BACKSTREET GALLERY HEADLINES JUNE ART EXHIBIT AT CHAMBER

Backstreet Gallery, a co-op of 24 local artists in Florence, is this month’s featured local exhibitor at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors’ Center, 290 Highway 101. Visitors to the exhibit will get to see more than a dozen pieces within a theme of “A Summer Flight to the Oregon Coast.” The artists have each chosen an original piece of their artwork depicting birds. Represented artists include Stephanie Ames (photography), Kristin Anderson (fused glass), Pattie Brooks Anderson (ink on watercolor), Kathryn Damon-Dawson (watercolor), Russ Dixon (wood), Charles Draper (photography), Meredith Draper (bas relief/paper clay), Daphne John (fiber art), Claudia Ignatieff (oil), John Leasure (oil), Colleen McKnight (gourd art), Karen D. Nichols (paper painting collage), and Jane Rincon (watercolor). “We are delighted with Backstreet Gallery’s display this month. It fills the walls of the Chamber’s Visitors Center with some really stunning original artwork,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “They are […]

FLORENCE PICKED AGAIN AS ONE OF BEST PLACES TO RETIRE

A publication out of Houston, Texas, has named Florence as one of the top eight coastal places to retire. In its recent edition, Where to Retire magazine looked at several categories including cost of housing, quality of life, arts and community involvement.  They also considered climate, the Rhody Festival, and the Winter Music Festival as major benefits. The magazine’s website boasts that Where to Retire is “The authority on retirement relocation since 1992.” The publication’s editor Annette Fuller says though she has never visited, Florence sounds like an ideal place and some of the views she has seen from photographs, amazing. “The Heceta Head Lighthouse, with that red roof, when that is on the horizon, oh my god, it is absolutely compelling for us to see,” she writes. Other retirement destinations mentioned in the best-of list were Washington, North Carolina; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Bainbridge Island, Washington; Carlsbad, California; Picayune, Mississippi; […]

FLORENCE VOTED #2 BEST HARBOR IN US

USHarbors.com has tallied the votes from across the country and from among their 4 million users. Florence was voted #2 Best Harbor of 2019 in the US, overtaking Lubec, Maine, in the final week of voting. Padanaram/South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was voted #1. The Best Harbor contest kicked off in January with nominations of 1,278 harbors across 23 states. During the nomination phase readers of US Harbors narrowed down the list of eligible harbors leaving 90 across the US. Online voting began in early March. Rounding out the top five were Florence, Lubec, ME, Rockland, ME, and Oyster Bay, NY. The organization announced in its news release that “Over the past few months US Harbors has been on a mission to find out which community our users deem the Best Harbor of 2019. It’s been a long, tight race. For us the best part of the contest was getting to read […]

Blue Heron Gallery Exhibits in Visitors Center!

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitor Center features a different local art exhibit each month. In February the exhibit spotlights a variety of works by local and Northwest artists from The Blue Heron Gallery in Old Town. “Visitors will find a beautiful display of a wide variety of jewelry, sculpture, and artwork in several mediums by locally-, regionally-, and nationally-acclaimed artists,” says Jack Butler, owner of the Blue Heron Gallery, Sticks and Stones Gallery, and Wind Drift Gallery.  “It’s exciting to be invited to participate in the Chamber’s monthly exhibit,” he adds. “We appreciate that the Chamber supports our vibrant arts community.” “We are delighted to have a sampling of The Blue Heron’s collection on display at the Chamber’s Visitor Center this month,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “The Chamber is listed in the local art tour map because of our monthly displays of photography, paintings, or three-dimensional […]

CLAIM YOUR SHARE OF 705 MILLION IN FLORENCE

Last year, nationally, more than half of American workers left 705 million vacation days unused—up from 662 in 2017. Nearly 10,000 of those days were left on the table by Oregonians. That’s why the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is participating in National Plan Your Vacation Day on January 29. The event, promoted by The U.S. Travel Association, encourages everyone to take 30 minutes early in the year to plan a vacation. “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. “And we think there is no better place than right here in Florence—Oregon’s Coastal Playground.” Research shows that individuals […]

FLORENCE CHAMBER ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 2018 PHOTO CONTEST

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has selected the winner of a $250 cash prize in its 2018 photo contest. The organization was looking for the best photos of the fun, frolic, and iconic buildings and scenery, from Oregon’s Coastal Playground—an area up to 25 miles in any direction of Florence. More than 100 photos were entered. James Dominguez of Eugene, OR, entered the winning photo of daughter Cecelia running barefoot through a stream on the beach at the end of Hobbit Trail just north of Heceta Head Lighthouse. Dominguez’s photo will be featured in the Chamber’s Visitors’ Resource Guide and other printed marketing pieces, on the Chamber’s website, and in social media. A panel of Chamber members selected the winner. “Our family is thrilled,” says Dominguez. “We were on a little family vacation to Florence in May and I was trying out the selective focus feature on my new […]

FLORENCE NAMED A NATIONAL TOP-25 GETAWAY FOR FAMILIES!

The recognitions keep rolling in for Florence, Oregon. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website, recently named Florence, Oregon, as one of its 25 Best Family Weekend Getaways With Kids. In introducing their recommendations the site said “From kid-friendly adventures in the great outdoors to classic theme parks, we’re featuring our picks for the best family weekend trips in every US region—so no matter where you live, there’s a convenient spot not too far away.” TripAdvisor touted Florence as a place with “plenty of activities to do with kids—whether it’s a visit to Sand Master Park, the world’s first sandboard park, or spending the day on Heceta Beach. The entire family will love the Sea Lion Caves, a favorite roadside attraction and must-see spot. There’s mini golf, horseback riding on the beach, and giant dune buggy tours, too. With an activity to satisfy every mood, it’s a top choice if you’re […]

FLORENCE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL BRINGS SANTA, SALES, LIVE MUSIC

The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its annual Holiday Festival on Saturday, November 24. Santa’s arrival, hayrides, lighted boats at the marina, live music, and other performances, and the official lighting of its Christmas tree will take place in Historic Old Town; and shops and galleries will be open for holiday shopping all around town. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. the public can enjoy hot cider and cocoa, hayrides down Bay Street between the Port of Siuslaw and the parking lot west of The River House Inn, live music, and witness Santa’s arrival via firetruck courtesy of Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue. C.R.O.W. Theater Kids will perform at 4:30 p.m. Nationally-touring swinging crooner Ken Lavigne performs from 5:30 to 6:00, and at 6:00 p.m. everyone can gather at the Siuslaw Interpretive Park when Mayor Joe Henry flips the switch to light the tree. Lavigne will perform a full […]

Travel Blog Guide to the Oregon Coast in Any Weather

Published: November 02, 2018 The Oregon Coast is beautiful in all weather. Hike seaside cliff trails with far-reaching views on sunny days. Watch the light from the brightest lighthouse on the Oregon Coast penetrate banks of rolling fog. Experience the drama of a coastal storm from the comfort of a cozy restaurant. Historic Old Town Florence offers fresh seafood, local art galleries, Siuslaw River views and some of the finest coffee on the coast. Spend the wetter hours browsing the shops and chatting with locals. There is no bad weather, just poor clothing choices! IS IT SUNNY? Learn to sandboard Tour the dunes by dune buggy Swing a club at Florence Golf Links Fish off the pier or from a boat Fly a kite or build a sand castle on the beach Hunt for agates on the beach Whale watch or view the sunset from scenic overlooks Kayak on a coastal lake Go birding along the bluffs IS IT FOGGY? Tour the […]