Erin Vaughan, Guest Blogger
You recycle everything you can at home. You drive a hybrid or efficient car. You turn down the heat and AC when you’re not in the house. You’re doing your best to cut the earth a break and lighten your carbon footprint. So why should your vacation have to be any different?
Unfortunately, your few days of R&R can be pretty tough on the environment. While your vacation may be the perfect time to appreciate the splendor and diversity of the planet, packaging from snacks, emissions from travel, and the convenience of CO2-laden transport can all rack up a serious toll on the earth. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to have a nice, relaxing time off. Our motto here at Modernize is that green doesn’t mean inconvenient. Rather, it’s a lifestyle that starts with small changes you can make anywhere, at anytime. Here are our recommendations on how to have a vacation that’s relaxing and eco-friendly, by integrating one or more of these earth-approved vacation tips into your summer Oregon Coast holiday!
Prepare Your Snacks Ahead of Time
Ever notice how you seem to rack up a lot of trash on a road trip? All of those snacks, drinks, and water bottles come in disposable packaging that’s difficult to recycle when you’re on the road. Most of the time, all that excess plastic, glass, and paper goes straight into the garbage bin the next time you stop to fill up. To reduce your trip’s landfill footprint, try portioning your snacks out ahead of time in reusable containers. Also, carry a refillable water bottle with you instead of using plastic bottles—most rest stops have a water fountain where you can fill up on the go. At the end of your trip, gather all of your recyclables and drop them off at the facilities located at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda upon check-in.
Minimize Your Carbon Footprint as You Travel
Which is better for the environment, flying or driving? Experts remain divided. That’s because it really varies depending on the vehicle you use, the length of your trip, and how many people you take with you, so the math can get pretty complicated. However, one thing they do agree on is that no matter which way you decide to travel, you should try to make your trip as low-emissions as possible. If you’re flying, that means choosing direct flights rather than layovers, since planes tend to consume more fuel when they’re taking off and landing. And if you decide to go by car, consider renting a hybrid automobile to make the trek. Your fuel savings may just offset some of the cost you incur by renting! Give the Cottages at Cape Kiwanda Concierge staff a call at 503-965-7920 to help you locate the best eco-friendly rentals and return centers.
Rely on Green Transportation
Getting around on a bicycle or on foot is a great way to explore our cozy little beach town and take in the sights—and get a little fresh air and exercise in the process! Every Oregon Coast vacation rental home has at least 2 bikes provided, most have at least 4. The Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, Hart’s Camp, and Inn at Cape Kiwanda all provide complimentary beach cruiser bikes to our guests. Just stop in and let us know how many you need! The slower pace helps you really appreciate the scenery like never before. And all the exercise lowers your stress levels, which is exactly why you went on vacation in the first place!
Book a Green Hotel Room
Find out if your hotel makes green efforts by asking them directly. Ask about recycling programs, food donation services, energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling, and washers and dryers. One of the most effective ways you can help the environment is by pouring your dollars exclusively into hotels that operate this way, since it can encourage other businesses to take note. Using your vacation for a little impromptu eco-activism? Sounds like a good deal to me!
About the Writer
Erin Vaughan is a blogger, gardener and aspiring homeowner. She currently resides in Austin, TX where she writes full time for Modernize, with the goal of empowering homeowners with the expert guidance and educational tools they need to take on big home projects with confidence.
Availability is extremely limited for this once-in-a-lifetime Solar Eclipse event happening right here in your little beach town, Pacific City! Shorepine Vacation Rentals has a couple of homes that are still open or have recently had cancelations for this spectacular event. View the list below for current available homes for the Solar Eclipse happening on August 21st, 2017! Keep in mind that there is a 4 night minimum, so be sure to plug that into your search. Make this a long weekend, bring a friend or some family to split the cost, and experience this truly rare phenomena.
In addition to these select beach houses, we have a few of our new Airstreams open at Hart’s Camp too!
Hurry and make your reservations today before these are gone!
Sometimes you need just a little something extra when you’re on vacation. You envision your friends and family gathered around a cozy outdoor fire pit, stretched out on the patio furniture just waiting for the smore’s to be done. Or you want to have your own private section of beach just off the hustle & bustle of town. We have a growing number of luxury style beach houses that have that little something extra for you to choose from in Pacific City. Each one was thoughtfully added to our rental portfolio to ensure that we can deliver the luxury experience you would expect from these exquisite properties. Take a quick peek at the list below or better yet, come visit them in person!
Valentine’s Day Dinner
Date: February 11 – February 14
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Join us at Pelican Brewing Pacific City for a special package for you and your loved one! We will have limited special seating on February 11th at 5pm and 6pm as well as on February 14th at 5pm and 6pm. The package includes a three course meal with beer pairings for two people, a long stemmed rose, and house made truffles for only $85! Reservations are required by contacting our Events Coordinator at 503.965.3674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Must be 21 or older for the package. Gratuity not included.
