Home by the Sea's Oregon Coast Guidebook Part 2.
Part 2 - Cape Blanco to the Redwoods (see also Part One)
"Covering popular scenic viewpoints and time-tested attractions from Florence and its Sahara Desert high dunes to the Redwood Forest's Stout Grove cathedral of trees just over the California border ... this website has been developed by and for discerning Bed & Breakfast Guests ..."NewHoo.com
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Mileposts: (Note: Whole numbered MP numbers are real. The fractional ones are estimates.)
We sold to the NOAA 2010-11 Award of Excellence "Organization of the Year - Port Orford Ocean Resource Team. Our property is now scheduled to be re-purposed into a fisheries research center, with our former B&B facilities providing lodging for working scientists. P.O.O.R.T's ambitious mission is to pioneer the establishment the Oregon Coast's first sustainable fishery.
A couple of years ago, our Community received very good economic development news. Our Port and The Port Orford Ocean Resource Team and a group of other governmental agencies announced the completion of a $10 million Marine Project proposal for Port Orford." It is one of the Oregon Coast's few 'Green & shovel-ready' economic development projects ready for funding. You can read all about it HERE. This tranformative project is ever so gradually being funded. The 2011 purchase of our property by POORT is visible evidence of the progress being made.I've recently created and then uploaded two Port Orford-related videos to YouTube to help raise the visibility of our sleepy Community. They are my first efforts and brief with lots of action shots! I hope you'll like them: (3min 11sec) Port of Port Orford Oregon - Recreational and Commercial Fishing for over a Century and made on the beach below us, (1min 25sec) Port Orford Oregon Battle Rock Beach Surfers
Oregon Wreath is a 30 year old family tree farm specializing
in premium evergreen foilage. Their signature product is Port
Orford Cedar, a world renowned cedar with a delicate
lacy texture and a unique pungent fragrance.
Port Orford's Arts Council has an extensive website where one can learn about our local community of Fiber Artists, Glass Artists and Ceramists, Jewelry and Gem Artists, Musicians & Bands, Painters, Papermakers/Bookbinders, Photographers, Scrimshanders, Sculptors, Wood Artists, and Writers. I have built a local Artisans Webpage to showcase the excellent examples of the quality of Arts & Crafts you can expect to find in and around Port Orford.
Local woodworkers specialize in 'Myrtlewood' and long before you have arrived in Port Orford (from either direction) any traveler will have seen many stores that advertise 'Myrtlewood', a slow growing broad-leafed evergreen with leaves that look like bay leaves, found primarily along the Southwest Oregon Coast. The grain of its wood is often intricately patterned in subtle colors that range from deep oranges and yellows to satiny grays. It is heavy and hard, about the same density as cherrywood, and can be sanded to a fine and silky finish. Because it is the ideal material for bowls, and a whole range of turned products, Myrtlewood is the basis for a cottage industry that stretches along the 110 miles of coastline between Brookings and North Bend. Since it takes between 150 to 200 years for a myrtle to grow a trunk 16 inches in diameter, it is difficult to get the large pieces necessary for big bowls and platters.
Because of the rarity of the wood and the small scale of the businesses run by local artisans, Myrtlewood is rarely sold outside of the Northwest. For a good sample of the art of Myrtlewood in the Port Orford area, visit: Rick Cook Gallery; The Wooden Nickel; and A&T Myrtlewood. (I personally consider Myrtlewood to be a wonderful 'Folk Art' that most likely will become fashionably artistic and collectible just about the time we run out of Myrtlewood lumber ...) If you are a woodworker or artist looking for that special piece of Oregon-dried 'hobby-wood' to take home and work up ... you will find that John Austin of A&T Myrtlewood offers an extensive selection of Cascara, Port Orford Cedar, Western Red Cedar, Chinquapin (Western Chestnut), Holly, Big Leaf Maple, Myrtlewood, Redwood, Tanoak, Yew, and Black Walnut.
With the permission of a Park Ranger, bicyclists are allowed to use the Summer Footbridge to cross the Smith River into the Stout Grove where they can then ride Howland Hill Road into Crescent City. Note also, that our July-September guests have often mentioned that the river is warm enough for swimming ... so remember to bring bathing suits! And - (Attn: Slow Walkers - Consider carrying Insect repellant)
To reach the North Entrance of the Stout Grove from Hwy 101, head east on Hwy.199 past the Hiouchi Information Center a couple of miles. Turn right onto South Fork Road. Bear right on Douglas Park Road which eventually becomes Howland Hill Road. (Travelers from Ashland/Grants Pass turn left off Hwy 199). About a mile into the park, turn right at the paved entrance to the Stout Grove parking area.
Helpful SW Oregon Coast
telephone numbers: (North to South)
Oregon Department of Tourism (800) 547-7842;
Oregon Department of Parks & Recreation (800) 452-5687
Florence Chamber of Commerce: (541) 997-3128
Reedsport/Winchester Bay Chamber of Commerce (800) 247-2156
North Bend/Coos Bay/Charleston Chamber of Commerce (800) 824-8486
Bandon Chamber of Commerce (541) 347-9616
Port Orford Chamber of Commerce (541) 332-8055
Gold Beach Chamber of Commerce (800) 525-2334
Brookings Chamber of Commerce (800) 535-9469
California Redwood National Park (800) 423-6101
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