Best Breathtaking Views on the Oregon Coast

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Oregon Coast features many fascinating and breathtaking views you can view during Oregon vacations. There are beautiful beaches, lighthouses, hiking trails, viewpoints, and many more places to see while on Oregon beach vacations. Here are some places you might want to visit during your Oregon vacations.

Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach
Haystack Rock is a beautiful monolith in Cannon Beach. It is located approximately 235 feet over the beach. Haystack Rock is one of the best known landmarks to be found in Cannon Beach. The area is also a good place to see wildlife. There is an area under Haystack Rock called the Marine Garden. This area has marine life like crabs, seastars, and algae. Make sure not to disturb the marine life as you see Haystack Rock.  Also enjoy a walk on Cannon Beach while visiting the area.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
The Yaquina Head Lighthouse, which is the tallest lighthouse located in Oregon, is near Newport. The light in this lighthouse was first active in 1873, and it now has its own pattern. Make sure to check out this beautiful lighthouse when you are near Newport. There are informative guided tours of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse.

Bob Straub State Park
The Bob Straub State Park is located in Pacific City. You can visit the beach and go on the horse trail at the park. You can also see the sand spit of the Nestucca River. The park is a great place to go for a hike and see the nice views of the Pacific Ocean while on your Oregon vacations. There are two different trails to take for a hiking adventure during Oregon vacations. One trail is located near the Nestucca River, while the other trail provides ocean views.

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint
There is a Three Capes Scenic route in Oregon, and the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint is among these capes with a beautiful view. It is more than 200 feet above the ocean. You can see birds such as sea birds, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons. While you are visiting, make sure to check out the park, which includes hiking trails and a walking trail. Also consider taking a tour at the Cape Meares Lighthouse.

Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint
The Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint can be found near Depoe Bay. This is a great place to see gray whales as well as many birds including pelicans, loons, albatrosses, grebes, and murrelets. Enjoy a nice picnic on the coast while watching the beautiful waves in this area. You can also walk along a trail to see tide pools.

Want more recommendations for interesting places to visit on the Oregon Coast? There are many great activities and places to see while in Oregon. Contact Oregon Beach Vacations today for help with planning your vacation. We have many recommendations on places for you to visit and to enjoy exploring during Oregon vacations.  

5 Must-Visit Seafood Restaurants on the Oregon Coast

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Oregon Coast is home to many great seafood restaurants. From the clam chowder and shrimp to the

crabs and local fish, there is a variety of seafood to choose from when you visit these restaurants. Here are five of the best restaurants you can plan to visit during your Oregon beach vacations.

1. Mo’s is one of the best known seafood restaurants on the Oregon Coast. There are two of the restaurants in Newport, and the other locations are Florence, Lincoln City, Cannon Beach, and Otter Rock. The first restaurant opened in Newport. One of the best items to get at the restaurant is the clam chowder, and this clam chowder base can be shipped to you. There are other items like Mo’s chowder bowls and gifts to order online. Residents and visitors in Oregon enjoy having meal at a Mo’s location.

2. Ecola Seafoods Restaurant & Market can be found in Cannon Beach. The majority of the seafood at the restaurant is seafood from the Pacific Ocean. Seafood includes the fresh Oregon shrimp meat and the whole cooked crab. Many Cannon Beach locals enjoy the clam chowder at Ecola Seafoods. You can purchase items like fresh seafood, Oregon jams, and kitchen gadgets as gifts. Consider visiting the restaurant while vacationing in Cannon Beach.

3. Local Ocean Seafoods is a great restaurant in Newport. Enjoy beautiful views of the Yaquina Bay Bridge, the bay, and the harbor while visiting the restaurant. The menu has a variety of items including fish tacos, crab cakes, oyster and spinach salad, black cod, and homemade ice cream. Make sure to check out the Local Ocean Seafoods’ fish market as well.

4. The Bandon Fish Market is located in Bandon in the southern part of Oregon’s coast. The Bandon Fish Market has been serving seafood for more than 28 years. The restaurant is best known for its Fish n’Chips. This meal has a custom batter and is served with fries and either coleslaw or garlic toast. Other menu items include the calamari basket, the jumbo prawns, the steamer clams, and the grilled salmon sandwich.