1ST COURSE CHOICE OF:
Silky and creamy mushroom soup topped with crispy mushroom “bacon bits”
Pairing: MacPelican’s Scottish-Style Ale
KALE SALAD – GLUTEN FREE
Kale ribbons with roasted red grapes, toasted hazelnuts, and shaved Parmesan, tossed in house-made herb vinaigrette
Pairing: MacPelican’s Scottish-Style Ale
2ND COURSE CHOICE OF:
BRAISED SHORT RIBS
Tender short ribs served with a rich onion-stout sauce, served with potato gratin and grilled asparagus
Pairing: Tsunami Export Stout
CITRUS POACHED SALMON – GLUTEN FREE
Chinook salmon simmered in blood orange, served with smashed potatoes and grilled asparagus
Pairing: Mosaic Single-Hop India Pale Ale
BEET AND GOAT CHEESE GNOCCHI
Herbed goat cheese and beet gnocchi served with sliced asparagus in a brown butter-sage sauce
Pairing: Kiwanda Pre-Prohibition Cream Ale
CHOCOLATE PUDDING CAKE
Warm chocolate cake topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce, hot fudge, and sliced strawberries
Pairing: Tsunami Export Stout
Pelican Brewing – Pacific City
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr
Pacific City, OR 97135
Make a getaway of it and book the most romantic hotel, cottage, or vacation homes on the Oregon Coast! The Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, and Shorepine Vacation Rentals all have special Valentine’s packages to take the guess work out of your special time away.
Drift away to your favorite beach town on the scenic Oregon Coast. Tierra Del Mar is home to an untouched beach, dotted with homes. You’re just 2 miles south of the buzz at Cape Kiwanda. This is the ideal vacation spot to get away from it all! Enjoy a touch of coffee on your balcony and take the kids for a walk on the beach. You’ll find sand dollars, driftwood, agates, and hopefully spot a whale or an Orca.
Casa Del Mar is a recently remodeled 2 bedroom home in beautiful and serene Tierra Del Mar. This gorgeous and unique vacation rental is 100% ocean front with a private trail just for you leading to the quiet shoreline off the back balcony. Downstairs in your large garage you’ll find a ping pong table, perfect for those rainy days. In Tierra Del Mar you will find miles of sandy, untouched beaches that are mostly empty year-round. Build a cozy campfire for smore’s or watch the waves crash from your bedroom or living room with this fabulous home. New carpets, furniture, electronics, gas fireplace, and a large deck are waiting for you. Enjoy the new grill on the balcony overlooking the ocean. Play on the board games provided in the home and enjoy a cozy gas fireplace. Casa Del Mar is equipped with bicycles for your enjoyment, great for riding around Tierra Del Mar. Bring the whole family because this home is dog friendly and can accommodate up to 8 guests with comfortable convertible sleeping arrangements.
- Ocean front
- Ping pong table
- New carpets and beds
- Private trail to miles of sandy beaches
- Large smart TV in living room
- Plenty of parking space
Learn more about this home with Shorepine Vacation Rentals and book your beach getaway today! This home is new to Shorepine’s portfolio and is now taking reservations for the holidays and 2017!
Distinctive Oregon Coast luxury retreat caters to adventure-seekers and the active Pacific NW lifestyle, will welcome guests mid-summer 2017
Pacific City, Oregon (November 3, 2016)—Come summer 2017 those seeking a distinctly Pacific Northwest lodging experience have a new destination to frequent: introducing Kiwanda Lodge & Spa at Pacific City. The Kiwanda Lodge concept responds to a gap in the market for a luxury oceanfront experience that presents outdoor recreational opportunities for the next generation traveler.
The resort—planned to showcase the uncommon sporty culture of the carefree, casually-elegant, and authentic Pacific City lifestyle—is the inspiration of Jeff Schons and Mary Jones at the helm of the Nestucca Ridge Family of Companies. The company also owns and operates the Inn at Cape Kiwanda, Cottages at Cape Kiwanda, Shorepine Vacation Rentals and the award-winning Pelican Brewing Company.
Off the beaten path on a relatively undiscovered stretch of the majestic Oregon Coast, Kiwanda Lodge & Spa features 33 luxury oceanfront suites, a premier fitness spa, and unique restaurant featuring contemporary Northwest cuisine, wine, beer and spirits.
Filling a gap in Oregon recreational destination resorts
“For all the character found in so many Oregon coast towns, there is no luxury hotel that embraces the unique Oregon outdoor culture and encourages guests to immerse themselves in all the natural surroundings and recreational experiences we have to offer,” says Mary Jones, owner/partner. “We’ll offer an unexpected, undiscovered retreat created with active travelers and families in mind.”
The new property joins a unique combination of beachfront cottages, vacation rentals, an inn and the award-winning Pelican Brewing Company—the only oceanfront brewpub on the Oregon Coast. The Nestucca Ridge Family of Companies is an organically-grown collection of coastal businesses dedicated to memory-making beach vacations, meetings and ownership experiences.
“The Kiwanda Lodge & Spa fills a void in our hospitality options here on the Tillamook Coast,” says Nan Devlin, director for Visit Tillamook Coast, the county’s tourism marketing organization. “We frequently get requests from visitors and tour groups wanting an oceanfront experience where they can enjoy the beach, restaurant, spa facilities and recreation in one location. This property is what we’ve been waiting for.”
Cape Kiwanda, in Pacific City, enjoys a storied connection to the ocean, local rivers, beachfront and majestic outdoor playground. The new getaway is poised to offer visitors boundless invigorating recreation including hiking, biking, surfing, fishing, kayaking, beachcombing and more. And for those seeking luxury spa treatments, a fitness regimen, or scintillating work-out, it’s all there.
Contact: Jeremy Strober, 503 965-0088
Make your escape to Pacific City this holiday season and join in on the fun. All of Your Little Beach Town businesses are participating in special holiday treats and activities this year. Download your calendar and call to make your plans! 503-965-7001
Rent your dream vacation home this fall. . .
Catoor is a fabulous ocean-front home in the quiet, gated community of Kiwanda Shores. This home is brand new with construction just finishing up in Summer 2016. Enjoy luxury at every turn with state-of-the-art electronics and a gourmet chef’s kitchen. This home is fully outfitted for a dream vacation for up to 10 guests and 1 small dog. Read more…