber and a few #12 treble dough hooks along with some rainbow sparkle Power Bait. The trout LOVE this stuff! Whether you choose to dangle the bait from a bobber or float it up from the bottom, leave about 14-18” of leader after the bobber or sinker. Try a couple of different colors and see what works best.


Don’t forget to take a cooler to stock all your fresh rainbow trout in! Because next we’re off to a fantastic dinner AND a fabulous view.



From  (1) Cape Meares Lake, turn around and head back on Bayocean Rd to Hwy 131. Turn right and just follow the road as it takes you around the mountain through Netarts to Oceanside. Toward the North end of town on the left you’ll find (2) Roseanna’s Café, a wonderful little restaurant that looks out from a small bluff over the Pacific Ocean.


Really great seafood, steaks, sandwiches and you have GOT to try the warm marionberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream! After dinner, head back out of town South along the Coast. You’ll wind your way through Netarts following the signs for Tillamook and eventually wind up back on 3rd St. headed into Tillamook. Turn left on Pacific, two blocks later turn left on 1st and then you’re back on Hwy 101 North. 10 miles later you’re back at the Harborview safe & sound.









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