Interested in tuning in to some local flavor when visiting Coos Bay - North Bend, Oregon?
Be sure to dial your radio tuner to 98.1 FM - KJAJ!
Perhaps you will catch Rik the Innkeeper's radio show called Chai Chat which features great discussion on energy and environmental sustainability issues and ...he plays music. He will literally interrupt a killer interview with a guest on his show to play some Pavement. And by he...I mean me, Rik the Innkeeper. I'm writing this blog post right now and it just occured to me how dorky it feels to type this pretending to be someone else writing about my show when there's a pretty good chance no one else really knows about it.
Except my Mom.
On a cool spring day, here in Coos Bay - North Bend, Elvis arrived for his overnight stay. He's a big ticket tonight at a local Elk's lodge, singing the hits over dinner and dancing.
The Oregon Coast sees many celebs come out to enjoy the wild surf, dark forests, and homemade beer, and tonight a resurrected Elvis shall too!
Here at the inn, when we arent busy biking or kayaking (or dancing the robot) - you can find us forever fine-tuning the art of pairing local beers with old school Atari games! And sometimes (just sometimes), we discover a game accessory that is just as much fun as playing the game itself. Check out these super sweet Atari 2600 console dust covers!
No way whaaaaat??? Is that some classic Pitfall and River Raid action?
Who knew that pixels and felt could marry to create such art!
We'd like to send big respect and love to a fellow Atari enthusiast, Luiz Bonaccorsi who custom makes each Atari dust cover and sells them and other Atari items you cannot live without at his ebay store http://stores.ebay.com/bonaccorsi?_dmd=1&_nkw=atari+2600
What a pleasure it was this week meeting Captain John Blanchard, owner of Sharky's Charters - docked just down the road from us!
Captain John offers open ocean and local bay tours, ranging from fishing to habitat observation to coastal history, all from the close-up-and-personal vantage point, aboard one of his modern vessels. Sharky's Charters serves visitors of Coos Bay - North Bend - Charleston area of Oregon's south coast.
When asking The Captain about this habitat observation tours he responded that eco-tourism is one of his specialties, making his tour ultra unique because of his academic background and sea-borne expertise: Captain John Blanchard is a Marine Biologist!
We are so STOKED to send our guests on his tours and are thrilled to hear their returning tales over the adventures had with Captain John and Sharky's Charters!
Call Captain John at 541-260-9110 and arrange your tour, en route to the Itty Bitty Inn!
Each of our rooms enjoy a mid-century theme.
Room #2's 1950s Country-Americana feel is subtle and hip. Room #3 is decorated in 1960s Modern, Room #4 is 1960s Tiki, and Room #5 is Disco 70s!
So, that leaves Room #1. For the longest time, Room #1 was decorated with 1950s flair, but we got bored of that and decided to make it a tiki room - yet different than room #4.
Now - making her debut in full 1960s tiki regalia, we present a new Tiki Room at the Itty Bitty Inn. Special thanks goes to many vintage shoppe owners, such as Fat Cat Antiques in North Bend and Leaf's Tree House and antique mall in Coos Bay. Also, a very warm thanks to Etsy vendor Dragonfly Gypsy Soul for our "new" vintage wall clock and sconces in Room #1. Dragonfly's sweet collection of 50's Atomic and 60's Mod decor rolls deep. The wall clock, scones and wall art wrap up the final details in Room #1's mid-century tiki transition - and there's plenty of warm cheer here!
Besides sea caves and beach adventures and crabbing and fishing, our local outdoorsy fun also includes crazy scenic views of our forests and falls!
When planning your visit to the Itty Bitty Inn, make sure to set time aside to hike Golden and Silver Falls State Natural Area. Follow the Coos River into the rain forest and up to the falls' trail head where you'll find banana slugs and tree frogs happy and chill. Be kind, my brothers and sisters, and perhaps they'll point the way towards the water falls you seek!