180 miles of Oregon coast travel: Astoria, Seaside, Cannon Beach, Manzanita,
Nehalem, Wheeler, Rockaway, Garibaldi, Tillamook, Oceanside, Pacific City,
Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, Wadport, Yachats & Florence.
Oregon Coast Spring Break Travel Tips: Finding
|Cave at Bob Creek
(Oregon Coast) - Discovering a real hidden spot on the
beach, with nary another soul around, is one of life's real pleasures.
There are few more ecstatic experiences than stumbling upon a stretch
of sand, tucked away behind some brush or squeezed between a couple minor
headlands, and finding yourself completely alone.
Unlike many travel destinations, this is something you’re
a little more apt to find on Oregon’s coast. In many places, it’s
one big hidden spot during most times of the year. But as spring break
approaches and the weather improves on this often atmospherically temperamental
area, even these beaches fill up a bit - almost as heavily and quickly
as the motel rooms.
Still, deserted beaches abound. You just have to look a
little harder during busier times of the year. Here are a few spots that
are characteristic of the pristine Oregon coast; spots the average tourist
will find nothing short of remarkable.
Bob Creek Wayside
|Bob Creek Wayside
South of Yachats, and just barely south of Strawberry Hill
and Neptune State Park, you'll find this almost mystical spot. More tide
pools populate this obscure but fascinating place than humans. They really
emerge at lower tides, clinging to odd, mushroom-shaped rocky blobs at
the southern end. At this end, there's also a small sea cave and a huge
boulder that together create a sort of arch by leaning up against the
At the north end, you'll find plenty of mussels - but you'll
have to cross the creek to do so. During the winter that's difficult,
if not impossible and certainly unwise. During the summer months, it's
at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet
south end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new
book by the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family
fun and beach strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture.
Lush flowering gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting
guest rooms. Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family
and Pet Friendly. Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless
Connectivity. Wine and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085.
Hemlock At Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.
Beach Less Traveled in Cannon Beach
|Mysterious northern end of Cannon Beach
These sands, along one of the Oregon coast's more popular
hotspots, are usually smothered with people. But there are some parts
that are less populated, like the very northern end, near the southern
face of the cliffs of Ecola State Park. It takes some walking, but that's
why you'll find less folks there.
basalt headlands are perhaps half a mile from the nearest beach access,
which lies at the end of a private neighborhood at the end of 5th St.
You can, however, reach it by a much longer walk from the last access
downtown - from the park.
On the other side of that basalt structure lays an even
more hidden beach: Crescent Beach. There, you'll find a large half-moon
of a beach, cut off from any access but a one mile-plus hike. Pristine
sands surround you, with almost never a human being there. As if designed
by God to be a centerpiece, a sizable, monolithic sandstone sits practically
in the middle.
It's only accessible via a hike from the road that takes
you to Ecola State Park, which begins at the private neighborhood. You
can't park here: you'll have to park a ways away and hike the road to
the beginning of the hiking trail.
Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built
like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean
front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun
(nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent
smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood
burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive
book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet
breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select
rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies.
888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Behind Depoe Bay
|Unusual clandestine part of Depoe Bay
Look for Vista St. along the northern part of Depoe Bay,
and follow that to a secret headland. Long stretches of basalt cliffs
are the attraction here - some parts are smooth with odd patterns, while
the rest is mostly craggy, pointy structures.
The northern end has a strange, railroad-like shape, with
incredible views of some wild coves. Other areas seem to form natural
seats, perfect for sitting and viewing the crazed tide. There's a spot
that's sunken and slightly flat, like the remnants of a basement - and
a stairway-like structure formed naturally - rather ironic and miraculous.
Walk just a little bit and it won't take long to notice
you can often feel the tide shake and rattle these rocks ever so slightly.
Meander to the south and the rocks take on a smoother and more colorful
texture, with a long arm-sort-of-rock structure stretching out into the
sea. Often, fishermen can be seen on these rocky shelves so close to the
From here, you can glimpse a different view of Depoe Bay
and see what it looks like from out to sea.
Hidden Side of Seaside
|Southern end of Seaside
At the southern end of this North Coast town, the beaches
get less populated - except by rocks. Larger cobblestones begin to cover
the sand, and the beach gets a little rougher.
one time - as you'll notice from various historical photographs - most
of Seaside's beach was comprised of large stones and fine sand. Presently,
it's covered only with sand and dunes to the north. The face of the beach
was changed by the construction of the jetties at Astoria to the north,
which altered the tidal action in the area and thus the distribution of
sand. Now, the southern end is a bit like walking into the town's past.
