Parking is limited for our house and the Eagle’s Nest. Please park parallel to fence, with front or rear of car facing the garage doors so there are three spaces. One is turn-around for our house, two are parking for the Nest. No room for boats and trailers. And, please, don’t back into the garage doors!
Read this BEFORE you lock the door!! The key lets you in, but the door stays “locked.” You have to turn the twisty thing on the inside knob, and also turn the inside knob so the twisty pops out, to totally unlock it. Otherwise you’ll be locked out when you close the door. (There is a spare key in the freezer in the garage.) We’ve rarely locked doors in 40 years.
CHECK OUT TIME: 11 am (unless you’ve made other arrangements)
DURING COVID: If you have a back-to-back/same day turnaround reservation (we’ll let you know if you do), CHECK OUT TIME is 10 am. Please leave doors and windows open for maximum airing out for our cleaner and next guests’ safety.
- Leave the key in the door at the end of your stay. That is our signal that we can clean.
- Put used towels on the floor and the used bed(s) unmade so we can see what to change out.
- Wash & dry dishes and clean up spills.
We have three heating systems in the Nest. Quiet baseboard electric in the dining and bedroom, with controls on the heaters. Wall electric heaters (noisy) in the living room, with thermostat by the stove. And a woodstove. Check that the baseboard heaters are turned off when you’re not using them. Use the ceiling fan (low) to even out temps from loft to downstairs.
WOODSTOVE / WOODSHED:
To use the woodstove, slide the damper control (little black lever just below the top edge of the stove) to the RIGHT. Once the fire is going, you can move it partway back towards the left to control burn rate. Do NOT burn with door open. Make sure the stove door is latched once the fire is lit. There is a copper blow-pipe that can help relight a fire when you’ve added more wood.
Yep, spruce needles and stickies are a pain, as are mud and sand. Best to leave shoes at the door. This isn’t Japan, but coastal Muddies do that here. (Sorry! Our usual basket of slippers has been put away during COVID)
We’ve turned up the temperature on the water heater to maximize shower hot water. Don’t use faucets to “full hot!” Shower control – rotate big lever for volume, small lever for temperature. Pull the ring on the bottom of the tub spout up or down to divert water up to the shower. Drain – pull up or push down as needed.
The frig is quiet, but small and has no freezer. There is a freezer with ice cubes and a wire basket for your use in the garage (entry from the upstairs loft.) Freezer packs are under the wire basket. You can turn off or unplug the refrigerator if you want. We haven’t had one for 40+ years. Most of what goes into them has no need for refrigeration.
Our EaglesNestWIFI network is working OK most everywhere in the Nest. If you don’t have wireless, there is an Ethernet cable that can be used. If that wifi isn’t working, our home network is accessible in part of the nest. The passwords for both are in the Guest Book on the living room table. If neither work, give us a holler – that tech is constantly changing! We were just able to upgrade speed to 6mb down, .7up.
Most cell phones (particularly Verizon) will work OK from the Nest living area.
You’ll find it (along with a small collection of tapes and dvd’s) behind the door at the end of the loft bed. Plug into outlet in the “Buddha Alcove.”
The Nest has an iPod speaker system that will play from an iPod or iPhone. There is a cable also that can plug your computer headphone jack into the speakers.
STORMS / WEATHER / OPEN WINDOWS:
Weather is spelled with a capital “W” here, and changes quickly. With 100” of rain and high winds, we need to pay attention. In the summer, NW winds often spring up about 4pm. So please close doors and windows when you are away from the Nest.
Power outages are common here with high winds and many trees. So there are candles, flashlights, woodstove, and extra blankets. Don’t depend on a plug-in clock if you’re trying to make a plane. If you’re using a computer, save, save, save.
HUMMINGBIRDS / CRITTERS:
We’re in the woods here, which means birds, bees, and critters of all sizes. Please keep the loft door to the garage closed to keep them out. Squirrels and chipmunks sometimes want in the main door, and occasionally hummingbirds will fly in. Give a call if you need help getting a hummingbird out.
CLEANING – BROOM/SWEEPER/CHAIRS:
Broom, dustpan, floor sweeper are in the garage next to the recycling (reached through the door off the loft). We do use our garage (not for cars), but try to be quiet when we’re using it. We often keep the door partway open during the day to minimize the noise of the door opening and closing.
RECYCLING & TRASH:
We’re happy to take care of a reasonable amount of garbage. We encourage you to join us in recycling: rinsed returnables and recyclables can go in the marked tubs in the garage. There are also two garbage cans in the garage.
You are also welcome to add to our food composting system – black drum outside the garage doors, or leave in the containers provided under the sink. Make sure lid is latched. Coon got in there once and almost scared our son to death when it jumped out when he opened the lid!
It’s an uphill battle to get sewage from the Nest up to the sewer on the road. So there is a pump. Pumps are sensitive to grease, tampons, heavy wipes, etc. Keeping the pump working makes for a happier visit. Please pour cooking grease into an empty tin can to cool, then put in trash. Trash container under the sink is happy to receive other stuff.
