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Photographing the Oregon Coast: Incredible Vistas, Lighthouses and Villages

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Program #18524RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
All locations within 1000 feet of sea level.

Equipment Requirements
We will be on the road for 11 days and 10 nights. While our group is a small one, we do have some restrictions on how much gear can fit into our vehicle. You may bring up to three bags. A good luggage setup includes a main bag for your clothing and toiletries. This bag will be kept in a secure compartment in the back of the vehicle. One or two separate bags with computer and camera gear works well. The computer bag can be kept in the secure compartment while the camera bag will ride with you up front. You should come prepared to photograph for several hours each day. A full packing list is included in these materials.

Itinerary for May 5 — May 15, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center- Computer, internet, Fax, Copy; HIgh Speed internet Access; River or HIllside city VIewa; Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: contact hotel representative f
call hotel for info

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 05 - Check In, Get Oriented and Get to Know Each Other...
Arrive To: Check In begins at 4:00 PM at the hotel in Astoria.

Afternoon: Orientation begins at 5:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Slide show by program leader, Mason Marsh.

In Transit: Complimentary shuttle from Portland departs at 1:30 pm.

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
33105 Cape Kiwanda Drive
Pacific City, OR 97135 USA
phone: 503-965-7001
Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Monday, May 06 - Astoria Sunrise Shoot, Fort Clatsop, Fort Stevens...
Astoria Sunrise Shoot, Fort Clatsop, Fort Stevens, Shipwreck, and 3 Capes Loop.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: Astoria sunrise shoot. Look for ships, waterfront activity, a wonderful bridge and Columbia River views.

Morning: After breakfast we'll pack up and head out to Fort Clatsop, home to Lewis and Clark's 1805-06 winter quarters. There's a replica of their fort with plenty of interesting artifacts, all set in a lovely old-growth forest. Next stop will be Fort Stevens, an abandoned U.S. Army artillery base with very old bunkers and buildings to photograph. The wreck of the Peter Iredale sits buried in the sand down on the beach, so let's grab a few shots of that as well.

Lunch: Lunch in Gearhart on our way South.

Afternoon: Drive the scenic Three Capes Loop and stop for photos at Cape Mears Lighthouse (that's lighthouse #1).

Dinner: Dinner on the beach at Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City.

Evening: Sunset Shoot at Cape Kiwanda. The cape is very dramatic with sandstone formations, wave-washed offshore rocks and even dunes! We'll run out of light before we run out of things to photograph.

Lodging: Inn at Cape Kiwanda

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
232 Southwest Elizabeth Street
Newport, OR 97365 USA
phone: 877-265-9400
web: www.elizabethstreetinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms feature cable television, ocean views, full bathrooms and refrigerators.

Facility amenities: Hotel sits overlooking the beach at Newport's historic Nye Beach neighborhood.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Tuesday, May 07 - Cape Kiwanda Sunrise Shoot, Depoe Bay, Yaquina He...
Cape Kiwanda Sunrise Shoot, Depoe Bay, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, Old Town Newport, and the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

Breakfast: Breakfast on the beach at a local restaurant.

Morning: Cape Kiwanda Sunrise Shoot. The cape's sandstone cliffs and wind-sculpted dunes will be our muse as we see what the rising sun brings.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant as we head South.

Afternoon: Depoe Bay has the coast's smallest opening; just a gap in the rocks for the fishing boats to squeeze through. Combine that with the area's big waves and you get some dramatic shots.Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area is home to the state's tallest lighthouse, the Yaquina Head Lighthouse (#2!). Climb it if you dare!

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant in Newport.

Evening: Sunset will put the soaring arches of the Yaquinna Bay Bridge into silhouette, and the working boat harbor will offer generous opportunities for unique images. Don't forget the wildlife! The docks of Old Town Newport will put you as close to California Sea Lions as you would like to be. We'll also stop by the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse (#3!).

Lodging: Elizabeth Street Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, May 08 - Newport Sunrise Shoot, Cape Perpetua, Afternoon C...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: Sunrise may bring fog to the docks of Newport. We'll prowl for sunrise shots amongst the fishing boats.

Morning: Cape Perpetua offer's an Eagle's eye view of the coast. We'll explore the lookout atop the cape and the dramatic basalt gap of Devil's Churn.

