Plan Now for Spring Break and Whale Watching Week Here in Oregon’s Coastal Playground!

Chances are, if you grew up in Oregon, or even in the western US, that some of your favorite Spring Break memories are full of images from the Oregon Coast. Sandcastles, kite flying, wave jumping, beach fires, s’mores. Come revive those memories and create new ones this year in Florence! Wine tasting, art galleries, romantic beach walks, eclectic Northwest fusion cuisine based on the fresh catch of the day…or maybe you still enjoy sandcastles, kite flying, wave jumping, beach fires, and s’mores. We’re not here to judge. Instead, we’re here to empower those dreams! Here at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce we love helping vacation planners like you to find and enjoy all the fun Florence has to offer. Maybe it’s a family adventure on ATVs, sandboards, or on foot through the majestic sand dunes. Maybe it’s a couple of rounds of world class golf at either of our […]

On Your Mark, Get Ready, Get Set – Florence Awaits Announcement of Small Business Revolution Top 5 Towns

The Small Business Revolution (SBR) will be announcing the Top 5 Towns on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30am ET, 4:30am PT. You can watch the Top 5 announcement on Facebook Live by following SBR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbizrev. Florence, Oregon is currently in the Top 10 Towns and is anxiously awaiting the results to see if the community has made it to the next round. If Florence makes it into the Top 5, the next step will be an online vote that will run from Feb. 13th until Feb. 20th. Individuals will be able to vote once per day, per email address during the week-long voting period by visiting www.smallbusinessrevolution.org. Voting will begin promptly after the Top 5 announcement on February 13th and will conclude at 6:00pm PT on February 20th. Voting will be done on a 24-hour clock and individuals with multiple email addresses are welcome to use each […]

BONFIRE New Fine Dining Restaurant Now Open at Three Rivers Casino Resort

BONFIRE, the region’s newest culinary destination is now open. Located at the Three Rivers Casino Resort, BONFIRE provides a fine-dining experience for Florence residents and visitors alike. With the opening of BONFIRE, the vision of a specialized dining experience in Florence has now become a reality. BONFIRE diners will enjoy a selection of specialty appetizers including coconut shrimp, pan seared scallops and Dungeness crab cakes. A signature Wedge salad with smoked pecan bacon and imported Danish blue cheese has already become a popular favorite. Entrees include only the finest certified Angus steaks, prime rib cooked and served on the bone, the freshest salmon, halibut and succulent lobster tail. BONFIRE is fine dining at its best. BONFIRE is open Thursdays through Sundays from 4:00PM-9:00PM. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (541) 902-6619.

Florence Awaits Announcement of Small Business Revolution Top 5 Towns

The Small Business Revolution (SBR) will be announcing the Top 5 Towns on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00am EST, 4:00am PST. You can watch the Top 5 announcement on Facebook Live by following SBR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbizrev. Florence, Oregon is currently in the Top 10 Towns and is anxiously awaiting the results to see if the community has made it to the next round. If Florence makes it into the Top 5, the next step will be an online vote that will run from Feb. 13th until Feb. 20th. The voting will be open and individuals will be able to vote once per day during the week-long voting period by visiting www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution. In 2017, there were about 1 million votes cast nation-wide, with the winning town receiving over 350,000 votes. Florence is currently one of only two towns in the current Top 10 on the entire west coast, with […]

Lovers Love Florence!

Cards? Flowers? Candies? Yawn! Change it up this year! Plan a memorable Valentine’s getaway in Florence—Oregon’s Coastal Playground! Book a riverfront room or oceanfront room in Florence! Come stay in a romantic B&B! Enjoy romantic walks in the forest or on long stretches of uncrowded beaches. Find a heart-shaped stone or shell in the sand. Hike a dune. Get a little sand in your pants. Treat your sweets to a fresh catch-of-the-day or a special surf-and-turf combo dinner at one of Florence’s many excellent restaurants. You’ll find a great variety of local, international, and unique fusion foods in Historic Old Town and all around town. Over the last several years Americans have spent about $20 billion on Valentine’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation. Loved ones are expected to spend $2 billion on flowers, more than $1.7 billion on candy, and approximately $1 billion on pre-printed cards. Don’t be […]

CALL TO ARTISTS – FlorenceFest!