Surfboards, bikes, or other large gear can usually find room in the garage – just don’t block our access to stuff, or have wet gear dripping or floor-running onto other stuff.
There are rare summer east-wind days when a fan helps. There is a large window fan under the sink in the loft. Open the window there 45 degrees. Remove the window crank, set the fan on the windowsill, facing outside, stretch the cord between the screws on the window frame, plug it in, and it will suck heat out from the whole Nest.
Our electricity in the Eagle’s Nest is 100% “renewable” – 80% BPA preference power hydro, the remainder from a cow manure methane digester in Tillamook. Less use still means less pressure on others. The light switch for the parking area is inside the garage door. The lights for the outside stairs are on a photocell, and can be turned on or off by switch at the top of steps outside or the switch just inside the entry door at the bottom. When turned ON, the lights flash for a second or so, then go off for a minute or so to switch to the photocell.
There’s an extinguisher near the stove, by the bedroom door; and one just inside the garage from the loft.
OUTSIDE FIRES/BARBEQUE, etc. are absolutely NOT PERMITTED at the Eagles Nest. They can be wonderful, and are permitted on some sections of the ocean beach, but the fire hazards with our winds here are exceptional. We’ve lost our home once to fire, and have luckily escaped several other fires, so please understand why we cannot be flexible on this! One smoldering coal or spark can spring to life too easily.
TSUNAMI / EARTHQUAKES – Yes, this is real. Pay attention.
At 300 feet elevation we’re outside the tsunami zone for even the worst case scenario.
Alarms or voice-alerts in town may go off in the case of a tsunami caused by a distant earthquake. If you’re on the beach, get to above 20’ elevation. See tsunami map to see what neighboring areas are “safe” or at risk. Note: The alarms may be tested occasionally – so listen, don’t panic!
IF AN EARTHQUAKE STARTS HERE, GET OUTSIDE IMMEDIATELY. That will be more than enough notice of tsunami that follow it. The repeating tsunami waves from a local quake will start about 15 minutes later, and may run up to +60 or 80 feet. Huge and long R9 subduction quakes happen about every 300 years and we’re overdue. Read the book on the Orphan Tsunami if you want some interesting international detective work!
We try to keep food and supplies for 21 days should the worst happen.
Yell if there are any problems with the Nest. Or call us at 503-368-6294.
For acute emergencies call 911 – there IS ambulance service.
The two nearest hospital emergency rooms are 25 miles away – equidistant north and south:
North: Providence Seaside Hospital
725 South Wahanna, Seaside
South: Tillamook County General Hospital/Adventist Health
1000 3rd Street, Tillamook
There are two LOCAL CLINICS – Check for their open hours.
Hwy 101, between Manzanita and Nehalem
230 Rowe St, Wheeler (7 miles to the south)
The nearest pharmacy is in Wheeler – Rinehart Clinic Pharmacy 503-368-7455.
Also Seaside (25 miles north), and Garibaldi (about 20 miles to the south).
Tom’s books and DVD’s are for sale, as are Lane’s paintings and Greenwitch Flower Essences. If you want one of Tom’s books or DVDs, take one, and leave the money on the round table. Lane is also sometimes available for TAROT readings – $60 for 1 hour.
We want your visit to be good, and the same for future guests. Leave us a note in the guestbook about how the Nest could have better empowered your visit. If you liked it and feel so inclined, we’d love to have you put a recommendation on VRBO.
AROUND TOWN: Things are constantly changing right now due to COVID and shifting parameters. This list is the best case scenario but check before you get your heart set on anything listed here. Many restaurants are only doing take out, some are still closed (some sadly forever).
LAUNDROMAT / GEAR DRYING
There is a laundromat on Hwy 101 between Manzanita and Nehalem. And overhead clotheslines in the garage for wet rain or beach gear.
The Eagle’s Nest has options for you to use but if you want a professional latte we recommend either MANZANITA NEWS AND ESPRESSO (503-368-7450) open 8-5 every day, BREAD & OCEAN in Manzanita, HUGO’S or WANDA’S in Nehalem – see below.
RESTAURANTS – Our favorites, including some with weekly menus posted. Mostly moderately priced.
• RISING STAR – Wheeler 503-368-3990) – Open Wed through Sun – dinner and some brunch/lunch. Check times online. Thursday evening is $10 pasta night; Friday/Saturdays evenings are a changing menu. (No Sunday dinner) Small, eclectic, yum!
• BREAD & OCEAN – Manzanita (503-368-5823) – An excellent bakery and deli, and now serving meals. Open Weds – Sunday: 7:30-2. Get there early if you want bread, including their signature baguettes. Check, as the menu and availability of meals is fluid. They also cater.