Lunch: Lunch at a Florence restaurant.

Afternoon: See what everyone has been up to with a friendly critique.

Afternoon: Old Town Florence for streetscapes and other interesting shots on the riverfront. Great patterns to be found under the Siuslaw River Bridge.

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.

Evening: Heceta Head Lighthouse is the most-photographed lighthouse on the coast for a reason. We'll catch the view at sunset to capture the lighthouse (that's #4!) at its best.

Lodging: Driftwood Shores Resort or The Adobe Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The motel is located atop the bluff overlooking Oregon's loveliest beach.

Contact info:
1090 Portland Ave S.W.
Bandon, OR 97411 USA
phone: 541-347-9451
web: www.bandonbeachmotel.com/

Room amenities: Rooms are simple, but comfortable rooms with refrigerators, televisions, and telephones.

Facility amenities: Hotel is simple.. no fancy pool or spa, just incredible views.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, May 09 - Sweet Creek Trail, Coquille River Lighthouse, Ban...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: There are fewer places more beautiful than the remote Sweet Creek Trail. You will have the early morning to capture the moss-draped rainforest as it frames the tumbling waters of Sweet Creek. Can you handle 13 waterfalls in 1 mile?

Lunch: Lunch in Coos Bay.

Afternoon: We'll head south to Bandon and check out the lighthouse at the Coquille River. Yup.. that's lighthouse #5!

Dinner: DInner in Bandon.

Evening: Bandon's beach is considered by many to be the best photography beach on the west coast. See for yourself with a sunset shoot amongst the towering sea stacks.

Lodging: Bandon Beach Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: The motel is located atop the bluff overlooking Oregon's loveliest beach.

Contact info:
1090 Portland Ave S.W.
Bandon, OR 97411 USA
phone: 541-347-9451
web: www.bandonbeachmotel.com/

Room amenities: Rooms are simple, but comfortable rooms with refrigerators, televisions, and telephones.

Facility amenities: Hotel is simple.. no fancy pool or spa, just incredible views.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Friday, May 10 - Bandon Beach Sunrise, Recovery Day
Note: This is a recovery day, with options for beach and old-town Bandon photography excursions.

Breakfast: Breakfast at Bandon.

Morning: Bandon's beach is incredible. Dramatic offshore rock formations, sea life, and towering headlands make for amazing sunrise images!

Morning: After breakfast, you'll have a chance to relax at the hotel or walk on the beach. It's a much-needed morning off!

Lunch: Lunch in Bandon, on your own.

Afternoon: An afternoon excursion yet to be determined will be an optional photographic treat. If you wish, you can stay at the hotel and work on your images.

Dinner: Dinner in Bandon.

Evening: The towering rock formations of Bandon will once again be the location for our sunset session.

Lodging: Bandon Beach Motel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: On Hwy 101, just 6 blocks north of City Center. Nearby are downtown Riverwalk, ocean beaches and sand dunes, fishing/crabbing, whale watching. On site restaurant and lounge.

Contact info:
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420 USA
phone: 541-267-4141
web: www.redlion.com

Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, high speed internet and dataports, coffeemaker.

Facility amenities: Seasonal outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, exercise room and putting green. Room service, laundry and valet service also available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, May 11 - Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Afternoon Critique, Cape ...
Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Afternoon Critique, Cape Arago Lighthouse and Sunset Bay

Breakfast: Breakfast in Old Town Bandon.

Morning: Cape Blanco is the farthest West you can get in Oregon, and the flat-topped cape is home to Cape Blanco Lighthouse, (is that #6?).

Morning: Bandon's world-class beach will be our muse once more as we enjoy the sunrise.

Lunch: Lunch in Bandon.

Afternoon: Enjoy a friendly critique of the group's work.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Coos Bay.

Evening: This is a big evening! We'll explore Cape Arago, Cape Arago Lighthouse, (wait! that's #7!), and Sunset Bay State Park. We will work past sunset here.

Lodging: Red Lion Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located on rocky intertidal area on the Pacific Ocean; each room has spectacular ocean views; beachcombing at sandy beach 1/4 mi north; agate hunting, tidepooling directly in front of hotel; ocean-side dining.

Contact info:
1555 Highway 101
Yachats, OR 97498 USA
phone: 800-522-3623
Room amenities: Microwave and refrigerators; some rooms have woodstoves or fireplaces. All Road Scholar rooms have spectacular ocean view.

