Cyber Monday for the Oregon Coast too: Giving the beach away for Christmas
Published 11/28/22 at 5:09 p.m
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff
(Oregon Coast) – To paraphrase an old Christmas carol, “It’s starting to look a lot like Cyber Monday.” (Above: Manzanita, Oregon Coast Beach Connection)
The most hallowed of shopping days also includes a few Oregon Coast surprises: Try the gift of a night or two at the beach. Searching around a whole bunch of apps or search engines for that isn’t fun, but there are clear shortcuts. Plus, there are other types of gifts you can find for those in your life who love the Oregon Coast, including books, tees, sweatshirts, and other fun and funky items.
The real revelation about getting your loved one a gift certificate for a night at the beach is that most hotels and vacation rentals have them, and it’s often just a few clicks away. First choose your desired coastal town, then browse around that lodging section here on Oregon Coast Beach Connection or Putting the Oregon Coast Under the Christmas Tree (which now includes South Coast towns like Coos Bay or Bandon ). Most restaurants on the Oregon Coast offer this option as well.
However, there are still some who don’t put it on their website, so if you’re looking at a home that you know your friend loves but can’t option it on their website, make sure you let them know. call. It’s an extra hoop to jump through, but it’s worth it.
In fact, some accommodations will require you to do this over the phone anyway. An example is A1 Beach Rentals in Lincoln City. There is nothing on their website about it, but they do indeed send gift certificates to your recipient. You have to call and arrange this over the phone and they also send little gift cards.
Another hotel group on the Oregon Coast does it by phone only: Ocean Front Cabins (Oceanside) — Coast River Inn (Seaside) — Surfrider (Depoe Bay) — Moolack Shores (Newport) — Waves Hotel (Newport) — – Newport Inn & Suites — Coastal Inn (Lincoln City) — Seagull Beachfront Inn (Lincoln City).
By far, the coolest aspect of this dynamic is that if you’re running down to the wire—perhaps even minutes before the gathering—and still haven’t found a gift, some of these accommodations can fix it. You can buy a gift certificate online or maybe over the phone and they will email it to your friend right then and there.
The trick, though, is that you’ll need to know ahead of time who’s doing it at the last minute. You will also need the contact number and/or email for your person.
Or maybe you are looking for the best coastal book guide for your friend? The Ultimate Oregon Coast Travel book series covers four cities so far: Seaside, Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, and Depoe Bay. They list every beach access in that area, as well as fascinating, even weird, finds that no one else is talking about, like the Green Flash at Sunset, that town’s wildlife history, hikes, whale watching tips, facts about wildlife and more.
Looking for cool clothes and other beach hacks?
The Oregon Coast Visitors Association lets you show your love for the entire coast with clothing and other trinkets. There are hats, Oregon Coast pins, iron-on patches, stickers, pins, tees, and all kinds of wearable and show-off awesomeness. See the OCVA page then click “store”.