5. The Luna Sea Fish House in downtown Yachats is a great restaurant to visit on the Oregon Coast. Menu items include the wild king salmon, the halibut and chips, an oyster sandwich, and the breakfast items like pancakes. Canned items from the Luna Sea Fish House can be shipped. You might want to visit this excellent restaurant while staying in a Yachats vacation rental during Oregon vacations.

If you are interested in learning more about Oregon Coast restaurants, contact Oregon Beach Vacations today. We can provide you with more recommendations regarding restaurants on the Oregon Coast so you can decide which restaurants to visit during your Oregon vacations. Let us help you with your vacation planning needs, and you can enjoy your Oregon vacations near the beaches of Oregon!

Best Oregon Coast Hiking Trails

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Oregon Coast is one of the best places to go hiking. There are many areas along the coast for you to enjoy hiking and exploring the nature in Oregon during your Oregon vacations.
From the forests to the Pacific Ocean, you will see beautiful views while hiking in the Oregon Coast. Check out some of the best hiking trails you can explore while on your Oregon beach vacations.

Cape Lookout Hike
This trail is located on the northern part of the coast. It is about 5 miles for a round-trip hike. Consider hiking this trail to see the beautiful forests, including Sitka Spruce trees, and the Pacific Ocean at the end of the trail. This trail has been considered one of the best trails to go whale watching so make sure to look for whales while hiking.

John Dellenback Dunes Trail
This trail features a variety of nature settings that you may want to explore during your Oregon vacations, and it is near Lakeside. You will see the forest area, the dunes, a deflation plain, and the beach. There is an easy path as well as a hard path to choose from on this trail. There will also be plenty of sand due to the tall dunes, so be prepared for this hike! Explore the rest of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area before or after your hike.

St. Perpetua Trail
Yachats offers different trails, and the St. Perpetua Trail is among these trails. It is approximately a three-mile round-trip hike. By exploring this trail, you can see beautiful spruce woods and wildflower meadows including red Indian paintbrush. The Cape Perpetua area is one of the best places to go hiking during your Oregon vacations, so consider taking this trail.

Cape Blanco
Cape Blanco is located in the southern Oregon Coast. There are two different hikes from which to choose. While hiking, you can see the spruce forests, areas close to the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, beautiful flowers based on the season, and the beach depending on which hike you take. You can take a shorter hike that is about a one-mile round-trip hike or a longer hike that is about a four-mile round-trip hike.   

Sweet Creek Falls
This creek is in a Pacific Coast Range gorge and is located in the Central Oregon Coast. The trail is approximately 2.2 miles for a round-trip hike. See the beautiful waterfalls, cliffs, and trees like Douglas fir trees. This trail includes parts of an early wagon road. You do not want to miss a chance to explore this nature setting in Oregon.

Need more information about hiking or vacation planning for your Oregon vacations? Contact Oregon Beach Vacations today. We are prepared to advise you regarding your Oregon trip and want to help you with your vacation planning needs. Come enjoy a hike on the Oregon Coast and relax during your Oregon beach vacations!

4 Fun Summer Events in Astoria

Monday, July 14, 2014

Astoria, Oregon is a historic town and a beautiful place to visit on the northern coast of Oregon. If you are visiting Astoria, the oldest American settlement that is located to the west of the Rocky Mountains, you can check out some of Astoria’s numerous summer events. Astoria provides historic locations, beautiful scenic views, and entertainment for the family. As you plan your Oregon vacations, consider visiting Astoria this summer.

Astoria Studio Tour 2014
Astoria and the northern coast of Oregon have a large art community. The Astoria Studio Tour 2014 will take place on July 26 and July 27. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., artists will allow visitors into their studios. If you visit the studios, you can see art that is based on features of Astoria, such as the Columbia River and the fishing, as well as art that is based on each individual artist’s lives. To learn more about the artists and their art, along with the Astoria community, attend the tour this summer. For great tips on how to arrange your tour, visit

Clatsop County Fair
The 2014 Clatsop County Fair is an event with entertainment for the whole family. Visit the Clatsop County Fairgrounds from July 29 to August 2 for great entertainment. The schedule includes a petting zoo, a magician, dancers, bands, competitions, and acrobats. This year’s theme for the fair is “Ride the Tide to Fun.” Make sure to check out the great entertainment and events if you are in the Astoria area for your Oregon vacations.

