48 Relaxing Hours in Florence

Just had to share this wonderful article by Eileen Garvin about her and her husband Brendan’s trip to Florence. “48 Relaxing Hours in Florence” is an engaging quick-read, first published by our friends at Travel Oregon, that will give you a nice overview of several things to do here in our vibrant community—dunes, dining, riverside rambling in Historic Old Town, romantic sunsets, kayaking, and our scenic beaches. Enjoy!  

Expedia Picks Florence as one of “30 Top Attractive Destinations” in U.S.

Unique charm, breathtaking architecture and the photo-worthy scenery were the among characteristics that enticed destination travel writer, Chloe Mulliner of Expedia’s Viewfinder Travel Blog to recently list Florence as #1 in the list of the top 30 must see destinations in the U.S. Mulliner’s description of Florence stated “Everyone admires Oregon’s lush, green forests, but there’s certainly something alluring about the state’s rugged coastline. Sand dunes and rolling waves border the western edge of Florence, an attractive waterfront town at the mouth of the Siuslaw River. The area is surrounded by scenic vistas, from the nation’s largest sea cave, packed with sea lions, to the aptly named Hobbit Trail, a tree-canopied hike reminiscent of Middle Earth.” “All of the towns were selected based on a combination of the staff’s personal experiences in these towns, online research and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from both visitors and locals. Florence in particular stood […]

Input Sought From Oregon Employers to Design New Retirement Savings Plan

SALEM – When it launches in mid-2017, the Oregon Retirement Savings Plan will benefit hundreds of thousands of workers and businesses. To help design the plan, input is being sought from employers statewide. “This is an opportunity to help shape the best possible plan for employers and workers, and help every Oregonian build toward a more secure future,” said State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, the chairman of the Oregon Retirement Savings Board. The current opportunity to engage is an online survey, which can be found here. In addition, a sampling of employers and sole proprietors who volunteer will participate in a wide-ranging interview with researchers from the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. The survey is targeted toward employers who do not offer their own workplace retirement plans, and gathers information about why they don’t currently offer a plan, such as cost or complexity. Owners and any workers at those […]

Florence Recognized as a Great Destination by Two National Magazines

The April, 2016 issues of Cessna Flyer Magazine and Piper Flyer Magazine feature an expansive and detailed article about Florence and the surrounding Oregon Coast area as a great destination for general aviation pilots, their families and business associates. The article, written by aviation author and pilot, Dan Pimentel of Celeste/Daniels Advertising and Design, makes note of the many “too much to do in just one day” activities and events that are waiting for private pilots flying into the Florence Municipal Airport. View or download as PDF here “I wanted to spotlight Florence as a great flight destination for pilots,” Pimentel said, “because as a pilot, we are always looking for new places to point our airplanes. Pilots and airplane owners have sufficient disposable income to spend at interesting destinations, and with so much to do in Florence, it was a very attractive place to suggest for pilots to visit. […]

New videos page added to website

We’ve added a new VIDEOS page to our website that presents a selection of our favorite videos from Florence and the surrounding Oregon Coast region. Under the VISIT tab in the top menu is a new VIDEOS link to take you to the current videos. There you will find exciting footage of the Siltcoos River Canoe Trail, Cape Perpetua, camping at the South Jetty, and Heceta Head Lighthouse and BNB. Florence Chamber will change the video content from time to time on this new page, so bookmark now and check back often. You can view the videos right now by clicking here.

Rhododendron Festival Window Display Contest

Our beautiful city will continue to host thousands of guests for the 109th Rhododendron Festival. Every business in town has the opportunity to greet the visitors with fabulous first impression window displays at their location and enter our contest for the best display. With 108 previous Festivals, you have some great history to draw upon or be truly innovative and create your own unique theme for Catch the Wave! Entice customers into your store while we celebrate with your best window display. Need some tips, take a look here. Download the form below for all of the details. Window Display Contest Form Master  

Florence Voted Best Oregon Coast Getaway in Oregonlive.com Poll

Pose the survey question: What is the best Oregon Coast getaway and folks will respond with great enthusiasm…Florence. We know this because oregonlive.com asked that exact question and we rose to the top exceptionally fast. All of the other cities were actually entered in the survey 48 hours before Florence was, so we really needed to hustle to encourage people to let the world know how much they love Florence as a getaway. Thanks to Scott Steward of Creative Wave Marketing, a Chamber Member, the survey was brought to the attention of the Chamber’s marketing partner, Celeste/Daniels Advertising and Design. They teamed to promote the survey through social media and even with a few emails and texts to folks they knew loved to getaway in Florence. It is really fabulous to read over 115 positive remarks about how much people relish visiting Florence and how proud they are to vote […]

Away for a Day: Sand Dunes, Sea Lions and Serenity

Portland Family Magazine author Candice Tutterrow just published a great article telling the enjoyable story of her family’s recent trip to Florence, which she calls one of the “best places” anyone can visit on the Oregon Coast. In the article, Tutterrow describes the scenic drive south down Highway 101, with a stop at Sea Lion Caves and a visit to Heceta Head Lighthouse and State Park. After arriving for their overnight lodging at Driftwood Shores where she enjoyed the indoor water feature, her family set out the next day to explore the city and surrounding area. She writes: “The town of Florence is a balanced mix of modern and classic. With a population of about 9,000, Florence is big enough to have convenient stores like Fred Meyer, but still retains its small-town feel. What a surprise it was to find a vintage A & W operating with car hops and […]

2015 Siuslaw Award Winners Announced at Annual Chamber Banquet

Each year, Florence Area Chamber of Commerce members meet to celebrate the most notable and influential business leaders and volunteers in the Florence, Oregon community at the Siuslaw Business Awards banquet. The 2015 awards – presented at the Florence Events Center on Wednesday, January 20th – again filled the room with a capacity crowd as the year’s winners were announced. After a dinner catered by Homegrown Public House, Chamber President Jenna Bartlett began the night’s program by presenting Key 2015 Chamber moments. During her presentation, which described the Chamber’s positive momentum in several areas, Jenna surprised Cal Applebee, the Chamber’s Executive Director, with the year’s Distinguished Service Award as recognition for his five years of service to the Chamber. Cal is retiring from the position February 26th, 2016, and following presentations by Jenna, Mike Rose, Cindy Wobbe, and Lisa Walter-Sedlecek, Cal was given a warm standing ovation for a job […]

Winner of Rhody Days Logo Contest Announced

RHODY FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST WINNER The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce selected a design submitted by Susan Johnson of Florence as its official logo for the 110th Rhododendron Festival. Johnson, who has submitted winning designs in previous years, will receive a cash award of $250 and a choice of 2017 Rhododendron Festival memorabilia featuring the logo. The design incorporates elements of Florence’s Historic Old Town skyline, rhododendrons, nautical images, and includes the words “Always Ready to Rhody.” The theme integrates the US Coast Guard’s motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready). The Chamber named US Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence as Grand Marshal for the 110th Rhododendron Festival Parade on May 21, 2017. “We are delighted with the design for its vibrancy, local icons, Coast Guard elements, and its ability to transcend all media,” says Bettina Hannigan, the Chamber’s executive director. “Susan captured what we were looking for to help […]