Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Circles in the sand - October 17, 2020

Circles in the sand will be in Florence on October 17, 2020.  It's a super fun event.

Learn more here on their website. 

Heceta Beach health advisory issued September 22

 The Oregon Health Authority issued a public health advisory today for higher than normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Heceta Beach in Lane County.

People should avoid direct contact with the water in this area until the advisory is lifted. Higher than normal levels of fecal bacteria can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. This applies especially to children and the elderly, who may be more vulnerable to illness from waterborne bacteria.

Increased pathogen and fecal bacteria levels in ocean waters can come from both shore and inland sources such as stormwater runoff, sewer overflows, failing septic systems, and animal waste from livestock, pets and wildlife.

While this advisory is in effect at Heceta Beach, visitors should avoid wading in nearby creeks, pools of water on the beach, or in discolored water, and stay clear of water runoff flowing into the ocean. Even if there is no advisory in effect, officials recommend avoiding swimming in the ocean within 48 hours after a rainstorm.

Although state officials advise against water contact, they continue to encourage other recreational activities (flying kites, picnicking, playing on the beach, walking, etc.) on this beach because they pose no health risk even during an advisory.

The status of water contact advisories at beaches is subject to change. For the most recent information on advisories, visit the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program website or call 971-673-0482, or 877-290-6767 (toll free).

Learn more here

Thursday, May 07, 2020

We are ready to welcome you back.

If the novel Coronavirus has taught us anything, it’s that we cannot take our safety for granted anymore.  Masks and in some cases, gloves have become a way of life. By all expert accounts, this could become the new normal. 

Perhaps you’ve been “quaranteaming” with family and/or friends, or maybe you’ve been going it alone. Either way, when restrictions ease and travel resumes, you’ll no doubt be ready for a getaway to your favorite place. 

Here’s the question to consider. Is your favorite place ready for you? 

Here at Whales Watch Vacation Rentals, we can answer that important with a resounding YES. We know exactly who has been in each property, what tasks they’ve performed and whether they’ve been wearing protective face coverings and following all updated guidelines (hint: they have). 

In the time of the novel Coronavirus, when few things make sense anymore, you can feel confident that your vacation rental accommodations are as safe as your own home for you and your quaranteam. 

Here are a few reasons why:

  • Self check-in. All vacation rental accommodations are equipped with keypad or lock box entries. Prior to arrival, you’ll be given the code and on arrival day, simply show up to your home at check-in time and enjoy your much-deserved vacation. 

  • Control over your space. You’re not at the mercy of a lobby, a common hallway or common amenities during your stay.. Everything in your vacation rental is for the exclusive use and enjoyment of you and your quaranteam only.

  • No daily services. Housekeeping is performed prior to arrival and after your departure. No strangers coming into your space.

  • Our housekeeping, inspection, and maintenance staff has followed a stringent set of guidelines that meet or exceed national, state and local recommendations. 

Come stay with Whales Watch Vacation Rentals, knowing that you’re safe and secure in one of our beautiful vacation rental homes. 

We can’t wait to see you again!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Cleaning during COVID-19

During our closure, we've taken this time to educate ourselves and our cleaners on cleaning during this pandemic.

We know there is heightened uncertainty around travel with the coronavirus (COVID-19), so we wanted to proactively share the steps we’ve taken to ensure your health and safety. While we always take the proper precautions and exercise rigorous cleaning protocols between each guest stay, we are sanitizing and disinfecting every property following guidelines laid out by the World Health Organization, CDC, and EPA.

We encourage you to review our comprehensive housekeeping procedures, an example of which can be found [cleaning list]. We know this is an unconventional time, but we hope our commitment to providing the most well-maintained and clean properties gives you more confidence.

If you would like to learn more about our approach to COVID-19 or general information about your stay, do not hesitate to reach out. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Stay safe. Stay healthy. We’ll see you SOON

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in ways we couldn’t even imagine as little as 2 months ago.
There’s so much fear and uncertainty. We’re there with you.