Activities at the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park and Fort Clatsop
For a great educational tour by a ranger, join a Netul Trail guided walk near the Lewis and Clark River. You can learn about the river estuary, the wildlife by Fort Clatsop, and the history behind the river and the people who have lived near it. The guided walk takes place from June 23 to September 1 this year. If you are in the Astoria area this summer, make sure to check out this guided walk for an exciting and educational adventure. Other exciting summer events include guided kayak-canoe tours, Kid Corps with crafts and stories, and fort ranger programs. Visit the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park during your Oregon beach vacations.

2nd Saturday Art Walk
On the second Saturday of each month, there is a Second Saturday Art Walk in Astoria. If you are visiting Astoria during your Oregon vacations, you do not want to miss this event. It is held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown businesses in Astoria display different types of art during this event, and the businesses also offer refreshments and entertainment. Businesses that have participated include art galleries and jewelry companies.

Contact Oregon Beach Vacations for more information on Astoria. We are ready to help you plan your Oregon vacations today. 

5 Best Lighthouses to Visit on the Oregon Coast

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Oregon Coast is home to many sentinels, and several of these lighthouses are open for visitors and tours. If you are planning Oregon vacations, make sure to schedule a trip to a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. The Oregon Coast has a rich maritime history, and a trip to an Oregon Coast lighthouse is one you do not want to miss. More than 2.5 million people visit the state’s lighthouses annually. Check out some of the best lighthouses to visit during your Oregon beach vacations.

Cape Meares Lighthouse
The Cape Meares Lighthouse is a part of the Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint and National Wildlife Refuge. The Cape Meares Lighthouse, which was constructed in 1889, is the shortest lighthouse within the state. You can make a trip to the lighthouse between April and October. While visiting the quaint village of Cape Meares, visit the Cape Meares Lighthouse during your Oregon vacations.

Coquille River Lighthouse
You can visit the Coquille River Lighthouse from the middle of May to the middle of October. Learn about the area’s history while visiting the lighthouse and also visit the Bullards Beach access nearby. The lighthouse has been restored to be an interpretive center, and it has been continuously restored.

Umpqua River Lighthouse
The Douglas County Parks Department maintains the Umpqua River Lighthouse as well as the museum also located in the Umpua Lighthouse State Park. The lighthouse displays a unique red and white flash through its octagonal lens.

Yaquina Head Lighthouse
You can find the state’s tallest lighthouse by Newport. The Yaquina Head Lighthouse consists of more than 370,000 bricks. The lighthouse, which has a total height of 93 feet, has been in operation since 1873. Check out this historic lighthouse, which is open throughout the year, during your Oregon beach vacations.  

Yaquina Bay Lighthouse
The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is another historic Oregon lighthouse. This lighthouse was restored in 1996 and is now open for visitors throughout the year except for holidays. This is a great place to visit to learn about Oregon’s history. The lighthouse is part of the Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site. It is a working lighthouse and serves for navigation purposes.

Lighthouses along the Oregon Coast are historic and important to the state’s maritime history. As you are you enjoying your Oregon beach vacations, make sure to look for these beautiful lighthouses and stop by for a visit. For more information on these sentinels, contact Oregon Beach Vacations. We are ready to help you plan your Oregon vacations. 

5 Best Places to Go Whale Watching on the Oregon Coast

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Whale watching is a popular activity on the Oregon Coast. It is especially popular during the gray whale migration periods. They gray whales head to the South during the middle of December and January after staying near Alaska. They then leave Baja California, Mexico starting from the end of March to June. People commonly search for the gray whales while whale watching near the Oregon Coast. You can go whale watching from different places such as the beach, a charter boat, or an airplane. If you plan on whale watching during your Oregon vacations, check out some of the best places to go!