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is very excited to invite all artists to participate in the 2nd annual “Florence Fest” to be held at the Florence Events Center on April 27 and 28, 2018. Last year’s event was a huge success as over 700 people attended and we sold almost 40% of the art selected.  This year’s event, which will feature two days of Jazz, Art and Wine, will be highlighted by talented jazz musicians and outstanding wine from some of the best wineries throughout the state. Selection for the exhibit will be made by Margaret Prentice, who is an accomplished painter and printmaker and has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the Northwest.   She is currently Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at the University of Oregon where she taught for 26 years.  Prentice taught drawing, intaglio, and relief printmaking, papermaking and artist’s books.  Her original prints are included in […]

Call to Artists for new Outdoor Gallery Program

The Public Art Committee of the city of Florence has created an exciting new program to enhance the beauty and livability of our community by regularly introducing original outdoor art into Florence to create a unique sense of place and enhance community identity.  This program, called “Art Exposed – Dynamic Public Art” provides a creative outlet for artists to display their work, and artists are encouraged to submit unique pieces that demonstrate extraordinary creativity and elicit a feeling of “Wow” from all who view them.  Many cities around the world are engaged in programs of this type and it creates excitement for both the community and visitors. Five (5) locations for this art have been selected by the Public Art Committee and are in the high visibility/high traffic area of Historic Old Town Florence along Bay Street.  This area is filled with restaurants, galleries and specialty shops and provides a […]

CLAIM YOUR SHARE OF 662 MILLION IN FLORENCE

January 30 is National Plan Your Vacation Day, and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to help. The event, promoted by Project Time Off who encourages everyone, on January 30, to take 30 minutes to plan a vacation. Nationally, more than 660 million vacation days go unused. “It is proven that those that take vacation time are happier, healthier, and more productive,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “Vacation is essential to strengthen personal relationships, inspire creative thinking, improve professional performance and promote better health—and Florence should be at the top of your list of vacation destinations for many reasons.” “Our visitors, and locals too, enjoy the dunes for ATVs, sand rails, sandboarding, and hiking. They love that we have more than a dozen lakes within a dozen miles of town, as well as the Siuslaw River and the ocean. There’s fishing, […]

Rhododendron Court Announced!

This week, the Rhododendron Festival Committee announced the selections for the 2018 Rhododendron Court, comprised of a Senior Court of five princesses and two princes, and a Junior Court with five princesses. The Senior Court Princesses are Andrea Hernandez, Lainey Goss, Thelma Gentry, Alex Saindon and Denielle VanWinkle. The Senior Court Princes are Colby Waters Trent Reavis both from Siuslaw High School. Junior Court Princesses from Siuslaw Elementary are first-grader Alleya Thomas, second-grader Jasmine Krause, fourth-grader Kylee Stinger and fifth-grader Brittney Adams. Abigail Mendez, the third-grade princess is from Mapleton. “The students are all wonderful representatives of Florence and Mapleton,” said committee chairperson Jenna Bartlett. “These courts will be introduced at various functions during the next few months and represent Florence and the Rhododendron Festival throughout the year.” Members of the Junior and Senior Court were presented with roses by Florence Mayor Joe Henry and committee members Nancy Bosket, Jenna […]

TENTH ANNUAL SIUSLAW BUSINESS AWARDS BANQUET TO RECOGNIZE ACHIEVEMENT

“Our town buzzing with the spirit of revolutionizing, re-visioning and revitalizing,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director for the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “The 10th annual Siuslaw Awards are a great way to celebrate that.” The event, open to the public, takes place Wednesday, February 7, at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person or $320 for reserved tables for eight people, and are available online at FlorenceChamber.com/event/siuslaw-awards or at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce office 290 Highway 101 in Florence. “We invite Chamber members and the community at large to join us ‘Rhody Rendezvous-style’ as we celebrate at the Florence Event Center with live entertainment, a State of the Chamber address, a delicious dinner, and presentations by our community business leaders for a fabulous evening together,” says Terry Abeyta, event coordinator and […]