Facility amenities: Lounge at resort, new pool and spa, exercise rooms; beautiful lodging with microwaves and fridge in every room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, May 12 - Charleston Harbor Sunrise, Shore Acres State Park...
Charleston Harbor Sunrise, Shore Acres State Park, Umpqua River Lighthouse, Yachats.

Breakfast: Breakfast in Charleston.

Morning: Charleston is a busy fishing harbor, and the fog visits there many mornings making for fabulous shots. Sunrise should give us the best chance for great images.

Morning: We'll venture to Shore Acres State Park and explore the botanical gardens there for flowers, rocky scenics and possibly wildlife. Shore Acres is always a treasure!

Lunch: Lunch in Charleston.

Afternoon: On our way North we will visit the Umpqua River Lighthouse. This is #8 and well worth the climb to see inside of the 2-ton red and white fresnel lens!

Dinner: Dinner at the Hotel.

Evening: The rocky shoreline in front of our hotel is a great place for sunset shots. We'll walk the historic 804 Trail in search of sunset splendor.

Lodging: The Adobe Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Tolovana Inn sits on scenic Cannon Beach with incredible views of Haystack Rock.

Contact info:
3400 South Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, OR 97145 USA
phone: 503-436-2211
web: www.tolovanainn.com

Room amenities: Rooms come with televisions, full bathrooms, refrigerators and microwaves.

Facility amenities: Hotel features spa, beach access, hot coffee and daily newspaper.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, May 13 - Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, H...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the Hotel.

Morning: At Newport, we'll visit the Oregon Coast Aquarium where we'll capture images of sea life you won't find anywhere else. The aquarium is especially good for photography.

Lunch: Lunch at Newport.

Afternoon: Travel to Cannon Beach.

Dinner: Dinner in Cannon Beach.

Evening: One of the coast's iconic scenes in Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock, (yes, there are two Haystack Rocks on the Oregon Coast). We'll walk the beach at sunset to capture our last sunset shots of the trip.

Lodging: Tolovana Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
204 West Marine Drive
Astoria, OR 97103 USA
phone: 503-325-6222
web: www.astoriahie.com

Room amenities: Air Conditioning, Refrigerator, Microwave, 27 inch TV-DVD Player, Coffeemaker, Hairdryer, Ironing Board & Iron, High Speed Internet Access, Dirct Dial Phone with voice mail, Free Local and 800 Number access Calls

Facility amenities: Indoor Heated Pool, Whirlpool, Smoke-free, Business Center- Computer, internet, Fax, Copy; HIgh Speed internet Access; River or HIllside city VIewa; Exercise Room, Game Room, Guest Laundry, GIft Shop

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: contact hotel representative f
call hotel for info

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Ten: Tuesday, May 14 - Ecola State Park Sunrise, Tillamook Rock Lighthou...
Ecola State Park Sunrise, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Cannon Beach and Astoria.

Breakfast: Breakfast in a Cannon Beach restaurant.

Morning: Ecola State Park's rugged, rocky coastline is perfect for sunrise images. Enjoy the final sunrise shoot of the trip here! Hey, isn't that a lighthouse 1 mile offshore? Yes... #9 is "Terrible Tilly", Tillamook Rock Lighthouse.

Lunch: Lunch in Cannon Beach.

Afternoon: We'll check in early to the hotel in Astoria so we can all take much-needed naps! If you want to show off your work, get your images ready for the show-and-tell after dinner. Digital images will be projected for all to see and enjoy.

Dinner: Enjoy a final dinner with the group at a great Astoria restaurant.

Evening: It's show and tell time! Our final critique is a time to celebrate 800 miles of memories!

Lodging: Holiday Inn Express

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, May 15 - Wrap-up and depart.
Depart From: Travel safe.

Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the Hotel.

In Transit: Complimentary shuttle to Portland leaves at 7:30 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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Chamber of Commerce
For additional information, visit: www.oregonsbayareachamber.com
Oregon Coast
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Southern Oregon Visitors Association
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Florence, OR
Chamber of CommerceGeneral information and links to area attractions.
For additional information, visit: www.florencechamber.com
General informationFlorence and central coast general information
For additional information, visit: www.florenceoregon.net

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