Depoe Bay
Depoe Bay is a popular place to go for whale watching along the Oregon Coast. Depoe Bay has been called the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast.” You can find the Oregon Parks and Recreation Whale Watching Center and scenic views in Depoe Bay. Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint is a great location within Depoe Bay. You can see a variety of birds including pelicans, grebes, and shearwaters. If you are on Oregon beach vacations during the winter migration or spring migration, you definitely want to check out this spot.

Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park is located to the north of Cannon Beach. You can see a historic lighthouse and a variety of wildlife by visiting Ecola State Park. The park’s trained volunteers host a great whale watching program during the winter migration and the spring migration periods. Check out the beautiful views at Ecola State Park during your Oregon vacations.

Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City
Whale watching is popular in Pacific City during the migration periods. Cape Kiwanda in Pacific City provides a high point for you to see the whales during your Oregon vacations. Bring your binoculars and check out this great spot! Other wildlife to see in Pacific City include sea lions, otters, and bald eagles.

Shore Acres State Park
Shore Acres State Park provides a great location with ocean views you must see during Oregon vacations. The park can be found near Coos Bay along the coast and is located on high sandstone cliffs. Make sure to visit the beautiful gardens within the park.

Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint
Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint is a beautiful place to visit during Oregon vacations. Look for the gray whales as well as for birds and sea lions from this viewpoint. The park is an ocean-front park that is located in Otter Rock.  

Other great locations to go whale watching include Face Rock Wayside State Scenic Viewpoint, Cape Foulweather, Sea Lion Caves Turnout, Cape Perpetua Overlook, and Yaquina Bay State Recreation Site.

Are you ready to go whale watching on your Oregon vacations? We are prepared to help you plan your whale watching adventure on the Oregon Coast. Contact Oregon Beach Vacations today to start planning a relaxing Oregon vacation!  

Watersports Activities on the Oregon Coast

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Oregon Coast offers many opportunities for watersports activities. If you and your families are preparing for Oregon beach vacations, consider trying some of the exciting watersports activities available on the coast. From kayaking and windsurfing to fishing and boating, try some of the many watersports available for you during your Oregon vacations.

The Oregon coast is a great place to go surfing. Visit key surf spots, such as Seaside Cove, Oceanside, and Indian Beach, to have a great surfing experience. You can also visit several state parks to go surfing. Many of these parks have features, which include web cams, for you to check the conditions. If you would like to learn to surf, visit local surf shops and start taking lessons.
The Oregon coast features many rivers, such as the Siletz River and the Nehalem River, for you to enjoy fishing on your Oregon vacations. Enjoy the beautiful rivers and the scenery in the state parks while fishing. Look for fish such as Chinook salmon, winter steelhead, and tuna. Go fishing on the coast, such as in Newport, and take a fishing trip. Based on the season, look for fish, such as tuna and salmon, while fishing on the coast of Oregon.  

You can take your family for an exciting kayaking adventure during Oregon vacations. Visit Kayak Tillamook County for guided tours of rivers, bays, estuaries, and more. Check out the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge to join a kayak tour. You can learn about nature including the wildlife and the plants located in this refuge. No matter where you choose to go kayaking on the Oregon coast, you can enjoy the natural scenery on a fun adventure.

Stand Up Paddleboarding
You can try stand up paddleboarding, or SUP, while on your Oregon vacations. Surf shops can provide you with the equipment needed for your stand up paddleboarding experience. Take lessons or rent equipment to go stand up paddleboarding. State parks are a great place for stand up paddleboarding.

Many people go diving along the Oregon Coast. Check out shore diving sites, such as Lumber Dock and Wacoma Dock, to find crabs and enjoy the nature. You can also go scuba diving during your Oregon vacations. Go scuba diving on the coast and in freshwater lakes for a unique experience. Enjoy seeing wildlife, such as hermit crabs and black snapper, while exploring nature on your adventure.

The Oregon coast is home to many types of watersports. While enjoying your Oregon vacations, check out some of these exciting watersports with your family. You do not want to miss these experiences along the Oregon coast.