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FAQ'S ABOUT FLORENCE

What is there to do in Florence?
There are lots of things to do here, to name a few: Dune Buggy riding
Fishing, Crabbing
Jet Skiing & Boating in the Siuslaw River and the many lakes nearby
Shopping
Beachcombing
Great Dining
Storm Watching
Great Golfing
Sea Lion Caves
Lighthouse
Photography

What is the weather like in Florence?
The weather is usually much milder here than in the valley. Our summers are usually in the 60's to the 70's, occasionally warmer, depending on how close to the ocean you get.
Our winters are mild with about the same rainfall as the valley. We have a lot of breaks between storms, usually with very nice weather in between. We have less fog than the valley and we never get freezing fog. It seldom snows or freezes. We have very clean air with no signs of pollution.

Is it expensive in Florence?
No, our motel prices are very competitive. The cost of dining in Florence is typically less than in the cities. Gas prices are some of the lowest in the state. Shopping is very reasonable.

Is it hard to get to Florence?
No, we are 1 to 1 1/2 hours west of Eugene, OR on Hwy 126 W. This is a beautiful drive.
We are about 1 hour south of Newport, OR.
We are about 1 hour north of Coos Bay, OR.
We are about 3 hours from Portland, OR, coming south on I-5 & turning west on 126 (Beltline) toward the coast at Eugene.
We are about 4 hours from Medford, OR, coming north on I-5, turning toward the coast at Sutherlin on Hwy 138. Follow the Umpqua River down through Elkton, to Reedsport, then north to Florence.

What is there to do in the winter in Florence?
This is a great time to storm watch, but be careful at the beach and watch out for large waves and rolling driftwood. Whale watching starts in late December, when the Grey Whales go by on their migration south. In March, the Grey Whales start their migration north. There are many places to observe these migrations just a few miles north of Florence.

You might be able to get some Dungeness crabs in the winter, but you might need a boat.
If you can get out on the dunes, the winter storms carve fantastic shapes out of the dunes.
There is always shopping in Historic Old Town Florence, just steps away from our two motels; the River House Inn and the Old Town Inn. There are many events throughout the year, check the Florence Chamber of Commerce website at: www.florencechamber.com.

There are several museums in Florence. During the breaks between storms is a great time to go golfing on either of our two local golf courses. (Both are 18 holes).
Watching the sunsets near the north jetty or along the ocean bluffs can be breathtaking.

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