It's funny how so many of my friends were shocked in finding out about my quick vacation. I took my wife on a spontaneous trip down to California a few years back when we had that terrible inversion. That has been the only vacation that I've taken.

That brings me to the Oregon Coast. The closest I've been to the coast is on the U.S.S. Sacramento and U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. I didn't ask, but was TOLD to get on those nice vaca trips courtesy of the United States Government!

All that said this was a great week to spend with family. I kind of unplugged, but was quite difficult with all the national disasters happening right now. My family is in Houston and it's been a struggle knowing that I can't do anything. Everyone seems to be fine. I found a few great deals you should know about.

The Beach House versus the Hotel

This one is up for debate and it's important to do your research. You can find rooms that walk out on to the beach for just $200. You might spend $100 off the beach, but everything is a few minutes away. We stayed a few nights in LIncoln City, the day in Newport and the rest in a beach house on the coast.

Check these cool beach homes because at around $225 - walk out on to a beach with 3-5 bedrooms/two levels. This turned into a family vacation on my wife's side of the family and we stayed with everyone. So much fun especially walking out on the beach when the water was at low tide. Grab some friends and split the fees - PERFECT!

I'll get you some links of other places to rent from in the next blog. You can rent one with a hot tub on the water while watching Whales in front of your eyes. No joke! I have my own photos to prove it! Fyi: Check the times of year because it's rainy and overcast for most of the year. Then again, that's why so many people love the Oregon coast.

Enjoy!