Oregon Coast Bike Trip by Peter Q Brown

Oregon Coast Bike Trip from Peter Q Brown on Vimeo.

According to Mr Brown:

“This is a program about an unsupported bike touring trip I took from Bozeman, Montana to San Francisco, California in the fall of 2012. The bike touring trip was seven weeks long and covered about 1800 miles in total.

The content:

This part 2 program about the trip is really a sequential series of clips that help to capture the essence of this bike touring journey.

The route:

From Florence, Oregon, my bike touring route started south through Reedsport, Coos Bay, Bandon, Port Orford, Gold Beach, Brookings, and over the California border.

The sequel:

The upcoming movie Part 3 will cover the bike touring journey south along the coast to San Francisco.”

Blogger’s Notes:

I really enjoyed watching this video; it features a lot of wonderful attractions along the Southern Oregon coast and it certainly made me want to slow down and engage in an activity (camping and bike tours) that modern day man has completely lost touch with.



From February-April glass floats are “hidden” on our beaches for visitors to discover and keep. Check in at the Visitor Center with your float and enter to win a monthly drawing.

Weather too Wild for beach hunting? That’s okay, our local merchants can help you find glass float treasures in their shops.

Stay tuned for our special Glass Floats page coming soon to learn more and plan your WILD spring time treasure hunt!

101 Things to be Thankful For in Gold Beach # 5

101 Things to be Thankful For in Gold Beach # 5 – Agate Hunting

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Gold Beach Blue Agate

For those big city dwellers (like me – former Jersey Girl – turned So. California transplant – turned part-time Gold Beach Resident) who are unfamiliar with wildlife in Southern Oregon, hunting agates does not require a bow and arrow or a rifle. (a little cabin fever humor here – I have been indoors for almost 24 hours waiting for John to return from his fishing expedition).

Anyway back to the agates… they are a member of the quartz family of minerals. They are centuries old and can be polished to a high gloss. They are perfect for making handmade jewelry especially  wire-wrapped rings (one of my favorite activities) because they are very hard stones. Here are some tips to consider before you begin your Agate hunt:

1. A site where you can learn more about how to identify them. Go to 4facets.com

2. Start at the beach just north of he north Rogue River jetty

3. The best time to hunt is following high tides and or a storm

4. Most agates will be found in the gravel among larger stones, furthest from the surf line.



Gold Beach – 101 things to be thankful for – continued

Things to be thankful for in Gold Beach – continued:

# 3 Rollin in Dough Bistro

Well it's Thanksgiving morning and I woke up to a cup of delicious gourmet coffee and homemade chocolate croissant that I purchased yesterday at the Rollin in Dough Bistro in Gold Beach. Check out this lovely little slice of heaven pictured below, where we had a delicious bowl of tomato bisque and a crispy croissant, coupled with a glass of Rodney Strong Merlot.

We had just stopped in to see if they were catering Thanksgiving dinner since we decided to stay in at last minute. They weren't, but directed us to the Bridge Restaurant another great watering hole and fine dining eatery; (more on that in a later post) but the food was so tempting that we just had to sat down for an impromptu lunch and chat with the other patrons.

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It was definitely worth the detour and when in Gold Beach I recommend that you stop in for breakfast or lunch. But don't just take my word for it — check out the reviews by clicking here Rollin in Dough Bistro Reviews

Note: This post is an unsolicited and non-compensated review created by the Hilltop House Vacations Blogger – Lindsey Baker for the sole purpose of sharing my experiences in Gold Beach and the surrounding area of the Southern Oregon Coast. 

Discovering Gold in Oregon

With the price of gold going through the roof these days, there is a lot of interest in the precious metal. I came across this video about gold mining and how it started in Oregon. Gold Beach was so named by the prospectors that came there to mine for gold. There is still a lot of gold mining going on in Oregon- mostly as a past time for families. Here is the story of how gold was discovered in Oregon.