• WANDA’S – Nehalem (503-368-8100)– Breakfast and lunch, Friday through Wednesday from 8 am to 2 pm – yummy local favorite. (Under new ownership)
• BIG WAVE – Manzanita (503-368-9283) – Good basic food, open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also do catering.
• SAN DUNE PUB – Manzanita (503-368-5080) – We go there often for a quick bite – they have a nice terrace out back. Often live dance music on the weekends. The building was the original general store for the town.
• LEFT COAST SIESTA – Manzanita (503-368-7997) – Good, wholesome and inexpensive burritos and tacos. Outside deck on the street.
- MacGREGOR’S WHISKEY BAR – On Laneda Ave. in Manzanita. They have all kinds of cocktails as well as beer and wine. Good food too. Opens at 4 pm daily.
• PIZZA – Both our local places have yummy and interesting combinations as well as the usuals. MARZANO’S in Manzanita (503-368-3663) – has calzones too. PIZZA GARDEN in Nehalem (503-368-7675) has a wonderful location on the river. Their deck is a perfect place on a warm summer evening. They also have things like meatball sandwiches and basic Italian fare.
- BUTTERCUP HOMEMADE ICE CREAMS& CHOWDERS – Bread & Ocean’s Julie Barker’s latest project, in the Nehalem Riverside Trading Company building in Nehalem. Delicious menu changes every month.
- MIGHTY THAI – Across from Fresh Foods at Hwy 101.
- YOLK in Manzanita – Great breakfasts and lunch, across from Manzanita News.
PLACES TO VISIT
• NEAHKAHNIE BEACH – It’s a short 20 minute walk down Reed Road to the beach from here and a more aerobic hike back up.
• OSWALD WEST STATE PARK begins about 100’ north of us, but is accessed from Hwy 101 north. Climb Neahkahnie Mountain – there are trailheads on the west and south (better) sides. Short Sands Beach in OsWest is wonderful, with real old-growth trees, great hikes and good surfing. 15 min walk from parking down to beach.
• NEHALEM BAY STATE PARK (day use fee required) has a nice walking/biking loop, and a bay beach – good for when it’s blowing on the ocean beach.
• HUG POINT and ARCADIA BEACH between here and Cannon Beach, and of course HAYSTACK ROCK (complete with naturalists in the summer) and ECOLA STATE PARK (Day use fee required) at the north edge of Cannon Beach.
- MANZANITA FARMERS MARKET – Closed this summer. Fridays 5-8 in June to September, in the parking lot south of Manzanita News. Food, crafts, local vegetables and meats, as well as music and Lane’s Tarot booth ($20 for 3 card reading). A great place to hang out with the locals on a Friday evening.
• CARTM RECYCLING – Sadly, CARTM closed in January 1, 2019. ;-( This was one of our best eco-tourist attractions and community icons: the community took over the former dump and made into an innovative Recycling/Reuse Center, trash art gallery and Transfer Station. The Transfer Station for trash and basic recycling is now operated by Tillamook County and is open Thursday – Sunday, 10 am-4 pm. Also Mondays in the summer months.
• ALDER CREEK FARM – This is the original project of the Lower Nehalem Community Trust. A lovely walk out through meadow and newly planted trees through 50 acres of conservancy property on the estuary complete with a resident herd of 50 elk. Great birding. So no dogs, please. There are also 5 acres of community gardens, orchards, a permaculture garden, and a trail of traditional food and medicine sources. At the end of Underhill Lane, a right turn off Hwy 101 between Manzanita and Nehalem. While there you can see displays about their educational projects and other acquisitions in the barn.
OTHER THINGS WE’VE STARTED OR DESIGNED:
- Fire Mountain School, Falcon Cove (we were one of founding families, Tom designed)
- Cartm Recycling (Lane helped start)
- Lower Nehalem Community Trust (both of us on founding board)
- NCRD (Tom started)
- Catherine’s Episcopal Church (Tom designed)
- Columbia Bank (Tom designed)
• That should get you started.
MASSAGE / HEALING –
Downtown Manzanita is developing a well-deserved reputation as a healing destination area. Call for availability of services. Some of our favorites:
• PAUSEFUL – Manzanita (503-368-3800) – Great massage.
• SAND TRAY SESSIONS– Kathleen Moore provides a lovely setting in Manzanita (503-368-5433) for processing your stuff with thousands of little figures that you set up in personal vignettes in sand. It’s a great thing to do as a couple or a group for celebrations too.
• THREE VILLAGE MASSAGE – Janet Maher – Nehalem – 503-368-3693
• SPA MANZANITA – (503-368-4777) – Massage, facials and more. FIT MANZANITA (503-368-7272) is next door with all sorts of bells & whistles as well as a trainer.
Lots of classes in the area so see our lists in the back of the notebook for the NORTH COUNTY REC CENTER in Nehalem, the CENTER FOR CONTEMPLATIVE ARTS and YOGA ROOTS in Manzanita.
Revised Summer 2020