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WOW Away the Winter Blues

Get ready to be officially WOWED his season with an exciting getaway to Oregon’s beautiful South Coast. Whether you’re here for great winter fishing, to photograph the mighty Pacific, watch an exciting March basketball tournament, or to attend one of our unique food & music festivals, we are here to help. Contact us before your visit with your questions or Download Our Visitor’s Guide to help you plan!

Get Ready for the 2016 South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival

Non-Stop Blues, Zydeco, Big Band, Swing, Bluegrass, Doo-Wop, ‘50s Rock, dancing, community and loads of fun March 11th-13th!


Get out your dancing shoes and be ready to fall in love all over again with America’s music!  The Annual South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival is back at The Mill Casino March 11th-13th! Don’t let the title fool you, it’s so much “more than just jazz”! This unique music festival features a rich variety of American music genres along with dancing, community, and loads of fun. If you’ve never been, you don’t know how much fun you’re missing!  Better hurry!  Hotel rooms and Early Bird Specials will be gone before you know it!  For more information call (541) 756-8800 or visit

3A Basketball State Championships Are Back! 


Are you ready for some March Basketball? We are thrilled to be the host city again this year for the OSAA / U.S. Bank / Les Schwab Tires 2016 3A Basketball State Championships March 3-5, 2016. Follow the #3ACoosBay hashtag in Instagram and Twitter for fun photos of the exciting experiences these outstanding young athletes and fans will have in the Coos Bay & North Bend area!

Prouder of Our Chowder

Clam Chowder

February 25th is National Clam Chowder Day, and we believe that Oregon Coast chowder is the best, hands down! It’s the perfect time to take the weekend and go on a fun Coos Bay & North Bend chowder tasting excursion to find the very best of the best!  We have numerous restaurants who will be more than happy to help you on your quest. If you can’t wait that long, try one of our local recipes in your own kitchen!

Clam Chowder with Fresh Corn & Jalapeno
By Jardin Kazaar of the Black Market Gourmet

  • 4 Cups minced clams (may use canned)
  • 2 Cups fresh shucked corn
  • 1 stalk of celery (minced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 qt. Chicken stock (or canned clam juice)
  • 1 Jalapeno (finely diced)
  • 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (diced)
  • ¼ C butter & ¼ C olive oil
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 2 heaping Tbs. Flour for the roux
  • Salt / pepper to taste

In a large pot, sweat the celery, onions, potatoes, and Jalapeno in oil and butter on medium heat. When the potatoes are tender, add the flour and keep stirring while adding liquid stock. Add corn and clams, continue stirring while watching for stock to thicken. Last add the cream and adjust seasoning with salt and / or pepper.
* Optional- may add 2-3 tbl. of sweet Sherry wine.

Celebrate Oregon Oyster Week & 2016 Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed

Ahh Shucks Oyster Feed

We Oregonians have enjoyed a long history with oysters! In fact, oysters are such an important part of our lives, the state declared the fourth week in April “Oregon Oyster Week”! We recommend celebrating our state’s bounty with an unforgettable feast at the annual Ahh Shucks! Oyster Feed on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from Noon to 4PM at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology! There’ll be mouthwatering oyster meals prepared in various ways and served with a side-combination of dipping sauces, coleslaw, baked beans, and bread and so much more!