STICKS AND STONES GALLERY AND BLUE HERON GALLERY EXHIBITS AT CHAMBER’S VISITOR CENTER

More than two dozen pieces of art, including photos, watercolors, ceramics, and sculptures in metal and wood, are part of a new art display at the Florence Chamber of Commerce’s visitors center this month The Chamber features a different local art exhibit each month. Their current display of local artistry features a variety of works by local and Northwest artists from both Sticks and Stones Gallery and The Blue Heron Gallery in Old Town. “Visitors will find a beautiful display and a wide variety of photography, sculpture, and artwork in several mediums by locally-, regionally-, and nationally-acclaimed artists,” says Bettina Hannigan, the chamber’s executive director. “It’s exciting to be invited to participate in the chamber’s monthly exhibit,” says Jack Butler, owner of the Blue Heron Gallery, Sticks and Stones Gallery, and Wind Drift Gallery in Florence. “We appreciate the many ways that the chamber supports Florence’s growing and vibrant arts […]

PLAN NOW FOR FALL FUN IN FLORENCE

In Florence, summer lasts until mid-October, according to Bettina Hannigan, executive director for the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “There is so much to do all season long,” says Hannigan. “Locals and visitors alike enjoy sandboarding and sandcastles, big dune adventures on their own ATV or in a professionally-driven, thrill-a-minute sand rail; kite flying or kiteboarding, or just getting some sand between their toes, or other places, frolicking along mile after mile of open, uncrowded beaches.” The chamber has a free visitor’s guide that details all the ways to shop, eat, stay, and play in Florence. It is available by calling 541-997-3128, visiting FlorenceChamber.com, or by dropping by their visitor’s center at 290 Highway 101. Big Events All Season July 4 brings the annual Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration. Enjoy music, food, and drink all around town, pie and watermelon eating contests (and other games) in Old Town, and top […]

FLORENCE COULD BE NAMED NATION’S NUMBER ONE SMALL TOWN FOR ADVENTURE

USA Today’s 10Best.com has listed Florence among some heavyweights such as Sun Valley, ID; Telluride, CO; Sedona, AZ; Moab, UT; Watkins Glen, NY; Bar Harbor, ME; and Stowe, VT. Florence is the only Oregon destination on the list. “Vote early, vote often, and vote daily on every device you own,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “Winning this poll would bring some very positive national attention and boost tourism in our area. We’ve risen from 11th to third place, but we’ve got a shot at number one.” In a similar poll last year Florence was voted second of the Top 20 Best Small Towns in the Northwest. “USA Today’s writers already point out that adrenaline junkies flock to Florence for some of the nation’s best sand dunes for buggy rides, sand boarding, hiking, and fat-tire biking. They also list fishing, crabbing, and clamming as […]

Let’s Paint the Town!

Rhody 2018 Window Painting Scholarship Fundraiser!  Let’s Paint the Town! Join in the fun and help create excitement for 111th Rhody Weekend  (It’s almost here!)  This fundraiser not only creates excitement, shows support and celebrates Florence, most importantly helps raise scholarship money for our graduating senior court. We Hope You’ll Paint the Town with Rhodies!  Business all over town have an opportunity to boost excitement about the 111th Annual Rhododendron Festival, support our local students, draw in customers and your donation could be tax deductible*! Deadline to participate is April 13th and painting will begin Mid-April. Please fill out the attached form and a coordinator will be in contact with you to schedule your Window Painting Date. DOWNLOAD THE PARTICIPATION FORM HERE!

Florence Area Chamber of Commerce Seeks Applications for Board of Directors

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is now receiving applications for the board of directors. The chamber is on the move and looking for dedicated and industrious individuals who wish to serve the Florence community. Nominations will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee and if selected, nominees will be included in the membership election in May. Applications must be received by April 20th for consideration. Click here to download the application and information.

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 […]