Florence recently hosted the seventh-annual Wine & Chowder Trail Weekend. The ballots have been counted and a crab chowder offered by Novelli’s Crab and Seafood, located on the docks in Old Town Florence, was the winner of the Chowder Trail voting by several hundred participants. Other competitors included Beachcomber Pub, Bridgewater Restaurant, Firehouse Restaurant, International C-Food Market, Lovejoys Teahouse, Maple Street Grille, and Surfside Restaurant at Driftwood Shores which was hosted at Beach House Gifts. Amber Novelli says her secret ingredients include a proprietary Italian seasoning blend and a select white wine. This was the first year she entered the contest. She and husband Kyle Novelli have been commercial fishers together for seven years, though Kyle is a lifelong fisherman. The Novellis currently serve Florence and Newport, though plan to move soon to live and work full time in Florence. They sell only what they catch, direct to customers at […]


We all know how cool Florence is as a place to live and to vacation, but now Flights.com lists us as one of the “8 Coolest Cities You Must Experience for Yourself.” Flights.com touts itself as “the hip younger brother of Expedia,” the online travel agency that last year named Florence it’s most beautiful town in America. Jennifer Cuellar, writer for Flights.com, posts on her national blog “There are experiences we hold onto long after we travel. When it comes it our happiness levels, we can buy stuff, but studies show that experiences make us happier. And there’s no better way to experience life than to travel to new places. So the question is: Where should you travel next?” In her story Cuellar highlights the places that leave travelers surprised, intrigued, and marked by unexpected thrills. Her list included such famous—and out-of-the-way places—as Durham, North Carolina; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Beach […]


The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce, the Siuslaw News, and community arts organizations have created the Florence Passport to the Arts, a pocket-sized guide to direct visitors and community members to the many galleries and public art exhibits in the Florence area. Those who obtain the Florence Passport to the Arts and complete its tour by collecting 10 stickers from participating locations will be eligible for valuable prizes. “Florence is so blessed to have so many talented artists. Whether it’s photography, painting, textiles, wood, metal, glass, music, stage, or whatever, our artisanal community is overflowing with talent. The Florence Art Passport is your guide to discover and explore the arts all around town,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “.” “Florence is an art lover’s destination,” adds Jenna Bartlett, publisher of the Siuslaw News. “The galleries of Florence present art that is unique to […]