NEWS YOU CAN USE
Covering 160 miles of Oregon coast
travel: Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita, Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway,
Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City, Lincoln City, Depoe
Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Charm of Oregon Beach Burghs
- They are sometimes overlooked in favor of larger cities where
more amenities are close at hand - or a quick drive away. But there
are numerous neighborhoods or tiny towns that somehow sum up what
an Oregon coast trip should be all about. Forget the glitz, the
chain stores, the fast food and the commercial sections of town.
This is the way to relax on these shores.
upon a time, Newport was more
of a lumber and port town, comprised mostly of businesses along
the Bayfront. The neighborhood now known as Nye Beach was then a
separate resort town, known as the "Honeymoon Capitol of the
World," and connected only to the Bayfront area by wooden planks
Nye Beach has retained its Victorian era charm and vibe, with a
load of restaurants and hotels keeping their old style looks and
atmosphere. The streets themselves were revamped recently to acquire
a 19th century look with a modern slant.
some time to walk this insanely delightful collection of tiny streets
overlooking the beach and you'll find gems like the Sylvia Beach
Hotel, with rooms decorated in themes from different authors. There's
the Hemmingway Room, with a safari theme and other elements of his
life represented. Or there's the Dr. Suess Room, where various characters
from the authors' surreal imagination are staying with you as well.
The hotel also
includes a fanciful and fantastic restaurant. 267 NW Cliff St. 888-795-8422.
Stroll the streets
bit more - soaking up the atmosphere that's part American, part
Old Europe - to find shopping opportunities like Nye Beach Book
House (727 NW 3rd Street - 541 265-6840) or the interesting clothing
of Toujours Boutique (704 NW Beach Dr., 541-574-6404). Eat Italian
and Mediterranean at April's At Nye Beach (541-265-6855), absorb
art at two galleries or simply take in the sights of the surf from
halfway between Florence and Newport, the tiny town of Yachats
features dramatic views in endless abundance. Its beaches are primarily
rocky slabs and shelves, jagged and pointy in many spots, with crevices
and blowholes, all interspersed with tiny spots of sandy beaches
comprised of rather large, coarse grains.
In back of "downtown"
lays the large beach access, with an enormous parking lot and some
concrete spots close to the surf - perfect for a picnic by the raging
seas of this extraordinary area. The street follows the shoreline
for several blocks, with the occasional bench on a perch and beach
If you decide
to walk about the town, shop the funky boutiques on 101, or check
out attractions like the bay, or the Little Log Church, found on
Third Street. Later, enjoy delectable eateries like Rachel's Roadhouse
& Pizza (430 Hwy 101, 541-547-4800), the fine dining of the
amazing La Serre and its garden-like atmosphere (2nd & Beach,
541-547-3420), and the taste bud-launching seafood and chowders
of Yachats Crab & Chowder (131 Hwy 10, 541-547-4132).
area of town that boasts the enormous Haystack Rock is a bit like
a hidden spot in the middle of one the most popular coastal towns
There, the gargantuan
Stephanie Inn resort (800-633-3466) seems to guard Haystack and
its smaller companions, with the main access to the rocks nearby.
But other, smaller accesses lurk at the end of various tiny neighborhood
streets, all of which are surrounded by big, fluffy dunes that are
perfect for lounging on.
For a pleasant
stroll in any weather, walk this part of Hemlock and catch some
beautiful architectural examples. One distinct charmer is Pulicci's
Restaurant (988 S. Hemlock, 503-436-1279), where you can dine outdoors
on intriguing takes on Italian cuisine.
the ever-popular Dooger's Seafood & Grill (1371 S. Hemlock,
503-436-2225), and the upscale yet funky and family friendly Warren
House Pub (3301 S. Hemlock, 503-436-1130).
secret artists' haven, dining in front of incredible bay views and
loads of funky secrets are just part of the fun in this whimsical,
captivating burgh on the Nehalem Bay. In the space of only two blocks,
this tiny place manages to pack more fun in than most.
Walk the atmospheric
sidewalks and fall in love with its quaint, old buildings and unusual
shops. Ekahni Books (503-368-6881) features an interesting mix of
used, new and rare books and local items with a coastal slant. Above
it, Old Wheeler Hotel
provides a lovely little place to stay, with incredible views of
the bay and charming to the hilt. (1-800-4-theview).
Around the corner,
Gregory Street is sort of the center for the hidden artists haven
known as Artisans Row which hosts a few other art galleries and
studios not obvious to the untrained eye. You have to explore.
Down on the
bay, the Sea Shack Seafood Restaurant & Lounge (503-368-7897)
provides plenty of atmosphere and great food. At night, it's one
of the big hotspots for the entire Nehalem Bay area.
This town at
the beginning of the Three Capes Tour provides incredible beach
opportunities with miles and miles of sand and the enormous, wind-carved
splendor of Cape Kiwanda.
if the ability to dart in and out of inclement weather while still
taking in incredible views is what tugs at you, then stroll along
the shops in the Inn at Cape Kiwanda. There, bookstores, galleries,
a beauty shop and a coffee shop are all located within ogling distance
of the beauty and drama of the beach. Continue the experience at
the Pelican Pub & Brewery (503-965-7007), which sits much closer
to the beach and the cape.
A bit inland,
Brooten Road provides various shopping and dining pleasures. Two
that stand out are the stunning Beppu Gallery (503-965-6911) - which
sits in the middle of several other brightly painted boutiques -
and Pacific City Gallery (503-965-7181).
myriad of docks, old buildings - often gussied up in funky colors
- and a nifty variety of businesses inhabit Florence's
Old Town. Eat, shop, go nightclubbing later at night and then
take in breakfast and plenty of espresso the morning after. Clothing
shops, kite sellers, book stores, art galleries, gift shops and
all sorts of goodies fill this atmospheric and somewhat unforgettable
old-times vibe area of Florence. Check out Bonjour! Boutique (541-997-8194)
and its eclectic array of lady's clothing from other lands. Or chow
down at the famous Bridgewater Restaurant (541-997-9405).
is Gazebo Park, which features a cozy little gazebo and a small
dock on the river - perfect for a romantic moment or nocturnal walk
through Old Town.
Plenty of daylight
fun can be had wandering the riverfront and its abundance of old
pilings, as well as exploring the area beneath the famous Siuslaw