The Kind of Fishing I like

Each year the eternal cycle of life continues as the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery collects, nurtures and then releases tens of thousands of young Salmon into the Rogue River. It is truly a labor of love.

Each year thousands of Salmon return to the streams in which they were born in order to spawn. Many of these fish are captured at the Indian Creek Fish Hatchery fish ladders or netted in the Rogue River. They are used as brood stock to help replenish and sustain the salmon populations. This drama takes place each year near Gold Beach Oregon. This clip is dedicated to the selfless efforts of both the volunteers and the staff of the Oregon Department Of Fish & Wildlife. Thanks from Green Water Films. (Public Domain Music By US Air Force Band)

Prehistoric Gardens – great video for the kids and grownup too!

I have a link at the Hilltop House website that points to the Prehistoric Gardens.  The Prehistoric Gardens in Oregon’s Rain Forest is located on then Southern Oregon Coast Hwy 101, halfway between Port Orford and Gold Beach. Interesting tourist attractions displays life-size replicas of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Enjoy this Prehistoric Gardens created by Oregon sculptor, Ernest V. Nelson. Here is a darling video that you should enjoy.

Honeymoon Couple Win the gold in Gold Beach!

Last fall I posted a story about a contest to win $10,000 in Gold in gold Beach — that’s right you got a chance to win $10,000 in gold just by visiting the town. Watch the video:

Well here’s what happened. Bruce and Suzi Moore were married on September 18, 2009, but didn’t have a
2chance to get away until August 12 of this year – just a few weeks before the contest ended.The couple from Eagle Point spent a lovely extended weekend in Gold Beach on a belated honeymoon.This past Saturday they were awakened by an early-morning phone call (for a Saturday) from Gold Beach Mayor Jim Wernicke informing them that they were the winners of the ‘Stay in Gold Beach and Win $10,000 in Gold’ Sweepstakes put on by the Gold Beach Promotions Committee.

But it gets better than that. Bruce and Suzi didn’t win $10,000 in cash. They get the gold! And by luck the value of precious metals continue to rise and at the top of the list is gold.

So guess what? That $10,000 in gold valued in September 2009 when the contest started is now worth – get this – some $13,000! I guess the song by Mike and the Mechanics rings true again.  Let’s listen:

Port Orford – Takes Me Back!

When I was a child I remember seeing a movie that left a great impression on me and was probably the reason I became a painter and visual artist. The movie was “Portrait of Jeanie” and in the movie the most dramatic scene was the scene that played out on the rocks near a beautiful lighthouse. 

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Cape Blanco Lighthouse —  Circa: 1870 — Operational

Pictured above is Cape Blanco – here is some information about it:
Facts: 59′ Tower  •  Focal Plane 256′ (245′)  •  Visibility: 22 miles  •  Signal: Flash White 20 Seconds
Latitude: 42 50.2 N  •  Longitude: 124 33.8 W
1st Order & Current 2nd Order Lens French Lenses by: Henry-LePaute
National Register of Historic Places #73002339 • Listed April 21, 1993

Information sourced: Discover Oregon Lighthouses

Lighthouses have always held a great curiosity for  me – especially the ones I get to visit in Port Orford. Port Orford, halfway between Bandon and Gold Beach, has lots of other wonderful things going for it too! From spectacular seascapes and mountain hiking trails with panoramic vistas, to art galleries and an authentic Victorian mansion. With ocean, lake and river fishing, boating and kayaking, and absolutely perfect wind sailing conditions.

It has a very active artistic community, (another reason I love it) with eight art galleries owned and operated by working artists, including some genuinely world-class talents.

It makes a great day trip from Hilltop House in Gold Beach and when you get hungry you can choose from a series of restaurants where you can enjoy creative cuisine, a New York-style Italian trattoria, great diner food, seafood, steaks and what locals believe is the best fish and chips and chowder on the coast.

Just a few miles north of town is the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the oldest and most westerly lighthouse in Oregon and, in the same park, the beautifully restored Victorian Hughes House Museum.Here are a few more pictures to enjoy of Port Orford.