The vacation rental industry has been impacted particularly hard by the virus. As soon as borders started
closing and stay-at-home orders were issued, our guests were forced to cancel their reservations. 

While of course, this has hit us hard in many ways, the most important message we want to convey is
that we’re still here and we’re not going anywhere. Our office doors may be closed, but our phone and
internet lines are open. Our business is open. 

Truth be told, we miss you. Remember, as vacation rental managers and owners, we CHOSE the
hospitality industry! We miss recommending our favorites restaurants and coffee shops. We miss
hearing your vacation stories and telling you a few of our own. We miss your kids and dogs. 

But right now, we’re all safer where we are. At home with our loved ones. Trying new recipes.
Recording TikTok videos. Staying connected on Facebook and FaceTime. Homeschooling and
telecommuting. Binge-watching Netflix. Washing our hands. Maybe (probably) going a little stir-crazy.

We know you’ll join us in giving thanks for all our selfless first-responders, from the doctors and nurses
in the ER to the grocery delivery drivers who keep us stocked. We owe each and every one a debt
of gratitude for their part in keeping the rest of us healthy. 

Again, please know that we are hunkered down and riding it out. Most importantly, we’re HERE.
We’re not giving up on our industry and more importantly, we’re not giving up on our guests, our owners,
and our friends. We will get through this. We’re made of sturdy stuff here on the Oregon Coast and when
it’s safe to travel again, we’ll be here to greet you.

In the meantime, please know this: This, too, shall pass. The borders will open back up. The day
will come when you can travel again. We will all see each other again. 

That’s the day that keeps us going. 

Stay safe. Stay healthy. We’ll see you SOON. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Rhody Days Cancelled

Chamber Announces Cancellation Of 2020 Rhododendron Festival
The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce has announced it is canceling the 113th Rhododendron Festival.
Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan met Monday, March 30, via virtual meeting with the Chamber’s presidential team and Florence city manager Erin Reynolds to forward the recommendation to the Chamber’s board of directors to cancel the event. The board approved.
For perspective, this will be the first time since WWII that Rhody Fest has been canceled.
Read more online at the Siuslaw News ... https://thesiuslawnews.com/…/chamber-announces-cancellation…

Monday, March 23, 2020

Closed For April

We are not renting houses from March 24- April 30, 2020 to protect our community resources, the health of our housekeepers, homeowners and to follow the governors request of Stay home, Save Lives. You can make reservations for future dates. A few houses may be available during this time for 1 to 2 month stays for work or if you're moving here.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Coronavirus COVID-19 Readiness

Coronavirus COVID-19 Readiness
Like you, we're monitoring the latest news about the coronavirus.

As always, your vacation and safety are what matter to us. We have the following Policy in place for Reservations:

Reservations that may be modified without charges:

  1. Any reservations in place that have guests who have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. or who may have been exposed.
  2. Reservations with guests who are traveling from or through areas severely impacted by COVID-19. The WHO website (www.who.int) and the CDC website (www.cdc.gov) both have lists and other helpful information.
  3. Any reservation that is impacted by official travel restrictions or have travel cancelled due to COVID-19.

We may require proof of reason for your modification.

Modifications that may be made:

Reservations that need to be cancelled due to COVID-19 will receive a future stay credit in the amount of their original reservation total. That credit can be used towards a future reservation in the same house for any available dates before April 30th of 2021. If the new reservation total exceeds the credit amount, the guest will be responsible for paying the difference.

All reservation modifications are at the discretion of Whales Watch Vacation Rentals and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Cleaning Standards:
Our homes are cleaned and sanitized after each departure. Our cleaners are using approved disinfecting cleaners. In addition to the meticulous cleaning our houses normally undergo, our cleaners are paying additional attention to detail including, but not limited to light switches, lamps, cupboard handles, doorknobs, banisters, remotes, and thermostats.

Since bleach is the most effective method of eradicating COVID-19 we're providing each house with a spray bottle of bleach & water mixed to CDC recommendations – for use during your stay. In addition to all the other normal cleaning products we provide.