One of my favorite childhood vacation memories is the time our family spent at The Embarcadero Resort & Marina in Newport, Oregon. My father grew up in a big city and my mother hailed from the Midwest. They moved West attracted by the allure of the wild Oregon Coast. Although they settled in the Willamette Valley, frequent trips to explore the beauty of the Oregon Coast were always a big part of our family vacations together. We discovered the wonderful family-friendly amenities of The Embarcadero not long after it had been built. Tucked quietly on Newport’s Bayfront the resort features a combination of well-appointed studios and suites all with balconies and an easy walk to a variety of restaurants and shops scattered along the Bayfront.

A few things you might not know about The Embarcadero are:

  1. The Embarcadero offers a variety of accommodations that sleep 2, 4 & 6 people. As an example, their one bedroom queen suites are designed for travelers that enjoy a larger room and like their own space. This spacious queen suite includes a separate bedroom with queen bed and some have a queen or twin sofa sleeper in the living area. All one bedroom suites have a full size and fully equipped kitchen. Perfect for families with children. A few of the room amenities include: hair dryer, iron and ironing board, 2 flat screen TVs with remote, cable and DVD player, private peck, and views of Yaquina Bay and Bay Bridge. Many rooms have a wood burning or gas fireplace, and stackable washers and dryers. Your key card will allow access to the indoor saltwater pool, spas, saunas and exercise room. Pet friendly rooms are available on a limited basis.
  2. The resort has great family-friendly amenities that will make your visit fun year-round. On-site you will enjoy:
    • Saltwater swimming pool
    • Pool/beach towels
    • Heated pool
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Men’s & women’s locker rooms
    • Work-out facility
  3. The Embarcadero offers its own private boat marina with 233 slips. Bring your own boat or rent a boat from the marina to take out and explore the epic wildlife that populate Yaquina Bay. You’re sure to have an up-close and personal visit from one of the hundreds of seals that make the bay their home.
  4. A “must-do” activity when visiting the Oregon Coast is crabbing for fresh Dungeness crab. The Embarcadero has a private crabbing dock and their marina will set you up with inexpensive crab pot rentals and bait. Once you catch your limit of crab you can conveniently cook your crab in their large crab cooker that is only available to resort guests. Nothing more satisfying or delicious than freshly boiled crab served with drawn butter or atop a delicious salad. (Don’t forget your crab crackers.)
  5. There are many other great things to do near the resort that are a short walk or 5 to 10 minute car-ride away. Visit the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Oregon Coast Glassworks, Devils Punchbowl or relax with a bonfire on the beach and cozy-up to watch the sunset. So much to do and enjoy at the Oregon Coast while making The Embarcadero Resort & Marina your home base.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member and outstanding employer, The Embarcadero Resort & Marina.



Still in danger

Right Now May Be a Perfect Opportunity to Revisit a Few Foundational Questions

We have been spending a lot of time in ZOOMworld, “onsite” with our members statewide. We listen to teams, we discuss best practices for supervision, we work through some kind of “resetting” of our business and practices, and we find ways to embrace positive transition techniques.

While many teams are currently reflecting on the remarkable resiliency they are witnessing and experiencing, some are a bit uncertain about what the future holds. Either way, we are compelled to consider those things that are foundational and most important for our organizations. In these discussions I continue to hear about a hunger for those things that keep our feet planted in the right places.

My best mentors over the years have emphasized the value of thinking beyond the moment, stopping, sometimes for a brief moment along the journey, to check our mission and strategy GPS. With all the disruption and uncertainty, right now may be a great time to ask a few basic questions. This list comes from one of our training partners, The Table Group:

  • Why Do We Exist?
  • How Do We Behave?
  • What Do We Do (What Business Are We In)?
  • How Will We Succeed?
  • What Is The Most Important Thing Right Now?
  • Who On The Team Must Do What By When?

Any and all of these questions can be woven into a team meeting, or a supervisory coaching session.

My favorite of these questions is What Business Are We In? Several of our members are redefining the way that they connect to the community, to the people they serve, and to their work group.

Have you had an epiphany about the business you are in? Are you redefining your work? Are you in a different business than you used to be? We would love to hear your stories.

Yes, it is time for some agility. It also may serve us well to consider big picture. We just may breathe easier into the Fall.



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Bob's Red Mill

One thing I have enjoyed the most about working from home is that I now have more time to get creative in the kitchen. My new go-to resource has been the recipe section of Bob’s Red Mill website which features a large variety of wholesome cooking ideas for every meal of the day. Bob’s Red Mill features a bountiful selection of stone-ground, whole grain, organic, gluten free, and paleo-friendly flours fit for any kitchen. If you care about eating and cooking healthy then Bob’s Red Mill is your go-to supplier.

Some things you might not know about Bob’s Red Mill are:

  1. Bob Moore and his wife Charlee met on a blind date in 1952. Twenty-six years later they founded Bob’s Red Mill together. It was Charlee who first inspired the couple’s whole grain adventure when, in the early 1960s, she decided to create a healthier life for her family by feeding them wholesome, natural foods—fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains.
  2. Bob’s Red Mill uses old world engineering of a stone mill. Their stone grinding mills are much like the one used during early Roman times. Unlike high-speed steel rollers, their quartz millstones ensure the most nutritious part of the whole grain remains intact.
  3. You don’t have to leave your house to purchase Bob’s Red Mill products. Their online store features hundreds of products that you can order with a click of a button right here. Or, if you prefer, you can use their convenient store locator to find the closest location that carries their products. If you live in the Portland area you can also visit their well-stocked Whole Grain Store located at 5000 International Avenue in Milwaukee, OR. The company store is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Currently the restaurant is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.
  4. Although my immediate family doesn’t have any special dietary restrictions, I find that an increasing number of friends are eating gluten free, paleo or vegan. It is nice to have a quick and easy resource for recipes and ingredients to accommodate their needs. Check out the recipe for these delicious Individual Stone Fruit Crumble pies. I used peaches and added a dollop of whipped crème for a satisfying summer treat.
  5. It was important to Bob and Charlee to create wholesome products that would be sold world-wide and to create a work environment that would attract and retain great employees. As part of that endeavor, in 2010 Bob created an Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) that would give employees stock in the company and provide them greater financial security. Author Ken Koopman wrote the book “People before Profits,” an inspiring story of the vision behind Bob’s Red Mill.

Cascade is proud to have the opportunity to feature our member and outstanding employer Bob’s Red Mill.

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