Three Capes Loop, which is actually north of Gleneden Beach, is a slight diversion off the Pacific Coast Highway. The loop is a spectacular drive beginning through forest then winding along the coast and then past a sand dune before it rejoins the Pacific Coast Highway.
The loop passes Cape Mears, Cape Lookout and Cape Kiwanda. The first contains a lighthouse which is no longer in operational, but open to the public to climb to the top. At the second Cape, you'll find Cape Lookout State Park, which has a few trails which climb above the water level for a nice aerial view. Cape Kiwanda, last but not least, is the smallest of the three, but is the area where winds are at their strongest, causing pretty fierce waves to crash into the shoreline.
This is a great drive which I'd highly recommend it. But be aware that this is a narrow, winding road which curves pretty close to the edge. Its easy to become spellbound by the view, but don't let that happen while you're behind the wheel.
This casual restaurant has gorgeous views of the golf course and grounds. The Salishan Lodge is a beautiful property which also offers a fine dining venue in another dining room. The food, service and ambiance were very nice, making this a great stop for lunch before our visit to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport.
We had two teens with us and they also enjoyed their time here.
Favorite Dish: The fish tacos, hamburgers and grilled cheese sandwiches. Salads were also very fresh and nicely presented.
This is a beautiful dining room which manages to be elegant and casual at the same time thanks to a combination of white tablecloths yet wood paneling, fine china but colorful carpeting and floor to ceiling windows which expose a tremendous view of the coast. The staff is friendly and eager to make recommendations on wine and food.
Dinner was fantastic. This is one of those places where each menu item comes with about 10 adjectives and sauces galore, so those of you who like to keep it simple may not like this place. Fresh oysters with smoked bacon, wontons and roasted pepper aioli is a good start. The oysters are raw and the aioli makes a great compliment in lieu of horseradish.
The main course I had was pan seared halibut with wild nettle pasta (I still don't know what that is but it was green and tasted like spinach) and roasted vegetables. The fish was fresh, fall off the fork tender and delicious. The menu is varied and includes duck, steak and pasta for those who do not like seafood.
For dessert, if you still have room, I'd recommend the creme brulee. It tasted of real vanilla and had a layer of caramel on top. Fantastically sweet, and it goes well with a glass of port.
Favorite Dish: The whole meal was great but the halibut was out of this world amazing.
The Salishan's more casual restaurant, which still has great views and great food. There are no white tablecloths here and, instead you'll find more comfortable booths, a high beamed ceiling and an open view of the kitchen.
I came here twice for breakfast and ordered a sandwich from room service one night and enjoyed everything that I ate. The breakfast menu goes beyond the standard American a.m. staples: shrimp omelets, wheat germ pancakes and hazelnut yogurt are just some of the choices. There's standard breakfast fare as well. But the apple oat pancakes were pretty good.