Magic and Charm of Oregon Coast Beach Burghs
- This is the way to relax on these shores. This is what the Oregon
coast used to be about - and the way it should be.
These tiny towns
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 villages that somehow sum up what an Oregon coast
trip should be all about.
Forget the glitz,
the chain stores, the fast food and the touristy sections of town.
There is a certain eternal charm to the roadways of 101 less traveled.
spot along the bay
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
City Vacation Homes
There’s something for everyone
among this selection of wondrous homes: smaller homes with
a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All the homes are
either oceanfront or just a few steps away from the sand
– all with a low bank access and fantastic views.
Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to the casino.
You’ll find a variety of goodies, depending on the
home: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis,
washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s
a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments.
Pets are allowed in some homes – ask ahead. Each comes
with complete kitchens so you’ll have a home away
from home. Most have the seventh night free. Prices range
from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com.
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 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 astounding
Italian cuisine of the Landmark Restaurant and Lounge (Hwy 101,
Once 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 and mud.
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.
Take 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.
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
at 988, in Midtown
The 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 in Oregon.
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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 Newman's
at 988 (988 Hemlock, 503-436-1151, www.newmansat988.com), where
you can supp on intriguing takes on Euro cuisine mixed with a shimmering
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).
Wheeler and the Nehalem Bay
A 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.
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.
in Pacific City
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.
But 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 lush experience at the Delicate
Palate Bistro, Pacific City's most high-end eatery. It's a bit of
old Europe in the midst of the Oregon coast. 3520 Brooten Road.
Motel, Rockaway Beach
If expansive ocean views, close proximity to
golfing, fishing tours and quick access to seven miles of
pristine beaches is your thing, then this quintessential beauty
in Rockaway Beach is your ticket to vacation fun for families,
couples or large groups. Some rooms are pet friendly. All
rooms at the Tradewinds Motel are immaculate and have TV’s,
VCR’s and in-room phones with data ports. The oceanfronts
all have a queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog
fireplace and a private deck. Some oceanfront units come with
all those amenities but the kitchens. Both types sleep up
to four people. The non-oceanfront rooms are appointed with
a queen bed, small fridge, and coffee maker – sizable
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those
on a budget. There is an elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite
that has two bedrooms, coming with a kitchen, double hide-a-bed,
fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For those
wanting bigger accommodations for family reunions or large
gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create
two-room and three-room suites. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway
Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
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.
There are also some interesting, funky dive bars at this end of
town, which provide some unique nightlife amusement for the more
on the river, Florence
A 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 new and stunning Tavolo Restaurant and Lounge at the Sandpine
Golf Links (541-997-4623).
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