This is above the pier on the bay and looks like a very spartan room with possibly alot of noise nearby---Some have jaccuzzis facing the bay and prices are $125--$199 a night.
I always look for the bargain motel and have spent a night in more than a few "fleabags" As such I've developed my own rating scale for these often overlooked establishments.
After getting the rush to rent a second floor room at Econo(for more than my net search advised) I drove down here. The manager seemed OK enough, maybe a little rough around the edges but then so am I. He makes interesting driftwood art and wooden benches and we wound up talking about that for quite a while.
The room was clean, spacious, the bed comfortable and the rate reasonable. The location is close to the marina and South Beach. I'd stop again.
Fort Steven State Park's campground is the largest in the Oregon State Park system with 500 spots. Set in a dense forest right on the northwest Oregon coast, it provides access to beaches, a fresh water lake and historic Fort Stevens. The Fort itself is a big attraction in the area but we found it lacking in atmosphere and not really very aesthetically pleasing. The beaches were certainly nice and one featured an historic shipwreck stuck in the sand. It seemed to be a great place for families with lots to keep the kids busy and a nice mix of scenic natural beauty and historic sights.
The spots are fairly well-spaced with modern restroom facilities and with so much to do it's easy to see why it's so popular, especially with families.
We did not get to truly enjoy this nice spot as we arrived late afternoon and only had one day to explore an area with lots to do. We basically set up our tent and set off to see the sights of the park as well as Astoria, returning in the dark at 10:00 PM to make up a quick dinner.
Spots are $22 per night. It is $5 to enter the park but that is rolled into the camping price.
We are not generally big fans of camping in RV parks since we are tent camping and we prefer a more serene natural setting. But sometimes, you have to settle for less when you are traveling on the fly and once in a while you find out that what you have been avoiding is not as bad as you thought it was. Bay City RV Park turned out to be a great find. We had been doing some sightseeing along Oregon's coast and after squeezing a few lighthouses, scenic beaches, and a brewpub in we arrived in Tillamook in time for some ice cream and that was about it. We could have continued driving north but it was getting late and we used a brochure we found at the closed visitor center to locate this little gem. I called the owner and she said she did have a spot and to head right over. She was very nice even though we were tent camping which is sometimes looked down on at RV parks.
The spot was nothing remarkable but flat and the wireless in the facility worked even in our tent. There was even electrical hookup so we could plug the laptop in which came in handy the next day when we were doing laundry. The restrooms and showers were spotless (and heated!) so even though we were camping, between the amenities, cleanliness and having wireless, it almost felt like had got a room. It was $20 for the night. Showers were coin operated but it only cost $1 for both of us to have a shower and $5 to do a couple loads of laundry. We had a made up a nice cheese omelet with the cheddar we bought the day before. Of course, the real bonus of doing all these chores and having a slow morning was we got to go back into Tillamook and have more Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream. :)
We had such an easy time finding our first campground on the Oregon Coast it lulled us into complacency. So, finding the second one took a bit more effort. South Beach State Park was not what we were looking for but it was probably exactly what we needed. The dream was to drive a bit each day and wind up in a lush coastal forest similar to the one we found near Reedsport. But we were now on a busy section of the Oregon Coast and South Beach was a more commercialized campground.
First off, it was huge, with over 200 spots and many of them seemingly right on top of each other. Even with so many spots, it seemed we were lucky to find one according to the attendant. In fact, we could only have it for one night and would have to return in the morning to see if it was available for the next night. We managed to get one in the rear of the campground with no one on the backside of our site. It was fairly private and we already were hoping to get it for another night. It's funny how you change your desires for needs so quickly. It was actually a nice enough setting and within an easy drive to a lot of what we wanted to see.
The campground has free wireless though you have to be near the social room to use it and free showers as well. It is a very well-maintained and serviceable campground. It is also very popular especially with families on their summer vacation as you can walk right to the beach and there are incredible dunes separating the campground from the beach. $22 and yes, we did get the same spot the second night making for a great exploration of Newport and vicinity.
Tahkenitch Campground was our first stab at camping on the Oregon Coast. Our experience in California just prior to here was a mixed bag. The campgrounds were great but it was hard getting spots without a reservation. We were hoping that Oregon would be a bit easier. We didn't have a lot of printed information but stopped at the closed visitor center for Reedsport, OR. Luckily, they had a lot of brochures out for those in our position. Our original idea was to camp in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area but it seemed more the domain of Off Road Vehicles than a place for quiet campers like ourselves.
Tahkenitch Campground did not look like much from the highway and in fact was a bit closer to the highway than we would have liked but once in the campground, our fears dissipated quickly. It was a very lush setting and the sites were very well spaced. It was also not particularly crowded so we had quite a few spots to choose from. Ours was very secluded and surrounded by vegetation which offered complete privacy. It was a bit of a walk to the rest room but there was running water right between our spot and the next. The campground has 34 sites and modern restrooms. It was self-pay and the price was $20 per night. There was a campground host right on the premises and he came over to collect the fee and explain the amenities of the facility. It was a great place to camp and there was conveniently a nice trail leading through the forest to the dunes at the far end of the campground which we did early the next morning.
Our Condo could sleep 10 with 3 bathrooms, 3 tvs, full kitchen, onsite pool, hot tub, exercise room and reataurant.
85 stairs down to beach. Gorgeous views of the ocean. Perfect for whale watching.
Very nice, clean facilities.
You could not drive up to your condo. Walk or ride in a golf cart only.
We traded our week through RCI but you could stay in the hotel part with the same condo like our for around $259.00 us a night
We stayed in unit 7 half a house perfect for a big family with lots room for friends.
Good deals are available if they are not booked up.
The folks that run the place were great let us use a hot tub that wasnt being used and left us alone.
Great place if you want to walk to the beach watch storms surf ,kyak. beach comb.
It was spring break and there was lots of beach if you want some for yourself just walk a little and you will be by your self.
Its great to sit on the porch and listen to the surf.
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