Wednesday, September 30, 2009

We survived the Tsunami!

An 8.3 magnitude earthquake that caused a tsunami in Samoa has resulted in a tsunami advisory for the Oregon coast. The National Weather Service (NWS) issued the advisory, saying a mild tsunami – up to two feet – could arrive on the coast about 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

“A Tsunami Advisory means that a tsunami capable of producing strong currents or waves dangerous to persons in or very near the water is imminent or expected,” the NWS said in a bulletin. “Significant, widespread inundation is not expected for areas under an advisory. Currents may be hazardous to swimmers, boats, and coastal structures and may continue for several hours after the initial wave arrival.”

The tsunami does not pose a threat to homes or structures along the shoreline, and no evacuations are planned. Officials are stressing this will result in only larger than normal waves, many of which may not be noticeable.

Here in Pacific City, high tide was happening during the expected wave, it was also raining pretty hard, so lot of water. The wave would be a tsunami, but hardly noticeable as any storm surge produces much bigger waves. The following surge up the coastal rivers would hardly register.

The Tsunami might take the sand from some beaches and on some steeper beaches, there may be some erosion.

Here at The Craftsman B&B, Laura was reading her book and Mike was watching a movie. Not wanting to stand in the rain to watch a 3 foot wave, in the dark. I guess we lived at the beach long enough to know not to worry about a tsunami that was triggered on the other side of the world.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Take our Survey

We want to know what you think. Take our quick survey/ questionnaire. We want to know what you think of The Craftsman B&B and as we finish our 5th busy season, we want you thought on a few items that have come up.

We have 2 reviews on TripAdvisor that were not Excellent or Very Good. Both wanted a TV. Our goal was for our guests to open the door to 1921, so we decided not to have TV's. What's your thought?

The other big question is about a 2-night minimum. Currently we do not have one. We wanted to grow our business and get as many people in the door, having them spread the word. A lot if innkeepers require a 2-night stay to make sure the rooms are filled on the most popular nights, Friday and Saturday. We want to be able to have rooms for people touring the coast and only staying one night along their route. Do we charge more for single night stays? Tell us what you think.

If you are a past guest, we sent you an invitation for the survey. Friends on facebook also got a wall post. So if you haven't done it, please do, our business is providing you great service during your vacation and we want to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Take our quick survey/ questionnaire.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Back to School Special

Remember when you were a kid and during the summer you didn’t know what day it was? Well, when school started you got back into the groove of counting down 'till Friday. If your kids are back in the groove, it's time for a parents vacation. Leave the kids with grandma and enjoy some alone time strolling the beach in Pacific City.

The Craftsman B&B would like to help you take a vacation from Summer Vacation.

We will give you 25% off a 2-night stay!

Book online and mention the Back to School Special.

Stay 2 nights, save 25% off lodging.

The fine print:
Online bookings only.
Valid for stays until October 8th.
Cannot be combined with any other discount or special rate.
Not valid on gift certificate orders.
Prairie Room $20.00 additional.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oktoberfest, Year 2

Its Oktoberfest!

The Pacific City Association (PCA) would like to invite you to our 2nd annual Oktoberfest: Root • Beer • Float. This is a Black Beer and Root Beer Festival, held Saturday, September19th in Pacific City, Oregon. The title is a play on words, as we will have root beer, black beer and the floats are for glass floats. The trophy for the people’s choice is a large glass float and we will raffle off traditional and modern art glass floats to voters at the Festival. This event promotes Pacific City. Money raised is used to buy advertising and marketing materials to promote the businesses of the PCA. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to local charity, Tillamook County Habitat for Humanity.

Our first year hosting this event, we kept it small, five root beers and nine black beers were available for tasting. This year we are able to expand the Black Beer Garden and our only rule: If it’s clear, it ain’t beer!

A souvenir mug, with tickets, is purchased and the tickets are used for 4 oz tastes and 12 oz pours of the Black Beer and Root Beer. We will also be selling event t-shirts.

The Root Beer Kindergarten is a kid friendly part of the celebration. Kids of all ages can test their taster at the Root Beer Tasting Contest, where they try to identify a national brand root beer. The prize for the winner of each heat is a handful of root beer barrel candy.

We will be having live German music and dancing with the High Fives Band from The Dalles, Oregon and Accordionist Lauri Neumann-Grable from Hillsboro, Oregon.

We will be serving German food. Bratwurst and Sauerkraut is the staple of any Oktoberfest.

It all takes place on Pacific Avenue, just West of the 4-way stop in downtown Pacific City, Oregon.

Please contact me at The Craftsman B&B. 503-965-4574 or at

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

3 states

Here at The Craftsman B&B we get visitors form all over. They come to explore the beautiful Oregon Coast. Many other things bring them here as well; biking the coast, hiking, fishing, beer tasting, you name it. A lot of visitors choose our B&B because of our strict no lace, no doilies policy.

To show us and other guests where our guests come from, we have a map in the landing upstairs. We welcome our guests to put a pin in the map from where they currently live. If they visited Alaska, we're not interested in that. If they were born in Ohio, not important. We want to know where they live now.

So goes the challenge with any project, our map pins are always growing, but we are missing 3 states. We want to show the diversity of our country and we are missing: North Dakota, Mississippi and South Carolina.

If you know someone from these states, tell them to stay with us. If you are from one of these states, get yourself in here. This is a social media experiment, spread the word. To make things more interesting, we will make a deal. If you have a valid drivers license or ID from one of the 3 missing states and stay at The Craftsman B&B for 2 nights, we'll take 50% off your second night. But to make sure our experiment works, we need the help of our friends and past guests, so if you refer a guest from the missing states, we will take 25% off your second night the next time you come for a visit. Make sure you let your friends and family know when they make a reservation.

Good enough reason to get your family and friends to visit the Oregon Coast and our tiny town of Pacific City? I think so.