If you continue heading south, you'll run into the "Cove"
- up against the bottom of Tillamook Head. (It was somewhere on this north
face that part of Lewis and Clark's troupe climbed to get to what is now
Cannon Beach.) Or, take Avenue U for a nice little beachside drive past
interesting, old cottages and motels, and watch the beach change from
polished rocks to even larger, bulkier cobblestones. It ends up at the
"Cove," which is a surfer's paradise.
An interesting, if not slightly disturbing, little known
fact about this area is that much of didn't exist before the '80s. The
tide line by The Tides lodging complex is now about 100 yards from the
building, but before the 80's it was relatively close. After an enormous
landslide on Tillamook Head, loads of rocks from the headland wound up
adding considerable width to the beach, even forming a small jetty for
a while, which later turned into a massive pool of dead water. After a
few years, that was filled in and hundreds of feet were added to the beach
in some places at the southern end.
Just south of Pacific City, Neskowin is the quiet little
resort that's constantly threatening to explode into something much bigger.
Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family
vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with
over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection
of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses
– from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln
City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds
of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces,
beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers.
Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.
Hit the beach and you'll usually find loads of people milling
about. But cross the creek, walk towards mysterious Proposal Rock, and
the population density gets less. You can actually walk around on top
of the rock and check out the views from the top (although be extremely
cautious of the tide so as not to get stuck.)
Walk further beyond the rock and you'll definitely be more
alone. Along the way, note the stumps at the tideline, 2000-or-so-year-old
remnants of something rather ominous. Somewhere in the last couple thousand
years, it's believed an enormous earthquake caused a chunk of forest to
abruptly drop some six feet into the surf. The result was the salt water
preserved them instead of allowing them to decay in normal ways.
Later theories, however, postulate that it was a slower
process that had something to do with higher sea levels and encroaching
For a real Gilligan's Island experience, head to the northern
end of Neskowin, via a rarely traveled back road that goes on for almost
a mile. There are a couple of hidden accesses spaced about a half mile
It's hard to get more hidden than this. Just a few miles
north of Neskowin, another unassuming sign declares Winema Road. Follow
that to the bottom and a tract of sandy beach that nearly no one knows
about. There's another blob of a rock structure that looks a bit like
Neskowin's Proposal Rock to the north, which features a flat stretch at
the top that's perfect for lounging.
Other interesting shapes and crevices present themselves
as you walk northward. Some spots in the cliffs seem to invite climbing
and exploring. And there's more than one hole in the rocks to huddle from
the wind and cuddle a bit.
The cliffs soar high and become a striking gold,
with some awe-inspiring homes up top. After about a mile or so, the beach
ends abruptly at the southern end of Nestucca Bay, allowing you an unusual
glimpse of the area.
Cape Property Services.
Dozens of homes in that dreamy,
rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch
Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with
a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces,
decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials
that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com
Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked
cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and
up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River.
Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and
balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players;
movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa,
and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four
to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial
occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com.
171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.
Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside
Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites,
1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people.
Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families.
All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted
tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens
and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com
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.
Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s
and in-room phones with data ports. Oceanfronts all have a queen
bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and a
private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed
for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on
a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen,
double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many
as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings,
some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites.
Some rooms are pet friendly.523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach.
(503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com
At Spanish Head, Lincoln City. Lincoln City’s only resort
hotel built right on the beach with all oceanfront rooms - nestled
against a rugged cliffside overlooking a soft, sandy beach. Dine
in the penthouse restaurant and bar - for a casual meal or a candlelight
dinner. An array of seafood specialties, juicy steaks and other
Northwest favorites, including a decadent Sunday buffet. Rooms range
from bedrooms to studios to one-bedroom suites with microwaves and
refrigerators to full kitchens. Hotel include wi-fi, spa, saunas,
exercise room and a year-round heated swimming pool. Kids will love
the game room and easy beach access. Full-service conference/meeting
rooms for that inspirational retreat; extensive, gorgeous wedding
possibilities. 4009 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. 1-800-452-8127
or 541-996-2161. www.spanishhead.com
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& an art mecca
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Barview, Bay City, Tillamook & an oceanfront ghost town
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visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated.
Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes,
one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining
rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two
bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor
pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern
end of Seaside. 2316 Beach Drive. 800-548-2846. www.thetidesbythesea.com.
CLIFFTOP IN NEWPORT
POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury
condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the
sea and the beach.
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens,
wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private
decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer
service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795.